June 21, 2013

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New Observations Help Astronomers Learn How Young Stars Accrete Material and Grow

 Astronomers Gain New Insights into How Young Stars Grow

New observations of our Sun, combined with computer modeling, have helped astronomers resolve a decade-long argument over how to measure the accretion rates of growing stars. Cambridge, Massachusetts – On June 7, 2011, our Sun erupted, blasting tons of hot plasma into space. Some of that plasma splashed back down onto the Sun’s surface, sparking […]

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June 21, 2013

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Hubble Views Interacting Galaxy Duo Arp 142

Hubble Views Interacting Galaxy Duo Arp 142

This new Hubble Space telescope image shows two interacting galaxies, spiral galaxy NGC 2936 and elliptical galaxy NGC 2937, which are collectively known as Arp 142. This striking NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, which shows what looks like the profile of a celestial bird, belies the fact that close encounters between galaxies are a messy […]

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June 20, 2013

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Data Suggests Mars Had An Oxygen-Rich Atmosphere

Mars Had Oxygen Rich Atmosphere

Data from meteorites and NASA’s Spirit rover has revealed new information about the chemical composition and evolution of Mars, suggesting that Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere 4 billion years ago. Differences between Martian meteorites and rocks examined by a NASA rover can be explained if Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere 4 billion years ago – […]

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June 20, 2013

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Researchers Explain Metamorphosis of Moon’s Water Ice

Mystery of Metamorphosis of Moons Water Ice Solved

A newly published study helps explain the metamorphosis of the moon’s water ice, providing insight into how radiation can change the chemistry of water ice throughout the solar system. Durham, New Hampshire –- Using data gathered by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, scientists believe they have solved a mystery from one of the solar […]

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June 20, 2013

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Scientists Discover Chemical That Makes Naked Mole Rats Cancer-Proof

Researchers Discover Chemical that Makes Naked Mole Rats Cancer Proof

Scientists have discovered the chemical that makes naked mole rats cancer-proof, a finding that could eventually lead to new cancer treatments in people. Two researchers at the University of Rochester have discovered the chemical that makes naked mole rats cancer-proof. Their research paper is being published today in the journal Nature. The findings could eventually […]

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June 20, 2013

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Astronomers Discover Pulsations in Crystalized Remnant of Burnt-Out Star GD 518

Astronomers Discover Pulsations in Dying Star

Using the 2.1-meter Otto Struve Telescope, a team of astronomers have discovered pulsations from the crystalized remnant of the burnt-out star GD 518. Austin — Astronomers from The University of Texas at Austin and colleagues have used the 2.1-meter Otto Struve Telescope at the university’s McDonald Observatory to discover pulsations from the crystalized remnant of […]

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June 20, 2013

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Discovery Reveals How Black Holes Evolve and Interact with Their Surroundings

New Detailed Observations of Dust Around the Supermassive Black Hole in NGC 3783

Using the combined power of the Unit Telescopes of ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have gathered new data on dust around the black hole at the center of active galaxy NGC 3783, revealing for the first time the combined detailed mid-infrared observations of the cool, room-temperature dust around an AGN with similarly detailed observations of […]

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June 19, 2013

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Researchers Use Sound Waves to Precisely Position Nanowires

Researchers Use Sound Waves to Place Nanowires in Repeatable Patterns

A new study details the technique used by scientists at Penn State to achieve tunable nanowire patterning using standing surface acoustic waves (SSAW). University Park, Pennsylvania — The smaller components become, the more difficult it is to create patterns in an economical and reproducible way, according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers who, […]

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June 19, 2013

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New Study Links Expanding Human Population to Threats of Animal Extinction

Outlook Grim for Animals as Human Population Grows

A newly published study paints a grim outlook for the future of certain mammals and birds, suggesting that the average growing nation should expect at least 3.3 percent more threatened species in the next decade and an increase of 10.8 percent species threatened with extinction by 2050. Columbus, Ohio – The ongoing global growth in […]

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June 19, 2013

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Custom 3D Printer Prints Lithium-Ion Microbatteries

Researchers 3D Print Lithium Ion Microbatteries

Using a custom-built 3D printer, a team of researchers printed lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand, opening the door to future development of miniaturized medical implants, compact electronics, tiny robots, and more. Boston, Massachusetts — 3D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. […]

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June 19, 2013

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SNfactory Collects Data on Supernova 2011fe Just Hours After It Explodes

Supernova 2011fe Discovered Just Hours After it Exploded

The SNfactory has released a new dataset based on 32 nights of repeated observations of supernova 2011fe, beginning two weeks before the supernova reached its peak brightness and continued for over three months after maximum light had passed. August, 2011, saw the dazzling appearance of the closest and brightest Type Ia supernova since Type Ia’s […]

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June 19, 2013

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Cassini Will Photograph Earth in Natural Color

Panoramic View of the Saturn System

On the 19th of July, NASA’s Cassini probe will take a mosaic picture of Earth while Saturn is eclipsing the sun from Cassini’s point of view. This will be the first image to capture the Saturn system with Earth in natural color. Pasadena, California – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture […]

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June 19, 2013

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New NASA Video Explores Strange Flames on the ISS

ScienceCast Video Explores the Behavior of Fire on the International Space Station

A new four minute video from Science at NASA explores the surprising behavior of “cool flames” on the International Space Station, revealing a cool-burning form of fire that could help improve the efficiency of auto engines. Fire, it is often said, is mankind’s oldest chemistry experiment. For thousands of years, people have been mixing the […]

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June 18, 2013

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New Subatomic Particle Zc(3900) Hints at Four-Quark Matter

New Mysterious Subatomic Particle Discovered

Eric Swanson from the University of Pittsburgh gives his viewpoint on two new experiments have detected the signature of a new subatomic particle, Zc(3900). Particle physicists seem to have a pretty good handle on the fundamental particles of the universe, but there are some glaring holes in this understanding. Quarks are a good example of […]

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June 18, 2013

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NitroMemantine Restores Brain Connections in Models of Alzheimer’s

New Drug Reverses Loss of Brain Connections in Models of Alzheimers

A newly published decade-long study reveals that NitroMemantine can restore connections between nerve cells that have been lost during the progression of Alzheimer’s in the brain. The first experimental drug to boost brain synapses lost in Alzheimer’s disease has been developed by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. The drug, called NitroMemantine, combines two FDA-approved […]

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June 18, 2013

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ESA’s Venus Express Reveals Increasing Wind Speeds on Venus

Scientists Monitor Increasing Wind Speeds on Venus

Using the Venus Monitoring Camera, scientists tracked the movements of distinct cloud features in the atmosphere of Venus over a period of 10 Venusian years, discovering that the planet’s winds have steadily been getting faster. The most detailed record of cloud motion in the atmosphere of Venus chronicled by ESA’s Venus Express has revealed that […]

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June 18, 2013

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Researchers Confirm Three Asteroids Are Co-Orbital with Uranus

Three Objects Follow Uranus Through the Solar System

In two new studies, researchers confirm that the 70km asteroid Crantor and two smaller asteroids (2010 EU65 and 2011 QF99) are co-orbiting with Uranus. Astrophysicists from the Complutense University of Madrid have confirmed that Crantor, a large asteroid with a diameter of 70 km has an orbit similar to that of Uranus and takes the same amount […]

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June 17, 2013

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Scientists Discover a “Turbocharger” for Nerve Cells

Scientists Discovered Mechanism that Boosts Signaling Function of Neurons in the Brain

In a newly published study, scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Experimental Medicine and Biophysical Chemistry reveal a key mechanism that boosts the signaling function of neurons in the brain. Locating a car that’s blowing its horn in heavy traffic, channel-hopping between football and a thriller on TV without losing the plot, and not […]

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