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  • Astrophysicists puzzle over intergalactic coincidence

    1999April 6, 2011

    Discovery of a new supernova and a gamma-ray burst at the same time and apparent location are not related, says astrophysicist.

  • 1,000 Shares of Magnetar at 12-1/2!

    1999Sept. 20, 2011

    Here's a hot stock tip: the market, earthquakes, traffic jams, and magnetars follow the same power law. This oddity of the universe won't make you rich; it certainly can't be used to predict where the market is headed. But it follows a recent theory called self-organizing criticality.

  • X-ray concentrator will expand window on high-energy universe

    1999April 6, 2011

    Capillary optics promise a range of applications, from aiding our understanding of mysterious violent explosions in the cosmos, to helping with early tumor detection in people.

  • Exotic microbes discovered near Lake Vostok

    1999April 6, 2011

    Scientists have uncovered a microbial world hidden deep beneath the frozen Antarctic ice that could help them learn more about how life can survive under extreme conditions on other planets or moons.

  • ET, phone SETI@home

    1999April 6, 2011

    In only one week since the release of free SETI@home software, nearly 300,000 computers have contributed 1100 years of CPU time to the search for extraterrestrial life.

  • A Family of Giants

    1999April 6, 2011

    Astronomers from four institutions are announcing today their discovery of the first system of planets found orbiting a sun-like star in Andromeda.

  • Chandra peers into the Large Magellanic Cloud

    1999April 6, 2011

    The X-ray Observatory's High Resolution Camera catches its first light - resulting in extraordinary pictures of a distant supernova remnant.

  • BATSE Finds Most Distant Quasar Yet Seen in Soft Gamma Rays

    1999April 6, 2011

    Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, a supermassive black hole burped and sent a flash of gamma rays that arrived at Earth 11 billion years later. Observations by the Burst and Transient Source Experiment will help give insight into the birth and life of quasars.

  • Who wrote the Book of Life?

    1999April 6, 2011

    NASA scientists are using neural networks to teach a computer how to recognize life when it sees it. By practicing first on images of terrestrial life, remote instruments someday may be able to identify life forms elsewhere in the solar system.

  • Scientists catch another gamma-ray burster in visible light

    1999April 6, 2011

    Several southern hemisphere telescopes observe the latest optical counterpart to a gamma-ray burst reported by BATSE and Beppo-Sax. Scientists estimate the burst originated 10 billion light years away.