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July 7, 2015

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New Research Shows Having Kids Later is Associated with Higher Satisfaction Levels

Having Kids Later Results in Happier Parents

A newly published study from the Max Planck Institute reveals that the satisfaction levels of parents depend not only on the number of children they have, but also on the point in time when they start a family. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” according to one […]

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July 7, 2015

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Engineers Develop a New Slimmer Design for Invisibility Cloaks

Invisibility Cloaks Get a Slimmer Design

A team of engineers from UC San Diego have developed a new design for a cloaking device that overcomes some of the limitations of existing “invisibility cloaks.” In a new study, electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego have designed a cloaking device that is both thin and does not alter the brightness […]

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July 7, 2015

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Astronomers Detail the Demographics of Transition Discs in Ophiuchus and Taurus

Demographics of Transition Discs in Ophiuchus and Taurus

New research from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reveals that the most probable explanation for the inner gap in transition disks is the influence of one or more giant planets orbiting nearby. A star is typically born with a disk of gas and dust encircling it, from which planets develop as dust grains in the […]

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July 7, 2015

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Niobium Nanowire Yarns Make High-Performance Supercapacitors

Niobium Nanowire Improves Supercapacitors

Using yarns made from niobium nanowire, researchers at MIT have developed a new approach to making supercapacitors. Wearable electronic devices for health and fitness monitoring are a rapidly growing area of consumer electronics; one of their biggest limitations is the capacity of their tiny batteries to deliver enough power to transmit data. Now, researchers at […]

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July 7, 2015

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Researchers One Step Closer to Developing Better Vaccines

Researchers Reveal a New Role for T Cells

Scientists from Yale University have uncovered a new role for regulatory T cells, moving them one step closer to developing vaccines that could be more protective against some of the most intractable viral infections, including HIV and flu. For the study, published in Nature Immunology, researchers Brian Laidlaw, Dr. Joseph Craft, and Dr. Susan M. […]

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July 7, 2015

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NuSTAR Reveals Hidden Black Holes

NuSTAR Explores the Hidden Lairs of Black Holes

Using NuSTAR, astronomers clearly identified five supermassive black holes that were previously elusive because of their surrounding cocoons of material. Some of the “biggest and baddest” black holes around are buried under thick blankets of gas and dust. These monsters in the middle of galaxies are actively devouring material, but their hidden nature makes observing […]

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July 7, 2015

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The Latest New Horizons Images of Dwarf Planet Pluto

Latest Images of Pluto from New Horizons Spacecraft

Taken just a few days ago, these new images from the New Horizons Spacecraft provide a better view of Pluto and its mysterious dark spots. These are the most recent high-resolution views of Pluto sent by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, including one showing the four mysterious dark spots on Pluto that have captured the imagination […]

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July 6, 2015

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“Black-Hole-Scope” Provides Insight into Space Directly Surrounding a Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers Use Cosmic Gravity to Create "Black Hole Telescope"

Astronomers used the magnifying effect of the stars to ‘zoom in’ on galaxy PKS 1830-211, revealing very small structures in the distant galaxy. The Integral, Fermi and Swift space observatories have used the magnifying power of a cosmic lens to explore the inner regions of a supermassive black hole. Gamma rays are highly energetic radiation […]

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July 6, 2015

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Astronomers Discover of a Ring of Rocks Poised to Make Planets

Astronomers See Rocks Poised to Make Planets

For the first time a team of researchers has discovered of a ring of rocks circling a very young star. These ‘pebbles’ are believed to be a crucial link in formation of planets. Dr Jane Greaves of the University of St Andrews presented the work at the National Astronomy Meeting at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, […]

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July 6, 2015

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New Technique Uses Regenerative Capacity of Stem Cells to Eliminate HIV

Stem Cell Gene Therapy Holds Promise for Eliminating HIV

Scientists at UCLA have developed a new technique that harnesses the regenerative capacity of stem cells to generate an immune response to HIV, showing that the technique decreased HIV levels in mice by 80 to 95 percent. Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research are one […]

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July 6, 2015

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Clinical Trials Show That Exercise is Not Universally Effective

Study Shows Exercise is Not Universally Effective

A systematic review of 160 clinical trials of the cardiometabolic benefits of exercise shows that exercise significantly improved cardiorespiratory fitness and some cardiometabolic biomarkers, but the effectiveness of exercise varied based on participants age, sex, and health status. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Everyone knows that exercise generally helps the cardiovascular system, but much […]

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July 6, 2015

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New Research Shows Nitrous Oxide Changes Brainwaves

Researchers Reveal Brainwave Changes in Patients Receiving Nitrous Oxide

New research from MIT details brainwave changes in patients receiving nitrous oxide, revealing that EEG recordings show large-amplitude slow-delta waves after the administration of nitrous oxide at anesthetic doses. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” has been used in anesthesiology practice since the 1800s, but the way it works to create altered states is […]

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July 6, 2015

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy LEDA 89996

Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy LEDA 89996

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy J04542829-6625280. This little-known galaxy, officially named J04542829-6625280, but most often referred to as LEDA 89996, is a classic example of a spiral galaxy. The galaxy is much like our own galaxy, the Milky Way. The disc-shaped galaxy is seen face on, revealing the winding structure of the […]

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July 5, 2015

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New Image of Star Cluster NGC 1333 – Stellar Sparklers That Last

New Chandra Image of Star Cluster NGC 1333

This newly released composite image shows star cluster NGC 1333, which is located roughly 780 light years from Earth. While fireworks only last a short time here on Earth, a bundle of cosmic sparklers in a nearby cluster of stars will be going off for a very long time. NGC 1333 is a star cluster […]

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July 4, 2015

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Astronomers Reveal Nine Large Concentrations of Dark Matter

Nine Large Concentrations of Dark Matter Revealed

Using weak gravitational lensing the newly developed Hyper Suprime-Cam on the Subaru telescope has revealed nine large concentrations of dark matter, each the mass of a galaxy cluster. Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the University of Tokyo and other institutions have begun a wide-area survey of the distribution of dark matter […]

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July 3, 2015

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Nanoparticles Shut Down Cancer Growth

Nanoparticles Shut Down Cancer Growth

Using nanoparticles to deliver a nucleic acid (siRNA) into tumor cells in mouse models, scientists from UCLA and City of Hope have become the first to inhibit the mechanism that drives cancer growth. When scientists develop cancer therapies, they target the features that make the disease deadly: tumor growth, metastasis, recurrence and drug resistance. In […]

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July 3, 2015

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New ESA Image of the Milky Way and of Its Neighboring Magellanic Clouds

An Outline of the Milky Way and of Its Neighboring Magellanic Clouds

This newly released image from the European Space Agency shows the outline of our Galaxy and of its neighboring Magellanic Clouds. This image, based on housekeeping data from ESA’s Gaia satellite, is no ordinary depiction of the heavens. While the image portrays the outline of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, and of its neighboring Magellanic […]

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July 3, 2015

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Yale Study Reveals Why BRCA Gene Resists Cancer Treatment

New Discovery Reveals Why BRCA Gene Resists Cancer Treatment

A newly published study from Yale University reveals how biochemists might be able to decrease drug resistance to existing therapies that target ovarian and breast cancer. Yale University researchers have discovered why a key molecular assistant is crucial to the function of the BRCA2 gene, which in some mutant forms can lead to ovarian and […]

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