January 29, 2014

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New Solar Cell Technology Converts Solar Energy More Efficiently

New Inexpensive Material Convert Solar Energy More Efficiently

Scientists have developed a new, inexpensive material that has the potential convert solar energy more efficiently than ever before. Argonne, Illinois — Getting the blues is rarely a desirable experience — unless you’re a solar cell, that is. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin […]

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January 29, 2014

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Subaru Telescope Reveals Active Supermassive Black Holes in Merging Galaxies

Subaru Telescope Reveals Active Supermassive Black Holes

Astronomers used the Subaru Telescope to study active supermassive black holes in merging galaxies, revealing that local physical conditions near SMBHs rather than general properties of galaxies primarily determine the activation of SMBHs. A team of astronomers has conducted infrared observations of luminous, gas-rich, merging galaxies with the Subaru Telescope to study active, mass-accreting supermassive […]

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January 29, 2014

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NASA Preparing for Comet Siding Spring’s “Close” Flyby of Mars

NASA Preparing for Mars Comet Flyby

Astronomers are preparing for Comet Siding Spring, which will pass Mars at a distance 10 times closer than any identified comet has ever flown past Earth. This spring, NASA will be paying cautious attention to a comet that could put on a barnstorming show at Mars on October 19, 2014. On that date, comet C/2013 […]

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January 28, 2014

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Experimental Evidence Shows New Boron Nanomaterial is Possible

Theoretical Nanomaterial Borophene May Be Posssible

Researchers from Brown University have produced the first experimental evidence that a one-atom-thick “borophene” structure is possible. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Researchers from Brown University have shown experimentally that a boron-based competitor to graphene is a very real possibility. Graphene has been heralded as a wonder material. Made of a single layer of […]

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January 28, 2014

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Evidence Supports Solution to 30-Year-Old Puzzle of Massive Star Formation

Astronomers Solve Massive Star Formation Puzzle

Using the Jansky Very Large Array, astronomers have discovered evidence supporting a solution to a 30-year puzzle about the birth of massive stars. An international group of astrophysicists including Museum Curator Mordecai-Mark Mac Low has found evidence strongly supporting a solution to a long-standing puzzle about the birth of some of the most massive stars […]

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January 28, 2014

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GBT Views River of Hydrogen Flowing through Space

GBT Views a River of Hydrogen Flowing through Space

The Green Bank Telescope has revealed a never-before-seen river of hydrogen streaming into the nearby galaxy NGC 6946, helping to reveal how certain spiral galaxies keep up their steady pace of star formation. Using the National Science Foundation’s Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), astronomer D.J. Pisano from West Virginia University has discovered what […]

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January 28, 2014

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Chandra Reveals Shock Heated Gas in Colliding Galaxies

Chandra Reveals Shock Heated Gas in Colliding Galaxies NGC6240

Using used images and spectra from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, researchers discovered evidence of shock-heated gas moving at speeds of about 2200 kilometers per second in galaxy NGC6240. Luminous infrared galaxies shine with the radiative output of tens of Milky Way galaxies, or even more. Their most striking feature, however, is not their tremendous energy […]

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January 27, 2014

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New Quantum Dots Design for Solotronics

Solotronics Electronics Operating on a Single Atom Level

Researchers at the University of Warsaw have created and studied two new types of solotronic structures, including the world’s first quantum dots containing single cobalt ion. Electronic systems operating on the level of individual atoms would seem to be the natural consequence of efforts to achieve ever-greater miniaturization. Already now, we are able to control […]

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January 27, 2014

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Interplanetary Dust Particles Can Deliver Water and Organics to Terrestrial Planets

Interplanetary Dust Particles Could Deliver Water and Organics to Other Terrestrial Planets

New research shows that interplanetary dust particles from comets, asteroids, and leftover debris from the birth of the solar system, could have helped jump-start life on Earth and other terrestrial planets. Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National […]

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January 27, 2014

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Swift Reveals Before and After Images of Supernova SN 2014J

Swifts UVOT Views a New Supernova

Swift’s Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope shows before and after images of supernova SN 2014J, which occurred 12 million light-years away in galaxy M82. An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on January 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe, including several NASA spacecraft. The blast, designated SN 2014J, occurred in the galaxy M82 […]

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January 27, 2014

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New Hubble Image Resembles Modern Art

New Hubble Image Shows Brightly Colored Stellar Streaks

This newly released Hubble image looks like something you would see at an art gallery, but the picture of brightly colored stellar streaks was most likely caused an error in the tracking system. A piece of art? A time-lapse photo? A flickering light show? At first glance, this image looks nothing like the images that […]

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January 24, 2014

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NASA’s Opportunity Reveals That Mars Could Have Supported Life

Researchers Find What May Have Once Been the Liveable Mud on Mars

New findings from NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity reveal that Mars had an ancient wet environment that was milder and could have supported life. Some of the oldest minerals ever analyzed by NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover show that around four billion years ago Mars had liquid water so fresh it could have supported life. The […]

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January 24, 2014

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Study Reveals Why Life in Earth’s Early Oceans Increased in Size

Biologists Reveal Why Early Life Began to Get Larger in Earths Oceans

A newly published study examined the earliest communities of large multicellular organisms in the fossil record, revealing why life in Earth’s early oceans increased in size. Why did life forms first begin to get larger and what advantage did this increase in size provide? UCLA biologists working with an international team of scientists examined the […]

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January 24, 2014

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Scientists Sequence the Genome of the World’s Oldest Continuously Surviving Cancer

Genome of Oldest Cancer Reveals Its Origin and Evolution

Researchers have sequenced the genome of an 11,000-year-old dog cancer, revealing its secrets and origin. Scientists have sequenced the genome of the world’s oldest continuously surviving cancer, a transmissible genital cancer that affects dogs. This cancer, which causes grotesque genital tumors in dogs around the world, first arose in a single dog that lived about […]

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January 24, 2014

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Chandra Reveals the Extreme Power of a Distant Black Hole

Chandra Reveals the Extreme Power of a Black Hole

Astronomers reveal one of the most powerful black holes known. Located in the center of galaxy cluster RX J1532.9+3021, the black hole is 3.9 billion light years from Earth. Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and a suite of other telescopes to reveal one of the most powerful black holes known. The black hole […]

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January 23, 2014

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Experimental Strontium Atomic Clock Sets New Records

Strontium Atomic Clock Sets New Record

The JILA strontium atomic clock has set new world records for both precision and stability, improving precision by 50 percent from the previous record holder of a few years ago. Heralding a new age of terrific timekeeping, a research group led by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist has unveiled an experimental […]

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January 23, 2014

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Simulations Shed Light on the Formation of Stars in the Earliest Galaxies

Simulations Shed Light on the Formation of Stars in the Earliest Galaxies

Using some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, astrophysicists ran simulations charting the forces of the universe in its first hundreds of millions of years – shedding new light on the formation and explosion of stars in the earliest galaxies. Ab initio: “From the beginning.” It is a term that’s used in science to describe […]

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January 23, 2014

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Kepler Reveals a New Neptune-Size Exoplanet

Kepler Reveals a New Exoplanet

Data from Kepler has revealed a new Neptune-size exoplanet that is located in orbit around a star in a double-star system 425 light years from the Earth. An international team of astronomers at Stellar Astrophysics Center in Aarhus, Denmark, has discovered a new exoplanet, christened Kepler-410A b. The planet is about the size of Neptune […]

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