December 13, 2013

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Hubble Detects Water Vapor Over Europa’s South Pole

Hubble Detects Water Vapor Over Europa

In a newly published study, researchers using Hubble Space Telescope data report the detection of transient water vapor at Europa’s south pole. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter’s moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon’s surface. Previous scientific […]

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December 13, 2013

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NASA’s WISE Views the Helix Nebula

NASAs WISE Views a Dying Star

NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer views the dying star known as the Helix nebula. In an unexpected juxtaposition of cosmic objects that are actually quite far from each other, a newly released image from NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) shows a dying star, called the Helix nebula, surrounded by the tracks of asteroids. The […]

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December 13, 2013

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Herschel and Hubble View the Crab Nebula

Hubble Views the Crab Nebula

In this newly released image, Hubble and Herschel view the Crab Nebula. This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. Herschel is a European Space Agency (ESA) mission with important NASA contributions, […]

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December 13, 2013

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Astronomers Find the First Evidence of a Noble-Gas Based Molecule in Space

Astronomers Find Evidence of a Noble Gas Molecule in Space

Using data from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have found the first evidence of a noble-gas based molecule in space – a compound of argon in the gaseous filaments of the Crab Nebula. Using ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, a team of astronomers has found first evidence of a noble-gas based molecule in space. A compound […]

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December 12, 2013

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New Research Shows Fast Radio Bursts Might Come From Nearby Stars

New Research Shows Fast Radio Bursts Might Come from Nearby Flaring Stars

A new study from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reveals that fast radio bursts might come from nearby flaring stars, rather than more energetic events in the distant universe. Cambridge, Massachusetts – First discovered in 2007, “fast radio bursts” continue to defy explanation. These cosmic chirps last for only a thousandth of a second. The […]

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December 12, 2013

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Researchers Discover New Way to Probe Molecules and Atoms with an X-Ray Laser

Researchers Find New Way to Probe Molecules and Atoms

Researchers from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have demonstrated a new X-ray technique, called stimulated X-ray Raman scattering, which tells scientists about the energy flow and other properties of individual atoms and elements in a molecule. Researchers have found a new way to probe molecules and atoms with an X-ray laser, setting off cascading bursts […]

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December 12, 2013

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Whirlpool Galaxy Changes Astronomers Understanding of Giant Molecular Clouds

Study-of-M51-Changes-Understanding-of-Giant-Molecular-Clouds

New research from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy challenges astronomers’ traditional views about stellar birthplaces, finding that giant molecular clouds are embedded in a kind of molecular fog, which permeates the whole of the galactic disc. A multi-year study of the Whirlpool galaxy (M51) has changed our understanding of giant molecular clouds, in which […]

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December 12, 2013

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NASA’s Galileo Mission Discovers Clay-Like Minerals on Europa

Galileo Mission Reveals Clay Like Minerals on Europa

Using data from NASA’s Galileo mission, researchers have discovered clay-type minerals on the surface of Europa for the first time. A new analysis of data from NASA’s Galileo mission has revealed clay-type minerals at the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa that appear to have been delivered by a spectacular collision with an asteroid or […]

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December 11, 2013

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Researchers Discover the Coldest Place on Earth

Researchers Discover the Coldest Place in the World

While analyzing detailed global surface temperature maps, researchers discovered the coldest place on Earth: a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau. What is the coldest place on Earth? It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit […]

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December 11, 2013

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Graphene “Sandwich” Protects Microscopic Materials from Radiation

Graphene Controls Radiation Damage

By placing microscopic materials between two sheets of graphene, researchers have discovered a new technique that protects microscopic materials from the harmful effects of radiation when under the microscope. This technique could soon be the key to enabling the direct study of every single individual atom in a protein chain. Stronger than steel, but only […]

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December 11, 2013

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Study Shows Creation of Entanglement Simultaneously Gives Rise to a Wormhole

Creation of Entanglement Simultaneously Gives Rise to a Wormhole

In a newly published study, an MIT physicist details how the creation of two entangled quarks simultaneously gives rise to a wormhole connecting the pair. The theoretical results support the idea that the laws of gravity holding together the universe may not be fundamental, but arise from quantum entanglement. Quantum entanglement is one of the […]

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December 11, 2013

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Astronomers View the Infrastructure of Gamma-ray Burst Jet 120308A

Researchers Get a Glimpse of the Infrastructure of a Gamma Ray Burst Jet

Astronomers detail the magnetic fields at the heart of GRB 120308A, which was detected by NASA’s Swift satellite in the constellation Ursa Minor. A new study using observations from a novel instrument provides the best look to date at magnetic fields at the heart of gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic explosions in the universe. An […]

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December 10, 2013

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Researchers Reveal How an Expanding Universe Can Emerge Without a “Big Bang”

When Time and Space are Heated an Expanding Universe Can Emerge

In a new study, an international team of researchers mathematically describe how an expanding universe can emerge when time and space are heated, without requiring anything like a “Big Bang”. When soup is heated, it starts to boil. When time and space are heated, an expanding universe can emerge, without requiring anything like a “Big […]

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December 10, 2013

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Study Shows That it is Possible to Clone Quantum Information from the Past

Study Reveals the Possibility of Cloning Quantum Information from the Past

A newly published study shows that it is possible to clone quantum information from the past, allowing for a particle, or a time traveler, to make multiple loops back in time. Popular television shows such as “Doctor Who” have brought the idea of time travel into the vernacular of popular culture. But problem of time […]

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December 10, 2013

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GBT Reveals Hidden Details in Starburst Galaxy M82

GBT Reveals Hidden Details in a Starburst Galaxy

Using the Green Bank Telescope, astronomers reveal never-before-seen details and present the most sensitive maps yet of HCN and HCO+ in the starburst galaxy M82. Using the new, high-frequency capabilities of the National Science Foundation’s Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), astronomers have captured never-before-seen details of the nearby starburst galaxy M82. These new […]

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December 10, 2013

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NASA’s IRIS Provides Unprecedented Images of Sun

NASAs IRIS Provides Unprecedented Images of Sun

New data from NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrometer is making it possible to study the explosive phenomena in the region located between the surface of the sun and its atmosphere. The region located between the surface of the sun and its atmosphere has been revealed as a more violent place than previously understood, according to […]

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December 9, 2013

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Study Shows Ancient Fresh Water Lake on Mars Could Have Sustained Life

Curiosity Finds Evidence of An Ancient Freshwater Lake on Mars

Newly published research shows that an ancient lake on Mars had fresh water and contained key biological elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulphur, which would have provided perfect conditions for simple microbial life such as chemolithoautotrophs to thrive in. A team of researchers from NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover mission, […]

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December 9, 2013

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New Demographic Data Show How Diversely Different Species Age

How Diversely Different Species Age

Based on the results of a long-term data collection project, a new study shows how different species age, unveiling diversity of aging processes that no existing evolutionary theory can account for. Despite aging being one the hottest topic in the media recently, scientists have no coherent explanation for it. New demographic data on humans, animals […]

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