September 10, 2014

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International Space Station Image of an Aurora

Flying Through an Aurora

Taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst, this photo shows an image of an aurora from the International Space Station. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst posted this photograph taken from the International Space Station to social media on August 29, 2014, writing, “words can’t describe how it feels flying through an #aurora. I wouldn’t even know […]

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September 9, 2014

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Biologists Delay the Aging Process by Increasing AMPK Gene

Biologists Delay the Aging Process

Working with fruit flies, UCLA biologists showed that increasing the amount of the AMPK gene in fruit flies’ intestines increased their lifespans by about 30 percent. UCLA biologists have identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems. Working with fruit flies, the life […]

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September 9, 2014

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Interactions between Cold Dark Matter and Radiation Leads to a Dramatic Reduction in Satellite Galaxies

Interactions between Cold Dark Matter and Radiation

A newly published study from Durham University shows that interactions between cold dark matter and radiation leads to a dramatic reduction in the number of satellite galaxies, alleviating the Milky Way’s missing satellite galaxies problem and indicating that physics beyond gravity may be essential to making accurate predictions of structure formation on small scales. Scientists […]

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September 9, 2014

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Astronomers Discover First Evidence of Water Ice Clouds Outside Our Solar System

Researchers Reveal First Evidence for Water Ice Clouds Outside Solar System

Using the FourStar imager at Las Campanas Observatory, scientists have discovered evidence of water ice clouds on a newly discovered brown dwarf WISE J085510.83-071442.5 (W0855) outside of our Solar System. Washington, D.C. — A team of scientists led by Carnegie’s Jacqueline Faherty has discovered the first evidence of water ice clouds on an object outside […]

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September 9, 2014

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Researchers Reveal a New Pathway to Help Treat Perinatal Brain Injuries

A New Pathway to Help Treat Perinatal Brain Injuries

A team of researchers has uncovered a new pathway to help treat perinatal brain injuries, revealing that a synthetic molecule derived from the embryo called PreImplantation Factor (sPIF) protects against neuronal death and brain injury by targeting let-7. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine and their colleagues have uncovered a new pathway to help treat […]

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September 9, 2014

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MAVEN Spacecraft Makes Final Preparations for Mars Orbit-Insertion Maneuver

MAVEN Spacecraft Makes Final Preparations For Mars

This two minute video details how NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft will use a dramatic engine burn to pull the spacecraft into an elliptical orbit with Mars when it arrives at the Red Planet on September 21, 2014. On September 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and […]

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September 9, 2014

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New Study Details the Changes in Saturn’s F Ring

Analysis of Clumps in Saturns F Ring from Voyager and Cassini

A newly published study details the analysis of clumps in Saturn’s F ring from the Voyager and Cassini spacecraft, revealing that the F ring seems to change on a scale of days, and even hours. Compared to the age of the solar system — about four-and-a-half billion years — a couple of decades are next […]

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September 9, 2014

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Evidence of Tectonic Plate-Like System on Europa

Scientists Find Evidence of PlateTectonics on Europa

Using data from NASA’s Galileo orbiter, scientists have discovered clear visual evidence of Europa’s icy crust expanding. The discovery implies two-way communication between the exterior and interior of the moon – a process which has significant implications for Europa’s potential as a habitable world. Scientists have found evidence of plate tectonics on Jupiter’s moon Europa. […]

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September 8, 2014

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Lupus 4 – A Spider-Shaped Blob of Gas and Dust

New Image of Lupus 4 Spider Shaped Blob of Gas and Dust

ESO’s Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile captured this new image of Lupus 4, which is located about 400 light-years away from Earth. Lupus 4, a spider-shaped blob of gas and dust, blots out background stars like a dark cloud on a moonless night in this intriguing new image. Although gloomy […]

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September 8, 2014

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Layered Graphene Could Open Up New Ranges of Electronic Devices

Layered Graphene Could Open Up New Ranges of Electronic Devices

Scientists at the University of Manchester have discovered that sandwiching layers of graphene with hexagonal boron nitride could produce designer materials capable of creating high-frequency electronic devices. Writing in Nature Nanotechnology, the researchers have demonstrated how combining the two-dimensional materials in a stack could create perfect crystals capable of being used in next generation transistors. […]

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September 8, 2014

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Synthetic Materials Mimic Living Organisms

Movable Cytoskeleton Membrane Fabricated for First Time

Biophysicists detail how they engineered synthetic materials that mimic the remarkable complexity of living organisms, successfully implementing a minimalistic model of the cell that can change its shape and move on its own. Cells are complex objects with a sophisticated metabolic system. Their evolutionary ancestors, the primordial cells, were merely composed of a membrane and […]

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September 8, 2014

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Sun-Powered Desalination Technology Could Provide Drinking Water for Villages

Sun Powered Desalination technology To Provide Drinking Water for India

A newly published study from MIT shows that a desalination technology powered by solar panels could provide enough clean drinking water for many of the typical villages in India. Around the world, there is more salty groundwater than fresh, drinkable groundwater. For example, 60 percent of India is underlain by salty water — and much […]

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