November 11, 2014

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Astronomers Find Evidence for Galactic Merger in Distant Protocluster

Evidence of Galactic Merger in Distant Protocluster

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, astronomers show a clear picture of hierarchical merging and the all-important first steps along this process when the Universe was only 8 percent of its current age. Nestled among a triplet of young galaxies more than 12.5 billion light-years away is a cosmic powerhouse: a galaxy that is producing […]

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November 11, 2014

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New Research Reveals the Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

MIT Reveals Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

In a newly published study, MIT researchers show that a canonical view of global warming tells only half the story and reveal the missing piece of the climate puzzle. In classrooms and everyday conversation, explanations of global warming hinge on the greenhouse gas effect. In short, climate depends on the balance between two different kinds […]

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November 11, 2014

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New Gene-Editing Technique Could Prove to be an Effective Technique for Blocking HIV

Researchers Genetically Edit Human Blood Stem Cells

Using CRISPR Cas technology, researchers genetically ‘edit’ human blood stem cells to create what could prove to be an effective technique for blocking HIV. Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Massachusetts General (MGH) and Boston Children’s hospitals (BCH) for the first time have used a relatively new gene-editing technique to create what could prove […]

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November 11, 2014

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Cassini Spots a Bright Feature in Titan’s Largest Sea, Kraken Mare

Cassini Spots a Bright Feature in Kraken Mare

During a recent flyby, the Cassini spacecraft observed new, bright features in the seas that might be related to the mysterious feature that researchers dubbed the “magic island.” NASA’s Cassini mission continues its adventures in extraterrestrial oceanography with new findings about the hydrocarbon seas on Saturn’s moon Titan. The findings are being presented this week […]

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November 11, 2014

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Young Star Systems May Reveal How Our Own Solar System Came To Be

Astronomers Find an Early Version of The Milk Way

Astronomers from the University of Arizona have discovered two dust belts surrounded by a large dust halo around young star HD 95086, providing researchers with a look back at what our solar system may have resembled in its infancy. Researchers studying what appears to be a beefed-up version of our solar system have discovered that […]

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November 10, 2014

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Scientists Construct Microswimmers for Medical Applications

Researchers Develop Nano Devices That Can be Propelled Through Media Similar to Bodily Fluids

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute have constructed swimming bodies that are small enough to be used in bodily fluids or even individual cells, and they are able to navigate through complex biological fluids. In the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage, a submarine complete with crew is shrunk in size so that it can navigate through […]

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November 10, 2014

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Astronomers Dissect the Remains of Supernova 1987A

Astronomers Dissect the Aftermath of SN1987A

Using radio telescopes in Australia and Chile, astronomers were able to see inside the remains of a supernova 1987A and distinguish radiation being emitted by the supernova’s expanding shock wave from the radiation caused by dust forming in the inner regions of the remnant. The supernova, known as SN1987A, was first seen by observers in […]

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November 10, 2014

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UCLA Scientists Propose a Benchmark for Better Stem Cell Replication

Scientists Propose Benchmark for Better Replication of Natural Stem Cells

New research from UCLA establishes a standard to assess how conditions used to procure stem cells in the lab compare to those found in a human embryo, and could provide the foundation for scientists to more precisely replicate natural stem cell development in an artificial environment. The study, which was led by Guoping Fan, professor […]

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November 10, 2014

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Muscle Mass and Chronic Kidney Disease

Muscle Mass is Not an Accurate a Predictor of Chronic Kidney Disease

A newly published study from Yale University reveals that muscle mass is not as accurate a predictor of chronic kidney disease outcomes as previously thought. In a study published online by the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, researchers looked at data from 3,604 patients with chronic kidney disease. They checked for an […]

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November 10, 2014

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New Research Reveals the Role of Magnetic Fields in Star Formation

Scientists Reveal Role of Magnetic Fields in Star Formation

Using the Submillimeter Array to study the magnetic field in a massive star cluster, astronomers were able to determine the properties of the magnetic field and the role they play in star formation. Massive stars tend to form in clusters as the gas and dust in molecular clouds collapses and fragments under the influence of […]

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November 10, 2014

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Spacecraft Reveal Siding Spring’s Effects on Martian Atmosphere

NASA Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere

Data from several spacecraft have revealed that debris from Comet Siding Spring added a temporary and very strong layer of ions to the ionosphere of Mars, allowing scientists to make a direct connection from the input of debris from a specific meteor shower to the formation of this kind of transient layer in response. Two […]

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November 10, 2014

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Hubble Views Galaxy Cluster Abell 1413

New Hubble Image of Galaxy Cluster Abell 1413

This newly released Hubble Space Telescope image shows the super-rich galaxy cluster Abell 1413. Located between the constellations of Leo (The Lion) and Coma Berenices, the galaxy cluster Abell 1413 is over 2 billion light-years from Earth. This image is dominated by a large and highly elliptical galaxy called MCG+04-28-097, with a halo of stars […]

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November 7, 2014

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MAGIC Telescopes Observe Black Hole Gamma-Ray Lightning

MAGIC Telescopes Reveal Black Hole Gamma-Ray Lightning

Using the MAGIC telescopes at La Palma, astronomers have recorded an extreme event coming from the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole located in the heart of the radio galaxy IC310. The MAGIC telescopes at La Palma have recorded the fastest gamma-ray flares seen to date, produced in the vicinity of a super-massive black […]

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November 7, 2014

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Human Body Weight Influenced by Microbes in the Gut

Research Shows Weight Influenced by Microbes in the Gut

New research from King’s College London and Cornell University reveals that genetic makeup influences whether people are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, paving the way for personalized probiotic therapies that are optimized to reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases based on an individual’s genetic make-up. By studying […]

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November 7, 2014

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Graphene-Based Supercapacitors May Significantly Boost the Power of Electric Vehicles

Nano-Infused Supercapacitors May Power Cars

Using a combination of exfoliated graphene and entangled multiwalled carbon nanotubes combined with plastic, paper and a gelled electrolyte, researchers have developed flexible, solid-state supercapacitors that could significantly boost the power of electric vehicles. Rice University scientist Matteo Pasquali and his team contributed to two new papers that suggest the nano-infused body of a car […]

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