September 12, 2016

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Yale Study Shows Video Games Can Have Lasting Impact on Learning

Video Games Have Lasting Impact on Learning

New research from Yale University shows that a computer-based brain training program helps improve student performance in reading and math — in some cases even more than individualized tutoring. The new study is published in Scientific Reports. In a study of more than 500 second graders, math and reading scores on school- administered tests increased […]

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September 12, 2016

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A Riddle for Our Time – Astronomers Examine Cosmic History

The Dimensionless Age of the Universe: a Riddle for Our Time

In a newly published study, a team of astronomers call attention to a neglected riddle of the expansion of the universe: although cosmic acceleration might have started at any time, curiously it has happened in our own time. One of the most remarkable successes of astrophysics in the last century was its discovery that the […]

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September 12, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Lenticular Galaxy PGC 83677

New Hubble Image of PGC 83677

This newly released Hubble image shows lenticular galaxy PGC 83677, which is located 300 million light-years away. A lone source shines out brightly from the dark expanse of deep space, glowing softly against a picturesque backdrop of distant stars and colorful galaxies. Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), this […]

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September 8, 2016

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Spitzer Telescope Views ‘Enterprise’ Nebulae

Spitzer Views the Enterprise Nebulae

A new infrared image from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope may remind fans of Star Trek. Since ancient times, people have imagined familiar objects when gazing at the heavens. There are many examples of this phenomenon, known as pareidolia, including the constellations and the well-known nebulae named Ant, Stingray and Hourglass. On the right of the […]

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September 8, 2016

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Astronomers Detect Young Magnetar in Supernova Remnant, Likely the Slowest Pulsar Ever Discovered

Chandra Discovers Young Magnetar

Astronomers may have detected the slowest spinning neutron star to date. The object is in the middle of the RCW 103 supernova remnant, which is about 10,700 light years from Earth. While other neutron stars spin multiple times a minute, this object only rotates once about every 6.5 hours. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and […]

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September 7, 2016

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New Cassini Images Show Titan’s Dunes and Other Features

New Images Show Titans Dunes and Other Features

New images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft peer through the haze that surrounds Titan, revealing dunes and other interesting features. This video focuses on Shangri-la, a large, dark area on Titan filled with dunes. The long, linear dunes are thought to be comprised of grains derived from hydrocarbons that have settled out of Titan’s atmosphere. Cassini […]

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September 7, 2016

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Astronomers Discover an Unusual Mix of Stars in Terzan 5

Scientists Discover Rare Fossil Relic of Early Milky Way

An international team of astronomers has revealed the unusual mix of stars in the stellar cluster known as Terzan 5. The new results indicate that Terzan 5 is in fact one of the bulge’s primordial building blocks, most likely the relic of the very early days of the Milky Way. Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope […]

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September 6, 2016

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Mysterious X-Ray Signal Most Likely from Sulfur Ions, Not Dark Matter

Mysterious X-Ray Signal Most Likely Originates from Sulfur Ions

New research shows that a recently discovered mysterious X-ray signal most likely originates from sulfur ions, not from dark matter. A mysterious X-ray signal from clusters of galaxies recently caused some excitement among astronomers: Does it perhaps originate from dark matter, which makes up around 80 percent of the matter in the universe, but which […]

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September 6, 2016

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Why So Blue? ESO Views Spiral Galaxy Messier 98

Spiral Galaxy Messier 98

This newly released image shows spiral galaxy Messier 98, which is located about 50 million light-years away. The color blue has many associations — coldness, sadness, serenity. However, the color holds a completely different meaning for astronomers, as demonstrated by the edge-on spiral galaxy Messier 98. Messier 98, also known as NGC 4192, is located […]

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September 6, 2016

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Witnesses a Double Eclipse

NASA’s SDO Views a Double Eclipse

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory viewed both Earth and the moon crossing in front of the sun. SDO keeps a constant eye on the sun, but during SDO’s semiannual eclipse seasons, Earth briefly blocks SDO’s line of sight each day – a consequence of SDO’s geosynchronous orbit. On September 1, Earth completely eclipsed the sun from […]

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September 6, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Glowing Gas and Dark Dust in the LMC

New Hubble Image of the Large Magellanic Cloud

A newly released image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows a maelstrom of glowing gas and dark dust within one of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies, the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). This stormy scene shows a stellar nursery known as N159, an HII region over 150 light-years across. N159 contains many hot young stars. These […]

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September 2, 2016

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MIT Researchers Help Reduce Runoff Pollution by Making Spray Droplets Less Bouncy

MIT Scientists Help Reduce Runoff Pollution

Researchers from MIT have found a way to make pesticides stick to leaves instead of bouncing off, helping to reduce runoff pollution. When farmers spray their fields with pesticides or other treatments, only 2 percent of the spray sticks to the plants. A significant portion of it typically bounces right off the plants, lands on […]

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September 2, 2016

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Juno Images Provide an Unprecedented View of Jupiter

New Images of Jupiter’s North Pole

Juno’s recent flyby of Jupiter has provided astronomers with images unlike anything previously seen. NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back the first-ever images of Jupiter’s north pole, taken during the spacecraft’s first flyby of the planet with its instruments switched on. The images show storm systems and weather activity unlike anything previously seen on any […]

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September 1, 2016

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UCSD Researchers Use Adenosine to Command Stem Cells to Build New Bone

Researchers Command Stem Cells to Build New Bone

A team of scientists from UC San Diego have discovered an easy and efficient way to coax human pluripotent stem cells to regenerate bone tissue — by feeding them adenosine, a naturally occurring molecule in the body. The stem-cell-derived bone tissue helped repair cranial bone defects in mice without developing tumors or causing infection. The […]

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September 1, 2016

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SEAS Engineers 3D Print the First Autonomous, Entirely Soft Robot

The First Autonomous Entirely Soft Robot

Using a 3D printer, Harvard engineers have demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. The small robot — nicknamed the “octobot” — could pave the way for a new generation of such machines. Soft robotics could help revolutionize how humans interact with machines. But researchers have struggled to build entirely compliant robots. Electric power […]

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September 1, 2016

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ESOcast 87 – Astronomers Discuss Proxima b

Planet Proxima b

In this six minute ESOcast video astronomers discuss the newly discovered Proxima b and the possibility of life outside our solar system. The Pale Red Dot campaign aimed to find a planet orbiting our nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri. Incredibly, the quest succeeded and the team did indeed find a planet. Even more excitingly, the […]

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August 31, 2016

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Engineers Design a New Solar Cell That is More Efficient and Costs Less

New More Efficient Solar Cell

Engineers from MIT and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have developed a new solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The cost of solar power is beginning to reach price parity with cheaper fossil fuel-based electricity in many parts of the […]

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August 31, 2016

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Study Reveals a Promising New Target to Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Yale Study Reveals Protein to Target in Type 2 Diabetes

Scientists at Yale University reveal promising new target for drugs to treat type 2 diabetes. When the body’s cells don’t respond normally to insulin — a condition known as insulin resistance — blood glucose levels can increase, resulting in type 2 diabetes. Researchers have long known that insulin resistance is linked to defects in the […]

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