November 27, 2013

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ESO’s Very Large Telescope Views the Dragon’s Head Nebula

ESOs Very Large Telescope Explores NGC 2035

A new ESO image explores the Large Magellanic Cloud and an area nicknamed the Dragon’s Head Nebula. The Large Magellanic Cloud is one of the closest galaxies to our own. Astronomers have now used the power of ESO’s Very Large Telescope to explore one of its lesser known regions. This new image shows clouds of […]

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November 27, 2013

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Astronomers Search for Medium-Sized Black Holes

NuSTAR Studies Black Holes

In two new studies, astronomers examine black holes in the Circinus galaxy and spiral galaxy NGC 1313, searching for evidence of medium-sized black holes. Black holes can be petite, with masses only about 10 times that of our sun — or monstrous, boasting the equivalent in mass up to 10 billion suns. Do black holes […]

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November 26, 2013

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Reverse Shock Wave Racing Inward at 1000 Times the Speed of Sound

Reverse Shock Wave Racing Inward at 1000 Times the Speed of Sound

Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered that a reverse shock wave racing inward at 1000 times the speed of sound is heating the Tycho supernova remnant and causing it to emit X-ray light. Cambridge, Massachusetts – When a star explodes as a supernova, it shines brightly for a few weeks or months […]

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November 26, 2013

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Aerospace Engineers Discover a Possible Fix for the Kepler Spacecraft

A Possible Fix for Kepler Spacecraft

Kepler mission and Ball Aerospace engineers believe they have figured out how to get the Kepler Spacecraft working again. By maneuvering the spacecraft so that the solar pressure is evenly distributed across the surfaces of the spacecraft, they believe the Sun can as the ‘third wheel’ to control pointing. You may have thought that NASA’s […]

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November 26, 2013

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 4921

New Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 4921

This new Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 4921. How far away is spiral galaxy NGC 4921? Although presently estimated to be about 310 million light years distant, a more precise determination could be coupled with its known recession speed to help humanity better calibrate the expansion rate of the entire visible universe. Toward this […]

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November 25, 2013

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Astronomers Find Evidence That Galaxies in Groups are Running Out of Fuel

Researchers Find Evidence That Galaxies in Groups are Running Out of Fuel

Using the Arecibo telescope, the largest radio telescope in the world, an international team of astronomers have found evidence that galaxies that are located in groups might be running out of fuel. Astronomers at Swinburne University of Technology and their international collaborators have found evidence that galaxies that are located in groups might be running […]

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November 25, 2013

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Astrobiologists Search for Signs of Life on Dying Planets

Astronomers Search for Signs of Life on Dying Planets

Using computer models of the climates and biospheres, astrobiologists are researching how signs of life might look on dying planets. If life does exist anywhere else in the universe, it may only be fleeting. Now scientists are researching how signs of life might look on dying planets. Astronomers have discovered hundreds of distant alien planets […]

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November 25, 2013

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Hubble Views ESO 149-3

New Hubble Image of ESO 149 3

In this newly released image the Hubble Space Telescope views galaxy ESO 149-3. This sprinkling of cosmic glitter makes up the galaxy known as ESO 149-3, located some 20 million light-years away from us. It is an example of an irregular galaxy, characterized by its amorphous, undefined shape — a property that sets it apart […]

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November 22, 2013

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Researchers Confirm the Existence of a Circumsolar Dust Ring Near Venus

Scientists Confirm the Existence of a Circumsolar Dust Ring That Follows the Orbit of Venus

Using data from NASA’s twin STEREO spacecrafts, scientists have confirmed the existence of a circumsolar dust ring that encircles the Sun and closely follows the orbit of Venus. Research by The Open University and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has confirmed the existence of a circumsolar dust ring – with a diameter of 220 […]

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November 22, 2013

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The First Solid Evidence for Astrophysical Neutrinos from Cosmic Accelerators

First Solid Evidence for Astrophysical Neutrinos from Cosmic Accelerators

In a newly published study, researchers from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory detail the discovery of the first solid evidence for astrophysical neutrinos from cosmic accelerators. The IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a particle detector buried in the Antarctic ice, is a demonstration of the power of the human passion for discovery, where scientific ingenuity meets technological innovation. […]

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November 22, 2013

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Astronomers Observe Trio of Young Galaxies Merging Near ‘Cosmic Dawn’

Astronomers View the Merger of Three Young Galaxies

Using the Hubble Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, astronomers have discovered a trio of young galaxies nestled inside an enormous blob of primordial gas nearly 13 billion light-years from Earth. The Subaru Telescope, an 8.2-meter telescope operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, has been combing the night sky since 1999. […]

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November 22, 2013

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Astronomers View Cosmic Blast GRB 130427A in Unique Detail

 Extremely Bright GRB 130427A

Five newly published studies from astronomers around the world detail one of the brightest gamma-ray bursts ever seen, GRB 130427A. On April 27, a blast of light from a dying star in a distant galaxy became the focus of astronomers around the world. The explosion, known as a gamma-ray burst and designated GRB 130427A, tops […]

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November 21, 2013

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Scientists Develop Self-Healing Battery Electrode

Stanford Scientists Invent Self Healing Battery Electrode

Using self-healing silicon microparticles, scientists have developed the first battery electrode that heals itself. Researchers have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices. The secret is a stretchy polymer […]

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November 21, 2013

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Scripps Researchers Develop New Method for Enhancing Biofuel Production

Researchers Engineer Breakthrough for Biofuel Production

By metabolically engineering a “knock-down” of fat-reducing enzymes called lipases, UC San Diego researchers have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a method for greatly enhancing biofuel production in tiny marine algae. As reported in this week’s […]

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November 21, 2013

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Researchers Discover Sample of Ancient Martian Crust

Meteorite Reveals the Secrets of Mars Birth

Based on an analysis of a 4.4 billion-year-old Martian meteorite discovered in the Sahara desert, researchers believe they have uncovered the first recognized sample of ancient Martian crust. Tallahassee, Florida ⎯ A Florida State University scientist has uncovered what may be the first recognized example of ancient Martian crust. The work of Munir Humayun — […]

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November 21, 2013

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Astronomers Find New Evidence of a High-Energy Jet in the Milky Way’s Black Hole

Scientists Find Evidence of a Jet in the Milky Way Black Hole

Using data from Chandra and the VLA, astronomers uncovered new evidence for the presence of a jet of high-energy particles blasting out of the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole. Astronomers have long sought strong evidence that Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, is producing a jet […]

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November 20, 2013

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Astronomers Discover Two Ancient Brown Dwarfs Moving at Speeds of 100-200 Kilometers Per Second

Two of the Oldest Brown Dwarfs in the Galaxy Discovered

In a newly published study, astronomers detail the discovery of two ancient brown dwarfs that are moving at speeds of 100-200 kilometers per second. A team of astronomers led by Dr David Pinfield at the University of Hertfordshire have discovered two of the oldest brown dwarfs in the Galaxy. These ancient objects are moving at […]

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November 20, 2013

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Mars “Shakes Up” Asteroid Surfaces

Mars Stirs Up Asteroid Surfaces

A new study from MIT researchers has found that Mars, like Earth, can “refresh” asteroid surfaces if in close enough contact. For nearly as long as astronomers have been able to observe asteroids, a question has gone unanswered: Why do the surfaces of most asteroids appear redder than meteorites — the remnants of asteroids that […]

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