September 3, 2013

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NASA’s NuSTAR Delivers Unique X-Ray Images of the Cosmos

NuSTAR Delivers Unique Images of the Cosmos

The first batch of data from NASA’s NuSTAR is now publicly available, providing data on observations obtained during the first two months of the mission (July – August 2012). NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is giving the wider astronomical community a first look at its unique X-ray images of the cosmos. The first […]

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September 3, 2013

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Physicists Successfully Simulate Evolution of the Early Universe

Big Bang Experiment Simulates Evolution of Early Universe

Using ultracold cesium atoms in a vacuum chamber, scientists have successfully simulated the evolution of the early universe. Physicists have reproduced a pattern resembling the cosmic microwave background radiation in a laboratory simulation of the Big Bang, using ultracold cesium atoms in a vacuum chamber at the University of Chicago. “This is the first time […]

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August 30, 2013

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Unique Semiconductor/Catalyst Construct Produces Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

Method for Making Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight

Researchers from the Berkeley Lab have developed a method by which molecular hydrogen-producing catalysts can be interfaced with a semiconductor that absorbs visible light, producing artificial photosynthesis. In the search for clean, green sustainable energy sources to meet human needs for generations to come, perhaps no technology matches the ultimate potential of artificial photosynthesis. Bionic […]

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August 30, 2013

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Astronomers Discover ‘Trojan’ Asteroid Sharing the Orbit of Uranus

UBC Astronomers Discover Trojan Asteroid

Astronomers from the University of British Columbia have identified a 60 kilometer-wide asteroid that shares the orbit of Uranus. UBC astronomers have discovered the first Trojan asteroid sharing the orbit of Uranus, and believe 2011 QF99 is part of a larger-than-expected population of transient objects temporarily trapped by the gravitational pull of the Solar System’s […]

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August 30, 2013

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Hubble Views a Protostar in a Very Early Evolutionary Stage

Hubble Views IRAS 20324 4057

This composite Hubble image shows IRAS 20324+4057, a protostar in a very early evolutionary stage. This light-year-long knot of interstellar gas and dust resembles a caterpillar on its way to a feast. But the meat of the story is not only what this cosmic caterpillar eats for lunch, but also what’s eating it. Harsh winds […]

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August 30, 2013

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Scientists Discover Mega-Canyon under Greenland Ice Sheet

Mega Canyon under Greenland Ice Sheet Discovered

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown canyon hidden beneath two kilometers of ice in Greenland. The canyon is at least 750km long and in places as much as 800m deep. Hidden for all of human history, a 460 mile long canyon has been discovered below Greenland’s ice sheet. Using radar data from NASA’s Operation IceBridge, […]

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August 30, 2013

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Chandra Views Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole Rejecting Food

Chandra Views Black Hole Rejecting Food

Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers found that less than 1% of the material in the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole’s gravitational grasp appears to actually reach the event horizon, helping help explain why gas near the supermassive black hole is so faint in X-rays. The center of the Milky Way galaxy, with […]

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August 29, 2013

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Cassini Reveals a Rigid and Weathered Ice Shell on Titan

Cassini Data Reveals a Rigid Weathered Ice Shell on Titan

Using new data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, scientists from UC Santa Cruz discovered a negative correlation between the gravity and topography signals on Titan, indicating a rigid, weathered ice shell. An analysis of gravity and topography data from Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, has revealed unexpected features of the moon’s outer ice shell. The best explanation […]

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August 29, 2013

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[email protected] Project Discovers 24 New Pulsars in Archival Data

Einstein Home Project Discovers 24 New Pulsars in Archival Data

Using the combined computing power of 200,000 private PCs, the [email protected] project discovered 24 new pulsars in archival data. The combined computing power of 200,000 private PCs helps astronomers take an inventory of the Milky Way. The [email protected] project connects home and office PCs of volunteers from around the world to a global supercomputer. Using […]

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August 29, 2013

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Scientists Grow Human Brain Tissue in a 3D Culture System

Scientists Succeed in Growing Human Brain Tissue in a 3D Culture System

By using a new method, which modified an established approach to generate so-called neuroectoderm, scientists were able to grow human brain tissue in a three-dimensional culture system. Complex human brain tissue has been successfully developed in a three-dimensional culture system established in an Austrian laboratory. The method described in the current issue of Nature allows […]

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August 29, 2013

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Astronomers View a Rare Multiple Quasar Imaging Event Caused by a Gas Cloud

Astronomers View a Distant Quasar Split into Multiple Images by the Effects of a Milky Way Gas Cloud

Scientists view a rare multiple quasar imaging event caused by the effects of a cloud of ionized gas in the Milky Way Galaxy. For the first time, astronomers have seen the image of a distant quasar split into multiple images by the effects of a cloud of ionized gas in our own Milky Way Galaxy. […]

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August 29, 2013

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Scientists Overturn Previous Notions of How the Sun’s Writhing Insides Move

SDO Mission Untangles Motion Inside the Sun

Using data from HMI, scientists compared the helioseismology results measured at four different heights within the sun’s surface, finding the long-sought equatorward flow inside the sun. Using an instrument on NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, called the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager, or HMI, scientists have overturned previous notions of how the sun’s writhing insides move from […]

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August 28, 2013

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Scientists Develop a New Nanobiocomposite Material

Scientists Develop New Nanobiocomposite Material

In a newly published study, scientists detail how they developed a new nanobiocomposite material using Morpho butterfly wings and carbon nanotubes. Leveraging the amazing natural properties of the Morpho butterfly’s wings, scientists have developed a nanobiocomposite material that shows promise for wearable electronic devices, highly sensitive light sensors and sustainable batteries. A report on the […]

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August 28, 2013

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Physicists Create Fastest Rotating Man-Made Object

Physicists Create Fastest Rotating Man Made Object

Using laser light in a vacuum, physicists were able to spin a microscopic sphere up to 600 million RPM, creating the fastest rotating man-made object. A team of researchers at the University of St Andrews has created the world’s fastest spinning man-made object. Dr Yoshihiki Arita, Dr Michael Mazilu and Professor Kishan Dholakia of the […]

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August 28, 2013

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Scientists Pinpoint Lowest Temperature Limit for Life on Earth

Scientists Discover Lowest Temperature Limit for Life on Earth

In a new study, scientists reveal that -20°C is the lowest temperature at which simple life can live and grow on Earth. The study, which is published in PLoS One, reveals that below -20°C, single-celled organisms dehydrate, sending them into a vitrified – glass-like – state during which they are unable to complete their life […]

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August 28, 2013

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Study Reveals Cortex Used for Making Sensory Associations, Not the Hippocampus

Brain Uses the Cortex for Making Sensory Associations Not the Hippocampus

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute have discovered that the brain uses the cortex for making sensory associations, not the hippocampus. ‘Where’ and ‘how’ memories are encoded in a nervous system is one of the most challenging questions in biological research. The formation and recall of associative memories is essential for an independent life. The […]

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August 28, 2013

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Astronomers Identify the Oldest Solar Twin Known to Date

Astronomers Identify the Oldest Solar Twin

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have identified the star HIP 102152 as the oldest solar twin known to date. An international team led by astronomers in Brazil has used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to identify and study the oldest solar twin known to date. Located 250 light-years from Earth, the star HIP 102152 is […]

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August 28, 2013

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Curiosity Rover Uses Autonomous Navigation for the First Time

Curiosity Uses Autonomous Navigation for the First Time

NASA’s Curiosity rover successfully used autonomous navigation for the first time this week. Pasadena, California – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has used autonomous navigation for the first time, a capability that lets the rover decide for itself how to drive safely on Mars. This latest addition to Curiosity’s array of capabilities will help the rover […]

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