October 29, 2013

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Metamaterial Lens Has Ten Times More Power than Any Current Lens

Researchers Develop a Metamaterial Lens

Researchers from the University of Sidney have developed a metamaterial lens that has ten times the resolution of any current lens. A lens with ten times the resolution of any current lens, making it a powerful new tool for the biological sciences has been developed by researchers at the University of Sydney. “This advance means […]

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October 29, 2013

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Researchers Find Three New Vertebrate Species in Australia

Researchers Find Three New Vertebrate Species

A James Cook University researcher has discovered three new vertebrate species in north-east Australia, a leaf-tail gecko, a golden-colored skink and a boulder-dwelling frog. A James Cook University-National Geographic expedition to Cape York Peninsula in north-east Australia has found three vertebrate species new to science and isolated for millions of years—a bizarre looking leaf-tail gecko, […]

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October 29, 2013

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NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope Views Dying Stars

Spitzer Space Telescope Views Planetary Nebulas

Three newly released images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show the remains of dying stars called planetary nebulas. In the spirit of Halloween, scientists are releasing a trio of stellar ghosts caught in infrared light by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. All three spooky structures, called planetary nebulas, are in fact material ejected from dying stars. […]

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October 29, 2013

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Chandra X-Ray Observatory Releases Eight Never Before Seen Images

Chandra Image of NGC 6946

To celebrate and support American Archive Month, eight never-before-seen images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory archive have been released. Every year, October is designated as American Archive Month. While many people may think “archive” means only dusty books and letters, there are, in fact, many other types of important archives. This includes the use of […]

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October 28, 2013

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Scientists Demonstrate that Graphene is Suitable for Terahertz Lasers

Researchers Use Graphene as Active Material for Terahertz Lasers

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute have demonstrated that graphene meets an important condition for use in novel lasers for terahertz pulses with long wavelengths, dispelling previous doubts. Graphene is considered the jack-of-all-trades of materials science: The two-dimensional honeycomb-shaped lattice made up of carbon atoms is stronger than steel and exhibits extremely high charge carrier […]

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October 28, 2013

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Neuroscientists Discover that Dendritic Spikes Enhance the Brain’s Computing Power

Scientists Find that Dendrites Actively Process Information Multiplying the Brains Computing Power

New research from UNC Health Care and UNC School of Medicine shows that dendrites actively process information, multiplying the brain’s computing power. Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Dendrites, the branch-like projections of neurons, were once thought to be passive wiring in the brain. But now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill […]

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October 28, 2013

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ALMA Observations Show Unique Chemical Composition Surrounding Supermassive Black Hole

Researchers Discover Strange Chemical Composition Surrounding Supermassive Black Hole

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, a team of scientists captured a detailed image of high-density molecular gas around an active supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy NGC 1097. An international research team led by Takuma Izumi, a second-year master’s student of science at the University of Tokyo, and Kotaro Kohno, a professor […]

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October 28, 2013

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NASA Study Reveals that Carbon Planets May be Waterless

Study Reveals that Diamond Planets May Lack Oceans

Using planetary models based on measurements of our sun’s carbon-to-oxygen ratio, researchers found that planets rich in carbon, including so-called diamond planets, may lack oceans. Planets rich in carbon, including so-called diamond planets, may lack oceans, according to NASA-funded theoretical research. Our sun is a carbon-poor star, and as result, our planet Earth is made […]

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October 25, 2013

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ALMA Views the Coldest Place in the Universe: The Boomerang Nebula

ALMA Views the Coldest Place in the Universe the Boomerang Nebula

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array telescope, astronomers view the coldest known object in the Universe, the Boomerang Nebula. At a cosmologically crisp one degree Kelvin (minus 458 degrees Fahrenheit), the Boomerang Nebula is the coldest known object in the Universe – colder, in fact, than the faint afterglow of the Big Bang, which is […]

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October 25, 2013

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Scientists Recreate Patterns of Oxygen Found in the Oldest Rocks in the Solar System

Scientists Solve Mystery of Oxygen Patterns in Early Solar Systems Rocks

UC San Diego cosmochemists demonstrated that a chemical reaction, governed by known physical principles, can generate silicate dust with oxygen anomalies that match those found in the oldest rocks in the solar system. Cosmochemists at the University of California, San Diego, have solved a long standing mystery in the formation of the solar system: Oxygen, […]

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October 25, 2013

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Gold Nanoparticles Recycle CO2 Into Useful Forms of Carbon

Gold Nanoparticles Make Better Catalysts for CO2 Recycling

A newly published study from researchers at Brown University shows the ability of carefully designed gold nanoparticles to recycle CO2 into useful forms of carbon. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — By tuning gold nanoparticles to just the right size, researchers from Brown University have developed a catalyst that selectively converts carbon dioxide (CO2) to […]

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October 25, 2013

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NASA to Look Deeper Into the Universe than Ever Before

NASA Begins the Deepest Ever Probe of the Universe

NASA researchers are teaming up in the new collaborative program called The Frontier Fields to look deeper into the universe than ever before, working together to unravel the mysteries of the Universe. NASA’s Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before. With a boost from […]

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October 25, 2013

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Chandra Reveals Echoes of Multiple Outbursts from Sagittarius A

Evidence of the Violent Past of Milky Ways Giant Black Hole

Using Chandra high-resolution data collected from 1999 to 2011, astronomers reveal for the first time abrupt variations in the X-ray emission from gas clouds surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Researchers using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have found evidence that the normally dim region very close to the […]

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October 24, 2013

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Scientists Develop Graphene-Coated Silicon Supercapacitor

The First Supercapacitor Made Out of Silicon

Using porous silicon coated with graphene, material scientists at Vanderbilt University have developed the first supercapacitor that is made out of silicon. Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two […]

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October 24, 2013

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Engineered Nanostructures Reduce Casimir Effect

Nanostructures Offer a Way to Control Quantum Effects

By replacing a flat surface with a surface that contained engineered nanoscale structures, researchers found that the Casimir attraction between two surfaces decreased much more quickly than theoretically predicted. You might think that a pair of parallel plates hanging motionless in a vacuum just a fraction of a micrometer away from each other would be […]

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October 24, 2013

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NASAexplorer Video Details Titan’s Atmosphere

A Detailed Look at the Atmosphere of Titan

This four minute video from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center details the atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon Titan. NASA | Propylene on Titan With a thick atmosphere, clouds, a rain cycle and giant lakes, Saturn’s large moon Titan is a surprisingly Earthlike place. But unlike on Earth, Titan’s surface is far too cold for […]

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October 24, 2013

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Astronomers Discover and Confirm Most Distant Known Galaxy

Newly Discovered Most Distant Galaxy

A newly published study details the discovery of the most distant galaxy ever found. Dubbed z8_GND_5296, the galaxy is seen as it was at a time just 700 million years after the Big Bang. Austin, Texas — University of Texas at Austin astronomer Steven Finkelstein has led a team that has discovered and measured the […]

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October 24, 2013

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New Cassini Images of Titan’s Hydrocarbon Seas and Lakes

Cassini Views Titans Lakes

New images of the liquid methane and ethane seas and lakes that reside near Titan’s north pole reveal new clues about how the lakes formed and about Titan’s “hydrologic” cycle. Pasadena, California– With the sun now shining down over the north pole of Saturn’s moon Titan, a little luck with the weather, and trajectories that […]

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