In The News: Division of Research and Economic Development

Science Alert
April 19, 2019

On 22 March 2015, NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory recorded a blip in its data. Not far from the southern constellation of Fornax, something brightened, then slowly faded away.

Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnología
April 18, 2019

An international team of astronomers, including faculty and alumni from UNLV, has discovered a new way to spot when collisions occur in distant galaxies between two neutron stars - incredibly dense, city-sized celestial bodies that possess the most powerful magnetic fields in the universe.

Astronomy
April 18, 2019

In October 2017, astronomers announced the first detection of gravitational waves from the merger of two neutron stars earlier that year. The event also rung in the era of multi-messenger astronomy, as more than 70 telescopes observed the event’s afterglow in optical light, X-rays, gamma rays, and more. Now, an X-ray signal dubbed XT2 from a galaxy 6.6 billion light-years away has revealed another neutron star merger, which left behind a single, heavier neutron star with an incredibly powerful magnetic field: a magnetar.

Futurity
April 18, 2019

This event likely signaled the merger of two neutron stars—dense stellar objects packed mainly with neutrons—and could give astronomers fresh insight into how neutron stars are built.

Tech2.org
April 17, 2019

Astronomers have apparently seen another epic neutron star accident, and they did not need gravitational waves to do it.

R&D
April 17, 2019

An international team of astronomers, including faculty and alumni from UNLV, has discovered a new way to spot when collisions occur in distant galaxies between two neutron stars - incredibly dense, city-sized celestial bodies that possess the most powerful magnetic fields in the universe.

ScienceBlog
April 17, 2019

A bright burst of X-rays has been discovered by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory in a galaxy 6.6 billion light years from Earth. This event likely signaled the merger of two neutron stars — dense stellar objects packed mainly with neutrons — and could give astronomers fresh insight into how neutron stars are built. A paper describing the research, conducted by an international team of astronomers, including researchers and alumni from Penn State, appears in the journal Nature.

Tech Explorist
April 17, 2019

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has recently discovered a NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory in a galaxy 6.6 billion light years from Earth. This bright burst is nothing but the neutron star merger without an observed gamma-ray burst.

Nevada Today
April 16, 2019

The Robotics Academy of Nevada - a new statewide professional development program funded by Tesla's K-12 Education Investment Fund - is being developed by the Desert Research Institute, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Reno. Facilitated by DRI's Pre-K-12 STEM education and outreach program, Science Alive, the new academy will launch this summer in partnership with the Colleges of Engineering at Nevada's research universities in Reno and Las Vegas.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
April 15, 2019

Several Walmart stores in Nevada will be rolling out the robots, the company announced. The robots will be cleaning floors and stocking shelves.

Hanahan Herald
April 12, 2019

When Anthony Rufo began preparations to launch his digital companion company HAPPIE Home — a device for caregivers that’s similar to voice assistants like Google Home — he decided Las Vegas would be the perfect location.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 9, 2019

It’s the perfect startup Cinderella story. After launching inside Jeff Bezos’ garage in 1994 as strictly an online bookstore, Amazon has since become a household name, earning more than $230 billion in net sales last year. Today, Amazon echo smart speakers and packages with the famous Amazon smile can be found in millions of homes across the country.