July 19, 2013

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Curiosity Reveals Clues about Mars’ Original Atmosphere

Curiosity Reveals Clues about Mars Past

In two new studies, NASA’s Curiosity Rover reveals details about the Martian atmosphere and clues about how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. Pasadena, California – A pair of new papers report measurements of the Martian atmosphere’s composition by NASA’s Curiosity rover, providing evidence about the loss of much of Mars’ original […]

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July 18, 2013

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Oceanographers Discover Compound That Shows Potency Against Anthrax

Chemical Compound Discovered at Sea Shows Potency Against Anthrax

Oceanographers from Scripps UC San Diego have discovered a microorganism that produces a chemical compound that may offer new treatments for anthrax and other ailments such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). A team led by William Fenical at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has discovered a new chemical compound from an ocean […]

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July 18, 2013

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“Intelligent knife” Alerts Surgeons of Cancerous Tissue

Intelligent Knife Alerts Surgeon of Cancerous Tissue

Scientists from the Imperial College London have developed an “intelligent knife” that can inform surgeons about the tissue they are cutting, alerting them to whether the tissue is cancerous or not by using rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry. In the first study to test the invention in the operating theater, the “iKnife” diagnosed tissue samples […]

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July 18, 2013

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Researchers Develop Record Breaking Magnesium Carbonate Material

Researchers Develop Record Breaking Magnesium Carbonate Material

Researchers from Uppsala University have developed a magnesium carbonate material with record breaking properties. A novel material with world record breaking surface area and water adsorption abilities has been synthesized by researchers from Uppsala University, Sweden. The results are published today in PLOS ONE. The magnesium carbonate material that has been given the name Upsalite […]

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July 18, 2013

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New Species of Horned Dinosaur Discovered in Utah

Scientists Discover a New Horned Dinosaur Nasutoceratops Titusi

A team of researchers has discovered a new species of horned dinosaur, called Nasutoceratops titusi, in southern Utah. Salt Lake City, Utah – A remarkable new species of horned dinosaur has been unearthed in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah.  The huge plant-eater inhabited Laramidia, a landmass formed when a shallow sea flooded the central […]

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July 18, 2013

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Colliding Neutron Stars Produce Gold

Earths Gold Likely Came from Colliding Neutron Stars

A new study from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggests that heavy elements, such as gold, are produced and ejected during the merger of neutron stars. Cambridge, Massachusetts – We value gold for many reasons: its beauty, its usefulness as jewelry, and its rarity. Gold is rare on Earth in part because it’s also rare […]

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July 18, 2013

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How Astronomers Search for Habitable Exoplanets

The Search for Habitable Planets

As the search for habitable planets continues, astronomers detail how they determine which exoplanets have all the right conditions for life to thrive. There is only one planet we know of, so far, that is drenched with life. That planet is Earth, as you may have guessed, and it has all the right conditions for […]

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July 17, 2013

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UK Invests in World’s First Air-Breathing Rocket Engine

UK Invests in Worlds First Air Breathing Rocket Engine

The UK government will invest £60 million towards the development of the world’s first air-breathing rocket engine, the SABRE. Through the UK Space Agency, the Government is set to invest £60 million in the development of the SABRE – a British-designed rocket engine which could revolutionize the fields of propulsion and launcher technology, and significantly […]

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July 17, 2013

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Yale Engineers Alter the Microanatomy of Glass

Researchers Alter the Microanatomy of Glass

Engineers at Yale University have developed a method that allows them to vary one aspect of a material’s microstructure while holding all other features constant, resulting in metallic glass composites that are optimized for tensile ductility. Researchers at Yale have developed a way to alter the microanatomy of glass and measure how the changes affect […]

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July 17, 2013

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DNA Study Reveals Clues about Primate Evolution

New DNA Study Reveals Clues about Factors That Shaped Primate Evolution

In a new DNA study, an international team of scientists reveal clues to human and ape evolution, finding that the evolutionary history of ancestral great ape populations was far more complex than that of humans. A massive effort to catalog the genetic variation in humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans has helped researchers piece together a […]

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July 17, 2013

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“Hidden Flux” of Material May Help Explain Earth’s Origins

Material Deep in the Mantle May Help Explain Earths Origin

Scientists at MIT have discovered a “hidden flux” of material deep in the Earth’s mantle that would make the planet’s overall composition more similar to that of meteorites, supporting the theory that Earth arose from the collision of asteroids. It’s widely thought that the Earth arose from violent origins: Some 4.5 billion years ago, a […]

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July 17, 2013

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VLT Views a Gas Cloud Being Ripped Apart by a Black Hole

Gas Cloud Being Ripped Apart by a Supermassive Black Hole

Using the Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory, astronomers watch in real time as a gas cloud is being ripped apart by the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. New observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope show for the first time a gas cloud being ripped apart by the […]

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July 17, 2013

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Comet ISON’s Journey Toward the Sun

Comet ISONs Journey

This three minute video from NASA details and explains the journey of sungrazing comets, like comet ISON, as they round the sun. Comet ISON, which will round the sun on Nov. 28, 2013, at a distance of just 730,000 miles from the sun, is what’s known as a sungrazing comet, due to its close approach. […]

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July 16, 2013

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Harvard Scientists Develop Interactive Website to Model Exoplanet Interiors

Hubble Discovers a Blue Planet HD 189733b

Scientists from the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University have developed a new interactive website that models the interiors of exoplanets. An interactive tool to characterize and illustrate the interior structure of exoplanets is now available at http://www.astrozeng.com/Exoplanet Models.html This tool is useful for observers to quickly constrain the interior structure of an exoplanet, for […]

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July 16, 2013

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3D+2D Television Allows for Simultaneous 3D and 2D Watching

Researchers Develop 3D Display with no Ghosting

Engineers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a 3D+2D television that that combines both 2D and 3D, allowing viewers with stereo glasses to see three-dimensional images, while viewers without the glasses see a normal two-dimensional image without blurriness. With existing 3D television displays, viewers must wear stereo glasses to get the effect of seeing images […]

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July 16, 2013

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Scientists Detail the Evolutionary Success of Spiny-Rayed Fishes

Researchers Detail the Evolutionary Success of Spiny Rayed Fishes

In a newly published study, Yale University researchers detail the evolutionary history of the 18,000 species of spiny-rayed fishes, finding close evolutionary relationships between lineages of fish species and suggesting some fish lineages are experiencing high rates of new species origination. Even as the dinosaurs were becoming extinct 66 million years ago, the ancient ancestor […]

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July 16, 2013

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Carbon-Netural Thermocell Could Harvest ‘Waste Heat’

New Carbon Netural Thermocell Could Harvest Waste Heat

Researchers from Monash University have developed a liquid-based thermocell that could harvest waste heat and convert it into electricity with no carbon emissions. Harvesting waste heat from power stations and even vehicle exhaust pipes could soon provide a valuable supply of electricity. A small team of Monash University researchers working under the Australian Research Council […]

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July 16, 2013

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NASA Spacecraft Observe Magnetic Reconnection in Action

NASA Spacecraft Confirm a Sighting of Magnetic Reconnection on the Sun

By combining data from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory and the Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager, scientists were able to create a comprehensive view of magnetic reconnection in action. On Aug. 17, 2011, the sun emitted a solar flare and treated scientists to the most comprehensive view of the complex configuration of moving magnetic […]

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