April 12, 2013

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NASA Captures Image of an M6.5 Class Flare

NASA Captures Image of an M Class Flare

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an image of an M6.5 class flare yesterday, April 11, 2013. The flare was also associated with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME). The sun emitted a mid-level flare, peaking at 3:16 a.m. EDT on April 11, 2013. The M6.5 flare on the morning of April 11, 2013, was also […]

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April 11, 2013

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Patterning Graphene with Metallized DNA Nanolithography

Engineers Create Graphene Electronics with DNA Based Lithography

By using folded DNA to control the nanostructure of inorganic materials, engineers manipulated molecules to form different nanoscale shapes, which could be an important step toward large-scale production of electronic chips made of graphene. DNA’s unique structure is ideal for carrying genetic information, but scientists have recently found ways to exploit this versatile molecule for […]

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April 11, 2013

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The First Systematic Analysis of the Energy Distribution of Interacting Galaxies

The First Systematic Analysis of the Energy Distribution of Interacting Galaxies

Using new observations of thirty-one interacting galaxies in fourteen systems, a new study details the first systematic analysis of the energy distribution of interacting galaxies from the early stages when disruption has only just began to near final stages when the effects of the collision are prominent. Collisions between galaxies are common. Indeed, most galaxies […]

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April 11, 2013

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Painted Turtle Genome Reveals Clues to Extraordinary Adaptations

Scientists Uncover Clues about Longevity

In a newly published study, a large team of biologists describe the genome of the western painted turtle, discovering clues how the painted turtle may offer important insights into the management of a number of human health disorders. Humans could learn a thing or two from turtles, and scientists who have just sequenced the first […]

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April 11, 2013

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Astronomers Discover a Blue Supergiant Star Born Outside the Milky Way

Astronomers-Astronomers Discover a Blue Supergiant Star Located far Beyond the Milky Way

Using the Subaru Telescope, the CFHT and NASA’s GALEX, astronomers reveal unprecedented views of the star formation process of a Blue Supergiant star located in the constellation Virgo. A duo of astronomers, Dr. Youichi Ohyama (Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica or ASIAA, Taiwan) and Dr. Ananda Hota (UM-DAE Center for Excellence in the […]

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April 11, 2013

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World’s Oldest Dinosaur Bonebed Reveals How Dinosaur Embryos Grew and Developed

Worlds Oldest Dinosaur Bonebed Reveals How Dinosaur Embryos Grew and Developed

An international team of scientists excavated and analyzed over 200 bones from dinosaurs at different stages of embryonic development from a 190-million-year-old dinosaur bonebed, revealing how dinosaur embryos grew and developed in their eggs. A 190-million-year-old dinosaur bonebed near the city of Lufeng, in Yunnan, China has revealed for the first time how dinosaur embryos […]

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April 11, 2013

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Asteroid Retrieval Initiative – NASA Plans to Capture & Explore an Asteroid

NASA Plans to Robotically Capture a Small Near Earth Asteroid

NASA’s new budget proposal includes a plan to capture a small near-Earth asteroid so they can safely study and explore it. The below video shows a short animation of the Asteroid Retrieval Initiative. NASA’s FY2014 budget proposal includes a plan to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to the Earth-Moon system, […]

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April 10, 2013

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New PALM-Based Technique Will Help Reduce Biofuel Production Costs

Berkeley Lab Sheds New Light on Cellulase Catalysis

Using an ultrahigh-precision visible light microscopy technique called PALM, scientists at the Berkeley Lab have discovered a way to boost the yields of sugars for making biofuels, which should help reduce production costs. Catalysis may initiate almost all modern industrial manufacturing processes, but catalytic activity on solid surfaces is poorly understood. This is especially true […]

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April 10, 2013

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ESO Views Glowing Planetary Nebula IC 1295

ESO Views Planetary Nebula IC 1295

This new image from the VLT is the most detailed picture ever taken of planetary nebula IC 1295. This intriguing new picture from ESO’s Very Large Telescope shows the glowing green planetary nebula IC 1295 surrounding a dim and dying star located about 3,300 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). This is […]

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April 10, 2013

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Astronomers Discover Rain Falling from Saturn’s Rings

Astronomers Discover Rain Falling from Saturns Rings

Using the W. M. Keck Observatory, researchers reveal the effects of charged water particles on Saturn’s upper atmosphere. Kamuela, Hawaii — NASA funded observations from the W. M. Keck Observatory with analysis led by the University of Leicester, England, tracked the “rain” of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn and found the extent […]

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April 10, 2013

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NICER Mission Set to Reveal the Secrets of Neutron Stars

NASA NICER Mission to Study Rapidly Rotating Neutron Stars

NASA’s new mission, Neutron-star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), is set to reveal the physics that make neutron stars the densest objects in nature and to demonstrate a groundbreaking navigation technology that could revolutionize the NASA’s ability to travel to the far reaches of the solar system. Neutron stars have been called the zombies of the […]

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April 9, 2013

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Study Reveals Environmental Change Can Trigger Rapid Evolution

Study Shows Environmental Change Can Trigger Rapid Evolution

A new study led by scientists at the University of Leeds shows that short-term ecological change and evolution are intertwined and cannot reasonably be considered separate, finding that populations evolve rapidly in response to environmental change and population management. Environmental change can drive hard-wired evolutionary changes in animal species in a matter of generations. A […]

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April 9, 2013

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Gemini Observatory Image of the Lagoon Nebula

Image of the Lagoon Nebula

Released two years ago, this partial image of the Lagoon Nebula still remains an all-time favorite of astronomers and sky-watchers. The Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8, or M8) is among the most striking examples of a stellar nursery in our neighborhood of the Milky Way galaxy. Visible in small telescopes and binoculars its fuzzy glow reveals […]

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April 9, 2013

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Tin Nanocrystals Enable More Power to be Stored in Lithium Ion Batteries

Tin Nanocrystals Enable More Power to be Stored in Lithium Ion Batteries

In a newly published study, researchers from the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry at ETH Zurich and Empa describe a new nanomaterial that enables more power to be stored in lithium ion batteries. More powerful batteries could help electric cars achieve a considerably larger range and thus a breakthrough on the market. A new nanomaterial for […]

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April 9, 2013

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‘Artificial Leaf’ Self Heals and Produces Energy from Dirty Water

Artificial Leaf Self Heals and Produces Energy from Dirty Water

At the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Nocera described recent advances in the “artificial leaf,” such as the ability to self-heal and the use of less-expensive materials that are simple and inexpensive to mass produce. New Orleans — Another innovative feature has been added to the world’s first practical […]

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April 9, 2013

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Astronomers Observe a Dust Belt Orbiting a Subgiant Star with a Planetary System

Herschel Provides the First Images of a Dust Belt Orbiting a Subgiant Star

Astronomers used the Herschel Space Observatory to observe a bright emission around the star Kappa Coronae Borealis, indicating the presence of a dusty debris disc. ESA’s Herschel space observatory has provided the first images of a dust belt – produced by colliding comets or asteroids – orbiting a subgiant star known to host a planetary […]

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April 9, 2013

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Suzaku Spectrometer Reveals Insight into Kepler’s Supernova

Suzaku Spectrometer Reveals Secrets about Kepler Supernova

Using the Suzaku satellite’s X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (XIS), a team of scientists studied the remnant of Kepler’s supernova, finding evidence that the original white dwarf possessed roughly three times the amount of metals found in the sun. An exploding star observed in 1604 by the German astronomer Johannes Kepler held a greater fraction of heavy […]

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April 8, 2013

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Curiosity Data Reveals Changes Martian Atmosphere

Cusiosity Measures Several Variables in the Martian Atmosphere

New data from NASA’s Curiosity rover helped reveal changes in the Martian atmosphere, providing the most precise measurements ever made of isotopes of argon. Vienna — Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what’s left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity indicate. Rover team members reported diverse findings today […]

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