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‘Ghost Particle’ Found In Antarctica Has Traveled Billions Of Light-Years Through Universe

On Sept. 22, 2017, a ghostly particle traveled across the universe, passed through all cosmic bodies, and reached Antarctica intact. The ghost particle became significant in answering more than a century-old mystery.

Space July 13, 2018

The Price Astronauts Have To Pay For The Mars Mission? Cancer, New Study Warns

A new study has found that the risk of cancer doubles for long-term missions outside Earth's magnetic field. Cancer and the other risks of cosmic ray exposure are among the leading concerns on the planned human Mars mission.

Space June 6, 2017

Does Your Computer Keep Crashing? Blame Cosmic Rays That Interfere With Circuitry

Experts say computer crashes may be caused by electronically charged particles from cosmic rays. What are cosmic rays and the threats that single-event upsets pose?

Space February 19, 2017

Particles Originating Outside Solar System Responsible For Computer Crashes On Earth, Researcher Reveals

A new study asserts that electrically charged particles originating outside our galaxy are responsible for computer crashes. The research reveals that SEU or Single-Event Upsets lead to operational failures in personal devices.

Space February 19, 2017

NASA Scientists Study Cosmic Rays To Improve Radiation Protection For Frequent Flyers

The results of a NASA study on effects of cosmic radiation on the atmosphere in high-altitudes have been published and the research is expected to improve radiation monitoring, creating alerts to protect frequent flyers from high-radiation environments.

Space January 30, 2017

NASA Probes Black Holes And Cosmic X-rays In New Mission

NASA has chosen the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer mission to launch a space telescope that will observe patterns in the X-ray radiation from black holes and neutron stars. The IXPE mission is one of three finalists in the space agency's Astrophysics Explorers Program.

Space January 5, 2017

Elementary Particles Produced When Cosmic Rays Collide Enable Researchers To See Deep Underground In Technological Breakthrough

Elementary particles produced by the collision of cosmic rays with atmospheric molecules are used by scientists in underground studies. In making such studies effective, an innovation has been made by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with a smaller muon detector that can track density variations of an object.

Earth/Environment December 20, 2016

Cosmic Rays, Space Particles Unravel Ancient Secrets Of Egypt's Pyramids

Cosmic rays were able to unravel the secrets of ancient Egyptian pyramids. The project paves the way for finally unlocking what is inside the pyramids.

Ancient May 9, 2016

Radioactive Metal Reaching Planet Earth May Come From Nearby Supernova Explosion

New data showed that cosmic rays hailed from nearby clusters of massive stars, where a supernova explosion occurs every few million years. The radioactive debris bolstered beliefs that these explosions must not have been too distant or too long ago.

Space April 25, 2016

Super-Massive Black Hole At The Heart Of Milky Way Shotguns Powerful Cosmic Rays At Earth

For the first time ever, scientists at the H.E.S.S. observatory have identified the source of the high-energy cosmic rays that constantly bombard our planet. The source is actually a super-massive black hole at the center of Milky Way.

Space March 18, 2016

Archaeologists Will Use Cosmic Rays To Scan The Pyramids In Hopes Of Uncovering Secrets Of Ancient Egypt

A team of researchers will use cosmic ray muons, infrared thermography and scanners attached to drones to survey and digitally reconstruct four ancient pyramids in Egypt to uncover their mysteries.

October 30, 2015

CALET Observatory Soon To Begin Search For Cosmic Rays

The CALET observatory has landed at the ISS. This space mission will provide details about cosmic rays over the next five years.

Space August 29, 2015

NASA Funds Research On Astronauts' Risk Of Cancer On Long Space Missions

Colorado facility will study the effects long-term exposure to cosmic radiation may have on crews of extended space missions. NASA is funding the research in preparation for its intended mission to Mars.

Space May 6, 2015

Long-Term Cosmic Ray Radiation May Impair Astronaut's Brains: Mars Trip, Anyone?

Cosmic rays could severely affect the mental health of astronauts on their way to Mars. What will this mean for the future of humans in space?

Space May 2, 2015

Strange Supernova Could Be 'Missing Link' In Understanding Gamma Ray Bursts

Supernova can result in gamma ray bursts — or not. Now, scientists have observed the remains of one that was 'on the edge' for the first time.

Space April 28, 2015

Cosmic Rays From Exploding Stars May Help Us Understand Lightning

Everyone has seen lightning, but nobody knows where they come from. Scientists might be on to something as they discover a connection between lightning and cosmic rays.

Space April 25, 2015

Cosmic radiation makes Mars dangerous for humans

Decreased solar activity has increased cosmic radiation, which may make manned missions to Mars hazardous. Humans may have a shorter time to spend in outer space.

Space October 23, 2014

Join a cosmic ray detector network: All you need is a smartphone

Your smartphone could become part of the world's largest telescope. University of California app turns your phone into a cosmic ray detector.

October 14, 2014

This app will turn your smartphone into a cosmic ray detector

Researchers developed an app that records radioactivity and captures photons of cosmic rays.

Geek October 3, 2014

High-energy cosmic rays origin close to being discovered

Cosmic rays originating from beyond the galaxy are the most energetic particles in the known universe. Now, astronomers may be coming closer to understanding how they form.

Space July 10, 2014

Scientists link high-speed solar winds to hike in lightning strikes on Earth

Solar winds may trigger lightning strikes on Earth. How can charged particles from so far away have such a dramatic effect?

Animals May 16, 2014

Solar system wrapped up with giant magnetic ribbon

The entire solar system is wrapped up with a giant magnetic ribbon. This strange feature may hold the answer to a decades-old mystery in astronomy. It could also tell us exactly where Voyager 1 is right now.

Space February 17, 2014

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