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May 26, 2015

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CLAIRE – A New Breakthrough Technique for Non-invasive Nano-scale Imaging

Scientists Develop New Technique for Non-invasive Nano-scale Imaging

Researchers have developed a new non-invasive nanoscale imaging technique that allows them to convert electron microscopy into a non-invasive imaging modality for studying soft materials and providing spectrally specific information about them on the nanoscale. Soft matter encompasses a broad swath of materials, including liquids, polymers, gels, foam and – most importantly – biomolecules. At […]

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May 26, 2015

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Researchers Develop a New Quantum Error Correcting Code

A New Quantum Error Correcting Code

A team of researchers from MIT, Google, the University of Sydney, and Cornell University present a new quantum error correcting code that requires measurements of only a few quantum bits at a time to ensure consistency between one stage of a computation and the next. Quantum computers are largely theoretical devices that could perform some […]

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May 26, 2015

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Astronomers Discover Super-Jupiter Exoplanet around an Evolved Star

Astronomers Discover Kepler-432

Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered two new giant exoplanets around an evolved star. There are 565 exoplanets currently known that are as massive as Jupiter or bigger, about one third of the total known, confirmed exoplanet population. About one quarter of the massive population orbits very close to its star, with […]

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May 26, 2015

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Hubble Views the Densest Known Star Cluster in the Milky Way

The Densest Known Star Cluster in the Milky Way

This newly released Hubble image shows the Arches Cluster, the densest known star cluster in the Milky Way. The Arches Cluster is located about 25,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer), close to the heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is, like its neighbour the Quintuplet Cluster, a fairly […]

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May 22, 2015

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Rare Quasar Quartet Reveals Massive Structure in Distant Universe

Quasar Quartet Reveals Rare Massive Structure in Distant Universe

Astronomers have discovered four active black holes situated in close proximity to one another in the distant universe, surrounded by a giant nebula of cool dense gas. Using the W.M. Keck observatory in Hawaii, a group of astronomers led by Joseph Hennawi of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy have discovered the first quadruple quasar: […]

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May 22, 2015

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CCNE1 Gene Turns Back Cellular Clock

Researchers Discover Human-Specific Gene That Turns Back Cellular Clock

Yale researchers have discovered a gene that turns back the cellular clock, greatly aiding the reprogramming of mature cells. An exhaustive analysis of factors that allow mature cells to become like embryonic stem cells again has revealed a spliced form of a gene found only in primates that greatly aids the reprogramming of mature cells. […]

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May 22, 2015

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Cell-Squeezing Device Opens New Possibilities for Cell-Based Vaccines

Cell Squeezing Device Opens New possibilities for Cell-Based Vaccines

A newly published study details how researchers from MIT developed a new microfluidic cell-squeezing device, opening new possibilities for cell-based vaccines. MIT researchers have shown that they can use a microfluidic cell-squeezing device to introduce specific antigens inside the immune system’s B cells, providing a new approach to developing and implementing antigen-presenting cell vaccines. Such […]

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May 22, 2015

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Hubble Uncovers New Clues about a Hefty, Rapidly Aging Star

Hubble Observations of NaSt1

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. Nicknamed it “Nasty 1,” a play on its catalog name of NaSt1, the star may represent a brief transitory stage in the evolution […]

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May 21, 2015

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New High Speed Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Process for Graphene

High Speed Roll to Roll Manufacturing of Graphene

Engineers from MIT and the University of Michigan have developed a new manufacturing process that could help bring graphene and other 2D materials to commercial products. Graphene is a material with a host of potential applications, including in flexible light sources, solar panels that could be integrated into windows, and membranes to desalinate and purify […]

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May 21, 2015

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Keck Spectroscopy Confirmation of Large, Diffuse Galaxies in the Coma Cluster

Confirmation of the Existence of Large Diffuse Galaxies in the Coma Cluster

In a newly published study, astronomers detail the discovery of large, diffuse galaxies in the Coma Cluster. A fluffy galaxy is hard to find, but that didn’t stop a Yale astronomer and an international research team from identifying the fluffiest galaxies in the universe. These “ultra diffuse” galaxies are located about 300 million light years […]

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May 21, 2015

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Kepler and Swift Capture Early Moments of Baby Supernovae

NASA Views Early Moments of Baby Supernovae

NASA’s Kepler and Swift spacecraft provides new insight into what triggers a Type Ia supernova, allowing astronomers to better calibrate Type Ia supernovae as standard candles – which may eventually lead to a better understand the mysteries of dark energy. Astronomers are going gaga over newborn supernova measurements taken by NASA’s Kepler and Swift spacecraft, […]

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May 21, 2015

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Dawn Captures New Images of Ceres Bright Spots

Up Close View of Ceres Bright Spots

New images from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft show the closest view to date of the mysterious bright spots on Ceres. NASA’s Dawn mission captured a sequence of images, taken for navigation purposes, of dwarf planet Ceres on May 16, 2015. The image showcases the group of the brightest spots on Ceres, which continue to mystify scientists. […]

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May 20, 2015

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New ESO Image of the Medusa Nebula

New ESO Image of the Medusa Nebula

This newly released image from the European Southern Observatory is the most detailed image ever taken of the Medusa Nebula. Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured the most detailed image ever taken of the Medusa Nebula. As the star at the heart of this nebula made its transition into retirement, it […]

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May 20, 2015

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Researchers Control Light Emission by Pairing Exotic 2D Materials

Researchers Control Light Emission by Pairing 2D Materials

By applying a DC voltage to layers of graphene and boron nitride, researchers have demonstrated the ability to control light emission from a nearby atom. Researchers have found a way to couple the properties of different two-dimensional materials to provide an exceptional degree of control over light waves. They say this has the potential to […]

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May 20, 2015

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Yale Researchers Illuminate Major Evolutionary Patterns of Snakes

Researchers Generate a Family Tree for Living and Extinct Snakes

A team of researchers from Yale University analyzed snake genomes, modern snake anatomy, and information from the fossil record, generating a family tree for living and extinct snakes and illuminating major evolutionary patterns that have played out across snake evolutionary history. The ancestral snakes in the grass actually lived in the forest, according to the […]

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May 20, 2015

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Brain Activity Predicts Weight Gain

New Study Shows How the Brain Responds to Food Cues

A new study set to appear in The Journal Neuroscience illustrates that it is the way the brain responds to food cues when individuals are not hungry that predicts weight gain and that the reasons why people gain weight can be fundamentally different. The way the brain responds while sipping a delicious milkshake can predict […]

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May 20, 2015

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New Image Shows the Advance of Hubbard Glacier

The Hubbard Glacier

New data from the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8 shows the advance of Hubbard Glacier. Since measurements began in 1895, Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier has been thickening and steadily advancing into Disenchantment Bay. The advance runs counter to so many thinning and retreating glaciers nearby in Alaska and around the world. This image, acquired by […]

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