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The Taurus Molecular Cloud, pictured here by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, is a star-forming region about 450 light-years away. The image frame covers roughly 14 by 16 light-years and shows the glow of cosmic dust in the interstellar material that pervades the cloud, revealing an intricate pattern of filaments dotted with a few compact, bright cores -- the seeds of future stars. Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/Gould Belt survey Key Programme/Palmeirim et al. 2013

Unknown treasure trove of planets found hiding in dust

A new study has found that Super-Earths and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars. Observing a sampling of youthful planets in a star-forming...
Graphene based nanocarbon films can be used in optical computing

Graphene based nanocarbon films can be used in optical computing

Scientists at the University of Eastern Finland in collaboration with the University of Arizona have demonstrated a new technique that involves reuse of optics...
Welty and Zeng's research showed that morning soil moisture can affect afternoon rain accumulations over the Southern Great Plains during the warm season, and the impact differs based on atmospheric conditions

Does rain follow the plow?

What makes it rain? In our childhood, we used to think that there might be a factory that creates clouds to rain. Another popular myth...