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Stunning shot of massive star cluster unveiled as Hubble anniversary image

On this day 25 years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in what marked the beginning of an incredible journey, and the start of a new golden age in the ...

Fri 24 Apr 15 from Gizmag

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Astronomers find runaway galaxies

We know of about two dozen runaway stars, and have even found one runaway star cluster escaping its galaxy forever. Now, astronomers have spotted 11 runaway galaxies that have been flung out ...

Thu 23 Apr 15 from Phys.org

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Frank Miller is writing a third Dark Knight Returns graphic novel

Frank Miller is going to write a third installment in his Dark Knight trilogy as eight comics in celebration of the original’s 30th anniversary. The first issues will hit this fall according ...

Sat 25 Apr 15 from Geek.com

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Tau Ceti: The next Earth? Probably not

As the search continues for Earth-size planets orbiting at just the right distance from their star, a region termed the habitable zone, the number of potentially life-supporting planets grows. ...

Wed 22 Apr 15 from Phys.org

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Giant cosmic tsunami wakes up comatose galaxies

Galaxies are often found in clusters, with many 'red and dead' neighbours that stopped forming stars in the distant past. Now an international team of astronomers, led by Andra Stroe of Leiden ...

Fri 24 Apr 15 from Phys.org

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US Army Testing Clip-On Rifle Ray Gun Attachments

It is only in movies that we see guns firing lasers, sonic blasts, rays, and etc. In real life and for the most part, guns just fire regular bullets. However it looks like the US Army is trying ...

Fri 24 Apr 15 from Ubergizmo

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First visible light detected directly from an exoplanet

New method can pick up extremely faint reflected light despite low signal-to-noise ratio

Wed 22 Apr 15 from Physics World

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Can sound help us detect 'earthquakes' on Venus?

Detecting an "earthquake" on Venus would seem to be an impossible task. The planet's surface is a hostile zone of crushing pressure and scorching temperatures—about 874 degrees F, hot enough ...

Thu 23 Apr 15 from Phys.org

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The riddle of galactic thin–thick disk solved

A long-standing puzzle regarding the nature of disk galaxies has finally been solved by a team of astronomers led by Ivan Minchev from the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP), using ...

Fri 24 Apr 15 from Phys.org

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Nasa's search for aliens steps up: agency puts together crack coalition to search for extra-terrestrial life

Nasa is bringing together scientists from a range of different fields to try and search for life on other planets.

Fri 24 Apr 15 from The Independent

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