April 10, 2013

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ESO Views Glowing Planetary Nebula IC 1295

ESO Views Planetary Nebula IC 1295

This new image from the VLT is the most detailed picture ever taken of planetary nebula IC 1295. This intriguing new picture from ESO’s Very Large Telescope shows the glowing green planetary nebula IC 1295 surrounding a dim and dying star located about 3,300 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). This is […]

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April 10, 2013

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Astronomers Discover Rain Falling from Saturn’s Rings

Astronomers Discover Rain Falling from Saturns Rings

Using the W. M. Keck Observatory, researchers reveal the effects of charged water particles on Saturn’s upper atmosphere. Kamuela, Hawaii — NASA funded observations from the W. M. Keck Observatory with analysis led by the University of Leicester, England, tracked the “rain” of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn and found the extent […]

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April 10, 2013

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NICER Mission Set to Reveal the Secrets of Neutron Stars

NASA NICER Mission to Study Rapidly Rotating Neutron Stars

NASA’s new mission, Neutron-star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), is set to reveal the physics that make neutron stars the densest objects in nature and to demonstrate a groundbreaking navigation technology that could revolutionize the NASA’s ability to travel to the far reaches of the solar system. Neutron stars have been called the zombies of the […]

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April 9, 2013

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Study Reveals Environmental Change Can Trigger Rapid Evolution

Study Shows Environmental Change Can Trigger Rapid Evolution

A new study led by scientists at the University of Leeds shows that short-term ecological change and evolution are intertwined and cannot reasonably be considered separate, finding that populations evolve rapidly in response to environmental change and population management. Environmental change can drive hard-wired evolutionary changes in animal species in a matter of generations. A […]

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April 9, 2013

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Gemini Observatory Image of the Lagoon Nebula

Image of the Lagoon Nebula

Released two years ago, this partial image of the Lagoon Nebula still remains an all-time favorite of astronomers and sky-watchers. The Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8, or M8) is among the most striking examples of a stellar nursery in our neighborhood of the Milky Way galaxy. Visible in small telescopes and binoculars its fuzzy glow reveals […]

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April 9, 2013

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Tin Nanocrystals Enable More Power to be Stored in Lithium Ion Batteries

Tin Nanocrystals Enable More Power to be Stored in Lithium Ion Batteries

In a newly published study, researchers from the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry at ETH Zurich and Empa describe a new nanomaterial that enables more power to be stored in lithium ion batteries. More powerful batteries could help electric cars achieve a considerably larger range and thus a breakthrough on the market. A new nanomaterial for […]

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April 9, 2013

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‘Artificial Leaf’ Self Heals and Produces Energy from Dirty Water

Artificial Leaf Self Heals and Produces Energy from Dirty Water

At the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Nocera described recent advances in the “artificial leaf,” such as the ability to self-heal and the use of less-expensive materials that are simple and inexpensive to mass produce. New Orleans — Another innovative feature has been added to the world’s first practical […]

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April 9, 2013

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Astronomers Observe a Dust Belt Orbiting a Subgiant Star with a Planetary System

Herschel Provides the First Images of a Dust Belt Orbiting a Subgiant Star

Astronomers used the Herschel Space Observatory to observe a bright emission around the star Kappa Coronae Borealis, indicating the presence of a dusty debris disc. ESA’s Herschel space observatory has provided the first images of a dust belt – produced by colliding comets or asteroids – orbiting a subgiant star known to host a planetary […]

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April 9, 2013

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Suzaku Spectrometer Reveals Insight into Kepler’s Supernova

Suzaku Spectrometer Reveals Secrets about Kepler Supernova

Using the Suzaku satellite’s X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (XIS), a team of scientists studied the remnant of Kepler’s supernova, finding evidence that the original white dwarf possessed roughly three times the amount of metals found in the sun. An exploding star observed in 1604 by the German astronomer Johannes Kepler held a greater fraction of heavy […]

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April 8, 2013

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Curiosity Data Reveals Changes Martian Atmosphere

Cusiosity Measures Several Variables in the Martian Atmosphere

New data from NASA’s Curiosity rover helped reveal changes in the Martian atmosphere, providing the most precise measurements ever made of isotopes of argon. Vienna — Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what’s left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity indicate. Rover team members reported diverse findings today […]

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April 8, 2013

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The Effects of Ice Retreat and Biodiversity in the Arctic Deep Sea

The Effects of Ice Retreat and Biodiversity in the Arctic Deep Sea

2012 saw the greatest Arctic ice minimum ever recorded, allowing researchers to document the effects of ice retreat and biodiversity in the Arctic deep sea. The Arctic is one of the habitats undergoing the most radical transformation as a result of climate change. Nobody can predict the effects it will have on biodiversity in the […]

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April 8, 2013

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3D Droplet Printer Creates Synthetic Tissues

3D Droplet Printer Builds Synthetic Tissues

Using a custom built droplet network printer, researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a 3D printer that can create materials with several of the properties of living tissues. The new type of material consists of thousands of connected water droplets, encapsulated within lipid films, which can perform some of the functions of the […]

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April 8, 2013

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NOvA Neutrino Detector Records First 3D Data

NOvA Neutrino Detector Records First 3D Particle Tracks

Using a completed section of the NOvA neutrino detector, scientists have begun collecting data from cosmic rays. What will soon be the most powerful neutrino detector in the United States has recorded its first three-dimensional images of particles. Using the first completed section of the NOvA neutrino detector, scientists have begun collecting data from cosmic […]

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April 8, 2013

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Listening to the Sound of Big Bang

Listening to the Big Bang

Using new data from the ESA’s Planck Mission analysis of the CMB, physicist John Cramer from the University of Washington provides a new “high-fidelity” rendition of the Sound of the Big Bang. A decade ago, spurred by a question for a fifth-grade science project, University of Washington physicist John Cramer devised an audio recreation of […]

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April 5, 2013

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Io’s Volcanoes Are Not Located Where Scientists Expected

A Montage of New Horizons Images of Jupiter and its Volcanic Moon Io

Scientists at NASA and the European Space Agency believe volcanic activity on Io is located 30 to 60 degrees East from where they expected it to be based on data that supports the prevailing view that most of the heat is generated in the asthenosphere. Jupiter’s moon Io is the most volcanically active world in […]

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April 5, 2013

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Hubble Views a Nearby Starburst Galaxy

Hubble Views Nearby Starburst Galaxy

The Hubble Space telescope views the light and dust in nearby starburst galaxy J082354.96. Visible as a small, sparkling hook in the dark sky, this beautiful object is known as J082354.96+280621.6, or J082354.96 for short. It is a starburst galaxy, so named because of the incredibly (and unusually) high rate of star formation occurring within […]

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April 5, 2013

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Signs of Star Formation Near Supermassive Black Hole at the Galactic Center

ALMA Detects Signs of Star Formation in the Galactic Center

Using ALMA, scientists have detected signs of star formation near the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered signs of star formation perilously close to the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. If confirmed, this would […]

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April 5, 2013

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New Data Offers Clues on the Origins of Life

Study Offer Clues on the Origins of Life

A new study offers clues on the origins of life, providing data to support the idea that the 10 amino acids believed to exist on Earth around 4 billion years ago were capable of forming foldable proteins in a high-salt (halophile) environment. Tallahassee, Florida — A structural biologist at the Florida State University College of […]

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