August 8, 2013

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Deltarasin Blocks Oncogenic Protein KRAS, Opens Up New Approaches to Cancer Therapy

Deltarasin Blocks the Oncogenic Protein KRAS

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute have discovered how Deltarasin prevents the transport of the oncogenic protein KRAS to the cell membrane, opening up new approaches to cancer therapy treatment. One of the major goals in the development of anti-cancer treatments is to find an inhibitor effective against the oncogenic protein known as KRAS. Despite […]

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August 8, 2013

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Aligned Carbon Nanotube-Silicon Sheets Improve Battery Design

Battery Design Gets a Boost from Carbon Nanotubes

Using sheets of aligned carbon nanotubes coated with silicon, scientists at NC State have demonstrated a method for improving the design of rechargeable lithium ion batteries. Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a new flexible nano-scaffold for rechargeable lithium ion batteries that could help make cell phone and electric car batteries last longer. […]

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August 8, 2013

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Astronomers Solve the Mystery of the Origin of the Magellanic Stream

Astronomers Solve the 40 Year Old Mystery of the Origin of the Magellanic Stream

Data from the Hubble Space Telescope and ESO’s Very Large Telescope has helped solve the mystery of the origin of the Magellanic Stream, revealing that most of this stream was stripped from the Small Magellanic Cloud. Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have solved the 40-year-old mystery of the origin of the Magellanic Stream, […]

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August 8, 2013

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Manipulating Electron ‘Spin’ Dramatically Improves Organic Solar Cell Performance

Organic Solar Cells Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy

In a newly published study, researchers detail how manipulating the ‘spin’ of electrons in organic solar cells dramatically improves their performance, providing a vital breakthrough in the pursuit of cheap, high performing solar power technologies. Organic solar cells, a new class of solar cell that mimics the natural process of plant photosynthesis, could revolutionize renewable […]

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August 8, 2013

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Researchers Use New CMB Data to Analyze the First Hundred Thousand Years of Our Universe

New Analysis of CMB Radiation Data Provides a Look at the First Hundred Thousand Years of Our Universe

Using cosmic microwave background radiation data from Planck and WMAP9, researchers look back through time at the first 100 years to 300,000 years after the Big Bang. Mystery fans know that the best way to solve a mystery is to revisit the scene where it began and look for clues. To understand the mysteries of […]

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August 7, 2013

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“Personalized” Tumor Vaccine Works on Hard-to-Treat Leukemia


New Vaccine Works on Hard to Treat Leukemia


In a newly published study, researchers observed a strong and selective immune response in some patients who received, shortly after the transplant, several doses of a “personalized” tumor vaccine composed of their own inactivated leukemia cells combined with an immune stimulant. Patients with advanced chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) often receive donor transplants that effectively “reboot” […]

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August 7, 2013

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ESO’s VLT Views Two Glowing Clouds of Gas

VLT Views NGC 2014 and NGC 2020

A new image from ESO’s Very Large Telescope reveals a closer look at NGC 2014 and its neighbor NGC 2020. ESO’s Very Large Telescope has captured an intriguing star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud — one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies. This sharp image reveals two distinctive glowing clouds of gas: red-hued NGC […]

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August 7, 2013

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Scientists Develop a Fluorescent Caffeine Detector and Detection Kit

Caffeine Orange Detects How Much Caffeine is in Your Drink

Scientists have developed a fluorescent caffeine detector and a detection kit that lights up like a traffic light when caffeine is present in various drinks and solutions. Named Caffeine Orange, the detector exhibits a 250-fold fluorescence enhancement upon caffeine activation and high selectivity responding to caffeine analogs that have similar chemical structures. A team of […]

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August 7, 2013

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NASA Data Suggests the Sun’s Magnetic Field is about to Flip

NASA Data Shows Suns Magnetic Field is about to Flip

According to data from NASA-supported observatories, the sun’s vast magnetic field is about to flip. Watch this new four minute ScienceCast video to learn more details. A new ScienceCast video anticipates the reversal of the sun’s global magnetic field. Image Credit: [email protected] Something big is about to happen on the sun. According to measurements from […]

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August 7, 2013

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12 Billion Year Old Explosion Illuminates a Galaxy from the Dark Ages

Researchers Discover One of the Most Distant Gamma Ray Bursts Ever Found

Using data from NASA’s Swift spacecraft and observations by the MMT Telescope in Arizona and the Gemini North telescope in Hawaii, researchers discovered one of the most distant gamma-ray bursts ever found. Cambridge, Massachusetts – More than 12 billion years ago a star exploded, ripping itself apart and blasting its remains outward in twin jets […]

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August 6, 2013

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Scientists Measure and Control the Temperature Inside Living Cells

New Techniques Let Scientists Measure and Control the Temperature Inside Living Cells

DARPA researchers have developed new techniques that allow them to measure and control the temperature in living cells. The techniques could support thermal management, control of chemical reactions and development of new research tools. How do you take the temperature of a cell? The familiar thermometer from a doctor’s office is slightly too big considering […]

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August 6, 2013

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Teplizumab Treatment Preserves Beta Cells in New Cases of Type 1 Diabetes

Drug Preserves Beta Cells in New Cases of Type 1 Diabetes

Phase 2 trials have shown that the anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody drug Teplizumab significantly reduces the loss of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells for subjects newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. A drug in clinical trials has been shown to preserve insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells in nearly half of subjects newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Results […]

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August 6, 2013

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“Grid Cells” Allow the Brain to Keep Track of Navigational Cues

Human Neurons Linked to Navigation in Open Environments

A team of researchers has identified a new type of cell in the brain that helps people to keep track of their relative location while navigating new environments. Using direct human brain recordings, a research team from Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and Thomas Jefferson University has identified a new type of cell […]

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August 6, 2013

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Subaru Telescope’s Hyper Suprime-Cam Displays Its Capabilities, Views M31

HSCs First Image of M31

Subaru Telescope’s Hyper Suprime-Cam displays its abilities with an impressive image of M31. A stunning image of M31 captured by Subaru Telescope’s Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) displays the fruits of international collaboration and technological sophistication aligned with cutting-edge science. In addition to providing information about a nearby galaxy that resembles our own, this image demonstrates HSC’s […]

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August 6, 2013

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MESSENGER Spacecraft Views Hovnatanian Crater on Mercury

MESSENGER Views Elliptical Crater on Mercury

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft captures a color image of the Hovnatanian crater, an elliptical crater on Mercury. This color image, taken on May 1, 2013 by the Wide Angle Camera (WAC) instrument aboard NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft orbiting Mercury, features Hovnatanian crater, named for Armenian painter Hakop Hovnatanian. The crater’s elliptical shape and the bright rays’ butterfly […]

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August 6, 2013

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SEEDS Project Discovers “Second Jupiter” – Lowest-Mass Exoplanet Around a Sun-Like Star

Scientists Discover Lowest Mass Exoplanet Around a Sun Like Star

Astronomers in the SEEDS Project have discovered the least massive planet ever detected around a star like the sun. A so-called “second Jupiter,” planet GJ 504b is about four times more massive than Jupiter and has an effective temperature of about 460 degrees Fahrenheit (237 Celsius.) Using infrared data from the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii, […]

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August 5, 2013

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Study Reveals Climate Change is Occurring at an Increased Pace

Climate Change on Pace to Occur 10 Times Faster

According to scientists at Stanford University, climate change is on pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in past 65 million years. The planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate since the dinosaurs went extinct. But what might be even more troubling for humans, plants and animals is the […]

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August 5, 2013

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Researchers Reveal Hidden Magnetic Waves in High-Temperature Superconductors

Researchers Discover Hidden Magnetic Waves in High Temperature Superconductors

New research from the Brookhaven National Laboratory has revealed that magnetic excitations, quantum waves believed by many to regulate high-temperature superconductors, exist in both non-superconducting and superconducting materials. Upton, New York —Intrinsic inefficiencies plague current systems for the generation and delivery of electricity, with significant energy lost in transit. High-temperature superconductors (HTS)—uniquely capable of transmitting […]

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