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Astronomers discover Earth-sized exoplanet

10. januar 2011

Astronomers discover Earth-sized exoplanetA solid planet approximately 1½ times the size of the Earth has been observed outside our solar system. It is the smallest planet found so far in the hunt for planets in our galaxy, the Milky Way and researchers from...

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Wild 'teenage'-galaxies booming with star births

11. oktober 2010

Wild 'teenage'-galaxies booming with star birthsScientists from the Niels Bohr Institute have been studying distant galaxies, which are among the most active star-forming galaxies in the Universe. They form around 1,000 new stars a year – a 1,000 times more than...

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Dramatic climate change is unpredictable

30. august 2010

Dramatic climate change is unpredictableThe fear that global temperature can change very quickly and cause dramatic climate changes that may have a disastrous impact on many countries and populations is great around the world. But what causes climate change...

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Dark matter is held together by 'attractors'

10. august 2010

Dark matter is held together by 'attractors'The universe consists of a large amount of invisible matter – dark matter. We do not know what it is, but we know that it is there and that without dark matter there would be no galaxies, and hence stars, planets and life as we know it...

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Supernovae mystery solved

30. juni 2010

Supernovae mystery solvedType Ia supernovae are a relatively homogeneous class of stellar explosions, which researchers use as 'standard candles' to observe the acceleration of the universe. It has long been known, however, that they exhibit considerable...

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Carbon sequestration: Boon or burden

27. juni 2010

Carbon sequestration: Boon or burdenThe idea to sequester carbon is gaining support as a way to avoid global warming. For example, the European Union plans to invest billions of Euros within the next ten years to develop carbon capture and storage whereby CO2 will be...

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The Earth and Moon formed later than previously thought

07. juni 2010

The Earth and Moon formed later than previously thoughtThe Earth and Moon were created as the result of a giant collision between two planets the size of Mars and Venus. Until now it was thought to have happened when the solar system was 30 million years old...

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Planck satellite on a mission to the beginning of the Universe

18. maj 2010

Planck satellite on a mission to the beginning of the Universe”The mission is going perfectly and we are getting very good data which might explain what happened during the creation of the Universe and how and why the world looks as it does”, explains a happy but enigmatic researcher...

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Studies agree on a 1 meter rise in sea levels

13. april 2010

Studies agree on a 1 meter rise in sea levelsNew research from several international research groups, including the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen provides independent consensus that IPCC predictions of less than a half a meter rise in sea levels is...

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Launch: New Danish center for space research

06. april 2010

Launch: New Danish center for space researchWith the aim of strengthening Danish space research, several institutes at the University of Copenhagen have formed a new interdisciplinary center, the Space Science Center. With the new center, we focus more on the...

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