September 18, 2013

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Astronomers View the Strange and Spectacular Features of the Prawn Nebula

VLT Survey Telescope Image of the Prawn Nebula

This newly released image of the Prawn Nebula was taken by ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope in Chile. The glowing jumble of gas clouds visible in this new image make up a huge stellar nursery nicknamed the Prawn Nebula. Taken using the VLT Survey Telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile, this may well be the […]

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September 17, 2013

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Stanford Scientists Generate Electricity from Sewage

Stanford Scientists Generate Electricity from Sewage

Scientists at Stanford University have developed a “microbial battery” driven by naturally occurring bacteria that have evolved to produce electricity as they digest organic material. Engineers at Stanford have devised a new way to generate electricity from sewage, using naturally occurring “wired microbes” as mini power plants, producing electricity as they digest plant and animal […]

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September 17, 2013

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New Findings Challenge Assumptions about the Origins of Life

New Findings Challenge Assumptions about Origins of Life

New research from biochemists at the UNC School of Medicine offers an intriguing new view on how life began, challenging current assumptions about the origins of life. Chapel Hill, North Carolina — Before there was life on Earth, there were molecules. A primordial soup. At some point a few specialized molecules began replicating. This self-replication, […]

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September 17, 2013

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Scientists Link Earth’s Westward Drift of Magnetic Field and Superrotation of Inner Core

Scientists Solved Riddle about Which Direction the Center of the Earth Spins

In a newly published study, researchers from the University of Leeds detail how they solved a 300-year-old riddle about which direction the center of the Earth spins, linking the observed westward drift of the magnetic field and superrotation of the inner core. Scientists at the University of Leeds have solved a 300-year-old riddle about which […]

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September 17, 2013

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A Jet of Energetic Particles Reveals How Stars Begin Their Final Transformation

Magnetic Jet Reveals How Stars BeginTheir Final Transformation

A newly discovered jet of high-energy particles emanating from a dying star has helped scientists better understand how stars begin their final transformation. An international team of astronomers have for the first time found a jet of high-energy particles emanating from a dying star. The discovery, by a collaboration of scientists from Sweden, Germany and […]

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September 16, 2013

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Researchers Use Graphene in Photodetectors

Graphene Used in Photodetectors

A newly published study details how graphene can be used in photodetectors to convert optical signals to electrical signals in integrated optoelectronic computer chips. Graphene — which consists of atom-thick sheets of carbon atoms arranged hexagonally — is the new wonder material: Flexible, lightweight and incredibly conductive electrically, it’s also the strongest material known to […]

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September 16, 2013

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Flexpad Turns Flexible Materials into Displays

Flexpad Turns Flexible Materials in to Displays

Using a Kinect camera and a projector, Flexpad transforms flexible materials into highly deformable and spatially aware handheld displays. Recently at the 2013 IFA international trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances in Berlin, major electronics manufacturers displayed new types of displays that are thin, and even curved, but expensive. IT experts in Saarbrücken […]

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September 16, 2013

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Microbe Stays Forever Young by Rejuvenating Every Time It Reproduces

Microbe Stays Forever Young by Rejuvenating Every Time it Reproduces

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute have discovered a microbe that is rejuvenated every time it reproduces. While aging remains an inevitable fact of life, Max Planck researchers have discovered a microbe that stays forever young by rejuvenating every time it reproduces. The findings provide fundamental insights into the mechanisms of aging. In general, even […]

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September 16, 2013

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Hubble Views a Giant, Smoldering Star

New Hubble Image of Star HD 184738

This newly released Hubble image shows the star HD 184738. This new image, snapped by NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the star HD 184738, also known as Campbell’s hydrogen star. It is a Wolf-Rayet star — an evolutionary stage for stars with a mass of over 20 times that of our Sun, when they are […]

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September 16, 2013

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Scientists Confirm that Life Really Could Have Come from Out of This World

Study Shows Basic Building Blocks o fLife Can Be Assembled Anywhere in the Solar System

A newly published study shows that the basic building blocks of life as we know it can be assembled anywhere in the Solar System, confirming that life on Earth really could have come from out of this world. Scientists have discovered a ‘cosmic factory’ for producing the building blocks of life, amino acids, according to […]

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September 13, 2013

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A Natural Example of a Functioning Gear Mechanism Discovered in an Insect

Natural Example of a Functioning Gear Mechanism Discovered in an Insect

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have discovered a natural example of a functioning gear mechanism in an insect. Previously believed to be only man-made, a natural example of a functioning gear mechanism has been discovered in a common insect – showing that evolution developed interlocking cogs long before we did. The juvenile Issus – […]

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September 13, 2013

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Dwarf Galaxy M60-UCD1 – The Densest Galaxy

Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy M60 UDC1

In a newly published study, astronomers detail the discovery of an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy, called M60-UCD1, that has a stellar mass density of over one hundred stars per cubic light-year, making it the densest known galaxy. Our nearest neighbor star, Proxima Centauri, is about 4.2 light-years away. This distance is typical (on average) between stars […]

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September 13, 2013

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Researchers Discover Over 600 “Red Nugget” Galaxy Candidates

Hubble Views Red Nugget Galaxies

Using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey database, researchers discovered more than 600 “red nugget” galaxy candidates located at distances of 2.5 to 5.7 billion light-years from Earth. Cambridge, Massachusetts – In 2005 the Hubble Space Telescope spotted unusually small galaxies densely packed with red stars in the distant, young universe. They were nicknamed “red nuggets,” […]

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September 13, 2013

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Hubble Reveals Largest Known Group of Star Clusters, Clues to Dark Matter

Hubble Uncovers Largest Known Group of Star Clusters

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered the largest known group of star clusters and have confirmed that such compact groupings can be used as reliable tracers for dark matter. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered the largest known population of globular star clusters, an estimated 160,000, swarming like bees inside the crowded core […]

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September 13, 2013

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It’s Official – Voyager 1 Has Entered Interstellar Space

NASAs Voyager 1 Spacecraft Enters Interstellar Space

A newly published study has confirmed that the 36-year-old NASA Voyager 1 spacecraft has left our solar system and has entered interstellar space. Pasadena, California — NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from our sun. […]

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September 12, 2013

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Detailed 3D Map Reveals Peanut Shape of Milky Way’s Inner Regions

Astronomers Discover that the Inner Regions of Milky Way Galaxy Have a Peanut Like Shape

Using ESO data, two groups of scientists have produced detailed three-dimensional images of the stars that form the inner regions of our Milky Way. Two groups of astronomers have used data from ESO telescopes to make the best three-dimensional map yet of the central parts of the Milky Way. They have found that the inner […]

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September 12, 2013

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Could Life on Earth Have Originated from Somewhere Else?

Could Life on Earth Have Originated from Somewhere Else

New research presented at the European Planetary Science Congress at UCL examines whether life forms would be able to survive an impact with the surface of the Earth, opening the door to the possibility that life did not originate on Earth but came from elsewhere in the universe. It sounds like science fiction, but the […]

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September 12, 2013

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Spitzer Reveals That Asteroid Don Quixote is a Comet

Astronomers Reveal Asteroid Don Quixote is a Comet

Data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope helped astronomers discover that the large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet. For 30 years, a large near-Earth asteroid wandered its lone, intrepid path, passing before the scrutinizing eyes of scientists armed with telescopes while keeping something to itself. The object, known as Don Quixote, whose […]

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