January 19, 2015

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Hubble Views the Dust Filaments of Spiral Galaxy NGC 4217

New Hubble Image of NGC 4217

In this newly released image, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope takes a close look at the spiral galaxy NGC 4217 – which is located 60 million light-years away. The galaxy is seen almost perfectly edge on and is a perfect candidate for studying the nature of extraplanar dust structures — the patterns of gas and dust […]

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January 16, 2015

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A Significant Step Towards Explaining the Cosmic Origins of the Seeds of Galaxies

3D Simulation Shows Small Protostellar-Like Core Can Grow into a Supermassive Black Hole

In a new study, astronomers from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics found that a small protostellar-like core of only 0.1 solar-masses can develop in only a few years from a suitable environment and then can grow into a supermassive black hole in only millions of years. Supermassive black holes with millions or billions of solar-masses of […]

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January 16, 2015

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New Technique Enlarges Tissue Samples, Making Them Easier to Image

New Technique Enables Nanoscale-Resolution Microscopy

By physically enlarging the specimen itself, researchers from MIT have invented a new way to visualize the nanoscale structure of the brain and other tissues. Beginning with the invention of the first microscope in the late 1500s, scientists have been trying to peer into preserved cells and tissues with ever-greater magnification. The latest generation of […]

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January 16, 2015

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Yale Study Links Increased Impulsivity and Hostility with Recreational Marijuana Use

Study Links Increased Impulsivity and Hostility With Recreational Marijuana Use

A newly published study from Yale University found that recreational marijuana use was associated with increased impulsivity and greater hostile perceptions and behaviors. While the negative effects of chronic marijuana use are being documented in a growing body of research, it has been unclear whether recreational use of the substance produces problematic effects in everyday […]

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January 16, 2015

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Global Temperature Analysis Finds 2014 as Warmest Year in Modern Record

2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record

According to a global temperature analysis by NASA, nine of the 10 warmest years since modern records began have now occurred since 2000 with 2014 ranking as the warmest on record since 1880. The year 2014 now ranks as the warmest on record since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA scientists. Image Credit: NASA’s […]

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January 16, 2015

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NEOWISE: One Year of Observations Mapped

NEOWISE Year in Review 2014

NASA reviews the past 12 months of NEOWISE discoveries with a short video that shows the progression of the NEOWISE survey in the year after its December 2013 restart. NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) spacecraft discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December […]

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January 16, 2015

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New Horizons Begins First Stages of Pluto Encounter

New Horizons Spacecraft Begins First Stages of Pluto Encounter

After a voyage of more than 3 billion miles, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is ready to begin exploring Pluto. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14 with the first close-up flyby of the dwarf planet, 4.67 […]

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January 15, 2015

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Astrophysicists Believe There Are More Planets in Our Solar System

New Research Suggests That There Are More Planets in Our Solar System

Numerical calculations made by researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Cambridge reveal that there could be at least two unknown planets hidden well beyond Pluto. If confirmed, this hypothesis would revolutionize solar system models. Astronomers have spent decades debating whether some dark trans-Plutonian planet remains to be discovered within the […]

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January 15, 2015

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Experimental Observations of Multiparty EPR Steering and Genuine Tripartite Entanglement

Extending Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Quantum Mechanics Paradox

Using an optical network, researchers experimentally confirm that entanglement associated with the EPR paradox can be shared over three or more distinct optical systems. An international team, including researchers from Swinburne University of Technology, has demonstrated that the 1935 Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) quantum mechanics paradox may be extended to more than two optical systems, paving the […]

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January 15, 2015

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Meteorites Were Byproducts of Planetary Formation, Not Building Blocks

New Study Finds Twist on Planetary Origins

A newly published study from researchers at MIT and Purdue University reveals that chondrules were byproducts of a violent and messy planetary process, not building blocks. Meteors that have crashed to Earth have long been regarded as relics of the early solar system. These craggy chunks of metal and rock are studded with chondrules — […]

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January 15, 2015

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Astronomers Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary of Titan Landing

The 10 Years Since Titan Landing

Ten years ago, ESA’s Huygens probe entered the history books by descending to the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Humanity’s first successful attempt to land a probe on another world in the outer Solar System. On January 14, 2005 an explorer from Earth parachuted into the haze of an alien moon toward an uncertain […]

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January 14, 2015

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New Exoplanet-Hunting Facility (NGTS) Achieves First Light

New Exoplanet-Hunting Telescopes

The Next-Generation Transit Survey has achieved first light and will focus on discovering Neptune-sized and smaller planets, with diameters between two and eight times that of Earth. The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) is a wide-field observing system made up of an array of twelve telescopes, each with an aperture of 20 centimeters [1]. This new […]

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January 14, 2015

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MIT Study Shows Rainfall Releases Aerosols on Impact

High-Speed Imaging Shows Raindrops Releasing Clouds of Aerosols on Impact

MIT scientists use high-speed cameras to show that when a raindrop hits a surface it traps tiny air bubbles at the point of contact and releases aerosols into the environment. Ever notice an earthy smell in the air after a light rain? Now scientists at MIT believe they may have identified the mechanism that releases […]

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January 14, 2015

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Rice Engineers Design Flexible and Stackable Laser Induced Graphene Supercapacitors

Rice Scientists Show Vertical Microsupercapacitors with Laser induced Graphene

New research from Rice University details the design and testing of three-dimensional supercapacitors made with laser-induced graphene. Rice University scientists advanced their recent development of laser-induced graphene (LIG) by producing and testing stacked, three-dimensional supercapacitors, energy-storage devices that are important for portable, flexible electronics. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour discovered last year that […]

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January 14, 2015

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Potential Over-Treatment of Diabetes in Older Adults

Study Shows Risk of Over Treatment in Older Diabetes Patients

New research from the Yale School of Medicine shows that aggressively controlling blood sugar with insulin and sulfonylurea drugs in older patients with multiple medical conditions could lead to over-treatment and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Published in the January 12 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, the study found that many older diabetes patients received aggressive […]

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January 14, 2015

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Views M-Class Solar Flare

First Notable Solar Flare of 2015

The first significant solar flare of 2015 was spotted by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 11:24 p.m. EST on January 12, 2015. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from […]

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January 14, 2015

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Asteroid 2004 BL86 to Fly By Earth on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86 to Fly By Earth on January 26

On January 26 asteroid 2004 BL86 will safely pass Earth at a distance of about 745,000 miles away, this will be the closest that the asteroid will get to Earth for at least the next 200 years. An asteroid, designated 2004 BL86, will safely pass about three times the distance of Earth to the moon […]

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