March 1, 2013

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Electronically Linked Brains of Rats Communicate Directly to Solve Behavioral Puzzles

Researchers Electronically Link the Brains of Rats

In a newly published study, Duke University researchers detail how they electronically linked the brains of rats for the first time, allowing them to communicate directly to solve behavioral puzzles. Durham, North Carolina — Researchers have electronically linked the brains of pairs of rats for the first time, enabling them to communicate directly to solve […]

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March 1, 2013

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NASA Discovers a Third Van Allen Belt Surrounding Earth

A Third Van Allen Belt Surrounds Earth

Using data from NASA’s Van Allen Probes, scientists discovered an isolated third ring in the outer Van Allen radiation belts. Solar activity on the sun sent energy toward Earth, causing the radiation belts to swell and the new particles trapped in the belts eventually settled into a new configuration, a third belt extending out into […]

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February 28, 2013

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Researchers Discover an Important Pair of Prebiotic Molecules in Interstellar Space

Researchers Discover an Important Pair of Prebiotic Molecules in Interstellar Space

Scientists using the Green Bank Telescope have discovered a pair of prebiotic molecules in interstellar space, suggesting that some basic chemicals needed for life may have formed on dusty ice grains floating between the stars. The scientists used the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia to study a giant cloud of […]

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February 28, 2013

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The First Direct Observation of a Forming Planet?

A Planet Forming Around a Young Star

While studying the disc of gas and dust that surrounds the young star HD 100546, scientists believe they have detected the formation of a gas giant planet similar to Jupiter. Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have obtained what is likely the first direct observation of a forming planet still embedded in a thick disc […]

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February 28, 2013

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UCLA Physicists Demonstrate the Acceleration of Electrons by a Laser in Free Space

Accelerating an Electron Beam by a Laser in Free Space

UCLA physicists have demonstrated that an electron beam can be accelerated by a laser in free space. Accelerating a free electron with a laser has been a longtime goal of solid-state physicists. David Cline, a distinguished professor in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Xiaoping Ding, an assistant researcher at UCLA, have conducted […]

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February 28, 2013

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Study Provides Evidence That Viruses Can Have Immune Systems

Study Shows Viruses Can Have Immune Systems

In a newly published study, researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine provide evidence that bacteriophage can acquire a functional and adaptive immune system, possibly opening the door for new phage therapies to treat bacterial diseases. Boston — A study published today in the journal Nature reports that a viral predator of the cholera bacteria […]

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February 28, 2013

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Scientists Measure the Spin Rates of Supermassive Black Holes

Solving the Riddle of Black Hole Spin

Using the NuSTAR and XMM-Newton telescopes, researchers traced matter as it swirled into a black hole, resolving a long-standing debate about black holes and gaining a better understanding of how black holes and galaxies evolve. Pasadena, California — Two X-ray space observatories, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton, have […]

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February 27, 2013

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A Lithium-Ion Battery That Can Stretch and Be Recharged Wirelessly

Rechargeable Battery Can Stretch and Return to Normal Shape

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a wirelessly rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can stretch up to 300 percent of its original size and still power stretchable electronics. Evanston, Illinois – Northwestern University’s Yonggang Huang and the University of Illinois’ John A. Rogers are the first to demonstrate a stretchable lithium-ion battery – a flexible device […]

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February 27, 2013

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The Whirlpool Galaxy, Spiral Galaxy M51

Image of the Whirlpool Galaxy

This JPL image of the day shows Spiral Galaxy M51, which is also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy and is located about 30 million light-years from Earth. M51, whose name comes from being the 51st entry in Charles Messier’s catalog, is considered to be one of the classic examples of a spiral galaxy. At a […]

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February 27, 2013

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Fermi’s Motion Captured by Vela Pulsar Video

Fermi Scientists Transform LAT Data of Pulsar into a Movie

Using data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, a scientist has created a movie based on the Vela pulsar that outlines 51 months of position and exposure data from Fermi’s Large Area Telescope. NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope orbits our planet every 95 minutes, building up increasingly deeper views of the universe with every circuit. […]

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February 27, 2013

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Homer-1 Could Be a Key to the Treatment of Stress-Induced Cognitive Deficits

Homer 1 Prevents Stress Induced Cognitive Deficits

In a soon to be published study, researchers from the Max Planck Institute show in mice that social stress reduces the volume of Homer-1 in the hippocampus, which results in impaired learning, and that it is possible to prevent the resulting cognitive deficit by administering additional volumes of Homer-1. Before examinations and in critical situations, […]

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February 27, 2013

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The Mercury Planetary Orbiter, One Step Closer to Takeoff

The Mercury Planetar Orbiter a Step Closer to its 2015 Launch

The Mercury Planetary Orbiter is one step closer to its 2015 launch, completing a “bake-out” where the sides and top of the chamber were kept heated to around 50°C, while the underside remained cooled by liquid nitrogen. The faint aroma of hot metal filled the surrounding cleanroom as the hatch to ESA’s newest test facility […]

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