August 21, 2014

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Solar Energetic Particles May Have Significantly Altered the Properties of Lunar Soil

Solar Energetic Particles May Have Altered the Properties of Lunar Soil

New research shows that high-energy particles from large solar storms can penetrate the moon’s polar regions and electrically charge the soil, causing electrostatic breakdown and altering the properties of the soil on the moon. The moon appears to be a tranquil place, but modeling done by University of New Hampshire (UNH) and NASA scientists suggests […]

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August 21, 2014

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The Destructive Results of a Mighty Supernova Explosion

Composite Images Shows Results of a Mighty Supernova Explosion

This composite image shows the remnant of a supernova that would have been witnessed on Earth 3,700 years ago. This image from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton reveals the destructive results of a mighty supernova explosion in a delicate blend of infrared and X-ray light. The […]

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August 21, 2014

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Earth’s Atmosphere Contains an Unexpectedly Large Amount of Ozone-Depleting Compound

Earths Atmosphere Contains an Unexpectedly Large Amount of Ozone Depleting Compound

A newly published study from NASA shows that Earth’s atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), leaving researchers to believe that there are either unidentified industrial leakages, large emissions from contaminated sites, or unknown CCl4 sources. NASA research shows Earth’s atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an […]

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August 20, 2014

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Study Reveals Two Dynamos Drive Jupiter’s Magnetic Field

Research Shows Two Dynamos Drive Jupiters Magnetic Feld

With the aid of the computer simulations, a team of scientists has now succeeded in explaining the origin of the magnetic field deep inside Jupiter. Superlatives are the trademark of the planet Jupiter. The magnetic field at the top edge of the cloud surrounding the largest member of the solar system is around ten times […]

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August 20, 2014

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The Prospects for the Development of Clean Fuels Are Improving

The Development of Clean Fuels Based on Water and Sunlight are Improving

New insights into the details of photosynthetic water splitting have provided a blueprint for synthetic systems that could store sunlight energy in chemical energy carriers. Society’s energy supply problems could be solved in the future using a model adopted from nature. During photosynthesis, plants, algae and some species of bacteria produce sugars and other energy-rich […]

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August 20, 2014

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Heart Disease and Strokes Decrease Significantly

Heart Disease and Strokes Decrease in the USA

Using data from the past decade, a new study shows that the rates of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke have dropped significantly. In some positive news for heart disease and stroke patients, Yale School of Medicine researchers report that the rates of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from both conditions dropped significantly […]

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August 20, 2014

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A New Supernova Model Challenges the Predominant One

New Observations of the Type Ia SN 2014J in Galaxy M82

A newly published study from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia discards possibility that type Ia supernovae might stem from explosions of white dwarfs nourished by normal stars. Were these conclusions to become generalized, type Ia supernovae might no longer serve as “standard candles” to measure astronomical distances. Type Ia supernovae happen when a white […]

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August 20, 2014

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Two Star Formation Regions in the Southern Milky Way

New Image Reveals Two Dramatic Star Formation Regions in the Southern Milky Way

This new image from the European Southern Observatory shows two dramatic star formation regions (NGC 3603 and NGC 3576) in the southern Milky Way. This image, captured by the Wide Field Imager at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. The first is of these, […]

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August 20, 2014

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New Camouflage System Automatically Mimics Its Surroundings

New Camouflage Technology Mimics Its Surroundings

A new optoelectronic camouflage system inspired by the skins of cephalopods automatically reads its environment and adapts to mimic its surroundings. It could be a fun party trick – put your cell phone down on a table and watch it fade into the woodwork – or part of a lifesaving technology used by industry or […]

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August 20, 2014

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Transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrator Creates Solar Energy Without Blocking the View

MSU Develops New Type of Transparent Solar Concentrator

By using small organic molecules that absorb specific nonvisible wavelengths of sunlight, researchers at Michigan State University have developed a transparent luminescent solar concentrator that can create solar energy without blocking the view. A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window […]

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August 20, 2014

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New Curiosity Image from ‘Bonanza King’ Target

Curiosity Image of Bonanza King Target

This newly released image from NASA’s Curiosity Rover shows a gray patch of rock material at the “Bonanza King” location. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used the Dust Removal Tool on its robotic arm to brush aside reddish, more-oxidized dust, revealing a gray patch of less-oxidized rock material at a target called “Bonanza King,” visible in […]

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August 19, 2014

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Theorists Show How Energy Landscapes Dominate Both Evolution and Folding of Proteins

Theorists Show How Energy Landscapes Dominate Both Evolution and Folding of Proteins

A team of biophysicists at Rice University used computer models to show that the energy landscape involved in the long-term evolution of proteins is essentially the same as that involved in the folding process that takes as little as microseconds. Nature’s artistic and engineering skills are evident in proteins, life’s robust molecular machines. Scientists at […]

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