June 11, 2013

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Pinwheel Spiral Galaxy M101

XMM Newton Image of Pinwheel Spiral Galaxy M101

First published in the XMM-Newton image gallery in 2002, this view of M101 was composed of images taken by XMM-Newton’s Optical Monitor telescope using different filters and is still popular among astronomy fans today. The face-on Pinwheel spiral galaxy is seen at ultraviolet wavelengths in this image taken by ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope. Also known […]

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June 11, 2013

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Study Examines the Role of JC Polyomavirus

Study Examines JC Polyomavirus

In a newly published study, scientists show that common mutant forms of the deadly JC polyomavirus are not responsible for the pathogen’s main attack that kills brain cells, leaving researchers to wonder what they are doing instead. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — The JC polyomavirus is clearly opportunistic. It infects half the population but […]

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June 11, 2013

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Martian Meteorite Contains Chemical Implicated in the Origin of Life

Scientists Discover High Concentrations of Boron in a Martian Meteorite

A newly published study details the discovery of a high concentration of boron in a Martian meteorite that far exceeds that of any previously reported extra-terrestrial object. Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa NASA Astrobiology Institute (UHNAI) have discovered high concentrations of boron in a Martian meteorite. When present in its oxidized form […]

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June 11, 2013

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Module for ESA’s Euclid ‘Dark Universe’ Mission in Development

Euclid to Probe Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Astrium has begun development on a fully integrated payload module for ESA’s Euclid ‘Dark Universe’ Mission. The module will incorporate a 1.2 m-diameter telescope feeding the mission’s two science instruments, which are being developed by the Euclid Consortium. The module carrying the telescope and scientific instruments of ESA’s Euclid ‘dark Universe’ mission is now being […]

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June 11, 2013

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New and Improved Movie Clip of Near-Earth Asteroid 1998 QE2

New Video of Asteroid 1998 QE2

A new three minute video from [email protected] takes a closer look at asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon as it passed by Earth in early June. In this movie, each of the individual images required about five minutes of data collection by the Goldstone radar. At the time of the observations on June 1st, asteroid […]

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June 10, 2013

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New Analysis on Iceman Ötzi Opens Up New Research Possibilities for Mummies

New Data Sheds Light on Otzi the Icemans Dark Secrets

Using a pinhead-sized sample of brain tissue from the Iceman Ötzi, scientists were able to identify numerous brain proteins, as well as proteins from blood cells, opening up new research possibilities for mummies. After decoding the Iceman’s genetic make-up, a research team from the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC), Saarland University, Kiel University and other […]

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June 10, 2013

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Scientists Guide Flying Robot with Their Thoughts

Researchers Use Their Thoughts to Steer a Flying Robot

Using noninvasive 3-D brain-computer interfaces, scientists at the University of Minnesota have developed technology that allows them to use their thoughts to steer a flying robot. It’s a staple of science fiction: people who can control objects with their minds. At the University of Minnesota, a new technology is turning that fiction into reality. In […]

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June 10, 2013

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Researchers Pinpoint the Source of a Mysterious Magnetism

Titanium Atom in Man Made Oxide Heterostructure Reveals Magnetic Properties

In a newly published study, researchers from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory proved that the magnetism in the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructure comes from the titanium atom. Scientists from SLAC and Stanford have used finely tuned X-rays at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) to pin down the source of a mysterious magnetism that appears when two materials […]

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June 10, 2013

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Keck Observatory Measures Segue 2: The Least Massive Galaxy

Keck Observatory Measure the Least Massive Galaxy

Using the Keck Observatory telescopes, researchers were able to measure Segue 2. The findings suggest that it is the least massive galaxy and one of the faintest galaxies known, with a light output just 900 times that of the Sun. Kamuela, Hawaii — The least massive galaxy in the known universe has been measured by […]

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June 10, 2013

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Hubble Views the Northern Trifid

NGC 1579 The Trifid of the North

In this new image, Hubble views NGC 1579, also known as the Northern Trifid. (In the enlarged photo, the upper left corner is blacked out.) Unlike the venomous fictional plants that share its name, the Trifid of the North, otherwise known as the Northern Trifid or NGC 1579, poses no threat to your vision. The […]

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June 10, 2013

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NASA Image of the Day – The Butterfly Nebula

Hubble Image of the Butterfly Nebula

Taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 in 2009, this NASA image of the day shows NGC 6302, also known as the Butterfly Nebula. The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth’s night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an […]

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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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