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Jul 2012

News Round-Up: New Moon, Solar Windows and ‘Green’ Algae

Pluto’s fifth moon discovered

PlutoP5

A new moon has been found orbiting Pluto, bringing the number of satellites known around the former planet to five. P5 – the moon’s temporary designation – is between 10 to 25 km across (less than the diameter of London’s North Circular Road), and was discovered by scientists at SETI studying images from the Hubble Space Telescope. The photos show the moon as a speck, even compared to Pluto’s other moons – not surprising, given that Pluto is over 4.5 billion km away. 

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News Round-up: Higgs, Dark Matter’s skeleton and Private Asteroid Detectives

Higgs boson found … probably

Higgs Simulation

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva have announced the discovery of a new elementary particle consistent with the Higgs boson. The announcement, given to a packed auditorium at CERN and broadcast live over the Internet, was met with standing ovations from scientists across the world. 

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