February 21, 2013

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Curiosity Image Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

Curiosity Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

New images from NASA’s Curiosity rover confirm that it has successfully drilled and collected the first ever rock sample from the interior of a rock on another planet. Pasadena, California — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a […]

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February 20, 2013

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New VISTA Image of Stellar Nursery NGC 6357

NGC 6357

Using infrared data from ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, this new image from the ESO reveals the stellar nursery known as NGC 6357. A new image from ESO’s VISTA telescope captures a celestial landscape of glowing clouds of gas and tendrils of dust surrounding hot young stars. This infrared view reveals the […]

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February 20, 2013

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“Pill” Mimics the Action of the Human Liver in Fighting Alcohol Intoxication

Pill Mimics Action of Human Liver in Fighting Alcohol Intoxication

UCLA led researchers have developed a “pill” that uses two enzymes to mimic the action of the human liver in fighting alcohol intoxication. In a discovery that could derail the popular “Hangover” movie franchise, a team of researchers led by UCLA engineers has identified a method for speeding up the body’s reaction to the consumption […]

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February 20, 2013

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A Cost-Effective Fabrication Method for Micro-Scale Graphene-Based Supercapacitors

Micro Scale Graphene Based Supercapacitors

Scientists at UCLA have developed a new technique that uses a DVD burner to fabricate micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitors that can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than standard batteries. While the demand for ever-smaller electronic devices has spurred the miniaturization of a variety of technologies, one area has lagged behind in […]

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February 20, 2013

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Researchers Detected a Cool Layer in the Atmosphere of Alpha Centauri A

Cool Layer in the Atmosphere of Alpha Centauri A

By observing Alpha Centauri A in far-infrared light with ESA’s Herschel space observatory and comparing the results with computer models of stellar atmospheres, researchers have detected a cool layer in the atmosphere of Alpha Centauri A. ESA’s Herschel space observatory has detected a cool layer in the atmosphere of Alpha Centauri A, the first time […]

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February 20, 2013

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Length of Telomeres Predicts Susceptibility to the Common Cold

Researchers Identify Biological Marker That Predicts Susceptibility to the Common Cold

Researchers have identified a biological marker that predicts susceptibility to the common cold, finding that participants with shorter telomeres were more likely to become infected by the cold virus. PITTSBURGH – Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have identified a biological marker in the immune system that – beginning at about age 22 – predicts our […]

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February 20, 2013

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Cassini Detects Particles Being Accelerated to Ultra-High Energies

Cassini Sheds Light on Cosmic Particle Accelerators

Similar to the particle acceleration that takes place around supernovas, observations from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have detected particles being accelerated to ultra-high energies by an unusually strong solar system shock wave. During a chance encounter with what appears to be an unusually strong blast of solar wind at Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft detected particles being […]

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February 20, 2013

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NASA’s THEMIS Mission Tracks Space Weather & the Magnetosphere

THEMIS Understanding the Magnetosphere

Launched in 2007, the THEMIS mission has helped highlight a number of crucial details about what causes space weather events and has dramatically improved our understanding of the magnetosphere. On Earth, scientists can observe weather patterns, and more importantly can predict them, through the use of tens of thousands of weather observatories scattered around the […]

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February 19, 2013

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New X-ray Tool Better Pinpoints the Arrival Time of X-ray and Other Laser Pulses

Pump Probe Technique

In a newly published study, scientists from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory detail a new set of tools that better pinpoint the arrival time of X-ray and other laser pulses to within a few femtoseconds of accuracy. With SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray laser, timing is everything. Its pulses are designed to explore atomic-scale […]

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February 19, 2013

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The Search for Exoplanets Intensifies

Kepler 11 Which Has Six Stars in Tight Orbit Around It

Aided by technology, astronomers at the University of Chicago search for far-off planets like Earth. When astronomers discovered planet GJ 1214b circling a star more than 47 light-years from Earth in 2009, their data presented two possibilities: Either it was a mini-Neptune shrouded in a thick atmosphere of hydrogen and helium, or it was a […]

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February 19, 2013

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Study Links Levels of Air Pollution and Ozone to Cardiac Arrest

Link Between Ozone Levels and Cardiac Arrest

Based on a massive data set unique to Houston, a newly published study from scientists at Rice University has found a direct correlation between out-of-hospital heart attacks and levels of air pollution and ozone. Researchers at Rice University in Houston have found a direct correlation between out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and levels of air pollution and […]

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February 19, 2013

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Neuroassessment Device Quantitatively Measures Neuromuscular Performance

NeuroAssess

Researchers at the Wyss Institute have completed the first clinical study of a new rapid neuroassessment device they developed to quantitatively measure neuromuscular performance and are currently conducting a study with athletes in the Boston area to determine the sensitivity of the technology in diagnosing concussions. Doctors routinely track their patients’ hand-eye coordination to monitor […]

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February 19, 2013

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Presence of Water in the Primary Crust Indicates that the Early Moon was Wet

Traces of Water Found in Genesis Rock

New findings from the University of Michigan indicate that the early moon was wet and that water there was not substantially lost during the moon’s formation, contradicting the predominant lunar formation theory. Ann Arbor— Traces of water have been detected within the crystalline structure of mineral samples from the lunar highland upper crust obtained during […]

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