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New technique for isolating sunlight scattering could help illuminate Universe's birth
(University of British Columbia) Astrophysicists have developed a new method for calculating the effect of Rayleigh scattering on photons, potentially allowing researchers to better understand the formation of the Universe.

First Eastern Pacific tropical depression runs ahead of dawn
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The first tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season formed during the early morning of Thursday, May 28, 2015, well southwest of Mexico. An image of the storm taken from NOAA's GOES-West satellite shows the depression in infrared light as it was born in the early morning hours before sunrise.

Merging galaxies break radio silence
(ESA/Hubble Information Centre) In the most extensive survey of its kind ever conducted, a team of scientists have found an unambiguous link between the presence of supermassive black holes that power high-speed, radio-signal-emitting jets and the merger history of their host galaxies. The results lend significant weight to the case for jets being the result of merging black holes and will be presented in the Astrophysical Journal.

Global climate on verge of multi-decadal change
(National Oceanography Centre, UK) A study, published today in Nature, implies that the global climate is on the verge of a broad-scale change that could last decades. The change is likely to bring drier summers to Britain and Ireland, accelerated sea-level rise along the northeast coast of the USA, and drought in the Sahel region. This new phase could also offer a brief reprise from the rise of global temperatures, as well as fewer hurricanes hitting the USA.

Two Southwest Research Institute instruments selected for NASA Europa mission
(Southwest Research Institute) Two Southwest Research Institute instruments have been selected for a NASA mission to Europa, which will launch in the 2020s to study this large, potentially habitable Jovian moon. The MAss Spectrometer for Planetary EXploration and Ultraviolet Spectrograph were selected from 33 candidate instruments for the yet-to-be named mission.

Hubble sees shock collision inside black hole jet
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) When you're blasting though space at more than 98 percent of the speed of light, you may need driver's insurance. Astronomers have discovered for the first time a rear-end collision between two high-speed knots of ejected matter. This discovery was made while piecing together a time-lapse movie of a plasma jet blasted from a supermassive black hole inside a galaxy located 260 million light-years from earth.

This week from AGU: NASA Earth science, Climate change music, Tibetan Plateau evolution
(American Geophysical Union) This week from AGU: NASA Earth science, Climate change music and Tibetan Plateau evolution.

Microbes collected by citizen scientists and grown on the International Space Station
(University of California - Davis Health System) Do microbes grow differently on the International Space Station than they do on Earth? Results from the growth of microbes collected by citizen scientists in Project MERCCURI indicate that most behave similarly in both places.

Lawrence Livermore scientists 1 step closer to mimicking gamma-ray bursts
(DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) Using ever more energetic lasers, Lawrence Livermore researchers have produced a record high number of electron-positron pairs, opening exciting opportunities to study extreme astrophysical processes, such as black holes and gamma-ray bursts.

ASU scientists play key role in new NASA Europa mission
(Arizona State University) NASA is sending a mission to see if Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter, has conditions suitable for life, and three Arizona State University scientists are involved with the mission's instruments.

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