July 30, 2013

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Scientists Determine the Interior Rotation of a Sun-Like Star

Scientists Measure the Interior Rotation of a Distant Star

Using asteroseismic data obtained by the CoRoT space telescope, a team of scientists was able to measure the internal rotation of a Sun-like star and determine the inclination of its rotation axis. A team of researchers has devised a way to measure the internal properties of stars—a method that offers more accurate assessments of their […]

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July 30, 2013

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Chandra Views an Eclipsing Exoplanet for First Time

Chandra Views Exoplanet HD 189733b Passing in Front of its Parent Star

Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM Newton Observatory has revealed the first exoplanet caught passing in front of its parent star in X-rays. For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet […]

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July 29, 2013

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Scientists Achieve Solar Hydrogen Production Breakthrough

Researchers Achieve Solar Hydrogen Production Breakthrough

A newly published study reveals how HZB and TU Delft scientists used a solar cell and a photo anode made of a metal oxide to achieve a solar hydrogen production breakthrough. Using a simple solar cell and a photo anode made of a metal oxide, HZB and TU Delft scientists have successfully stored nearly five […]

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July 29, 2013

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Research Reveals ‘Speed Limit’ for Electrical Switching in Magnetite

Researchers Clock the Fastest Possible Electrical Switching in Magnetite

New research from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory reveals for the first time the ‘speed limit’ for electrical switching in magnetite. Menlo Park, California — Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have clocked the fastest-possible electrical switching in magnetite, a naturally magnetic mineral. Their results could drive innovations in […]

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July 29, 2013

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Researchers Move Closer to a Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

A Potential Blood Test for Alzheimers

A newly published study reveals that doctors are moving closer to a potential blood test for detecting Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in Germany have made new steps towards a potential blood test for Alzheimer’s by studying molecules called miRNA circulating in the blood. The research is published on 29 July in the journal Genome Biology. Currently, […]

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July 29, 2013

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New VLT Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 100

ESOs VLT Views Spiral Galaxy Messier 100

This newly released Very Large Telescope image shows spiral galaxy Messier 100 and the huge clouds of hydrogen gas that make up galaxies of this type. Spiral galaxies are usually very aesthetically appealing objects, and never more so than when they appear face-on. And this image is a particularly splendid example: it is the grand […]

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July 29, 2013

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Astronomers Prepare for a Fireball Display from the Perseid Meteor Shower

Astronomers Identify a Meteor Shower that Produces More Fireballs than Any Other

On the nights of August 12th and 13th, astronomers will have the opportunity to watch the Perseid meteor shower, a meteor shower that has recently produced more fireballs than any other. New research from NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office identifies the Perseids as the “fireball champion” of annual meteor showers. This year’s Perseid display peaks on […]

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July 29, 2013

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Hubble Views Lenticular Galaxy NGC 524

Hubble Views the Mysterious Spiral of NGC 524

This Hubble image reveals the mysterious structure of galaxy NGC 524, which is formed by the remaining gas surrounding the galaxy’s central bulge. This striking cosmic whirl is the center of galaxy NGC 524, as seen with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This galaxy is located in the constellation of Pisces, some 90 million light-years […]

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July 26, 2013

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Silk Implants May Help Stop the Progression of Epilepsy

Silk Implants Help Stop Spread of Epilepsy

A new study reveals that silk implants, which are placed in the brain and designed to release adenosine, may help stop the progression of epilepsy. Silk has walked straight off the runway and into the lab. According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, silk implants placed in the brain of […]

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July 26, 2013

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Neuroscientists Plant False Memories in the Brains of Mice

Neuroscientists Plant False Memories

In a new study, neuroscientists plant false memories in the brains of mice, showing that the brain’s neural mechanism underlying the recall of the memory is the same whether it’s a false or genuine memory. The phenomenon of false memory has been well-documented: In many court cases, defendants have been found guilty based on testimony […]

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July 26, 2013

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Martian Meteorite Almost 4 Billion Years Younger Than Previously Thought

Scientists Solve Martian Meteorite Age Puzzle

A team of researchers has revealed that a common group of meteorites from Mars is almost 4 billion years younger than previously thought, providing scientists with a clearer picture of the Red Planet’s evolution. A team led by Western University’s Desmond Moser has solved a Martian meteorite age puzzle that paints a much clearer picture […]

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July 26, 2013

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Astronomers Reveal the True Identity of Mysterious Centaurs

WISE Reveals Mysterious Centaurs May Be Comets

In a newly published study, astronomers used data from NEOWISE to reveal the true identity of centaurs that orbit the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune, finding that roughly two-thirds of the centaur population are comets. Pasadena, California — The true identity of centaurs, the small celestial bodies orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune, is […]

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July 26, 2013

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NASA Probes Reveal Source of Particle Acceleration in Van Allen Radiation Belts

Van Allen Probes Discover Particle Accelerator in Radiation Belts

Using data from NASA’s Van Allen Probes, scientists have discovered how electrons in the heart of the Van Allen Radiation Belts surrounding Earth are accelerated to more than 99 percent the speed of light. Scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, a region […]

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July 26, 2013

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IRIS Reveals First Glimpse of Sun’s Mysterious Atmosphere

IRIS Views Suns Lower Atmosphere

NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) took its first images of the Sun, revealing the mysterious lowest layers of the sun’s atmosphere. The moment when a telescope first opens its doors represents the culmination of years of work and planning — while simultaneously laying the groundwork for a wealth of research and answers yet to […]

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July 25, 2013

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Scientists Grow Inexpensive High-End Photovoltaic Compounds

New Technology Could Bring High End Solar Power to the Masses

In an effort to bring high-end photovoltaics to the masses, UC Berkeley scientists have developed an inexpensive way to grow indium phosphide, a III-V compound that is used in top of the line photovoltaics. Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an inexpensive new way to grow thin films of a material prized […]

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July 25, 2013

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Nano-Enhanced Biosensor Detects Single Cancer Protein

Nano Enhanced Biosensor Detects a Single Cancer Protein

Scientists from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University have developed a nano-enhanced biosensor that can detect a single cancer marker protein. Brooklyn, New York — Just months after setting a record for detecting the smallest single virus in solution, researchers at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) have announced a new breakthrough: […]

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July 25, 2013

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New Theoretical Models Could Aid in the Hunt for Habitable Planets

Theoretical Protosun Models Could Aid in the Search for Habitable Planets

A recently published study details new theoretical models that reveal how an outburst event in the Sun’s early years could help in the hunt for habitable planets outside of our solar system. Washington, D.C. — Comets and meteorites contain clues to our solar system’s earliest days. But some of the findings are puzzle pieces that […]

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July 25, 2013

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ALMA Reveals the Mystery of Missing Massive Galaxies

Starburst Data Sheds New Light on the Mystery of Missing Massive Galaxies

Using data from the ALMA telescope, astronomers shed new light on galaxy formation, finding evidence that some growing galaxies spew out more gas than they take in. New observations from the ALMA telescope in Chile have given astronomers the best view yet of how vigorous star formation can blast gas out of a galaxy and […]

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