June 18, 2014

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MOF-Associated Complexes Mediate Genetic Fair Play

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute have discovered that the same evolutionary stable MOF protein that regulates X dosis in flies is also involved in compensatory mechanisms in mice. Sexually dimorphic animals are often distinguished by unequal number of the X-chromosomes. While males have only one X chromosome, females have two copies, prompting an evolutionary […]

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June 18, 2014

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Nanoscale Structures Could Yield Higher-Performance Computer Memory

UCLA researchers have created nanoscale structures for computer chips that could yield higher-performance memory in computers, mobile electronics such as smart phones and tablets, as well as large computing systems for big data. Researchers at UCLA have created a nanoscale magnetic component for computer memory chips that could significantly improve their energy efficiency and scalability. […]

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June 18, 2014

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Astronomers Discover Water-Building Molecule in Planetary Nebulas

Using the Hubble Space Telescope and ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered a water-building molecule in three planetary nebulas. Using ESA’s Herschel Space Oobservatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars. When low- to middleweight stars like our Sun approach the end […]

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June 17, 2014

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Physicists Identify the Origin of Superconductivity in High-Temperature Superconductors

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have made a breakthrough in identifying the origin of superconductivity in high-temperature superconductors. They discovered that ripples of electrons, known as charge density waves or charge order, create twisted ‘pockets’ of electrons in these materials, from which superconductivity emerges. Harnessing the enormous technological potential of high-temperature superconductors – which […]

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June 17, 2014

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Researchers Develop a New Model to Detect Life on Planets Outside of Our Solar System

Researchers from University College London and the University of New South Wales have developed a new model that focuses on methane to detect life on planets outside of our solar system. A powerful new model to detect life on planets outside of our solar system, more accurately than ever before, has been developed by UCL […]

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June 17, 2014

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NASA’s Messenger Discovers Hot Flow Anomalies at Mercury

Using data from NASA’s MESSENGER mission, scientists have identified hot flow anomalies in Mercury’s bow shock over a course of two planetary years. The solar wind of particles streaming off the sun helps drive flows and swirls in space as complicated as any terrestrial weather pattern. Scientists have now spotted at planet Mercury, for the […]

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June 17, 2014

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Hubble Searches for a New Horizons Mission Target Beyond Pluto

NASA scientists are using the Hubble Space Telescope to identify any objects orbiting within the Kuiper Belt that the NASA New Horizons mission spacecraft could visit after it passes Pluto in July 2015. After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the […]

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June 16, 2014

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NASA Experiments Reveal Previously Unidentified Material in Titan’s Atmosphere

New research from NASA scientists has revealed a previously unidentified material in Titan’s atmosphere, helping scientists understand more about the complex mixture of molecules that makes up Titan’s haze. NASA scientists have created a new recipe that captures key flavors of the brownish-orange atmosphere around Saturn’s largest moon, Titan. The recipe is used for lab experiments […]

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June 16, 2014

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Scientists Find No Correlation Between Moon Phases and Sleep

New research from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich reveals that there is no correlation between moon phases and human sleep. Popular beliefs about the influence of the moon on humans widely exist. Many people report sleeplessness around the time of full moon. In contrast to earlier studies, scientists from the Max Planck […]

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June 16, 2014

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Cracks in Pluto’s Moon Charon Could Reveal That it Once Had an Underground Ocean

A new model will help reveal the evolution of Pluto’s moon Charon by predicting different fracture patterns on the surface of Charon depending on the thickness of its surface ice, the structure of the moon’s interior and how easily it deforms, and how its orbit evolved. If the icy surface of Pluto’s giant moon Charon […]

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June 16, 2014

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Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy NGC 5474

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy NGC 5474, which is located 21 million light-years away. The subject of this new Hubble image is NGC 5474, a dwarf galaxy located 21 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). This beautiful image was taken with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys […]

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June 13, 2014

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Engineers Design and Test a New Class of Solar-Sensitive Nanoparticles

University of Toronto researchers have designed and tested a new form of solid, stable light-sensitive nanoparticles that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells. Think those flat, glassy solar panels on your neighbor’s roof are the pinnacle of solar technology? Think again. Researchers in the University of Toronto’s Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department […]

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