NI scientist’s role in discovering cosmic shock-waves – BBC News

NI scientist's role in discovering cosmic shock-waves - BBC News

By Conor Neeson BBC News IS 2 hours ago image source, Vanderbilt University One of the groups making the discovery is the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOgrav) Collaboration, led by Northern Ireland’s Dr Stephen Taylor. The 35-year-old credits his love of all things space-related to witnessing a partial solar eclipse in the … Read more

The amazing image of the Webb telescope shows things that scientists cannot explain

Ancient galaxies imaged by the James Webb Space Telescope's MIRI Deep Imaging Survey.

The James Webb Space Telescope allowed astronomers to see things they couldn’t explain. At least, not yet. In new research(opens in new tab) from Webb — the most powerful space observatory ever built — astronomers spent 50 hours peering into the deepest cosmos, and saw some of the first galaxies form, more than 13 billion … Read more

Giant gravitational waves: why scientists are excited

An artist's interpretation of a pair of supermassive black holes emitting gravitational waves.

The collision of two supermassive block holes emits a gravitational wave in this artist’s illustration.Credit: Aurore Simonnet for the NANOGrav Collaboration On 29 June, four separate groups of scientists made the announcement1–4 that promises to shake up astrophysics: they found strong hints of long gravitational waves biasing the Galaxy. Gravitational waves are ripples in the … Read more

Static electricity attracts ticks to hosts, scientists find

Static electricity attracts ticks to hosts, scientists find

Ticks can be attracted to air gaps many times larger than themselves by static electricity naturally built up by their hosts, researchers at the University of Bristol have found. Ticks can be attracted to air gaps many times larger than themselves by static electricity naturally built up by their hosts, researchers at the University of … Read more

Scientists detect shock waves from colliding galaxies – BBC News

Scientists detect shock waves from colliding galaxies - BBC News

By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent 37 minutes ago image source, EPTA/Steliios Thoukidides photo caption, Artist’s impression: The supermassive black holes at the center of each galaxy orbit each other, sending gravitational shock waves throughout the Universe Scientists have captured shock waves from the orbit of supermassive black holes at the center of distant galaxies as … Read more

At Webb, scientists make first detection of carbon molecule in protoplanetary disk – NASASpaceFlight.com

At Webb, scientists make first detection of carbon molecule in protoplanetary disk - NASASpaceFlight.com

27 In new data collected by the joint NASA/European Space Agency/Canadian Space Agency James Webb Space Telescope, an international team of scientists has — for the first time — found a carbon molecule inside a star’s protoplanetary disk located in the Orion Nebula. The molecule, called a methyl cation (CH3+), is a bit unusual. The … Read more

Scientists try to solve the mystery of the helium nucleus – and end up more confused than ever

An illustration of a helium atom, with two protons and neutrons in its nucleus.

One of nature’s simplest elements is giving scientists a major headache after new research shows that protons and neutrons in helium atoms don’t behave as theory suggests they should. The mismatch between theoretical predictions of how these particles behave and what they actually do could point to new physics beyond the Standard Model, the reigning … Read more

Scientists have solved a great mystery at the dawn of time itself

Scientists have solved a great mystery at the dawn of time itself

Many of us would never have thought of the fact that scientists could actually look back in time. The power of telescopes allows us to study phenomena that occurred billions of years ago, and even glimpse the dawn of creation itself. Now, astrophysicists have solved a great mystery at the heart of the birth of … Read more