June 3, 2013

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Delivers New Data

New Data from NASAs Kepler Mission

NASA’s Kepler Mission delivers new data, adding 1,924 new KOIs detected over a 34-month baseline. On May 28, 2013, NASA’s Kepler mission delivered new data to the NASA Exoplanet Archive. I sat down with Michael Haas, Kepler science office director at NASA Ames Research Center, to find out more. MJ: Mike, what information has the […]

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June 3, 2013

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Hubble Views an Ongoing Cosmic Collision

Hubble Views an Ongoing Cosmic Collision

In this new image, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope views an ongoing cosmic collision between two galaxies. This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures an ongoing cosmic collision between two galaxies — a spiral galaxy is in the process of colliding with a lenticular galaxy. The collision looks almost as if it is […]

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May 31, 2013

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CVD Graphene with Large Grains is as Strong as Exfoliated Graphene

Graphene Remains the Strongest Material Ever Measured

A new study from Columbia Engineering researchers reports on the strength of large-area graphene films grown using chemical vapor deposition (CVD), correcting the mistaken consensus that grain boundaries of graphene are weak. In a new study, published in Science May 31, 2013, Columbia Engineering researchers demonstrate that graphene, even if stitched together from many small […]

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May 31, 2013

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Physicists Create Artificial Magnetic Monopoles

Researchers Discover Artificial Magnetic Monopoles

By merging tiny magnetic whirls, called skyrmions, a team of scientists were able to create artificial magnetic monopoles. A team of researchers from Cologne, Munich and Dresden have managed to create artificial magnetic monopoles. To do this, the scientists merged tiny magnetic whirls, so-called skyrmions. At the point of merging, the physicists were able to […]

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May 31, 2013

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Origin of the Turtle Shell

Origin of the Turtle Shell

A newly published study from Yale University researchers looks at the origin of the turtle shell, shedding new light on how the turtle shell evolved. The turtle has been in no rush to give up the secret of its shell — but after two centuries of close study, scientists are filling in the story of […]

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May 31, 2013

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Curiosity Finds Evidence of Ancient Streambed on Mars

Curiosity Finds Evidence of Ancient Streambed on Mars

Further analysis of Curiosity data has led researchers to believe that an ancient, flowing stream once existed on Mars. Pasadena, California – Detailed analysis and review have borne out researchers’ initial interpretation of pebble-containing slabs that NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity investigated last year: They are part of an ancient streambed. The rocks are the first […]

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May 31, 2013

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GRAIL Data Helps Solve Mystery of Moon’s Uneven Surface Gravity

GRAIL Mission Solves Mystery of Surface Gravity on the Moon

By combining GRAIL gravity data with computer models of large asteroid impacts and known details about the geologic evolution of impact craters, scientists were able uncover the origin of Moon’s uneven surface gravity. Pasadena, California — NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the […]

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May 31, 2013

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First Radar Images Reveal Asteroid QE2 Has Its Own Moon

First Radar Images of Asteroid 1998 QE2

Using the Deep Space Network antenna, astronomers have captured the first radar images of asteroid QE2. The asteroid is approximately 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) in diameter and has its own moon that is approximately 2,000 feet (600 meters) wide. Radar data of asteroid 1998 QE2 obtained on May 29, 2013. The small moving white dot […]

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May 30, 2013

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Scientists Peer into a Cell in Real Time

Researchers Peer into a Cell in Real Time

Using newly developed scientific complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (sCMOS) cameras in combination with new algorithms, scientists can now generate accurate images of sub-cellular structures in milliseconds rather than minutes. A dream of scientists has been to visualize details of structures within our cells in real time, a breakthrough that would greatly aid in the study of […]

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May 30, 2013

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New Mathematical Model Links Negatively Curved Space-Time and Flat Space-Time

New Model Links Space Time Theories

A newly published study uses a new mathematical model to link space-time theories, making connections between negatively curved space-time and flat space-time. Researchers at the University of Southampton have taken a significant step in a project to unravel the secrets of the structure of our Universe. Professor Kostas Skenderis, Chair in Mathematical Physics at the […]

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May 30, 2013

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Sodium Levels in Stars Helps Predict How Their Lives Will End

New VLT Observations Show Sodium Plays Important Role in the Life of Stars

Researchers used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to carefully study the light coming from stars in the globular star cluster NGC 6752, finding that all of the AGB stars in the study were first generation stars with low levels of sodium and none of the higher-sodium second generation stars had become AGB stars at all. Astronomers […]

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May 30, 2013

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Evidence of Activity at Saturn Moon Dione

Hints of Activity on Saturn Moon Dione

Researchers have found hints of evidence suggesting that Saturn’s moon Dione was likely active in the past, and could still be active now. From a distance, most of the Saturnian moon Dione resembles a bland cueball. Thanks to close-up images of a 500-mile-long (800-kilometer-long) mountain on the moon from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, scientists have found […]

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May 30, 2013

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NASA’s WISE Mission Identifies 28 New Asteroid Families

 WISE Mission Finds Lost Asteroid Family Members

Using NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, scientists have identified 28 new asteroid families and have place thousands of previously hidden and uncategorized asteroids into families for the first time. Pasadena, California — Data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to a new and improved family tree for asteroids in the main belt […]

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May 30, 2013

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NASA’s Swift Reveals “Anti-Glitch” in a Neutron Star

Swift Observes Neutron Star Slowing Down

Observations from NASA’s Swift X-ray Telescope have revealed that the rotation of neutron star 1E 2259+586 is slowing down, affecting this magnetar in exactly the opposite manner of every other clearly identified glitch seen in neutron stars. Astronomers using NASA’s Swift X-ray Telescope have observed a spinning neutron star suddenly slowing down, yielding clues they […]

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May 29, 2013

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Century-Old HMS Challenger Expedition Data Helps Confirm Ocean Warming

Century Old Challenger Expedition Helps Confirm Global Warming

A new study using ocean data from the 135 year old HMS Challenger oceanographic expedition combined with modern measurements of ocean temperatures reveals that warming of the planet can be clearly detected since 1873 and that our oceans continue to absorb the great majority of this heat. A new NASA and university analysis of ocean […]

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May 29, 2013

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New Material Can Be Molded into Highly Conductive 3-D Structures

New Material for 3D Shaping

A new resin material that can be molded into highly conductive 3-D structures shows potential for making customized electrodes for fuel cells, batteries and biosensor interfaces for medical uses. Washington, May 29, 2013 — Though its surface has been turned to carbon, the bunny-like features can still be easily observed with a microscope. This rabbit […]

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May 29, 2013

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Preserved Mammoth with Blood Discovered in Siberia

Preserved Mammoth Found with Flowing Blood

A team of Russian scientists have discovered the remains of a female mammoth with blood and muscle tissue. Russian scientists have claimed to have discovered a fully-grown female mammoth carcass with blood and well-preserved muscle tissue trapped in ice in Siberia. The researchers found the mammoth blood during the excavation on the Lyakhovsky Islands in […]

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May 29, 2013

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Study Shows Changing Gut Bacteria Through Diet Affects Brain Function

Study Reveals Changing Gut Bacteria Through Diet Affects Brain Function

A newly published study found that women who regularly consumed beneficial bacteria known as probiotics through yogurt showed altered brain function in many areas, including those involved in sensory processing. UCLA researchers now have the first evidence that bacteria ingested in food can affect brain function in humans. In an early proof-of-concept study of healthy […]

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