August 28, 2014

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Superabsorption Can Be Achieved and Sustained in Simple Nanostructures

Superabsorption of Light Via Quantum Engineering

Research from the University of Oxford establishes that superabsorption can be achieved and sustained in certain simple nanostructures, by trapping the system in a highly excited state while extracting energy into a non-radiative channel. The effect offers the prospect of a new class of quantum nanotechnology, capable of absorbing light many times faster than is […]

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August 28, 2014

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Proof That White Dwarfs Can Reignite and Explode as Supernovae

Astronomers Find Proof that Type Ia Supernova is Caused by a White Dwarf Star Reigniting and Exploding

New research shows without a doubt that white dwarf stars can reignite and explode as supernovae. Astronomers using ESA’s Integral gamma-ray observatory have demonstrated beyond doubt that dead stars known as white dwarfs can reignite and explode as supernovae. The finding came after the unique signature of gamma rays from the radioactive elements created in […]

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August 28, 2014

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Physicists Detect Neutrinos in the Sun’s Core

Physicists Detect Neutrinos Created by the Proton-Proton Fusion in the Sun

For the first time, an international team of physicists has directly detected neutrinos created by the proton-proton fusion process going on at the sun’s core. Amherst, Massachusetts – Using one of the most sensitive neutrino detectors on the planet, an international team of physicists including Andrea Pocar, Laura Cadonati and doctoral student Keith Otis at […]

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August 28, 2014

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New Research Shows Protein in ‘Good Cholesterol’ Helps Reduce Pulmonary Hypertension

Protein in HDL May Be a Key to Treating Pulmonary Hypertension

A team of researchers from UCLA has showed that a peptide mimicking part of the main protein in high-density lipoprotein may help reduce the production of oxidized lipids in pulmonary hypertension, which improved the heart and lung function in the rodent model. Oxidized lipids are known to play a key role in inflaming blood vessels […]

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August 28, 2014

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A Closer Look Into the Heart of a Magnetic Storm

Researchers Look Into the Heart of a Solar Storm

In an effort to better understand coronal mass ejections and their potential effects on human technology, a newly published study takes a detailed look a moderate magnetic storm that produced a number of anomalous features. A space weather storm from the sun engulfed our planet on January 21, 2005. The event got its start on […]

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August 28, 2014

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Astronomers Discover a Massive Galaxy in Its Core Formation Phase

Astronomers View Massive Galaxy in Core Formation Phase

By combining observations from several telescopes, astronomers have viewed a massive galaxy in its core formation phase three billion years after the Big Bang. Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light […]

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August 27, 2014

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Neuroscientists Improve Touch Sensitivity in Mice

Neuroscientists Improve Touch Sensitivity in Mice

Neuroscientists from Brown University show that faint sensations can be made more vivid by triggering a brain rhythm that appears to shift sensory attention in mice. This newly published study provides the first direct evidence that the brain’s “gamma” rhythms have a causal role in processing the sense of touch. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) […]

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August 27, 2014

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Pebble-Size Particles May Represent a New Class of Interstellar Particles

New GBT Observations Show Pebble-Size Particles May Jump Start Planet Formation

A team of astronomers has discovered that filaments of star-forming gas near the Orion Nebula may be brimming with pebble-size particles. If confirmed, these particles may represent a new class of interstellar particles that could help jump-start planet formation. Rocky planets like Earth start out as microscopic bits of dust tinier than a grain of […]

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August 27, 2014

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New Calculations Challenge Assumptions about Rigid Lithosphere

New Calculations Show Pacific Plate Shrinking as it Cools

A newly published study from geophysicists Rice University and the University of Nevada challenge assumptions about a rigid lithosphere, revealing that the Pacific plate is shrinking as it cools. Houston – The tectonic plate that dominates the Pacific “Ring of Fire” is not as rigid as many scientists assume, according to researchers at Rice University […]

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August 27, 2014

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Indications of Water Clouds in a Brown Dwarf 7 Light-Years from Earth

Astronomers Detect Evidence of Water Clouds in Brown Dwarf Atmosphere 7 Light Years from Earth

A team of astronomers has discovered indications of water clouds in the coldest known brown dwarf, which is located 7.3 light-years from Earth. Astronomers have found signs of water ice clouds on a brown dwarf located just 7.3 light-years from Earth. If confirmed, the discovery is the first sighting of water clouds beyond our solar […]

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August 27, 2014

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New ScienceCasts Video: Evidence for Supernovas Near Earth

The Local Bubble and the Galactic Neighborhood

A new four minute ScienceCasts video examines evidence that our solar system is inside a bubble of hot gas created by supernova explosions. ScienceCasts: Evidence for Supernovas Near Earth. A NASA sounding rocket has confirmed that the solar system is inside an ancient supernova remnant. Life on Earth survived despite the nearby blasts. Once every […]

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August 27, 2014

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X-Rays from Eta Carinae Reveal Clues about the Double Star System

Chandra Views the Eta Carinae Star System

The Eta Carinae star system reveals new clues about its nature through the X-rays it generates, including how the winds from the stars interact. The Eta Carinae star system does not lack for superlatives. Not only does it contain one of the biggest and brightest stars in our galaxy, weighing at least 90 times the […]

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