August 7, 2014

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Rosetta Becomes the First Spacecraft to Rendezvous with a Comet

Rosetta Becomes the First Spacecraft to Rendezvous with a Comet

ESA’s Rosetta became the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, making the historic rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on August 6, 2014. After a decade-long journey chasing its target, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta, carrying three NASA instruments, became the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet. The last of a series of 10 rendezvous […]

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August 7, 2014

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Hubble Discovers Iax Supernova Linked to Potential “Zombie Star”

Hubble Discovers Supernova Star System with Left Behind Surviving Portion of a Dwarf Star

Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to view the light of a star that had lost its outer hydrogen envelope after a Type Iax supernova explosion, revealing its helium core. Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers has spotted a star system that could have left behind a “zombie star” after an unusually […]

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August 6, 2014

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New ESO Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 33

New ESO Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 33

This newly released VLT Survey Telescope image shows spiral galaxy Messier 33, which is located about three million light-years away. The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured a beautifully detailed image of the galaxy Messier 33. This nearby spiral, the second closest large galaxy to our own galaxy, the […]

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August 6, 2014

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Atomic Scale Imaging of Magnetic Structures

Atomic Scale Imaging of Magnetic Structures

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research use atomic scale imaging of magnetic structures to study new aspects of high-temperature superconductivity. Superconductors raise many hopes, especially materials which lose their electrical resistance at quite high temperatures – be it for high-performance medical imaging technologies, the energy transportation or for maglev trains. High-temperature […]

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August 6, 2014

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Construction to Begin on the Thirty Meter Telescope

Construction to Begin on Worlds Most Advanced Telescope

The recent approval of a sublease brings the most advanced and powerful optical telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), one step closer to reality. With the recent approval of a sublease by Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources, initial construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope — destined to be the most advanced and powerful […]

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August 6, 2014

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New Drug Compound Reverses the Brain Deficits of Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice

Researchers Reversed the Effects of Alzheimers Disease in Mice

A newly published study reveals a new drug compound that inhibits the negative effects of a protein called STtriatal-Enriched tyrosine Phosphatase and reverses the brain deficits of Alzheimer’s disease in mice. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have discovered a new drug compound that reverses the brain deficits of Alzheimer’s disease in an animal model. […]

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August 5, 2014

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Researchers Find Clues to Preventing Weight Gain

Researchers Find Clues to Preventing Weight Gain

A new study from Yale University shows that when the researchers blocked the effects of the nuclear receptor PPARgamma in a small number of brain cells in mice, the animals ate less and became resistant to a high-fat diet. Preventing weight gain, obesity, and ultimately diabetes could be as simple as keeping a nuclear receptor […]

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August 5, 2014

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Engineers Clear a Path Toward Better Quantum Computers and Nanoscale Sensors

A Path Toward Better Quantum Computers and Nanoscale Sensors

Engineers at the University of Chicago have used a diamond defect called a nitrogen vacancy center to clear a path toward better quantum computers and nanoscale sensors. By carefully controlling the position of an atomic-scale diamond defect within a volume smaller than what some viruses would fill, researchers have cleared a path toward better quantum […]

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August 5, 2014

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Cool Planet-Like Object May Have Spent Much of Its Youth as Hot as a Star

Cool Planet May Have Spent Much of Its Youth as Hot as a Star

A new study details the discovery of a Y dwarf (WISE J0304-2705) that may have spent much of its youth as hot as a star. Washington, D.C. — Astronomers have discovered an extremely cool object that could have a particularly diverse history—although it is now as cool as a planet, it may have spent much […]

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August 5, 2014

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Astronomers View Three Massive Volcanic Eruptions on Jupiter’s Moon Io

Researchers View Three Massive Volcanic Eruptions on Jupiters Moon Io

Using Keck II telescope, the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea, and the SpeX near-infrared spectrometer on NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility, astronomers viewed three massive volcanic eruptions that occurred on Jupiter’s moon Io. Three massive volcanic eruptions occurred on Jupiter’s moon Io within a two-week period in August of last year. This led astronomers to […]

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August 4, 2014

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Researchers Show Potential Basis for the Treatment and Prevention of Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers Discover Potential Basis for the Treatment and Prevention of Parkinsons Disease

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics show that two products of the gene DJ-1 can stop and even counteract the degeneration of neurons caused by Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease affects neurons in the Substantia nigra brain region – their mitochondrial activity ceases and the cells die. Researchers at the […]

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August 4, 2014

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New Material Allows for Ultra-Thin Solar Cells

New Material Allows New Kinds of Solar Cells

By combining two semiconductor materials, researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have developed a new material that allows for ultra-thin solar cells. Extremely thin, semi-transparent, flexible solar cells could soon become reality. At the Vienna University of Technology, Thomas Mueller, Marco Furchi and Andreas Pospischil have managed to create a semiconductor structure consisting of […]

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