October 21, 2014

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Hearing Restored in Noise-Deafened Mice

Scientists Restore Hearing in Mice

Using advanced tools to boost the production of a key protein in the ears of mice, a team of scientists has restored the hearing of mice partly deafened by noise. By demonstrating the importance of the protein, called NT3, in maintaining communication between the ears and brain, these new findings pave the way for research […]

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October 21, 2014

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Research Shows Black Holes Can Block the Formation of New Stars

Study Reveals Black Holes Can Block the Formation of New Stars

A new study from Johns Hopkins University reveals that massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, providing crucial new evidence that it is these jets of “radio-frequency feedback” streaming from mature galaxies’ central black holes that prevent hot free gas from cooling and […]

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October 21, 2014

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New Optical Device to Speed the Search for Earth-Like Exoplanets

New Optical Device Should Speed the Search for Earth-Like Exoplanets

A new laser-based technology known as the green astro-comb will allow astronomers to determine whether distant exoplanets they discover are rocky Earth-like worlds or less dense gas giants like Jupiter. Astronomers Chih-Hao Li and David Phillips of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics want to rediscover Venus—that familiar, nearby planet stargazers can see with the naked […]

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October 21, 2014

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A Cost-Effective Treatment for Salty Water from Fracked Wells

Electrodialysis Can Provide Cost Effective Treatment of Salty Well Water

A newly published study reveals how electrodialysis can provide cost-effective treatment of salty water from oil and gas wells. The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much […]

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October 21, 2014

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New ScienceCast Video Details Coming Sunset Solar Eclipse

ScienceCasts Sunset Solar Eclipse

A new three minute ScienceCast video details the partial solar eclipse that will be visible in most of the United States on October 23rd. ScienceCasts: Sunset Solar Eclipse On October 23rd, the Moon will pass in front of the sun, off-center, producing a partial solar eclipse visible in most of the United States. Sunsets are […]

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October 21, 2014

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First Resolved Image of the Nucleus of a Long-Period Comet

New NASA MRO Images of Comet Siding Spring

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured new images of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, resulting in the first resolved image of the nucleus of a long-period comet. These images were taken of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on October 19, 2014, during the comet’s close flyby of Mars and the […]

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October 20, 2014

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Scientists Discover Processes Similar to the Ones That Possibly Sparked Life

Researchers Create Possible Precursor to Life

Newly published research details how a team of scientists used a virtual computer experiment to discover information strings with peculiar properties. How did life originate? And can scientists create life? These questions not only occupy the minds of scientists interested in the origin of life, but also researchers working with technology of the future. If […]

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October 20, 2014

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Scientists Simulate Astrophysical Jets

Cosmic Jets of Young Stars Formed by Magnetic Fields

Using laser light and intense magnetic fields, an international team of scientists has simulated astrophysical jets in a laboratory environment for the first time. Astrophysical jets are counted among our Universe’s most spectacular phenomena: From the centers of black holes, quasars, or protostars, these rays of matter sometimes protrude several light years into space. Now, […]

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October 20, 2014

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New Design Simplifies Superconducting Circuits

MIT Circuit Design Simplifies Superconducting Circuits

MIT researchers present a new circuit design that could unlock the power of experimental superconducting computer chips and make simple superconducting devices much cheaper to manufacture. Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today’s chips, an attractive trait given the increasing […]

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October 20, 2014

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Chip-Scale Device Enables Yale Engineers to ‘See Without Looking’

Yale Engineers Develop a Chip Scale Device That Uses Interaction Free Measurement

Engineers at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science have developed a chip-scale device that uses the wave-particle duality of single photons to sense the presence of an object without interacting with it – a technique known as “interaction-free measurement.” “Our device uses silicon photonics to create interaction-free measurement on an integrated chip—something previously […]

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October 20, 2014

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Astronomers Discover New Clues to the Mystery of Coronal Heating

Tiny Nanoflares Heat the Sun's Corona

Using observations from the recently launched Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, astronomers found new clues to the mystery of coronal heating. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Why is the Sun’s million-degree corona, or outermost atmosphere, so much hotter than the Sun’s surface? This question has baffled astronomers for decades. Today, a team led by Paola Testa of the […]

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October 20, 2014

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Hubble Views the Whirling Disc of NGC 4526

The Whirling Disc of NGC 4526

This new Hubble image of the week shows NGC 4526, which is one of the brightest known lenticular galaxies. This neat little galaxy is known as NGC 4526. Its dark lanes of dust and bright diffuse glow make the galaxy appear to hang like a halo in the emptiness of space in this new image […]

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