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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June 13, 2014

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Physicists Encode One Qubit in Entangled States Distributed Over Several Particles

Physicists have experimentally encoded one qubit in entangled states distributed over 7 trapped-ion qubits and demonstrate the capability of the code to detect one bit flip, phase flip or a combined error of both, regardless on which of the qubits they occur. In a close collaborative effort, Spanish and Austrian physicists have experimentally encoded one […]

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June 13, 2014

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Astronomers View Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 HQ124 as it Passes Earth

Using the Deep Space Network antenna and two other radio telescopes, astronomers were able to capture radar observations of asteroid 2014 HQ124 as it passed Earth on June 8, 2014. NASA scientists using Earth-based radar have produced sharp views of a recently discovered asteroid as it slid silently past our planet. Captured on June 8, […]

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June 13, 2014

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Herschel Space Observatory Reveals Massive Cold Clumps in NGC 7538

Using data from the Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have identified 13 massive, dense clumps where colossal stars could form. The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538. The observations have revealed […]

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June 12, 2014

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Sloan Digital Sky Survey Reveals Treasure Trove of “Red Nugget” Galaxies

At this years the meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society, astronomers revealed a treasure trove of “red nugget” galaxies discovered by combing through the Sloan Digital Sky Survey database. Cambridge, Massachusetts – The world of astronomy has changed. An astronomer used to have to travel to a remote location and endure long, cold nights, patiently […]

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June 12, 2014

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Researchers Discover “Magic” Ingredient for Quantum Computing

A newly published study establishes that quantum contextuality is a critical resource for quantum speed-up within the leading model for fault-tolerant quantum computation, magic state distillation. A form of quantum “weirdness” has been found, by researchers at Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), to be a key ingredient for building a quantum computer. In a […]

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June 12, 2014

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Radio Signals from Jupiter Could Aid in the Search for Extraterrestrial Life on Its Moons

A new study reveals that radio signals generated from Jupiter could help researchers scan its giant moons for extraterrestrial life. Powerful radio signals that Jupiter generates could be used to help researchers scan its giant moons for oceans that could be home to extraterrestrial life, according to a recent study submitted to the journal Icarus. […]

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June 12, 2014

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ALMA Maps Environment around Dark Gamma-Ray Bursts for the First Time

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, astronomers have directly mapped out the molecular gas and dust in the host galaxies of gamma-ray bursts for the first time. Observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have for the first time directly mapped out the molecular gas and dust in the host galaxies of gamma-ray bursts […]

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June 11, 2014

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Views Mercury Passing in Front of the Sun

This new animated image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows Mercury passing in front of the Sun. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has imaged the planet Mercury passing in front of the sun, visible as a faint darkening that moves across the face of the sun. This is the first transit of the sun by a planet […]

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