Science News (18 – 24 Jul 2021)

Science News related to Supermassive Black Holes, Oscillations of The Sun, Quantum Light, Exoplanet – Moons, Star Formation in Milky Way, Martian Meteorite Hunters

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1.    Supermassive Black Holes Put a Brake on Stellar Births

Source: Royal Astronomical Society

20 Jul 2021

Black holes with masses equivalent to millions of suns do put a brake on the birth of new stars, say astronomers. Using machine learning and three state of the art simulations to back up results from a large sky survey, the researchers resolved a 20-year long debate on the formation of stars.


2.    Long-Period Oscillations of The Sun Discovered

Source: Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

20 Jul 2021

A team of solar physicists has reported the discovery of global oscillations of the Sun with very long periods, comparable to the 27-day solar rotation period. The oscillations manifest themselves at the solar surface as swirling motions with speeds on the order of 5 kilometers per hour.


3.    New Quantum Research Gives Insights into How Quantum Light Can Be Mastered

Source: DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory

21 Jul 2021

Metasurfaces are ultrathin structures that can manipulate light in ways not usually seen in nature. A team of scientists propose that modulated quantum metasurfaces can control all properties of photonic qubits. This could be a breakthrough that could impact the fields of quantum information, communications, sensing and imaging, as well as energy and momentum harvesting.


4.    An Exoplanet with the Potential to Form Moons

Source: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

22 Jul 2021

Astronomers have helped detect the clear presence of a moon-forming region around an exoplanet — a planet outside of our Solar System. The new observations may shed light on how moons and planets form in young stellar systems.


5.    New Study Reveals Previously Unseen Star Formation in Milky Way

Source: National Radio Astronomy Observatory

22 Jul 2021

Astronomers using two of the world’s most powerful radio telescopes have made a detailed and sensitive survey of a large segment of our home galaxy – the Milky Way – detecting previously unseen tracers of massive star formation, a process that dominates galactic ecosystems. The scientists combined the capabilities of the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and the 100-meter Effelsberg Telescope in Germany to produce high-quality data that will serve researchers for years to come.


6.    Martian Meteorite Hunters

Source: Royal Astronomical Society

23 Jul 2021

A team is paving the way for future rovers to search for meteorites on Mars. The scientists are using the extensive meteorite collection to test the spectral instruments destined for the ExoMars rover Rosalind Franklin, and develop tools to identify meteorites on the surface of the red planet.


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