February 1, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Peculiar Galaxy NGC 1487

Hubble Views NGC 1487

This newly released Hubble image shows peculiar galaxy NGC 1487, which is about 30 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Eridanus. Rather than viewing a celestial object, it is actually better to think of this as an event. Here, we are witnessing two or more galaxies in the act of merging together to […]

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January 28, 2016

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Astronomers Gaze Deep Into the Heart of Active Galaxy BL Lacertae

BL Lacertae the Hottest Hearth in Space

Astronomers observe microwave radiation from the vicinity of the black hole in the active galactic nucleus known as BL Lacertae, which is 900 million light years. A black hole lurks at the center of the active galaxy in a distance of 900 million light years, known as “BL Lacerta.” Microwave radiation is emitted from the […]

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January 28, 2016

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Biochemists Identify Another Piece of the Parkinson’s Disease Pathology Puzzle

Researchers Identify another Piece in the Parkinson's Disease Pathology Puzzle

An international team has discovered that the LRRK2 kinase regulates cellular trafficking by deactivating Rab proteins. This finding illuminates a novel route for therapeutic development and may accelerate testing of LRRK2 inhibitors as a disease-modifying therapy for Parkinson’s, the second most common neurodegenerative disease. An international public-private research consortium has identified and validated a cellular […]

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January 28, 2016

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Hubble Reveals Globular Clusters Gain Star-Making Fuel from Outside the Cluster Itself

Study Suggests Globular Clusters Gain Star-Making Fuel from Outside the Cluster Itself

Using Hubble data, a team of astronomers has for the first time found young populations of stars within globular clusters that have apparently developed courtesy of star-forming gas flowing in from outside of the clusters themselves. Among the most striking objects in the universe are glittering, dense swarms of stars known as globular clusters. Astronomers […]

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January 27, 2016

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Scientists Develop Graphene Composite to Simplify Ice Removal

Scientists Develop Conductive Material to Simplify Ice Removal

Researchers at Rice University have developed a thin coating of graphene nanoribbons in epoxy that has proven effective at melting ice on a helicopter blade. The coating by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour may be an effective real-time de-icer for aircraft, wind turbines, transmission lines and other surfaces exposed to winter weather, according […]

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January 27, 2016

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Scientists Propose a New Method to Probe the Evolutionary History of the Universe

Scientists Propose a New Method to Probe the Beginning of the Universe

New research from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggests that oscillating heavy particles generated “clocks” in the primordial universe that could be used to determine what produced the initial conditions that gave rise to the universe. How did the universe begin? And what came before the Big Bang? Cosmologists have asked these questions ever since […]

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January 26, 2016

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Planet 2MASS J2126 is 1 Trillion Kilometers Away from Its Parent Star

Astronomers Find a Lonely Planet and Its Distant Star

New research reveals that planet 2MASS J2126 and the star TYC 9486-927-1 are moving through space together, implying that they are associated. A team of astronomers in the UK, USA and Australia have found a planet, until now thought to be a free floating or lonely planet, in a huge orbit around its star. Incredibly […]

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January 26, 2016

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Yale Researchers Identify Molecular Link between Obesity and Fatty Liver Disease

New Link between Obesity and a Common Liver Disease Discovered

The high levels of obesity in the United States contribute to fatty liver disease, the most common form of liver disease. A newly published study from Yale University identifies molecular links between the two, and points to a possible therapy. Fatty liver disease — also known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH — frequently progresses to […]

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January 26, 2016

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Astronomers Use Galaxy Clusters to Reveal New Dark Matter Insights

Hubble Space Telescope Shows the Inner Region of Abell 1689

New research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory suggests that the internal structure of a galaxy cluster is linked to the dark matter environment surrounding it. This is the first time that a property besides the mass of a cluster has been shown to be associated with surrounding dark matter. Dark matter is a mysterious cosmic […]

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January 25, 2016

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NASA Takes a Closer Look at Planet Nine

Astronomers Reveal Evidence of Distant Gas Giant Planet in Our Solar System

What is Planet 9? NASA scientists take a closer look at the newly discovered evidence from Caltech. Caltech researchers have found evidence suggesting there may be a “Planet X” deep in the solar system. This hypothetical Neptune-sized planet orbits our sun in a highly elongated orbit far beyond Pluto. The object, which the researchers have […]

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January 25, 2016

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Cassini Spacecraft Captures a Half-Lit View of Enceladus

Cassini Captures a Half-Lit View of Enceladus

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft delivers another great image of Enceladus. This half-lit view of Enceladus bears a passing resemblance to similar views of Earth’s own natural satellite, but the similarities end there. Earth’s rocky moon is covered in dark, volcanic basins and brighter, mountainous highlands — both exceedingly ancient. The surface of icy Enceladus is uniformly […]

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January 25, 2016

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Star Cluster Trumpler 14 Displays Some of the Most Luminous Stars in Our Galaxy

Star Cluster Trumpler 14

This Hubble image features star cluster Trumpler 14 – one of the largest gatherings of hot, massive and bright stars in the Milky Way. Single stars are often overlooked in favor of their larger cosmic cousins — but when they join forces, they create truly breathtaking scenes to rival even the most glowing of nebulae […]

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January 25, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Misbehaving Spiral Galaxy LO95 0313-192

Hubble Views Galaxy LO95 0313-192

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy LO95 0313-192, which is locate roughly one billion light-years away. Despite its unassuming appearance, the edge-on spiral galaxy captured in the left half of this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image is actually quite remarkable. Located about one billion light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus, this striking […]

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January 22, 2016

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Yale Engineers Devise Quantum Technology On A Chip

Quantum Interference in Heterogeneous Superconducting-Photonic Circuits on a Silicon Chip

Engineers at the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science have devised a process of nanofabrication to create a silicon chip that contains all the components needed for a quantum information processor. The potential benefits of quantum technology are huge. Theoretically, it can complete in seconds certain tasks – like simulations of complex chemical processes […]

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January 22, 2016

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Astronomers Discover a Giant Exoplanet and Four New Companion Stars

The Pan-Pacific Planet Search III Five Companions Orbiting Giant Stars

Using a new systematic radial velocity search for brown dwarf and stellar-mass companions to stars, astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered one new giant exoplanet and four new companion stars. The search for exoplanets via the radial velocity technique has been underway for nearly 30 years. The method searches for wobbles in […]

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January 22, 2016

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Curiosity Rover Continues to Gather Martian Soil Samples

Rover Curiosity Tastes Scooped, Sieved Sand

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover continues its campaign to study active sand dune on Mars, scooping and analyzing samples. At its current location for inspecting an active sand dune, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is adding some sample-processing moves not previously used on Mars. Sand from the second and third samples the rover is scooping from “Namib […]

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January 21, 2016

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Planet Nine – Astronomers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet in Our Solar System

Astronomers Reveal Evidence of Distant Gas Giant Planet in Our Solar System

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have discovered evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system. The newly discovered object, which the researchers have nicknamed Planet Nine, has a mass about 10 times that of Earth and orbits about 20 times farther from the sun on […]

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January 21, 2016

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New Research May Solve Longstanding Fusion Reactor Mystery

MIT Experiments Reveal Two Forms of Turbulence Interacting

New research from MIT shows two types of turbulence within plasma that cause significant heat loss. Solving this problem could take the world a step closer to fusion power which has the promise of limitless and relatively clean energy. One of the biggest obstacles to making fusion power practical — and realizing its promise of […]

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