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06/15/2016: Twisty molecules with ‘handedness’ that are essential to life found in deep space

It might be weird to think about molecules as expressing “handedness.” After all, molecules don’t have hands. But there is a class of organic molecules known as chiral molecules that can be thought of as being either left-handed or right-handed, similar to the way we favor one appendage over the other. Basically, chiral molecules with…

5/26/2016: SETI Gets an Upgrade

Dan Werthimer doesn’t mean to be rude, but he’s getting ready to eavesdrop on the neighbors. For decades, astronomers have been listening for messages sent to us—a “Hello, is anyone out there?” signal from intelligent aliens. But now Werthimer is about to get nosier; his team at the University of California at Berkeley is conducting…

05/23/2016: Science: Nurturing Success From Failure

On a calm November evening in 1988, the 300 foot radio telescope at Green Bank Observatory collapsed. While the collapse was a huge blow to radio astronomy, it is somewhat surprising that it lasted as long as it did. The radio telescope was proposed in 1960 as a way to fill the observational gap between…

05/10/2016: Virtual Earth-space telescope sheds new light on Milky Way

Astronomers have created a virtual Earth-space radio telescope more than 100,000 miles across – a super-high resolution that reveals new details of a quasar and our Milky Way. The researchers were surprised when their Earth-space system revealed a temperature hotter then 10 trillion degrees. “Only this space-Earth system could reveal this temperature, and now we…

04/27/2016: Green Bank Ein Dorf ohne Elektrosmog

Green Bank – A Village without Electric Smog Aired by ZDF.  See more a: http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek/beitrag/video/2727362/Green-Bank-Ein-Dorf-ohne-Elektrosmog#/beitrag/video/2727362/Green-Bank-Ein-Dorf-ohne-Elektrosmog