October 16, 2014

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21-Day Quarantine Might Not Be Enough to Prevent the Spread of Ebola

Study Questions 21 Day Quarantine For Ebola

A new study from Drexel University suggests that 21 days might not be enough to completely prevent spread of Ebola, revealing that there could be up to a 12 percent chance that someone could be infected even after the 21-day quarantine. As medical personnel and public health officials are responding to the first reported cases […]

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October 16, 2014

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Yale Study Shows Siblings of Children with Autism Can Show Signs at 18 Months

Siblings With Autism Can Show Early Signs

A new study from Yale University found that younger siblings of children with ASD showed symptoms as early as 18 months old, reinforcing the need for repeated diagnostic screening in the first three years of life to identify individual cases of ASD as soon as behavioral symptoms are apparent. About 20% of younger siblings of […]

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October 16, 2014

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New ScienceCast Video: The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice

The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice

A new four minute ScienceCast video explores the shrinking coverage of Arctic sea ice and how the reduction could affect worldwide weather. ScienceCasts: The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice: As climate change continues to hammer Arctic sea ice, pushing back its summertime boundaries to record-high latitudes, NASA is flying an innovative airborne mission to […]

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October 16, 2014

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A Close Up View of the Primary Landing Site on Comet 67P

Close Up View of Rosetta Comet Landing Site

This mosaic from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft shows a close up view of landing “Site J” – the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko for the mission’s Philae lander. The mosaic comprises two images taken by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on September 14, 2014, from a distance of about 19 miles (30 kilometers). […]

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October 16, 2014

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Slow-Growing Galaxies Help Reveal How the Very First Stars in Our Universe Formed

Study Measures Rates at which Galaxies Sextans A and ESO 146-G14 Create Stars

Using data from the Herschel mission, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer, astronomers make some of the most accurate measurements yet of the rates at which small, sluggish galaxies create stars. What makes one rose bush blossom with flowers, while another remains barren? Astronomers ask a similar question of galaxies, wondering how […]

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October 16, 2014

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Hubble Finds Three Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons

Hubble Uncovered Three Potential New Horizons Targets

The Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three potential targets for the New Horizons spacecraft to visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015. The KBOs were detected through a dedicated Hubble observing program by a New Horizons search team that was awarded telescope time for this purpose. “This has been a very challenging search […]

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October 15, 2014

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UCLA Study Shows That Obesity Accelerates Aging of the Liver

Researchers Find That Obesity Accelerates Aging of the Liver

A newly published study is the first to evaluate the effect of body weight on the biological ages of a variety of human tissues, revealing that obesity accelerates aging of the liver. Using a recently developed biomarker of aging known as an epigenetic clock, UCLA researchers working closely with a German team of investigators have […]

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October 15, 2014

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Silicon Qubits Could Be the Key to a Quantum Revolution

Silicon Qubits Are Ready for Large Scale Quantum Computers

Two newly published studies show that the accuracy and lifetime of silicon qubits are now suitable for large-scale quantum computers. A dramatic increase in the amount of time data can be stored on a single atom means silicon could once again play a vital role in the development of super-fast computers. The silicon chip revolutionized […]

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October 15, 2014

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MAVEN Provides First Look at the Upper Atmosphere of Mars

MAVEN Provides First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere

NASA’s MAVEN mission has provided scientists with their first look at the upper atmosphere of Mars. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas surrounding the Red Planet, […]

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October 15, 2014

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APEX Telescope Reveals Star Formation in Unexpected Places

APEX Reveals Star Formation in Unexpected Places

A team of astronomers used the APEX telescope to probe the Spiderweb Cluster, revealing that much of the star formation taking place is hidden by dust and occurring in unexpected places. Galaxy clusters are the largest objects in the Universe held together by gravity but their formation is not well understood. The Spiderweb Galaxy (formally […]

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October 15, 2014

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A Magnetic Field Flip Could Occur Over a Short Period of Time

Earths Magnetic Field Could Flip Over a Short Time Period

Earth’s magnetic field is decreasing 10 times faster than normal, leading some geophysicists to predict a magnetic reversal to occur within a few thousand years. New research from an international team of scientists shows that this reversal could happen over a short period of time – less than a hundred years. Berkeley — Imagine the […]

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October 15, 2014

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Rosetta “Selfie” with Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in the Background

Rosetta Selfie of Comet 67P

This new image form ESA’s Philae lander shows one of the 52-foot-long solar arrays from the Rosetta spacecraft with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko hovering in the background. A camera aboard the European Space Agency’s Philae lander snapped this “selfie” of one of the Rosetta spacecraft’s 52-foot-long (16-meter) solar arrays, with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko hovering in the background some […]

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