October 27, 2014

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Physicists Produce New Evidence for an Exotic Superconducting State

New Evidence for an Exotic Superconducting State

A newly published study led by Brown University reveals new evidence for an exotic superconducting state that can arise when a superconductor is exposed to a strong magnetic field. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Superconductors and magnetic fields do not usually get along. But a research team led by a Brown University physicist has […]

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October 27, 2014

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Cassini Identifies a High-Altitude Methane Ice Cloud on Titan

Researchers Identify an Unexpected High Altitude Methane Ice Cloud on Titan

Using data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, astronomers have identified an unexpected high-altitude methane ice cloud on Saturn’s moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth’s poles. This lofty cloud, imaged by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, was part of the winter cap of condensation over Titan’s north pole. Now, eight years after spotting […]

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October 27, 2014

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Hubble Image of the Week: A Galaxy on the Edge

Hubble Views Galaxy NGC 4762

This Hubble image of the week shows lenticular galaxy NGC 4762, which is located roughly 58 million light-years away. This spectacular image was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The bright streak slicing across the frame is an edge-on view of galaxy NGC 4762, and a number of other […]

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October 24, 2014

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Astronomers Discover Two Distinct Families of Exocomets Around Beta Pictoris

Tthe Most Complete Census of Comets Around Another Star

Astronomers make the most complete census of comets around another star, revealing that individual comets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris belong to two distinct families of exocomets. The HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has been used to make the most complete census of comets around another star ever created. A French […]

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October 24, 2014

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NASA Maps of Titan Reveal Large Patches of Trace Gases

New Maps of Saturn's Moon Titan Reveal Large Patches of Trace Gases

Researchers investigating the chemical make-up of Titan’s atmosphere have discovered large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles Saturn’s moon Titan. New maps of Saturn’s moon Titan reveal large patches of trace gases shining brightly near the north and south poles. These regions are curiously shifted off the poles, to […]

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October 24, 2014

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Astronomers Create 3D Map of the Distant Universe

A 3D Map of the Adolescent Universe

Using a new technique similar to x-ray computer-tomographic imaging, a team of astronomers has created the first three-dimensional map of the adolescent Universe – just 3 billion years after the Big Bang. Using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8-billion light years away, scientists have created one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of a slice […]

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October 24, 2014

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Yale Scientists Reveal Ebola Epidemic in Africa Poised to Explode

Yale Study Shows Ebola Epidemic in Africa Poised to Explode

An international team of scientists has developed a new mathematical transmission model of the Ebola disease and applied it to Liberia’s most populous county, revealing that tens of thousands of new Ebola cases and deaths are likely by December 15 if the epidemic continues on its present course. The Ebola virus disease epidemic already devastating […]

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October 24, 2014

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New TLP Coating Repels Blood and Bacteria

New Coating for Medical Devices Repels Blood and Bacteria

Using materials already approved by the FDA, Harvard engineers have developed a new surface coating for medical devices that repels blood and suppresses biofilm formation. Most any medical device implanted in the body — or one that comes into contact with flowing blood, such as a dialysis machine — may also present two critical challenges […]

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October 24, 2014

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Hubble Views Comet Siding Spring Passing Mars

Hubble Views Comet Siding Spring Near Mars

This new composite image of comet Siding Spring was captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope as Sliding Spring made its never-before-seen close passage of Mars. Siding Spring, officially designated Comet C/2013 A1, made its closest approach to Mars at 2:28 p.m. EDT on October 19, at a distance of approximately 87,000 miles. That is about […]

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October 23, 2014

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New Evidence of a Possible Link Between Diabetes and the Hardening of Heart Valves

Study Shows High Blood Sugar Levels May Harden Heart Valves

By directly viewing the effect of high blood-sugar levels on heart-valve cell metabolism for the first time, bioengineers have found new evidence of a possible link between diabetes and the hardening of heart valves. Rice University bioengineers have found new evidence of a possible link between diabetes and the hardening of heart valves. A Rice […]

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October 23, 2014

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Research Shows Ancient Kangaroos Likely Preferred Walking to Hopping

Ancient Family of Sthenurine Kangaroos Likely Preferred Walking to Hopping

Based on a rigorous comparative analysis of kangaroo anatomy, biologists at Brown University reveal that the ancient family of sthenurine kangaroos likely preferred walking to hopping. Imagine that a time machine has transported you to the Australian outback 100,000 years ago. As you emerge, you see a huge kangaroo with a round rabbit-like face foraging […]

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October 23, 2014

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New Target Finding Mechanism Allows Microscopic Devices to Autonomously Find Their Way

New Technology Allows Microscopic Devices to Autonomously Find Their Way

Researchers from MIT have developed a new target-finding mechanism that allows microscopic devices to autonomously find their way to areas of a cell surface. Nature has developed a wide variety of methods for guiding particular cells, enzymes, and molecules to specific structures inside the body: White blood cells can find their way to the site […]

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