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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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  • 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...
  • Actress Jones picked up unusual insights from Hawking's wife

    TORONTO Actress Felicity Jones has nothing against comedy. In fact, she would love to do one. "I'm available for hire. I don't want to do any more crying." The tears this time, though, came with the rich, real-life role of Jane Hawking, wife of Stephen...
  • 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...
  • A contest to build high-flying airships? NASA's thinking about it

    A contest to build high-flying airships? NASA's thinking about it
    NASA has put telescopes on mountains and telescopes in space – but what about a telescope on a high-flying blimp? Scientists at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are designing a possible contest that could foster the building of...
  • New Horizons mission nearing Pluto after nine years in space

    New Horizons mission nearing Pluto after nine years in space
    It took the spacecraft New Horizons, hurtling from Earth faster than any mission before it, a matter of hours to pass the moon's orbit and a year to reach Jupiter's gravity. Nine years into its journey, it's finally approaching its destination: Pluto....
  • Universities are focusing more on undergraduate research projects

    Universities are focusing more on undergraduate research projects
    John Derby spent his last summer vacation hobnobbing with famous astronomers as though they were old friends. Studying the cosmos at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif. — famed for its explorations of space and search for...
  • Hopkins astrophysicist honored for discoveries about the universe

    Hopkins astrophysicist honored for discoveries about the universe
    Johns Hopkins University astrophysicist Adam Riess, who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics, has taken home another prestigious award for his work on the expanding universe. He showed that the universe is not just still expanding but that the...
  • Adler's Doane Observatory reopens to public

    Adler's Doane Observatory reopens to public
    With an Adler After Dark event last week, the Adler Planetarium's Doane Observatory quietly reopened for public use after a renovation that improved access to the building's 20-inch mirrored telescope, put in a lakeside ground-floor classroom/meeting...
  • Cixin Liu's 'The Three-Body Problem' a compelling sci-fi journey by way of China

    "The Three-Body Problem" by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu; Tor (400 pages, $25.99) If you delight in science fiction that delivers the shock and thrill of something strange, Cixin Liu's "The Three-Body Problem" is your novel this year. It combines...