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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • What a comeback: Revived Kepler spacecraft finds its first new planet

    What a comeback: Revived Kepler spacecraft finds its first new planet
    It doesn’t pay to bet against Kepler. Even though the NASA spacecraft was hobbled a year and a half ago, the battered telescope has still managed to find a super-Earth. At 20,000 miles across, the newly discovered planet is 2.5 times as wide as Earth and holds about 12 times the mass.
  • Don L. Anderson dies at 81; former director of Caltech's seismology lab

    Don L. Anderson dies at 81; former director of Caltech's seismology lab
    Don L. Anderson, a professor emeritus of geophysics at Caltech and former head of its Seismological Laboratory, died of cancer Dec. 2 in Cambria, Calif., according to the school. He was 81. Anderson directed the lab from 1967 to 1989 and continued to...

    CERN particle smasher to turn back on at record power in March

    CERN particle smasher to turn back on at record power in March
    CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous power, helping scientists hunt for clues about the universe. The world's biggest...

    Did European scientists find dark-matter signal buried in X-rays?

    Did European scientists find dark-matter signal buried in X-rays?
    Scientists say they may have discovered a possible dark matter signal coded in the X-rays emanating from two bright objects in the sky. The findings, set to be published next week in Physical Review Letters, could offer tangible evidence for the...

    Asteroids, asteroids will rock you, Queen guitarist warns

    It’s never too early to worry about asteroids wiping out life on Earth. So say the folks who’ve been fretting for decades over just such a scenario -- among them, Queen guitarist-astrophysicist Brian May. They think it’s time all...