November 13, 2014

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The Rapid-Fire Evolution of Green Anoles

Native Lizards Show Rapid Fire Evolution

A newly published study from Harvard University found that in just 20 generations in 15 years green anoles evolved larger toe pads equipped with more sticky scales to allow for better climbing. Though it’s often portrayed as a process that takes place over thousands of years, under the right circumstances the evolution of enhanced traits […]

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November 13, 2014

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Philae Lander Makes Historic First Landing on Comet 67P

Philae Makes Historic First Landing

After more than a decade in space, ESA’s Philae lander has made the first-ever soft landing of a spacecraft on a comet. Mission controllers at ESA’s mission operations center in Darmstadt, Germany, received a signal confirming that the Philae lander had touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday, November 12, just after 8 a.m. PST/11 […]

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November 12, 2014

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Philae Lander Makes Soft Landing on Comet 67P

Philae Makes Soft Landing on Comet 67P

The European Space Agency has confirmed that the Philae lander has successfully reached the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is the first time in history that a spacecraft has made a soft landing on a comet. The Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft captured this parting shot of the […]

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November 12, 2014

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New Algorithm Predicts the Evolution of Viruses

Algorithm Can Predict the Evolution of Viruses

Using the branches of a genealogical tree as reference, a team of scientists has developed an algorithm that can predict the evolution of asexual organisms such as viruses or cancer cells. For a long time, prognoses forecasting the evolutionary future of organisms were considered mere speculation. Together with researchers from Cambridge and Santa Barbara, USA, […]

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November 12, 2014

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Prosthetic Retina May Help Restore Vision

Artificial Retina Could Help Restore Vision

New research shows that an artificial retina could someday help restore lost vision caused by retinal degeneration. The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people, especially as they age. But a new development toward a prosthetic retina could help counter conditions that result from problems with […]

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November 12, 2014

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New Approach May Enable Portable Atomic Clocks

New Approach to Atomic Timekeeping

A team of researchers from MIT and Draper Laboratory has developed a new approach to atomic timekeeping that may enable more stable and accurate portable atomic clocks. What time is it? The answer, no matter what your initial reference may be — a wristwatch, a smartphone, or an alarm clock — will always trace back […]

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November 12, 2014

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Rosetta Spacecraft Picks Up a Mysterious “Song” from Comet 67P

Rosetta Hears Mysterious Noise from Comet 67P

As ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft prepares to dispatch its Philae lander to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a set of instruments on Rosetta has picked up a mysterious “song” from the comet. The sounds are thought to be oscillations in the magnetic field around the comet. They were picked up by the Rosetta Plasma Consortium — […]

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November 11, 2014

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Astronomers Find Evidence for Galactic Merger in Distant Protocluster

Evidence of Galactic Merger in Distant Protocluster

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, astronomers show a clear picture of hierarchical merging and the all-important first steps along this process when the Universe was only 8 percent of its current age. Nestled among a triplet of young galaxies more than 12.5 billion light-years away is a cosmic powerhouse: a galaxy that is producing […]

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November 11, 2014

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New Research Reveals the Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

MIT Reveals Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

In a newly published study, MIT researchers show that a canonical view of global warming tells only half the story and reveal the missing piece of the climate puzzle. In classrooms and everyday conversation, explanations of global warming hinge on the greenhouse gas effect. In short, climate depends on the balance between two different kinds […]

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November 11, 2014

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New Gene-Editing Technique Could Prove to be an Effective Technique for Blocking HIV

Researchers Genetically Edit Human Blood Stem Cells

Using CRISPR Cas technology, researchers genetically ‘edit’ human blood stem cells to create what could prove to be an effective technique for blocking HIV. Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers at Massachusetts General (MGH) and Boston Children’s hospitals (BCH) for the first time have used a relatively new gene-editing technique to create what could prove […]

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November 11, 2014

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Cassini Spots a Bright Feature in Titan’s Largest Sea, Kraken Mare

Cassini Spots a Bright Feature in Kraken Mare

During a recent flyby, the Cassini spacecraft observed new, bright features in the seas that might be related to the mysterious feature that researchers dubbed the “magic island.” NASA’s Cassini mission continues its adventures in extraterrestrial oceanography with new findings about the hydrocarbon seas on Saturn’s moon Titan. The findings are being presented this week […]

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November 11, 2014

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Young Star Systems May Reveal How Our Own Solar System Came To Be

Astronomers Find an Early Version of The Milk Way

Astronomers from the University of Arizona have discovered two dust belts surrounded by a large dust halo around young star HD 95086, providing researchers with a look back at what our solar system may have resembled in its infancy. Researchers studying what appears to be a beefed-up version of our solar system have discovered that […]

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November 10, 2014

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Scientists Construct Microswimmers for Medical Applications

Researchers Develop Nano Devices That Can be Propelled Through Media Similar to Bodily Fluids

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute have constructed swimming bodies that are small enough to be used in bodily fluids or even individual cells, and they are able to navigate through complex biological fluids. In the 1966 movie Fantastic Voyage, a submarine complete with crew is shrunk in size so that it can navigate through […]

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