July 10, 2013

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Naturally Occurring Nanoparticles Harnessed to Target Disease

Naturally Occurring Nanoparticles Harnessed to Target Disease

New research shows that naturally occurring nanoparticles called exosomes can be coated with an antibody to deliver therapeutic miRNA to targeted cells. Using a novel form of immune-genetic therapy, researchers from Yale School of Medicine and the Jagiellonian University College of Medicine in Poland have successfully inhibited a strong immune allergic inflammatory response in the […]

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July 10, 2013

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Sun’s Loops are Tapered, Wider at the Top and Narrower at the Ends

Research Shows Suns Loops Are Tapered

New research presented at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division suggests that coronal loops of the Sun are tapered, being wider at the top and narrow and the ends. Cambridge, Massachusetts – The Sun’s outer atmosphere, or corona, has posed an enduring mystery. Why is it so hot? The Sun’s visible […]

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July 10, 2013

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Particles with Mass Experience Different Space-Times

Analyses Suggest Not All Elementary Particles Are Subject to the Same Space Time

Recent analyses from a team of physicists at University of Warsaw suggest that not all elementary particles are subject to the same space-time. Before the Big Bang, space-time as we know it did not exist. So how was it born? The process of creating normal space-time from an earlier state dominated by quantum gravity has […]

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July 10, 2013

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Astronomers Observe the Birth of a Massive Star in the Milky Way

Scientists Observe the Birth of a Massive Star in the Milky Way

Using the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array, astronomers observed the birth of a massive star within a dark cloud core, revealing in superb detail the filamentary network of dust and gas flowing into the central compact region of the cloud. Scientists have observed in unprecedented detail the birth of a massive star within a dark cloud […]

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July 9, 2013

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A Potential Solution to a 135 Year Old Meteorite Mystery

Scientist Discovers Potential Solution to 135 Year Old Meteorite Mystery

A scientist from the University of Chicago may have discovered the solution to a 135 year old meteorite mystery, revealing that chondrules may have formed from high-pressure collisions in the early solar system. A normally staid University of Chicago scientist has stunned many of his colleagues with his radical solution to a 135-year-old mystery in […]

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July 9, 2013

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Researchers Design a DNA Sequencing Microchip for Detecting Life on Mars

Researchers Design DNA Sequencing Microchip for Detecting Life on Mars

In a step toward analyzing Mars for signs of life, researchers from MIT, Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital are working on a DNA-sequencing microchip that can survive radiation doses similar to those found on Mars. If there is life on Mars, it’s not too farfetched to believe that such Martian species may share genetic roots […]

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July 9, 2013

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Scientists Discover Six Ultra-Cold Debris Disks without Dust

International Scientists Discover Six Ultra Cold Debris Disks

With the help of the Herschel Space Observatory, an international team of scientists discovered six ultra-cold debris disks, which are missing the characteristic dust that is released when the rocks collide. Planets and asteroids, red giants and brown dwarfs – there are all kinds of objects in our Universe. Debris disks are among them. These […]

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July 9, 2013

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Flexible Sensors May Lead to “Artificial Skin” That Senses Touch, Humidity and Temperature

Flexible Sensor Could Lead to Artificial Skin That Senses

In a newly published study, researchers demonstrate flexible sensors based on monolayer-capped nanoparticles that could allow low-voltage operation, and could provide a platform for multifunctional applications. Using tiny gold particles and a kind of resin, a team of scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has discovered how to make a new kind of flexible […]

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July 9, 2013

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Baseline Configuration of Ariane 6 Selected

Ariane 6 Configuration

The baseline configuration for Europe’s Ariane 6 launch vehicle has been selected. In November 2012, European Ministers responsible for space, meeting in Naples, Italy, approved the start of preparatory activities for Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 launch vehicle. The objective of Ariane 6 is to maintain guaranteed autonomous access to space for Europe, while minimizing exploitation […]

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July 8, 2013

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Entanglement Enhanced Detection of Single Photons

Detection of Single Photons via Quantum Entanglement

In a newly published study, physicists from the University of Innsbruck detail a technique to detect the scattering of a single photon on a broad optical transition with high sensitivity, using an entangled state to amplify the tiny momentum kick an ion receives upon scattering a photon. A team of quantum physicists in Innsbruck led […]

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July 8, 2013

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Brain Regions Associated With the Successful Spread of Ideas Identified

Brain Regions Associated with the Successful Spread of Ideas Identified

UCLA scientists have identified for the first time the brain regions associated with the successful spread of ideas. How do ideas spread? What messages will go viral on social media, and can this be predicted? UCLA psychologists have taken a significant step toward answering these questions, identifying for the first time the brain regions associated […]

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July 8, 2013

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Berkeley Lab Identifies Biomechanical Factor in Malignancies

Biomechanical Factor in Malignancies Identified

In a newly published study, researchers from the Berkeley Lab demonstrated that the malignant activity of a critical cellular protein system can arise from what essentially are protein traffic jams. Evidence is mounting that the development and spread of cancer, long attributed to gene expression and chemical signaling gone awry, involves a biomechanical component as […]

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July 8, 2013

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Brain Disruption Shows That Mental Illnesses Have Biological Similarities

Brain Disruption Illustrates Similarities Between Mental Illnesses

Yale University researchers have identified specific brain activity patterns found in individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and those with bipolar disorder, providing the first brain-wide evidence that cortical-thalamic pathways are profoundly altered in schizophrenia, and supporting the hypothesis that neuropsychiatric conditions with shared symptoms actually exist on a continuum of brain activity. A specific brain disruption […]

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July 8, 2013

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Astronomers Discover Mysterious Bursts of Radio Waves

Astronomers Discover Mysterious Bursts of Radio Waves

Astronomers using the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope have discovered radio bursts originating from billions of light years away, leaving the scientists to speculating about their origins. The international research team, writing in the journal Science, rule out terrestrial sources for the four fast radio bursts and say their brightness and distance suggest they come from […]

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July 8, 2013

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Study Suggests Andromeda Crashed into the Milky Way 10 Billion Years Ago

Andromeda Galaxy

A new study suggests that Andromeda crashed into the Milky Way roughly 10 billion years ago, explaining the observed structure of the two galaxies and their satellites. For many years scientists have believed that our Galaxy, the Milky Way, is set to crash into its larger neighbor, the Andromeda Galaxy, in about 3 billion years’ […]

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July 5, 2013

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Astronomers View Distant Galaxy Feeding on Nearby Gas

ESO Spots Distant Galaxy Feeding on Nearby Gas

Using two instruments known as SINFONI and UVES, astronomers were able to view a distant galaxy feeding on nearby gas, revealing how the galaxy itself was rotating, and revealing the composition and motion of the gas outside the galaxy. Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have spotted a distant galaxy hungrily snacking on nearby gas. […]

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July 5, 2013

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Scientists Discover Surprising Amount of Dust and Gas in the Remnant of Supernova 1987A

Supernova 1987A Helps Explain Why Space is so Abundant with Dust Grains and Molecules

Using the Herschel Space Observatory and Atacama Millimeter and Submillimeter Array, researchers have discovered a vast reservoir of unexpectedly cold molecules and dust from the remnant of supernova 1987A. Surprisingly low temperatures detected in the remnant of the supernova 1987A may explain the mystery of why space is so abundant with dust grains and molecules. […]

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July 5, 2013

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Hubble Reveals the Puzzling Properties of Hot Jupiter Atmospheres

First Results from the Analysis of Eight Hot Jupiter Exoplanets

Researchers from the University of Exeter are presenting their first results from the analysis of eight ‘hot Jupiter’ exoplanets, finding that winds and clouds play an important role in the atmospheric make up of these planets. Catherine Huitson from Physics and Astronomy at the University of Exeter will present the results at the National Astronomy […]

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