STELLAR CHEMISTRY
extra extra newspaperDung beetles follow the Milky Way
London, UK (SPX) Jan 29, 2013 – You might expect dung beetles to keep their “noses to the ground,” but they are actually incredibly attuned to the sky. A report published online in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, shows that even on the darkest of nights, African ball-rolling insects are guided by the soft glow of the Milky Way. While birds and humans are known to navigate by the stars, the discovery is the fir … more

EXO WORLDS
The Origin And Maintenance Of A Retrograde Exoplanet
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jan 29, 2013 – Astronomers have used the Subaru Telescope to show that the HAT-P-7 planetary system, which is about 1040 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus, includes at least two giant planets and one companion star. The discovery of a previously unknown companion (HAT-P-7B) to the central star (HAT-P-7) as well as confirmation of another giant planet (HAT-P-7c) orbiting outside of the re … more

TECH SPACE
Supercomputer sets computing record
Palo Alto, Calif. (UPI) Jan 28, 2013 – Engineers at California’s Stanford University say they set a record in computer science by using a supercomputer with more than 1 million computing cores. Researcher Joseph Nichols of the school’s Center for Turbulence Research used the Sequoia IBM Bluegene/Q system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories to solve a complex fluid dynamics problem: the prediction of noise generated b … more