Powerful stellar explosions may have caused mass extinctions on Earth and could also have prevented life from appearing on other planets until 5 billion years ago—and then only in the outskirts of galaxies.
The specific crystalline structure of neutron star crusts that has been assumed for decades could be wrong, according to new calculations, which could lead theorists to revise their models of some neutron star phenomena.
Phys. Rev. Focus28, 8 (2011) – Published August 19, 2011
Analysis of newly retrieved navigational data for the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft suggests that an anomalous acceleration in their motion is steadily decreasing, pointing to asymmetric radiation of heat as the likely cause, rather than the more exotic explanations previously proposed
Phys. Rev. Focus22, 3 (2008) – Published July 18, 2008
The mixture of a superconductor and a superfluid–as may occur inside a neutron star–could respond to the star’s magnetic field in ways never seen in earthly superconductors, according to a new theory. The strange material doesn’t fit into the two standard superconducting categories.