January 6, 2014

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ALMA Views the Remains of Supernova 1987A

ALMA Views Supernova 1987A

Astronomers used ALMA to observe the remains of Supernova 1987A, seeing for the first time the remains of a recent supernova brimming with freshly formed dust. Striking new observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope capture, for the first time, the remains of a recent supernova brimming with freshly formed dust. If enough […]

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January 6, 2014

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Hubble Views a Star Set to Explode

Hubble Views SBW1

This newly released Hubble images shows SBW1, which is located more than 20,000 light-years away. Floating at the center of this new Hubble image is a lidless purple eye, staring back at us through space. This ethereal object, known officially as [SBW2007] 1 but sometimes nicknamed SBW1, is a nebula with a giant star at […]

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January 6, 2014

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Astronomers Discover Triple System of Two White Dwarfs and Neutron Star

Astronomers Discover Stellar System of two White Dwarf Stars and a Superdense Neutron Star

Using the Green Bank Telescope, astronomers have discovered a triple star system with two white dwarfs and a neutron star. Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) have discovered a unique stellar system of two white dwarf stars and a superdense neutron star, all packed within a space smaller than Earth’s orbit […]

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January 3, 2014

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Researchers Discover a Simple Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers Find a Simple Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

By modifying the molecular structure of a polymer used in solar cells, an international team of researchers has increased solar efficiency by more than thirty percent. Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar […]

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January 3, 2014

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Views Two New Solar Flares

Two Solar Flares Welcome 2014

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spots two new solar flares. The sun ushered out 2013 and welcomed 2014 with two mid-level flares on December 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — […]

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January 2, 2014

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JPL Image of the Day – The Orion Nebula

WISE Views the Orion Nebula

This Jet Propulsion Laboratory image of the day shows the Orion nebula as seen by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The Orion nebula is featured in this sweeping image from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The constellation of Orion is prominent in the evening sky throughout the world from about December through April […]

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January 2, 2014

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New Research Boosts Binary-Star Formation Theory

New Studies Boost Binary Star Formation Theory

New research from the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array makes disk fragmentation the strongest explanation for how close multiple star systems are formed. Using the new capabilities of the upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), scientists have discovered previously-unseen binary companions to a pair of very young protostars. The discovery gives strong […]

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December 31, 2013

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Hubble Reveals Cloudy Weather on Exoplanet GJ1214b

Researchers Discover Cloudy Weather on GJ1214b

Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers from the University of Chicago have detected clear evidence of clouds in the atmosphere of exoplanet GJ1214b. Weather forecasters on exoplanet GJ1214b would have an easy job. Today’s forecast: cloudy. Tomorrow: overcast. Extended outlook: more clouds. A team of scientists led by researchers in the Department of […]

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December 31, 2013

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NASA’s LRO Views Chang’e 3 Lander

LROC NAC View of Chang e 3 Lander

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured the first images of the Chinese Chang’e 3 lander on the Moon. Chang’e 3 landed on Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) just east of a 450 m diameter impact crater on 14 December 2013. Soon after landing, a small rover named Yutu (or Jade Rabbit in English) was deployed […]

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December 30, 2013

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A Hubble View of the Orion Nebula

Hubble Views the Orion Nebula

Released in 2006, this Hubble image of the Orion Nebula is still one of the most popular images from Hubble to date. In one of the most detailed astronomical images ever produced, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is offering an unprecedented look at the Orion Nebula. This turbulent star-formation region is one of astronomy’s most dramatic […]

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December 30, 2013

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New NASA Video Recreates Apollo 8’s Historic Flight & Images

New Video of 45th Anniversary of Apollo 8 Earthrise Images

Using new data from data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, this seven minute video commemorates the 45th anniversary of Apollo 8’s historic flight by recreating the moment when the crew first saw and photographed the Earth rising from behind the Moon. NASA | Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary In December of 1968, the crew of Apollo […]

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December 30, 2013

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy M65

Newly Released Hubble Image of Messier 65

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy Messier 65. The 1st of March 1780 was a particularly productive night for Charles Messier. Combing the constellation of Leo for additions to his grand astronomical catalog, he struck on not one, but two, new objects. One of those objects is seen here: Messier 65. “Nebula discovered […]

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December 27, 2013

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Hubblecast 70 Explains How Gravitational Lensing Will Help Uncover the Secrets of the Universe

How Gravitational Lensing Works

This eight minute Hubblecast video takes a look at gravitational lensing, explaining how it works and how it can help astronomers uncover the secrets of the Universe. Hubblecast 70: Peering around cosmic corners Last month saw the inauguration of a new Hubble observing program: Frontier Fields. This will use the powerful magnifying properties of massive […]

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December 27, 2013

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Hubble Image of Galaxy NGC 3079

Hubble Image of the Day Galaxy NGC 3079

First released in 1999, this Hubble image of the day shows Galaxy NGC 3079, which located 50 million light-years from Earth. A lumpy bubble of hot gas rises from a cauldron of glowing matter in a distant galaxy, as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The images, taken by Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera […]

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December 27, 2013

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Study Shows Human Brain Development is Divided into Three Major Phases

Human Brain Develops with an Exquisitely Timed Choreography

In a newly published study, researchers analyzed gene expression in human and macaque monkey neocortex, finding that human neocortical development is divided into three major phases. The human brain develops with an exquisitely timed choreography marked by distinct patterns of gene activity at different stages from the womb to adulthood, Yale researchers report in the […]

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December 26, 2013

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SISSA Paper “Sums Up” the Details of Irregularities of Space Time

Paper Reviews Research on the Grain of Space Time

In a review paper, Stefano Liberati provides a systematic overview of the experiments and observations that can be exploited to investigate deviations from Special Relativity. A paper by Stefano Liberati from SISSA has been selected as one of the 2013 Highlight papers (the best papers of the year) of the journal Classical and Quantum Gravity. […]

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December 26, 2013

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Graphene Effectively Filters Electrons According to the Direction of Their Spin

Graphene Effectively Filters Electrons According to the Direction of Their Spin

New research from MIT shows that graphene can effectively filter electrons according to the direction of their spin, something that cannot be done by any conventional electronic system. Graphene has become an all-purpose wonder material, spurring armies of researchers to explore new possibilities for this two-dimensional lattice of pure carbon. But new research at MIT […]

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December 26, 2013

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Fourier Transform Inelastic X-ray Scattering Measures Atomic Vibrations Faster, More Accurately

SLAC Researchers Develop More Accurate Way of Measuring Subtle Atomic Vibrations

Using a new method called Fourier Transform Inelastic X-ray Scattering, scientists are able to measure subtle atomic vibrations faster and more accurately. An international team led by scientists from two SLAC/Stanford institutes has devised a much faster and more accurate way of measuring subtle atomic vibrations that underlie important hidden properties of materials. This advance […]

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