Planet hunters spot Jupiter Jr., 96 light years from Earth

Planet hunters spot Jupiter Jr., 96 light years from EarthNews from Christian Science Monitor:
A team of astronomers came across the latest clue in the quest to unravel how solar systems and their planets evolve.
Scientists discovered a Jupiter-like planet circling a very young star similar to the sun about 96 light years from Earth, making it one of the smallest planets beyond our solar system that has been directly imaged. 
The team, led by Stanford University physics professor Bruce Macintosh, came across the exoplanet, dubbed 51 Eridani b, by using the new Gemini Planet Imager attached to the Gemini South Telescope [...] Continue Reading…

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Jupiter’s methane-shrouded cousin spotted around distant star

Jupiter’s methane-shrouded cousin spotted around distant starNews from Los Angeles Times:
Maybe our solar system isn’t such an oddball after all. As planet-hunting telescopes have scanned the starry heavens, they’ve discovered all kinds of strange worlds that are unlike those in our own solar neighborhood: hot Jupiters, super-Earths, mini-Neptunes. But now, astronomers say they’ve spotted a remarkably close analogue to our own planet Jupiter — and even gotten a look at its methane-rich atmosphere.
The planet, 51 Eridani b, was the first to be found using the Gemini Planet Imager. The discovery, described in the journal Science, could give researchers deeper [...] Continue Reading…

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How a widely used pesticide can give bees too much ‘buzz’

How a widely used pesticide can give bees too much ‘buzz’News from Christian Science Monitor:
Flitting from blossom to blossom, bees represent an ecological lifeline from one generation of plants to the next – paid in nectar and pollen to keep the reproductive ball rolling on farms, in woods, and in backyard gardens.
But since 2006, concerns have grown over a decline in bee colonies worldwide. One of several potential suspects researchers have identified: a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. Formulated to be less harmful to mammals than its predecessors, neonicotinoids spread throughout a plant to boost its resistance to [...] Continue Reading…

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Hubble Space Telescope marks 25th anniversary in orbit this week

Hubble Space Telescope marks 25th anniversary in orbit this weekNews from Fox News:

In this April 25, 1990 photograph provided by NASA, most of the giant Hubble Space Telescope can be seen as it is suspended in space by Discovery’s Remote Manipulator System (RMS) following the deployment of part of its solar panels and antennae. This was among the first photos NASA released on April 30 from the five-day STS-31 mission. The Hubble Space Telescope, one of NASA’S crowning glories, marks its 25th anniversary on Friday, April 24, 2015. With more than 1 million observations, including those of the farthest [...] Continue Reading…

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Vampire Squid feeds upon waste, blasts eggs

Vampire Squid feeds upon waste, blasts eggsNews from SlashGear:Chris Burns
Today you’re going to learn about a squid that’s been profiled by a couple of scientists in the latest Current Biology science publication. A paper has been released, you see, on the species Vampyroteuthis infernalis. That translates roughly to Infernal Vampire Squid, or Vampire Squid from Hell. It’s not a pleasant name, to be sure, but it’s fitting. This creature doesn’t suck blood, but it does live as close to the underworld as you’re going to get, in the deep ocean, and it does eat bits and pieces of other [...] Continue Reading…

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Giant galaxies die from the inside out

Giant galaxies die from the inside outNews from Astronomy Magazine:Astronomers have shown for the first time how star formation in “dead” galaxies sputtered out billions of years ago. The European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) and the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have revealed that 3 billion years after the Big Bang these galaxies still made stars on their outskirts but no longer in their interiors. The quenching of star formation seems to have started in the cores of the galaxies and then spread to the outer parts.A major astrophysical mystery has centered on how massive, quiescent elliptical [...] Continue Reading…

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New study indicates that our universe is expanding much slower than earlier …

New study indicates that our universe is expanding much slower than earlier …News from MicroCap Observer:

A team of scientists led by Peter Milne of the University of Arizona has published a new study in the Astrophysical Journal indicating that following the Big Bang, our universe has not been expanding as fast enough as earlier thought.
Earlier studies proved that the expansion of the universe started after the Big Bang, but the new study seems to contradict this assertion. The team led by Milne found that type la supernovae largely differ from one another and never as similar as previously thought; [...] Continue Reading…

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Nearly perfect remains of Cenozoic ‘Terror Bird’ found

Nearly perfect remains of Cenozoic ‘Terror Bird’ foundNews from National Monitor:Researchers get their best look yet at one of the fiercest birds in history.
Phorusracids, or “terror birds” were three to 10 foot tall, flightless, predatory birds that struck fear into the hearts of small animals in South America during the Cenozoic Age. Now the most perfectly preserved specimen of a terror bird found to date has introduced scientists to a new species and shed light on the lives of one of history’s fiercest predators.
The fossilized remains of Llallawavis scagliai (“Scaglia’s Magnificent Bird”) is described in the latest issue of [...] Continue Reading…

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NASA Releases Stunning Images Of Algal Bloom Captured From Space

NASA Releases Stunning Images Of Algal Bloom Captured From SpaceNews from Daily Science Journal:

NASA has released incredible images of algal blooms captured from space. The image was part of the $ 3.6 million project, which was announced by NASA to observe and measure the threat of algal blooms to freshwaters around the US.
NASA has teamed up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to use satellite data in exploring ocean biology.
The researchers stated that the soft growths of algae don’t immediately look dangerous, but these photosynthetic organism [...] Continue Reading…

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Taurus’ Young Star MWC 480 Discovered to Have Complex Organic Molecules …

Taurus’ Young Star MWC 480 Discovered to Have Complex Organic Molecules …News from Times Gazette:
A young star-forming system was discovered to contain complex organic molecules. Could this be the possibility that the same chemistry exists far away from our galaxy?
Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) studied a million-year old star called MWC 480. They discovered the first evidence for the existence of organic molecules surrounding the protoplanetary disk of the young star.
The team lead by Karin Oberg used the new and popular Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA telescope) to see the young star system. And they found [...] Continue Reading…

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