June 7, 2013

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New Wavelength Detector Could Improve Data Communications

New Device Could Streamline Optical Data Communications

In a new study, SLAC and Stanford scientists detail a new three-layer solid-state device can directly identify the wavelength of light that hits it. Researchers at SLAC and Stanford have created a new device, smaller than a grain of rice, that could streamline optical data communications. It can directly identify the wavelength of light that […]

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June 7, 2013

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Keck Observatory Observations Strengthen Big Bang Theory

Keck Observations Strengthen Big Bang Theory

Using Keck observations of ancient stars and models of their atmospheres, researchers have shown that there is no conflict between their lithium-6 and lithium-7 content and predictions of the standard theory of Big Bang nucleosynthesis. Kamuela, Hawaii – An international team of scientists using the most powerful telescope on Earth has discovered the moments just […]

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June 7, 2013

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ALMA “Dust Trap” Observations Solve Planet Formation Mystery

Dust Trap in the System Oph IRS 48

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers observed a dust trap in a system called Oph-IRS 48 where dust grains were trapped and could grow much larger by colliding and sticking together. Astronomers have imaged a region around a young star where dust particles can grow by clumping together. This is the first time […]

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June 7, 2013

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Study Shows Breastfeeding Improves Brain Development in Infants

Breastfeeding Improves Brain Development in Infants

A newly published study from Brown University shows that breastfeeding improves brain development in infants, providing better brain development than a combination of breastfeeding and formula, which produced better development than formula alone. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — A new study by researchers from Brown University finds more evidence that breastfeeding is good for […]

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June 7, 2013

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Cassini Data Confirms PAHs Play Major Role in Production of Lower Haze on Titan

Researchers Confirm Presence of Complex Hydrocarbons in Upper Atmosphere of Titan

Data from Cassini’s visual and infrared mapping spectrometer has allowed researchers to confirm that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) play a major role in the production of Titan’s lower haze, and that the chemical reactions leading to the formation of the haze start high up in the atmosphere. Scientists working with data from NASA’s Cassini mission […]

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June 7, 2013

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Kepler Data Reveals That Stars Don’t Eat Their Young Migrating Planets

Kepler Data Shows That Hot Jupiters Are Not Regularly Consumed by Their Stars

Using data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, a newly published study suggests that migrating planets stop their inward journey before reaching their stars, remaining in fairly stable orbits for billions of years. Stars have an alluring pull on planets, especially those in a class called hot Jupiters, which are gas giants that form farther from […]

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June 6, 2013

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Researchers Demonstrate Quantum Teleportation Between Distant Material Objects

Researchers Teleport Information Between Two Clouds of Gas Atoms

In a newly published study, researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute demonstrate the deterministic continuous-variable quantum teleportation of information between two clouds of gas atoms. Researchers have been able to teleport information from light to light at a quantum level for several years. In 2006, researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute succeeded in teleporting between […]

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June 6, 2013

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Study Suggests Life on Earth is the Result of Icy Comets

New Research Suggests Life on Earth Came from Comets

A newly published study suggests that life on earth may have started as a result of icy comets that crashed into Earth billions of years ago. Early Earth was not very hospitable when it came to jump starting life. In fact, new research shows that life on Earth may have come from out of this […]

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June 6, 2013

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TW Hydrae Provides Insight About the Birth of Our Sun

TW Hydrae Reveals What Our Sun Was Llike When it Was 10 Million Years Old

By studying TW Hydrae, researchers are getting a glimpse of what happened to our Sun some four and a half billion years ago. Indianapolis, IN – If you had a time machine that could take you anywhere in the past, what time would you choose? Most people would probably pick the era of the dinosaurs […]

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June 6, 2013

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NGC 6334 Experiencing a “Mini-Starburst”

Study Suggests NGC 6334 Undergoing a Burst of Star Formation

New research presented at this year’s meeting of the American Astronomical Society suggests that NGC 6334 is forming stars at a more rapid pace than Orion, resembling a “mini-starburst,” similar to a scaled-down version of the spectacular bursts sometimes seen in other galaxies. Indianapolis, Indiana – Most skygazers recognize the Orion Nebula, one of the […]

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June 6, 2013

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Spitzer Views Birth and Death of Stars at the Outer Edges of the Galaxy

Spitzer Views Newborn Stars in the Milky Way

New images from the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire project capture the birth and death of stars in the lesser-known areas at the outer edges of the galaxy. Pasadena, California– New views from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope show blooming stars in our Milky Way galaxy’s more barren territories, far from its crowded core. The […]

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June 5, 2013

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Researchers Target an Aspect of Down Syndrome

Researchers Target an Aspect of Down Syndrome

A new study examines the impact of elevated Down syndrome cell-adhesion molecule (Dscam) on how neurons develop, finding that in the fruit fly Drosophila the amount of Dscam proteins in a neuron determines the size to which a neuron extends its protrusions before it forms connections with other nerve cells. Ann Arbor — University of […]

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June 5, 2013

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Hydrogel Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

Silicon Eelectrodes Improve Iithium Ion Battery Performance

By coating electrodes made of silicon with a conducting polymer hydrogel, researchers developed a new technique to significantly improve the charge storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries. Stanford University scientists have dramatically improved the performance of lithium-ion batteries by creating novel electrodes made of silicon and conducting polymer hydrogel, a spongy substance similar to the material […]

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June 5, 2013

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NASA Data Suggests Black Holes Abundant Among the Earliest Stars

New Study Reveals Black Holes Abundant Among The Earliest Stars

A newly published study suggest that black holes were abundant among the first stars in the universe, finding that black holes are responsible for at least 20 percent of the cosmic infrared background, which indicates intense activity from black holes feeding on gas during the epoch of the first stars. By comparing infrared and X-ray […]

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June 5, 2013

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Fossil Discovery Shows Giant Reptiles Coexisted with Mammals

Lizard King Fossil Shows Giant Reptiles Coexisted with Mammals

Paleontologists discovered the fossil remains of a giant lizard, Barbaturex morrisoni, which coexisted with mammals in the hot tropical forests of Southeast Asia some 40 million years ago. Some 40 million years before rock singer Jim Morrison’s lyrics earned him the moniker “the Lizard King,” an actual king lizard roamed the hot tropical forests of […]

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June 5, 2013

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Astronomers Discover a Hot Saturn-Like Planet

Artist Impression of Newly Discovered Planet Kelt 6b

Using inexpensive ground-based telescopes, researchers discovered a hot Saturn-like exoplanet when its passed in front of it host star. Louisville, Kentucky — A scientific team led by University of Louisville doctoral student Karen Collins has discovered a hot Saturn-like planet in another solar system 700 light-years away. Collins announced the discovery of exoplanet KELT-6b Tuesday, […]

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June 5, 2013

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Researchers Turn Astronomical Data into Music

Researchers Turn Astronomical Data into Music

A new website allows listeners to hear the music of the stars, turning Chandra X-ray data into musical notes. Plato, the Greek philosopher and mathematician, described music and astronomy as “sister sciences” that encompassed harmonious motions, whether of instrument strings or celestial objects. This philosophy of a “Music of the Spheres” was symbolic. However, modern […]

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June 4, 2013

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Hubble Maps 3D Structure of Ejected Material from Erupting Nova

Hubble Views Double Star System T Pyxidis

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers used a flash of light from double-star system T Pyxidis to probe for the first time the 3-D structure of material ejected by an erupting nova. Washington — A flash of light from a stellar outburst has provided a rare look at the 3-D structure of material ejected by […]

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