March 4, 2013

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Boron Nitride Nanotubes Channel Osmotic Power

Nanotubes Channel Osmotic Power

Using boron nitride nanotubes, researchers have discovered a new method for harnessing energy from the salinity difference between fresh water and salt water. The salinity difference between fresh water and salt water could be a source of renewable energy. However, power yields from existing techniques are not high enough to make them viable. A solution […]

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March 4, 2013

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Kepler Finds Over 2,300 Candidate Exoplanets

An Updated List of Potential Exoplanets

In a newly released study, researchers state that the Kepler spacecraft has found over 2,300 candidate exoplanets in its observations during the first sixteen months of operation. There are currently 861 exoplanets (planets around other stars) according to the official exoplanet encyclopedia website. This list includes only the objects that have been confirmed as exoplanets; […]

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March 4, 2013

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NASA Completes Computer Swap for Curiosity Rover

A Computer Swap on the Curiosity Rover

NASA ground engineers have completed a computer swap for the Curiosity rover in response to a memory issue, shifting the rover into a minimal-activity precautionary status called “safe mode.” Pasadena, California – The ground team for NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue […]

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March 4, 2013

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The First ‘Functional HIV Cure’ in an Infant

First Functional HIV Cure in an Infant

A report presented at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections describes how an HIV-infected infant underwent remission after receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) within 30 hours of birth. A team of researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical School describe the first case […]

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March 1, 2013

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Study Reveals How Deadly Bacteria Trick the Immune System

How Deadly Bacteria Trick the Immune System

A new study from UCLA suggests that certain bacteria can pretend to be viruses when infecting humans, allowing them to hijack the body’s immune response so that they can hide inside cells. An outbreak of tuberculosis in the skid row area of downtown Los Angeles may have exposed up to 4,500 individuals to the bacterium […]

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March 1, 2013

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Nitrogen Deposits Increased 60% from the 1980s – 2000s in China

Scientists Shed Light on Key Component of Pollution in China

A group of international researchers reveal in a new study that the amount of nitrogen deposited on land and water in China has increased 60 percent from the 1980s to the 2000s. It’s no secret that China is faced with some of the world’s worst pollution. Until now, however, information on the magnitude, scope and […]

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March 1, 2013

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The Mysterious Structure of a Black Hole Edge

Researchers Discover the Mysterious Structure of a Black Hole Edge

In a newly published study, researchers report a black hole with a mass greater than three times that of the Sun in a 2.8-hour period around a low-mass donor star, seen at a very high inclination. This article was translated from the original Spanish press release. Swift J1357.2-0933 is a black hole obscured by a […]

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March 1, 2013

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Electronically Linked Brains of Rats Communicate Directly to Solve Behavioral Puzzles

Researchers Electronically Link the Brains of Rats

In a newly published study, Duke University researchers detail how they electronically linked the brains of rats for the first time, allowing them to communicate directly to solve behavioral puzzles. Durham, North Carolina — Researchers have electronically linked the brains of pairs of rats for the first time, enabling them to communicate directly to solve […]

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March 1, 2013

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NASA Discovers a Third Van Allen Belt Surrounding Earth

A Third Van Allen Belt Surrounds Earth

Using data from NASA’s Van Allen Probes, scientists discovered an isolated third ring in the outer Van Allen radiation belts. Solar activity on the sun sent energy toward Earth, causing the radiation belts to swell and the new particles trapped in the belts eventually settled into a new configuration, a third belt extending out into […]

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February 28, 2013

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Researchers Discover an Important Pair of Prebiotic Molecules in Interstellar Space

Researchers Discover an Important Pair of Prebiotic Molecules in Interstellar Space

Scientists using the Green Bank Telescope have discovered a pair of prebiotic molecules in interstellar space, suggesting that some basic chemicals needed for life may have formed on dusty ice grains floating between the stars. The scientists used the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia to study a giant cloud of […]

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February 28, 2013

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The First Direct Observation of a Forming Planet?

A Planet Forming Around a Young Star

While studying the disc of gas and dust that surrounds the young star HD 100546, scientists believe they have detected the formation of a gas giant planet similar to Jupiter. Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have obtained what is likely the first direct observation of a forming planet still embedded in a thick disc […]

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February 28, 2013

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UCLA Physicists Demonstrate the Acceleration of Electrons by a Laser in Free Space

Accelerating an Electron Beam by a Laser in Free Space

UCLA physicists have demonstrated that an electron beam can be accelerated by a laser in free space. Accelerating a free electron with a laser has been a longtime goal of solid-state physicists. David Cline, a distinguished professor in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Xiaoping Ding, an assistant researcher at UCLA, have conducted […]

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