Nov. 15, 2017

88: The star that wouldn’t die

88: The star that wouldn’t die

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*The star that wouldn’t die Astronomers have discovered a zombie star that that appears to have risen from the grave. The strange star appears to have somehow survived its initial brush with death to undertake a second supernova explosion fifty years later. 

*Hunting dark photons Scientists are searching for signs of new particles that might help fill in some big blanks in sciences understanding of the universe. The new research is hunting for the hiding places for one type of theorized particle known as the dark photon - that was proposed to help explain the mystery of dark matter. 

*The link between a galaxy’s shape and its spin. Astronomers have discovered a link between a galaxies shape and how fast it rotates. The findings follow the recent discovery by a separate team linking a galaxy’s rotation in a galactic cluster to its mass rather than the density of the surrounding cluster. . 

*Juno completes its eighth orbit of Jupiter NASA’s Juno spacecraft has successfully completed its eighth swoop down towards the swirling cloud tops of Jupiter -- the solar system’s largest planet. Confirmation of the successful orbit was delayed by several days due to solar conjunction at Jupiter, which affected communications during the days prior to and after the flyby. 

*Rare white dwarf-brown dwarf binary studied Astronomers have studied a rare White Dwarf – Brown Dwarf binary star system which has shown them how some stars can be demoted into white dwarfs by their companion star’s feeding frenzy. The system is among the lowest mass stellar objects ever observed. 

*Vega launches new Moroccan spy satellite A Vega rocket has successfully launched a new Moroccan spy satellite. The Mohammed VI-A is the first of two new top secret optical imaging high resolution surveillance satellites being built for the Kingdom of Morocco. 

*The Science Report 

Western Australian coral bleaching event now the world’s worst ever. Interleukin-11 could be key to new therapies for heart, lung and kidney diseases. Nuts linked to lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease. First Jurassic ichthyosaur fossils found in India. It’s true: losers are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories. 

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