Chandra and XMM-Newton provide direct measurement of distant black hole's spin

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important advance for understanding how black holes grow over time.

Black hole's spin is at the limits of possibility

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton, have together accurately measured, for the first time, the spin rate of a black hole with a mass two million times that of our sun.

Hubble snaps galaxy in a spin

NASA astronomers describe NGC 3344 as a "glorious" spiral galaxy around half the size of the Milky Way, which lies some 25 million light-years distant.

Unplugging: Resurrecting Repo Man

The spirit of Alex Cox’s 1984 movie Repo Man will be resurrected with a tribute album, set to be released September 9th, 2012.

Black holes spinning faster and faster

Many giant black holes in the centre of galaxies are spinning faster than at any time in the history of the universe, and may have been set in motion comparatively recently, new research shows.

World's tiniest memory created in atomic nuclei

University of Utah physicists have stored information for 112 seconds in atomic nuclei and then been able to read it back.