August 21, 2013

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NASA Detects Earth Directed Coronal Mass Ejection

NASA Spacecraft Detect an Earth Directed Coronal Mass Ejection

Post has been updated to reflect another CME that was detected on August 21, 2013 at 1:24 am EDT….Scroll to the bottom of the page NASA spacecraft have detected an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection that left the sun at speeds of around 570 miles per second. On August 20, 2013 at 4:24 am EDT, the […]

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August 21, 2013

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Drug Candidate SR9009 Increases Exercise Endurance

Drug Candidate Leads to Improved Endurance

A new drug candidate, SR9009, has been shown to significantly increase exercise endurance in animal models. Researchers believe these findings may lead to better treatments for people suffering from conditions that acutely limit exercise tolerance. An international group of scientists has shown that a drug candidate designed by scientists from the Florida campus of The […]

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August 21, 2013

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New Theory Shows How ‘Zombie Vortices’ Play a Role in Star Formation

Zombie Vortices Help Lead to the Birth of a New Star

A new theory from researchers at UC Berkeley explains how “zombie vortices” help lead to the birth of a new star. Reporting in the journal Physical Review Letters, a team led by computational physicist Philip Marcus shows how variations in gas density lead to instability, which then generates the whirlpool-like vortices needed for stars to […]

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August 20, 2013

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Ape-Like RoboSimian Robot in Development

RoboSimian Ape Like Robot Under Construction

This two minute video shows the early development of RoboSimian, an ape-like robot being developed as part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. RoboSimian is an ape-like robot designed to meet the disaster-recovery tasks of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. This video shows RoboSimian and its unique hands under construction at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, […]

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August 20, 2013

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Earliest Known Iron Artifacts Were Made from Meteoritic Iron

Earliest Known Iron Artifacts Came from Meteorites

Archaeologists from the University College London have discovered ancient Egyptian iron beads that were made from meteoritic iron, rather than iron ore. Researchers have shown that ancient Egyptian iron beads held at the UCL Petrie Museum were hammered from pieces of meteorites, rather than iron ore. The objects, which trace their origins to outer space, […]

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August 20, 2013

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Research Shows NEETs Are Prime Suspects in Breast Cancer Proliferation

Proteins Blocked in Diabetes Treatments Linked to Lower Incidence of Cancer

A newly published study from an international team of scientists found that reducing the expression of a pair of proteins known as NEETs, NAF-1 and mitoNEET, significantly reduced cancer cell proliferation and breast cancer tumor size. Two proteins have been identified as prime suspects in the proliferation of breast cancer in a study by an […]

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August 20, 2013

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Researchers Sequence Genome of Human’s Closest Invertebrate Relative

Scientists Sequence Genome of Humans Closest Invertebrate Relative

Stanford researchers have sequenced the genome of mankind’s closest invertebrate relative, Botryllus schlosseri – a small sea creature that can regenerate its entire body from its blood vessels alone. At first glance, Botryllus schlosseri has very little in common with humans. The small sea creature fuses together with others to form colonies that look like […]

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August 20, 2013

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ALMA Gets a Close-Up View of Starbirth

ALMA Gets a Close Up View of Starbirth

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, astronomers have captured a close-up view of material streaming away from a newborn star, discovering that its jets are even more energetic than previously thought. Star formation is an even more intense and dynamic process than previously thought, according to research based on data from one of the world’s […]

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August 20, 2013

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Australia’s Role in Sea Level Drop in 2010 – 2011

Australias Unique Influence on Global Sea Level

A newly published study details how three atmospheric patterns came together in 2010 and 2011, driving so much precipitation over Australia that the world’s ocean levels dropped measurably. A unique and complex set of circumstances came together over Australia from 2010 to 2011 to cause Earth’s smallest continent to be the biggest contributor to the […]

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August 19, 2013

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Cardiac Stem Cells Offer New Ways to Prevent and Treat Heart Failure

Stem Cells Repair and Regenerating Tissue Damaged by Heart Attack

A newly published study shows for the first time that if cardiac stem cells are eliminated, the heart is unable to repair itself after damage. Researchers at King’s College London have for the first time highlighted the natural regenerative capacity of a group of stem cells that reside in the heart. This new study shows […]

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August 19, 2013

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Scientists Believe Some Free-Floating Planets May Be Born Free

Globulettes Have Characteristics to Form Free Floating Planets

Using the data from several telescopes, astronomers measured the mass and density of a large number of the globulettes found in the Rosetts Nebula, finding that many of them will collapse under their own weight and form free-floating planets. Tiny, round, cold clouds in space have all the right characteristics to form planets with no […]

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August 19, 2013

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Scientists Discover an Earth-Sized Exoplanet That Orbits Its Star Every 8.5 Hours

Earth Sized Exoplanet Orbits Its Star Every Eight and Half Hours

Scientists from MIT have discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet, named Kepler 78b, that orbits its star every 8.5 hours and has estimated surface temperatures as high as 3,000 degrees Kelvin. In the time it takes you to complete a single workday, or get a full night’s sleep, a small fireball of a planet 700 light-years away […]

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August 19, 2013

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NASA Ends Attempts to Fully Restore Kepler, Considers New Missions

Kepler Team Ends Attempts to Fully Recover Kepler Spacecraft

NASA has announced that all attempts to fully restore Kepler have failed and that they are now looking at potential new missions for the space telescope. Following months of analysis and testing, the Kepler Space Telescope team is ending its attempts to restore the spacecraft to full working order, and now is considering what new […]

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August 19, 2013

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Hubble Image Shows Distant Galaxies Colliding

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This newly released Hubble image shows two spiral galaxies colliding. Astronomical pictures sometimes deceive us with tricks of perspective. Right in the centre of this image, two spiral galaxies appear to be suffering a spectacular collision, with a host of stars appearing to flee the scene of the crash in a chaotic stampede. However, this […]

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August 16, 2013

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Curiosity Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of Deimos

NASA Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of Deimos

This short video is comprised of images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover as it watched the larger of Mars’ two moons, Phobos, passing in front of the smaller Martian moon, Deimos. This sped-up movie from the Curiosity rover shows Phobos (the larger of Mars’ two moons) passing in front of smaller Deimos. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space […]

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August 16, 2013

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Improvements to LIGO Detector Will Allow Scientists to ‘Listen’ to Black Holes Forming

LIGO Breaks the Quantum Measurement Barrier

Enhanced sensitivity of the LIGO gravitational wave detector will allow researchers to listen to the Big Bang and to black holes forming throughout the universe. New technology that breaks the quantum measurement barrier has been developed to detect the gravity waves first predicted by Einstein in 1916. Professor David Blair was one of 800 physicists […]

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August 16, 2013

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Astronomers Discover a Magnetar at the Galactic Center

Astronomers Discover a Magnetar at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy

An international team of astronomers has discovered a magnetar at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers have discovered a magnetar at the center of our Milky Way. This pulsar has an extremely strong magnetic field and enables researchers to investigate the direct vicinity of the black hole at the heart of the galaxy. […]

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August 16, 2013

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Voyager 1 Enters Interstellar Space

NASAs Voyager 1 Appears to Have Left Our Solar System

In a newly published study, UMD scientists state that Voyager 1 has left our solar system and has entered interstellar space, contradicting recent papers by NASA and other scientists suggesting the spacecraft was still in a transition zone between the Sun’s sphere of influence and the rest of the galaxy. College Park, Maryland – Voyager […]

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