June 5, 2013

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Fossil Discovery Shows Giant Reptiles Coexisted with Mammals

Lizard King Fossil Shows Giant Reptiles Coexisted with Mammals

Paleontologists discovered the fossil remains of a giant lizard, Barbaturex morrisoni, which coexisted with mammals in the hot tropical forests of Southeast Asia some 40 million years ago. Some 40 million years before rock singer Jim Morrison’s lyrics earned him the moniker “the Lizard King,” an actual king lizard roamed the hot tropical forests of […]

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June 5, 2013

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Astronomers Discover a Hot Saturn-Like Planet

Artist Impression of Newly Discovered Planet Kelt 6b

Using inexpensive ground-based telescopes, researchers discovered a hot Saturn-like exoplanet when its passed in front of it host star. Louisville, Kentucky — A scientific team led by University of Louisville doctoral student Karen Collins has discovered a hot Saturn-like planet in another solar system 700 light-years away. Collins announced the discovery of exoplanet KELT-6b Tuesday, […]

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June 5, 2013

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Researchers Turn Astronomical Data into Music

Researchers Turn Astronomical Data into Music

A new website allows listeners to hear the music of the stars, turning Chandra X-ray data into musical notes. Plato, the Greek philosopher and mathematician, described music and astronomy as “sister sciences” that encompassed harmonious motions, whether of instrument strings or celestial objects. This philosophy of a “Music of the Spheres” was symbolic. However, modern […]

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June 4, 2013

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Hubble Maps 3D Structure of Ejected Material from Erupting Nova

Hubble Views Double Star System T Pyxidis

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers used a flash of light from double-star system T Pyxidis to probe for the first time the 3-D structure of material ejected by an erupting nova. Washington — A flash of light from a stellar outburst has provided a rare look at the 3-D structure of material ejected by […]

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June 4, 2013

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Researchers Link Behavioral Abnormalities and Abnormal Structure of Synapses in Fragile X Syndrome

Gene Known to Cause Inherited Autism Linked to Specific Behaviors

Using a mouse model, UCLA researchers reveal a link between the abnormal structure of synapses in Fragile X syndrome and the behavioral abnormalities at the level of brain circuits. The genetic malady known as Fragile X syndrome is the most common cause of inherited autism and intellectual disability. Brain scientists know the gene defect that […]

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June 4, 2013

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Study Points to a Way to Treat Wounds and Grow Hair

Growth Factor Fgf9 Triggers Hair Growth after Injury

A newly published study reveals that the overexpression of growth factor Fgf9 in a mouse model increases the number of new hair follicles produced during the wound healing process, providing a better understanding of hair regeneration and the potential therapeutic uses for people with hair disorders. Philadelphia – Researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine […]

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June 4, 2013

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VLT Views Exoplanet with the Lowest Mass Ever Imaged Around a Star

New VLT Image Shows the Newly Discovered Planet HD95086b

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers have captured an image of the newly discovered planet HD95086 b, a planet with a predicted mass of only four to five times that of Jupiter in a system about 300 light-years away. A team of astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope has imaged a faint object moving near […]

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June 4, 2013

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Galaxy IC3418 – The First Clear Example of a Galaxy in the Act of Dying

First Clear Example of a Galaxy in the Act of Dying

Research presented at the 222nd American Astronomical Society meeting suggests that the dwarf galaxy IC3418 has stopped making stars and that it is in the process of dying. A bright dwarf galaxy relatively close to Earth’s Milky Way and trailing fireballs is the first clear example of a galaxy in the act of dying, scientists […]

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June 4, 2013

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Rare Stellar Alignment Provides Opportunity to Search for Earth-Like Planets

Stellar Alignment Offers Opportunity To Hunt For Earth Like Planets

A rare stellar alignment will offer astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope two opportunities to search for Earth-like planets around the red dwarf Proxima Centauri. The opportunities will occur in October 2014 and February 2016 when Proxima Centauri, the star nearest to our sun, passes in front of two other stars. Astronomers plotted Proxima Centauri’s […]

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June 3, 2013

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Printing Innovation Improves Organic Semiconductor Efficiency 10-Fold

Printing Innovations Provide Major Improvement in Organic Electronics

Using a new a printing process called FLUENCE (fluid-enhanced crystal engineering), researchers have developed highly aligned single-crystalline organic semiconductor thin films that are capable of conducting electricity 10 times more efficiently than those created using conventional methods. Menlo Park, California — Through innovations to a printing process, researchers have made major improvements to organic electronics—a […]

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June 3, 2013

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Combination of Immune Stimulating Antibodies Shows Promising Results Against Advanced Melanoma

Combined Immunotherapy Shows Promise Against Advanced Melanoma

New research presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology shows promising results in the fight against advanced melanoma, finding that the combination of two immune stimulating antibodies produced rapid and deep tumor regressions in approximately 30% of patients. Combining two cancer immunotherapy drugs in patients with advanced melanoma produced […]

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June 3, 2013

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Study Takes Singularity Out of Black Holes

Researchers Take Singularity Out of Black Holes

In a newly published study, physicists take singularity out of black holes, suggesting that black holes could serve as portals. LSU physicist and Center for Computation and Technology researcher Jorge Pullin and his colleague Rodolfo Gambini of the University of the Republic in Montevideo, Uruguay, have published a study applying Loop Quantum Gravity to an […]

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June 3, 2013

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Herschel Discovers the Earliest Known Starburst Galaxy

Herschel Discovers the Earliest Known Galaxy Undergoing a Massive Starburst

Using data from the Herschel Space Observatory, researchers report finding the earliest known galaxy undergoing a massive burst of star formation, existing at least as early as 880 million years after the Big Bang and making new stars at a rate 2000 times faster than Milky Way galaxy. The universe immediately following the big bang […]

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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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