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NASA’s James Webb telescope gets hit by a micrometeroid

Astronomers everywhere have high hopes for NASA’s James Webb telescope. It’s supposed to give us an insight into the first stars and galaxies that ever formed and into the atmospheres of potentially habitable exoplanets. That is why NASA and its partners had engineered it to be able to withstand harsh situations, such as being bombarded …

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Uncovering a novel way to bring the energy that powers the sun and stars to Earth

Uncovering a novel way to bring the energy that powers the sun and stars to Earth

From left: PPPL physicists Ken Hill, Lan Gao, and Brian Kraus; image of the National Ignition Facility. Credit: Kiran Sudarsanan Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have uncovered critical new details about fusion facilities that use lasers to compress the fuel that produces fusion energy. The new data …

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Swirling Clouds in Jupiter’s Dynamic North North Temperate Belt

Jupiter Discovered To Be Inhomogeneous – Metallicity Reveals New Clues About Planet’s Origin

A multitude of swirling clouds in Jupiter’s dynamic North North Temperate Belt is captured in this image from NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Credit: Enhanced image by Gerald Eichstädt and Sean Doran (CC BY-NC-SA) based on images provided courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS New research finds that[{” attribute=””>Jupiter’s gaseous envelope doesn’t have a homogeneous distribution and its metallicity reveals …

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Is this the oldest tree in the world?

Is this the oldest tree in the world?

Tea world’s oldest tree may have been standing for centuries when the first boulders were erected at Stonehenge, new research suggests. The ancient giant, an alert (Fitzroya cupressoides) known as the “Gran Abuelo” (or great grandfather in Spanish) that towers over a ravine in the Chilean Andes, may be roughly 5,400 years old, a new …

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NASA Says a Tiny Space Rock Has Impacted The James Webb Space Telescope

NASA Says a Tiny Space Rock Has Impacted The James Webb Space Telescope

In its new home far from Earth, the James Webb Space Telescope maybe isn’t quite as alone as it seems. The pocket of space occupied by the telescope isn’t a total vacuum – and now the inevitable has happened, with a tiny piece of rock, a micrometeorite, colliding with one of Webb’s mirror segments. But …

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New insights into neutron star matter

New insights into neutron star matter

Artist’s rendering showing the simulation of two merging neutron stars (left) and the emerging particle tracks that can be seen in a heavy-ion collision (right) that creates matter under similar conditions in the laboratory. Credit: Tim Dietrich, Arnaud Le Fevre, Kees Huyser, ESA/Hubble, Sloan Digital Sky Survey An international research team has for the first …

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Russia wants to restart Germany's black-hole searching space telescope

Russia wants to restart Germany’s black-hole searching space telescope

Russia wants to restart a German black-hole searching telescope that went to space aboard a Russian satellite in 2019. Germany ordered the telescope mothballed in early March in response to Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine. The telescope, called eROSITA and mounted on the Russian Spektr-RG spacecraft, scans the sky for sources of X-ray radiation (black …

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Mars helicopter Ingenuity has a dead sensor but should keep flying

Mars helicopter Ingenuity has a dead sensor but should keep flying

Ingenuity, the small helicopter that accompanied NASA’s Perseverance rover to Mars, was designed to make just a handful of flight tests after the duo landed in the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater in February 2021. Since then, Ingenuity has far exceeded design expectations, with 28 flights under its belt. However, conditions in Jezero Crater have changed …

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Axial Higgs Mode

Physicists Discover Elusive New Particle Through Tabletop Experiment

An interdisciplinary team led by Boston College physicists has discovered a new particle – or a previously undetectable quantum excitation – known as the axial Higgs mode, a magnetic relative of the mass-defining Higgs Boson particle, the team reports in the journal Nature. Credit: Nature Materials that contain the axial Higgs mode could serve as …

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