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NASA billion dollar ‘TIME MACHINE’ will soon launch to begin search for Alien life

The telescope, which is worth £6.5billion, has been successfully tested in anticipation of its launch in 2019. Engineers working on the project are confident it will be able to capture starlight in focus and track astronomical targets. The James Webb telescope has been described as a ‘time machine’ that could help unravel the secrets of our universe. The telescope will be used to look back to the first galaxies born in the early universe more than 13.5billion years ago, and observe the sources of stars, exoplanets, and even the moons…

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The universe still seems to be expanding faster than it ought to

The bright Cepheid variable star at the center of the image, RS Puppis, rhythmically brightens and dimsNASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-Hubble/Europe Collab. By Leah Crane The heat death of the universe is coming for us, but we don’t know when. The cosmos is constantly expanding, and the speed of that inflation is measured by a value called the Hubble constant. We have two ways to determine this rate, and they have always returned different values, leaving researchers at an impasse. A new study of the stars we use to measure the distance…

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Space 

ISRO launches PSLV return to flight mission with 31 satellites

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully returned to flight Thursday night. The PSLV lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 10:59 p.m. Eastern and placed into orbit a Cartosat 2 imaging satellite and 30 secondary payloads. Among the secondary payloads were four Dove cubesats for Planet, four Lemur-2 cubesats for Spire, a prototype broadband smallsat for Telesat and the first synthetic aperture radar smallsat for Finnish company Iceye. The launch was the first for the PSLV since an August mission that failed when the rocket’s payload fairing did…

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15 science & tech leaders offer surprising predictions for 2018

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE The past year has been a momentous one for science and technology. From the detection of gravitational waves (predicted almost a century ago by Einstein) to the rise of virtual currencies like Bitcoin to the creation of genetically modified human embryos, 2017 was marked by all sorts of remarkable discoveries and innovations. What will 2018 bring? No one knows for sure. But as we did for 2017, we asked top scientists and thought leaders in innovation what they expect to see in the new year.…

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Melbourne car crash: Witnesses shook by terror as SUV crashes in Flinders St ‘at 60mph’

The vehicle, a white SUV, drove through pedestrians outside the major Australian city’s main train station at 4.40pm ACT (5.40am GMT). The area is one of the busiest in the Melbourne City centre. 14 people have since been taken to hospital – including a pre-school aged child who suffered a serious head injury. Several people are believed to be in a critical condition. Two people – one of whom was driving the vehicle, have since been arrested. A police spokesman said: “At this stage we believe it was a deliberate…

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Neutron star crash sparks ‘cosmic COCOON producing gold and platinum’

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena have suggested the recently observed merger of neutron stars in August, dubbed GW170817, could hold the key to discovering the birthplace of some of Earth’s heaviest elements. The lead author of the study, Kunal Mooley, said: “This is the first time a structure like this has been seen. “There is a whole new population of as-yet-unidentified transient astrophysical events that we need to now start searching for. “We want to find out what the frequency of such cocoon events is and…

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Ancient black holes ruled out as source of all dark matter

Are primordial black holes dark matter?FL collection / Alamy Stock Photo By Leah Crane Dark matter may not be found in primordial black holes after all. After the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) watched a pair of black holes collide for the first time in 2015, speculation swirled that the black holes might be causing the strange gravitational effects that we attribute to mysterious dark matter. Now, that seems unlikely. Primordial black holes – those that formed in the seething inferno just moments after the big bang – were proposed…

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