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    The SN 10: Meet the scientists ready to transform their fields

    Earlier this year, General Electric asked a brilliant question: What if scientist Mildred Dresselhaus was treated like a celebrity? The idea, aired as a TV commercial, had many of us smiling at the possibility. In the ad, fans stop the nanoscience pioneer in the street to take selfies, a young girl receives a Dresselhaus doll as a birthday gift and a student sends a Millie emoji after acing a...

    10/04/2017 - 13:54 Science & Society
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    The Cassini probe dies tomorrow. Here’s how to follow its end

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    It’s not every day that a spacecraft gets vaporized by the very planet it sought to explore.

    After 13 years studying Saturn and its moons, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will plunge into the ringed gas giant’s atmosphere. The mission will come to a close at about 7:55 a.m. EDT (4:55 a.m. PDT) Friday, when Saturn’s atmosphere pushes Cassini’s antenna away from Earth,...

    09/14/2017 - 14:30 Planetary Science
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    Cosmic lens lets astronomers zoom in on a black hole’s burps

    Astronomers have caught their best look ever at blobs of hot gas fleeing a supermassive black hole, thanks to a new kind of cosmic magnifying glass.

    Anthony Readhead of the Owens Valley Radio Observatory at Caltech and colleagues caught two small, hot bursts traveling away from a bright galaxy called J1415+1320 at near the speed of light. Although the galaxy is billions of light-years...

    08/18/2017 - 17:01 Astronomy
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    Astronomers prepare for 2017 solar eclipse spectacle

    Eeriness creeps in. Colors change and shadows sharpen. The last minutes before a total solar eclipse trigger a primal reaction in the human psyche, says astronomer Jay Pasachoff.

    “You don’t know what’s going on,” says Pasachoff, of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. “But you know something is wrong.”

    Millions of people will know something is wrong on August 21, 2017, when a...

    08/16/2016 - 06:00 Astronomy
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    Glimpse of baby planet shows what to expect when a star is expecting

    Like a cosmic sonogram, new images showcase an infant world growing in the planetary womb that encircles a young star. This is the first time researchers have observed a young planet actively feeding from the disk of gas in which it lives.

    Light from hydrogen gas swirling around the planet gave the baby world away, researchers report November 18 in Nature. The glowing hydrogen is baked...

    11/18/2015 - 13:36 Planetary Science
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    Neandertal bling and more reader feedback

    Strung out

    Neandertals knew how to accessorize. Eight 130,000-year-old eagle talons unearthed in Croatia show signs of being strung together and worn as a necklace or bracelet, as Bruce Bower reported in “Cache of eagle claws points to Neandertal jewelry-making” (SN: 4/18/15, p. 7).

    “If the Neandertals made string, what would they have made it out of 130,000 years ago?” asked Mark S...

    06/03/2015 - 10:50 Anthropology, Materials, Animals, Astronomy
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    Galaxy’s gas molecules reveal its structure

    A surprising movement of molecules into and out of a galaxy’s core could be shaping its highly spiral structure.

    Using ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, astronomers led by Françoise Combes of the Observatoire de Paris zoomed in on NGC 1433, a galaxy that sits 32 million light-years from Earth in the Pendulum constellation. The researchers captured the most-detailed...

    10/16/2013 - 11:41 Astronomy
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    At Home in the Universe

    When Lewis and Clark started exploring the West, they didn’t know much about what lay beyond St. Louis. Neither, at first, did astronomers know much about cosmic realms beyond Uranus.

    But just as 19th century explorers filled in huge blanks on the American map, so did 20th century skywatchers flesh out a much greater map — of frontiers...

    06/01/2012 - 10:36 Atom & Cosmos
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    Rock, Rattle and Roll

    Most scientists don’t wear protective headgear while giving talks. Then again, most scientists aren’t the target of pastry-wielding colleagues.

    But last October, when astronomer Hal Levison presented what he called a “slightly radical” mechanism for building the solar system’s giant planets, he was ready.

    “I’m really a...

    04/20/2012 - 10:12
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    Fertile Frontiers

    The solar system’s spotted bully and its ringed sidekick are holding some tantalizing treasures in their gravitational clutches. Circling Jupiter and Saturn are more than a hundred moons, including some of the most promising hosts for extraterrestrial life in the solar system.

    But not every one of these moons is an equal opportunity extraterrestrial...

    09/23/2011 - 10:30 Planetary Science, Astronomy