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Astronomers predict fireworks from rare stellar encounter in 2018
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Astronomers are gearing up for high-energy fireworks coming in early 2018, when a stellar remnant the size of a city meets one of the brightest stars in our galaxy.

NASA looks at Tropical Depression 10W's most powerful storms
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Infrared date from NASA's Aqua satellite spotted the strongest storms within newborn Tropical Depression 10W over the Philippine Sea today, July 2.

NASA sees 2 tropical cyclones on either side of the equator
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite passed over two tropical cyclones in the Pacific Ocean on different sides of the equator today, July 2.

Extreme lab at European X-ray laser XFEL is a go
(Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf) The Helmholtz Senate has given the green light for the Association's involvement in the Helmholtz International Beamline, a new kind of experimentation station at the X-ray laser European XFEL in Hamburg, Germany. As the leading institutes of the international HIB user consortium, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf and DESY were able to secure funding in the amount of 30 million Euros for this project. The majority of the funding will go to Helmholtz International Beamline for Extreme Fields.

Working out in artificial gravity
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Engineers at MIT have built a compact human centrifuge with an exercise component: a cycle ergometer that a person can pedal as the centrifuge spins. The centrifuge was sized to just fit inside a module of the ISS. After testing the setup on healthy participants, the team found the combination of exercise and artificial gravity could significantly lessen the effects of extended weightlessness in space -- more so than exercise alone.

Dark matter map begins to reveal the universe's early history
(National Institutes of Natural Sciences) Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the University of Tokyo and other institutions have begun a wide-area survey of the distribution of dark matter in the universe using Hyper Suprime-Cam, a new wide-field camera installed on the Subaru Telescope in Hawai'i.

We're not alone -- but the universe may be less crowded than we think
(University of California - San Diego) There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the Universe then might be expected, suggests a new study based on simulations conducted using the Blue Waters supercomputer at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, with resulting data transferred to SDSC Cloud at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, for future analysis.

We're not alone -- but the universe may be less crowded than we think
(Michigan State University) There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the universe then might be expected, according to a new study led by Michigan State University.

NASA sees heavy rain in Tropical Cyclone Chan-Hom
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM mission core satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Chan-Hom and found heavy rainfall in the newborn storm.

Tropical Cyclone Raquel triggers warnings in Solomon Islands
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Terra satellite and RapidScat instrument showed a slowly developing Tropical Storm Raquel affecting the Solomon Islands on June 30 and July 1.

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