July 31, 2013

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Newly Discovered Protein Offers Vast Potential for Cancer Treatment

Newly Discovered Protein Offers Potential for Treatment of Cancer

An international team of researchers has discovered a new protein called ceramide-1 phosphate transport protein (CPTP) that has the potential to aid in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. In cancer research, discovering a new protein that plays a role in cancer is like finding a key and a treasure map: follow the clues […]

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July 31, 2013

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Scientists Establish Functional Brain-to-Brain Interface between Human and Animal

Scientists Establish Brain to Brain Interface between Human and Animal

In a newly published open-access study, scientists at Harvard Medical School describe how they implemented a non-invasive brain-to-brain interface between a human and a Sprague-Dawley rat, establishing functional links between the two brains. The video recordings of BBI procedure. A volunteer (upper left panel) signaled the intention (stimulate the motor area of a rat brain) […]

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July 31, 2013

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New ESOcast Video Explores 30 Years of Astronomical Images

ESOcast Explores 30 Years Worth of Images

This new eight minute video from the European Southern Observatory explores 30 years worth of astronomical images produced by the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. This ESOcast explores the wealth of stunning astronomical images produced over a period of almost 30 years by the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La […]

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July 30, 2013

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Researchers Unveil a Double-Stranded Method for SNP Genotyping

Scientists Unveil Double Stranded Method for SNP Genotyping

Researchers at Rice University and the University of Washington unveil a double-stranded method for SNP genotyping. Scientists at Rice University and the University of Washington (UW) this week unveiled a groundbreaking new method for detecting minute changes known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the human genome. The human genome has more than 6 billion […]

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July 30, 2013

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Planetary ‘Runaway Greenhouse’ Climates More Easily Triggered than Previously Thought

Runaway Greenhouse Climates More Easily Triggered than Previously Thought

A newly published study suggests that planetary “runaway greenhouse” climates are more easily triggered than previously thought. It might be easier than previously thought for a planet to overheat into the scorchingly uninhabitable “runaway greenhouse” stage, according to new research by astronomers at the University of Washington and the University of Victoria published July 28 […]

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July 30, 2013

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New Method for Measuring Black Hole Spin Could Provide a Greater Understanding of Galaxy Growth

Astronomers Find New Way to Measure the Spin in Supermassive Black Holes

By being able to measure the distance between the black hole and the accretion disc, astronomers have developed a new method for measuring spin in black holes that could lead to greater understanding of galaxy growth. Astronomers have found a new way of measuring the spin in supermassive black holes, which could lead to better […]

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July 30, 2013

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Scientists Determine the Interior Rotation of a Sun-Like Star

Scientists Measure the Interior Rotation of a Distant Star

Using asteroseismic data obtained by the CoRoT space telescope, a team of scientists was able to measure the internal rotation of a Sun-like star and determine the inclination of its rotation axis. A team of researchers has devised a way to measure the internal properties of stars—a method that offers more accurate assessments of their […]

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July 30, 2013

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Chandra Views an Eclipsing Exoplanet for First Time

Chandra Views Exoplanet HD 189733b Passing in Front of its Parent Star

Data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM Newton Observatory has revealed the first exoplanet caught passing in front of its parent star in X-rays. For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet […]

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July 29, 2013

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Scientists Achieve Solar Hydrogen Production Breakthrough

Researchers Achieve Solar Hydrogen Production Breakthrough

A newly published study reveals how HZB and TU Delft scientists used a solar cell and a photo anode made of a metal oxide to achieve a solar hydrogen production breakthrough. Using a simple solar cell and a photo anode made of a metal oxide, HZB and TU Delft scientists have successfully stored nearly five […]

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July 29, 2013

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Research Reveals ‘Speed Limit’ for Electrical Switching in Magnetite

Researchers Clock the Fastest Possible Electrical Switching in Magnetite

New research from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory reveals for the first time the ‘speed limit’ for electrical switching in magnetite. Menlo Park, California — Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have clocked the fastest-possible electrical switching in magnetite, a naturally magnetic mineral. Their results could drive innovations in […]

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July 29, 2013

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Researchers Move Closer to a Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

A Potential Blood Test for Alzheimers

A newly published study reveals that doctors are moving closer to a potential blood test for detecting Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in Germany have made new steps towards a potential blood test for Alzheimer’s by studying molecules called miRNA circulating in the blood. The research is published on 29 July in the journal Genome Biology. Currently, […]

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July 29, 2013

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New VLT Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 100

ESOs VLT Views Spiral Galaxy Messier 100

This newly released Very Large Telescope image shows spiral galaxy Messier 100 and the huge clouds of hydrogen gas that make up galaxies of this type. Spiral galaxies are usually very aesthetically appealing objects, and never more so than when they appear face-on. And this image is a particularly splendid example: it is the grand […]

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July 29, 2013

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Astronomers Prepare for a Fireball Display from the Perseid Meteor Shower

Astronomers Identify a Meteor Shower that Produces More Fireballs than Any Other

On the nights of August 12th and 13th, astronomers will have the opportunity to watch the Perseid meteor shower, a meteor shower that has recently produced more fireballs than any other. New research from NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office identifies the Perseids as the “fireball champion” of annual meteor showers. This year’s Perseid display peaks on […]

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July 29, 2013

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Hubble Views Lenticular Galaxy NGC 524

Hubble Views the Mysterious Spiral of NGC 524

This Hubble image reveals the mysterious structure of galaxy NGC 524, which is formed by the remaining gas surrounding the galaxy’s central bulge. This striking cosmic whirl is the center of galaxy NGC 524, as seen with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This galaxy is located in the constellation of Pisces, some 90 million light-years […]

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July 26, 2013

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Silk Implants May Help Stop the Progression of Epilepsy

Silk Implants Help Stop Spread of Epilepsy

A new study reveals that silk implants, which are placed in the brain and designed to release adenosine, may help stop the progression of epilepsy. Silk has walked straight off the runway and into the lab. According to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, silk implants placed in the brain of […]

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July 26, 2013

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Neuroscientists Plant False Memories in the Brains of Mice

Neuroscientists Plant False Memories

In a new study, neuroscientists plant false memories in the brains of mice, showing that the brain’s neural mechanism underlying the recall of the memory is the same whether it’s a false or genuine memory. The phenomenon of false memory has been well-documented: In many court cases, defendants have been found guilty based on testimony […]

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July 26, 2013

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Martian Meteorite Almost 4 Billion Years Younger Than Previously Thought

Scientists Solve Martian Meteorite Age Puzzle

A team of researchers has revealed that a common group of meteorites from Mars is almost 4 billion years younger than previously thought, providing scientists with a clearer picture of the Red Planet’s evolution. A team led by Western University’s Desmond Moser has solved a Martian meteorite age puzzle that paints a much clearer picture […]

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July 26, 2013

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Astronomers Reveal the True Identity of Mysterious Centaurs

WISE Reveals Mysterious Centaurs May Be Comets

In a newly published study, astronomers used data from NEOWISE to reveal the true identity of centaurs that orbit the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune, finding that roughly two-thirds of the centaur population are comets. Pasadena, California — The true identity of centaurs, the small celestial bodies orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune, is […]

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