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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May 17, 2013

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Scientists Convert Human Skin Cells into Embryonic Stem Cells

Researchers Convert Human Skin Cells into Embryonic Stem Cells

Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center have successfully converted human skin cells into embryonic stem cells, marking the first time human stem cells have been produced via nuclear transfer. Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) have successfully reprogrammed […]

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May 17, 2013

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Researchers Generate Immune Responses from Stem Cell Grown Thymus Tissue

Human Stem Cells Generate Immune System in Mice

In a newly published study, scientists from UC San Francisco detail how they developed the first functioning human thymus tissue from embryonic stem cells in the laboratory, a significant step toward potential new treatments based on stem-cell and organ transplantation. Raising hopes for cell-based therapies, UC San Francisco researchers have created the first functioning human […]

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May 17, 2013

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission to Collect Asteroid Sample Moves into Development Phase

OSIRIS REx Mission Moves into Development Phase

NASA’s mission to bring a sample of an asteroid back to Earth is underway. OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to launch in 2016 and will rendezvous with the asteroid Bennu in 2018, returning with a sample of it to Earth in 2023. NASA’s first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in […]

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May 17, 2013

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Spitzer Views Galaxy Messier 94 and Its “Starburst Ring”

New Image of the Galaxy Messier 94 also Known as NGC 4736

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope captured this new image of Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736, which is located about 17 million light-years away. How many rings do you see in this new image of the galaxy Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736? While at first glance one might see a number of them, […]

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May 16, 2013

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Study Reveals that the Brain Rewires Itself after Injury

Study Shows that the Brain Rewires Itself after Injury

A new study shows that parts of the prefrontal cortex take over when the hippocampus is damaged, a finding that could potentially help scientists develop new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other conditions involving damage to the brain. When the brain’s primary “learning center” is damaged, complex new neural circuits arise to compensate for […]

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May 16, 2013

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Billion Year Old Water Could Hold Clues to Life

Billion Year Old Water Could Hold Clues to Life

Researchers from the universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Toronto and McMaster have discovered ancient pockets of water rich in dissolved gases like hydrogen and methane pouring out of boreholes from a mine 2.4 kilometers beneath Canada that may hold clues to the origins of life. A UK-Canadian team of scientists has discovered ancient pockets of water, […]

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