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Tiny, Ultracool Star is Super Stormy

Tiny, Ultracool Star is Super Stormy

November 19, 2015

"Our Sun is a relatively quiet star that only occasionally releases solar flares or blasts of energetic particles that threaten satellites and power grids. You might think that smaller, cooler stars would be even more sedate. However, astronomers have now identified a tiny star with a monstrous temper. It shows evidence of much stronger flares than anything our Sun produces. If similar stars prove to be just as stormy, then potentially habitable planets orbiting them are likely to be much less hospitable than previously thought"

BBC program on the Cosmic Dawn

BBC program on the Cosmic Dawn

September 9, 2015
Below is the trailer of the BBC program on the Cosmic Dawn at
The program aired at 8PM England on September 9. The link to the video is below. You might be amused by the closing couple of minutes of where Avi Loeb grades the scientific accuracy of the biblical story of genesis.
Could Alien Life Spread 'Like a Virus' to the Stars?

Could Alien Life Spread 'Like a Virus' to the Stars?

August 31, 2015
"As astronomical techniques become more advanced, a team of astrophysicists think they will be able to not only detect the signatures of alien life in exoplanetary atmospheres, but also track its relentless spread throughout the galaxy.

The research, headed by Henry Lin of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), assumes that this feat may be possible in a generation or so and that the hypothesis of panspermia may act as the delivery system for alien biology to hop from one star system to another."

Alex Dalgarno

Alex Dalgarno

April 10, 2015

We are very sad to report that our colleague Alex Dalgarno passed away on April 9. Alex was an extraordinary scientist and teacher, who led for decades the application of atomic and molecular physics to astrophysics. He conceived of ITAMP, the Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, and led it for many years. 

Square Kilometer Array (SKA): UK and Italy vie over telescope HQ

Square Kilometer Array (SKA): UK and Italy vie over telescope HQ

April 1, 2015

Physics World: An Italian bid to host the headquarters of the world’s largest radio telescope has been judged superior to a British proposal – yet it has failed to get the green light. Edwin Cartlidge reports:

Physics World: UK and Italy vie over telescope HQ (pdf)

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