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The Large Hadron Collider accelerates whole atoms for the first time

Maximilien Brice / CERN © CERN The Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland often collides at nearly the speed of light, but recently it collided for the first time with a new particle: atoms. In a test run on July 25, scientists at the LHC accelerated lead atoms with a single electron and retained the beam for several hours, creating a …

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A radioactive molecule is discovered in space – an incredible first!

Color reproductions show various parts of the nebula in its "cool phase" surrounding the star CK Vul. 26AlF, which is now the first proven radioactive molecule in outer space, can be seen in cyan, green, and yellow. Picture credits: T. Kamiński; ESO / Y. Beletsky / ALMA photo Scientists have discovered for the first time a radioactive molecule in space …

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Mars is Frigid, Rusty and Haunted. We can not stop looking at it.

Outside An oasis in the sky stimulates the imagination. A series of discoveries refresh our yearning for the red planet. A lunar eclipse that occurred on Saturday in Sumatra, Indonesia, could be seen alongside Mars, which was closest to Earth in 15 years. Credit Antara Photo / Reuters There it was: Red glowing on the dashboard of the sky like …

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Scientists poke holes in supernova firewall theory

Love is a burning thing and it makes a fiery ring. Black holes are not. New research disproves the so-called "firewall" theory, which suggests that the ring of fire around a supernova would burn anything that is sucked into its attraction. An Ohio State University team determines what would happen if an electron fell into a black hole with such …

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Stellar corpse reveals the origin of radioactive molecules

Observations with ALMA find radioactive isotope aluminum-26 from the rest of CK vulpeculae. Astronomers using ALMA and NOEMA have made the first definitive proof of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space. The radioactive part of the molecule is an aluminum isotope. The observations show that the isotope was scattered into space after the collision of two stars leaving behind what …

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Research shows bacteria actually die out • Earth.com

Will bacteria die out? The world is filled with very diverse populations of microbes, and it is widely accepted that because of the sheer number of bacterial populations bacteria rarely die out or die off. However, a new study shows that this is not the case and that bacteria, like many other species, have died out. However, it has been …

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