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BYU scientists collaborate with astronomers around the world to understand distant galaxy

October 04, 2022
BYU’s West Mountain Observatory was one of 37 ground-based telescopes throughout the world monitoring the active galaxy that is roughly 1 billion light years away.
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BYU research debunks widespread spaceflight lore

August 30, 2022
When the Saturn V rocket propelled man to the moon in 1969, the blast from the rocket’s engines was tremendous. The monumental event gave rise to widespread claims that the acoustic force of the rocket melted concrete and ignited grass fires miles away. New research from BYU debunks this common myth.
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How many Earth-like planets exist in the universe?

August 19, 2019
A new study from researchers at BYU and Penn State provides the most accurate estimate of the number of Earth-like planets in the universe.
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BYU researcher co-authors paper in world’s top scientific journal

December 18, 2017
Nature paper offers insight into supermassive black holes by looking at a galaxy 8 billion light years away.
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Hottest known planet discovery published in Nature

June 06, 2017
The temperature of KELT-9b, whose discovery BYU researchers contributed to, is 8,000 degrees Fahrenheit — just shy of the temperature of our sun.

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Lego figurines don’t stand a chance against time reversal

March 29, 2017
A BYU researcher's targeted sound vibrations can topple individual Lego figurines without touch — and the applications extend far beyond play.

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BYU researchers help discover massive exoplanet

March 27, 2017
Understanding more about KELT-16b, though it’s “as different from Earth as you could possibly get,” might ultimately give scientists a better understanding of our own planet.

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BYU psychologist, physicist and statistician collaborate on unique study

November 02, 2016
Sunshine matters. A lot. The idea isn’t exactly new, but according to a recent BYU study, when it comes to your mental and emotional health, the amount of time between sunrise and sunset is the weather variable that matters most.

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Searching for Alien Comets: BYU Researchers Create Guidebook to Aid in First Discovery

June 30, 2016
Treasure needs a map, vehicles need a manual, and, as it turns out, interstellar discoveries need a guidebook.

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Physics Professor Makes Nanomagnetism Discovery

June 22, 2016
Dr. Karine Chesnel has always been fascinated with understanding how things work, particularly the secrets of magnetism. After years of research, she's discovered how to control a phenomenon called Magnetic Domain Memory.

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BYU’s first physics grad earns posthumous Grammy Award

February 11, 2016
Designing the block Y on the mountains east of campus was just the beginning of Dr. Harvey Fletcher's legacy as the "Father of Stereophonic Sound." 

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