September 26, 2013

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Astronomers Discover a Neutron Star that has the Ability to Transform

Astronomers Discover a Neutron Star that has the Ability to Transform

A team of scientists has discovered that a neutron star, dubbed IGR J18245-2452, has the ability to transform from a radio pulsar into an X-ray pulsar and back again. Astronomers have uncovered the strange case of a neutron star with the peculiar ability to transform from a radio pulsar into an X-ray pulsar and back […]

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September 26, 2013

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Harvard and MIT Scientists Create Never-Before-Seen Form of Matter

Scientists Create a New Form of Matter

By binding photons together to form molecules, scientists from Harvard and MIT have created a never-before-seen form of matter. Harvard and MIT scientists are challenging the conventional wisdom about light, and they didn’t need to go to a galaxy far, far away to do it. Working with colleagues at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms, […]

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September 25, 2013

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ArTeMiS Improves APEX Image Quality

Powerful New Camera on APEX Views the Cats Paw Nebula

Engineers have successfully installed an instrument called ArTeMiS on the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, resulting in significantly better image quality than earlier APEX images of the same region. A new instrument called ArTeMiS has been successfully installed on APEX — the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment. APEX is a 12-metre diameter telescope located high in the Atacama Desert, […]

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September 25, 2013

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How NASA Engineers Revamped Spitzer to Probe Exoplanets

How Engineers Revamped Spitzer to Probe Exoplanets

This short narrative looks back on how NASA engineers revamped the Spitzer Space Telescope to probe exoplanets. Now approaching its 10th anniversary, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has evolved into a premier observatory for an endeavor not envisioned in its original design: the study of worlds around other stars, called exoplanets. While the engineers and scientists […]

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September 25, 2013

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Astronomers Find Evidence for Densest Nearby Galaxy

Hubble and Chandra Find Evidence for Densest Nearby Galaxy M60 UCD1

Using Chandra, Hubble, and ground-based telescopes, astronomers have discovered an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy that weighs more than 200 times our Sun, over half of which is concentrated within a radius of just 80 light years. The densest galaxy in the nearby part of the Universe may have been found. Packed with an extraordinary number of […]

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September 25, 2013

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Scientists Reveal Past Outburst from the Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy

Supermassive Black Hole Explosion at the Galactic Center

In a newly released study, scientists from the University of Sydney detail a huge outburst of energy that occurred two million years ago from the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Two million years ago a supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy erupted in an explosion so immensely powerful […]

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September 24, 2013

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Scientists Make Headway in Quantum Information Transfer

UCSB Makes Headway in Quantum Information Transfer

Scientists from UC Santa Barbara are making headway in quantum information transfer. They recently published a new study that describes a nanomechanical transducer that provides strong and coherent coupling between microwave signals and optical photons. Santa Barbara, California –– Fiber optics has made communication faster than ever, but the next step involves a quantum leap […]

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September 24, 2013

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Sunrise Observatory Provides the First High-Resolution Images of the Chromosphere

Scientists Present Unique Insights into the Central Layer of the Suns Atmosphere

Sunrise observatory provides the first high-resolution images of the chromosphere in ultraviolet light. Three months after the flight of the balloon-borne solar observatory Sunrise, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany now present unique insights into the central layer of the Sun’s atmosphere, the chromosphere. The Sunrise-data provide the […]

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September 24, 2013

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Ocean Eddies Are Mathematically Equivalent to Black Holes

Researchers Discover Mathematical Link between Ocean Eddies and Black Holes

According to newly published research, some of the largest ocean eddies on Earth are mathematically equivalent to the mysterious black holes of space. These eddies are so tightly shielded by circular water paths that nothing can escape from the inside of these loops, not even water. The mild winters experienced in Northern Europe are thanks […]

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September 24, 2013

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Researchers Publish Galaxy Zoo 2 Catalog, Data on More than 300,000 Nearby Galaxies

Researchers Publish Catalog of More than 300,000 Nearby Galaxies

With data on more than 300,000 nearby galaxies, the Galaxy Zoo 2 catalog is 10 times larger than any previous catalog of its kind. Minneapolis — St. Paul: More than 83,000 volunteer citizen scientists. Over 16 million galaxy classifications. Information on more than 300,000 galaxies. This is what you get when you ask the public […]

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September 24, 2013

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Cassini Views Saturn’s Rings

Cassini Views Saturns Rings

This new Cassini image captures a side view of Saturn and its rings. Saturn’s rings appear to form a majestic arc over the planet in this image from the Cassini spacecraft. This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 17 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken with the Cassini […]

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September 23, 2013

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Scientists Probe the Properties of a Fluctuating Magnetism Known as a Spin-Liquid State

Researchers Probe the Properties of Fluctuating Magnetism Known as a Spin Liquid State

A newly published study provides a detailed analysis of how herbertsmithite’s electrons respond to light, revealing a signature in the optical conductivity of the spin-liquid state that reflects the influence of magnetism on the motion of electrons. Using low-frequency laser pulses, a team of researchers has carried out the first measurements that reveal the detailed […]

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September 23, 2013

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Scientists Explain the Formation of the Unusual Third Van Allen Radiation Ring

Scientists Explain the Formation of Third Radiation Ring

UCLA scientists explain the formation of an unusual third radiation ring that briefly appeared between the inner and outer Van Allen radiation belts in September 2012 and persisted for a month. Since the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts in 1958, space scientists have believed these belts encircling the Earth consist of two doughnut-shaped […]

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September 23, 2013

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Researchers Identify Molecular Factors that Push the Domino of Life into Motion

Researchers Identify Molecular Finger that Starts the Domino of Life

In a newly published study, Yale University geneticists report that three factors — Nanog, Pou5f1 (or Oct4) and SoxB1 — are indeed needed to push the domino of life into motion in zebrafish. These are the same factors that reprogram adult human cells into an embryonic-like state. The basics of conception are familiar to any […]

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September 23, 2013

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Astronomers Probe the Nature of Strong Galactic Nuclear Winds

Astronomers Use Herschel to Study Twenty Four Infrared Luminous Galaxies

Astronomers used the Herschel Space Telescope to study twenty-four infrared luminous galaxies, revealing the presence of very fast motions in galactic nuclear winds, up to 2000 kilometers per second. The most luminous galaxies in our universe are not particularly bright in the visible. Most of their energy output (which can be hundreds or even thousands […]

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September 20, 2013

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Penn State Researchers Discover the Origins of Genomic “Dark Matter”

Penn State Scientists Discover the Origins of Genomic Dark Matter

In a newly published study, researchers from Penn State University detail the discovery of the origins of genomic “dark matter.” A duo of scientists at Penn State University has achieved a major milestone in understanding how genomic “dark matter” originates. This “dark matter” — called non-coding RNA — does not contain the blueprint for making […]

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September 20, 2013

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Microbicide Tricks HIV into “Popping” Itself into Oblivion

Microbicide Tricks HIV into Popping Itself into Oblivion

Researchers from Drexel University have developed a microbicide that can trick HIV into “popping” itself into oblivion, destroying the virus without harming healthy cells. Pinning down an effective way to combat the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus, the viral precursor to AIDS, has long been a challenge for scientists and physicians, because the virus […]

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September 20, 2013

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Curiosity Fails to Detect Methane on Mars

Curiosity Detects No Methane on Mars

To the surprise of many researchers, NASA’s Curiosity rover has failed to detect methane on Mars. Pasadena, California — Data from NASA’s Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections. The roving laboratory performed extensive tests […]

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