August 12, 2013

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Mars Express Captures a Radar View of the Southern Highlands of Mars

Mars Express Captures a Radar View of the Southern Highlands of Mars

Mars Express has provided scientists with a radar view of the southern highlands of Mars, showing what lies beneath the surface. There is much more to Mars than meets the eye. By using the radar on Mars Express, we can see several kilometers below the surface to see what lies beneath. The radar creates subsurface […]

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August 12, 2013

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ESO’s VLT Views Galaxies NGC 799 and NGC 800

ESOs VLT Views Galaxies NGC 799 and NGC 800

Using the FORS1 instrument on the 8.2-metre ESO Very Large Telescope, astronomers captured a new image of galaxies NGC 799 and NGC 800. This beautiful image portrays the galaxies NGC 799 (below) and NGC 800 (above) located in the constellation of Cetus (The Whale). This pair of galaxies was first observed by the American astronomer […]

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August 12, 2013

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Physicists Propose Higgs Boson ‘Portal’ to Help Explain Dark Energy

Scientists Propose Higgs Boson Portal to Help Explain Dark Energy

A newly published study explores how the recently discovered Higgs boson may provide a possible “portal” to physics that will help explain some of the attributes of dark energy. One of the biggest mysteries in contemporary particle physics and cosmology is why dark energy, which is observed to dominate energy density of the universe, has […]

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August 12, 2013

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Hubble Views a Very Young Star Being Born

Hubble Views a Very Young Star Being Born

In this newly released image Hubble views a young star being born in the gas, dust, and ices of the dark cloud LDN 43. Don’t be fooled by the title; the mysterious, almost mystical bright light emerging from these thick, ominous clouds is actually a telltale sign of star formation. Here, a very young star […]

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August 9, 2013

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UC Berkeley Study Links Sleep Deprivation to Junk Food Cravings

Study Links Sleep Deprivation to Junk Food Cravings

A UC Berkeley has linked sleep deprivation to junk food cravings, finding that high-level brain regions required for complex judgments and decisions become blunted by a lack of sleep, while more primal brain structures that control motivation and desire are amplified. Berkeley — A sleepless night makes us more likely to reach for doughnuts or […]

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August 9, 2013

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Atomic Clock Simulates Quantum Magnetism

Atomic Clock Simulates Quantum Magnetism

For the first time, a team of scientists at JILA have used an atomic clock as a quantum simulator, mimicking the behavior of a different, more complex quantum system. Atomic clocks now join a growing list of physical systems that can be used for modeling and perhaps eventually explaining the quantum mechanical behavior of exotic […]

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August 9, 2013

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FastSound Project Releases Its First 3D Map of the Far-Distant Universe

Constructing a 3D Map of the Large Scale Structure of the Universe

The FastSound Project has released its first version of a 3D map of the far-distant Universe. An international team led by astronomers from Kyoto University, the University of Tokyo and the University of Oxford has released its first version of a 3D map of the Universe from its FastSound project (Note 1), which is surveying […]

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August 9, 2013

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New Technique Allows Researchers to Measure Electrical Activity in a Living Neuron

New Technique Allows Scientists to Measure Electrical Activity in a Living Neuron

By inserting a fluorescent protein in neurons that emits light of varying intensity to mirror changes in electrical activity within the cells, scientists have discovered a new technique that allows them to precisely measure electrical signals in complex neural circuits in a living fruit fly. Yale researchers have discovered a new technique that allows them […]

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August 9, 2013

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Students Observe a Quasar in Six Separate Light Reflections

Physics Students Observe a Quasar in Six Separate Light Reflections

In a newly published study, physics students from the Niels Bohr Institute report the discovery of a quasar whose light has been deflected and reflected in six separate images. Quasars are active black holes – primarily from the early universe. Using a special method where you observe light that has been bent by gravity on […]

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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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