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  • It Was Universe-Shaking Announcement. But What Exactly Are Neutron Star Collisions?

    16 October 2017 2:15 PM 106

    A neutron star, as its name suggests, is a star that consists almost entirely of neutrons. For most of their existence, stars emit light through fusion — the merging of hydrogen atoms into helium, which releases gargantuan amounts of energy. When a large star — probably at least six times the mass of the sun — exhausts its hydrogen, it begins to collapse

  • Colliding neutron stars revealed by gravitational waves and massive fireball

    16 October 2017 2:06 PM 76

    A global team of thousands of scientists has tracked a burst of gravitational waves to its source for the first time. After detecting these tiny ripples in space-time for only the fifth time in history, they used telescopes to pinpoint and directly observe the source: a fiery collision between two dead stars. Ending weeks of speculation, researchers

  • "Astropaolo" breaks record in space

    12 October 2017 11:08 PM 35

    Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, fondly known as “Astropaolo”, has set a new record for the amount of time spent by an Italian in space. During past and current stints at the International Space Station (ISS), the 60-year-old Milanese has spent a total of 6000 hours in space. His latest mission commenced on July 28, 2017, and he is scheduled to return to Earth

  • Thousands of penguin chicks starve in Antarctica

    12 October 2017 9:55 PM 29

    Mass starvation has wiped out thousands of penguin chicks in Antarctica, with unusually thick sea ice forcing their parents to forage further for food in what conservationists Friday called a "catastrophic breeding failure". French scientists, supported by WWF, have been studying a colony of 18,000 pairs of Adelie penguins in East Antarctica since 2010 and discovered

  • NASA future ‘in doubt’: Deep space missions threatened over huge plutonium shortage

    11 October 2017 5:23 AM 43

    THE future of NASA may be in doubt after a shortage of plutonium, which is needed for deep space missions, was uncovered by US officials. Donald Trump’s Government Accountability Office (GAO) warned that space agency’s future may at risk as the US Department of Energy “faces challenges meeting NASA’s expected need” for a plutonium isotope required for missions

  • Pope Francis to call astronauts aboard the Space Station

    10 October 2017 9:47 PM 14

    From the start of his pontificate, Pope Francis has gained a reputation for his phone calls to people around the world – including a priest with cancer, a Jesuit doorman, and a mother who had just lost her son. But the Vatican announced on Monday that the next call on Pope Francis’ list is going to be out of this world… literally. Pope Francis will contact

  • China's FAST telescope finds two pulsars during trial operation

    10 October 2017 3:34 AM 44

    BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- After one year of trial operation, the China-based FAST, the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, has identified two pulsars, the National Astronomical Observatories of China (NAOC) said Tuesday. The pulsars, named J1859-01 and J1931-01, are 16,000 light years and 4,100 light years from Earth with rotation periods

  • End of the world: Tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes 'for SEVEN years' start October 15

    8 October 2017 2:18 AM 55

    DOOMSDAY theorist Dave Meade believes seven years of tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes will bring about the end of the world. Mr Meade believes that our planet will eventually be destroyed by the natural disasters which he says will start from October 15. The doomsday researcher cited other sources as he claimed we are in for a horrific "seven year tribulation"

  • Tiny moon of Mars named Phobos captured by NASA’s THEMIS camera

    6 October 2017 11:30 AM 20

    NASA's Odyssey is a most prolonged mission to the Mars and is completed 60,000 orbits of the red planet and still going strong. Odyssey started orbiting the Mars since 2001 THEMIS Deputy Principal Investigator Victoria Hamilton of the Southwest Research Institute said that observation the predawn area is useful too as the sunshine doesn’t reach the field

  • Keepers urged to be on the lookout for deadly disease

    6 October 2017 3:47 AM 17

    Beekeepers be warned: now's the time to educate yourself about a tal and incurable disease. Beekeepers have been urged to look out for discoloured brood and dead larvae, both symptoms of NSW’s most serious brood disease of honey bees, American Foulbrood (AFB). The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has declared October as AFB Awareness Month