Earth from space banner

home > space & science news > space & science news: April 2012: 1 | 2 | 3

Martian dust devil
12-mile-high Martian dust devil caught in the act
(Apr 6, 2012)

A Martian dust devil roughly 20km (12 miles) was captured whirling its way along the Amazonis Planitia region of Northern Mars on March 14. It was imaged by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Despite its height, the plume is little more than three-quarters of a football field wide (70 meters).

Read more. NASA/JPL

NGC 3801
LHC is back with big energy boost
(Apr 5, 2012)

The Large Hadron Collider is operating again after its winter break. Early on Thursday, opposing stable beams of protons were smashed into each other at four observation positions. The total collision energy in these bunches of subatomic particles was eight trillion electron volts – a world record.

Read more. BBC

NGC 3801
Cosmic 'leaf blower' robs galaxy of star-making fuel
(Apr 4, 2012)

Supernova explosions and the jets of a monstrous black hole are scattering a galaxy's star-making gas like a cosmic leaf blower, a new study finds. The findings, which relied on ultraviolet observations from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and a host of other instruments, fill an important gap in the current understanding of galactic evolution.

Read more. NASA/JPL

artists's impression of KIC 05807616
The planets that survived being inside a star
(Apr 3, 2012)

Two small planets found orbiting KIC 05807616 may be fragments of a much larger world that was swallowed up when the star became a red giant. A massive super-Jupiter, a new theory suggests, broke apart in the intense heat leaving behind the fragments we now see circling around the star after its surface receded.

Read more. New Scientist

Large Hadron Collider
Is nature natural?
(Apr 2, 2012)

In the Standard Model of particle physics, the mass of the Higgs boson has to be fantastically fine-tuned. This is one of the problems that supersymmetry could solve – in which case, we ought to see some evidence for it in the experiments being carried out at the Large Hadron Collider. But many physicists are getting puzzled by the absence of supersymmetry, or in fact of any new physics which could do its job, in the LHC data.

Read more. The Guardian

alien attack
Alien attack on Earth
(Apr 1, 2012)

This morning a series of large unidentified aerial craft, believed to be from another world, began an unprovoked attack on towns in the Valencia region of Spain. Here is a photo taken from a hilltop overlooking Genoves as the ships flew over shooting their heat rays indiscriminately. This day – April 1st, 2012 – will go down in the annals of infamy. Also, by coincidence, it's the UK pub date of my new book Megacatastrophes! Nine Strange Ways the World Could End...

1 | 2 | 3


You are here:

> Space & Science news
> April 2012:
1 | 2 | 3

Other news sections

Latest science news
Archeo news
Eco news
Health news
Living world news
Paleo news
Strange news
Tech news

Also on this site:

Encyclopedia of Science

Encyclopedia of Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living

News archive