December 29, 2016

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Astronomers Determine Orbit of Proxima Centauri

Orbit of Proxima Centauri Determined After 100 Years

Using ESO’s planet-hunting HARPS instrument, astronomers have the strongest evidence to date that Proxima Centauri orbits Alpha Centauri A and B. Interest in our neighboring Alpha Centauri star system has been particularly high since the recent discovery of an Earth-mass planet, known as Proxima b, orbiting the system’s third star — and the closest star […]

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December 29, 2016

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Band 5 Receivers Improve ALMA’s Ability to Search for Water in the Universe

ALMA’s Ability to Search for Water in the Universe Improved

With the newly installed Band 5 receivers, ALMA has now opened its eyes to a whole new section of this radio spectrum, creating exciting new observational possibilities and improving the telescope’s ability to search for water in the Universe. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile has begun observing in a new range of […]

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December 27, 2016

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New Material Provides an Elastic “Second Skin”

MIT Engineers Develop Second skin Polymer

A team of researchers has developed a “second skin” polymer that can provide a barrier, cosmetic improvement, and potentially deliver drugs. Scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs have developed a new material that can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles. With further development, it could also be used […]

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December 27, 2016

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The Interstellar Medium: Crossing the Cosmic Void

The Interstellar Medium Crossing the Cosmic Void

Humanity’s great leap into the space between the stars has, in a sense, already begun. NASA’s Voyager 1 probe broke through the sun’s magnetic bubble to touch the interstellar wind. Voyager 2 isn’t far behind. New Horizons shot past Pluto on its way to encounters with more distant dwarf worlds, the rubble at the solar […]

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December 27, 2016

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Astronomers Release the Largest Digital Sky Survey

Pan-STARRS Releases Largest Digital Sky Survey

The Pan-STARRS project is publicly releasing the world’s largest digital sky survey from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). “The Pan-STARRS1 Surveys allow anyone to access millions of images and use the database and catalogs containing precision measurements of billions of stars and galaxies,” said Dr. Ken Chambers, Director of the Pan-STARRS Observatories. “Pan-STARRS has […]

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December 26, 2016

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A New Approach to Detecting Earth-Like Worlds

Searching a Sea of ‘Noise’ to Find Exoplanets

Researchers from Yale University have developed a new approach to detect distant planets and refine the search for worlds similar to Earth. The new approach, outlined in a study published December 20 in The Astronomical Journal, relies on mathematical methods that have their foundations in physics research. Rather than trying to filter out the signal […]

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December 26, 2016

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Hubble Views Two Festive-Looking Emission Nebulae

Festive Nebulae Light Up Milky Way Galaxy Satellite

The Hubble Space Telescope captured two festive-looking emission nebulae conjoined so they appear as one. The sheer observing power of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is rarely better illustrated than in an image such as this. This glowing pink nebula, named NGC 248, is located in the Small Magellanic Cloud, just under 200,000 light-years away […]

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December 26, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Megamaser IRAS 16399-0937

Megamaser IRAS 16399-0937

This newly released Hubble image shows megamaser IRAS 16399-0937, which is located over 370 million light-years away. This galaxy has a far more exciting and futuristic classification than most — it is a megamaser. Megamasers are intensely bright, around 100 million times brighter than the masers found in galaxies like the Milky Way. The entire […]

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December 15, 2016

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Statistical Analysis Shows Unexpected Interaction Between Dark Matter and Ordinary Matter

Statistical Analysis Shows an Unexpected Interaction Between Dark Matter and Ordinary Matter

A newly published statistical analysis of mini-spiral galaxies shows an unexpected interaction between dark matter and ordinary matter. The research shows that where the relationship is obvious and cannot be explained in a trivial way within the context of the Standard Model, these objects may serve as “portals” to a completely new form of Physics […]

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December 15, 2016

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FDA-Approved Drug Treats a Rare Cardiac Disease

Cancer Drug Treats Rare Cardiac Disease

New research shows that a low-dose of the FDA-approved drug dasatinib improves heart function in Noonan syndrome. About 1 in 2,500 babies born in the United States each year have Noonan syndrome (NS), a genetic disorder that results in severe heart defects, among other symptoms. A mutation in a gene called PTPN11 which encodes for […]

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December 14, 2016

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New Method Could Accelerate Graphene Production

New Method Could Accelerate Graphene Production

Engineers at the University of Exeter have developed a new cheap and simple mass production technique for graphene. A team of engineers from Exeter’s Centre for Graphene Science have developed a new method for creating entire device arrays directly on the copper substrates used for the commercial manufacture of graphene. Complete and fully-functional devices can […]

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December 14, 2016

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NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Captures New Image of Jupiter

New Image of Jupiter from Juno

This newly released Juno image highlights the seventh of eight features forming a ‘string of pearls’ on Jupiter. This image, taken by the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft, highlights the seventh of eight features forming a ‘string of pearls’ on Jupiter — massive counterclockwise rotating storms that appear as white ovals in the gas […]

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December 13, 2016

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NASA’s New Global View of CO2, Critical Step for Carbon-Cycle Science

Eye-Popping View of CO2, Critical Step for Carbon-Cycle Science

NASA’s new global view of carbon dioxide builds on the agency’s previous satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and combines them with a sophisticated Earth system model to provide one of the most realistic views yet of how this critical greenhouse gas moves through the atmosphere. Scientists have tracked the rising concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide […]

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December 13, 2016

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Yale Study Shows Risk Avoidance in Older Adults is Related to Brain Anatomy, Not Age

Neuroanatomy Accounts for Age-Related Changes in Risk

New research from Yale University and NYU reveals that older adults are less inclined to take risks due to changes in brain anatomy rather than age. The finding adds to scientific understanding of decision making and may lead to strategies for modifying changes in risk behavior as people age. Research has demonstrated that older adults […]

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December 13, 2016

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Antarctic Site Dome A Promises to Open a New Window on the Cosmos

Antarctic Site Promises to Open a New Window on the Cosmos

Researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics are eyeing a new location to study the universe at little-explored terahertz radio frequencies. Antarctica might be one of the most inhospitable regions on the planet, but it is a mecca for astronomers. Its cold, dry air enables observations that can’t be done elsewhere on Earth. The South […]

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December 12, 2016

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Hubble Reveals a Black Hole Ripping Apart a Passing Star

Spinning Black Hole Swallowing Star Explains Superluminous Event

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers reveal a rapidly spinning black hole ripping apart a passing star that came too close. An extraordinarily brilliant point of light seen in a distant galaxy, and dubbed ASASSN-15lh, was thought to be the brightest supernova ever seen. But new observations from several observatories, including the NASA/ESA Hubble Space […]

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December 12, 2016

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Hubble Takes a Closer Look at Spiral Galaxy IC 5201

Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy IC 5201

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy IC 5201, which is located 40 million light-years away. In 1900, astronomer Joseph Lunt made a discovery: Peering through a telescope at Cape Town Observatory, the British–South African scientist spotted this beautiful sight in the southern constellation of Grus (The Crane): a barred spiral galaxy now named […]

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December 9, 2016

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Juno Mission Prepares for Jupiter Flyby

Juno Prepares for December 11 Jupiter Flyby

NASA’s Juno spacecraft will make its third science flyby of Jupiter on Sunday, December 11, at 9:04 a.m. PST. At the time of closest approach (called perijove), Juno will be about 2,580 miles (4,150 kilometers) above the gas giant’s roiling cloud tops and traveling at a speed of about 129,000 mph (57.8 kilometers per second) […]

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