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Star formation sputtering out in universe

The rate of star formation in the universe has dropped to just 3 percent of its long-ago peak, and there's no end in sight to the decline, a new study finds.Full story

How Much Dark Matter Do Some Galaxies Need? 300 Billion Suns

Creating stars is a lot like cooking: You need the right ingredients in the proper proportions to make everything shine. One of those ingredients is dark matter, and a new study has pinpointed the lower limit of this elusive substance needed to ignite a frenzy of star formation: a mass equal to 300 Full story

Students inspired by 'I, Robot' take science prize

A pair of high school students inspired by the science fiction movie "I, Robot" and another who studied star formation took home $100,000 grand prizes Monday in a competition honoring the nation's top math and science students. Full story

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This NASA image released on February 17,
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