October 8, 2013

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Physicists Create and Control a Large Quantum Mechanical System Built on Photons

Scientists Create and Control a Large Quantum Mechanical System Built on Photons

A new study from Yale University shows that scientists can create and control a large quantum mechanical system built on photons, suggesting that they might be able to expand the role of photons in quantum information systems. Light might be able to play a bigger, more versatile role in the future of quantum computing, according […]

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October 8, 2013

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First Definitive Proof of a Comet Striking Earth Millions of Years Ago

Scientists Find Evidence of a Comet Striking Earth

A team of scientists has discovered the first definitive proof of a comet striking Earth millions of years ago. The first ever evidence of a comet entering Earth’s atmosphere and exploding, raining down a shock wave of fire which obliterated every life form in its path, has been discovered by a team of South African […]

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October 8, 2013

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Cloud-Chamber Experiments Show How Martian Clouds Form

Cloud Chamber Experiments Show How Clouds on Mars Form

Using the Aerosol Interaction and Dynamics in the Atmosphere facility in Germany, researchers were able to create clouds at the frigid temperatures typically found on Mars, discovering that cloud formation in such conditions requires far greater relative humidity than cloud formation on Earth requires. At first glance, Mars’ clouds might easily be mistaken for those […]

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October 8, 2013

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Carbon-Rich Interior in Super-Earth 55 Cancri e Less Likely Than Previously Thought

Super Earth Planet 55 Cancri E Less Carbon Rich than Previously Though

A new study shows that planet 55 Cancri e is less likely to consist largely of diamond, revealing that the carbon-to-oxygen ratio appears to be lower than previously thought in the planet’s host star. A planet 40 light years from our solar system, believed to be the first-ever discovered planet to consist largely of diamond, […]

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October 7, 2013

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Einstein’s Corpus Callosum Reveals Clues to His Brilliance

Well Connected Hemispheres May Have Contributed to Einsteins Intelligence

A newly published study takes a closer look at the “inside” of Einstein’s brain, revealing that the unusually well connected right and left hemispheres of his brain may have contributed to his intelligence. The left and right hemispheres of Albert Einstein’s brain were unusually well connected to each other and may have contributed to his […]

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October 7, 2013

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ALMA Observatory Receives Final Antenna

The Final Antenna for ALMA Has Been Delivered

The ALMA Observatory has received the final antenna for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array project. The final antenna for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) project has just been handed over to the ALMA Observatory. The 12-metre-diameter dish was manufactured by the European AEM Consortium and also marks the successful delivery of a total of […]

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October 7, 2013

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Scientists Discover Giant Ice Channels Beneath Antarctic Ice Shelf

Scientists Discover Giant Channels Beneath Antarctic Ice Shelf

Using satellite images and airborne radar measurements, a team of scientists has discovered giant channels of ice beneath the Antarctic ice shelf. Scientists have discovered huge ice channels beneath a floating ice shelf in Antarctica. At 250 meters high, the channels are almost as tall as the Eiffel tower and stretch hundreds of kilometers along […]

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October 7, 2013

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Runaway Binary LP 400-22 is Leaving the Galaxy

Runaway Binary Stars LP 400 22

A new study examines runaway binary LP400-22, providing key insights into runaway stars, white-dwarf binaries, and the complex interactions going on in dense stellar clusters. CfA astronomers made a remarkable and fortuitous discovery in 2005: an extremely fast moving star, clocked going over three million kilometers an hour. It appears to have been ejected from […]

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October 4, 2013

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Researchers Use TEM to Record 3D Dynamic Imaging of Soft Materials

Researchers Apply Transmission Electron Microscopy Through Unique Graphene Liquid Cell

Through the use of transmission electron microscopy and a unique graphene liquid cell, Berkeley Lab researchers recorded the three-dimensional motion of DNA connected to gold nanocrystals. Autumn is usually not such a great time for big special effects movies as the summer blockbusters have faded and those for the holiday season have not yet opened. […]

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October 4, 2013

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New Genome Analysis Reveals Dozens of Cancer Triggers

New Genome Analysis Reveals Dozens of Cancer Triggers

A new analysis of little-explored regions of the human genome has revealed dozens of cancer triggers. A massive data analysis of natural genetic variants in humans and variants in cancer tumors has implicated dozens of mutations in the development of breast and prostate cancer, a Yale-led team has found. The newly discovered mutations are in […]

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October 4, 2013

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Double Star Fomalhaut System is Actually a Triple Star System

Double Star Fomalhaut System is Actually a Triple Star System

New research from scientists at the University of Rochester reveals that the Fomalhaut star system contains a third star, Fomalhaut C. The nearby star system Fomalhaut – of special interest for its unusual exoplanet and dusty debris disk – has been discovered to be not just a double star, as astronomers had thought, but one […]

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October 4, 2013

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ALMA Discovers a Protostar Surrounded by a Large Hot Gas Cloud

Astronomers Discover a Molecular Cloud around a Young Star

An international team of astronomers has observed an infrared dark cloud surrounding a baby star that is about ten times larger than those found around typical solar-mass baby stars. A large hot molecular cloud around a very young star was discovered by ALMA. This hot cloud is about ten times larger than those found around […]

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October 3, 2013

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Scientists Believe Mars Crater is the Remains of an Ancient Supervolcano

Eden Patera Basin on Mars Could Have Been Formed by an Explosive Volcanic Eruption

Based on images and topographic data, new research shows that the Eden Patera basin on Mars is a volcanic caldera, not an impact crater. Tucson, Arizona — A research project led by Joseph R. Michalski, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, has identified what could be a supervolcano on Mars – the first discovery […]

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October 3, 2013

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Hubblecast Video Explains How Hubble “Looks Back in Time”

Hubble Image of the Antennae Galaxies

This seven minute Hubblecast video helps explain how Hubble “looks back in time” to see the Universe as it was billions of years ago. Hubblecast 68: The Hubble time machine For episode 68 of the Hubblecast, Hubble transforms into more than just a telescope — it becomes a time machine! How can Hubble “look back […]

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October 3, 2013

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Hubble Views Planetary Nebula NGC 2452

New Hubble Image of Planetary Nebula NGC 2452

This newly released Hubble image shows planetary nebula NGC 2452. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the planetary nebula NGC 2452, located in the southern constellation of Puppis. The blue haze across the frame is what remains of a star like our Sun after it has depleted all its fuel. When this happens, the […]

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October 3, 2013

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Graphene Oxide Polymer Offers a New Mechanism for Multimode Optical Recording

Graphene Oxide Allows for the Development of Super Discs

By focusing an ultrashort laser beam onto a graphene oxide polymer, researchers have developed a new material for multimode optical recording. Swinburne University of Technology researchers have shown the potential of a new material for transforming secure optical information storage. In their latest research paper published in Scientific Reports, researchers Xiangping Li, Qiming Zhang, Xi […]

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October 3, 2013

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Astronomers View Distant Galaxy Powered by Primordial Hydrogen

Scientists Observe Distant Galaxy Powered by Cosmic Fuel

A newly published study details how astronomers detected cold streams of primordial hydrogen, vestigial matter left over from the Big Bang, fueling a distant star-forming galaxy in the early Universe. Kamuela, Hawaii — Astronomers have detected cold streams of primordial hydrogen, vestigial matter left over from the Big Bang, fueling a distant star-forming galaxy in […]

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October 2, 2013

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Updated Theory Details How Biomolecules Were Able to Form Inside Asteroids

New Theory to Explain How Biomolecules Were Once Able to Form Inside of Asteroids

In a newly published study, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute reexamine the unipolar induction mechanism for heating asteroids, detailing how biomolecules were once able to form inside of asteroids. A new look at the early solar system introduces an alternative to a long-taught, but largely discredited, theory that seeks to explain how biomolecules were once […]

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