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All the Sky – All the Time: UK astronomers debate involvement in the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

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LSST 2014

Image: A combination of two renderings, showing the telescope on the summit. March 2011 (Credit LSST Corporation)

A formula for cheating at dice

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maps1420-formula

A perfectly fair die has one chance in six of landing on each side when it is rolled. But load the dice by making some of the edges longer than others, and the probabilities suddenly become more complicated. In fact, nobody has ever produced a comprehensive theory of the probabilities of such a biased die landing on any given face – a challenge for physicists, as well as for anyone who might want to cheat a casino.

Organic conundrum in Large Magellanic Cloud

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A group of organic chemicals that are considered carcinogens and pollutants today on Earth, but are also thought to be the building blocks for the origins of life, may hold clues to how carbon-rich chemicals created in stars are processed and recycled in space.

Spectrum of hot methane in astronomical objects using a comprehensive computed line list

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Spectrum of hot methane

A powerful new model to detect life on planets outside of our solar system, more accurately than ever before, has been developed by researchers from UCL Physics & Astronomy and the University of New South Wales.

LHC may falsify Leptogenesis

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LHC may falsify Leptogenesis

From experiments we know that there is an asymmetry of matter and anti-matter in our universe: The excess of baryons over anti-baryons (e.g. protons over anti-protons) could be triggered by a mechanism called leptogenesis, which is currently the most favourite explanation for many particle physicists.

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