June 27, 2013

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Astronomers Discover Transiting Planets in Star Cluster NGC 6811

Astronomers Discover Two Planets Smaller than Neptune Orbiting Sun Like Stars

A team of astronomers have discovered two planets (Kepler-66b and Kepler-67b) that are about three-fourths the size of Neptune orbiting Sun-like stars 3,000 light-years from Earth, in the star cluster NGC 6811. Cambridge, Massachusetts – All stars begin their lives in groups. Most stars, including our Sun, are born in small, benign groups that quickly […]

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June 26, 2013

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Scientists Uncover the Mystery of Giant Storms on Saturn

Mystery of the Gigantic Storm on Saturn Resolved

In a newly published study, the Planetary Sciences Group of the University of the Basque Country explain the nature of the giant storms on Saturn. We now understand the nature of the giant storms on Saturn. Through the analysis of images sent from the Cassini space probe belonging to the North American and European space […]

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June 26, 2013

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NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observations Program Discovers Ten Thousandth NEO

Ten Thousandth Near Earth Object Discovered in Space

Researchers have now discovered 10,000 near-Earth asteroids and comets, with the 10,000th being a 1,000 foot (300 meters) asteroid called 2013 MZ5. More than 10,000 asteroids and comets that can pass near Earth have now been discovered. The 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5, was first detected on the night of June 18, 2013, by […]

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June 26, 2013

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Researchers Control Water Movement by Varying Surface Stiffness

Yale Scientists Pattern Water Droplets Using Durotaxis

A newly published study details how researchers used a processed called durotaxis to move water droplets. The finding may reveal more about contrast between cell and liquid durotaxis and yield advances in microfluidics, micro-scale fabrication, and the development of effective coatings. Researchers have found a way to drive water droplets along a flat surface without […]

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June 26, 2013

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Uranium Crystals May Lead to Safer Nuclear Fuels

Uranium Crystals May Lead to Future Nuclear Fuels

Idaho State University researchers have created uranium crystals by crushing nuclear fuel pellets and heating them in a furnace. This will allow scientists to be able to examine a single uranium crystal and how heat moves through it, giving them a better understanding of how to create safer fuels for reactors. Pocatello – Mention the […]

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June 25, 2013

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Engineered E. coli Produces Key Precursors of High-Octane Biofuels

Newly Engineered Bacteria May Lead to High Octane Biofuels

A new study from scientists at the Wyss Institute details engineered bacteria that can make key precursors of high-octane biofuels. New lines of engineered bacteria can tailor-make key precursors of high-octane biofuels that could one day replace gasoline, scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Department of Systems […]

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June 25, 2013

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Nano-Sensor Identifies Melanoma by Scent

Researchers Identify the Scent of Melanoma

Using a nano-sensor constructed of nano-sized carbon tubes coated with strands of DNA, researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center identified melanoma cells by scent, suggesting that non-invasive odor analysis may be a valuable technique in the detection and early diagnosis of human melanoma. According to new research from the Monell Center and collaborating institutions, […]

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June 25, 2013

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Three Super-Earths Discovered in Habitable Zone of Nearby Star GJ 677C

Three Super Earths Discovered in Gliese 667C

By adding HARPS observations, along with data from several other telescopes, to previous data about Gliese 667C, a team of astronomers discovered that this system has three super-Earths in the habitable zone where liquid water could exist. A team of astronomers has combined new observations of Gliese 667C with existing data from HARPS at ESO’s […]

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June 25, 2013

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CSIRO Detects Raw Materials Used in the Making of the First Stars

Researchers Discover Molecular Gas in the Spiderweb Galaxy

Using the Australia Telescope Compact Array, two new studies detail the discovery of raw materials used in the making of stars. A CSIRO radio telescope has detected the raw material for making the first stars in galaxies that formed when the Universe was just three billion years old — less than a quarter of its […]

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June 24, 2013

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New Concept Improves Gravitational Wave Detectors

New Concept Improves Sensitivity of Gravitational Wave Detectors

Physicists have developed a new concept to improve the sensitivity of gravitational-wave detectors. Laser interferometers detect tiny distance changes with high precision. Stray light reduces and limits the measurement accuracy of these instruments. Researchers at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hannover have now shown for the first time how to discriminate between measurement signal and […]

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June 24, 2013

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A Third Radiation Belt Temporarily Appears in Earth’s Upper Atmosphere

A Third Radiation Belt Appeared and Dissipated in Earths Upper Atmosphere

In a new study, scientists from the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences explain the temporary appearance and dissipation of a third radiation belt in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Since the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belts in in the Earth’s upper atmosphere in 1958, space scientists have believed that these belts consisted […]

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June 24, 2013

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Regenerative Electronic Biosensors

Scientists Develop Electronic Biosensors That Can Be Regenerated and Reused Repeatedly

In a newly published study, scientists detail the development of electronic biosensors that can be regenerated and reused repeatedly. Imagine a swarm of tiny devices only a few hundred nanometers in size that can detect trace amounts of toxins in a water supply or the very earliest signs of cancer in the blood. Now imagine […]

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June 24, 2013

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Researchers Develop Transistors without Semiconductors

Researchers Develop Transistors without Semiconductors

By placing nanometer sized quantum dots of gold across on the tops of the boron nitride nanotubes, researchers at Michigan Tech created a quantum-tunneling device that acts like a transistor at room temperature without using semiconducting materials. For decades, electronic devices have been getting smaller, and smaller, and smaller. It’s now possible—even routine—to place millions […]

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June 24, 2013

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NASA’s TWINS Provide Continuous Coverage of the Ring Current

TWINS Spacecraft Provide a Sterescopic View of the Ring Current

Since their launch in 2008, the two Wide-angle Imaging Neutral-atom Spectrometers (TWINS) satellites have been providing scientists with data on Earth’s magnetosphere and the first and only stereo view of the ring current. Surrounding Earth is a dynamic region called the magnetosphere. The region is governed by magnetic and electric forces, incoming energy and material […]

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June 24, 2013

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Hubble Captures Face-On Image of Messier 61

Hubble Views Messier 61

Using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 2, NASA/ESA has captured a face-on image of spiral galaxy Messier 61. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this image of nearby spiral galaxy Messier 61, also known as NGC 4303. The galaxy, located only 55 million light-years away from Earth, is roughly the size of the Milky Way, […]

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June 21, 2013

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Quantum Computing Continues to Move Closer to Reality – New Quantum Memory Design

Quantum Computing Moves Closer to Reality

Researchers from Dartmouth College and the University of Sydney are helping move quantum computing closer to reality, demonstrating a technique for storing quantum states with high fidelity for exceptionally long times. Researchers at the University of Sydney and Dartmouth College have developed a new way to design quantum memory, bringing quantum computers a step closer […]

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June 21, 2013

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Supernova SN 2012fr Reveals Key Link in Comic Distance Ladder

SN 2012fr Reveals Key Link in Comic Distance Ladder

New data from supernova SN 2012fr has allowed scientists to better calibrate all Type Ia Supernova observations to measure distances in the Universe, using the ‘standard candle’ technique. When observing the bright explosion of a White Dwarf star in our neighboring galaxy last year, researchers from The Australian National University collected the largest ever data […]

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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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