August 19, 2014

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New ScienceCasts Video Explores How Exoplanets Are Measured with Remarkable Precision

New ScienceCasts Video Sizing up an Exoplanet

This new four minute ScienceCasts video examines how researchers are beginning to measure exoplanets with extraordinary precision. ScienceCasts: Sizing up an Exoplanet: Astronomers are not only discovering planets around distant suns, they are also starting to measure those worlds with astonishing precision. The diameter of a super-Earth named Kepler 93B is now known to within […]

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August 19, 2014

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RXTE Satellite Uncovers the Rhythm of an Unusual Black Hole

NASAs RXTE Satellite Uncovers the Rhythm of an Unusual Black Hole

A team of astronomers has uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare breed of black hole in archival data from NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer satellite. The signals provide compelling evidence that the object, known as M82 X-1, is one of only a few midsize black holes known. Explore M82 X-1 and learn more about how […]

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August 18, 2014

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New ESA Image of Craters within the Hellas Basin on Mars

New Image of the Craters within the Hellas Basin of Mars

This newly released Mars Express image shows craters within the Hellas Basin in the southern highlands of Mars. Scarring the southern highlands of Mars is one of the Solar System’s largest impact basins: Hellas, with a diameter of 2300 km and a depth of over 7 km. Hellas is thought to have formed between 3.8 […]

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August 18, 2014

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Researchers Develop “Bionic Liquids,” Pave the Way for Closed Loop Biofuel Refineries

New Results Pave the Way for Closed Loop Biofuel Refineries

Researchers have developed “bionic liquids” from lignin and hemicellulose, two by-products of biofuel production from biorefineries, paving the way closed loop biofuel refineries. While the powerful solvents known as ionic liquids show great promise for liberating fermentable sugars from lignocellulose and improving the economics of advanced biofuels, an even more promising candidate is on the […]

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August 18, 2014

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MIT Engineers Recycle Old Batteries Into Solar Cells

Researchers Recycle Old Batteries Into Solar Cells

Engineers at MIT recycle dangerous waste materials from discarded car batteries, revealing that the lead from a single car battery could produce enough solar panels to provide power for 30 households. This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source […]

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August 18, 2014

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Single Factor Can Reset the Immune System Back 500 Million Years

Single Factor Can Reset the Immune System Back to What it Was 500 Million Years Ago

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute reveal that a single factor can reset the immune system of mice to a state likely similar to what it was 500 million years ago, when the first vertebrates emerged. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) in Freiburg re-activated expression of an ancient gene, […]

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August 18, 2014

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Astronomers Accurately Measure a Black Hole in Galaxy M82

Astronomers Accurately Measure a Black Hole that is 400 Times the Mass of Our Sun

A team of astronomers from the University of Maryland has accurately measured a black hole in galaxy M82, revealing that is about 400 times the mass of our sun. The universe has so many black holes that it’s impossible to count them all. There may be 100 million of these intriguing astral objects in our […]

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August 18, 2014

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Research Shows Human Contribution to Glacier Mass Loss Has Steadily Increased

Human Contribution to Glacier Mass Loss Has Steadily Increased

By using computer simulations of the climate, researchers have found evidence for anthropogenic glacier mass loss in recent decades. In a paper published in the journal Science, the team reports that about one quarter of the global glacier mass loss during the period of 1851 to 2010 is attributable to anthropogenic causes and that the […]

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August 18, 2014

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New Rosetta Image of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

New Detailed Image of 67P Churyumov Gerasimenko

Taken by ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft, this new image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet’s nucleus. The image was taken by the Rosetta spacecraft’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on August 7, 2014. At the time, the spacecraft was 65 miles (104 kilometers) away from the 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer) nucleus. In the image, […]

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August 18, 2014

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Hubble Views the Constellation of Canes Venatici

New Hubble Image Shows Multiple Objects

This newly released Hubble image shows multiple Messier objects and numerous galaxies in the Canes Venatici constellation. This stunning new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows part of the sky in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). Although this region of the sky is not home to any stellar heavyweights, being […]

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August 15, 2014

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Hubble Image of the Day – Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300

Hubble Image of Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 1300

First released in 2005, this Hubble image of the day shows barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300. One of the largest Hubble Space Telescope images ever made of a complete galaxy is being unveiled today at the American Astronomical Society meeting in San Diego, California. The Hubble telescope captured a display of starlight, glowing gas, and […]

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August 15, 2014

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New Research Gives Further Insight Into Graphene-Based Electronics

New Research Gives Further Insight Into Graphene Based Devices

New research from the Canadian Light Source gives further insight into graphene-based devices like foldable tablets, wrap-around TVs, and the next generation of electronics. Saskatoon – Imagine a tablet device as thin as a piece of paper, folded conveniently in your pocket. Or a 3D TV that wraps around the walls of an entire room […]

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