January 9, 2017

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Study Shows Aspirin Use Lowers the Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Aspirin Lowers Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

New research led by the Yale School of Public Health shows that regular use of aspirin lowers the risk for pancreatic cancer by almost 50 percent. Researchers studied patients with newly diagnosed pancreatic cancer at 37 Shanghai hospitals from December 2006 to January 2011. The 761 patients were interviewed in person about their use of […]

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January 9, 2017

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New Yale Study Reveals That Gun Violence is a ‘Contagious’ Social Epidemic

Yale Study Shows That Gun Violence is a ‘Contagious’ Social Epidemic

New research from Yale University reveals how gun violence spreads over social networks through a process of social contagion. Gun violence is often described as an epidemic or a public health concern, due to its alarmingly high levels in certain populations in the United States. It most often occurs within socially and economically disadvantaged minority […]

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January 9, 2017

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Hubble Views a Black Hole of Puzzling Lightness

Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy RX J1140.1+0307

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy RX J1140.1+0307, which is located one billion light-years away. This image taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures a galaxy in the Virgo constellation. This camera was installed in 2002, and its wide field of view is double that […]

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January 5, 2017

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Chandra’s Newest Image Reveals Black Hole Treasure Trove

Chandra Deep Field South Deepest X-ray Image Ever Reveals Black Hole Treasure Trove

An unparalleled image from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory gives astronomers the best look yet at the growth of black holes over billions of years beginning soon after the Big Bang. This is the deepest X-ray image ever obtained, made with over 7 million seconds of observing time with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. These data give […]

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January 5, 2017

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New NASA Mission to Study Black Holes, Cosmic X-ray Mysteries

NASA Selects Mission to Study Black Holes, Cosmic X-ray Mysteries

A new NASA mission will allow astronomers to explore the hidden details of some of the most extreme and exotic astronomical objects, such as stellar and supermassive black holes, neutron stars and pulsars. Objects such as black holes can heat surrounding gases to more than a million degrees. The high-energy X-ray radiation from this gas […]

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January 5, 2017

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Scientists Provide New Insight into Pluto’s Bladed Terrain

Scientists Offer Sharper Insight into Pluto’s Bladed Terrain

A team of researchers used a model similar to what meteorologists use to forecast weather and a computer simulation of the physics of evaporating ices to find evidence of snow and ice features on Pluto. Formed by erosion, the features, known as “penitentes,” are bowl-shaped depressions with blade-like spires around the edge that rise several […]

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January 3, 2017

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MIT Study Predicts Frequency of Heavy Precipitation with Global Warming

New Technique Predicts Frequency of Heavy Precipitation with Global Warming

Researchers from MIT reveal that extreme precipitation events should become more frequent as the Earth’s climate warms over this century. On December 11, 2014, a freight train of a storm steamed through much of California, deluging the San Francisco Bay Area with three inches of rain in just one hour. The storm was fueled by […]

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January 3, 2017

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NEOWISE Mission Spots One Comet, Maybe Two

NASA's NEOWISE Mission Spots Comet 2016 WF9

NASA’s NEOWISE mission has discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry line between asteroid and comet. An object called 2016 WF9 was detected by the NEOWISE project on November 27, 2016. It’s in an orbit that takes it on a scenic tour of our solar system. At its farthest […]

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January 2, 2017

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Dawn Probe Discovers Water Ice in Ceres’ Polar Region

Dawn Spacecraft Discovers Water Ice in Ceres’ Polar Region

The Herschel Telescope and the Dawn Spacecraft have observed the release of water vapor from Ceres and the Dawn Spacecraft has discovered water ice in Ceres’ polar region. The American Dawn space probe has been orbiting the asteroid Ceres between Mars and Jupiter since March 2015. Thanks to the two identical onboard cameras from the […]

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January 2, 2017

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Researchers Find a Way to Tap into Long-Lived Sound Waves in Glass

Researchers Enhance the Lifetime of Sound Waves Traveling Through Glass

A newly published study from Yale scientists reveals how to enhance the lifetime of sound waves traveling through glass — the material at the heart of fiber optic technologies. Everyday experience tells us that glass (silica) is highly transparent. In fact, silica is one of the most transparent materials on earth. Light can propagate for […]

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January 2, 2017

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Yale Scientists Track the Development of the Embryo

Researchers Track the Development of the Embryo

Scientists at Yale University have discovered a way to track the precise bits of RNA that control the development of the embryo into trillions of specialized cells in a living animal. The new assay, tested on the genome of zebra fish, allows scientists to pinpoint function of myriad of signals activated after fertilization. “The problem […]

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January 2, 2017

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When Galaxies Collide – Hubble Views IRAS 14348-1447

New Hubble Image of IRAS 14348-1447

This Hubble image of the week shows IRAS 14348-1447, which is located over a billion light-years away. This delicate smudge in deep space is far more turbulent than it first appears. Known as IRAS 14348-1447 — a name derived in part from that of its discoverer, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS for short) — this […]

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December 29, 2016

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ESO Image of the Week – Planets in the Making

Planets in the Making Around Young Star HD 163296

This newly released ESO image shows a disc of rotating, leftover material surrounding the young star HD 163296. Our Solar System formed out of a huge, primordial cloud of gas and dust. The vast majority of that cloud formed the Sun, while the leftover disc of rotating material around it eventually coalesced into the orbiting […]

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December 29, 2016

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Astronomers Determine Orbit of Proxima Centauri

Orbit of Proxima Centauri Determined After 100 Years

Using ESO’s planet-hunting HARPS instrument, astronomers have the strongest evidence to date that Proxima Centauri orbits Alpha Centauri A and B. Interest in our neighboring Alpha Centauri star system has been particularly high since the recent discovery of an Earth-mass planet, known as Proxima b, orbiting the system’s third star — and the closest star […]

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December 29, 2016

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Band 5 Receivers Improve ALMA’s Ability to Search for Water in the Universe

ALMA’s Ability to Search for Water in the Universe Improved

With the newly installed Band 5 receivers, ALMA has now opened its eyes to a whole new section of this radio spectrum, creating exciting new observational possibilities and improving the telescope’s ability to search for water in the Universe. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile has begun observing in a new range of […]

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December 27, 2016

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New Material Provides an Elastic “Second Skin”

MIT Engineers Develop Second skin Polymer

A team of researchers has developed a “second skin” polymer that can provide a barrier, cosmetic improvement, and potentially deliver drugs. Scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs have developed a new material that can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles. With further development, it could also be used […]

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December 27, 2016

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The Interstellar Medium: Crossing the Cosmic Void

The Interstellar Medium Crossing the Cosmic Void

Humanity’s great leap into the space between the stars has, in a sense, already begun. NASA’s Voyager 1 probe broke through the sun’s magnetic bubble to touch the interstellar wind. Voyager 2 isn’t far behind. New Horizons shot past Pluto on its way to encounters with more distant dwarf worlds, the rubble at the solar […]

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December 27, 2016

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Astronomers Release the Largest Digital Sky Survey

Pan-STARRS Releases Largest Digital Sky Survey

The Pan-STARRS project is publicly releasing the world’s largest digital sky survey from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). “The Pan-STARRS1 Surveys allow anyone to access millions of images and use the database and catalogs containing precision measurements of billions of stars and galaxies,” said Dr. Ken Chambers, Director of the Pan-STARRS Observatories. “Pan-STARRS has […]

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