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January 23, 2015

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CID-42: A Recoiling, Supermassive Black Hole?

CID-42 A Recoiling Black Hole

New research from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics provides new insights from deep VLA data on the potentially recoiling black hole CID-42 in the COSMOS field. When galaxies collide, the central supermassive black holes that reside at their cores will end up orbiting one another in a binary pair, at least according to current simulations. […]

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January 23, 2015

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Reducing Myc Gene Activity Significantly Increases the Healthy Lifespan of Mice

Reducing Myc Gene Activity Extends Healthy Lifespan in Mice

In a newly published study, scientists reveal that reducing Myc gene activity extended the lifespan of mice. The mice lived 15 percent longer on average — 20 percent longer for females and 10 percent longer among males. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — A team of scientists based at Brown University has found that reducing […]

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January 23, 2015

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Small Helicopter Could Improve the Exploration of Mars

Small Helicopter Could Scout for Future Mars Rovers

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are working on a small helicopter that could ‘scout’ a trail for future Mars rovers. Getting around on Mars is tricky business. Each NASA rover has delivered a wealth of information about the history and composition of the Red Planet, but a rover’s vision is limited by the view […]

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January 23, 2015

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First Comprehensive 3D Map of Layers Deep Inside the Greenland Ice Sheet

Greenland's Ice Layers Mapped in 3D

Using ice-penetrating radar data and data collected from earlier airborne campaigns, scientists have built the first-ever comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet. Peering into the thousands of frozen layers inside Greenland’s ice sheet is like looking back in time. Each layer provides a record of what Earth’s climate was like at […]

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January 23, 2015

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Curiosity Rover Marks 11th Anniversary with Hilltop Panorama

Curiosity Marks 11th Anniversary with Hilltop Image

In celebration of its 11th anniversary on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover captured this panorama view from the top of “Cape Tribulation.” A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit. The view is from the […]

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January 22, 2015

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Evidence of Weibel-Generated Magnetic Fields

Scientists Peer into Cosmic Magnetic Fields

Using a proton probe to directly image electromagnetic fields, scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory present evidence of Weibel-generated magnetic fields that grow in opposing, initially unmagnetized plasma flows from laser-driven laboratory experiments. The generation of cosmic magnetic fields has long intrigued astrophysicists. Since it was first described in 1959, a phenomenon known as […]

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January 22, 2015

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Genomically Recoded Organisms Ensure GMOs Can Be Safely Confined in the Environment

Synthetic Amino Acid Enables Safe Biotechnology Solutions

New research details the construction of a series of genomically recoded organisms (GROs) whose growth is restricted by the expression of multiple essential genes that depend on exogenously supplied synthetic amino acids. These GROs will ensure genetically modified organisms can be safely confined in the environment, overcoming a major obstacle to widespread use of GMOs […]

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January 22, 2015

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Yale Astronomers Identify the First “Changing Look” Quasar

Black Hole Creates Changing Look Quasar

A team of astronomers from Yale University have identified the first “changing look” quasar, a gleaming object in deep space that appears to have its own dimmer switch. The discovery may offer a glimpse into the life story of the universe’s great beacons. Quasars are massive, luminous objects that draw their energy from black holes. […]

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January 22, 2015

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Chandra Releases Five New Images to Celebrate the International Year of Light

Chandra Celebrates International Year of Light with New Images

To celebrate the International Year of Light (2015) new images are being released from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, along with data in other types of light from various telescopes. The year of 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light (IYL) by the United Nations. Organizations, institutions, and individuals involved in the science and […]

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January 22, 2015

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Gullies Suggest Water Flowed on the Surface of Vesta

Gullies Suggest Past Water on Vesta

A newly published study shows evidence that transient water flowed on the surface of Vesta, in a debris-flow-like process, and left distinctive geomorphologic features. Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures and pressures at its […]

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January 22, 2015

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NASA Data Reveal Subglacial Lakes Refilling in Greenland

Subglacial Lakes Seen Refilling in Greenland

New research found evidence of a drained and refilled subglacial lake in Greenland, revealing that surface meltwater can be trapped and stored at the bed of an ice sheet. Sensible and latent heat released by this trapped meltwater could soften nearby colder basal ice and alter downstream ice dynamics. Scientists using satellite images and data […]

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January 21, 2015

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Milky Way Could Be a “Galactic Transport System”

Milky Way Could Be a Giant Wormhole

A newly published theory reveals that the Milky Way could contain a space-time tunnel, and that the tunnel could even be the size of the galaxy itself. Based on the latest evidence and theories our galaxy could be a huge wormhole (or space-time tunnel, have you seen “Interstellar?”) and, if that were true, it would […]

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January 21, 2015

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MIT Research Reveals Natural Impediment to Long-Term Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide

Study Finds Natural Impediment to Long-Term Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide

A new study reveals a natural impediment to the long-term sequestration of carbon dioxide, showing that as carbon dioxide works its way underground only a small fraction of the gas turns to rock. The remainder of the gas stays in a more tenuous form. Carbon sequestration promises to address greenhouse-gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide […]

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January 21, 2015

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A Way To Self-Propel Subatomic Particles Without External Forces

Study Shows How to Self-Propel Subatomic Particles

Using a new variation on the methods used to bend light, a team of physicists reveal that subatomic particles can be induced to speed up all by themselves without the application of any external forces. Some physical principles have been considered immutable since the time of Isaac Newton: Light always travels in straight lines. No […]

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January 21, 2015

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Conformational Changes of EF-G on the Ribosome During tRNA Translocation

Study Shows Ribosomal Motor is Crucial Part of Cellular Protein Factory

New research from Yale University provides insights into the conformational space that EF-G samples on the ribosome and reveals that tRNA translocation on the ribosome is facilitated by a structural transition of EF-G from a compact to an elongated conformation, which can be prevented by the antibiotic dityromycin. The ribosome is the protein-making “factory” within […]

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January 21, 2015

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SDO Collects Its 100-Millionth Image of the Sun

SDO Collects Its 100-Millionth Image

On January 19, 2015, at 12:49 p.m. EST, the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured its 100 millionth image of the sun. The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly, or AIA, uses four telescopes working parallel to gather eight images of the sun – cycling through 10 different wavelengths — every 12 seconds. Between the […]

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January 21, 2015

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LBTI Completes First Study of Dust in the “Habitable Zone”

LBTI Views a Dusty Star

The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer has completed its first study of dust in the “habitable zone” around a star, opening a new door to finding planets like Earth. The findings will help in the design of future space missions that have the goal of taking pictures of planets similar to Earth, called exo-Earths. “Kepler told […]

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