November 8, 2013

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Hubble Sees an Asteroid with Six Comet-Like Tails

Hubble Sees Asteroid with Six Comet Like Tails

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have viewed for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it. Astronomers viewing our solar system’s asteroid belt with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have seen for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on […]

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November 8, 2013

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GRAIL Mission Provides New Insight into How the Moon Got Its “Face”

New Insight into How the Moon Received its Face

Using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission, researchers offer new insight into how the moon received its “face.” Scientists using data from the lunar-orbiting twins of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission are gaining new insight into how the face of the moon received its rugged good looks. A report […]

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November 7, 2013

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Research Sheds New Light on Dark Energy

Researchers Shed New Light on Dark Energy

Dartmouth researchers shed new light on dark energy and eliminate the possibility that our planet, solar system and galaxy are at the center of the universe. In a new study, Dartmouth researchers rule out a controversial theory that the accelerating expansion of the universe is an illusion. While the findings don’t explain the cosmic speed-up, […]

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November 7, 2013

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New Model Shows How a Collapsing Star Results in Two Black Holes that Form and Fuse

The Formation of Two Black Holes from a Collapsing Star

A new study from researchers at Caltech details the collapse of rapidly rotating supermassive stars that formed in the early Universe. The study shows that tiny perturbations cause these stars to deviate into non-axisymmetric shapes during the collapse, leading to the formation of a system of two high-spin supermassive black holes that inspiral and merge. […]

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November 7, 2013

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A Two-Minute Tour of Ultra-Compact Dwarf Galaxy M60-UCD1

Hubble and Chandra Find Evidence for Densest Nearby Galaxy M60 UCD1

This two minute NASA video details M60-UCD1, an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy with a mass about 200 million times that of our sun. Two-Minute Tour: An Ultra-Compact Dwarf Galaxy Astronomers may have discovered the densest galaxy in the nearby Universe. The galaxy, known as M60-UCD1, is located about 54 million light years from Earth. M60-UCD1 is […]

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November 7, 2013

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Astronomers Discover New Information about Black Hole Mergers

Study Shows Merging Black Holes Ripple Space and Time

While searching for gravitational waves generated by supermassive black holes merging, astronomers using the Parkes Radio Telescope have discovered new information about the frequency and strength of black hole mergers. Throughout our universe, tucked inside galaxies far, far away, giant black holes are pairing up and merging. As the massive bodies dance around each other […]

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November 6, 2013

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New Retinal Implant Technology Expected to Help Restore Sight

Retinal Implants Expected to Restore Sight to the Blind

In an effort to improve retinal implant technology, researchers have developed a new method that uses microsecond pulses, on-chip counter-electrodes, and controlled firing of electrodes to shape the electrical field, which could help people who have lost their sight see more than just light and vague shapes. Researchers at the University of Arizona and University […]

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November 6, 2013

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Scientists Discover New Asymmetric Topological Insulator

Scientists Discover New Asymmetric Topological Insulator

A team of scientists has discovered a new asymmetric topological insulator made of many layers of BiTeCl, which enables electrical current to flow differently along its top surface than along its bottom. Scientists working at SLAC, Stanford, Oxford, Berkeley Lab and in Tokyo have discovered a new type of quantum material whose lopsided behavior may […]

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November 6, 2013

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New Cassini Image of Saturn’s Rings and Moons

Cassini Spacecraft Views the Moons of Saturn

This new image from the Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn’s rings and five of its moons. Five moons pose for the international Cassini spacecraft to create this beautiful portrait with Saturn’s rings. This view, from 29 July 2011, looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane. At the far right, […]

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November 6, 2013

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Researchers Discover New Ligament in the Human Knee

Researchers Detail New Ligament in the Human Knee

Using macroscopic dissection techniques on cadavers has allowed surgeons to fully detail the anterolateral ligament (ALL) found in the human knee. Two knee surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have provided the first full anatomical description of a previously enigmatic ligament in the human knee. The ligament appears to play an important role in patients with […]

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November 5, 2013

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Researchers Demonstrate A Single Atom Light Switch

Researchers Develop a Single Atom Light Switch

In a newly published study, researchers from the Vienna University of Technology demonstrate highly efficient switching of optical signals between two optical fibers controlled by a single atom. With just a single atom, light can be switched between two fiber optic cables at the Vienna University of Technology. Such a switch enables quantum phenomena to […]

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November 5, 2013

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Astrophysicists Discover Black Holes in Globular Star Clusters

Researchers Find Black Holes in Globular Star Clusters

Using an array of radio telescopes, a team of astrophysicists discovered the first examples of black holes in globular star clusters in our own galaxy. A Texas Tech University astrophysicist was part of a team of researchers that discovered the first examples of black holes in globular star clusters in our own galaxy, upsetting 40 […]

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November 5, 2013

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Astronomers Estimate One in Five Sol-Like Stars Have Planets Conducive to Life

Astronomers Reveal How Common Habitable Planets Are

Based on a statistical analysis of all the Kepler data, astronomers now estimate that one in five stars like our Sun have planets about the size of Earth and a surface temperature conducive to life. Berkeley — NASA’s Kepler space telescope, now crippled and its four-year mission at an end, nevertheless provided enough data to […]

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November 5, 2013

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Kepler Data Reveal the Discovery of 833 New Candidate Planets

Kepler Data Reveal New Candidate Planets

The latest analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data has revealed the discovery of 833 new candidate planets; ten of these candidates are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun’s habitable zone. Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, for […]

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November 4, 2013

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Astrophysicists Show How Universe’s Violent Youth Seeded Cosmos with Iron

How the Violent Youth of the Universe Seeded the Cosmos with Iron

The even distribution of iron throughout the Perseus cluster has allowed astrophysicists to tell the billion-year-old story of how exploding stars and black holes sowed the early cosmos with heavy elements. New evidence that iron is spread evenly between the galaxies in one of the largest galaxy clusters in the universe supports the theory that […]

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November 4, 2013

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Breakthrough in Quantum Cryptography Demonstrates “Perfectly Secure” Bit Commitment

Breakthrough Demonstrates Perfectly Secure Bit Commitment

For the first time, researchers have demonstrated perfectly secure bit commitment, sending encrypted data between pairs of sites in Geneva and Singapore. A breakthrough in quantum cryptography demonstrates that information can be encrypted and then decrypted with complete security using the combined power of quantum theory and relativity – allowing the sender to dictate the […]

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November 4, 2013

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Rudimentary Form of Life Sidesteps Normal Replication Processes

Rudimentary Form of Life Sidesteps Normal Replication Process

Researchers from the University of Nottingham have shown that in some organisms the genetic switches that control DNA replication are unnecessary and that cells will actually grow faster when the replication origins are not present. A rudimentary form of life that is found in some of the harshest environments on earth is able to sidestep […]

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November 4, 2013

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Chandra Views Glowing Gas in the Milky Way, NGC 3576

Chandra Reveals Glowing Gas in the Milky Way NGC 3576

Released to the public for the first time, this Chandra/ESO image shows NGC 3576. A region of glowing gas in the Sagittarius arm of the Milky Way galaxy, NGC 3576 is located about 9,000 light years from Earth. Such nebulas present a tableau of the drama of the evolution of massive stars, from the formation […]

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