NuSTAR helps solve riddle of black hole spin
Livermore CA (SPX) Mar 01, 2013 – An international team including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists has definitively measured the spin rate of a supermassive black hole for the first time. The findings, made by the two X-ray space observatories, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton, solve a long-standing debate about similar measurements in other b … more
Stott Space Aims to Mine Asteroids this Decade
Missoula MT (SPX) Mar 01, 2013 – Space may be the final frontier, but that isn’t stopping Stott Space Inc. from making it a frontier accessible to the masses. With the launch of their Indiegogo campaign, Stott Space hopes to find the resources necessary to begin large scale asteroid mining within the decade. “This is not your typical space travel dream,” says Isaac Stott, CEO of Stott Space Inc. “Current goals by existing … more
White dwarf supernova spotted in Virgo Cluster
Dallas TX (SPX) Mar 01, 2013 – Light from two massive stars that exploded hundreds of millions of years ago recently reached Earth, and each event was identified as a supernova. A supernova discovered Feb. 6 exploded about 450 million years ago, said Farley Ferrante, a graduate student at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, who made the initial observation. The exploding star is in a relatively empty portion of the s … more
Building blocks of life may be in space
Green Bank, W.Va. (UPI) Feb 28, 2013 – The discovery of prebiotic molecules in interstellar space suggests some basic chemicals key to life may have formed between the stars, U.S. astronomers say. Using the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to study a giant cloud of gas some 25,000 light-years from Earth, near the center of our Milky Way galaxy, scientists say they found evidence of a molecu … more


Light particles illuminate the vacuum
Aalto, Finland (SPX) Mar 01, 2013 – In an article published in the PNAS scientific journal, researchers from Aalto University and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland showed experimentally that vacuum has properties not previously observed. According to the laws of quantum mechanics, it is a state with abundant potentials. Vacuum contains momentarily appearing and disappearing virtual pairs, which can be converted into det … more