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particle collision
God particle signal is simulated as sound
(Jun 23, 2010)

Scientists have simulated the sounds set to be made by subatomic particles such as the Higgs boson when they are produced at the Large Hadron Collider. Their aim is to develop a means for physicists at CERN to "listen to the data" and pick out the Higgs particle if and when they finally detect it. Dr Lily Asquith modelled data from the giant Atlas experiment at the LHC.

Read more. Source: BBC

galaxy cluster
Neutrino 'ghost particle' sized up by astronomers
(Jun 22, 2010)

Scientists have made their most accurate measurement yet of the mass of a mysterious neutrino. Previous experiments had shown that neutrinos have a mass, but it was so tiny that it was very hard to measure. Using data from the largest ever survey of galaxies, researchers put the mass of a neutrino at no greater than 0.28 electron volts.

Read more. Source: BBC

Water raged through the upper spillway during peak discharge
Modeling Mars in a Texan torrent
(Jun 22, 2010)

A torrential downpour that carved a seven-metre-deep canyon through the Texan landscape in just a few days is providing valuable insight into the processes that shaped the surface of Mars. Erosion is usually a slow process, but occasionally rivers rise up in mammoth floods that cut new channels practically overnight.

Read more. Source: Nature

Artist's impressions of Rosetta's encounter with asteroid Steins
Rosetta's blind date with asteroid Lutetia
(Jun 22, 2010)

ESA's comet-chaser Rosetta is heading for a blind date with asteroid Lutetia. Rosetta does not yet know what Lutetia looks like up-close but beautiful or otherwise the two will meet on 10 July. Like many first dates, Rosetta will meet Lutetia on a Saturday night, flying to within 3200 km of the space rock.

Read more. Source: ESA

Possible opening to a lava tube on Mars
Seventh graders find a cave on Mars
(Jun 21, 2010)

California middle school students using the camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter have found lava tubes with one pit that appears to be a skylight to a cave. The students in science teacher Dennis Mitchell's class at Evergreen Middle School in Cottonwood, Calif., were examining Martian lava tubes as their project in the Mars Student Imaging Program offered by NASA and Arizona State University.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

Titan and Cassini
Cassini getting the lowdown on Titan this weekend
(Jun 19, 2010)

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will take its lowest dip through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan in the early morning of June 21 UTC, which is the evening of June 20 Pacific time. This weekend's flyby, which is the 71st Titan flyby of the mission even though it is known as "T70," takes Cassini 70 km (43 miles) lower than it has ever been at Titan before.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

Eta Carinae
Enigmatic star could emerge from its gassy cocoon
(Jun 18, 2010)

The star Eta Carinae, once one of the brightest in the southern sky, has long been shrouded in mystery. After a huge outburst of gas that occurred more than 150 years ago, it has largely been hidden by a dense cloud of dust. Now, Eta Car puzzling researchers again. A US-based team has recorded a steep, inexplicable drop in its stellar wind.

Read more. Source: Nature

IC 3418
Astronomers discover star-studded galaxy tail
(Jun 18, 2010)

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer has discovered a galaxy tail studded with bright knots of new stars. The tail, which was created as the galaxy IC 3418 plunged into the neighboring Virgo Cluster of galaxies, offers new insight into how stars form. Visible in ultraviolet light, it had previously escaped detection at visible wavelengths.

Read more. Source: NASA/JPL

Mars surface
If there's life on Mars, it could be right-handed
(Jun 17, 2010)

Life may be left-handed, but it shows flashes of ambidexterity. That could complicate the search for life on other worlds, but it may also help clear up some puzzling findings from NASA's Viking Mars landers.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Pan-STARRS-1 telescope
'Killer space rock' hunt to begin
(Jun 17, 2010)

A new telescope facility in Hawaii designed to search for asteroids and comets which could threaten Earth has been made operational. The Pan-STARRS 1 telescope will map large portions of the sky each night to track not only close space objects, but also exploding stars (supernovae). The telescope has been taking science data for six months but is now operating from dusk-dawn each night.

Read more. Source: BBC

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