Credit: Greg Stewart / SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Our Milky Way galaxy may be teeming with rogue planets that ramble through space instead of being locked in orbit around a star, a new study suggests.
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These "nomad planets" could be surprisingly common in our bustling galaxy, according to researchers at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC), a joint institute of Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. [Read full story] Less «
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'Little Horny Man' Discovered
Credit: photo collection of Laboratory for Human Evolutionary Studies - University of São Paulo.
A stick figure man with a giant phallus dubbed "the little horny man" by its discoverers is the oldest rock carving found yet in the Americas, researchers…Read More »
These findings might shed new light on when the New World was first settled, scientists added. [Read full story] Less «
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Deadly Undersea Beauty
The tendrils of a sea anemone bring to mind the petals of a flower — but these petals bite. Sea anemones are predatory animals. Their tentacles are studded…Read More »
with venomous cells called nematocysts, which release toxins into prey such as fish and crustaceans, paralyzing the victims for easy digestion. The image was published this week in our Image of the Day album. Less «
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Slimy Legless Amphibians Discovered
Credit: Copyright SD Biju, www.frogindia.org
Newly discovered legless amphibians live out their lives in underground burrows, tending their slimy pink young, which emerge from their eggs as miniature adults. [Read full story]
An intensely bright X-ray beacon shining in the Andromeda galaxy is actually a signpost for a hungry black hole that is gobbling up matter at a furious…Read More »
pace, new studies reveal.
Shown here, an image of the Andromeda Galaxy, a composite of an infrared photo from ESA's Herschel space telescope and the XMM-Newton’s X-ray telescope. The infrared frame shows rings of dust that trace gaseous reservoirs where new stars are forming and the X-ray image shows stars approaching the ends of their lives. [Read full story] Less «
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Another Look at Andromeda's Black Hole
A Hubble Space Telescope optical image of our nearest neighbor galaxy, Andromeda (M31), with an inset X-ray image of the active center made with the XMM-Newton…Read More »
observatory. The newly discovered ultraluminous X-ray source is highlighted. Less «