Have we finally found dark matter?10/22/14
New X-ray data suggests the possible detection of proposed dark matter particles called axions. Also; plasma bombs and tornadoes detected on the Sun, and secret space shuttle lands after 22 months in orbit.
Meet Earth's fifth 'moon'
Scientists discover another 'moon' orbiting Earth. Also; a new subatomic particle improves our understanding of the fundamental forces of nature, and the Milky Way only has half as much dark matter as previously thought.
The first stars almost within reach
Astronomers move a step closer to seeing the first stars to shine in the universe. Also; new satellite data reveals Earth's ocean abyss in unprecedented detail, and the last lunar eclipse for 2014.
Water older than the solar system
Up to half the water on Earth may be older than the Sun. Also; gravitational wave discovery claims turn to dust, and meteor strikes may not be random.
Mars' orbit gets more crowded
Two new missions arrive at the Red Planet. Also; size doesn't matter if you're a black hole! And strength of electromagnetism hasn't changed in 10 billion years.
Rosetta's comet landing site selected
Rosetta mission managers choose a site for the historic first landing on the comet. Also; NASA's Curiosity rover arrives at its final destination at the Martian peak Mount Sharp, and a new Australian telecommunications satellite launches into orbit.
Finding our place in the universe
Astronomers discover we belong to a galactic supercluster which they've named Laniakea. Also; a new study suggests Jupiter's ice moon Europa has plate tectonics, and NASA's IRIS mission to study the Sun.
Scientists peer into the Sun's core
Astronomers detect neutrino particles generated in the core of the Sun. Also; bubble around solar system formed as cluster of nearby supernovae exploded about ten million years ago, and birth of a massive galaxy seen for the first time.
Two white dwarfs may fuel supernovae
Astronomers discover fusion of two white dwarfs may cause thermonuclear supernovae. Also; five potential target sites selected for Rosetta's historic mission to land on a comet, and New Horizons passes the orbit of Neptune on its way to our first...
Volcanism on asteroids in early solar system
Analysis of rare meteorite shows volcanic activity present on asteroids in the early solar system. Also; discovery of a red supergiant with a neutron star in its core, and scientists may have captured the first particles from interstellar space.
Birth of solar system triggered by dying giant?
A red giant star rather than a supernova may have triggered the birth of the Sun and solar system. Also; hurricanes on Earth producing gamma-rays that are picked up in space, and over 100 geysers observed on Saturn's ice moon Enceladus.
Rosetta reaches its comet
Rosetta becomes the first spacecraft to orbit a comet. Also; NASA prepares its next Mars rover mission as Opportunity sets a new distance record, and early Earth may have been habitable.
Earth gives the moon a soft centre
Earth's gravity melts layer around Moon's core, suggests study. Also; the Milky Way galaxy a lot smaller than we thought, and scientists invent the blackest black ever.
Rosetta seeing double over comet
Images of Rosetta's comet reveal it is actually two objects. Also; 'dancing' galaxies contradict the standard model of galactic evolution, and scientists map the magma path that lies below Mount Rainier.
Star dust created in supernova shockwave
Astronomers lift the veil on the creation of cosmic star dust. Also; Mars' levels of ultraviolet radiation recorded on Earth, and the maiden flight of Russia's new Angara rocket.
NASA launches satellite to monitor Earth's CO2
NASA's first carbon dioxide monitoring satellite blasts into orbit. Also; astronomers observe coronal rain on the Sun, and new clues about the origins of the planet Mercury.
Black hole trio discovered in distant galaxy
Astronomers discover three super-massive black holes in a distant galaxy. Also: scientists find a diamond star, and is Saturn's moon Titan actually a comet?
Black hole control switch found
Astronomers uncover the secret to controlling black holes. Also; has the gravitational waves discovery turned to dust? And Cassini sees possible waves on the seas of Saturn's moon Titan.
Galactic collisions could have created satellites
Satellite galaxies on edge of Milky Way and Andromeda challenge existing ideas on galaxy evolution. Also; continental drift may be speeding up, and Sun's magnetic poles reverse polarity.
Planets were early starters
Planets began forming soon after the birth of our solar system. Also; possible echoes of the proto-Earth from deep in the planet's mantle, and Rosetta closes in on an historic comet landing
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