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Mars Madness: 68 Cool Things About Mars Go Head-To-Head

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/mars-madness-68-cool-things-about-m...

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Mysterious signals from distant galaxy spark row over whether they could be from aliens

'Invoking aliens as a potential solution to an ongoing mystery is lazy,' complains science writer

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/stephen-hawking-breakthrough-l...

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Canada's largest radio telescope unveiled in British Columbia

New $16M telescope an all-Canadian project between universities and National Research Council of Canada

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/technology/chime-telescope-unveiled-1.4278807

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This mystery object may be our first visitor from another solar system

 

"We have been waiting for this day for decades," Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, said in a NASA news release. "It's long been theorized that such objects exist -- asteroids or comets moving around between the stars and occasionally passing through our solar system -- but this is the first such detection. So far, everything indicates this is likely an interstellar object, but more data would help to confirm it."

    NASA says astronomers are pointing telescopes on the ground and in space at the object to get that data.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/27/us/mystery-object-solar-system-trnd/index....

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    A lot in science has happened since I was last here. Gravitational wave discovery and the Higgs.

    Scientific background: The laser interferometer gravitational-wave observatory and the first direct observation of gravitational waves

    "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 - Scientific background: The laser interferometer gravitational-wave observatory and the first direct observation of gravitational waves". Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2014. Web. 15 Nov 2017. <http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2017/advanced.h...

    Candidate Higgs boson events from collisions between protons in the LHC. The top event in the CMS experiment shows a decay into two photons (dashed yellow lines and green towers). The lower event in the ATLAS experiment shows a decay into four muons (red tracks

    What happens in the LHC,  happens in space.

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    LIGO and Virgo announce the detection of a black hole binary merger from June 8, 2017

    News Release • November 15, 2017

    Despite their relatively diminutive size, GW170608’s black holes will greatly contribute to the growing field of “multimessenger astronomy," where gravitational wave astronomers and electromagnetic astronomers work together to learn more about these exotic and mysterious objects. 

    See Also: LIGO

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