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Discovery of giant gas cloud around distant star raises questions

Discovery of giant gas cloud around distant star raises questions

Scientists have made a discovery that has raised some questions about the conventional theory of planet formation. Astronomers using ALMA have discovered a young star that is surrounded by a huge amount of gas. The star is 49 CETI, and it is 40 million years old. According to conventional theories of planet formation that giant gas cloud should have disappeared by that age.

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New dark energy theory claims it may not even exist

New dark energy theory claims it may not even exist

Dark energy, science's murky potential explanation for why the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate, may not even exist (for the most part), a new theory claims. Researchers with Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University (IKBFU) in Russia have published a new study that offers an alternative potential explanation for why the universe is expanding, one that doesn't violate the law of universal gravitation.

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Japan’s affordable constellation satellite plan gets a launch window

Japan’s affordable constellation satellite plan gets a launch window

Japan's space agency is planning a standardized platform for constellation satellites, paving the way for a globe-circling mesh of relatively affordable, modular units that will be designed by Mitsubishi. Constellations typically consist of numerous small, identical satellites, relying on ease of deployment and economies of scale to open access to space to a broader audience.

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New smart glove for astronauts may one day explore the moon and Mars

New smart glove for astronauts may one day explore the moon and Mars

As the United States gears up to return to the moon in preparation for a trip to Mars in the future, scientists and researchers all around the world are working on new technology that will help humans make that trip. One piece of the new tech is from NTNU students who have developed a new smart glove for astronauts that can be used while exploring other planets.

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Boeing Starliner lands safely on the ground after rocky launch

Boeing Starliner lands safely on the ground after rocky launch

Elon Musk's SpaceX may have the lion's share of successful landings of rockets but rival Boeing is calling dibs on a different sort of landing. Its CST-100 Starliner was supposed to rendezvous with the International Space Station this weekend but failed to meet that objective due to a slight mishap. Fortunately, the mission didn't end in a complete failure and now Boeing boasts of the first successful landing of an orbital crew capsule, paving the way for more tests in the near future.

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Smelly, toxic gas on other planets may be perfect proof of alien life

Smelly, toxic gas on other planets may be perfect proof of alien life

What do fish bowels, swamps, and mounds of penguin dung all have in common? A noxious gas that may be the best evidence for extraterrestrial life. That's according to researchers with MIT, which reports that smelly and flammable phosphine gas is produced by a type of life form that doesn't require oxygen to live. These organisms, it turns out, are the only thing capable of producing the gas on rocky exoplanets, potentially making it easier to discover alien life.

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NASA: Boeing Starliner won’t reach ISS after glitch spoils orbit [Updated]

NASA: Boeing Starliner won’t reach ISS after glitch spoils orbit [Updated]

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner may have had a successful launch this morning, but the spacecraft has failed to reach its planned orbit, NASA has confirmed. The mission was meant to be Starliner's inaugural flight to the International Space Station, but following separation from the Atlas 5 rocket things went awry.

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Apple’s next huge project may be satellites

Apple’s next huge project may be satellites

For a while now, we've seen Apple attempt to expand beyond mobile devices and hardware to find extra sources of revenue. This year, those efforts materialized into a bunch of different subscription services, but over the new few years, we may see the company go in a completely different direction. According to a new report, Apple may take a page out of the SpaceX handbook and launch some satellites of its own.

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ESA launches Cheops, its first mission to explore exoplanets

ESA launches Cheops, its first mission to explore exoplanets

The European Space Agency has successfully launched its Cheops satellite as part of a mission to explore exoplanets that exist beyond our Solar System. Assuming everything goes according to plan, Cheops will be used to learn more about these distant planets, some of which are believed to be potentially capable of sustaining life. This is the first time the ESA has launched a mission dedicated to these planets.

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This dramatic Sun explosion could unlock the secrets of fusion

This dramatic Sun explosion could unlock the secrets of fusion

A never-before-seen magnetic explosion has confirmed a long-suspected theory about our Sun, not to mention creating a dramatic light show spotted for the first time. NASA scientists at the Solar Dynamics Observatory caught the moment a vast loop of superheated material erupted from the surface of the Sun on the SDO's sensors, then blossomed into a magnetic explosion.

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NASA’s NICER instrument delivers best-ever Pulsar measurements

NASA’s NICER instrument delivers best-ever Pulsar measurements

NASA has announced that it has taken some new measurements of a Pulsar using the NASA Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer or NICER. That instrument is an x-ray telescope that is aboard the ISS.

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Scientists shed new insight on how spiral galaxies form

Scientists shed new insight on how spiral galaxies form

Scientists have long wondered exactly how spiral galaxies, like our Milky Way, get their shape. New observations of a distant galaxy are shedding light on that question. Researchers from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy say that magnetic fields play a strong role in the shaping of these spiral galaxies.

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