December 17, 2013

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Berkeley Researchers Create First Soluble 2D Supramolecular Organic Frameworks

Researchers Create First Soluble 2D Supramolecular Organic Frameworks

Berkeley Lab researchers have demonstrated the first soluble single-layer 2D honeycomb supramolecular organic framework that combines the ordering and porous features of metal-organic frameworks with the solubility of supramolecular polymers. Supramolecular chemistry, aka chemistry beyond the molecule, in which molecules and molecular complexes are held together by non-covalent bonds, is just beginning to come into […]

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December 17, 2013

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SMA Reveals the Hidden Features of Star Cluster W49A

SMA Reveals Star Cluster W49A

Researchers used the Submillimeter Array at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to view star cluster W49A, revealing an intricate network of filaments feeding star-building material inward at speeds of about 4,500 miles per hour (2 km/sec). Cambridge, Massachusetts – W49A might be one of the best-kept secrets in our galaxy. This star-forming region shines 100 […]

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December 17, 2013

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New Colorized Images of Vesta

New Colorized Images of Vesta

New colorized images reveal geological structures on the surface of Vesta in unprecedented detail. Some beauty is revealed only at a second glance. When viewed with the human eye, the giant asteroid Vesta, which was the object of scrutiny by the Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2012, is quite unspectacular color-wise. Vesta looks grayish, pitted […]

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December 16, 2013

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Yale Researchers Create a 21st Amino Acid

Researchers Discover a Way to Make Proteins Not Found in Nature

Using bacteria, Yale researchers rewrite most of the genetic instructions that encode all 20 amino acids, creating a specific 21st amino acid. Yale researchers have discovered a targeted way to make proteins not generally found in nature by expanding the information encrypted in the genetic code. Working with bacteria, the Yale team rewrote most of […]

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December 16, 2013

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Hubble Views a Stellar “Sneezing Fit”

Hubble Views A  Stellar Sneezing Fit

This newly released Hubble image shows bursts of gas from a young star creating structures known as Herbig-Haro objects. Look at the bright star in the middle of this image. Achoo! It has just sneezed. This sight will only last for a few thousand years — a blink of an eye in the young star’s […]

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December 16, 2013

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Researchers Use Nanoparticles to Split Water into Hydrogen and Oxygen

Researchers Use Nanoparticles and Light to Split Water into Hydrogen and Oxygen

In a newly published study, researchers detail the discovery of a new photocatalyst, demonstrating the use of cobalt oxide nanoparticles to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Researchers from the University of Houston have found a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight, potentially creating a clean and renewable source of energy. […]

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December 16, 2013

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Cassini Reveals Clues about Saturn’s Moon Titan

Cassini Reveals Clues About Saturn Moon

New data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has helped scientists better understand how Titan’s liquids, solids and gases interact, revealing clues about Saturn’s Earth-like moon. This colorized movie from NASA’s Cassini mission takes viewers over the largest seas and lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan. The movie is made from radar data received during multiple flyovers of […]

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December 13, 2013

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Surprise Discovery Could Revolutionize Solar Energy

Researchers Discover Material that Could Revolutionize Solar Energy

In a newly published study, researchers from Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory detail the surprise discovery that could revolutionize solar energy. Researchers have been able to tune ‘coherence’ in organic nanostructures due to the surprise discovery of wavelike electrons in organic materials, revealing the key to generating “long-lived charges” in organic solar cells – material that could […]

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December 13, 2013

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Hubble Detects Water Vapor Over Europa’s South Pole

Hubble Detects Water Vapor Over Europa

In a newly published study, researchers using Hubble Space Telescope data report the detection of transient water vapor at Europa’s south pole. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter’s moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon’s surface. Previous scientific […]

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December 13, 2013

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NASA’s WISE Views the Helix Nebula

NASAs WISE Views a Dying Star

NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer views the dying star known as the Helix nebula. In an unexpected juxtaposition of cosmic objects that are actually quite far from each other, a newly released image from NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) shows a dying star, called the Helix nebula, surrounded by the tracks of asteroids. The […]

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December 13, 2013

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Herschel and Hubble View the Crab Nebula

Hubble Views the Crab Nebula

In this newly released image, Hubble and Herschel view the Crab Nebula. This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope. Herschel is a European Space Agency (ESA) mission with important NASA contributions, […]

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December 13, 2013

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Astronomers Find the First Evidence of a Noble-Gas Based Molecule in Space

Astronomers Find Evidence of a Noble Gas Molecule in Space

Using data from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have found the first evidence of a noble-gas based molecule in space – a compound of argon in the gaseous filaments of the Crab Nebula. Using ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, a team of astronomers has found first evidence of a noble-gas based molecule in space. A compound […]

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December 12, 2013

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New Research Shows Fast Radio Bursts Might Come From Nearby Stars

New Research Shows Fast Radio Bursts Might Come from Nearby Flaring Stars

A new study from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reveals that fast radio bursts might come from nearby flaring stars, rather than more energetic events in the distant universe. Cambridge, Massachusetts – First discovered in 2007, “fast radio bursts” continue to defy explanation. These cosmic chirps last for only a thousandth of a second. The […]

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December 12, 2013

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Researchers Discover New Way to Probe Molecules and Atoms with an X-Ray Laser

Researchers Find New Way to Probe Molecules and Atoms

Researchers from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have demonstrated a new X-ray technique, called stimulated X-ray Raman scattering, which tells scientists about the energy flow and other properties of individual atoms and elements in a molecule. Researchers have found a new way to probe molecules and atoms with an X-ray laser, setting off cascading bursts […]

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December 12, 2013

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Whirlpool Galaxy Changes Astronomers Understanding of Giant Molecular Clouds

Study-of-M51-Changes-Understanding-of-Giant-Molecular-Clouds

New research from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy challenges astronomers’ traditional views about stellar birthplaces, finding that giant molecular clouds are embedded in a kind of molecular fog, which permeates the whole of the galactic disc. A multi-year study of the Whirlpool galaxy (M51) has changed our understanding of giant molecular clouds, in which […]

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December 12, 2013

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NASA’s Galileo Mission Discovers Clay-Like Minerals on Europa

Galileo Mission Reveals Clay Like Minerals on Europa

Using data from NASA’s Galileo mission, researchers have discovered clay-type minerals on the surface of Europa for the first time. A new analysis of data from NASA’s Galileo mission has revealed clay-type minerals at the surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa that appear to have been delivered by a spectacular collision with an asteroid or […]

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December 11, 2013

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Researchers Discover the Coldest Place on Earth

Researchers Discover the Coldest Place in the World

While analyzing detailed global surface temperature maps, researchers discovered the coldest place on Earth: a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau. What is the coldest place on Earth? It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit […]

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December 11, 2013

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Graphene “Sandwich” Protects Microscopic Materials from Radiation

Graphene Controls Radiation Damage

By placing microscopic materials between two sheets of graphene, researchers have discovered a new technique that protects microscopic materials from the harmful effects of radiation when under the microscope. This technique could soon be the key to enabling the direct study of every single individual atom in a protein chain. Stronger than steel, but only […]

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