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Large Hadron Collider warms up for final drive to catch a Higgs boson Feb 28, 2011
US space shuttle Discovery docks at space station Feb 27, 2011
Dark matter theory challenged by gassy galaxies result Feb 25, 2011
Shuttle Discovery sets out on last voyage Feb 25, 2011
Two planets found sharing one orbit Feb 25, 2011
NASA counts down to shuttle Discovery's final flight Feb 23, 2011
Exoplanet findings spark philosophical debate Feb 22, 2011
'Music of the stars' now louder Feb 21, 2011
Watching the dawn of planet formation Feb 19, 2011
Scientists build the world's first anti-laser Feb 18, 2011
Sun unleashes huge solar flare towards Earth Feb 17, 2011
Herschel measures dark matter for star-forming galaxies Feb 17, 2011
Is there an unknown giant planet in the solar system? Feb 16, 2011
Stardust spacecraft makes comet flyby Feb 16, 2011
Stardust spacecraft makes comet flyby Feb 15, 2011
Spinning black holes 'twist light' Feb 14, 2011
Stardust closes in for a Valentine's Day rendezvous with Comet Tempel 1 Feb 13, 2011
Who ate all the planets? Blame the 'bloatars' Feb 11, 2011
Asteroid makes sharpest turn yet seen in solar system Feb 10, 2011
New rocket could lift astronauts Feb 9, 2011
Proposed mission to Jupiter system achieves milestone Feb 8, 2011
STEREO satellites move either side of Sun Feb 7, 2011
Mars sand dunes shift and change annually, images show Feb 6, 2011
Neutron star seen forming exotic new state of matter Feb 4, 2011
>Exoplanet hunt turns up 54 potentially habitable worlds Feb 4, 2011
Six exoplanets in close orbit around far-flung star Feb 2, 2011
How to cook up 'foamy' space-time in the lab Feb 2, 2011


Large Hadron Collider
Large Hadron Collider warms up for final drive to catch a Higgs boson
(Feb 28, 2011)


The race to discover an elusive subatomic particle that was predicted by researchers nearly half a century ago enters the final straight this week at the home of the world's largest scientific instrument. Workers at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, will begin smashing particles together inside the 6bn Large Hadron Collider within days, following a 10-week winter shutdown for basic maintenance.

Read more. Source: The Guardian

Discovery docked at the ISS
US space shuttle Discovery docks at space station
(Feb 27, 2011)


The US space shuttle Discovery has docked at the International Space Station. It has docked for the last time, as it is set to be retired after this mission and placed in a museum. This is the 13th time it has flown to the space station, where it is to deliver a new store room and a sophisticated humanoid robot.

Read more. Source: BBC

Low surface brightness galaxies like F549-1 lend greater precision to the Mond theory's predictions
Dark matter theory challenged by gassy galaxies result
(Feb 25, 2011)


A controversial theory that challenges the existence of dark matter has been buoyed by studies of gas-rich galaxies. Instead of invoking dark matter, the Modified Newtonian Dynamics theory says that the effects of gravity change in places where its pull is very low. The new paper suggests that MOND better predicts the relationship between gassy galaxies' rotation speeds and masses.

Read more. Source: BBC

final launch of Discovery
Shuttle Discovery sets out on last voyage
(Feb 25, 2011)


The US shuttle Discovery has launched from the Kennedy Space Center for the last time. The orbiter roared into a bright blue Florida sky, leaving the pad at 1653 local time (2153 GMT). Its 11-day mission will see it deliver a new store room and a sophisticated humanoid robot to the International Space Station (ISS).

Read more. Source: BBC

artist's impression of KOI-730
Two planets found sharing one orbit
(Feb 25, 2011)


Buried in the flood of data from the Kepler telescope is a planetary system unlike any seen before. Two of its apparent planets share the same orbit around their star. If the discovery is confirmed, it would bolster a theory that Earth once shared its orbit with a Mars-sized body that later crashed into it, resulting in the Moon's formation.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Shuttle launch sign
NASA counts down to shuttle Discovery's final flight
(Feb 23, 2011)


A sign at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida counts down to the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery this Thursday. The 11-day mission will deliver Robonaut, a humanoid robot, to the International Space Station, along with a new storage module.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

exoplanet
Exoplanet findings spark philosophical debate
(Feb 22, 2011)


How many worlds are there out there? Are we alone in the universe? What were once speculative and philosophical questions are now being tackled with real data, generated by NASA's planet-hunting space telescope, Kepler.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

Kepler
'Music of the stars' now louder
(Feb 21, 2011)


The Kepler space telescope measures the sizes and ages of stars five times better than any other means – when it "listens" to the sounds they make. Bill Chaplin, speaking at the AAAS conference in Washington, said that Kepler was an exquisite tool for what is called astroseismology. The technique measures minuscule variations in a star's brightness that occur as soundwaves bounce within it.

Read more. Source: BBC

formation of a planetary system
Watching the dawn of planet formation
(Feb 19, 2011)


Christian Thalmann of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, together with an international team of astronomers, has captured detailed shots of a planetary disk forming. The images, taken from a planet-hunting camera aboard the Subaru Telescope, could provide insights into the genesis of our own solar system.

Read more. Source: New Scientist

ant-laser
Scientists build the world's first anti-laser
(Feb 18, 2011)


Physicists have built the world's first device that can cancel out a laser beam – a so-called anti-laser. The device, created by a team from Yale University, is capable of absorbing an incoming laser beam entirely. But this is not intended as a defence against high-power laser weapons, the researchers said.

Read more. Source: BBC

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