August 26, 2014

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Pluto-Bound New Horizons Gets a Distant Look at Neptune and Triton

New Horizons Views Neptune

This newly released image of Neptune and its large moon Triton was captured by NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft as it continues on its voyager towards Pluto. NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter […]

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August 26, 2014

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Solar Dynamics Observatory Captures Images of Recent M5 Solar Flare

NASA Views M5 Solar Flare

New images from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory show the M5 solar flare that erupted on August 24, 2014. On August 24, 2014, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 8:16 a.m. EDT. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of the sun. Solar flares are […]

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August 25, 2014

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ESA Identifies Five Candidate Landing Sites on Comet 67P

Five Candidate Landing Sites on Comet 67P

Rosetta Spacecraft data have allowed scientists to identify five candidate sites to set down the Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November. Using detailed information collected by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft during its first two weeks at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, five locations have been identified as candidate sites to set down the Philae lander in November – […]

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August 25, 2014

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LLNL Engineers Create New Microscale Energy Absorbing Material

LLNL Researchers Create Engineered Energy Absorbing Material

Engineers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a way to design and fabricate new microscale cushioning materials with a broad range of programmable properties. Materials like solid gels and porous foams are used for padding and cushioning, but each has its own advantages and limitations. Gels are effective as padding but are relatively […]

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August 25, 2014

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Physicists Preserve Spin Information for Much Longer than Previously Possible

Physicists Manipulate Spin Information in Graphene with Electric Fields

By isolating the spin information from the influence of the outside world in a nanoscale graphene device, physicists have found a way to preserve spin information for much longer than previously possible. Researchers from the FOM Foundation and University of Groningen have found a way to preserve spin information for much longer than previously possible. […]

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August 25, 2014

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Area of Brain Responsible for Exercise Motivation Discovered, May Help Improve Treatments for Depression

Researchers Discover Area of Brain Responsible for Exercise Motivation

Scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute have discovered that the dorsal medial habenula region in the brain controls the desire to exercise in mice, possibly helping researchers develop more targeted and effective treatments for depression. Scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute have discovered an area of the brain that could control a person’s motivation to […]

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August 25, 2014

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Biologists Grow a Living Organ from Lab-Created Cells

Living Organ Grown in a Lab

Scientists from the MRC Center for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh have grown a fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal by transplanting cells that were originally created in a laboratory. The research could aid in the future development of ‘lab-grown’ replacement organs. Scientists have grown a fully functional organ from […]

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August 25, 2014

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Historic Voyager 2 Image of Neptune

Image of Neptune from Voyager 2

This historic image of Neptune was taken twenty-five years ago by NASA’s Voyager 2 Spacecraft. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. This picture of Neptune was produced from the last whole planet images taken through the green and orange filters on […]

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August 25, 2014

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Hubble Image of the Day: A Variety of Intriguing Cosmic Phenomena

Hubble Image of the Day Shows a Variety of Intriguing Cosmic Phenomena

This newly released Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena – like a star is in the early stages of its life and a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. Surrounded by bright stars, towards the upper middle of the frame we see a small young stellar object (YSO) known as SSTC2D […]

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August 22, 2014

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A New class of Materials Called Protein Crystalline Frameworks

Researchers Characterized a New Class of Materials

An international team of scientists has characterized a new class of materials called protein crystalline frameworks (PCFs). Thanks to certain helper substances, in PCFs proteins are fixated in a way so as to align themselves symmetrically, forming highly stable crystals. Next, the HZB and Fudan University researchers are planning on looking into how PCFs may […]

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August 22, 2014

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Geophysicists Detect Evidence of Large Amounts of Water in Earth’s Mantle

Scientists Detect Evidence of Water in Earths Mantle

New research reveals large quantities of water bound up in the rock located deep in the Earth’s mantle. Researchers have found evidence of a potential “ocean’s worth” of water deep beneath the United States. Although not present in a familiar form, the building blocks of water are bound up in rock located deep in the […]

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August 22, 2014

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Supernova 2014J Reveals Key Information About Our Universe

Astronomers Reveal the Mysteries of Supernova 2014J in Galaxy M82

Astronomers used a vast network of radio telescopes to obtain many images of supernova 2014J, revealing a lack of radio emission from the supernova and providing scientists the opportunity to learn more about these extremely important astrophysical phenomena and their underlying cause. The supernova, a giant explosion of a star and the closest one to […]

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