October 16, 2014

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Hubble Finds Three Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons

Hubble Uncovered Three Potential New Horizons Targets

The Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three potential targets for the New Horizons spacecraft to visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015. The KBOs were detected through a dedicated Hubble observing program by a New Horizons search team that was awarded telescope time for this purpose. “This has been a very challenging search […]

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October 15, 2014

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UCLA Study Shows That Obesity Accelerates Aging of the Liver

Researchers Find That Obesity Accelerates Aging of the Liver

A newly published study is the first to evaluate the effect of body weight on the biological ages of a variety of human tissues, revealing that obesity accelerates aging of the liver. Using a recently developed biomarker of aging known as an epigenetic clock, UCLA researchers working closely with a German team of investigators have […]

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October 15, 2014

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Silicon Qubits Could Be the Key to a Quantum Revolution

Silicon Qubits Are Ready for Large Scale Quantum Computers

Two newly published studies show that the accuracy and lifetime of silicon qubits are now suitable for large-scale quantum computers. A dramatic increase in the amount of time data can be stored on a single atom means silicon could once again play a vital role in the development of super-fast computers. The silicon chip revolutionized […]

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October 15, 2014

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MAVEN Provides First Look at the Upper Atmosphere of Mars

MAVEN Provides First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere

NASA’s MAVEN mission has provided scientists with their first look at the upper atmosphere of Mars. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas surrounding the Red Planet, […]

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October 15, 2014

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APEX Telescope Reveals Star Formation in Unexpected Places

APEX Reveals Star Formation in Unexpected Places

A team of astronomers used the APEX telescope to probe the Spiderweb Cluster, revealing that much of the star formation taking place is hidden by dust and occurring in unexpected places. Galaxy clusters are the largest objects in the Universe held together by gravity but their formation is not well understood. The Spiderweb Galaxy (formally […]

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October 15, 2014

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A Magnetic Field Flip Could Occur Over a Short Period of Time

Earths Magnetic Field Could Flip Over a Short Time Period

Earth’s magnetic field is decreasing 10 times faster than normal, leading some geophysicists to predict a magnetic reversal to occur within a few thousand years. New research from an international team of scientists shows that this reversal could happen over a short period of time – less than a hundred years. Berkeley — Imagine the […]

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October 15, 2014

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Rosetta “Selfie” with Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in the Background

Rosetta Selfie of Comet 67P

This new image form ESA’s Philae lander shows one of the 52-foot-long solar arrays from the Rosetta spacecraft with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko hovering in the background. A camera aboard the European Space Agency’s Philae lander snapped this “selfie” of one of the Rosetta spacecraft’s 52-foot-long (16-meter) solar arrays, with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko hovering in the background some […]

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October 15, 2014

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Cassini Image of Tethys and Saturn’s Rings

Cassini Image of Tethys and Saturns Rings

Taken this past summer, this Cassini image shows Saturn’s moon Tethys through several of Saturn’s rings. Like a drop of dew hanging on a leaf, Tethys appears to be stuck to the A and F rings from this perspective. Tethys (660 miles, or 1,062 kilometers across), like the ring particles, is composed primarily of ice. […]

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October 14, 2014

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Astrophysicists Closer to Figuring Out the Mysteries of the Milky Way

Astrophysicists One Step Closer to Figuring Out the Mysteries of the Milky Way

Using data from the Russian spacecraft RadioAstron, astrophysicists are one step closer to figuring out the mysteries of our galaxy’s core. Is matter falling into the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way or being ejected from it? No one knows for sure, but a UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist is searching for […]

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October 14, 2014

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Worst-Case Scenario 2100 Sea Level Projections

Worst Case Scenario Rising Sea Levels of Just Under two Meters

A team of scientists has calculated the risk for a worst-case scenario upper limit for sea level rise within this century, revealing that the sea level could rise 1.8 meters. The climate is getting warmer, the ice sheets are melting and sea levels are rising – but how much? The report of the UN’s Intergovernmental […]

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October 14, 2014

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Discovery Reveals How Gamma-Ray Emissions from Stellar Explosions are Produced

Astronomers View Into the Heart of an Exploding Star

By using radio telescopes from across Europe and America, an international team of astronomers has been able to see into the heart of an exploding star. Highly-detailed images produced using radio telescopes from across Europe and America have pinpointed the locations where a stellar explosion (called a nova), emitted gamma rays (extremely high energy radiation). […]

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October 14, 2014

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MIT Assesses the Technical Feasibility of the Mars One Mission

Assessing the Technical Feasibility of the Proposed Mars One Mission

A new independent assessment of the Mars One Mission from MIT engineers reveals that the project may have to take a step back, at least to reconsider the mission’s technical feasibility. In 2012, the “Mars One” project, led by a Dutch nonprofit, announced plans to establish the first human colony on the Red Planet by […]

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