April 15, 2013

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Black Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Could Play Key Role in Clean Energy Photocatalysis

Black Nanoparticles Could Play Key Role in Clean Energy Photocatalysis

Scientists have developed black titanium dioxide nanoparticles that are able to absorb infrared as well as visible and ultraviolet light, improving the efficiency with which black titanium dioxide can use sunlight to split water molecules for the production of hydrogen. A unique atomic-scale engineering technique for turning low-efficiency photocatalytic “white” nanoparticles of titanium dioxide into […]

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April 15, 2013

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Dark Matter Search Results from CDMS II

Dark Matter Search Results from CDMS II Silicon Detectors

The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) collaboration recently presented its blind-analysis dark matter search results from data taken with silicon detectors during CDMS II operation at the Soudan Underground Laboratory. Scientists around the world are working to understand the nature of dark matter, which accounts for most of the mass of the universe. The earth […]

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April 15, 2013

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Nuclear Fusion Could Power Future Human Expeditions to Mars

Nuclear Fusion Could Send Humans to Mars

In a project funded through NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, researchers from University of Washington and MSNW are calculating the potential for expeditions to Mars using a rocket powered by fusion. Human travel to Mars has long been the unachievable dangling carrot for space programs. Now, astronauts could be a step closer to our nearest […]

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April 15, 2013

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Researchers Assess the Surface of Europa for Materials Representing Ocean Composition

Researchers Assess the Amount of Sulfate Hydrates Compared with Water on the Surface of Europa

In a new study, researchers assessed the amount of sulfate hydrates (compared with relatively pristine water) in the surface ice in five widely distributed areas of Europa, finding that the concentration of frozen sulfuric acid on the surface varies greatly. The surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa exposes material churned up from inside the moon and […]

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April 15, 2013

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Hubble Views Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2768

Hubble Views Dusty Detail in Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2768

This new Hubble image shows the dusty details of elliptical galaxy NGC 2768. The soft glow in this image is NGC 2768, an elliptical galaxy located in the northern constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). NGC 2768 appears here as a bright oval on the sky, surrounded by a wide, fuzzy cloud of material. […]

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April 12, 2013

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Scientists Complete 3D Visual Map of Telomerase Enzyme

Researchers Map 3D Structure of Telomerase Enzyme

UCLA and UC Berkeley researchers have completed the first visual map of the telomerase enzyme, reporting the positions of each component of the enzyme relative to one another and the complete organization of the enzyme’s active site. Like finally seeing all the gears of a watch and how they work together, researchers from UCLA and […]

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April 12, 2013

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Signs of Winter on Titan – Ice Cloud Forming at Titan’s South Pole

An Ice Cloud is Taking Shape Over Titans South Pole

Researchers have detected an ice cloud taking shape over Titan’s south pole. This is a sign of winter weather on Titan and the first time this particular kind of ice cloud has been seen somewhere other than the north pole. An ice cloud taking shape over Titan’s south pole is the latest sign that the […]

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April 12, 2013

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New Study Challenges Planck Results

New Study Challenges Cosmology

A new study from researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics challenges the inflation model, arguing that the new Planck results are actually too good. The universe was created about fourteen billion years ago in a blaze of light known as the big bang. After about 380,000 years or so, once matter had cooled enough […]

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April 12, 2013

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NASA Captures Image of an M6.5 Class Flare

NASA Captures Image of an M Class Flare

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured an image of an M6.5 class flare yesterday, April 11, 2013. The flare was also associated with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection (CME). The sun emitted a mid-level flare, peaking at 3:16 a.m. EDT on April 11, 2013. The M6.5 flare on the morning of April 11, 2013, was also […]

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April 11, 2013

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Patterning Graphene with Metallized DNA Nanolithography

Engineers Create Graphene Electronics with DNA Based Lithography

By using folded DNA to control the nanostructure of inorganic materials, engineers manipulated molecules to form different nanoscale shapes, which could be an important step toward large-scale production of electronic chips made of graphene. DNA’s unique structure is ideal for carrying genetic information, but scientists have recently found ways to exploit this versatile molecule for […]

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April 11, 2013

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The First Systematic Analysis of the Energy Distribution of Interacting Galaxies

The First Systematic Analysis of the Energy Distribution of Interacting Galaxies

Using new observations of thirty-one interacting galaxies in fourteen systems, a new study details the first systematic analysis of the energy distribution of interacting galaxies from the early stages when disruption has only just began to near final stages when the effects of the collision are prominent. Collisions between galaxies are common. Indeed, most galaxies […]

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April 11, 2013

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Painted Turtle Genome Reveals Clues to Extraordinary Adaptations

Scientists Uncover Clues about Longevity

In a newly published study, a large team of biologists describe the genome of the western painted turtle, discovering clues how the painted turtle may offer important insights into the management of a number of human health disorders. Humans could learn a thing or two from turtles, and scientists who have just sequenced the first […]

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April 11, 2013

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Astronomers Discover a Blue Supergiant Star Born Outside the Milky Way

Astronomers-Astronomers Discover a Blue Supergiant Star Located far Beyond the Milky Way

Using the Subaru Telescope, the CFHT and NASA’s GALEX, astronomers reveal unprecedented views of the star formation process of a Blue Supergiant star located in the constellation Virgo. A duo of astronomers, Dr. Youichi Ohyama (Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica or ASIAA, Taiwan) and Dr. Ananda Hota (UM-DAE Center for Excellence in the […]

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April 11, 2013

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World’s Oldest Dinosaur Bonebed Reveals How Dinosaur Embryos Grew and Developed

Worlds Oldest Dinosaur Bonebed Reveals How Dinosaur Embryos Grew and Developed

An international team of scientists excavated and analyzed over 200 bones from dinosaurs at different stages of embryonic development from a 190-million-year-old dinosaur bonebed, revealing how dinosaur embryos grew and developed in their eggs. A 190-million-year-old dinosaur bonebed near the city of Lufeng, in Yunnan, China has revealed for the first time how dinosaur embryos […]

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April 11, 2013

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Asteroid Retrieval Initiative – NASA Plans to Capture & Explore an Asteroid

NASA Plans to Robotically Capture a Small Near Earth Asteroid

NASA’s new budget proposal includes a plan to capture a small near-Earth asteroid so they can safely study and explore it. The below video shows a short animation of the Asteroid Retrieval Initiative. NASA’s FY2014 budget proposal includes a plan to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to the Earth-Moon system, […]

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April 10, 2013

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New PALM-Based Technique Will Help Reduce Biofuel Production Costs

Berkeley Lab Sheds New Light on Cellulase Catalysis

Using an ultrahigh-precision visible light microscopy technique called PALM, scientists at the Berkeley Lab have discovered a way to boost the yields of sugars for making biofuels, which should help reduce production costs. Catalysis may initiate almost all modern industrial manufacturing processes, but catalytic activity on solid surfaces is poorly understood. This is especially true […]

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April 10, 2013

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ESO Views Glowing Planetary Nebula IC 1295

ESO Views Planetary Nebula IC 1295

This new image from the VLT is the most detailed picture ever taken of planetary nebula IC 1295. This intriguing new picture from ESO’s Very Large Telescope shows the glowing green planetary nebula IC 1295 surrounding a dim and dying star located about 3,300 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). This is […]

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April 10, 2013

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Astronomers Discover Rain Falling from Saturn’s Rings

Astronomers Discover Rain Falling from Saturns Rings

Using the W. M. Keck Observatory, researchers reveal the effects of charged water particles on Saturn’s upper atmosphere. Kamuela, Hawaii — NASA funded observations from the W. M. Keck Observatory with analysis led by the University of Leicester, England, tracked the “rain” of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn and found the extent […]

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