July 16, 2014

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Sloan Digital Sky Survey to Chart the Cosmos like Never Before

Survey officials announced the fourth phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, an initiative that spans four continents and includes 200 astronomers at more than 40 institutions. The next phase of a global drive to map the night sky will bring the cosmos into greater focus than at any in human history. Yale University scientists […]

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July 16, 2014

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New Way to Regrow Human Corneas Could Help Overcome a Major Cause of Blindness

Harvard-affiliated researchers have discovered a new way to regrow human corneas that could help researchers overcome a major cause of blindness. Researchers have identified a way to enhance regrowth of human corneal tissue to restore vision, using a molecule that acts as a marker for hard-to-find limbal stem cells. This work, a collaboration among the […]

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July 16, 2014

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Self-Assembling Nanoparticle Targets Tumors, Helps Doctors Diagnose Cancer Earlier

Researchers at Imperial College London have designed a new self-assembling nanoparticle that targets tumors, helping doctors diagnose cancer earlier. The new nanoparticle, developed by researchers at Imperial College London, boosts the effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning by specifically seeking out receptors that are found in cancerous cells. The nanoparticle is coated with a […]

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July 16, 2014

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New Observations Reveal How Electrons Accelerate in the Van Allen Radiation Belts

Using new data from the Van Allen Probes, a newly published study reveals the first direct observation of two processes that, in a chain, cause the acceleration of electrons in Earth’s outer radiation belt. One of the great, unanswered questions for space weather scientists is just what creates two gigantic donuts of radiation surrounding Earth, […]

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July 15, 2014

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Researchers Reveal That a Doppler Effect Influences Segmentation

New research from the Max Planck Institute shows that the rhythm of segmentation is influenced by a Doppler effect that arises from gene expression waves occurring in a shortening embryonic tissue. Many animals exhibit segmental patterns that manifest themselves during development. One classical example is the sequential and rhythmic formation the segmental precursors of the […]

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July 15, 2014

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Scientists Demonstrate a Photonic Router for the First Time

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science have taken another step forward toward building quantum computers, demonstrating a photonic router for the first time. Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This […]

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July 15, 2014

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A New and Unusual Exoplanet Discovered

With the help of an amateur astronomer, an international team of scientists has discovered a new and unusual exoplanet. Thiam Guan or ‘TG’ Tan is a Perth engineer by day and a planet hunter by night—he has co-discovered six planets from his backyard observatory. He says he was looking for a new challenge for his […]

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July 15, 2014

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Scientists Believe Finding Life Beyond Earth is Within Reach

Scientists gathered at NASA Headquarters to discuss the next steps to finding life beyond Earth, and outlined NASA’s roadmap to the search for life in the universe. Many scientists believe we are not alone in the universe. It’s probable, they say, that life could have arisen on at least some of the billions of planets […]

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July 14, 2014

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First Experimental Evidence of Boron “Buckyball”

An international team of researchers has shown that boron, carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table, can form a cage-like molecule similar to the buckyball. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — The discovery 30 years ago of soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules called buckyballs helped to spur an explosion of nanotechnology research. Now, there appears to be a […]

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July 14, 2014

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Physicists Track Quantum Errors in Real Time

A team of scientists has tackled the first step in quantum error correction, successfully identifying errors as they happen in real time. Scientists at Yale University have demonstrated the ability to track real quantum errors as they occur, a major step in the development of reliable quantum computers. They report their results in the journal […]

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July 14, 2014

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Swift Satellite Observes Rare Ultra-Long Gamma-Ray Burst

A newly published study analyzes a long-lasting blast of high-energy light, revealing that the gamma-ray burst was a rare and newly recognized class of ultra-long gamma-ray burst emanating from a galaxy so far away that its light had been traveling for 3.9 billion years. Astronomers analyzing a long-lasting blast of high-energy light observed in 2013 […]

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July 14, 2014

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New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 121

This newly released Hubble images shows globular cluster NGC 121. This image shows NGC 121, a globular cluster in the constellation of Tucana (The Toucan). Globular clusters are big balls of old stars that orbit the centers of their galaxies like satellites — the Milky Way, for example, has around 150. NGC 121 belongs to […]

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