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UN monitors continue tours in Syria's Homs amid ongoing violence

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Damascus, May 1 (Xinhua-ANI): The UN observers toured Tuesday a restive neighborhood in Syria's central province of Homs, as part of their monitoring mission that aims at bringing the 13-month-old unrest to a close, state media said, as opposition activists reported heavy shelling in northern Idlib province.

Remarkable outburst from old black hole captured

May 1, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Washington, May 1 (ANI): Astronomers have observed an extraordinary outburst produced by a black hole in a nearby galaxy, which offers direct evidence for a population of old, volatile stellar black holes. The discovery, made using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, provides new insight into the nature of a mysterious class of black holes that can produce as much energy in X-rays as a million suns radiate at all wavelengths.

Sun's twin may be home to 9 alien planets

April 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): A sun-like star, which is already known to host five alien planets, may actually have nine full-fledged worlds, according to a new study.

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First Mars Express explores volcanic history

April 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): Five years of Mars Express gravity mapping data are offering unique insights into what lies beneath the Red Planet's massive volcanoes.

TV personality slain in Honduras

April 24, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Tegucigalpa, April 24 (IANS/EFE) Television personality Noel Valladares and his two companions were gunned down Monday in Tegucigalpa, Honduran police said.

Jupiter's moons may hold clues for life beyond Earth

April 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Washington, Apr 22 (ANI): Researchers are keen on exploring Jupiter's icy moons, which may resemble some of the planets found orbiting stars beyond our solar system, to assess their suitability for life.

Pole reversal shows asymmetries do exist in sun

April 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Washington, April 21 (ANI): Approximately every 11 years the magnetic field on the sun reverses completely - the north magnetic pole switches to south, and vice versa.

Mystery of cosmic rays origin deepens

April 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM

London, Apr 19 (ANI): Although cosmic rays were discovered 100 years ago, their origin has mystified physicists since long.

Mysterious dark matter gets all the more elusive

April 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Washington, Apr 19 (ANI): The most accurate study till date of the motions of stars in the Milky Way has not found any evidence for dark matter in a large volume around the Sun.

Some stars 'play baseball in space by trading rogue planets'

April 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Washington, Apr 18 (ANI): Billions of stars in our galaxy have harboured rogue planets that once roamed interstellar space, according to a new study.

Newly discovered Musket Ball cluster 'may hold clues about dark matter'

April 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Washington, Apr 13 (ANI): Astronomers have discovered a system of colliding galaxy clusters, nicknamed the "Musket Ball" cluster.

'Time machine' to study faintest galaxies in early universe

April 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Washington, Apr 12 (ANI): Researchers have come up with a new scientific instrument, a "time machine" of sorts, which will allow scientists to study the earliest galaxies in the universe, which could never be studied before.

Sandstorms in space discovered

April 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

London, Apr 12 (ANI): Using new techniques, researchers have explored the atmospheres of distant, dying stars.

'Coronal cells' spotted on Sun

April 10, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Washington, Apr 10 (ANI): Researchers have for the first time observed a pattern of cells with bright centres and dark boundaries occurring in the sun's atmosphere, the corona.

Explore stars in the US from India using internet telescope

April 9, 2012 at 8:33 PM

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Students from nearly 80 Delhi schools will soon get an opportunity to explore the night skies in the US while sitting in India using internet telescope through a project in collaboration with IASC (International Astronomical Search Collaboration).

Radio telescope ALMA opens its eye on Universe

April 9, 2012 at 4:20 PM

New York, Apr 9 (ANI): One of the world's largest ground-based astronomical projects is being installed 16,597 feet above sea level in Chile's Atacama Desert, which will help the oxygen-deprived scientists flocking to this region to study the origins of the universe.

Activists accuse Assad govt. of accelerating violence in Syria

April 8, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Damascus, April 8 (ANI): Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of accelerating violence in the country as the international ceasefire deadline looms.

9 exoplanets 'may be orbiting Solar System's twin'

April 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Washington, Apr 8 (ANI): A star 127 light-years away, which stunned the world in 2010 by becoming the largest star system beyond our own, playing host to five, possibly seven alien worlds, is back in the headlines as it may actually have nine exoplanets orbiting it.

TV host killed in Iraq bombing

April 4, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Baghdad, April 4 (IANS) A television presenter working for a channel in Iraq was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car blew up, Xinhua reported.

Hubble captures dusty lanes in 'UFO' Galaxy

April 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Washington, Apr 2 (ANI): Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a spiral galaxy - seen almost edge-on - that resembles a classic alien spaceship.

How `dark energy` triggered expansion of Universe

April 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

London, Apr 1 (ANI): Researchers have come up with a 3D map of the sky, which facilitates scientists to look into the time six billion years ago when dark energy became a dominant influence on the Universe's expansion.

Monitors say nearly 10,000 dead in Syrian uprising

March 28, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Damascus, Mar 28 (ANI): Around 10,000 people have been killed in Syria since the beginning of uprising against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, a UK-based human rights organization has claimed.

EU to impose sanctions on Syria's First Lady Asma al-Assad

March 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

London, Mar 23(ANI): The European Union is set to impose sanctions on Syria's First Lady British-born Asma al-Assad today.

Astronomers get widest deep view of sky ever recorded

March 22, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has captured a treasure trove of over 200 000 galaxies using infrared light.

Ultra-deep cosmic image reveals treasure trove of 200000 galaxies

March 22, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has created the widest deep view of the sky ever recorded using infrared light.

Australia to see rare event of Venus crossing in front of Sun on June 6

March 22, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Melbourne, March 22 (ANI): People in Australia will get the chance to see one of the rarest events on the astronomical calendar - the transit of Venus in front of the sun - on June 6.

Australia to see rare event of Venus crossing in front of Sun on June 6

March 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Melbourne, March 22 (ANI): People in Australia will get the chance to see one of the rarest events on the astronomical calendar - the transit of Venus in front of the sun - on June 6.

Astronomers get widest deep view of sky ever recorded

March 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has captured a treasure trove of over 200 000 galaxies using infrared light.

Ultra-deep cosmic image reveals treasure trove of 200000 galaxies

March 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Washington, Mar 22 (ANI): European Southern Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope has created the widest deep view of the sky ever recorded using infrared light.

Cosmic effect detection may bring universe's evolution into sharper focus

March 21, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): The first observation of a cosmic effect theorized 40 years ago could provide a more accurate tool for understanding the forces behind the universe's formation and growth, including the enigmatic phenomena of dark energy and dark matter, researchers say.

Cosmic effect detection may bring universe's evolution into sharper focus

March 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): The first observation of a cosmic effect theorized 40 years ago could provide a more accurate tool for understanding the forces behind the universe's formation and growth, including the enigmatic phenomena of dark energy and dark matter, researchers say.

Dark matter 'stretched out like gigantic football' in elusive galaxy cluster

March 15, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Washington, Mar 15 (ANI): Scientists have mapped the distribution of dark matter in a galaxy cluster named Abell 383, which is located nearly about 2.3 billion light years from Earth.

Telescopes offer rare peek at early stage of star births

March 15, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Washington, Mar 14 (ANI): Using radio and infrared telescopes, astronomers have captured the first tantalizing look at a key early stage in star formation.

Telescopes offer rare peek at early stage of star births

March 15, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Washington, Mar 14 (ANI): Using radio and infrared telescopes, astronomers have captured the first tantalizing look at a key early stage in star formation.

Dark matter 'stretched out like gigantic football' in elusive galaxy cluster

March 15, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Washington, Mar 15 (ANI): Scientists have mapped the distribution of dark matter in a galaxy cluster named Abell 383, which is located nearly about 2.3 billion light years from Earth.

Annan 'optimistic' after talks with Assad to end Syria bloodshed

March 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Damascus, Mar 12(ANI): UN-Arab League peace envoy Kofi Annan has said he is "optimistic" about violence reducing in Syria after a second round of talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Second biggest flare of solar cycle 'may disrupt Earth communications'

March 8, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Washington, Mar 8 (ANI): NASA models have now revealed more information about the two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) associated with the two March 6 solar flares.

Second biggest flare of solar cycle 'may disrupt Earth communications'

March 8, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Washington, Mar 8 (ANI): NASA models have now revealed more information about the two coronal mass ejections (CMEs) associated with the two March 6 solar flares.

Assad vows to crush 'foreign-backed terrorism' as army targets new cities in Syria

March 7, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Damascus, Mar 7(ANI): Syria President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to crush "foreign-backed terrorism" in the wake of the army turned on new targets after subduing Homs.

Assad vows to crush 'foreign-backed terrorism' as army targets new cities in Syria

March 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Damascus, Mar 7(ANI): Syria President Bashar al-Assad has vowed to crush "foreign-backed terrorism" in the wake of the army turned on new targets after subduing Homs.

High-resolution working models of Martian moon 'Phobos' created

March 6, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Washington, Mar 6 (ANI): Despite decades of Martian exploration, very little is known about Phobos, which is the larger and closer of the two natural satellites of Mars.

High-resolution working models of Martian moon 'Phobos' created

March 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Washington, Mar 6 (ANI): Despite decades of Martian exploration, very little is known about Phobos, which is the larger and closer of the two natural satellites of Mars.

'Violent' galactic pile-up creates 'puzzling' dark matter core

March 3, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Telescope have spotted what appears to be a tuft of dark matter left behind from a wreck between massive clusters of galaxies.

Days getting 'even longer on Venus'

March 3, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): Venus is spinning on its axis so slowly that, for any survivor, a day in Venus would seem interminable, as it is the equivalent of 243 days on Earth, researchers say.

Acidic seas threaten survival of corals and shellfish

March 3, 2012 at 6:20 PM

London, Mar 3 (ANI): Rising levels of carbon dioxide could lead to mass extinction of shellfish, coral reefs and other marine animals with exterior skeletons, a study has said.

Days getting 'even longer on Venus'

March 3, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): Venus is spinning on its axis so slowly that, for any survivor, a day in Venus would seem interminable, as it is the equivalent of 243 days on Earth, researchers say.

'Violent' galactic pile-up creates 'puzzling' dark matter core

March 3, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Washington, Mar 3 (ANI): Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Telescope have spotted what appears to be a tuft of dark matter left behind from a wreck between massive clusters of galaxies.

Ocean acidification rate fastest in 300m years owing to human emissions

March 2, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Washington, Mar 2 (ANI): The world's oceans may be turning acidic faster today from human carbon emissions than they did during four major extinctions in the last 300 million years, when natural pulses of carbon sent global temperatures soaring, a new study has revealed.

Ocean acidification rate fastest in 300m years owing to human emissions

March 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Washington, Mar 2 (ANI): The world's oceans may be turning acidic faster today from human carbon emissions than they did during four major extinctions in the last 300 million years, when natural pulses of carbon sent global temperatures soaring, a new study has revealed.

Moon's reflected earthshine 'could aid search for exoplanet aliens'

March 1, 2012 at 9:31 PM

London, Mar 1 (ANI): A new analysis of Earthshine - sunlight reflected off the Earth and then bounced back by the moon, suggests that this is a practical way to seek life on exoplanets.

Moon's reflected earthshine 'could aid search for exoplanet aliens'

March 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

London, Mar 1 (ANI): A new analysis of Earthshine - sunlight reflected off the Earth and then bounced back by the moon, suggests that this is a practical way to seek life on exoplanets.

Syrian opposition believes outside military intervention 'only solution' to end crisis

February 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Damascus, Feb 23 (ANI): The Syrian opposition has said it has concluded that foreign military intervention might be the "only solution" to end the crisis in the country.

Syrian opposition believes outside military intervention 'only solution' to end crisis

February 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Damascus, Feb 23 (ANI): The Syrian opposition has said it has concluded that foreign military intervention might be the "only solution" to end the crisis in the country.

Fastest wind from stellar-mass black hole recorded

February 22, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Washington, Feb 22 (ANI): Scientists have clocked the fastest wind yet discovered blowing off a disk around a stellar-mass black hole.

Pulsars can help detect gravitational waves

February 20, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Washington, Feb 20 (ANI): Astronomers are using pulsars, superdense neutron stars, throughout our Milky Way Galaxy as a giant scientific instrument to directly detect gravitational waves.

Fermi telescope unveils gamma-ray bursts' highest power side

February 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Washington, Feb 20 (ANI): The Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope has recorded the ighest energy portion of the gamma-ray bursts, which last for a few seconds.

'Light echoes' allow astronomers to spot instant replay of 'Great Eruption'

February 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Washington, Feb 16 (ANI): Astronomers are watching the astronomical equivalent of an instant replay of a powerful outburst from the unstable, behemoth double-star system Eta Carinae, which was initially spotted on Earth nearly 170 years ago.

Milky Way humming in 'mysterious haze of microwave emissions'

February 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Washington, Feb 14 (ANI): A European space observatory has discovered previously unknown islands of star formation and a haze of microwave radiations in our galaxy, the source of which is a complete mystery.

Venus could be shifting gears

February 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Washington, Feb 11 (ANI): A spacecraft orbiting Venus has revealed that Earth's cloud-covered neighbour is rotating a little slower than previously measured.

Most detailed infrared image of Milky Way's stellar nursery captured

February 9, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Washington, Feb 9 (ANI): Using the power of Very Large Telescope and an infrared-sensitive camera, researchers have snapped the most detailed infrared image of the Carina Nebula stellar nursery acquired so far.

Most detailed infrared image of Milky Way's stellar nursery captured

February 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Washington, Feb 9 (ANI): Using the power of Very Large Telescope and an infrared-sensitive camera, researchers have snapped the most detailed infrared image of the Carina Nebula stellar nursery acquired so far.

World's largest virtual mirror created by linking 4 telescopes

February 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

London, Feb 4 (ANI): Astronomers have created the world's largest virtual optical telescope by linking four telescopes in Chile so that they operate as a single device.

Over 200 killed in Syrian government's worst crackdown till date: Activists

February 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Damascus, Feb 4(ANI): At least 200 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Homs in the most brutal government crackdown till date in the 11-month old uprising in Syria, activists have said.

World's largest virtual mirror created by linking 4 telescopes

February 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

London, Feb 4 (ANI): Astronomers have created the world's largest virtual optical telescope by linking four telescopes in Chile so that they operate as a single device.

Over 200 killed in Syrian government's worst crackdown till date: Activists

February 4, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Damascus, Feb 4(ANI): At least 200 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Homs in the most brutal government crackdown till date in the 11-month old uprising in Syria, activists have said.

World's largest virtual mirror created by linking 4 telescopes

February 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM

London, Feb 4 (ANI): Astronomers have created the world's largest virtual optical telescope by linking four telescopes in Chile so that they operate as a single device.

Over 200 killed in Syrian government's worst crackdown till date: Activists

February 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Damascus, Feb 4(ANI): At least 200 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Homs in the most brutal government crackdown till date in the 11-month old uprising in Syria, activists have said.

Newly found super-Earth called 'best candidate' to support life

February 3, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Washington, Feb 3 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a potentially habitable super-Earth orbiting a nearby star.

Two new planets revolving around twin suns discovered

February 3, 2012 at 9:17 PM

London, Feb 3 (ANI): Researchers have discovered two new planets, named Kepler-34 and Kepler-35, each of which is circling around its own double suns.

Two new planets revolving around twin suns discovered

February 3, 2012 at 1:16 PM

London, Feb 3 (ANI): Researchers have discovered two new planets, named Kepler-34 and Kepler-35, each of which is circling around its own double suns.

Newly found super-Earth called 'best candidate' to support life

February 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Washington, Feb 3 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a potentially habitable super-Earth orbiting a nearby star.

'Sloshing' galaxy cluster discovered

January 31, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Washington, Jan 31 (ANI): Scientists have spotted vast clouds of hot gas 'sloshing' in Abell 2052, a galaxy cluster situated nearly 480 million light years from Earth.

'Sloshing' galaxy cluster discovered

January 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Washington, Jan 31 (ANI): Scientists have spotted vast clouds of hot gas 'sloshing' in Abell 2052, a galaxy cluster situated nearly 480 million light years from Earth.

Extraterrestrial life possible but not like that on Earth

January 27, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Johannesburg, Jan 27 (ANI): An astronomer has said that while we could find life outside of Earth, it is unlikely that it would be intelligent or multi-cellular.

Extraterrestrial life possible but not like that on Earth

January 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Johannesburg, Jan 27 (ANI): An astronomer has said that while we could find life outside of Earth, it is unlikely that it would be intelligent or multi-cellular.

Camera catches comet plunging into the sun and meeting its fate

January 20, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): A "sun grazing" comet, which was caught by SOHO's LASCO C2 camera as it dived toward the sun on July 5 and July 6, 2011, has amazed even the most seasoned comet watchers.

Camera catches comet plunging into the sun and meeting its fate

January 20, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): A "sun grazing" comet, which was caught by SOHO's LASCO C2 camera as it dived toward the sun on July 5 and July 6, 2011, has amazed even the most seasoned comet watchers.

Distant faint 'satellite galaxy' made up of dark matter discovered

January 19, 2012 at 9:13 PM

London, Jan 19 (ANI): Astronomers have discovered a faint "satellite galaxy" 10 billion light years from Earth, and it is believed to be the lowest-mass object ever detected at such a distance.

Distant faint 'satellite galaxy' made up of dark matter discovered

January 19, 2012 at 10:07 AM

London, Jan 19 (ANI): Astronomers have discovered a faint "satellite galaxy" 10 billion light years from Earth, and it is believed to be the lowest-mass object ever detected at such a distance.

Saturn-like ringed planet found eclipsing sun-like star

January 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Washington, Jan 15 (ANI): A Saturn-like ringed planet in the constellation Centaurus has been discovered orbiting a sun-like star.

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