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Exploding 'laptop batt' IN SPAAACE! Speeding lithium spaffed by nova

Pic For the first time, astronomers have detected lithium spread across space at high speed by an exploding star. The eggheads hope this discovery will solve one of the chemical riddles of the universe. Using telescopes in Chile, an Italian team focused on Nova Centauri 2013, a nova whose light reached Earth two years ago. It is …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2015
Black hole

GIGANTIC galaxy-chomping black hole rips boffins a new one

A team of astroboffins from ETH Zurich's Institute for Astronomy have discovered an enormous black hole that shouldn't exist. The black hole is one of the largest ever recorded, the equivalent of about seven billion the mass of our Sun. It resides in the heart of galaxy CID-947, which is around 11 billion light years away, …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2015
CR7 galaxy

Version 0.1 super-stars built the universe – and they lived all the way over there, boffins point

Pic Astronomers have recorded the brightest galaxy yet seen in the universe. It was formed 800 million years after the Big Bang, and has evidence of an until-now theoretical type of star. The galaxy, dubbed Cosmos Redshift 7 aka CR7, is three times brighter than anything astronomers have seen so far, but the distances involved …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2015
Quasar 3C 273

Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

Baffled astronomers at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii are scratching their heads after finding a group of four quasars, a gathering that current cosmological thinking rates as a ten million-to-one chance of occurring. quasars Four into one shouldn't go "If you discover something which, according to current scientific …
Iain Thomson, 15 May 2015

TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

The first stars were formed much later than had been previously thought in the boffinry community, according to new maps of the universe's "ancient light" from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite. Astrophysicists have now calculated that the universe is roughly 13.8 billion years old, based on the light emitted by …
Kat Hall, 6 Feb 2015
Planck view of BICEP2 field (image credit: ESA/Planck)

Tearful boffins confirm grav wave tsunami NOT caused by Big Bang

Claims that a gravitational wave tsunami swept the universe from the Big Bang have turned to dust ... interstellar dust. Last September, the smart money was already backing the idea that the signal didn't come from the early universe and, on Friday, scientists agreed that the "gravitational waves remain elusive." No …
Team Register, 31 Jan 2015
Parallel universe wormhole

Is there ANOTHER UNIVERSE headed BACKWARDS IN TIME?

Cosmologists reckon we could be sitting opposite an alternative universe where time is moving backwards, thanks to the Big Bang. Dr Julian Barbour of College Farm, Dr Tim Koslowski of the University of New Brunswick and Dr Flavio Mercati of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics have tried to figure out the age-long …
Lindsay Dodgson, 15 Dec 2014

GRAV WAVE DRAMA: 'Big Bang echo' may have been grit on the scanner – boffins

Data from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite has cast doubt over the claimed discovery of a gravitational wave tsunami sweeping the universe from the Big Bang. In March, a team of astrophysicists running the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization 2 (BICEP2) observatory shocked the scientific …
Iain Thomson, 22 Sep 2014

Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

A recent poll brings bad news for those who trust in scientific consensus: over half of Americans doubt the Big Bang theory of the inception of the universe, and about four out of ten doubt evolution, that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, and that humans exacerbate global warming, despite overwhelming evidence for all four …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Apr 2014
Charlie Rose (L) and Larry Page (R) at TED 2014 in Vancouver

'It is disappointing that the government secretly did this stuff'

Quotw This was the week when legendary security mailing list Full Disclosure closed down after 12 years when admin John Cartwright threw in the towel in utter exasperation. The service where security researchers could post details of exploits and vulnerabilities is closing after Cartwright reached the end of his tether with running …
gravity waves

Grav waves: Moment when 'father of Big Bang inflation' learns he was RIGHT ALL ALONG

Vid Returning soldiers with children running into their arms. The look of shock during a birth or marriage proposal. Thanks to the ubiquity of phones, cameras and social networks, you're never far from a reaction shot online. And occasionally these snaps swerve around Facebook walls and into the history books. The BICEP2 team …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2014
gravity waves

GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

Pics A team of astrophysicists has announced a sighting of gravitational waves – formed in the first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the universe as we know it blinked into existence. The breakthrough discovery throws enormous weight behind the famous inflationary Big Bang theory. The boffins must be …
Iain Thomson, 17 Mar 2014
australia

Aussie boffins can detect orbiting SPACE JUNK using rock gods' radiation

Scientists in Western Australia think they've cracked a way to use FM radio emissions from a youth station to track man-made garbage in low-Earth orbit. The boffins have demonstrated the technique using the International Space Station as a target. The newly built Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) in remote Boolardy sheep station …
Iain Thomson, 29 Nov 2013

Pac-Man GHOST nebula is literally the coolest thing in the universe – boffins

Pic If you're searching for the ideal place to hold your Halloween party next Thursday, may we suggest the Pac-Man-ghost-shaped Boomerang Nebula in the constellation Centarus? The Boomerang Nebula in the constellation Centaurus, as imaged by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope 'Casper, the Friendly …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2013

Space probe spies MYSTERY 'Cold Spot' in very fabric of cosmos itself

Top international boffins poring over a newly-produced sky map of the microwaves released when the entire universe exploded into being out of soup have confessed themselves baffled by a mysterious "cold spot" on the chart whose existence today's science cannot explain. MYSTERY of the cosmic soup blast shine cold spot enigma …
Lewis Page, 21 Mar 2013
The Register breaking news

Big Bang bashing boffins ‘Big Bounce’ back to BIRTH OF TIME

A group of Penn State physicists says the universe we now see could have arisen from a "Big Bounce" rather than a Big Bang. The new work by Penn State, led by professor Abhay Ashtekar, director of the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos, proposes ways to apply quantum physics "further back in time than ever before – right …
The Register breaking news

BOSS Bang boffins: DARK ENERGY spreading across the Universe

New data from looking at black holes has confirmed a theory that dark energy is accelerating the expansion of the universe. The findings come from a research team that goes by the name of BOSS (Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey). Scientists have used a technique of measuring the light emitted from quasars - dying …
Anna Leach, 13 Nov 2012
Puppis A supernova remnant captured by WISE

Elemental origins glimpsed in 12 beellion year old supernova

Scientists have found the remnants of two supernovae that appear to have occurred in the universe’s infancy, shedding new light (pardon the pun) on reality’s formative years and the origins of matter. The two stellar explosions are only visible because the stars involved were giants. One, the romantically-named SN 2213-1745, …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2012

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