January 16, 2014

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Researchers Discover the First Binary System Consisting of a Black Hole and a Be-Type Star

Researchers Discover the First Black Hole Orbiting a Spinning Star

A newly published study details the discovery of the first binary system consisting of a black hole and a Be-type star. Spanish scientists have discovered the first binary system ever known to consist of a black hole and a ‘spinning’ star —or more accurately, a Be-type star. Although predicted by theory, none had previously been […]

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January 16, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 83

New Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 83

Released at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society, this new Hubble image shows the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. This new Hubble image shows the spiral galaxy Messier 83, otherwise known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy. One of the largest and closest barred spirals to us, this galaxy is dramatic and mysterious; it has hosted […]

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January 16, 2014

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Spitzer Views the Orion Nebula

Spitzer Views the Orion Nebula

Using infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers created a new false-color image of the Orion Nebula. Few cosmic vistas excite the imagination like the Orion Nebula, an immense stellar nursery some 1,500 light-years away. This stunning false-color view spans about 40 light-years across the region, constructed using infrared data from the Spitzer Space […]

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January 15, 2014

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Astrophysicists Discover a Pulsar that Varies in the Amount of Gamma-Ray Radiation it Emits

Researchers Discover a Pulsar that Varies in the Amount of Gamma Ray Radiation it Emits

Using data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, researchers have discovered a pulsar that varies in the amount of gamma-ray radiation it emits. Astrophysicists studying the gamma-ray sky have gone back over five years of survey data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and discovered something new: a pulsar that varies in the amount of […]

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January 15, 2014

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New ScienceCast Video – Countdown to Pluto

New ScienceCast Video Anticipates What New Horizons Might Find When it Reaches Pluto

A new ScienceCast video details what NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft might find when it reaches Pluto next January. One of the fastest spacecraft ever built — NASA’s New Horizons — is hurtling through the void at nearly one million miles per day. Launched in 2006, it has been in flight longer than some missions last, […]

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January 15, 2014

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New System Converts Sun’s Energy into Hydrogen Fuel

New System Converts the Suns Energy into Hydrogen Fuel

A new system designed by researchers at UNC and NC State converts the sun’s energy into hydrogen fuel and stores it for later use. Solar energy has long been used as a clean alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but it could only be harnessed during the day when the sun’s rays […]

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January 15, 2014

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HARPS Discovers First Exoplanet Orbiting a Solar Twin in a Star Cluster

HARPS Discovers Three Planets Orbiting Stars in Messier 67

Using the HARPS planet-finding instrument on ESO’s 3.6-meter telescope, astronomers have discovered three exoplanets orbiting stars in the cluster Messier 67 and one of the exoplanets is orbiting a star that is a rare solar twin. Astronomers have used ESO’s HARPS planet hunter in Chile, along with other telescopes around the world, to discover three […]

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January 14, 2014

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Gemini Planet Imager Will Begin Large-Scale Survey, Studying 600 Young Stars

Gemini Planet Imager Views HR4796A

The Gemini Planet Imager team will begin a large-scale survey, studying 600 young stars to see what planets orbit them. After nearly a decade of development, construction and testing, the world’s most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets outside our solar system is now collecting light from distant worlds. The Gemini Planet Imager […]

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January 14, 2014

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Researchers Create World’s Fastest Organic Transistor

Engineers Make Worlds Fastest Organic Transistor

A team of researchers has created the world’s fastest thin-film organic transistor, operating at more than five times faster than previous examples. Two university research teams have worked together to produce the world’s fastest thin-film organic transistors, proving that this experimental technology has the potential to achieve the performance needed for high-resolution television screens and […]

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January 14, 2014

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Study Shows Caffeine Has a Positive Effect on Memory

Study Shows Caffeine has Positive Effect on Memory

A newly published study from John Hopkins University shows that caffeine has a positive effect of memory, enhancing certain memories at least up to 24 hours after it is consumed. Whether it’s a mug full of fresh-brewed coffee, a cup of hot tea, or a can of soda, consuming caffeine is the energy boost of […]

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January 14, 2014

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New Fly-Through Video of the Ancient Flood Plain Kasei Valles

Mars Express Celebrates Ten Years of Imaging the Red Planet

The European Space Agency has released a new five minute fly-through movie of the ancient flood plain Kasei Valles based on the 67-image mosaic from Mars Express. Travel across the dramatic flood plains of Mars to celebrate ten years of imaging the Red Planet with Mars Express. Ten years ago, on 14 January 2004, Mars […]

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January 13, 2014

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Decoded Shark Genome Provides New Insights into Immunity and Bone Formation

Decoded Elephant Shark Genome Provides New Insights into Immunity and Bone Formation

Researchers have decoded the genome of the elephant shark, providing new insights into immunity and bone formation. An international team of researchers, including scientists of the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, has sequenced and analysed the genome of the elephant shark. Comparison of the elephant shark genome with human and other vertebrate genomes […]

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January 13, 2014

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BOSS Measures the Scale of the Universe to an Accuracy of One Percent

BOSS Measures the Universe with One Percent Accuracy

Using data from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, researchers announced that they have measured the scale of the universe to an accuracy of one percent. The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) Collaboration announced that BOSS has measured the scale of the universe to an accuracy of one percent. This and future measures at this precision […]

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January 13, 2014

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UCL Researchers Use Quantum Mechanics to Explain the Efficiency of Photosynthesis

Quantum Mechanics Helps Explain Photosynthesis

In a newly published study, researchers from the University College London detail the transfer of energy from plant cells predicted by quantum physics. Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum effects […]

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January 13, 2014

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Hubble Views the Coma Cluster

Hubble Views a Massive Gathering of Galaxies

This newly released Hubble image shows three galaxies within the Coma Cluster. In this new image Hubble peeks into the Coma Cluster, a massive gathering of galaxies located towards the constellation of Coma Berenices. This large cluster is around 350 million light-years away from us and contains over 1000 identified galaxies, the majority of which […]

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January 10, 2014

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Scientists Create New Electronic Material with Potential for Flexible Light-Based Electronics

Scientists Create New Electronic Material

By heating molybdenum and selenium in a vacuum chamber until they evaporated, a team of scientists was able to create an exotic thin film with potential for flexible light-based electronics. Scientists from SLAC, Stanford and Berkeley Lab grew sheets of an exotic material in a single atomic layer and measured its electronic structure for the […]

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January 10, 2014

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Astronomers Discover New Class of “Hypervelocity Stars”

Astronomers Discover a New Class of Stars

A newly published study details the discovery of a new class of “hypervelocity stars” – stars that are moving at speeds of more than a million miles per hour relative to the Milky Way and that are fast enough to escape gravitational grasp of the Milky Way. An international team of astronomers has discovered a […]

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January 10, 2014

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy M83

Hubble Mosaic of the Southern Pinwheel

Hubble views spiral galaxy M83, which is located 15 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra. A photogenic and favorite target for amateur astronomers, the full beauty of nearby barred spiral galaxy M83 is unveiled in all of its glory in this Hubble Space Telescope mosaic image. The vibrant magentas and blues reveal the galaxy […]

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