August 19, 2013

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Scientists Believe Some Free-Floating Planets May Be Born Free

Globulettes Have Characteristics to Form Free Floating Planets

Using the data from several telescopes, astronomers measured the mass and density of a large number of the globulettes found in the Rosetts Nebula, finding that many of them will collapse under their own weight and form free-floating planets. Tiny, round, cold clouds in space have all the right characteristics to form planets with no […]

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August 19, 2013

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Scientists Discover an Earth-Sized Exoplanet That Orbits Its Star Every 8.5 Hours

Earth Sized Exoplanet Orbits Its Star Every Eight and Half Hours

Scientists from MIT have discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet, named Kepler 78b, that orbits its star every 8.5 hours and has estimated surface temperatures as high as 3,000 degrees Kelvin. In the time it takes you to complete a single workday, or get a full night’s sleep, a small fireball of a planet 700 light-years away […]

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August 19, 2013

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NASA Ends Attempts to Fully Restore Kepler, Considers New Missions

Kepler Team Ends Attempts to Fully Recover Kepler Spacecraft

NASA has announced that all attempts to fully restore Kepler have failed and that they are now looking at potential new missions for the space telescope. Following months of analysis and testing, the Kepler Space Telescope team is ending its attempts to restore the spacecraft to full working order, and now is considering what new […]

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August 19, 2013

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Hubble Image Shows Distant Galaxies Colliding

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This newly released Hubble image shows two spiral galaxies colliding. Astronomical pictures sometimes deceive us with tricks of perspective. Right in the centre of this image, two spiral galaxies appear to be suffering a spectacular collision, with a host of stars appearing to flee the scene of the crash in a chaotic stampede. However, this […]

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August 16, 2013

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Curiosity Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of Deimos

NASA Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of Deimos

This short video is comprised of images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover as it watched the larger of Mars’ two moons, Phobos, passing in front of the smaller Martian moon, Deimos. This sped-up movie from the Curiosity rover shows Phobos (the larger of Mars’ two moons) passing in front of smaller Deimos. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space […]

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August 16, 2013

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Improvements to LIGO Detector Will Allow Scientists to ‘Listen’ to Black Holes Forming

LIGO Breaks the Quantum Measurement Barrier

Enhanced sensitivity of the LIGO gravitational wave detector will allow researchers to listen to the Big Bang and to black holes forming throughout the universe. New technology that breaks the quantum measurement barrier has been developed to detect the gravity waves first predicted by Einstein in 1916. Professor David Blair was one of 800 physicists […]

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August 16, 2013

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Astronomers Discover a Magnetar at the Galactic Center

Astronomers Discover a Magnetar at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy

An international team of astronomers has discovered a magnetar at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers have discovered a magnetar at the center of our Milky Way. This pulsar has an extremely strong magnetic field and enables researchers to investigate the direct vicinity of the black hole at the heart of the galaxy. […]

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August 16, 2013

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Voyager 1 Enters Interstellar Space

NASAs Voyager 1 Appears to Have Left Our Solar System

In a newly published study, UMD scientists state that Voyager 1 has left our solar system and has entered interstellar space, contradicting recent papers by NASA and other scientists suggesting the spacecraft was still in a transition zone between the Sun’s sphere of influence and the rest of the galaxy. College Park, Maryland – Voyager […]

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August 16, 2013

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Cosmic Turbulences within “Dead Zones” Result Black Hole and Star Formation

Research Shows Cosmic Turbulences Result in Star and Black Hole Formation

New research from physicists at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf looks at how magnetic fields can cause turbulences within “dead zones,” resulting in the formation of black holes and other objects in the cosmos. Just how stars and black holes in the Universe are able to form from rotating matter is one of the big questions of astrophysics. […]

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August 15, 2013

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Researchers Identify Mutational Signatures That Lead to Cancer

Cancers Origins Revealed Researchers Discover the Genetic Imprints and Signatures Left by DNA

Scientists from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have identified the majority of the mutational signatures that explain the genetic development and history of cancers in patients, uncovering more than 20 signatures of processes that mutate DNA. Researchers have provided the first comprehensive compendium of mutational processes that drive tumor development. Together, these mutational processes explain […]

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August 15, 2013

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Physicists Teleport Information in a Solid State System

Physicists Teleport Information in a Solid State System

Using a device similar to a conventional computer chip, physicists have for the first time successfully teleported information in a so-called solid state system. ETH researchers cannot ”beam“ objects or humans of flesh and blood through space yet, a feat sometimes alluded to in science fiction movies. They managed, however, to teleport information from A […]

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August 15, 2013

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Hubble Data Reveals Galaxies Had ‘Mature’ Shapes 11.5 Billion Years Ago

Hubble Data Reveals that Mature Galaxies Existed Over 11 Billion Years Ago

Using data from the Hubble Space telescope, astronomers show that galaxies had “mature” shapes 11.5 billion years ago. Studying the evolution and anatomy of galaxies using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers led by doctoral candidate BoMee Lee and her advisor, professor Mauro Giavalisco, have established that mature-looking galaxies existed much earlier […]

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August 15, 2013

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Scientists Teleport Photonic Qubits with Extreme Reliability

Hybrid Technology Makes Deterministic Quantum Teleportation Possible

By using hybrid technology that combines two conceptually different approaches, scientists have managed to teleport photonic qubits with extreme reliability. By means of the quantum-mechanical entanglement of spatially separated light fields, researchers in Tokyo and Mainz have managed to teleport photonic qubits with extreme reliability. This means that a decisive breakthrough has been achieved some […]

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August 15, 2013

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Magnetar SGR 0418 Has One of the Strongest Magnetic Fields in the Universe

Magnetar Has One of the Strongest Magnetic Fields in the Universe

Using ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope, researchers have discovered that magnetar SGR 0418+5729 has one of the strongest magnetic fields in the Universe. A team of astronomers including two researchers from UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory has made the first ever measurement of the magnetic field at a specific spot on the surface of a magnetar. […]

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August 15, 2013

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Chandra Discovers Dwarf Galaxy Colliding into NGC 1232

Chandra Spots Dwarf Galaxy Colliding with NGC 1232

A new study reveals that a giant cloud of superheated gas, which is about 6 million degrees, is likely the result of a collision between a dwarf galaxy and a much larger galaxy called NGC 1232. Observations with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have revealed a massive cloud of multimillion-degree gas in a galaxy about 60 […]

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August 14, 2013

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Liquid Crystal Matrix Slows Light to Less Than One Billionth of Its Top Speed

Researchers Slow Light to a Crawl

Using embedded dye molecules in a liquid crystal matrix, an international team of researchers slowed the speed of light to less than one billionth of its top speed. Washington, August 13, 2013 — Light traveling in a vacuum is the Universe’s ultimate speed demon, racing along at approximately 300,000 kilometers per second. Now scientists have […]

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August 14, 2013

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Newly Discovered Small Molecule Inhibitor Boosts Insulin Signaling

Newly Discovered Small Molecule Boosts Insulin Signaling

Harvard Medical School researchers have uncovered a new pathway in insulin resistance and show that a newly discovered small-molecule inhibitor can interrupt this pathway and increase insulin signaling. Insulin resistance unleashes a vicious cycle in Type 2 diabetes whereby excess blood sugar induces the release of yet more insulin by the pancreas. A primary goal […]

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August 14, 2013

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Scientists Discover a Tiny Twist in Bilayer Graphene, Solve a Long-Standing Mystery

Scientists Discover a Tiny Twist in Graphene

Berkeley Lab researchers have solved a long-standing puzzle, discovering that in the stacking of graphene monolayers subtle misalignments arise, creating an almost imperceptible twist in the final bilayer graphene that prevents the graphene from becoming fully insulating even under a very strong electric field. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National […]

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