May 23, 2013

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Herschel Discovers Massive Merging of Two Galaxies

Herschel Views Merging Galaxies HXMM01

The Herschel Space telescope has discovered a massive merging of two galaxies that took place when the universe was roughly 3 billion years old. The galaxies, collectively called HXMM01, are churning out the equivalent of 2,000 suns a year. Pasadena, California – A massive and rare merging of two galaxies has been spotted in images […]

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May 22, 2013

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Detailed Hubble Image of the Cat’s Eye Nebula

Hubble Image of the Cats Eye Nebula

Hubble reveals the full beauty of a bull’s eye pattern of eleven or so concentric rings around the Cat’s Eye Nebula, also known as NGC 6543. In this detailed view from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, the so-called Cat’s Eye Nebula looks like the penetrating eye of the disembodied sorcerer Sauron from the film adaptation of […]

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May 22, 2013

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New Fabric Works Like Human Skin, Drains Sweat

New Fabric Works Like Human Skin

Researchers at UC Davis have developed a new fabric that works like human skin, forming excess sweat into droplets that drain away by themselves. A new water-repellent fabric, stitched with water-carrying threads, can take up and drain liquid such as sweat emerging from the skin. Videography by Siyuan Xing/UC Davis Waterproof fabrics that whisk away […]

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May 22, 2013

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Iron-Platinum Alloy Retains Information at Nanomagnet Sizes

Iron Platinum Alloy Nanomagnets Could be New Generation Hard Drives

An international team of researchers used a method called atomic-scale multilayer sputtering to create iron-platinum alloys with an ordered crystal structure that could be used for the next generation of hard drives. Meeting the demand for more data storage in smaller volumes means using materials made up of ever-smaller magnets, or nanomagnets. One promising material […]

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May 22, 2013

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Theorists Develop New Algorithm to Help Search for Dark Matter

Theorists Weigh In on Where to Hunt Dark Matter

Theoretical physicists from the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology detail a new mathematical description of how dark matter particles behave, which could help narrow the search for them. Now that it looks like the hunt for the Higgs boson is over, particles of dark matter are at the top of the physics “Most […]

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May 22, 2013

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Middle Stone Age Innovation Linked to Rapid Climate Change

Middle Stone Age Innovation Linked to Rapid Climate Change

A newly published study presents the most convincing evidence so far that abrupt climate change was instrumental in the development human evolution. Rapid climate change during the Middle Stone Age, between 80,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the Middle Stone Age, sparked surges in cultural innovation in early modern human populations, according to new research. […]

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May 22, 2013

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NASA’s Lunar Program Detects Bright Explosion on the Moon

Lunar Monitoring Program Detects Bright Impact on the Moon

NASA’s lunar monitoring program detected a bright impact on the Moon when a meteoroid hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium. The resulting flash was 10 times as bright as anything they’ve ever seen before and the impact site was glowing like a 4th magnitude star. For the past 8 years, NASA astronomers have been […]

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May 21, 2013

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Trigger for the Onset of Alzheimer’s Disease Identified

Researchers Pinpoint a Catalytic Trigger for the Onset of Alzheimers

Scientists have pinpointed a catalytic trigger for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, establishing the pathway that shows how the toxic species that cause cell death, the oligomers, are formed. Researchers have pinpointed a catalytic trigger for the onset of Alzheimer’s disease – when the fundamental structure of a protein molecule changes to cause a chain […]

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May 21, 2013

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Researchers Develop First Fully Integrated Nanosystem for Artificial Photosynthesis

First Fully Integrated Artificial Photosynthesis Nanosystem

Researchers at the Berkeley Lab have developed the first fully integrated nanosystem for artificial photosynthesis. In the wake of the sobering news that atmospheric carbon dioxide is now at its highest level in at least three million years, an important advance in the race to develop carbon-neutral renewable energy sources has been achieved. Scientists with […]

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May 21, 2013

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Stanford Physicists Develop an Electrically Driven Polariton Laser

Physicists Develop Revolutionary Low Power Polariton Laser

Making use of the unique physical properties of bosons, Stanford physicists have created an electrically driven polariton laser that uses less power than conventional lasers and could one day be used in many places from consumer goods to quantum computers. Lasers are an unseen backbone of modern society. They’re integral to technologies ranging from high-speed […]

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May 21, 2013

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Cosmic Impact Sparked Devastating Climate Change, Caused Mass Extinctions

Research Shows How Cosmic Impact Sparked Devastating Climate Change

A newly published study reveals evidence of a major cosmic event near the end of the Ice Age, detailing how a cosmic impact sparked climate change that caused mass extinctions. Herds of wooly mammoths once shook the earth beneath their feet, sending humans scurrying across the landscape of prehistoric Ohio. But then something much larger […]

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May 21, 2013

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Curiosity Rover Drills Second Rock Target

Curiosity Rover Drills into Second Rock Target

NASA’s Curiosity rover has completed the drilling of the second rock sample on Mars and should deliver portions of the sample in coming days to laboratory instruments inside the rover. Pasadena, California – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect a powdered sample from the interior of a […]

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May 20, 2013

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New Planck Data Challenges Our Understanding of the Universe

New Planck Data Challenges Our Understanding of the Universe

New data from Europe’s Planck satellite challenges our understanding of the Universe, suggesting that Universe may be different on scales larger than those we can directly observe. Planck refines our knowledge of the Universe’s composition and evolution New maps provide excellent evidence for our standard model of cosmology Planck dates Universe at 13.82 billion years […]

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May 20, 2013

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Newly Sequenced Genome of ‘Sacred Lotus’ May Hold Anti-Aging Secrets

Scientists Sequence Genome of Sacred Lotus

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the ‘sacred lotus,” a finding that could reveal many secrets about aging and genetic defects. A team of 70 scientists from the U.S., China, Australia and Japan today reports having sequenced and annotated the genome of the “sacred lotus,” which is believed to have a powerful genetic system that […]

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May 20, 2013

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Synthetic Silicate Nanoplatelets Stimulate Stem Cells into Bone Cells

Synthetic Silicate Nanoplatelets Stimulate Stem Cells into Bone Cells

New research shows that synthetic silicate nanoplatelets can stimulate stem cells into bone cells without the need of additional bone-inducing factors. Researchers from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) are the first to report that synthetic silicate nanoplatelets (also known as layered clay) can induce stem cells to become bone cells without the need of […]

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May 20, 2013

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KAT-7 Watches as Neutron Star Gobbles Up Its Companion Star and Fires the Matter Out

Astronomers Observe a Neutron Star Pulling Material from Its Companion Star

In a new study, astronomers detail their observations of a neutron star system known as Circinus X-1. Using the Karoo Array Telescope, they view the compact neutron star as it gobbles up parts of its companion star and then fires much of this matter back out again. An international team of astronomers have reported the […]

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May 20, 2013

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CoRoT Sol 1 Discovery Helps Unveil the Future of the Sun

CoRoT Mission Helps Unveil the Future of the Sun

Using the Subaru Telescope, astronomers have discovered a star that has about the same mass and chemical composition as the Sun. This solar twin will help astronomers to unveil the near future of our solar system’s Sun. A team of astronomers led by Jose Dias do Nascimento (Department of Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Universidade Federal […]

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May 17, 2013

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How NASA Might Revive the Kepler Space Telescope

How NASA Might Revive the Kepler Space Telescope

In a conversation with Stanford News Service, Scott Hubbard, a Stanford professor and former NASA official, explains how NASA might bring the Kepler spacecraft back online. NASA officials announced Wednesday, May 15, that the Kepler space telescope – the agency’s primary instrument for detecting planets beyond our solar system – had suffered a critical failure […]

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