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April 17, 2014

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Researchers Develop Spaser Made of Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes

Researchers from Monash University have developed a spaser using graphene and carbon nanotubes, showing that graphene and carbon nanotubes can interact and transfer energy to each other through light. A new version of “spaser” technology being investigated could mean that mobile phones become so small, efficient, and flexible they could be printed on clothing. A […]

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April 17, 2014

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Scientists Reveal Neutron Star Glitches Have a Minimum Size

New research reveals that sudden speed jumps in the rotational velocity of pulsars have a minimum size, and that they are caused not by the unpinning and displacement of just one sub-surface superfluid vortex, but by billions. A team of astronomers, including Danai Antonopoulou and Anna Watts from the Anton Pannekoek Institute of Astronomy (UvA), […]

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April 17, 2014

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Hubble Image Reveals Cross-Section View of the Universe

This newly released Hubble image provides a cross-section view of the Universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. An image of a galaxy cluster taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope gives a remarkable cross-section of the Universe, showing objects at different distances and stages in cosmic history. They range from […]

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April 17, 2014

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Martian Meteorites Yield Clues to the Planet’s Early Atmosphere

Using data from meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars, scientists investigate the chemical composition of the Martian atmosphere throughout history, and learn whether the planet has ever been hospitable to life. Geologists who analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars unlocked secrets of the Martian atmosphere hidden in the chemical signatures of […]

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April 16, 2014

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Yale Research Shows People with a Mental Illness are More Likely to Smoke

New research from Yale University shows that people with a mental illness are much more likely to smoke cigarettes and are less likely to quit smoking than those without mental illness. Those in the United States with a mental illness diagnosis are much more likely to smoke cigarettes and smoke more heavily, and are less […]

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April 16, 2014

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ESO Reveals a New Image of Gum 41

The European Southern Observatory reveals a new image of Gum 41, a cloud of hydrogen and newborn stars in the constellation of Centaurus. This new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile reveals a cloud of hydrogen called Gum 41. In the middle of this little-known nebula, brilliant hot young stars are giving off […]

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April 16, 2014

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New Study Presents “Water World” Theory for the Emergence of Life

A new study describes how electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life, assembling decades of field, laboratory and theoretical research into a grand, unified picture. Life took root more than four billion years ago on our nascent Earth, a wetter and harsher place than now, bathed in sizzling […]

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April 16, 2014

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New Modeling Reveals that Tilted Orbits Could Make More Worlds Habitable

New research from astrobiologists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center reveals that large amplitude, high frequency obliquity oscillations on Earth-like exoplanets can suppress the ice-albedo feedback, increasing the outer edge of the habitable zone. Pivoting planets that lean one way and then change orientation within a short geological time period might be surprisingly habitable, according […]

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April 15, 2014

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Newly Designed Nanoparticles Can Deliver Three Cancer Drugs at a Time

In a newly published study, MIT chemists detail how they designed nanoparticles that can deliver three cancer drugs at a time. Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by targeting the drugs directly to the tumors. In recent years, scientists have developed nanoparticles that deliver one or two chemotherapy drugs, but […]

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April 15, 2014

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Study Reveals Age-Related Cognitive-Motor Decline after Age 24

A new study from Simon Fraser University reveals that cognitive motor performance starts to decline in individuals after age 24. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but if you’re over 24 years of age you’ve already reached your peak in terms of your cognitive motor performance, according to a new Simon Fraser University study. SFU’s […]

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April 15, 2014

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Supercomputers Help Researchers Understand Black Holes

Using supercomputers like Stampede at the Texas Advanced Computing Center and Kraken at the National Institute for Computational Sciences, researchers try to predict and better understand the observational signatures of events like black holes devouring stars. Somewhere in the cosmos an ordinary galaxy spins, seemingly at slumber. Then all of a sudden, WHAM! A flash […]

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April 15, 2014

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Cassini Reveals Possible New Moon Forming Around Saturn

Using data from the Cassini spacecraft, astronomers believe they have discovered the possible formation of a new tiny moon within the rings of Saturn. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn. Informally named “Peggy,” the object may be a new moon. Details of the observations […]

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