February 22, 2013

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A New Class of Molecular Compounds Capable of Killing the Influenza Virus

A New Class of Molecular Compounds Capable of Killing the Influenza Virus

In a newly published study, an international team of scientists detail a new class of molecular compounds capable of killing the influenza virus. Simon Fraser University virologist Masahiro Niikura and his doctoral student Nicole Bance are among an international group of scientists that has discovered a new class of molecular compounds capable of killing the […]

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February 22, 2013

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A Multi-Colored Mercury

A Colorful View of Mercury

This NASA image of the day shows a multi-colored Mercury using color to enhance the differences between the rocks that make up Mercury’s surface. Colors of the Innermost Planet This colorful view of Mercury was produced by using images from the color base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER’s primary mission. These colors are not what […]

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February 22, 2013

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New Equations to Better Understand Solar Wind

Deciphering the Mysterious Math of the Solar Wind

A scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has created a set of equations that will lead to more realistic simulations of solar wind turbulence and the propagation of energetic particles. Many areas of scientific research — Earth’s weather, ocean currents, the outpouring of magnetic energy from the sun — require mapping out the large […]

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February 21, 2013

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Gravity Alone Does Not Explain the Distribution of Stars in Crowded Clusters

Gravity Does Not Fully Explain The Distribution Of Stars In Crowded Clusters

Findings from a new study suggest that pull of gravity doesn’t fully explain the distribution of stars in crowded clusters and provides new insights into theoretically predicted processes that govern the evolution of star clusters. Gravity remains the dominant force on large astronomical scales, but when it comes to stars in young star clusters the […]

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February 21, 2013

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“Proto-RNA Bases” Assemble in Water, Hint at Origins of Life

An Alternate Theory For The Origin Of RNA

A newly published study explores an alternate theory for the origin of RNA, achieving highly ordered self-assembly in water with small molecules that are similar to the bases of RNA and possibly providing insights into the origin of the first RNA-like polymers. The base pairs that hold together two pieces of RNA, the older cousin […]

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February 21, 2013

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Shedding New Light on the Evolutionary Origin of the Head

Researchers Shed New Light On The Evolutionary Origin Of The Head

In an effort to shed new light on the evolutionary origin of the head, a newly published study looks at the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis to find out if one of the ends of the sea anemone corresponds to the head of higher animals. A research group at the Sars Center in Bergen has shed […]

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February 21, 2013

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Bioengineers Use 3D Printer to Print Ears that Look and Act like Natural Ears

Bioengineers Created An Artificial Ear Using 3D Printing

Using 3D printing and injectable gels made of living cells, bioengineers have created an artificial ear that looks and acts like a natural ear. Cornell bioengineers and physicians have created an artificial ear that looks and acts like a natural ear, giving new hope to thousands of children born with a congenital deformity called microtia. […]

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February 21, 2013

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Kepler Mission Discovers Tiny Planet Slightly Larger Than Our Moon

Kepler Mission Has Discovered A New Planetary System

Researchers working on NASA’s Kepler mission have discovered a new planetary system called Kepler-37. The new planetary system is about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra and is home to a planet about one-third the size of Earth, which makes it the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun. […]

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February 21, 2013

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Curiosity Image Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

Curiosity Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

New images from NASA’s Curiosity rover confirm that it has successfully drilled and collected the first ever rock sample from the interior of a rock on another planet. Pasadena, California — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a […]

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February 20, 2013

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New VISTA Image of Stellar Nursery NGC 6357

NGC 6357

Using infrared data from ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, this new image from the ESO reveals the stellar nursery known as NGC 6357. A new image from ESO’s VISTA telescope captures a celestial landscape of glowing clouds of gas and tendrils of dust surrounding hot young stars. This infrared view reveals the […]

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February 20, 2013

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“Pill” Mimics the Action of the Human Liver in Fighting Alcohol Intoxication

Pill Mimics Action of Human Liver in Fighting Alcohol Intoxication

UCLA led researchers have developed a “pill” that uses two enzymes to mimic the action of the human liver in fighting alcohol intoxication. In a discovery that could derail the popular “Hangover” movie franchise, a team of researchers led by UCLA engineers has identified a method for speeding up the body’s reaction to the consumption […]

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February 20, 2013

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A Cost-Effective Fabrication Method for Micro-Scale Graphene-Based Supercapacitors

Micro Scale Graphene Based Supercapacitors

Scientists at UCLA have developed a new technique that uses a DVD burner to fabricate micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitors that can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than standard batteries. While the demand for ever-smaller electronic devices has spurred the miniaturization of a variety of technologies, one area has lagged behind in […]

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