From abundant hydrocarbons to rare spin liquids

Fuel such as gasoline is made up of hydrocarbons — a family of molecules consisting entirely of carbon and hydrogen. Pigment and dye, coal and tar are made up of hydrocarbons too. These common, abundant materials, sometimes even associated with waste, are not often thought of as being electronically or magnetically interesting. But now scientists have made a significant find.

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NASA’s Cassini, Voyager missions suggest new picture of Sun’s interaction with galaxy

New data from three NASA missions show that the heliosphere — the bubble of the Sun’s magnetic influence that surrounds the inner solar system — may be much more compact and rounded than previously thought. …

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Team Creates Negative Effective Mass In The Lab

A research team from WSU has created, for the first time under laboratory conditions, a fluid that behaves as if it has a negative mass.
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Hubble’s cosmic bubbles

Hubble has revealed a few of the tenuous threads comprising Sh2-308, a faint and wispy shell of gas located 5,200 light-years away in Canis Major. …

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Light rays from a supernova bent by the curvature of space-time around a galaxy

Astronomers have detected for the first time multiple images from a gravitationally lensed Type Ia supernova. The new observations suggest promising new avenues for the study of the accelerated expansion of the universe, gravity and distribution of dark matter in the universe. …

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A Map of Human History, Hidden in DNA

The computational biologist John Novembre uses our genetic code to rewrite the history of humanity. …

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Searching for ET: Breakthrough Listen initiative publishes initial results

Breakthrough Listen — the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe — has released its 11 events ranked highest for significance as well as summary data analysis results. It is considered unlikely that any of these signals originate from artificial extraterrestrial sources, but the search continues. …

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Can we see a singularity, the most extreme object in the universe?

Scientists have found new ways to detect a bare or naked singularity, the most extreme object in the universe. This finding has possible astrophysical implications. …

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Hubble celebrates 27 years with two close friends

This stunning cosmic pairing of the two very different looking spiral galaxies NGC 4302 and NGC 4298 was imaged by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The image brilliantly captures their warm stellar glow and brown, mottled patterns of dust. …

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Detailed map of potential Mars rover landing site

Mineral deposits in a region on Mars called Northeast Syrtis Major suggest a plethora of once-habitable environments. By mapping those deposits in the region’s larger geological context, the research could help set the stage for a possible rover mission. …

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