June 19, 2013

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Custom 3D Printer Prints Lithium-Ion Microbatteries

Researchers 3D Print Lithium Ion Microbatteries

Using a custom-built 3D printer, a team of researchers printed lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand, opening the door to future development of miniaturized medical implants, compact electronics, tiny robots, and more. Boston, Massachusetts — 3D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. […]

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June 19, 2013

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SNfactory Collects Data on Supernova 2011fe Just Hours After It Explodes

Supernova 2011fe Discovered Just Hours After it Exploded

The SNfactory has released a new dataset based on 32 nights of repeated observations of supernova 2011fe, beginning two weeks before the supernova reached its peak brightness and continued for over three months after maximum light had passed. August, 2011, saw the dazzling appearance of the closest and brightest Type Ia supernova since Type Ia’s […]

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June 19, 2013

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Cassini Will Photograph Earth in Natural Color

Panoramic View of the Saturn System

On the 19th of July, NASA’s Cassini probe will take a mosaic picture of Earth while Saturn is eclipsing the sun from Cassini’s point of view. This will be the first image to capture the Saturn system with Earth in natural color. Pasadena, California – NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture […]

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June 19, 2013

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New NASA Video Explores Strange Flames on the ISS

ScienceCast Video Explores the Behavior of Fire on the International Space Station

A new four minute video from Science at NASA explores the surprising behavior of “cool flames” on the International Space Station, revealing a cool-burning form of fire that could help improve the efficiency of auto engines. Fire, it is often said, is mankind’s oldest chemistry experiment. For thousands of years, people have been mixing the […]

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June 18, 2013

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New Subatomic Particle Zc(3900) Hints at Four-Quark Matter

New Mysterious Subatomic Particle Discovered

Eric Swanson from the University of Pittsburgh gives his viewpoint on two new experiments have detected the signature of a new subatomic particle, Zc(3900). Particle physicists seem to have a pretty good handle on the fundamental particles of the universe, but there are some glaring holes in this understanding. Quarks are a good example of […]

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June 18, 2013

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NitroMemantine Restores Brain Connections in Models of Alzheimer’s

New Drug Reverses Loss of Brain Connections in Models of Alzheimers

A newly published decade-long study reveals that NitroMemantine can restore connections between nerve cells that have been lost during the progression of Alzheimer’s in the brain. The first experimental drug to boost brain synapses lost in Alzheimer’s disease has been developed by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute. The drug, called NitroMemantine, combines two FDA-approved […]

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June 18, 2013

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ESA’s Venus Express Reveals Increasing Wind Speeds on Venus

Scientists Monitor Increasing Wind Speeds on Venus

Using the Venus Monitoring Camera, scientists tracked the movements of distinct cloud features in the atmosphere of Venus over a period of 10 Venusian years, discovering that the planet’s winds have steadily been getting faster. The most detailed record of cloud motion in the atmosphere of Venus chronicled by ESA’s Venus Express has revealed that […]

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June 18, 2013

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Researchers Confirm Three Asteroids Are Co-Orbital with Uranus

Three Objects Follow Uranus Through the Solar System

In two new studies, researchers confirm that the 70km asteroid Crantor and two smaller asteroids (2010 EU65 and 2011 QF99) are co-orbiting with Uranus. Astrophysicists from the Complutense University of Madrid have confirmed that Crantor, a large asteroid with a diameter of 70 km has an orbit similar to that of Uranus and takes the same amount […]

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June 17, 2013

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Scientists Discover a “Turbocharger” for Nerve Cells

Scientists Discovered Mechanism that Boosts Signaling Function of Neurons in the Brain

In a newly published study, scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Experimental Medicine and Biophysical Chemistry reveal a key mechanism that boosts the signaling function of neurons in the brain. Locating a car that’s blowing its horn in heavy traffic, channel-hopping between football and a thriller on TV without losing the plot, and not […]

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June 17, 2013

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Research Reveals First Complete Chemical Analysis of ‘Dinobird’ Feathers

First Complete Chemical Analysis of Dinobird Feathers

Using X-ray experiments at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, researchers were able to reveal the first complete chemical analysis of feathers from Archaeopteryx. Menlo Park, California — The first complete chemical analysis of feathers from Archaeopteryx, a famous fossil linking dinosaurs and birds, reveals that the feathers were patterned—light in color, with […]

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June 17, 2013

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“Cheetah-Cub Robot” Runs Like a Cat

EPFL Cheetah Cub Robot

In this short video, researchers from EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory reveal a small-size quadruped prototype robot, which they call a “cheetah-cub robot.” Thanks to its legs, whose design faithfully reproduces feline morphology, EPFL’s four-legged “cheetah-cub robot” has the same advantages as its model: it is small, light and fast. Still in its experimental stage, the robot […]

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June 17, 2013

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New Video Maps the Motions of Structures of the Nearby Universe

Currents of Galaxies in the Universe

A new seventeen minute video shows the motions of structures of the nearby universe in greater detail than ever before, revealing a dynamic three-dimensional representation of the universe through the use of rotation, panning and zooming. An international team of researchers, including University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa astronomer Brent Tully, has mapped the motions of […]

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June 17, 2013

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Astronomers Observe Flare Star WX UMa Becoming 15 Times Brighter

Flare Star WX UMa Becomes Brighter

Using the 2.6 meter telescope at the Byurakan Observatory, astronomers monitored the flare stars HU Del, CM Dra, WX UMa, and VW Com over a two month period, observing that the energy distribution in the spectrum of flare star WX UMa changed sharply making it almost 15 times brighter in a matter of 160 seconds. […]

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June 17, 2013

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Hubble Views Two Galaxies Colliding

Hubble Views Two Galaxies Colliding

In this newly released image, the Hubble Space Telescope views two galaxies that are currently colliding to form a new one. The contorted object captured by Hubble in this picture is IRAS 22491-1808, also known as the South America Galaxy. It is an ultra-luminous infrared galaxy (ULIRG) that emits a huge amount of light at […]

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June 14, 2013

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NASA Study Bridges the Gap Between Theory and Black Hole Observations

NASA Study Explains Decades of Black Hole Observations

A newly published study bridges the gap between theory and black hole observation, confirming how stellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy light by demonstrating that both hard and soft X-rays inevitably arise from gas spiraling toward a black hole. A new study by astronomers at NASA, Johns Hopkins University and Rochester Institute of Technology confirms […]

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June 14, 2013

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Fast-Acting Virus Targets Most Melanoma Tumors

Fast Acting Virus Eradicates Most Melanoma Tumors

In a newly published study, Yale University researchers show that a fast-acting virus targets most melanoma tumors after injection into the blood stream of mice. Yale researchers eradicated most melanoma tumors by exposing them to a fast-acting virus, they report in the June 15 edition of the Journal of Virology. Melanoma is the deadliest type […]

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June 14, 2013

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Researchers Control Magnetic Clouds in Graphene, Switch Magnetism On and Off

Researchers Switch Magnetism On and Off in Graphene

Scientists from the University of Manchester have shown for the first time that magnetic clouds in graphene can be controllably dissipated and then condensed back, allowing researchers to work towards transistor-like devices in which information is written down by switching graphene between its magnetic and non-magnetic states. In a report published in Nature Communications, a […]

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June 14, 2013

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Nanoparticle Triggers Chemical Reaction that Generates Hydrogen from Water

Nanoparticle Furthers Clean Energy Alternatives

Researchers at Penn State University have discovered that a nanoparticle composed of nickel and phosphorus can catalyze a chemical reaction that generates hydrogen from water. Cheaper clean-energy technologies could be made possible thanks to a new discovery. Led by Raymond Schaak, a professor of chemistry at Penn State University, research team members have found that […]

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