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Bats can navigate using polarized light

They use the light to reset the magnetic compass they use to navigate long distances

20 hours ago from Science Now

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Chandra Observatory: 15 Years of Glorious Pictures

Human eyes don't know half of what they're missing. But the Chandra Observatory, with its x-ray vision, gives us a stunning peek.

13 hours ago from TIME

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New alien world has longest year

Astronomers in the US have discovered a distant world with the longest year of any planet outside our Solar System.

Tue 22 Jul 14 from BBC News

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Hubble traces the halo of a galaxy more accurately than ever before

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have probed the extreme outskirts of the stunning elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. The galaxy's halo of stars has been found to extend much ...

21 hours ago from

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Fermi finds a 'transformer' pulsar

( —In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed. The pulsar's radio beacon vanished, ...

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Researchers offer possible explanation for lack of radiation flash from gas cloud interaction with Milky Way black hole

( —A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Germany has offered a possible explanation for the lack of fireworks during the interaction between a gas cloud and the black ...

22 hours ago from

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Life-Size Darth Vader Hot Wheels: That's No Hoon

When he's not making life miserable for the Rebellion in his custom TIE Fighter, Darth Vader must surely spend his days cruising around the Death Star in this awesome life-size Hot Wheels vehicle ...

22 hours ago from Gizmodo

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Study shows oceans vital for possibility for alien life

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made an important step in the race to discover whether other planets could develop and sustain life.

Sun 20 Jul 14 from

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Mysterious dance of dwarfs may force a cosmic rethink

( —The discovery that many small galaxies throughout the universe do not 'swarm' around larger ones like bees do but 'dance' in orderly disc-shaped orbits is a challenge to our understanding ...

Mon 21 Jul 14 from

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Massive neutrinos and new standard cosmological model: No concordance yet

Neutrinos, also known as 'ghost particles' because they barely interact with other particles or their surroundings, are massless particles according to the standard model of particle physics. ...

22 hours ago from

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