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A New Kind of Supernova Has Been Discovered

Everyone, say hello to Type Iax, a new classification of supernova that astronomers are calling “the runt of the supernova litter.” But these celestial blasts are hardly subtle; they're a newly documented and surprisingly frequent subcategory of supernova in which helium-sucking white dwarfs survive the ensuing… » 3/27/13 9:00am 3/27/13 9:00am

Intense magnetic fields around white dwarfs may instigate an entirely…

Scientists at the University of Oslo have discovered a completely new way for atoms to bond together — but these researchers won't be replicating the effect in the lab any time soon. The previously unknown bonding mechanism can only happen in the vicinity of white dwarfs where their intense density and spin creates… » 7/20/12 8:20am 7/20/12 8:20am