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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January 3, 2014

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Views Two New Solar Flares

Two Solar Flares Welcome 2014

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spots two new solar flares. The sun ushered out 2013 and welcomed 2014 with two mid-level flares on December 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — […]

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January 2, 2014

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JPL Image of the Day – The Orion Nebula

WISE Views the Orion Nebula

This Jet Propulsion Laboratory image of the day shows the Orion nebula as seen by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The Orion nebula is featured in this sweeping image from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The constellation of Orion is prominent in the evening sky throughout the world from about December through April […]

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January 2, 2014

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New Research Boosts Binary-Star Formation Theory

New Studies Boost Binary Star Formation Theory

New research from the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array makes disk fragmentation the strongest explanation for how close multiple star systems are formed. Using the new capabilities of the upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), scientists have discovered previously-unseen binary companions to a pair of very young protostars. The discovery gives strong […]

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December 31, 2013

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Hubble Reveals Cloudy Weather on Exoplanet GJ1214b

Researchers Discover Cloudy Weather on GJ1214b

Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers from the University of Chicago have detected clear evidence of clouds in the atmosphere of exoplanet GJ1214b. Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ1214b would have an easy job. Today’s forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of […]

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December 31, 2013

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NASA’s LRO Views Chang’e 3 Lander

LROC NAC View of Chang e 3 Lander

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured the first images of the Chinese Chang’e 3 lander on the Moon. Chang’e 3 landed on Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) just east of a 450 m diameter impact crater on 14 December 2013. Soon after landing, a small rover named Yutu (or Jade Rabbit in English) was deployed […]

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December 30, 2013

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A Hubble View of the Orion Nebula

Hubble Views the Orion Nebula

Released in 2006, this Hubble image of the Orion Nebula is still one of the most popular images from Hubble to date. In one of the most detailed astronomical images ever produced, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is offering an unprecedented look at the Orion Nebula. This turbulent star-formation region is one of astronomy’s most dramatic […]

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