August 2, 2013

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New Engineering Strategy Makes Graphene-Based Supercapacitors Viable for Widespread Use

A Completely New Strategy to Engineer Graphene Based Ssupercapacitors

In a newly published study, engineers from Monash University detail a new strategy to engineer graphene-based supercapacitors, making them viable for widespread use in renewable energy storage, portable electronics and electric vehicles. Monash University researchers have brought next generation energy storage closer with an engineering first – a graphene-based device that is compact, yet lasts […]

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August 2, 2013

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‘Lazarus Comets’ Return to Life after Being Inactive for Millions of Years

Scientists Discover a Graveyard of Comets

Scientists have discovered a graveyard of comets where some of the dormant objects, inactive for millions of years, have returned to life from an increase in the energy they received from the Sun. A team of astronomers from the University of Anitoquia, Medellin, Colombia, have discovered a graveyard of comets. The researchers, led by Antioquia […]

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August 2, 2013

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Engineers Develop Water Splitting Solar-Thermal System to Produce Hydrogen Fuel

New Technique Could Produce Hydrogen Fuel

Engineers from the University of Colorado Boulder have devised a solar-thermal system that can be used to split water in order to produce clean hydrogen fuel. A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficiently split water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen, […]

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August 1, 2013

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Regular Exercise Induces Changes in DNA

Exercise Changes Expression of Our Innate DNA

A study from scientists at Lund University found that exercise induces genome-wide changes in DNA methylation in human adipose tissue, potentially affecting adipocyte metabolism. Exercise, even in small doses, changes the expression of our innate DNA. New research from Lund University in Sweden has described for the first time what happens on an epigenetic level […]

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August 1, 2013

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Hubble Survey Helps Solve “Quenched” Galaxy Mystery

Hubble Solves Quenched Galaxy Mystery

Data from Hubble’s COSMOS survey helps solve the mystery of “quenched” galaxies, finding that larger galaxies were “switching off” at later times and adding their numbers to those of their smaller and older siblings, giving the mistaken impression of individual galaxy growth over time. Some galaxies hit a point in their lives when their star […]

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August 1, 2013

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Astrophysicists Discover a New Class of Star Cluster

A New Class of Star Cluster Discovered

Using Hubble and the W. M. Keck Observatory’s 10 meter telescope in Hawaii, astrophysicists discovered several star clusters with sizes and masses that were previously unknown. Kamuela, Hawaii – Star clusters with properties not seen before have been discovered by an international team of astrophysicists, led by Swinburne University of Technology’s Professor Duncan Forbes. Using […]

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August 1, 2013

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Researchers Identify Stem Cells in Urine That Can Be Directed to Become Multiple Cell Types

Stem Cells in Urine Have Potential for Numerous Therapies

In a newly published study, researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center detail how they successfully directed stem cells from urine to become bladder-type cells, such as smooth muscle and urothelial, the cells that line the bladder. Winston-Salem, North Carolina – Could harvesting stem cells for therapy one day be as simple as asking […]

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August 1, 2013

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Spitzer Discovers a Young Stellar System That “Blinks” Every 93 Days

A Young Stellar System That Blinks Every 93 Days

Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists have discovered a young stellar system that “blinks” every 93 days. This is the fourth example of a star system known to blink in such a manner, suggesting that these systems might be more common than previously thought. Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have spotted a […]

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July 31, 2013

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Cassini Reveals Forces Controlling Saturn Moon Jets

Cassini Reveals Forces Controlling Saturn Moon Jets

Using data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, a newly published study reveals that the intensity of the jets of water ice and organic particles that shoot out from Saturn’s moon Enceladus depends on the moon’s proximity to Saturn. The new finding adds to evidence that a liquid water reservoir or ocean lurks under the icy […]

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July 31, 2013

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Scientists Reveal Quantum Behavior in Fluid Dynamics

MIT Scientists Uncover Quantum Behavior in Fluid Dynamics

MIT scientists uncover quantum behavior in fluid dynamics, offering a new perspective on wave-particle duality. In the early days of quantum physics, in an attempt to explain the wavelike behavior of quantum particles, the French physicist Louis de Broglie proposed what he called a “pilot wave” theory. According to de Broglie, moving particles — such […]

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July 31, 2013

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Newly Discovered Protein Offers Vast Potential for Cancer Treatment

Newly Discovered Protein Offers Potential for Treatment of Cancer

An international team of researchers has discovered a new protein called ceramide-1 phosphate transport protein (CPTP) that has the potential to aid in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. In cancer research, discovering a new protein that plays a role in cancer is like finding a key and a treasure map: follow the clues […]

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July 31, 2013

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Scientists Establish Functional Brain-to-Brain Interface between Human and Animal

Scientists Establish Brain to Brain Interface between Human and Animal

In a newly published open-access study, scientists at Harvard Medical School describe how they implemented a non-invasive brain-to-brain interface between a human and a Sprague-Dawley rat, establishing functional links between the two brains. The video recordings of BBI procedure. A volunteer (upper left panel) signaled the intention (stimulate the motor area of a rat brain) […]

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July 31, 2013

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New ESOcast Video Explores 30 Years of Astronomical Images

ESOcast Explores 30 Years Worth of Images

This new eight minute video from the European Southern Observatory explores 30 years worth of astronomical images produced by the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. This ESOcast explores the wealth of stunning astronomical images produced over a period of almost 30 years by the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La […]

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July 30, 2013

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Researchers Unveil a Double-Stranded Method for SNP Genotyping

Scientists Unveil Double Stranded Method for SNP Genotyping

Researchers at Rice University and the University of Washington unveil a double-stranded method for SNP genotyping. Scientists at Rice University and the University of Washington (UW) this week unveiled a groundbreaking new method for detecting minute changes known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the human genome. The human genome has more than 6 billion […]

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July 30, 2013

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Planetary ‘Runaway Greenhouse’ Climates More Easily Triggered than Previously Thought

Runaway Greenhouse Climates More Easily Triggered than Previously Thought

A newly published study suggests that planetary “runaway greenhouse” climates are more easily triggered than previously thought. It might be easier than previously thought for a planet to overheat into the scorchingly uninhabitable “runaway greenhouse” stage, according to new research by astronomers at the University of Washington and the University of Victoria published July 28 […]

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July 30, 2013

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New Method for Measuring Black Hole Spin Could Provide a Greater Understanding of Galaxy Growth

Astronomers Find New Way to Measure the Spin in Supermassive Black Holes

By being able to measure the distance between the black hole and the accretion disc, astronomers have developed a new method for measuring spin in black holes that could lead to greater understanding of galaxy growth. Astronomers have found a new way of measuring the spin in supermassive black holes, which could lead to better […]

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July 30, 2013

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Scientists Determine the Interior Rotation of a Sun-Like Star

Scientists Measure the Interior Rotation of a Distant Star

Using asteroseismic data obtained by the CoRoT space telescope, a team of scientists was able to measure the internal rotation of a Sun-like star and determine the inclination of its rotation axis. A team of researchers has devised a way to measure the internal properties of stars—a method that offers more accurate assessments of their […]

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July 30, 2013

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Chandra Views an Eclipsing Exoplanet for First Time

Chandra Views Exoplanet HD 189733b Passing in Front of its Parent Star

Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM Newton Observatory has revealed the first exoplanet caught passing in front of its parent star in X-rays. For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet […]

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