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nasaMeasuring space telescope distortion to one-tenth the size of a hydrogen atom will enable earth sized exoplanet analysis

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Babak Saif and Lee Feinberg at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have shown for the first time that they can dynamically detect subatomic- or picometer-sized distortions — changes that are far smaller than an atom — across …

asteroidsPlanetary Resources delivers Arkyd 6 asteroid mining technology demo for launch Dec 2017

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Planetary Resources is planning to mine the asteroids in the 2020s. Planetary Resources delivered the Arkyd-6 spacecraft, their second technology demonstrator. The spacecraft has officially begun its journey to the launch pad. In the weeks leading up to launch day, …

artificial intelligenceAI finds possible gravitational lens points

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When a galaxy is hidden behind another galaxy, we can sometimes see the hidden one around the front system. This phenomenon is called a gravitational lens, because it emerges from Einstein’s general relativity theory which says that mass can bend …

astronomyAtomic Layer Deposition of silver for telescopes will boost performance by about 5%

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Researchers are developing new protective coatings for large silver-based telescope mirrors by adapting a technique widely used in the microelectronics industry. According to Phillips, most astronomical telescope mirrors use aluminum for the reflective layer, despite the superior reflective properties of …

artificial intelligenceAI Analyzes Gravitational Lenses 10 Million Times Faster

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Researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have for the first time shown that neural networks – a form of artificial intelligence – can accurately analyze the complex distortions in spacetime known as gravitational …

astonomyLIGO survey shows 100 million black holes in our Galaxy

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After conducting a cosmic inventory of sorts to calculate and categorize stellar-remnant black holes, astronomers from the University of California, Irvine have concluded that there are probably tens of millions of the enigmatic, dark objects in the Milky Way – …

astronomyPossible Exomoon discovery

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The high-profile quest to spot moons orbiting distant planets has been a series of let-downs, with each hint of an ‘exomoon’ fading under closer inspection. So astronomer David Kipping, at Columbia University in New York City, didn’t want to reveal …

astronomyLaser SETI for whole sky at a time laser flashes from aliens

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Laser SETI is an audacious project to place specialized cameras around the globe to look for laser flashes from deep space. They have raised $53,000 of a $100,000 Indiegogo campaign. This is the first project ever to scan the *whole …

camerasSupertiny cameras could shrink from pill size to dust size

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The pill-sized cameras in today’s mobile phones may seem miraculously tiny, given that a decade ago the smallest cameras available for retail sale were the size of a pack of cards. Ali Hajimiri of the California Institute of Technology will …

astronomySmallest star ever found is the size of Saturn

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The smallest star yet measured has been discovered by a team of astronomers led by the University of Cambridge. With a size just a sliver larger than that of Saturn, the gravitational pull at its stellar surface is about 300 …