May 7, 2013

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Scientists Reveal a New Species of Dinosaur

Scientists Reveal a New Species of Dinosaur

New research describes the newly discovered species of bone-headed dinosaur, named Acrotholus audeti, which lived about 85 million years ago. Scientists have named a new species of bone-headed dinosaur (pachycephalosaur) from Alberta, Canada. Acrotholus audeti (Ack-RHO-tho-LUS) was identified from both recently discovered and historically collected fossils. Approximately six feet long and weighing about 40 kgs […]

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May 7, 2013

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New Study Suggests Wind, Not Water, Formed Mount Sharp on Mars

New Study Suggests Wind Not Water Formed Mount Sharp

In a newly published study, scientists from Princeton University and the California Institute of Technology suggest that Mount Sharp most likely emerged as strong winds carried dust and sand into the 96-mile-wide crater in which the mound sits. A roughly 3.5-mile high Martian mound that scientists suspect preserves evidence of a massive lake might actually […]

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May 7, 2013

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Herschel Makes Detailed Observations of a Hot Molecular Gas at the Center of the Milky Way

Herschel Views Hot Molecular-Gas at the Center of the Milky Way

Using ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, scientists have detected and analyzed a variety of simple molecules at the center of Milky Way, allowing them to probe some of the fundamental properties of the interstellar gas surrounding the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. ESA’s Herschel space observatory has made detailed observations of […]

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May 7, 2013

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NASA’s Spitzer Helps Researchers Get a Closer Look at Hot Jupiters

NASAs Spitzer Helps Researchers Get a Closer Look at Hot Jupiters

Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, researchers are taking a closer look at exoplanets known as Hot Jupiters, revealing a wide range of climates, raging winds and other aspects of their turbulent nature. Our galaxy is teeming with a wild variety of planets. In addition to our solar system’s eight near-and-dear planets, there are more than […]

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May 6, 2013

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Nanomaterials Found in Everyday Products Can Cause Lung Inflammation and Damage

Study Reveals Engineered Nanomaterials Cause Lung Inflammation

A new study, which examined the health effects of engineering nanomaterials in a mouse model, reveals that breathing ultrafine particles from nanomaterials found in household and commercial products can cause lung inflammation and damage. Sacremento, California — A consortium of scientists from across the country has found that breathing ultrafine particles from a large family […]

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May 6, 2013

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Researchers Control Seizures in Epileptic Mice Using Brain Cells

Brain Cells Cure Epilepsy in Mice

In a newly published study, researchers detail how they controlled seizures in epileptic mice with the one-time transplantation of medial ganglionic eminence (MGE) cells. Epilepsy that does not respond to drugs can be halted in adult mice by transplanting a specific type of cell into the brain, UC San Francisco researchers have discovered, raising hope […]

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May 6, 2013

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Squaraine Dye Improves Polymer Solar Cell Efficiency

Squaraine Dye Improves Polymer Solar Cell Efficiency

By adding a squaraine dye into polymer solar cells that are based on Forster resonance energy transfer, Yale scientists achieved a 38 percent increase in power conversion efficiency, opening up a new avenue for the development of high-efficiency polymer solar cells. For some solar cells, the future may be fluorescent. Scientists at Yale have improved […]

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May 6, 2013

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A New Kind of Cosmic Flash May Reveal the Birth of a Black Hole

The Birth of a Black Hole

According to a newly published study from Caltech astrophysicist Anthony Piro, a new kind of cosmic flash may reveal the birth of a black hole. When a massive star exhausts its fuel, it collapses under its own gravity and produces a black hole, an object so dense that not even light can escape its gravitational […]

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May 6, 2013

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NASA’s Fermi, Swift View Record-Setting Gamma-Ray Burst

Record Setting Blast of Gamma Rays from a Dying Star

NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and Swift satellite viewed gamma-ray burst 130427A, which produced the highest-energy light ever detected from a GRB. A record-setting blast of gamma rays from a dying star in a distant galaxy has wowed astronomers around the world. The eruption, which is classified as a gamma-ray burst, or GRB, and designated […]

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May 6, 2013

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Hubble Views Supernova Remnant SNR 0519

Hubble Views the Remains of Supernova SNR 0519

This Hubble image shows the remains of a white dwarf supernova known as SNR 0519, which is located over 150,000 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Dorado. These delicate wisps of gas make up an object known as SNR B0519-69.0, or SNR 0519 for short. The thin, blood-red shells are actually the remnants […]

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May 3, 2013

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Nanometer-Scale Material Capable of Straightening and Speeding Up Light Waves

Nanometer Scale Material Capable of Straightening and Speeding Up Light Waves

A newly published study details how a specially designed “meta-atom” of gold and silicon oxide can transmit light through a wide bandwidth and at a speed approaching infinity. In a process comparable to squeezing an elephant through a pinhole, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have designed a way to engineer atoms capable […]

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May 3, 2013

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Combining Graphene and TMDC Could Lead to the Next Generation of Solar Cells

Graphene Combined with TMDC Could Create the Next Generation of Solar Cells

Using graphene with monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDC), scientists from the University of Manchester and National University of Singapore developed extremely sensitive and efficient photovoltaic devices that could create the next generation of solar cells and optoelectronic devices. University of Manchester and National University of Singapore researchers have shown how building multi-layered heterostructures in […]

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May 3, 2013

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Robotic RoboBees Achieve First Controlled Flight

Robotic RoboBees Achieve Flight

A new study and video details the first controlled flight of robotic RoboBees. Last summer, in a Harvard robotics laboratory, an insect took flight. Half the size of a paper clip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, it leapt a few inches, hovered for a moment on fragile, flapping wings, and then sped […]

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May 3, 2013

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Herschel Reveals Early Galaxies ‘Cooler’ Than Previously Thought

Galaxies in the Early Universe Were Cooler Than Previously Thought

Using data from the Herschel Space Observatory, researchers discovered that galaxies in the early Universe were cooler than those we see around us today. The results are published in the 1st May 2013 edition of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The study draws on the star survey work of the HerMES […]

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May 3, 2013

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Study Reveals How Saturn’s Magnetosphere Changes with the Seasons

Artist Concept of Particle Population in Saturns Magnetosphere

Using data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, scientists from the University of Iowa have discovered how the magnetosphere around Saturn changes with the planet’s seasons, providing an important clue for solving a riddle about the planet’s naturally occurring radio signal and helping scientists better understand variations in Earth’s magnetosphere and Van Allen radiation belts. A University […]

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May 2, 2013

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3D Printed “Bionic” Ear Exhibits Enhanced Auditory Sensing

Scientists Use 3D Printing and Nanoparticles to Create a Functional Ear

Researchers at Princeton created a 3D printed “bionic” ear that exhibits enhanced auditory sensing for radio frequency reception, merging biologic and nanoelectronic functionalities via 3D printing. Scientists at Princeton University used off-the-shelf printing tools to create a functional ear that can “hear” radio frequencies far beyond the range of normal human capability. The researchers’ primary […]

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May 2, 2013

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ESA’s Mars Express Captures New Images of Sulci Gordii

Mars Express Image of the Sulci Gordii Region of Mars

ESA’s Mars Express has captured new images of a region on Mars known as Sulci Gordii, which lies about 200 km east of Olympus Mons. Giant landslides, lava flows and tectonic forces are behind this dynamic scene captured recently by ESA’s Mars Express of a region scarred by the Solar System’s largest volcano, Olympus Mons. […]

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May 2, 2013

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Researchers Use Light to Manipulate a Quantum Bit

 Researchers Use Laser Light to Manipulate a Quantum Bit

UC Santa Barbara researchers developed an all-optical scheme for controlling individual quantum bits in semiconductors using pulses of light, opening up new paths toward the creation of quantum computers. Santa Barbara, California –– By using light, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have manipulated the quantum state of a single atomic-sized defect in diamond –– the […]

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