November 14, 2013

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Contents of Mysterious Black Hole Jets Revealed

Researchers Reveal Contents of Black Hole Jets

Using data from the XMM-Newton satellite and CSIRO’s Australia Telescope Compact Array, astronomers reveal the contents of mysterious black hole jets. An international team of astronomers has answered a long standing question about the enigmatic jets emitted by black holes, in research published today in prestigious journal Nature. Jets are narrow beams of matter spat […]

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November 14, 2013

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New ScienceCast Video Explores the Mystery of Mars

MAVEN Orbiter Set to Explore Mars

As scientists ready for the launch of the MAVEN orbiter, a newly released ScienceCast video ponders the question, What Happened to Mars? Billions of years ago when the planets of our solar system were still young, Mars was a very different world. Liquid water flowed in long rivers that emptied into lakes and shallow seas. […]

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November 13, 2013

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Engineers Demonstrate Active Electromagnetic Cloaking

Researchers Develop an Active Invisibility Cloak

By surrounding an object with small antennas that collectively radiate an electromagnetic field, engineers demonstrate active electromagnetic cloaking. Invisibility cloaking is no longer the stuff of science fiction: two University of Toronto researchers have demonstrated an effective invisibility cloak that is thin, scalable and adaptive to different types and sizes of objects. Professor George Eleftheriades […]

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November 13, 2013

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Researchers Demonstrate a New Paradigm for Solar Cell Construction

A New Paradigm for Solar Cell Construction

Using perovskite crystals fabricated with a combination of potassium niobate and barium nickel niobate, a team of researchers has experimentally demonstrated a new paradigm for solar cell construction. For solar panels, wringing every drop of energy from as many photons as possible is imperative. This goal has sent chemistry, materials science and electronic engineering researchers […]

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November 13, 2013

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Evidence That Organic Material Can Survive the Impact of a Meteorite

Study Shows Organic Molecules Can Survive Meteorite Impact

In a newly published study, researchers from the Natural History Museum provide the first evidence that any organic material, either inside a meteorite or already on Earth, can survive the impact of a meteorite striking the planet at high speed. New research shows that organic molecules, on which life is based, can survive the impact […]

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November 13, 2013

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Astronomers Capture New Image of the Clouds around Star Cluster NGC 3572

New Image of Star Cluster NGC 3572

Using the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, astronomers have captured a new image of the clouds around the star cluster NGC 3572. Astronomers at ESO have captured the best image so far of the curious clouds around the star cluster NGC 3572. This new image […]

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November 12, 2013

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Oxford Researchers Creating Simpler, Cheaper Solar Cells

Perovskite Cells Improve Solar Efficiency

By working to improve perovskite cell efficiency, scientists at Oxford University are creating simpler and cheaper solar cells. Over the last four years, solar cells made from materials called perovskites have reached efficiencies that other technologies took decades to achieve, but until recently no-one quite knew why. Since perovskite was first used in 2009 to […]

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November 12, 2013

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Cassini Provides New View of Saturn and Earth

NASAs Cassini Provides New View of Saturn and Earth

This newly released image sweeps nearly 405,000 miles across Saturn and its inner rings, showing a natural-color portrait of Saturn, its moons and rings, plus Earth, Venus and Mars. NASA has released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are […]

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November 12, 2013

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New Image of the Andromeda Galaxy

Image of the Andromeda Galaxy

This newly released image shows the Andromeda Galaxy, a spiral galaxy located roughly 2.5 million light-years from Earth. Andromeda Galaxy This bright image shows the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M-31, as seen on the evening of November 10, 2013. This is a 10-minute exposure using a SBIG ST-8300C one-shot color CCD connected to a […]

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November 12, 2013

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Spitzer and ALMA Reveal Stellar Birth

Spitzer and ALMA Reveal the Birth of a Star

Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, a newly published study reveals a new look at stellar birth. It’s a bouncing baby . . . star! Combined observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of […]

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November 11, 2013

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Astronomers Discover “Old Young” Stars in the Eagle Nebula

Old Stars in Eagle Nebula Show Evidence for Accretion

While studying 110 stars located in the Eagle Nebula, astronomers discovered pre main-sequence stars that were red in color and showed evidence for accretion, but were much older than expected, around sixteen million years old and possibly as much as thirty million years old. The early stages of a star’s life are critical both for […]

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November 11, 2013

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Hubble Views Stellar Explosions in NGC 6984

Hubble Views NGC 6984

In this new image, the Hubble Space Telescope views spiral galaxy NGC 6984 and supernova SN 2013ek. Supernovae are intensely bright objects. They are formed when a star reaches the end of its life with a dramatic explosion, expelling most of its material out into space. The subject of this new Hubble image, spiral galaxy […]

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November 11, 2013

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Hubble Captures the Best Ever Image of the Antennae Galaxies

Hubble Sees the Antennae Galaxies

This newly released Hubble image shows the Antennae Galaxies, also known as NGC 4038 and NGC 4039. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped the best ever image of the Antennae Galaxies. Hubble has released images of these stunning galaxies twice before, once using observations from its Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) in […]

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November 11, 2013

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NASA Satellites View Super Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan Ocean Surface Winds Measured by OSCAT

New satellite data from NASA provide a glimpse into one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on Earth, Super Typhoon Haiyan. New satellite images just obtained from NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua spacecraft and the Indian Space Research Organization’s OceanSAT-2 ocean wind scatterometer provide a glimpse into one of the […]

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November 8, 2013

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Astronomers Discover a New Type of Quasar

Researcher Discovers an Unusual Type of Quasar

Using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, astronomers have discovered a new type of quasar in which gas appears to be heading away and possibly toward the quasar’s black hole. A team of researchers led by York Professor Patrick Hall has discovered some strange behavior occurring in distant galaxies, observing several cases of gas […]

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November 8, 2013

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Solid Concepts 3D Prints First Metal Gun

First 3D Printed Metal 1911 Gun

Using a laser sintering process and powdered metals, Solid Concepts manufactures the world’s first 3D printed metal gun. Austin, TX – Solid Concepts, one of the world leaders in 3D Printing services, has manufactured the world’s first 3D Printed Metal Gun using a laser sintering process and powdered metals. The gun, a 1911 classic design, […]

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November 8, 2013

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Voyager 1 Presents the “Sounds” of Interstellar Space

NASAs Voyager 1 Spacecraft Enters Interstellar Space

A new ScienceCast video answers the question, what does interstellar space sound like? As Voyager 1 recedes from the solar system, researchers are listening for “interstellar music” (a.k.a. plasma waves) to learn more about conditions outside the heliosphere. Scifi movies are sometimes criticized when explosions in the void make noise. As the old saying goes, […]

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November 8, 2013

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Hubble Sees an Asteroid with Six Comet-Like Tails

Hubble Sees Asteroid with Six Comet Like Tails

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have viewed for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it. Astronomers viewing our solar system’s asteroid belt with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have seen for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on […]

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