October 2, 2013

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Astronomers Detect Subtle Twist in the Relic Radiation from the Big Bang

Astronomers Detect Subtle Twist in the Relic Radiation from the Big Bang

Using data from the National Science Foundation’s South Pole Telescope and ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have made the first detection of a subtle twist in the Cosmic Microwave Background, paving the way towards revealing the first moments of the Universe’s existence. Cosmologists have achieved a first detection of a long-sought component in the Cosmic […]

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October 1, 2013

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Stanford Scientists Are Developing a Mini-Microscope to Detect Cancer Cells

Scientists Build a Microscope to Detect Cancer Cells

Stanford scientists are developing a mini-microscope to noninvasively detect circulating tumor cells, allowing for earlier interventions. One of the cruelest truths about cancer is that even after you beat the disease, it can still come back to kill you. A tumor growing in the prostate gland, breast, or any other organ can shed cancerous cells […]

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October 1, 2013

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New Metabolic Pathway More Efficiently Converts Sugars into Biofuels

Engineers Develop New Metabolic Pathway to Convert Sugars into Biofuels

UCLA scientists have developed a new synthetic glycolytic pathway that converts all six glucose carbon atoms into three molecules of acetyl-CoA without losing any as carbon dioxide. UCLA chemical engineering researchers have created a new synthetic metabolic pathway for breaking down glucose that could lead to a 50 percent increase in the production of biofuels. […]

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October 1, 2013

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Astronomers Create First Cloud Map of a Planet Beyond Our Solar System

Astronomers Create First Cloud Map of a Planet Beyond Our Solar System

Astronomers used data from NASA’s Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes to produce a very low-resolution ‘map’ of the exoplanet Kepler-7b. Pasadena, California — Scientists using data from NASA’s Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system, a sizzling, Jupiter-like world known as Kepler-7b. The planet […]

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October 1, 2013

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NASA’s Cassini Detects Propylene on Titan for the First Time

Cassini Detects Propylene on Titan for the First Time

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene on Titan for the first time, solving a long-standing mystery about the solar system’s most Earthlike moon. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn’s moon Titan. This is […]

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September 30, 2013

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Nanofabricated Chips Accelerate Electrons at a Rate 10 Times Higher than Conventional Technology

Researchers Demonstrate Accelerator Chips

Researchers from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have used nanofabricated chips of fused silica to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional particle accelerator technology. Menlo Park, California — In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons […]

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September 30, 2013

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A New Hypothesis on the Nature of Black Holes

New Hypothesis on the Nature of Black Holes

In a newly published study, scientists present a new hypothesis on the nature of black holes, challenging the current “clean” black hole model. A black hole. A simple and clear concept, at least according to the hypothesis by Roy Kerr, who in 1963 proposed a “clean” black hole model, which is the current theoretical paradigm. […]

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September 30, 2013

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New Method Speeds up Stabilization of Chaotic Systems

A New Method Speeds Up Stabilisation of Chaotic Systems

A team of researchers has developed a new method to speed up the stabilization of chaotic systems. When chaos threatens, speed is essential; for example, when a pacemaker needs to stabilize an irregular heartbeat or a robot has to react to the information received from its environment. Both cases require imposing a stable, organized state […]

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September 30, 2013

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How to Distinguish Habitable Worlds Apart from Lifeless Gas Giants

Telling Habitable Worlds Apart from Lifeless Ones

A new study demonstrates how to distinguish between cloudy mini-Neptunes and volatile-dominated super-Earths based on the differences in the wing steepness and relative depths of water absorption features in moderate-resolution NIR transmission spectra (R~100). Perhaps the most intriguing exoplanets found so far are those bigger than our rocky, oceanic Earth but smaller than cold, gas-shrouded […]

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September 27, 2013

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Mitochondria Can Either Spur or Stop Obesity

Mitochondria Are the Key to Becoming Obese or Remaining Lean

In two newly published studies, researchers show how mitochondria play a key role in the body’s ability to control weight gain. Becoming obese or remaining lean can depend on the dynamics of the mitochondria, the body’s energy-producing “battery,” according to two new studies by Yale School of Medicine researchers featured as the cover story in […]

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September 27, 2013

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Climate Models Predict 21st Century Temperature and Precipitation Changes

Climate Models Predict 21st Century Temperature and Precipitation Changes

This four minute video shows climate model estimates on how global temperature and precipitation patterns will change throughout the 21st century given current rising greenhouse gas levels. Models used by the IPCC estimate global temperature and precipitation patterns will change throughout the 21st century given current rising greenhouse gas levels. This video depicts a scenario […]

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September 27, 2013

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Hubble Views Galaxy Cluster MACS J0152.5-2852

New Hubble Image of Galaxy Cluster MACS J01525 2852

This newly released Hubble image shows galaxy cluster MACS J0152.5-2852. This image shows the massive galaxy cluster MACS J0152.5-2852, captured in detail by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3. Almost every object seen here is a galaxy, each containing billions of stars. Galaxies are not usually randomly distributed in space, but instead […]

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September 27, 2013

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NASA’s Curiosity Finds Water Molecules on Mars

Curiosity Finds Water Molecules on Mars

Analysis of the Martian soil samples taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover has reveal that water molecules are bound to fine-grained soil particles, accounting for about 2 percent of the particles’ weight at Gale Crater where Curiosity landed. Pasadena, California — NASA’s Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its […]

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September 26, 2013

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Engineers Build a Carbon Nanotube Computer

Engineers Build a Carbon Nanotube Computer

A newly published study details how Stanford engineers built a basic computer using carbon nanotubes. A team of Stanford engineers has built a basic computer using carbon nanotubes, a semiconductor material that has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that run faster, while using less energy, than those made from silicon […]

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September 26, 2013

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Observations Reveal How Interstellar Dust Grains Align

Astronomers Reveal Critical Interplay of Interstellar Dust and Hydrogen

In a newly published study, astronomers report key observations that confirm a theory on how dust grains in interstellar space spin and organize themselves in the presence of magnetic fields to precisely align in key astrophysical environments. For astrophysicists, the interplay of hydrogen — the most common molecule in the universe — and the vast […]

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September 26, 2013

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Astronomers Discover a Neutron Star that has the Ability to Transform

Astronomers Discover a Neutron Star that has the Ability to Transform

A team of scientists has discovered that a neutron star, dubbed IGR J18245-2452, has the ability to transform from a radio pulsar into an X-ray pulsar and back again. Astronomers have uncovered the strange case of a neutron star with the peculiar ability to transform from a radio pulsar into an X-ray pulsar and back […]

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September 26, 2013

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Harvard and MIT Scientists Create Never-Before-Seen Form of Matter

Scientists Create a New Form of Matter

By binding photons together to form molecules, scientists from Harvard and MIT have created a never-before-seen form of matter. Harvard and MIT scientists are challenging the conventional wisdom about light, and they didn’t need to go to a galaxy far, far away to do it. Working with colleagues at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms, […]

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September 25, 2013

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ArTeMiS Improves APEX Image Quality

Powerful New Camera on APEX Views the Cats Paw Nebula

Engineers have successfully installed an instrument called ArTeMiS on the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment, resulting in significantly better image quality than earlier APEX images of the same region. A new instrument called ArTeMiS has been successfully installed on APEX — the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment. APEX is a 12-metre diameter telescope located high in the Atacama Desert, […]

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