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October 31, 2014

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Earth Received Most of Its Water Relatively Early from Chondrite-Like Bodies

Earth's Water Most Likely Accreted at the Same Time as the Rock

New research from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution shows that Earth’s water most likely accreted at the same time as the rock, suggesting that Earth received most of its water relatively early from chondrite-like bodies. Earth is known as the Blue Planet because of its oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the planet’s surface […]

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October 31, 2014

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Study Reveals Indications That Dark Matter is Being Erased by Dark Energy

Dark Matter is Slowly Erased by Dark Energy

Newly published research reveals that dark matter is being swallowed up by dark energy, offering novel insight into the nature of dark matter and dark energy and what the future of our Universe might be. Researchers in Portsmouth and Rome have found hints that dark matter, the cosmic scaffolding on which our Universe is built, […]

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October 31, 2014

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Low Atmospheric Oxygen Levels Delayed Rise of Animals

Low Oxygen Levels Delayed the Appearance of Animals on Earth

A new study reveals that oxygen levels during the “boring billion” period were only 0.1% of what they are today, providing the first evidence that oxygen levels were low enough during this period to potentially prevent the rise of animals. Geologists are letting the air out of a nagging mystery about the development of animal […]

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October 31, 2014

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Hubble Views Ghostly Glow of Stars Ejected from Dead Galaxies

Hubble Views Light From Dead Galaxies in Abell 2744

New Hubble data reveal the glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago and provide important steps forward in understanding the evolution of galaxy clusters. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart […]

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October 31, 2014

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Views the Sun Glinting Off Titan’s North Polar Seas

Cassini Views Titan's North Polar Seas

Taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, this near-infrared, color mosaic shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s north polar seas. While Cassini has captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off of them in the past, this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view. The sunglint, […]

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October 31, 2014

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2014 Antarctic Ozone Hole Comparable to Previous Years

2014 Antarctic Ozone Hole Remains Steady

Scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveal that the overall 2014 ozone hole is smaller than the large holes of the 1998–2006 time frame, and is comparable to 2010, 2012, and 2013. The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on September 11, according to scientists from NASA and the […]

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October 30, 2014

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ALMA Reveals Planet-Forming Lifeline in Binary Star System GG Tau-A

Planet Forming Lifeline Discovered in a Binary Star System

New research details the discovery of a streamer of gas flowing from a massive outer disc toward the inner reaches of the double star system GG Tauri-A. For the first time, scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have detected a streamer of dust and gas flowing from a massive outer disk toward the […]

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October 30, 2014

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Physicists Propose Existence of Parallel Universes, Challenge Quantum Science

Scientists Propose Existence of Parallel Worlds

In a newly published study, physicists propose that parallel universes really exist and that they interact and influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes. In a paper published […]

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October 30, 2014

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New System Allows Programmers to Trade Computational Accuracy for Energy Savings

New System Lets Programmers Identify Sections of Their Code That Can Tolerate a Little Error

Engineers from MIT have developed a new system that lets programmers identify sections of their code that can tolerate a little error, determining which program instructions to assign to unreliable hardware components to maximize energy savings while still meeting the programmers’ accuracy requirements. As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating […]

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October 30, 2014

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Astronomers Discover a Low-Mass Planet with a Highly Inconsistent Orbit

PH3c A Low Mass Planet with a Highly Inconsistent Orbit

Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunter program have discovered a low-mass, low-density planet that has a highly inconsistent orbit time around its sun. The new planet, called PH3c, is located 2,300 light years from Earth and has an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium. The elusive orb nearly avoided detection. This is because PH3c has […]

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October 30, 2014

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Molecular Map Pinpoints Genetic Variants of Autoimmune Diseases

New Molecular Map Reveals Genetic Origins of Autoimmune Diseases

Researchers have developed a molecular map that pinpoints genetic variants that play a role in 21 different autoimmune diseases, providing new insight into the cause of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases. Researchers at Yale, the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard developed a sophisticated mathematical model and […]

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October 30, 2014

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NASA Facility Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Rocket Explosion

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility has completed an initial assessment of Wallops Island, but noted that it will take many more weeks to further understand and analyze the full extent of the effects of the event. The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital […]

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