ESA releases most accurate map of the Milky Way ever

September 16, 2016 1 min read


The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the Gaia spacecraft in 2013 with the aim of creating the most complete map ever of the Milky Way galaxy and other nearby objects. It began observing […]

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Chocolate recall: Mars and Snickers bars in Germany contain plastic (Updated)

February 23, 2016 1 min read


Update: It seems as though the problem isn’t limited to Germany. The Netherlands is also recalling chocolate bars, as is France. Update 2: Mars has now widened the recall to 55 countries, with […]

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Planets orbiting Kepler 444 suggest there’s ancient life in the Milky Way

January 28, 2015 1 min read

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NASA’s exoplanet hunting Kepler space telescope has encountered a few problems as of late, but there’s still a mountain of data for astronomers to dig through from the last four years. Astronomers analyzing […]

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Optic echos let astronomers weigh distant, supermassive black hole

January 09, 2015 1 min read


Astronomers have a new weapon in their arsenal, one that lets their measure the mass of the super-massive singularities at the heart of galaxies.

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Very Large Telescope findings could force physicists to rethink the Big Bang

September 16, 2014 1 min read


New scans of the Messier 54 star cluster have confirmed a long-standing fear in astronomy: universal lithium levels are way off of our models for the creation of the universe.

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Milky Way found to have two more arms than previously thought

December 20, 2013 1 min read


New data has helped settle an ongoing difference between two high-profile data-sets. Does the Milky Way have two arms, or four?

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We have just 50 years to prepare for a supernova in our own back yard

November 05, 2013 1 min read


Sometime in the next 50 years, an alarm will go off at one of the world's most advanced neutrino detectors, and a scramble will begin. At least, that's how a team of scientists designing a new method of neutrino detection hope it will play out.

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Astronomers find a star factory in impending galactic collision

May 25, 2013 1 min read


New images of an 11 billion year-old galactic collision may change how we think about the formation of new stars.

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