Giant Magellan Telescope Gets Fast Tracked By National Science Foundation

The Giant Magellan Telescope has gotten $17.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to accelerate the prototyping and testing of some of the most powerful optical and infrared technologies ever engineered. The Giant Magellan Telescope will be three times the size of any ground-based optical telescope built to date. The GMT and the Thirty …

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Phosphine in Clouds of Venus Could Be Signs of Life

Phosphine Gas is in the atmosphere of Venus at 20 parts per billion and no non-biological path to explain the Phosphine. There are no currently known abiotic production routes in Venus’s atmosphere, clouds, surface and subsurface, or from lightning, volcanic or meteoritic delivery. It is either unknown photochemistry or geochemistry or there is some kind …

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Roman Space Telescope AKA WFIRST Field of View 100 Times Hubble

The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope or WFIRST) is a NASA infrared space observatory that will launch in 2025. The funding for this and all NASA projects is precarious. NASA’s ability to execute on large, multi-year science project has also been less than reliable. Roman uses an existing 2.4-meter wide …

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Solar Systems Without a Jupiter Can Have up to Seven Earth-like Planets

Other solar system could have as many as seven Earth-like planets, when those solar systems do not have a gas giant planet like Jupiter. The team created a model system in which they simulated planets of various sizes orbiting their stars. An algorithm accounted for gravitational forces and helped test how the planets interacted with …

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Robust Computational Model for New State of Matter – Strange Metals

Using cutting-edge computational techniques, researchers from the Flatiron Institute in New York City and Cornell University have solved the first robust theoretical model of strange metals. The work reveals that strange metals are a new state of matter. Strange metals share remarkable properties with black holes, opening exciting new directions for theoretical physics. In a …

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