February 21, 2013

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Gravity Alone Does Not Explain the Distribution of Stars in Crowded Clusters

Gravity Does Not Fully Explain The Distribution Of Stars In Crowded Clusters

Findings from a new study suggest that pull of gravity doesn’t fully explain the distribution of stars in crowded clusters and provides new insights into theoretically predicted processes that govern the evolution of star clusters. Gravity remains the dominant force on large astronomical scales, but when it comes to stars in young star clusters the […]

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February 21, 2013

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“Proto-RNA Bases” Assemble in Water, Hint at Origins of Life

An Alternate Theory For The Origin Of RNA

A newly published study explores an alternate theory for the origin of RNA, achieving highly ordered self-assembly in water with small molecules that are similar to the bases of RNA and possibly providing insights into the origin of the first RNA-like polymers. The base pairs that hold together two pieces of RNA, the older cousin […]

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February 21, 2013

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Shedding New Light on the Evolutionary Origin of the Head

Researchers Shed New Light On The Evolutionary Origin Of The Head

In an effort to shed new light on the evolutionary origin of the head, a newly published study looks at the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis to find out if one of the ends of the sea anemone corresponds to the head of higher animals. A research group at the Sars Center in Bergen has shed […]

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February 21, 2013

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Bioengineers Use 3D Printer to Print Ears that Look and Act like Natural Ears

Bioengineers Created An Artificial Ear Using 3D Printing

Using 3D printing and injectable gels made of living cells, bioengineers have created an artificial ear that looks and acts like a natural ear. Cornell bioengineers and physicians have created an artificial ear that looks and acts like a natural ear, giving new hope to thousands of children born with a congenital deformity called microtia. […]

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February 21, 2013

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Kepler Mission Discovers Tiny Planet Slightly Larger Than Our Moon

Kepler Mission Has Discovered A New Planetary System

Researchers working on NASA’s Kepler mission have discovered a new planetary system called Kepler-37. The new planetary system is about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra and is home to a planet about one-third the size of Earth, which makes it the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun. […]

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February 21, 2013

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Curiosity Image Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

Curiosity Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

New images from NASA’s Curiosity rover confirm that it has successfully drilled and collected the first ever rock sample from the interior of a rock on another planet. Pasadena, California — NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a […]

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February 20, 2013

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New VISTA Image of Stellar Nursery NGC 6357

NGC 6357

Using infrared data from ESO’s Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, this new image from the ESO reveals the stellar nursery known as NGC 6357. A new image from ESO’s VISTA telescope captures a celestial landscape of glowing clouds of gas and tendrils of dust surrounding hot young stars. This infrared view reveals the […]

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February 20, 2013

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“Pill” Mimics the Action of the Human Liver in Fighting Alcohol Intoxication

Pill Mimics Action of Human Liver in Fighting Alcohol Intoxication

UCLA led researchers have developed a “pill” that uses two enzymes to mimic the action of the human liver in fighting alcohol intoxication. In a discovery that could derail the popular “Hangover” movie franchise, a team of researchers led by UCLA engineers has identified a method for speeding up the body’s reaction to the consumption […]

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February 20, 2013

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A Cost-Effective Fabrication Method for Micro-Scale Graphene-Based Supercapacitors

Micro Scale Graphene Based Supercapacitors

Scientists at UCLA have developed a new technique that uses a DVD burner to fabricate micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitors that can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than standard batteries. While the demand for ever-smaller electronic devices has spurred the miniaturization of a variety of technologies, one area has lagged behind in […]

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February 20, 2013

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Researchers Detected a Cool Layer in the Atmosphere of Alpha Centauri A

Cool Layer in the Atmosphere of Alpha Centauri A

By observing Alpha Centauri A in far-infrared light with ESA’s Herschel space observatory and comparing the results with computer models of stellar atmospheres, researchers have detected a cool layer in the atmosphere of Alpha Centauri A. ESA’s Herschel space observatory has detected a cool layer in the atmosphere of Alpha Centauri A, the first time […]

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February 20, 2013

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Length of Telomeres Predicts Susceptibility to the Common Cold

Researchers Identify Biological Marker That Predicts Susceptibility to the Common Cold

Researchers have identified a biological marker that predicts susceptibility to the common cold, finding that participants with shorter telomeres were more likely to become infected by the cold virus. PITTSBURGH – Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have identified a biological marker in the immune system that – beginning at about age 22 – predicts our […]

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February 20, 2013

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Cassini Detects Particles Being Accelerated to Ultra-High Energies

Cassini Sheds Light on Cosmic Particle Accelerators

Similar to the particle acceleration that takes place around supernovas, observations from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have detected particles being accelerated to ultra-high energies by an unusually strong solar system shock wave. During a chance encounter with what appears to be an unusually strong blast of solar wind at Saturn, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft detected particles being […]

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