November 12, 2013

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New Image of the Andromeda Galaxy

Image of the Andromeda Galaxy

This newly released image shows the Andromeda Galaxy, a spiral galaxy located roughly 2.5 million light-years from Earth. Andromeda Galaxy This bright image shows the Andromeda Galaxy, also known as M-31, as seen on the evening of November 10, 2013. This is a 10-minute exposure using a SBIG ST-8300C one-shot color CCD connected to a […]

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November 12, 2013

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Spitzer and ALMA Reveal Stellar Birth

Spitzer and ALMA Reveal the Birth of a Star

Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, a newly published study reveals a new look at stellar birth. It’s a bouncing baby . . . star! Combined observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of […]

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November 11, 2013

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Astronomers Discover “Old Young” Stars in the Eagle Nebula

Old Stars in Eagle Nebula Show Evidence for Accretion

While studying 110 stars located in the Eagle Nebula, astronomers discovered pre main-sequence stars that were red in color and showed evidence for accretion, but were much older than expected, around sixteen million years old and possibly as much as thirty million years old. The early stages of a star’s life are critical both for […]

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November 11, 2013

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Hubble Views Stellar Explosions in NGC 6984

Hubble Views NGC 6984

In this new image, the Hubble Space Telescope views spiral galaxy NGC 6984 and supernova SN 2013ek. Supernovae are intensely bright objects. They are formed when a star reaches the end of its life with a dramatic explosion, expelling most of its material out into space. The subject of this new Hubble image, spiral galaxy […]

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November 11, 2013

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Hubble Captures the Best Ever Image of the Antennae Galaxies

Hubble Sees the Antennae Galaxies

This newly released Hubble image shows the Antennae Galaxies, also known as NGC 4038 and NGC 4039. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped the best ever image of the Antennae Galaxies. Hubble has released images of these stunning galaxies twice before, once using observations from its Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) in […]

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November 11, 2013

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NASA Satellites View Super Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan Ocean Surface Winds Measured by OSCAT

New satellite data from NASA provide a glimpse into one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on Earth, Super Typhoon Haiyan. New satellite images just obtained from NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua spacecraft and the Indian Space Research Organization’s OceanSAT-2 ocean wind scatterometer provide a glimpse into one of the […]

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November 8, 2013

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Astronomers Discover a New Type of Quasar

Researcher Discovers an Unusual Type of Quasar

Using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, astronomers have discovered a new type of quasar in which gas appears to be heading away and possibly toward the quasar’s black hole. A team of researchers led by York Professor Patrick Hall has discovered some strange behavior occurring in distant galaxies, observing several cases of gas […]

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November 8, 2013

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Solid Concepts 3D Prints First Metal Gun

First 3D Printed Metal 1911 Gun

Using a laser sintering process and powdered metals, Solid Concepts manufactures the world’s first 3D printed metal gun. Austin, TX – Solid Concepts, one of the world leaders in 3D Printing services, has manufactured the world’s first 3D Printed Metal Gun using a laser sintering process and powdered metals. The gun, a 1911 classic design, […]

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November 8, 2013

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Voyager 1 Presents the “Sounds” of Interstellar Space

NASAs Voyager 1 Spacecraft Enters Interstellar Space

A new ScienceCast video answers the question, what does interstellar space sound like? As Voyager 1 recedes from the solar system, researchers are listening for “interstellar music” (a.k.a. plasma waves) to learn more about conditions outside the heliosphere. Scifi movies are sometimes criticized when explosions in the void make noise. As the old saying goes, […]

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November 8, 2013

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Hubble Sees an Asteroid with Six Comet-Like Tails

Hubble Sees Asteroid with Six Comet Like Tails

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have viewed for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it. Astronomers viewing our solar system’s asteroid belt with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have seen for the first time an asteroid with six comet-like tails of dust radiating from it like spokes on […]

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November 8, 2013

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GRAIL Mission Provides New Insight into How the Moon Got Its “Face”

New Insight into How the Moon Received its Face

Using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission, researchers offer new insight into how the moon received its “face.” Scientists using data from the lunar-orbiting twins of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission are gaining new insight into how the face of the moon received its rugged good looks. A report […]

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November 7, 2013

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Research Sheds New Light on Dark Energy

Researchers Shed New Light on Dark Energy

Dartmouth researchers shed new light on dark energy and eliminate the possibility that our planet, solar system and galaxy are at the center of the universe. In a new study, Dartmouth researchers rule out a controversial theory that the accelerating expansion of the universe is an illusion. While the findings don’t explain the cosmic speed-up, […]

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November 7, 2013

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New Model Shows How a Collapsing Star Results in Two Black Holes that Form and Fuse

The Formation of Two Black Holes from a Collapsing Star

A new study from researchers at Caltech details the collapse of rapidly rotating supermassive stars that formed in the early Universe. The study shows that tiny perturbations cause these stars to deviate into non-axisymmetric shapes during the collapse, leading to the formation of a system of two high-spin supermassive black holes that inspiral and merge. […]

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November 7, 2013

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A Two-Minute Tour of Ultra-Compact Dwarf Galaxy M60-UCD1

Hubble and Chandra Find Evidence for Densest Nearby Galaxy M60 UCD1

This two minute NASA video details M60-UCD1, an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy with a mass about 200 million times that of our sun. Two-Minute Tour: An Ultra-Compact Dwarf Galaxy Astronomers may have discovered the densest galaxy in the nearby Universe. The galaxy, known as M60-UCD1, is located about 54 million light years from Earth. M60-UCD1 is […]

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November 7, 2013

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Astronomers Discover New Information about Black Hole Mergers

Study Shows Merging Black Holes Ripple Space and Time

While searching for gravitational waves generated by supermassive black holes merging, astronomers using the Parkes Radio Telescope have discovered new information about the frequency and strength of black hole mergers. Throughout our universe, tucked inside galaxies far, far away, giant black holes are pairing up and merging. As the massive bodies dance around each other […]

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November 6, 2013

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New Retinal Implant Technology Expected to Help Restore Sight

Retinal Implants Expected to Restore Sight to the Blind

In an effort to improve retinal implant technology, researchers have developed a new method that uses microsecond pulses, on-chip counter-electrodes, and controlled firing of electrodes to shape the electrical field, which could help people who have lost their sight see more than just light and vague shapes. Researchers at the University of Arizona and University […]

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November 6, 2013

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Scientists Discover New Asymmetric Topological Insulator

Scientists Discover New Asymmetric Topological Insulator

A team of scientists has discovered a new asymmetric topological insulator made of many layers of BiTeCl, which enables electrical current to flow differently along its top surface than along its bottom. Scientists working at SLAC, Stanford, Oxford, Berkeley Lab and in Tokyo have discovered a new type of quantum material whose lopsided behavior may […]

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November 6, 2013

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New Cassini Image of Saturn’s Rings and Moons

Cassini Spacecraft Views the Moons of Saturn

This new image from the Cassini spacecraft shows Saturn’s rings and five of its moons. Five moons pose for the international Cassini spacecraft to create this beautiful portrait with Saturn’s rings. This view, from 29 July 2011, looks toward the northern, sunlit side of the rings from just above the ringplane. At the far right, […]

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