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Very Large Telescope finds giant exoplanet where it rains iron

Very Large Telescope finds giant exoplanet where it rains iron

Science
March 11 (UPI) -- On a giant alien planet located 640 light-years away, scientists suspect it regularly rains molten iron. During the day, temperatures on the exoplanet, which circles a star in the constellation of Pisces, rise to upwards of 2,400 degrees Celsius -- hot enough to vaporize metal. When strong winds carry the metal vapor to the dark side of the planet, the vapor condenses and falls as rain. "One could say that this planet gets rainy in the evening, except it rains iron," David Ehrenreich, a professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland, said in a news release. Scientists discovered the iron rain phenomenon with the help of observations from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile. They published their results this week in the journal Nature....
Chinese car battery giant weighs stake in ailing Aston Martin

Chinese car battery giant weighs stake in ailing Aston Martin

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor One of China's leading electric vehicle battery-makers is weighing a deal that could involve taking a stake in Aston Martin Lagonda, the ailing manufacturer of James Bond's favourite cars.Sky News has learnt that CATL, which floated on China's Shenzhen stock exchange in 2018, is among a number of parties which have held talks with Aston Martin and its advisers in recent weeks as they seek to recapitalise its battered balance sheet. It was unclear this weekend whether the approach from CATL would result in any form of agreement between the two companies.Aston Martin, which has been left reeling by a string of profit alerts since its ill-fated 2018 initial public offering in London, is scrambling to raise fun...
Giant carbon clouds surround young galaxies

Giant carbon clouds surround young galaxies

Science
Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Old -- but newly analyzed -- data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile suggest young, growing galaxies are enveloped in a massive cloud of carbon gas. Cosmological models have not previously predicted the presence of such clouds, but using ALMA observations, scientists successfully measured billows of gaseous carbon measuring 30,000 light-years across. "We examined the ALMA Science Archive thoroughly and collected all the data that contain radio signals from carbon ions in galaxies in the early universe, only one billion years after the Big Bang," Seiji Fujimoto, an astronomer at the University of Copenhagen, said in a news release. "By combining all the data, we achieved unprecedented sensitivity. To obtain a data set of the same quality with o...
Anak Krakatau: Giant blocks of rock litter ocean floor

Anak Krakatau: Giant blocks of rock litter ocean floor

Science
Shattered remnants from the volcano that generated a devastating tsunami in Indonesia a year ago have been pictured on the seafloor for the first time.Scientists used sonar equipment to image the giant chunks of rock that slid into the ocean when one side of Anak Krakatau collapsed. Some of these blocks are 70-90m high. Their plunge into the water produced tall waves that tore across the shorelines of Java and Sumatra on 22 December 2018.Over 400 people around the Sunda Strait died in the nighttime disaster, and thousands more were injured and/or displaced. Media playback is unsupported on your device Researchers have been trying to reconstruct what happened ever since. But all their ...
Bei Bei arrives at giant panda base in China’s Sichuan

Bei Bei arrives at giant panda base in China’s Sichuan

Technology
The giant panda Bei Bei has arrived in southwest Sichuan province from his birthplace of Washington, where he spent the first four years of his lifeBy YANAN WANG Associated PressNovember 21, 2019, 5:45 AM2 min read After a transcontinental flight on the “Panda Express,” a furry American darling arrived early Thursday in his new Chinese home. The Washington-born giant panda Bei Bei was a beloved figure at the National Zoo, where he spent the first four years of his life. By agreement with the Chinese government, the zoo had to return Bei Bei to China this year. He is now settling into the Ya’an Bifengxia Base of the Giant Panda Conservation and Research Center in southwest Sichuan province. Bei Bei will be quarantined for one month while he adjusts to the time difference, learns to eat loca