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Scientists make space weather forecasts for Venus


For the first time the European Space Agency (ESA) engaged in regular forecasts of space weather for spacecraft, rotating in orbit of another planet.

Wound healing may depend on the presence of certain types of microbes in it


Based on the results of the conducted research, the wound healing may depend on the presence of certain types of microbes in it, even if these microbes are not widespread to induce infection.

Mercury is shrinking faster than previously thought


Using data from the spacecraft Messenger Paul Byrne and his colleagues from Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, U.S., calculated the speed of Mercury shrinkage and stated that the planet closest to the Sun was contacting at a rate 2 to 8 times greater than computer models and former probes had shown.

ALMA reveals an enigmatic gas clump around a young star


Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in northern Chile have announced the discovery of an unexpected clump of carbon monoxide gas in the dusty disc around Beta Pictoris star. The strange thing is that such gas is expected to be rapidly broken by the central star’s light. Therefore, something — probably frequent collisions between small, icy bodies such as comets — must be causing the gas to be continuously replenished.

Albert Einstein’s unknown manuscripts are exhibited in Japan


Keio University in Japan’s capital is hosting an exhibition where Albert Einstein’s unique manuscripts are open to the general public. The exhibition has a total of 20 Einstein’s works.

Among the exhibits one can see a manuscript dedicated to the Land of the Rising Sun, «My image of Japan». This work was written by Einstein while he was travelling around Japan in 1922.

The mass of the largest Moon meteorite in recorded history has been calculated


The astronomers from the University of Seville have analyzed the meteorite crash on the Moon’s surface which took place on 11 September 2013. According to the astronomers, the mass of the meteorite was at least 400 kilos.

Metallic glass: how to outfight the fragility

Amorphous metals may easily claim to be the «material of the 21st century», if one of the main problems related to them will be eliminated: fragility of bulk metallic glasses.

Nuclear glass

Scientists from the University of Sheffield proposed a new method for the safe utilization of nuclear waste.

Chameleon coverage can cheat an imager

Technology of active camouflage creation stepped forward: a new coverage able to hide the heat of the object under protection from infrared cameras was developed.

New metamaterial allows to produce light with almost infinite wavelength

Wavelength radiation passing through silver and silicon nitride nanolayers is becoming almost infinite.