October 20, 2014

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Scientists Discover Processes Similar to the Ones That Possibly Sparked Life

Researchers Create Possible Precursor to Life

Newly published research details how a team of scientists used a virtual computer experiment to discover information strings with peculiar properties. How did life originate? And can scientists create life? These questions not only occupy the minds of scientists interested in the origin of life, but also researchers working with technology of the future. If […]

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October 20, 2014

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Scientists Simulate Astrophysical Jets

Cosmic Jets of Young Stars Formed by Magnetic Fields

Using laser light and intense magnetic fields, an international team of scientists has simulated astrophysical jets in a laboratory environment for the first time. Astrophysical jets are counted among our Universe’s most spectacular phenomena: From the centers of black holes, quasars, or protostars, these rays of matter sometimes protrude several light years into space. Now, […]

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October 20, 2014

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New Design Simplifies Superconducting Circuits

MIT Circuit Design Simplifies Superconducting Circuits

MIT researchers present a new circuit design that could unlock the power of experimental superconducting computer chips and make simple superconducting devices much cheaper to manufacture. Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today’s chips, an attractive trait given the increasing […]

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October 20, 2014

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Chip-Scale Device Enables Yale Engineers to ‘See Without Looking’

Yale Engineers Develop a Chip Scale Device That Uses Interaction Free Measurement

Engineers at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science have developed a chip-scale device that uses the wave-particle duality of single photons to sense the presence of an object without interacting with it – a technique known as “interaction-free measurement.” “Our device uses silicon photonics to create interaction-free measurement on an integrated chip—something previously […]

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October 20, 2014

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Astronomers Discover New Clues to the Mystery of Coronal Heating

Tiny Nanoflares Heat the Sun's Corona

Using observations from the recently launched Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, astronomers found new clues to the mystery of coronal heating. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Why is the Sun’s million-degree corona, or outermost atmosphere, so much hotter than the Sun’s surface? This question has baffled astronomers for decades. Today, a team led by Paola Testa of the […]

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October 20, 2014

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Hubble Views the Whirling Disc of NGC 4526

The Whirling Disc of NGC 4526

This new Hubble image of the week shows NGC 4526, which is one of the brightest known lenticular galaxies. This neat little galaxy is known as NGC 4526. Its dark lanes of dust and bright diffuse glow make the galaxy appear to hang like a halo in the emptiness of space in this new image […]

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October 17, 2014

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Researchers Discover a New Signaling Pathway to Combat Excess Body Weight

Researchers Discover a New Signaling Pathway to Combat Excess Body Weight

An international team of researchers has discovered a new signaling molecule capable of activating brown fat cells. The number of overweight persons is greatly increasing worldwide – and as a result is the risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease. For this reason, many people dream of an efficient method for […]

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October 17, 2014

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Antifreeze Protein in Ticks Could Lead to New Antibiotics for Humans

Tick Protein Inspires New Class of Antibiotics

Scientists from Yale University have discovered that an antifreeze protein in ticks that kicks in during winter can also fights infection, possibly leading to a new class of antibiotics for humans. A protein in ticks that protects them against the cold could inspire a new class of antibiotics for humans, according to a Yale University […]

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October 17, 2014

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New SDO Image of the Sun Resembles Jack-o-Lantern Face

New SDO Jack-o-Lantern Sun Image

This new image captured on October 8, 2014 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows active regions on the sun combining to look something like a jack-o-lantern face. The active regions in this image appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy. They are markers of an intense and complex set of […]

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October 17, 2014

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Hubble Finds Small Galaxy More Than 13 Billion Light-Years Away

Hubble Finds Extremely Distant Galaxy More Than 13 Billion Light Years Away

Using the gravitational lensing power of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, Hubble has detected one of the farthest, faintest, and smallest galaxies ever seen. The small galaxy is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away. This galaxy offers a peek back to the very early formative years of the universe and may just be […]

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October 17, 2014

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Saturn’s Moon Mimas May Have a Liquid Water Ocean Beneath the Surface

Saturn Moon Mimas May Have a Fossil Core or an Ocean

New data from NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft reveal that Saturn’s moon Mimas may have a liquid water ocean beneath the moon’s impact-battered surface. A new study focused on the interior of Saturn’s icy moon Mimas suggests its cratered surface hides one of two intriguing possibilities: Either the moon’s frozen core is shaped something like a football, […]

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October 16, 2014

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Mysterious Signal – A Potential Indication of Dark Matter

Mysterious Signal Sheds Light on Dark Matter Evidence of Axions

New research from the University of Leicester provides the first potential indication of the direct detection of Dark Matter. Space scientists at the University of Leicester have detected a curious signal in the X-ray sky – one that provides a tantalizing insight into the nature of mysterious Dark Matter. The Leicester team has found what […]

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