January 14, 2014

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Gemini Planet Imager Will Begin Large-Scale Survey, Studying 600 Young Stars

Gemini Planet Imager Views HR4796A

The Gemini Planet Imager team will begin a large-scale survey, studying 600 young stars to see what planets orbit them. After nearly a decade of development, construction and testing, the world’s most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets outside our solar system is now collecting light from distant worlds. The Gemini Planet Imager […]

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January 14, 2014

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Researchers Create World’s Fastest Organic Transistor

Engineers Make Worlds Fastest Organic Transistor

A team of researchers has created the world’s fastest thin-film organic transistor, operating at more than five times faster than previous examples. Two university research teams have worked together to produce the world’s fastest thin-film organic transistors, proving that this experimental technology has the potential to achieve the performance needed for high-resolution television screens and […]

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January 14, 2014

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Study Shows Caffeine Has a Positive Effect on Memory

Study Shows Caffeine has Positive Effect on Memory

A newly published study from John Hopkins University shows that caffeine has a positive effect of memory, enhancing certain memories at least up to 24 hours after it is consumed. Whether it’s a mug full of fresh-brewed coffee, a cup of hot tea, or a can of soda, consuming caffeine is the energy boost of […]

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January 14, 2014

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New Fly-Through Video of the Ancient Flood Plain Kasei Valles

Mars Express Celebrates Ten Years of Imaging the Red Planet

The European Space Agency has released a new five minute fly-through movie of the ancient flood plain Kasei Valles based on the 67-image mosaic from Mars Express. Travel across the dramatic flood plains of Mars to celebrate ten years of imaging the Red Planet with Mars Express. Ten years ago, on 14 January 2004, Mars […]

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January 13, 2014

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Decoded Shark Genome Provides New Insights into Immunity and Bone Formation

Decoded Elephant Shark Genome Provides New Insights into Immunity and Bone Formation

Researchers have decoded the genome of the elephant shark, providing new insights into immunity and bone formation. An international team of researchers, including scientists of the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, has sequenced and analysed the genome of the elephant shark. Comparison of the elephant shark genome with human and other vertebrate genomes […]

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January 13, 2014

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BOSS Measures the Scale of the Universe to an Accuracy of One Percent

BOSS Measures the Universe with One Percent Accuracy

Using data from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey, researchers announced that they have measured the scale of the universe to an accuracy of one percent. The Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) Collaboration announced that BOSS has measured the scale of the universe to an accuracy of one percent. This and future measures at this precision […]

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January 13, 2014

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UCL Researchers Use Quantum Mechanics to Explain the Efficiency of Photosynthesis

Quantum Mechanics Helps Explain Photosynthesis

In a newly published study, researchers from the University College London detail the transfer of energy from plant cells predicted by quantum physics. Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum effects […]

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January 13, 2014

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Hubble Views the Coma Cluster

Hubble Views a Massive Gathering of Galaxies

This newly released Hubble image shows three galaxies within the Coma Cluster. In this new image Hubble peeks into the Coma Cluster, a massive gathering of galaxies located towards the constellation of Coma Berenices. This large cluster is around 350 million light-years away from us and contains over 1000 identified galaxies, the majority of which […]

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January 10, 2014

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Scientists Create New Electronic Material with Potential for Flexible Light-Based Electronics

Scientists Create New Electronic Material

By heating molybdenum and selenium in a vacuum chamber until they evaporated, a team of scientists was able to create an exotic thin film with potential for flexible light-based electronics. Scientists from SLAC, Stanford and Berkeley Lab grew sheets of an exotic material in a single atomic layer and measured its electronic structure for the […]

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January 10, 2014

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Astronomers Discover New Class of “Hypervelocity Stars”

Astronomers Discover a New Class of Stars

A newly published study details the discovery of a new class of “hypervelocity stars” – stars that are moving at speeds of more than a million miles per hour relative to the Milky Way and that are fast enough to escape gravitational grasp of the Milky Way. An international team of astronomers has discovered a […]

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January 10, 2014

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy M83

Hubble Mosaic of the Southern Pinwheel

Hubble views spiral galaxy M83, which is located 15 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra. A photogenic and favorite target for amateur astronomers, the full beauty of nearby barred spiral galaxy M83 is unveiled in all of its glory in this Hubble Space Telescope mosaic image. The vibrant magentas and blues reveal the galaxy […]

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January 10, 2014

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Hubble Views the Interior of Tarantula Nebula

Hubble Explores the Interior of Tarantula Nebula

New observations obtained as part of the Hubble Tarantula Treasury Program view deep inside the Tarantula Nebula, revealing more than 800,000 stars and protostars embedded inside the nebula. Like lifting a giant veil, the near-infrared vision of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope uncovers a dazzling new view deep inside the Tarantula Nebula. Hubble reveals a glittering […]

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January 10, 2014

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New NuSTAR Images Show the Remains of a Dead Star and Distant Black Holes

NuSTAR Views the Remains of a Dead Star

New images from NASA’s NuSTAR show the energized remains of a dead star and distant black holes buried in blankets of dust. Two new views from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, showcase the telescope’s talent for spying objects near and far. One image shows the energized remains of a dead star, a structure […]

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January 9, 2014

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SEAS Engineers Develop an Organic Mega Flow Battery

SEAS Engineers Develop Organic Mega Flow Battery

SEAS engineers have developed a metal-free flow battery, which relies on the electrochemistry of naturally abundant molecules called quinones, that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid. Cambridge, Massachusetts – A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity […]

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January 9, 2014

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“Super-Earths” May be More Earth-Like than Previously Thought

Super Earth Exoplanets More Earth Like Than Thought

A newly published study reveals that the odds of Super-Earth exoplanets having an Earth-like climate are much greater than previously thought. Evanston, Illinois — Massive terrestrial planets, called “super-Earths,” are known to be common in our galaxy, the Milky Way. Now a Northwestern University astrophysicist and a University of Chicago geophysicist report the odds of […]

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January 9, 2014

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NASA’s Swift Discovers Magnetar SGR J1745-29

Swift Discovers a Rare Subclass of Neutron Star

New data from NASA’s Swift spacecraft have led to the discovery of a rare subclass of neutron star and will help astronomers decipher the physical nature of X-ray flares. Recent observations by NASA’s Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery […]

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January 9, 2014

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Chandra Reveals a Black Hole Destroying a Star in a Dwarf Galaxy

First Recorded Event of a Black Hole Destroying a Star in a Dwarf Galaxy

While combing through several years of Chandra data, researchers discovered a black hole destroying a star in the galaxy cluster Abell 1795. A bright, long duration flare may be the first recorded event of a black hole destroying a star in a dwarf galaxy. The evidence comes from two independent studies using data from NASA’s […]

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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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