April 14, 2014

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Scientists Create a Copper-Based Catalyst that Produces Large Quantities of Ethanol

A team of scientists from Stanford University has created a copper-based catalyst that produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature. Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol production […]

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April 14, 2014

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Neurobiologists Block the Effects of Stress

By deleting the REDD1 gene in mice, researchers from Yale University were able to block the synaptic and behavioral deficits caused by stress. Ketamine, an anesthetic sometimes abused as a street drug, increases the synaptic connections between brain cells and in low doses acts as a powerful antidepressant, Yale researchers have found. However, stress has […]

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April 14, 2014

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Physicists Confirm Discovery of Four-Quark Hadron

The Large Hadron Collider beauty collaboration has confirmed the existence of exotic hadron with two quarks, two anti-quarks. Physicists in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences have helped confirm the existence of exotic hadrons — a type of matter that cannot be classified within the traditional quark model. Their finding is the subject of […]

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April 14, 2014

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 3455

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 3455. Shown here is a spiral galaxy known as NGC 3455, which lies some 65 million light-years away from us in the constellation of Leo (The Lion). Galaxies are classified into different types according to their structure and appearance. This classification system is known as the […]

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April 11, 2014

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Researchers Develop Model to Reconstruct Spatial Structure of Molecule Clouds

A team of astronomers from the Max Planck Institute and Monash University has developed a new model to reconstruct spatial structure of molecule clouds. Astronomers have found a new way of predicting the rate at which a molecular cloud – a stellar nursery – will form new stars. Using a novel technique to reconstruct a […]

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April 11, 2014

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Astronomers Detect Dramatic Flow of Rapidly Moving Molecular Gas in Abell 1835

Using the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the ALMA radio array, astronomers have detected a flow of about ten billion solar-masses of rapidly moving molecular gas in galaxy cluster Abell 1835. Galaxy clusters are groupings of several to thousands of galaxies. Most galaxies are members of a cluster. In our own case, the Milky Way is […]

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April 11, 2014

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Supernova Remnant G352.7-0.1 Displays Several Unusual Properties

Astronomers have discovered that supernova remnant G352.7-0.1 is sweeping up a remarkable amount of material as it expands, an amount equivalent to about 45 times the mass of the Sun. Supernovas are the spectacular ends to the lives of many massive stars. These explosions, which occur on average twice a century in the Milky Way, […]

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April 11, 2014

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Researchers Discover the First Exomoon Candidate

By using gravitational microlensing and taking advantage of chance alignments between stars, an international team of researchers has spotted the first signs of an exomoon. Titan, Europa, Io and Phobos are just a few members of our solar system’s pantheon of moons. Are there are other moons out there, orbiting planets beyond our sun? NASA-funded […]

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April 10, 2014

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ASU Research Shows Gusev Crater on Mars Once Held a Lake

New research from Arizona State University shows evidence that the Gusev Crater on Mars once held a lake. If desert mirages occur on Mars, “Lake Gusev” belongs among them. This come-and-go body of ancient water has come and gone more than once, at least in the eyes of Mars scientists. Now, however, it’s finally shifting […]

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April 10, 2014

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New Technique Allows Particles to Switch the Quantum State of Each Other

Researchers from MIT and Harvard University have developed a new technique that couples a lone atom with single light particle, allowing both the atom and photon to switch the quantum state of the other particle. Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the surface of a lattice of light, scientists at MIT and […]

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April 10, 2014

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Study Reveals Ancient Impact of Massive Asteroid

A newly published study reveals an ancient asteroid impact that left a crater nearly 500 kilometers across: up to two and a half times larger in diameter than the crater formed by the dinosaur-killing asteroid. Washington, D.C. — Picture this: A massive asteroid almost as wide as Rhode Island and about three to five times […]

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April 10, 2014

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Cassini Views the Lakes of Saturn’s Moon Titan

Using a spectral filter, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft views the lakes of Saturn’s moon Titan. The Cassini spacecraft peers down through layers of haze to glimpse the lakes of Titan’s northern regions. Titan (3,200 miles, or 5,150 kilometers across) has a hydrological cycle similar to Earth’s, but instead of water, Titan’s lakes and seas are filled […]

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