/ Jul 22, 2017

Mystery space signal is solved (It's not aliens)

Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been found.It hasn’t. The signal, which has been formally named “Weird!” was interference from a ...

Subatomic particle with unique structure found

/ Jul 7, 2017

Subatomic particle with unique structure found

European scientists have discovered a new subatomic particle containing a never-before-seen combination of quarks, the most basic building blocks of matter.The particle, a baryon dubbed Xi cc, contains two heavy “charm” quarks and one “up” quark, and has about four times the mass of ...

China launches its first X-ray space telescope

/ Jun 15, 2017

China launches its first X-ray space telescope

China successfully launched on Thursday its first X-ray space telescope to study black holes, pulsars and gamma-ray bursts, state media reported.A Long March-4B rocket carried the 2.5-ton telescope into orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China’s Gobi Desert at 11 a.m., ...

/ Jun 9, 2017

Key ingredient of life found circling infant stars

Two teams of astronomers said Thursday they have for the first time detected a key chemical building block of life swirling around infant stars that resemble our sun before its planets formed.The molecule, methyl isocyanate, “plays an essential role in the formation of proteins, ...

SpaceX blasts off cargo using recycled spaceship

/ Jun 4, 2017

SpaceX blasts off cargo using recycled spaceship

SpaceX on Saturday blasted off a shipment of food and supplies for the astronauts living at the International Space Station using for the first time a vessel that had flown before.The refurbished Dragon cargo capsule soared into space aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at ...