September 29, 2014

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Engineers Develop New System to Harness the Full Spectrum of Available Solar Radiation

New System Aims to Harness the Full Spectrum of Available Solar Radiation

Engineers at MIT have developed a two-dimensional metallic dielectric photonic crystal that has the ability to absorb sunlight from a wide range of angles while withstanding extremely high temperatures. The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It […]

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September 29, 2014

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Biologist Reveal Boost in Certain Amino Acids is an Early Sign of Cancer

Research Shows Boost in Certain Amino Acids is Sign of Early Cancer

Based on an analysis of blood samples from 1,500 people participating in long-term health studies, biologists found that people with a surge in amino acids known as branched chain amino acids were far more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within one to 10 years. Years before they show any other signs of disease, […]

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September 29, 2014

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Cassini Spacecraft Views “Painted” Saturn

New Cassini View of Saturn

Using a spectral filter, this wide-angle camera view of Saturn was taken on April 2, 2014 by the Cassini spacecraft. Saturn’s many cloud patterns, swept along by high-speed winds, look as if they were painted on by some eager alien artist. With no real surface features to slow them down, wind speeds on Saturn can […]

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September 29, 2014

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NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory to Study Ultra-Cold Quantum Gases

CAL Cools Atoms to Ultracold Temperatures

Researchers will use NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory to study ultra-cold quantum gases, exploring how atoms interact in microgravity when they have almost no motion due to such cold temperatures. Like dancers in a chorus line, atoms’ movements become synchronized when lowered to extremely cold temperatures. To study this bizarre phenomenon, called a Bose-Einstein condensate, researchers […]

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September 29, 2014

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Newly Released Hubble Image of AG Carinae

Hubble Image of a Shedding Star

This newly released Hubble image shows AG Carinae – a luminous star classified as a Luminous Blue Variable. In this new Hubble image, the strikingly luminous star AG Carinae — otherwise known as HD 94910 — takes center stage. Found within the constellation of Carina in the southern sky, AG Carinae lies 20,000 light-years away, […]

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September 26, 2014

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New “Gold Nanocluster” Technology Improves Solar Cell Performance

Scientists Addvance Solar Power with New Gold Nanocluster Technology

Using approximately 10,000 times less gold than in previous studies, researchers from Western University improve solar power performance with new “gold nanocluster” technology. Scientists at Western University have discovered that a small molecule created with just 144 atoms of gold can increase solar cell performance by more than 10 per cent. These findings, published recently […]

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September 26, 2014

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Astronomers Detect Iso-Propyl Cyanide Close to the Galactic Center

Astronomers Detect the Presence of Amino Acids in Interstellar Space

A team of astronomers has detected the presence of iso-propyl cyanide in interstellar space, opening a new frontier in the chemistry of star formation. There is large number of organic molecules in space. One of which, iso-propyl cyanide (i-C3H7CN), was now discovered by scientists in a giant gas cloud called Sagittarius B2, a region of […]

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September 26, 2014

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Study Reveals Water on Earth is Older Than Our Sun

Water on Earth is Older than Our Sun

A newly published study from the Carnegie Institution for Science reveals that a significant fraction of our Solar System’s water is older than the Sun and that it most likely originated from ices that formed in interstellar space. Washington, D.C. — Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important […]

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September 26, 2014

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MIT Engineers Develop Underwater Robot for Port Security

Researchers Develop Underwater Robot for Port Security

Engineers from MIT have developed a football-size robot that can provide added port protection by skimming discreetly along a ship’s hull to search for hollow compartments concealing contraband. Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened […]

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September 26, 2014

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Curiosity Rover Drills First Sample From Mars Mountain

Curiosity Rover Drills First Sample of Mars Mountain

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first drill sample from the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site. Late Wednesday, September 24, the rover’s hammering drill […]

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September 25, 2014

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Researchers Track Interactions Between Individual DNA Molecule Segments

Single Unlabeled Biomolecules Detected Through Light

Using an optical microstructure and gold nanoparticles, researchers at the Max Planck Institute have amplified the interaction of light with DNA to the extent that they can now track interactions between individual DNA molecule segments. Being able to track individual biomolecules and observe them at work is every biochemist’s dream. This would enable the scientists […]

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September 25, 2014

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DDO 68 – A Young Galaxy in the Local Universe?

New Hubble Image of UGC 5340

This new Hubble image reveals what seems to be a recently-formed galaxy in the local universe. Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known […]

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