July 22, 2013

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GERDA Experiment Phase I Results – No New Evidence That Neutrinos Are Their Own Antiparticles

GERDA Experiment Supplies No New Evidence That Neutrinos Are Their Own Antiparticles

The phase I results from the GERDA experiment have revealed no signal of neutrino-less double beta decay in Ge-76, ruling out an earlier claim for a signal by others. Neutrinos are the most elusive particles having extremely weak interactions with all other particles. They have rather unusual properties and are even expected to be identical […]

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July 22, 2013

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Two-Drug Combination Could Be the Key to Curing Cancer

Research Shows that Using Two Drugs in Targeted Therapy Can Help Eliminate Cancer

A new study from researchers at Harvard suggests that using a combination of two drugs in a “targeted therapy” effort could effectively cure nearly all cancers. New research conducted by Harvard scientists is laying out a road map to one of the holy grails of modern medicine: a cure for cancer. As described in a […]

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July 22, 2013

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Planets Orbiting Cooler Stars May Be More Likely to Remain Ice Free

New Climate Model Research Suggests Planets Orbiting Cooler Stars Are Likely to Remain Ice Free

New climate model research from astronomers at the University of Washington suggests that planets orbiting cooler stars may be more likely to remain ice-free than planets around hotter star due to the interaction of a star’s light with ice and snow on the planet’s surface. Stars emit different types of light. Hotter stars emit high-energy […]

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July 22, 2013

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NASA’s Hubble Views NGC 4866

Hubble Views NGC 4866

Hubble captured this image of NGC 4866, a lenticular galaxy situated roughly 80 million light-years from Earth. The constellation of Virgo (The Virgin) is the largest of the Zodiac constellations, and the second largest overall after Hydra (The Water Snake). Its most appealing feature, however, is the sheer number of galaxies that lie within it. […]

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July 22, 2013

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SOHO Views Large Coronal Hole Near the Sun’s North Pole

SOHO Views A Gigantic Coronal Hole Hovering Over the Suns North Pole

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory captured an image of a coronal hole hovering over the sun’s north pole. The European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, captured this image of a gigantic coronal hole hovering over the sun’s north pole on July 18, 2013, at 9:06 a.m. EDT. Coronal holes are dark, low […]

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July 19, 2013

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Discovery of Rare Decay Puts Standard Model to Stringent Test

Experiments Put Standard Model to Stringent Test

Researchers from the CMS and LHCb experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider presented measurements of the decay of a Bs (pronounced B-sub-s) particle into two muons, putting the Standard Model of particle physics to one of its most stringent tests to date. After a quarter of a century of searching, physicists have discovered a rare […]

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July 19, 2013

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The Search for “Microbial Dark Matter”

Illuminating Biologys Dark Matter

In a newly published study, an international team of researchers detail the search for “microbial dark matter.” Is space really the final frontier, or are the greatest mysteries closer to home? In cosmology, dark matter is said to account for the majority of mass in the universe, however its presence is inferred by indirect effects […]

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July 19, 2013

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Hubble Reveals Link Between Stars’ Ages and Their Orbits

Hubble Shows Link Between Stars Age and Orbit

Using the Hubble Space Telescope to track the orbital motion of over 30,000 stars in globular cluster 47 Tucanae, astronomers have revealed a link between stars’ ages and their orbits. Washington — Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have determined the orbital motion of two distinct populations of stars in an ancient globular star cluster, […]

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July 19, 2013

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ALMA Reveals First Ever Snow Line Seen Around a Distant Star

Snow Falling around Infant Solar System TW Hydrae

Using the new Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope, astronomers have discovered a CO snow line in an infant solar system. Cambridge, Massachusetts – A snow line has been imaged in a far-off infant planetary system for the very first time. The snow line, located in the disc around the Sun-like star TW Hydrae, promises […]

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July 19, 2013

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Curiosity Reveals Clues about Mars’ Original Atmosphere

Curiosity Reveals Clues about Mars Past

In two new studies, NASA’s Curiosity Rover reveals details about the Martian atmosphere and clues about how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. Pasadena, California – A pair of new papers report measurements of the Martian atmosphere’s composition by NASA’s Curiosity rover, providing evidence about the loss of much of Mars’ original […]

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July 18, 2013

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Oceanographers Discover Compound That Shows Potency Against Anthrax

Chemical Compound Discovered at Sea Shows Potency Against Anthrax

Oceanographers from Scripps UC San Diego have discovered a microorganism that produces a chemical compound that may offer new treatments for anthrax and other ailments such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). A team led by William Fenical at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has discovered a new chemical compound from an ocean […]

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July 18, 2013

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“Intelligent knife” Alerts Surgeons of Cancerous Tissue

Intelligent Knife Alerts Surgeon of Cancerous Tissue

Scientists from the Imperial College London have developed an “intelligent knife” that can inform surgeons about the tissue they are cutting, alerting them to whether the tissue is cancerous or not by using rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry. In the first study to test the invention in the operating theater, the “iKnife” diagnosed tissue samples […]

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July 18, 2013

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Researchers Develop Record Breaking Magnesium Carbonate Material

Researchers Develop Record Breaking Magnesium Carbonate Material

Researchers from Uppsala University have developed a magnesium carbonate material with record breaking properties. A novel material with world record breaking surface area and water adsorption abilities has been synthesized by researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden. The results are published today in PLOS ONE. The magnesium carbonate material that has been given the name Upsalite […]

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July 18, 2013

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New Species of Horned Dinosaur Discovered in Utah

Scientists Discover a New Horned Dinosaur Nasutoceratops Titusi

A team of researchers has discovered a new species of horned dinosaur, called Nasutoceratops titusi, in southern Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah – A remarkable new species of horned dinosaur has been unearthed in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah.  The huge plant-eater inhabited Laramidia, a landmass formed when a shallow sea flooded the central […]

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July 18, 2013

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Colliding Neutron Stars Produce Gold

Earths Gold Likely Came from Colliding Neutron Stars

A new study from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggests that heavy elements, such as gold, are produced and ejected during the merger of neutron stars. Cambridge, Massachusetts – We value gold for many reasons: its beauty, its usefulness as jewelry, and its rarity. Gold is rare on Earth in part because it’s also rare […]

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July 18, 2013

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How Astronomers Search for Habitable Exoplanets

The Search for Habitable Planets

As the search for habitable planets continues, astronomers detail how they determine which exoplanets have all the right conditions for life to thrive. There is only one planet we know of, so far, that is drenched with life. That planet is Earth, as you may have guessed, and it has all the right conditions for […]

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July 17, 2013

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UK Invests in World’s First Air-Breathing Rocket Engine

UK Invests in Worlds First Air Breathing Rocket Engine

The UK government will invest £60 million towards the development of the world’s first air-breathing rocket engine, the SABRE. Through the UK Space Agency, the Government is set to invest £60 million in the development of the SABRE – a British-designed rocket engine which could revolutionize the fields of propulsion and launcher technology, and significantly […]

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July 17, 2013

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Yale Engineers Alter the Microanatomy of Glass

Researchers Alter the Microanatomy of Glass

Engineers at Yale University have developed a method that allows them to vary one aspect of a material’s microstructure while holding all other features constant, resulting in metallic glass composites that are optimized for tensile ductility. Researchers at Yale have developed a way to alter the microanatomy of glass and measure how the changes affect […]

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