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Astronomy / Space Science - 12.12.2012
“missing link” of black holes
The discovery of a bingeing black hole that is expelling powerful beams of material has shed new light on some of the brightest X-ray sources seen in other galaxies, according to new research led by Durham University. Using Earth-orbiting X-ray telescopes, including NASA's Swift and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton satellites, a large international team of astronomers watched as the X-ray emission from the black hole in our nearest neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda - found more than 2 million light years away - brightened and faded over the course of six months.

Astronomy / Space Science - 05.12.2012
Sussex space scientists help to reveal brilliant world of starburst galaxies
Sussex space scientists help to reveal brilliant world of starburst galaxies
University of Sussex astronomers and space scientists in Hawaii have helped to reveal hundreds of previously unseen starburst galaxies - the birthplace of the stars that populate our Universe. The number of starburst galaxies observed by the European Space Agency's (ESA) Herschel space observatory and the ground-based Keck telescopes in Hawaii reveals the extraordinarily high star-formation rates across the history of the Universe.

Astronomy / Space Science - 29.11.2012
Clearest evidence yet of polar ice losses
An international team of satellite experts has produced the most accurate assessment of ice losses from Antarctica and Greenland to date, ending 20 years of uncertainty. In a landmark study the researchers show that melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets has contributed 11.1 millimetres to global sea levels since 1992.

Astronomy / Space Science - Administration - 29.11.2012
Clearest evidence yet of polar ice losses
An international team involving Durham University experts has produced the most accurate assessment of ice losses from Antarctica and Greenland to date, ending 20 years of uncertainty. In a landmark study the researchers show that melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets has contributed 11.1 millimetres to global sea levels since 1992.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 28.11.2012
Graphite experiment shines new light on giant planets, white dwarfs & laser-driven fusion
An international team led by researchers from the University of Warwick and Oxford University is now dealing with unexpected results of an experiment with strongly heated graphite (up to 17,000 degrees Kelvin). The findings may pose a new problem for physicists working in laser-driven nuclear fusion and may also lead astrophysicists to revise our understanding of the life cycle of giant planets and stars.

Astronomy / Space Science - 22.11.2012
Astrophysicists show that dwarf planet Makemake has no atmosphere
A global team of scientists have observed the dwarf planet Makemake, 5000 million miles away, as it drifted in front of a distant star and blocked its light. The new observations have allowed them to check for the first time whether Makemake is surrounded by an atmosphere. This chilly world has an orbit lying in the outer Solar System and was expected to have an atmosphere like Pluto, but this is now shown not to be the case.

Astronomy / Space Science - 16.11.2012
Astronomers from Durham University use prototype instrument to observe the total eclipse of the sun
Astronomers from Durham University use prototype instrument to observe the total eclipse of the sun
Astronomers from Durham University used a prototype of a new instrument being developed in collaboration with a team from Yunnan Astronomical Observatory in China, to observe the outer layers of the sun during a total solar eclipse visible from northern Queensland, Australia.

Physics - Astronomy / Space Science - 13.11.2012
Supersymmetry squeezed as LHC spots ultra rare particle decay
Supersymmetry squeezed as LHC spots ultra rare particle decay
An observation of this very rare decay is a key result that is putting our Supersymmetry theory colleagues in a spin. Results of this quality rely on the dedication and enthusiasm of research post-docs who analyse the data as it pours from the experiment" —Professor Val Gibson The result is very damaging to new theories like the extremely popular Supersymmetry.

Astronomy / Space Science - Earth Sciences - 22.10.2012
New understanding of Antarctic’s weight-loss
New data which more accurately measures the rate of ice-melt could help us better understand how Antarctica is changing in the light of global warming. New data which more accurately measures the rate of ice-melt could help us better understand how Antarctica is changing in the light of global warming.

Astronomy / Space Science - 15.10.2012
Planet with four stars discovered
Planet with four stars discovered
For the first time a planet has been found that orbits one pair of stars and has a second pair of stars revolving around it - so that four stars illuminate its skies. The discovery was made by volunteers using the planethunters.org website alongside a team led by astronomers from Oxford University, Yale University, and Adler Planetarium.