Sep 232012
 
Studying the Chemistry of the Universe with ALMA

  Combining the cutting-edge capabilities of the ALMA telescope with newly-developed laboratory techniques, scientists are opening a completely new era for deciphering the chemistry of the Universe. A research team demonstrated their breakthrough using ALMA data from observations of the gas in a star-forming region in the constellation Orion. Hubble’s sharpest view of the Orion [continue reading]

Jun 182012
 
Black Holes as Particle Detectors

Previously undiscovered particles could be detected as they accumulate around black holes say scientists at the Vienna University of Technology. Artist’s impression of a black hole, surrounded by axions. Finding new particles usually requires high energies – that is why huge accelerators have been built, which can accelerate particles to almost the speed of light. [continue reading]