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Theoretical calculations have predicted the now confirmed tetraneutron, a strange state of matter

Theoretical calculations have predicted the now confirmed tetraneutron, a strange state of matter

Andrey Shirokov, left, of Moscow State University in Russia, who was a visiting scientist in Iowa, and James Fary of Iowa, part of an international team of nuclear physicists who theorized, predicted and announced the tetraneutron structure in 2014 and 2016 .Credit: Christopher Gannon / Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences James …

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NASA Administrators Think Moon Rocket Test Mostly

NASA Administrators Think Moon Rocket Test Mostly

NASA has taken four attempts to fully refuel the Space Launch System’s New Moon rocket, and although new problems emerged during Monday’s latest practice countdown, top managers said they were pleased with the giant booster’s performance. “We think we had a really successful rehearsal,” said Tom Whitemaier, NASA’s vice president of Exploration Systems Development, on …

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Scientists identify a possible source of the red mantle on Pluto's largest moon, Charon

Scientists identify a possible source of the red mantle on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon

Southwest Research Institute scientists have combined data from NASA’s New Horizons mission with new lab experiments and extra-atmospheric modeling to reveal the possible makeup of the red mantle on Pluto’s moon Charon and how it formed. The new findings suggest that intense seasonal elevations in Charon’s thin atmosphere combined with light that refracts the condensing …

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The blood-red aurora borealis transforms into "Steve" before the eyes of the stargazer

The blood-red aurora borealis transforms into “Steve” before the eyes of the stargazer

On March 17, 2015, an arc of blood red light cut across the sky hundreds of miles above New Zealand. Over the next half hour, an amateur sky watcher observed that arc transform before his eyes into one of Earth’s most perplexing atmospheric mysteries – the strange strip of light known as STEVE – newly …

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