February 5, 2014

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Astronomers Discover a Very Wobbly Planet, Kepler-413b

Kepler 413b A Wobbly Planet

Kepler data has led to the discovery of Kepler 413-b, a planet that wobbles wildly on its spin axis and in its orbit around an orange and red dwarf star. Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the […]

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February 4, 2014

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Researchers Calibrate the Strength of X-Ray Emission against Star Formation Rate

Star Forming Galaxy NGC 694

Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics calibrate the strength of X-ray emission against star formation rate, finding a very good correlation. Star formation lights up a galaxy because many newly formed stars are massive, hot and bright. These young stars are made in dusty clouds of material that obscure their visible light, and so […]

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February 4, 2014

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Asteroid Belt More Diverse than Previously Realized

Solar System Evolution from Mapping of the Asteroid Belt

New research shows that the asteroid belt is a melting pot of objects arriving from diverse locations and backgrounds, revealing that as the planets migrated they stirred the contents of the solar system. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Our solar system seems like a neat and orderly place, with small, rocky worlds near the Sun and big, […]

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February 4, 2014

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Cassini Views Saturn’s Hexagonal Shaped Jet Stream

New Image of Saturns Hexagonal Shaped Jet Stream

This newly released image from the Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn’s hexagonal shaped jet stream. Just as Saturn’s famous hexagonal shaped jet stream encircles the planet’s north pole, the rings encircle the planet, as seen from Cassini’s position high above. Around and around everything goes! This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from […]

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February 4, 2014

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New Technique to Search Space Dust for Molecules Critical for Life

New Technique Used to Search Space Dust

Researchers at Goddard’s Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory have developed a new technique to search space dust for molecules that are critical for life. While the origin of life remains mysterious, scientists are finding more and more evidence that material created in space and delivered to Earth by comet and meteor impacts could have given a boost […]

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February 3, 2014

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NASA Researchers Plan to Create the Coldest Spot in the Known Universe

Cold Atom Laboratory

A new four minute ScienceCast video explores the strange quantum realm of NASA’s new Cold Atom Lab, the place where researchers are planning to create the coldest spot in the known universe. ScienceCasts: The Coolest Spot in the Universe NASA researchers plan to create the coldest spot in the known Universe–inside the International Space Station. […]

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February 3, 2014

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Searching for Life on Earth-Like Planets May Be a Mistake, Need to Consider Superhabitable Planets

Searching for Life on Earth Like Planets May Be a Mistake

A newly published study states that searching for life on Earth-like planets may be a mistake and details why scientists need to consider non-Earth-like “superhabitable” planets. Scientists have long focused their search for extraterrestrial life on Earth-like planets – but that may be a mistake, according to a McMaster researcher. Astrophysicist René Heller of McMaster’s […]

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February 3, 2014

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New Research Reveals How Circumbinary Planets Form

New Study Reveals How Circumbinary Planets Form

New research from the University of Bristol reveals how circumbinary planets form. Like the fictional Star Wars planet, Kepler-34(AB)b is a circumbinary planet, so-called because its orbit encompasses two stars. There are few environments more extreme than a binary star system in which planet formation can occur. Powerful gravitational perturbations from the two stars on […]

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February 3, 2014

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Hubble Views Star Formation within the Chamaeleon Cloud

Hubble Reveals Star Formation within the Chamaeleon Cloud

This newly released Hubble image reveals star formation within the Chamaeleon cloud. This striking new image, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, reveals a star in the process of forming within the Chamaeleon cloud. This young star is throwing off narrow streams of gas from its poles — creating this ethereal object known as […]

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January 31, 2014

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Astronomers Reconstruct a Short-Lived Nova Explosion

White Dwarf Undergoes a Short Lived Nova Explosion

Astronomers have reconstructed the short-lived nova explosion from white dwarf MAXI J0158−744, revealing for the first time the runaway fusion reaction that triggered the blast. On 11 November 2011, astronomers witnessed a distant star erupt in an incredibly powerful explosion. An international research team including Mikio Morii and colleagues from the MAXI Team at the […]

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January 31, 2014

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Researchers Identify Major Obstacle to Converting Cells Back to Their Youthful State

Researchers Identify Major Obstacle to Converting Cells Back to Their Youthful State

Researchers from Yale University have identified a major obstacle to converting cells back to their youthful state — the speed of the cell cycle, or the time required for a cell to divide. A fundamental axiom of biology used to be that cell fate is a one-way street — once a cell commits to becoming […]

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January 31, 2014

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New Method Uses Centrifugal Force to Decelerate Particles, Creates New Research Opportunities

New Opportunities for Chemistry and Quantum Information Processing

A new method of using centrifugal force to decelerate particles makes it possible to produce relatively large quantities of cold molecules in a continuous flow, which could create new opportunities for chemistry and quantum information processing. Compared with our breath, passenger planes move at a pretty leisurely pace. On the average, nitrogen molecules, for example, […]

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January 31, 2014

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Views Lunar Transit

SDO Views Lunar Transit

New images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory show a partial solar eclipse from space. On January 30, 2014, beginning at 8:31 a.m EST, the moon moved between NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, and the sun, giving the observatory a view of a partial solar eclipse from space. Such a lunar transit happens two to […]

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January 30, 2014

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Researchers Discover New Link between Processes Associated with a Parkinson’s Related Gene Defect

Researchers Discover New Link between Processes Associated with a Parkinsons Related Gene Defect

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute have discovered a new link between processes associated with a Parkinson’s-related gene defect, paving the way to the development of more refined GDNF therapies in the future. Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease involve the death of thousands of neurons in the brain. Nerve growth factors produced by the body, […]

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January 30, 2014

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ESO’s VLT Charts First Map of Weather on the Surface of a Brown Dwarf

VLT Creates First Map of Weather on the Surface of a Brown Dwarf

ESO’s Very Large Telescope has charted the first ever map of the weather on the surface of a Brown Dwarf. An international team has made a chart of the dark and light features on WISE J104915.57-531906.1B, which is informally known as Luhman 16B and is one of two recently discovered brown dwarfs forming a pair […]

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January 30, 2014

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Physicists Create Synthetic Magnetic Particle

Physicists Create Synthetic Magnetic Monopoles

An international group of physicists has created, identified and photographed synthetic magnetic monopoles, paving the way for the detection of the particles in nature. Amherst, Massachusetts — Nearly 85 years after pioneering theoretical physicist Paul Dirac predicted the possibility of their existence, an international collaboration led by Amherst College Physics Professor David S. Hall ’91 […]

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January 30, 2014

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WISE Views Stellar Formation in the Trifid Nebula

WISE Views  the Trifid Nebula

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer views stellar formation in the Trifid nebula, which is located 5,400 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius. A storm of stars is brewing in the Trifid nebula, as seen in this view from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The stellar nursery, where baby stars are bursting into being, […]

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January 29, 2014

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New Research Shows Early Galaxies Grew Massive Through Collisions

Research Shows Early Galaxies Grew Massive Through Collisions

A newly published study details how massive galaxies were formed by explosive star formation that was set in motion by the collision of galaxies a few billion years after the Big Bang. It has long puzzled scientists that there were enormously massive galaxies that were already old and no longer forming new stars in the […]

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