August 26, 2013

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New Herschel Image of the Orion A Star-Formation Cloud

Herschel Views Orion A

This new composite image from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory shows the Orion A star-formation cloud. This new view of the Orion A star-formation cloud from ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory shows the turbulent region of space that hugs the famous Orion Nebula. The nebula lies about 1,500 light years from Earth within the ‘sword of Orion’ […]

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August 26, 2013

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Asteroid 1998 KN3 Zips Past the Orion Nebula

Potentially Hazardous Asteroid 1998 KN3 Zips Past the Orion Nebula

This NEOWISE image shows asteroid 1998 KN3 as it zips by the Orion nebula. This image shows the potentially hazardous near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula. NEOWISE, the asteroid-hunting portion of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, mission, snapped infrared pictures […]

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August 26, 2013

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Astronomers Anticipate Comet ISON’s Close Flyby of Mars

Comet ISON to Fly by Mars

This short ScienceCast video details the close encounter Comet ISON is expected to have with Mars. A new ScienceCast video anticipates Comet ISON’s close flyby of Mars on Oct. 1, 2013. Around the world, astronomers are buzzing with anticipation over the approach of Comet ISON.  On Thanksgiving Day 2013, the icy visitor from the outer […]

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August 23, 2013

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Astronomers Observe a Possible Planet-Forming Disk around the Young Star RY Tau

Astronomers Observe a Disk around RY Tau

Astronomers used the Subaru Telescope to observe a disk around the young star RY Tau, finding that a “fluffy” layer above the disk appears to be a remnant of material from an earlier phase of stellar and disk development. An international team of astronomers that are members of the Strategic Exploration of Exoplanets and Disks […]

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August 23, 2013

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5,000 Light Year Long Jet of Superheated Gas Ejected from a Supermassive Black Hole

Hubble Views a Magnetic Funnel Around a Supermassive Black Hole

Using more than thirteen years observations from Hubble, astronomers have created a time-lapse movie of a 5,000-light-year-long jet of superheated gas as it is ejected from a supermassive black hole in galaxy M87. The universe is so big, and it takes so long for most celestial objects to change, that it is rare a telescope […]

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August 23, 2013

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Hubble Views a Cosmic Optical Illusion

Hubble Views a Cosmic Optical Illusion

This newly released Hubble images shows irregular dwarf galaxy PGC 16389, galaxy APMBGC 252+125-117 and many other more distant galaxies. At first glance, this Hubble picture appears to capture two space colossi entangled in a fierce celestial battle, with two galaxies entwined and merging to form one. But this shows just how easy it is […]

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August 23, 2013

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NASA Releases New Video and Imagery of Asteroid Mission

New Video of NASA Asteroid Mission

NASA has released new images and a three minute video showing the crew operations on NASA’s proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission. Concept animation showing the crew operations on NASA’s proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission. Image Credit: NASA NASA released new photos and video animations depicting the agency’s planned mission to find, capture, redirect, and study a near-Earth […]

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August 22, 2013

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Researchers Transform Human Scar-Tissue into Heart-Muscle Cells

Scientists Transform Non Beating Human Cells into Heart Muscle Cells

A newly published study from scientists at the Gladstone Institutes details how researchers transformed the class of cells that form human scar tissue into those closely resembling beating heart cells. In the aftermath of a heart attack, muscle cells within the region most affected shut down. They stop beating. They die. And they become entombed […]

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August 22, 2013

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New Daya Bay Collaboration Results about the Transformations of Neutrinos

New Results from the Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment

Scientists from the Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment have announced the latest results, including high-precision measurement of subatomic shape shifting and new results on differences among neutrino masses. The international Daya Bay Collaboration has announced new results about the transformations of neutrinos – elusive, ghostlike particles that carry invaluable clues about the makeup of the early […]

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August 22, 2013

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New Flicker Technique Measures Surface Gravity of Distant Stars

New Flicker Technique Measures the Surface Gravity of Distant Stars

Astronomers at Vanderbilt have developed a new flicker technique to measure the surface gravity of distant stars. The technique can also be used to significantly improve estimates of the sizes of recently discovered exoplanets. Astronomers have found a clever new way to slice and dice the flickering light from a distant star in a way […]

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August 22, 2013

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WISE Spacecraft Will Be Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids

WISE Spacecraft Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids

NASA plans to reactivate the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer to help identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as asteroids suitable for exploration missions. Pasadena, California — A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service […]

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August 22, 2013

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Fermi Enters Extended Phase of Its Mission – A Deeper Study of the High-Energy Cosmos

Fermi Celebrates Five Years of Space Exploration

NASA’s Fermi Space Telescope completes five years of space exploration, now scientists prepare for several more years of observations as Fermi enters an extended phase of its missions. During its five-year primary mission, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given astronomers an increasingly detailed portrait of the universe’s most extraordinary phenomena, from giant black holes […]

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August 21, 2013

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New 3D Graphene Material – An Inexpensive Replacement for Platinum in Solar Cells

New Inexpensive Material Could Replace Platinum in Solar Cells

A team of researchers has developed a 3D graphene material with a honeycomb-like structure that can replace the platinum in dye-sensitized solar cells without degrading their efficiency. One of the most promising types of solar cells has a few drawbacks. A scientist at Michigan Technological University may have overcome one of them. Dye-sensitized solar cells […]

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August 21, 2013

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New PVP Binder Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Life

Glue Improves Lithium Ion Battery Performance

Using a new binder, known by the initials PVP, researchers at SLAC and Stanford created a cathode that lasted five times longer than earlier designs, retaining 94 percent of its original energy-storage capacity after 100 charge/discharge cycles and 69 percent of its initial capacity after 500 cycles. When it comes to improving the performance of […]

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August 21, 2013

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NASA Detects Earth Directed Coronal Mass Ejection

NASA Spacecraft Detect an Earth Directed Coronal Mass Ejection

Post has been updated to reflect another CME that was detected on August 21, 2013 at 1:24 am EDT….Scroll to the bottom of the page NASA spacecraft have detected an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection that left the sun at speeds of around 570 miles per second. On August 20, 2013 at 4:24 am EDT, the […]

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August 21, 2013

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Drug Candidate SR9009 Increases Exercise Endurance

Drug Candidate Leads to Improved Endurance

A new drug candidate, SR9009, has been shown to significantly increase exercise endurance in animal models. Researchers believe these findings may lead to better treatments for people suffering from conditions that acutely limit exercise tolerance. An international group of scientists has shown that a drug candidate designed by scientists from the Florida campus of The […]

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August 21, 2013

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New Theory Shows How ‘Zombie Vortices’ Play a Role in Star Formation

Zombie Vortices Help Lead to the Birth of a New Star

A new theory from researchers at UC Berkeley explains how “zombie vortices” help lead to the birth of a new star. Reporting in the journal Physical Review Letters, a team led by computational physicist Philip Marcus shows how variations in gas density lead to instability, which then generates the whirlpool-like vortices needed for stars to […]

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August 20, 2013

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Ape-Like RoboSimian Robot in Development

RoboSimian Ape Like Robot Under Construction

This two minute video shows the early development of RoboSimian, an ape-like robot being developed as part of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. RoboSimian is an ape-like robot designed to meet the disaster-recovery tasks of the DARPA Robotics Challenge. This video shows RoboSimian and its unique hands under construction at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, […]

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