June 12, 2013

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Scientists Observe the Atmosphere of Super Earth Exoplanet GJ3470b

Researchers Observed the Atmosphere of Super Earth Exoplanet

Using two telescopes at Okayama Astrophysical Observatory, scientists have observed the atmosphere of super-Earth exoplanet GJ3470b for the time, measuring the planetary mass, radius, and density. A research team led by Akihiko Fukui (NAOJ), Norio Narita (NAOJ) and Kenji Kuroda (the University of Tokyo) observed the atmosphere of super-Earth “GJ3470b” in Cancer for the first […]

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June 12, 2013

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A New Class of Variable Stars Discovered in NGC 3766

A New Kind of Variable Star Discovered

A newly published study details the discovery of a new type of variable star in the open cluster NGC 3766, which lies about 7,000 light-years from Earth in the southern constellation of Centaurus. Astronomers using the Swiss 1.2-meter Euler telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile have found a new type of variable star. […]

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June 12, 2013

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Linear Gullies on Mars Caused by Sliding Dry-Ice

Marks on Martian Dunes May Be Tracks from Dry Ice

By examining images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and performing experiments on sand dunes in Utah and California, researchers believe that marks on the Martian dunes are tracks from sliding dry-ice. Pasadena, California — NASA research indicates hunks of frozen carbon dioxide — dry ice — may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions […]

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June 12, 2013

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Data Reveals Dormant Black Hole Amidst Stellar Chaos

NuSTAR Reveals an Inactive Supermassive Black Hole

NuSTAR data reveals that the once active supermassive black hole at the center of the Sculptor galaxy, also known as NGC 253, is now dormant, an unusual discovery since the giant black hole is asleep in the midst of tremendous star-forming activity all around it. Nearly a decade ago, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory caught signs […]

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June 12, 2013

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Herschel Discovers a Newfound Reservoir of Stellar Fuel

Herschel Discovers Molecular Gas Across the Plane of the Milky Way

Using data from the Hershel Space Observatory, researchers shed new light on hidden pools of gas, revealing their whereabouts and discovering that there is an enormous additional reservoir of material available to form new stars that they couldn’t identify before. A survey from Herschel has revealed that the reservoir of molecular gas in the Milky […]

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June 11, 2013

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Research Shows Obesity Can Be Predicted from Infancy

Study Suggests Obesity Can Be Predicted from Infancy

A newly published pilot study from Case Western Reserve University suggests that obesity can be predicted from infancy, finding that children who were normal weight at 5 years demonstrated a growth pattern in the first year that differed from children who were overweight, obese, or morbidly obese at 5 years. Infants as young as two […]

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June 11, 2013

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Pinwheel Spiral Galaxy M101

XMM Newton Image of Pinwheel Spiral Galaxy M101

First published in the XMM-Newton image gallery in 2002, this view of M101 was composed of images taken by XMM-Newton’s Optical Monitor telescope using different filters and is still popular among astronomy fans today. The face-on Pinwheel spiral galaxy is seen at ultraviolet wavelengths in this image taken by ESA’s XMM-Newton space telescope. Also known […]

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June 11, 2013

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Study Examines the Role of JC Polyomavirus

Study Examines JC Polyomavirus

In a newly published study, scientists show that common mutant forms of the deadly JC polyomavirus are not responsible for the pathogen’s main attack that kills brain cells, leaving researchers to wonder what they are doing instead. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — The JC polyomavirus is clearly opportunistic. It infects half the population but […]

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June 11, 2013

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Martian Meteorite Contains Chemical Implicated in the Origin of Life

Scientists Discover High Concentrations of Boron in a Martian Meteorite

A newly published study details the discovery of a high concentration of boron in a Martian meteorite that far exceeds that of any previously reported extra-terrestrial object. Researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa NASA Astrobiology Institute (UHNAI) have discovered high concentrations of boron in a Martian meteorite. When present in its oxidized form […]

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June 11, 2013

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Module for ESA’s Euclid ‘Dark Universe’ Mission in Development

Euclid to Probe Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Astrium has begun development on a fully integrated payload module for ESA’s Euclid ‘Dark Universe’ Mission. The module will incorporate a 1.2 m-diameter telescope feeding the mission’s two science instruments, which are being developed by the Euclid Consortium. The module carrying the telescope and scientific instruments of ESA’s Euclid ‘dark Universe’ mission is now being […]

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June 11, 2013

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New and Improved Movie Clip of Near-Earth Asteroid 1998 QE2

New Video of Asteroid 1998 QE2

A new three minute video from [email protected] takes a closer look at asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon as it passed by Earth in early June. In this movie, each of the individual images required about five minutes of data collection by the Goldstone radar. At the time of the observations on June 1st, asteroid […]

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June 10, 2013

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New Analysis on Iceman Ötzi Opens Up New Research Possibilities for Mummies

New Data Sheds Light on Otzi the Icemans Dark Secrets

Using a pinhead-sized sample of brain tissue from the Iceman Ötzi, scientists were able to identify numerous brain proteins, as well as proteins from blood cells, opening up new research possibilities for mummies. After decoding the Iceman’s genetic make-up, a research team from the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen (EURAC), Saarland University, Kiel University and other […]

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June 10, 2013

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Scientists Guide Flying Robot with Their Thoughts

Researchers Use Their Thoughts to Steer a Flying Robot

Using noninvasive 3-D brain-computer interfaces, scientists at the University of Minnesota have developed technology that allows them to use their thoughts to steer a flying robot. It’s a staple of science fiction: people who can control objects with their minds. At the University of Minnesota, a new technology is turning that fiction into reality. In […]

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June 10, 2013

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Researchers Pinpoint the Source of a Mysterious Magnetism

Titanium Atom in Man Made Oxide Heterostructure Reveals Magnetic Properties

In a newly published study, researchers from SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory proved that the magnetism in the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 heterostructure comes from the titanium atom. Scientists from SLAC and Stanford have used finely tuned X-rays at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) to pin down the source of a mysterious magnetism that appears when two materials […]

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June 10, 2013

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Keck Observatory Measures Segue 2: The Least Massive Galaxy

Keck Observatory Measure the Least Massive Galaxy

Using the Keck Observatory telescopes, researchers were able to measure Segue 2. The findings suggest that it is the least massive galaxy and one of the faintest galaxies known, with a light output just 900 times that of the Sun. Kamuela, Hawaii — The least massive galaxy in the known universe has been measured by […]

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June 10, 2013

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Hubble Views the Northern Trifid

NGC 1579 The Trifid of the North

In this new image, Hubble views NGC 1579, also known as the Northern Trifid. (In the enlarged photo, the upper left corner is blacked out.) Unlike the venomous fictional plants that share its name, the Trifid of the North, otherwise known as the Northern Trifid or NGC 1579, poses no threat to your vision. The […]

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June 10, 2013

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NASA Image of the Day – The Butterfly Nebula

Hubble Image of the Butterfly Nebula

Taken by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 in 2009, this NASA image of the day shows NGC 6302, also known as the Butterfly Nebula. The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth’s night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an […]

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June 7, 2013

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New Wavelength Detector Could Improve Data Communications

New Device Could Streamline Optical Data Communications

In a new study, SLAC and Stanford scientists detail a new three-layer solid-state device can directly identify the wavelength of light that hits it. Researchers at SLAC and Stanford have created a new device, smaller than a grain of rice, that could streamline optical data communications. It can directly identify the wavelength of light that […]

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