July 20, 2015

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NASA Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite Captures Image of Earth

Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite Captures "EPIC" Earth Image

NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory Satellite has captured its first view of Earth. The image shows the entire sunlit side from one million miles away. This color image of Earth was taken by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), a four megapixel CCD camera and telescope. The image was generated by combining three separate images […]

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July 20, 2015

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Latest New Horizons Portrait of Pluto and Charon

New Horizons Image of Pluto and Charon

An updated portrait of Pluto and Charon from NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft. The latest two full-frame images of Pluto and Charon were collected separately by New Horizons during approach on July 13 and July 14, 2015. The relative reflectivity, size, separation, and orientations of Pluto and Charon are approximated in this composite image, and they […]

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July 20, 2015

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Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy NGC 1140

New Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy NGC 1140

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy NGC 1140, which is located 60 million light-years away. This dramatic image shows the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s view of dwarf galaxy known as NGC 1140, which lies 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus. As can be seen in this image NGC 1140 has […]

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July 19, 2015

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Video of New Horizons’ Flyover of Pluto’s Icy Mountain and Plains

Animated New Horizons Flyover of Pluto’s Icy Mountain and Plains

This short NASA video uses the latest images from the New Horizons Spacecraft to provide a simulated flyover of Pluto’s Norgay Mountains and Sputnik Plain. This simulated flyover of Pluto’s Norgay Montes (Norgay Mountains) and Sputnik Planum (Sputnik Plain) was created from New Horizons closest-approach images. Norgay Montes have been informally named for Tenzing Norgay, […]

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July 18, 2015

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New Horizons Reveals a Dense Region of Atmospheric Ions Behind Pluto

NASA's New Horizons Discovers Atmospheric Ions Behind Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft has discovered a region of cold, dense ionized gas tens of thousands of miles beyond Pluto – the planet’s atmosphere being stripped away by the solar wind and lost to space. Beginning an hour and half after closest approach, the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument observed a cavity in the […]

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July 18, 2015

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New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains on Pluto

New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto

The latest data from NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft shows a close-up image of a craterless plain on Pluto that appears to be no more than 100 million years old, and is possibly still being shaped by geologic processes. This frozen region is north of Pluto’s icy mountains, in the center-left of the heart feature, informally […]

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July 17, 2015

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ESA Selects Contractor for JUICE Mission to Jupiter and Its Icy Moons

ESA Prepares for the JUICE Mission

Airbus Defence & Space in France has been selected as the prime industrial contractor for ESA’s JUICE mission to Jupiter and its icy moons. The spacecraft should be launched in 2022 and arrive in the Jovian system in 2030. The agency’s Industrial Policy Committee approved the award of the €350.8 million contract yesterday. Pending the […]

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July 17, 2015

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New Statistical Technique to Help Evaluate Sites for Offshore Wind Farms

New Statistical Technique Yields Better Wind-Speed Predictions

Scientists at MIT have developed a new statistical technique that yields better wind-speed predictions than existing techniques do, saving power companies’ time and money in the evaluation of sites for offshore wind farms. When a power company wants to build a new wind farm, it generally hires a consultant to make wind speed measurements at […]

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July 17, 2015

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Physicists Observe Weyl Points for the First Time

Weyl Point Confirmed by Direct Observation for the First Time

An international team of physicists has confirmed for the first time the experimental observation of Weyl points. Part of a 1929 prediction by physicist Hermann Weyl — of a kind of massless particle that features a singular point in its energy spectrum called the “Weyl point” — has finally been confirmed by direct observation for […]

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July 17, 2015

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New Stem Cell Study May Lead to New Drug Targets for Autism Treatment

New Stem Cell Study Could Help Predict ASD

Using stem cells generated from skin biopsies of four patients with ASD, researchers from Yale University grew the stem cells into three-dimensional simulated miniature human brains to compare gene expression between the patients and their family members. A larger head size — or macrocephaly — is seen in many children with severe autism spectrum disorder […]

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July 17, 2015

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New Horizons Reveals Methane Ice on Pluto

New Horizons Reveals Methane on Pluto

As data from New Horizons continues to come in, the latest spectra from the Ralph instrument reveals an abundance of methane ice with striking differences from place to place across the frozen surface of Pluto. “We just learned that in the north polar cap, methane ice is diluted in a thick, transparent slab of nitrogen […]

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July 17, 2015

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NASA to Release New Pluto Images from New Horizons on July 17

NASA to Release New Pluto Images from New Horizons

NASA prepares to reveal new images of Pluto taken by the New Horizons Spacecraft. NASA will hold a media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, July 17, to reveal new images of Pluto and discuss new science findings from Tuesday’s historic flyby. The briefing will be held in James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters, […]

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July 16, 2015

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Zhenyuanlong Suni – The Newly Discovered Feathered Cousin of the Velociraptor

Newly Dsicovered Zhenyuanlong Suni Winged Dinosaur

Paleontologists working in China unearthed the fossil remains of one of the closest cousins of Velociraptor, but it looks just like a bird. This newly identified species of dinosaur (Zhenyuanlong suni) is the largest ever discovered to have a well-preserved set of bird-like wings. Short wings Researchers say its wings – which are very short […]

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July 16, 2015

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Astronomers Believe There May Be a New Population of Circumbinary Planets

Astronomers Present New Ideas on How to Find Compact Binary Systems

Newly published research from astronomers at Cornell University suggests that there may be a new population of circumbinary planets, which orbit around more-compact binaries (with periods less than a few days) and have their orbital axes misaligned with the binary axes. Sibling suns – made famous in the “Star Wars” scene where Luke Skywalker gazes […]

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July 16, 2015

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Astrophysicist Scott Kenyon Shares His Thoughts and Reactions on New Horizons’ Flyby of Pluto

Annotated Image of Pluto's Newly Discovered Features

As astrophysicists around the world watch to see what NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft will reveal about the Pluto, Scott Kenyon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shared his reaction to the flyby in an interview with the Harvard Gazette. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft reached its closest approach to Pluto on Tuesday, swooping to within 7,800 […]

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July 16, 2015

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Scientists Engineer Brain Cells to Produce Light

Scientists Engineer Brain Cells to Produce Light like Fireflies

Neuroscientists from Brown University and Central Michigan University are working to make optogenetics even more powerful in the brain and beyond. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — The revolution that optogenetics technology has brought to biology — neuroscience in particular — could be transformed all over again if a new project getting underway at Brown […]

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July 15, 2015

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New Horizons Reveals Charon’s Surprising, Youthful and Varied Terrain

New Details of Pluto’s Moon Charon Revealed In Close-up Image

This new image from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager reveals new details of Pluto’s largest moon Charon. The image was taken on July 13, 2015 from a distance of 289,000 miles (466,000 kilometers). A swath of cliffs and troughs stretches about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) from left to right, suggesting widespread fracturing of Charon’s crust, […]

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July 15, 2015

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New Animation Shows Views of Pluto Through the Years

Closing in on Pluto Images Over the Years

This new animation from NASA combines various observations of Pluto over the course of several decades. The first frame is a digital zoom-in on Pluto as it appeared upon its discovery by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 (image courtesy Lowell Observatory Archives). The other images show various views of Pluto as seen by NASA’s Hubble Space […]

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