January 10, 2014

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Hubble Views the Interior of Tarantula Nebula

Hubble Explores the Interior of Tarantula Nebula

New observations obtained as part of the Hubble Tarantula Treasury Program view deep inside the Tarantula Nebula, revealing more than 800,000 stars and protostars embedded inside the nebula. Like lifting a giant veil, the near-infrared vision of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope uncovers a dazzling new view deep inside the Tarantula Nebula. Hubble reveals a glittering […]

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January 10, 2014

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New NuSTAR Images Show the Remains of a Dead Star and Distant Black Holes

NuSTAR Views the Remains of a Dead Star

New images from NASA’s NuSTAR show the energized remains of a dead star and distant black holes buried in blankets of dust. Two new views from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, showcase the telescope’s talent for spying objects near and far. One image shows the energized remains of a dead star, a structure […]

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January 9, 2014

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SEAS Engineers Develop an Organic Mega Flow Battery

SEAS Engineers Develop Organic Mega Flow Battery

SEAS engineers have developed a metal-free flow battery, which relies on the electrochemistry of naturally abundant molecules called quinones, that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid. Cambridge, Massachusetts – A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity […]

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January 9, 2014

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“Super-Earths” May be More Earth-Like than Previously Thought

Super Earth Exoplanets More Earth Like Than Thought

A newly published study reveals that the odds of Super-Earth exoplanets having an Earth-like climate are much greater than previously thought. Evanston, Illinois — Massive terrestrial planets, called “super-Earths,” are known to be common in our galaxy, the Milky Way. Now a Northwestern University astrophysicist and a University of Chicago geophysicist report the odds of […]

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January 9, 2014

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NASA’s Swift Discovers Magnetar SGR J1745-29

Swift Discovers a Rare Subclass of Neutron Star

New data from NASA’s Swift spacecraft have led to the discovery of a rare subclass of neutron star and will help astronomers decipher the physical nature of X-ray flares. Recent observations by NASA’s Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery […]

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January 9, 2014

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Chandra Reveals a Black Hole Destroying a Star in a Dwarf Galaxy

First Recorded Event of a Black Hole Destroying a Star in a Dwarf Galaxy

While combing through several years of Chandra data, researchers discovered a black hole destroying a star in the galaxy cluster Abell 1795. A bright, long duration flare may be the first recorded event of a black hole destroying a star in a dwarf galaxy. The evidence comes from two independent studies using data from NASA’s […]

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January 8, 2014

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Discovery Provides Clues to How Galaxies and Black Holes Develop Together

Dwarf Galaxies Reveal Clues of Supermassive Black Holes

Using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, researchers discovered more than 100 dwarf galaxies with massive black holes, providing an important step toward understanding how galaxies and black holes developed together. Poring through data from a large sky survey, astronomers have found more than 100 small, dwarf galaxies with characteristics indicating that they harbor […]

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January 8, 2014

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New Biosensor Detects Early Indicator of Alzheimer’s Disease

New Technology Opens Door to Blood Test for Alzheimers Disease

Researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a biosensor that can detect very small quantities of amyloid-beta clusters, which could open the door to future blood tests for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists at the University of Leeds have developed a new technology that could form the basis of a simple blood test for Alzheimer’s disease. […]

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January 8, 2014

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Spitzer Discovers Turbulent Weather on Brown Dwarfs

NASAs Spitzer Probes Weather on Brown Dwarfs

Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that many brown dwarfs have turbulent weather similar to Jupiter’s “Great Red Spot.” Swirling, stormy clouds may be ever-present on cool celestial orbs called brown dwarfs. New observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that most brown dwarfs are roiling with one or more planet-size storms akin […]

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January 8, 2014

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Hubble Provides a New Perspective on the Remote Universe

Hubble Image of Massive Galaxy Cluster Abell 2744

New research with the Hubble Space Telescope has revealed four unusually bright galaxies as they appeared 13 billion years ago, the deepest image ever obtained of a galaxy cluster, and a sampling of galaxies thought to be responsible for most of the stars we see today. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is providing a new perspective […]

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January 7, 2014

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Astronomers Discover the First Earth-Mass Transiting Planet

Astronomers Discover the First Earth Mass Transiting Planet

While searching Kepler data for exomoons, astronomers discovered the first Earth-mass planet that crosses in front of its host star. Cambridge, Massachusetts – An international team of astronomers has discovered the first Earth-mass planet that transits, or crosses in front of, its host star. KOI-314c is the lightest planet to have both its mass and […]

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January 7, 2014

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Five New Rocky Planets Discovered in Kepler Data

Kepler Reveals Five New Rocky Planets

Researchers announced that ground-based follow-up observations of Kepler’s exoplanet systems have resulted in the discovery of five new rocky planets. More than three-quarters of the planet candidates discovered by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft have sizes ranging from that of Earth to that of Neptune, which is nearly four times as big as Earth. Such planets dominate […]

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January 7, 2014

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Fermi Makes First-Ever Gamma-Ray Measurements of a Gravitational Lens

Fermi Makes First Ever Gamma Ray Measurements of a Gravitational Lens

Using NASA’s Fermi observatory, researchers have made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, opening new avenues for research and providing a new way to probe emission regions near supermassive black holes. An international team of astronomers, using NASA’s Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of […]

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January 6, 2014

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Researchers Reveal New Secrets about Superconductivity and Magnetism

Researchers Reveal Secrets of Superconductivity

Researchers detail new secrets about how superconductivity and magnetism can be related, revealing more about the quantum world of electrons. Superconducting materials exhibit unexpected behaviors when subjected to magnetic fields or high pressures – discoveries that have implications for controlling electrons in those special materials. According to two studies, one conducted at the Paul Scherrer […]

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January 6, 2014

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ALMA Views the Remains of Supernova 1987A

ALMA Views Supernova 1987A

Astronomers used ALMA to observe the remains of Supernova 1987A, seeing for the first time the remains of a recent supernova brimming with freshly formed dust. Striking new observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope capture, for the first time, the remains of a recent supernova brimming with freshly formed dust. If enough […]

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January 6, 2014

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Hubble Views a Star Set to Explode

Hubble Views SBW1

This newly released Hubble images shows SBW1, which is located more than 20,000 light-years away. Floating at the center of this new Hubble image is a lidless purple eye, staring back at us through space. This ethereal object, known officially as [SBW2007] 1 but sometimes nicknamed SBW1, is a nebula with a giant star at […]

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January 6, 2014

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Astronomers Discover Triple System of Two White Dwarfs and Neutron Star

Astronomers Discover Stellar System of two White Dwarf Stars and a Superdense Neutron Star

Using the Green Bank Telescope, astronomers have discovered a triple star system with two white dwarfs and a neutron star. Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered a unique stellar system of two white dwarf stars and a superdense neutron star, all packed within a space smaller than Earth’s orbit […]

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January 3, 2014

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Researchers Discover a Simple Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers Find a Simple Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

By modifying the molecular structure of a polymer used in solar cells, an international team of researchers has increased solar efficiency by more than thirty percent. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar […]

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