Designing humanity’s future in space

The Space Exploration Initiative’s latest research flight explores work and play in microgravity. Janine Liberty | MIT Media LabNovember 26, 2019 How will dancers perform in space? How will scientists do lab experiments without work tables? How will artists pursue crafting in microgravity? How can exercise, gastronomy, research, and other uniquely human endeavors be reimagined […]

A new type of fire, the fuel of the future?

The results from the burning will be analysed to create models of discrete burning to extrapolate the ideal conditions. NOVEMBER 8, 2019 by European Space Agency Later this month a Texus rocket will launch from Esrange, Sweden, that will travel about 260 km upwards and fall back to Earth offering researchers six minutes of zero gravity. […]

Space: a major legal void

The internet of space is here. Experts debated the subject at length this week in Washington at the 70th International Astronautical Conference. OCTOBER 27, 2019 by Ivan Couronne SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted this week using a connection provided by the first satellites in his high-speed Starlink constellation, which one day could include… 42,000 mini-satellites. The […]

Putting the “bang” in the Big Bang

Physicists simulate critical “reheating” period that kickstarted the Big Bang in the universe’s first fractions of a second. Jennifer Chu | MIT News OfficeOctober 24, 2019 As the Big Bang theory goes, somewhere around 13.8 billion years ago the universe exploded into being, as an infinitely small, compact fireball of matter that cooled as it […]

Stormy cluster weather could unleash black hole power and explain lack of cosmic cooling

This so-called “cooling flow” puzzle has plagued astrophysicists for more than 25 years. OCTOBER 17, 2019 by Dr Robert Massey, Royal Astronomical Society “Weather” in clusters of galaxies may explain a longstanding puzzle, according to a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge. The scientists used sophisticated simulations to show how powerful jets from supermassive […]

For newborn planets, solar systems are naturally baby-proof

OCTOBER 10, 2019 by Max Planck Society Numerical simulations by a group of astronomers, led by Mario Flock from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, have shown that young planetary systems are naturally “baby-proof”: Physical mechanisms combine to keep young planets in the inner regions from taking a fatal plunge into the star. Similar processes also […]

First exoplanet found around a Sun-like star

October 8, 2019 Kepler Space Telescope’s 1st Exoplanet Candidate Finally Confirmed In 1995, astronomers detected a blisteringly hot Jupiter-mass planet orbiting closer to its host star than Mercury is to the Sun. This discovery recast our thinking of how planets form and led to a new era of exoplanetary exploration. Anyone over the age of […]

Data-mining for dark matter

Tracy Slatyer hunts through astrophysical data for clues to the invisible universe. Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office August 15, 2019 When Tracy Slatyer faced a crisis of confidence early in her educational career, Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” and a certain fictional janitor at MIT helped to bolster her resolve. Slatyer was 11 […]