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From SPACE.com: "Newfound Alien Planet Has Longest Year Known for Transiting World"

SPACE.com

July 22, 2014
Mike Wall, Senior Writer

A newfound alien planet is one for the record books.

The alien planet Kepler-421b — which crosses the face of, or transits, its host star from Earth’s perspective — takes 704 Earth days to complete one orbit, and thus has the longest year known for any transiting alien world, researchers said. 543 more words

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From Caltech: "50 Years of Quarks"


Caltech

07/22/2014
A Milestone in Physics

Douglas Smith

Caltech’s Murray Gell-Mann simplified the world of particle physics in 1964 by standing it on its head. He theorized that… 1,897 more words

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From NASA Science News: "Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012"

NASA Science News

July 23, 2014
Dr. Tony Phillips

If an asteroid big enough to knock modern civilization back to the 18th century appeared out of deep space and buzzed the Earth-Moon system, the near-miss would be instant worldwide headline news. 1,489 more words

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From ESO: "Lives and Deaths of Sibling Stars"


European Southern Observatory

23 July 2014
Richard Hook
ESO education and Public Outreach Department
Garching bei München, Germany

Tel: +49 89 3200 6655
Email: rhook@eso.org… 627 more words

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From Brookhaven Lab via Scientific American: "Proton Spin Mystery Gains a New Clue"

Brookhaven Lab


Jul 21, 2014
Clara Moskowitz

Physicists long assumed a proton’s spin came from its three constituent quarks. New measurements suggest particles called… 1,152 more words

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From NASA/Fermi: "NASA's Fermi Finds A 'Transformer' Pulsar"

NASA Fermi

July 22, 2014
Francis Reddy, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning… 1,120 more words

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From NASA/ESA Hubble: "Hubble traces the halo of a galaxy more accurately than ever before"

Hubble

22 July 2014
Marina Rejkuba
European Southern Observatory
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6453
Email: mrejkuba@eso.org

Laura Greggio
INAF, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova… 827 more words

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