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When white dwarf stars collide

Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

Pics A boffin called Boffin and other scientists at the European Southern Observatory say they have spotted an astronomical first: two doomed white dwarf stars that will likely spark a supernova when they collide. The puny pair, in the planetary nebula* Henize 2-428, will crash into each other in about 700 million years, we're told …
Iain Thomson, 9 Feb 2015

So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

The recent protest by computer scientist Yossi Oren of Columbia University that he hadn't been hailed as a boffin here at El Reg prompted some lively debate at Vulture Central as what exactly defines the term. Some of us, while conceding that scientists such as Oren are indeed clever chaps, felt that his area of expertise …
Lester Haines, 12 Jun 2014
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Russian boffins race to meteorite crash lake as shard prices go sky-high

Russian boffins have struck out on their own to find fragments of the meteorite that exploded in the sky over Chelyabinsk on Friday morning - amid reports that pieces are fetching as much $10,000. An expedition found a crater in the ice over Lake Chebarkul, where the scientists believe pieces of the space rock landed. "The …
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Pret-a-porter: LG boffins' bendy battery can be worn as PANTS

You can shrink them, make them skinny, or make them swallow more charges – but unless you're a Maker Faire type, you can’t actually wear a battery. Until now. Engineering and chemistry boffins working with LG Chem have devised a cable-like lithium-ion battery just a few millimetres in diameter – and flexible enough to be …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2012
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New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car

A light-absorbing midnight-black substance dubbed Aerographite has stolen the crown for the lightest material in the world, weighing just 0.2mg per cubic centimetre. And because of its special properties, it's a serious contender to build lithium-ion batteries small and light enough to power the electronic bikes and cars of the …
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Watch out for the GIGANTIC ALIEN JELLYFISH, warns space boffin

A British satellite expert reckons aliens will be enormous bewildering monsters ideal for depicting on telly science shows, the very sort of programme the government adviser is happy to front. Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock said extraterrestrials could be football-field-size jellyfish with orange stomaches that float in the skies of …
Anna Leach, 6 Jul 2012
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CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

CERN boffins have finally hit paydirt with the Large Hadron Collider, finding a particle that is pretty much almost certainly the long sought-after Higgs boson. CMS event showing characteristics expected from the decay of the Higgs boson LOOK - THERE IT IS! IN THERE SOMEWHERE! Where before numerous findings of "strong …
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Gigantic lava spirals wreck Mars ice valley theory

A boffin-in-training has discovered huge snail-like coils of lava on Mars that suggest the flow of molten rock formed valleys on the surface rather than ice. For years scientists have wondered if parts of the Red Planet were long ago shaped by frozen water, the presence of which supports hope that there is or was life on the …
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Mega squid use HUMONGOUS eyes to spot ravenous sperm whales

Ocean-researching boffins reckon they have figured out why giant and colossal deep sea-dwelling squid need the largest eyes in the animal kingdom: to spot huge predators like sperm whales. Fresh head of a giant squid caught in 1981 Fresh head of a giant squid caught in 1981 by fisherman Henry Olsen. Picture by Ernie Choy at …
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Super-boffin Stephen Hawking to star in Big Bang Theory

British boffinry supremo Stephen Hawking will guest star in US hit comedy show The Big Bang Theory next month. The programme's maker CBS confirmed it had signed up the famed theoretical physicist, well known for writing bestseller A Brief History of Time. The broadcaster said Hawking, 70, will appear in an episode that airs …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Mar 2012
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Kung-fu tweeting Carl Douglas wins El Reg prize - with expert timing

Mr Carl Douglas - the computer scientist from Blighty's Lincoln, not the Kung-fu Fighting pop star - was fast as lightning to become @regvulture's 10,000th follower on Twitter. Winner: Carl Douglas As promised, he gets a mention in these pages after achieving such an ENORMO feat with expert timing. He now stands – or …
Team Register, 13 Feb 2012
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Boffins find prehistoric croc species with 'mate-attracting' skin helmet

Bone-bothering US boffins have identified a new species of prehistoric crocodile, nicknamed "Shieldcroc" because of a flat ornamental skin shield on its ginormous head. Artist's impression of prehistoric Shieldcroc Rather cartoony artist's rendition of Shieldcroc. Credit: Henry P. Tsai, University of Missouri The hard- …
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Boffins one step closer to invisible shed

Invisibility-investigating boffins have managed for the first time to cloak a three-dimensional object in free space – but only from microwaves. Credit: D Rainwater et al 2012 New Journal of Physics (click to enlarge) Rather than bending light around the object, an 18cm cylindrical tube, the researchers used "plasmonic …
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Exotic Russian rock CAME FROM OUTER SPACE

Atom-bothering boffins have proved that a crystal previously only found in labs also occurs naturally - in outer space. The scientists have found evidence that a 'quasicrystal' uncovered in Russia was actually part of a meteorite that fell to Earth rather than a material that was formed naturally on our home world. …
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Bumblebee boffins rediscover long-vanished species

Scientists have rediscovered an extremely rare species of bumblebee in the US, which hasn't been seen since 1956. Cockerell's Bumblebee Cockerell's Bumblebee. Credit: G Ballmer, UC Riverside The find has prompted a lot of excitement due to the concern about bee species disappearing around the world. The bumblebee boffins …
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Dyson sinks £1.4m into Cambridge engineering chair

Vacuum-maker James Dyson has plunged over a million pounds into funding engineering research at Cambridge University. And he doesn't just want the funded boffins looking at vacuum cleaners. One of the billionaire's stipulations for the post is that it will encourage speculative research into areas that may not be commercially …
Anna Leach, 24 Nov 2011
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New 'plasma lamps' to replace fluorescent bulbs, LEDs

Boffins hope to be rolling in cash after finding a new way to use plasma to make light bulbs. The research team, which was funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, has made wafer-thin, flexible sheets of light by putting plasma in an array of micro-cavities in a sheet of aluminium foil, and now hopes to build a …
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Boffins try to get closer to hot bodies

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found a way of of increasing the amount of energy that can harvested from a hot body*. If the discovery lives up to the hype then it could possibly pave the way to devices that can use waste heat as a power source. Pointing out the potential of wasted heat, the press …
Pratik Desai, 19 Nov 2009

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