Astrophysics News

07/13/2010

Dark Energy Measurement Sheds New Light on Universe's Expansion

Biologists have shown that the electrical activity in developing neurons can change the transmitters that neurons make and use to communicate.

07/06/2010

Kavli Prize Science Forum 2010: "The Role of International Cooperation in Science"

Focusing this year on the role of international cooperation toward advancing science, the new biennial international forum will facilitate high-level, global discussion of major topics on science and science policy.

06/24/2010

Astronomers Detect Strong Winds On An Exoplanet

Since the first exoplanet, discovered in 1995, more than 460 others have been found. While astronomers have been able to measure the size, orbital characteristics, and even the molecular make up of the atmospheres, many mysteries about their formation and evolution remain.

06/14/2010

Massive Black Holes "Switched On" By Galaxy Collision

New research looks to explain how galaxies weighing in at about 300 million solar masses become "active."

06/03/2010

Names of the 2010 Kavli Prize Winners Announced

Eight scientists whose discoveries have dramatically expanded human understanding in the fields of astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience have been recognised with the award of the million-dollar Kavli Prizes.

05/18/2010

Unique Eclipsing Binary Star System Discovered by UCSB Astrophysicists

UC Santa Barbara Astrophysicists are the first to identify two white dwarf stars in an eclipsing binary system, allowing for the first direct radius measurement of a rare white dwarf.

04/15/2010

Einstein's Theory Fights Off Challengers

Two new and independent studies have put Einstein's General Theory of Relativity to the test like never before. These results, made using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, show Einstein's theory is still the best game in town.

04/02/2010

Michael Turner Named Director of Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics

The University of Chicago has named Michael S. Turner as director of its Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, effective March 29, in an ongoing commitment to probing some of the most puzzling scientific questions about the origin and evolution of the universe.

03/02/2010

Fermi Telescope Probes "Dragons" of the Gamma-ray Sky

A new study of gamma rays shows that less than a third of the emissions arise from black-hole-powered jets from active galaxies.

03/01/2010

Astronomically Large Lenses Measure the Age and Size of the Universe

Researchers have a newly precise way to measure the size and age of the universe and how rapidly it is expanding, on a par with other techniques.

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