July 7, 2016

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Hubble Views the Heart of the Crab Nebula

New Hubble- mage of the Crab Nebula

This newly released Hubble image reveals the heart of one of the most visually appealing, and most studied, supernova remnants known — the Crab Nebula. At the center of this nebula the spinning core of a deceased star breathes life into the gas that surrounds it. The Crab Nebula, which lies 6,500 light-years away in […]

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July 7, 2016

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Astronomers Discover a Planet in a Triple Star System

Newly-Discovered Planet Has 3 Suns

Using direct imaging, a team of astronomers has discovered a young Jovian exoplanet within a triple-star system. If you thought Luke Skywalker’s home planet, Tatooine, was a strange world with its two suns in the sky, imagine this: a planet with either constant daylight or triple sunrises and sunsets each day depending on the seasons […]

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July 6, 2016

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New Study Improves Our Understanding of Intercellular Communication

Biologists Improve Our Understanding of Intercellular Communication

New research reveals how cells can pack and release active ephrins and Eph receptors through extracellular vesicles, improving our understanding of intercellular communication and paving the way for new therapeutic strategies. Eph receptors and their partner proteins, the ephrins, are vital for intercellular communication. In the developing brain, they guide young neurons to the right […]

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July 6, 2016

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Astronomers Discover Evidence of a ‘Direct-Collapse Black Hole’

CR7 Provides Evidence for an Unusual Kind of Black Hole

A newly published study details evidence for a direct collapse black hole in the Lyman α source CR7. Astronomers Aaron Smith and Volker Bromm of The University of Texas at Austin, working with Avi Loeb of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, have discovered evidence for an unusual kind of black hole born extremely early in […]

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July 5, 2016

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Engineers Design Programmable RNA Vaccines That Protext Against Ebola and H1N1 Influenza

MIT Engineers Design Programmable RNA Vaccines

A newly published study details how engineers developed programmable RNA vaccines that work against Ebola, H1N1 influenza, and a common parasites in mice. MIT engineers have developed a new type of easily customizable vaccine that can be manufactured in one week, allowing it to be rapidly deployed in response to disease outbreaks. So far, they […]

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July 5, 2016

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Juno Spacecraft in Orbit Around Jupiter

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Successfully Enters Jupiter’s Orbit

NASA received confirmation that the Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit on July 4th. “Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add to America’s birthday another reason to cheer — Juno is at Jupiter,” said NASA administrator Charlie Bolden. “And what is more American than a NASA mission going boldly where […]

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July 5, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – A Stubborn Dwarf Galaxy

Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy LEDA 677373

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy LEDA 677373, which is located about 14 million light-years away. Dwarf galaxies are small, faint collections of stars and gas. Their diverse properties make them intriguing objects to astronomers, but their small size means that we can only explore those that lie closest to us, within the […]

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July 1, 2016

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Antarctic Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Healing

MIT Scientists Observe First Signs of Healing in the Antarctic Ozone Layer

New research details the “first fingerprints of healing” of the Antarctic ozone layer. Scientists found that the September ozone hole has shrunk by more than 4 million square kilometers — about half the area of the contiguous United States — since 2000, when ozone depletion was at its peak. The team also showed for the […]

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July 1, 2016

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Yale Engineers Turn Wasted Heat Into Power

Researchers Turn Wasted Heat Into Power

Yale University engineers have developed a new technology that makes energy from the low-temperature wasted heat produced by industrial sources and power plants. It is estimated that recoverable waste heat in the U.S. alone could power tens of millions of homes. Although existing technologies can reuse high-temperature heat or convert it to electricity, it is […]

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June 30, 2016

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Recent Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres’ Mysterious Bright Spots

Study Shows Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres' Brightest Area

New research reveals that the Occator Crater on Ceres has the highest concentration of carbonate minerals ever seen outside Earth. The brightest area on Ceres, located in the mysterious Occator Crater, has the highest concentration of carbonate minerals ever seen outside Earth, according to a new study from scientists on NASA’s Dawn mission. The study, […]

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June 30, 2016

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Completes Primary Mission

Dawn Completes Primary Mission

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft completes its primary mission, exceeding all expectations. On June 30, just in time for the global celebration known as Asteroid Day, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft completes its primary mission. The mission exceeded all expectations originally set for its exploration of protoplanet Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. The historic mission is the first to […]

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June 30, 2016

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Hubble Telescope Views Vivid Auroras in Jupiter’s Atmosphere

Hubble Views Auroras in Jupiter’s Atmosphere

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers view vivid auroras on the poles of Jupiter. Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is best known for its colorful storms, the most famous being the Great Red Spot. Now astronomers have focused on another beautiful feature of the planet, using Hubble’s ultraviolet capabilities. The extraordinary vivid […]

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June 29, 2016

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MIT Geologists Trace Mercury’s Origins to Rare Meteorite

Astronomers Trace Mercury’s Origins to Rare Meteorite

A newly published study shows that Mercury underwent a period of rapid cooling and that the planet likely has the composition of an enstatite chondrite — a type of meteorite that is extremely rare here on Earth. Around 4.6 billion years ago, the universe was a chaos of collapsing gas and spinning debris. Small particles […]

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June 29, 2016

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New Hydrogel Hybrid Could Be Used To Make Artificial Skin

MIT Develops Tough Hydrogel Hybrid

MIT engineers have developed a method to bind gelatin-like polymer materials called hydrogels and elastomers, which could be used to make artificial skin and longer-lasting contact lenses. If you leave a cube of Jell-O on the kitchen counter, eventually its water will evaporate, leaving behind a shrunken, hardened mass — hardly an appetizing confection. The […]

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June 29, 2016

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Astronomers Prepare for the Arrival of Juno at Jupiter

VLT Image of Jupiter

In preparation for the July arrival of NASA’s Juno spacecraft, astronomers used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to obtain new infrared images of Jupiter. They are part of a campaign to create high-resolution maps of the giant planet. These observations will inform the work to be undertaken by Juno over the coming months, helping astronomers to […]

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June 28, 2016

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Hubble Image Reveals ‘Stellar Fireworks’ in Kiso 5639

Hubble Reveals Stellar Fireworks in 'Skyrocket' Galaxy

New research shows that a stellar fireworks show is lighting up one end of galaxy Kiso 5639. Astronomers suggest that the frenzied star birth is sparked by intergalactic gas raining on one end of the galaxy as it drifts through space. Fireworks shows are not just confined to Earth’s skies. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has […]

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June 28, 2016

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Astronomers Measure the Intrinsic Shape of the Milky Way’s Black Hole

Measuring the Shape of the Milky Way's Black Hole

A newly published study details how astronomers successfully measured the intrinsic shape of Sagittarius A* at 3.5-mm wavelength. At the heart of our galaxy’s center is Sgr A*, a supermassive black hole containing about four million solar-masses of material. Sgr A* is relatively faint, unlike the supermassive black holes in some other galaxies. This is […]

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June 27, 2016

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Yale Study Reveals How a Cancer Gene Promotes Tumor Growth

How a Cancer Gene Promotes Tumor Growth

A new discovery by Yale researchers may help lead to individualized treatments for lung cancer and other types of cancer. A Yale-led study describes how a known cancer gene, EGFR, silences genes that typically suppress tumors. The finding, published in Cell Reports, may lead to the development of more effective, individualized treatment for patients with […]

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