July 9, 2014

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Scientists Develop Artificial Cilia

A newly published study details how scientists from Kiel University developed a nano-structured transportation system using artificial cilia. For billions of years, bacteria move along using cilia. These propelling organelles are ubiquitous and they are even found in almost any human cell. Following the natural paragon scientists at the Kiel University constructed molecules that imitate […]

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July 9, 2014

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Researchers Test Hollow Optical Fibers for UV Light

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute have tested a new type of optical fiber with a hollow core, revealing that this type of optical fiber was able to guide UV laser light without being damaged and with acceptable loss. The new optical waveguides will improve precision investigations in physics, chemistry and life sciences. If you […]

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July 9, 2014

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Gemini Reveals a Hidden Gravitational Wave Source

Using the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph on the Gemini North telescope and the Blue Channel spectrograph on the 6.5-meter MMT Telescope, astronomers have identified one of the best (and perhaps the most powerful) gravitational wave sources. Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity predicts that accelerated masses emit gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. Even though gravitational waves […]

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July 9, 2014

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Friction from Tides Could Help Distant Earths Survive

In a newly published study, NASA scientists use computer models to show that friction could be the key to survival for some distant Earth-sized planets. As anybody who has started a campfire by rubbing sticks knows, friction generates heat. Now, computer modeling by NASA scientists shows that friction could be the key to survival for […]

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July 8, 2014

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Solid-State Physicists Consider the ‘Anticrystal’

Physicists show that the anticrystal, a theoretical solid that is completely disordered, should undergird our understanding of most materials. For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent atoms and molecules make. Now physicists […]

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July 8, 2014

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Cassini Reveals Firm Evidence of a Very Salty Ocean Inside Saturn’s Largest Moon Titan

New data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal that Saturn’s moon Titan has a very salt ocean, and support the idea that the moon’s icy shell is rigid and in the process of freezing solid. Scientists analyzing data from NASA’s Cassini mission have firm evidence of an ocean inside Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, which might be […]

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July 8, 2014

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New Data Confirms that Voyager 1 is in Interstellar Space

New Data from another “tsunami wave” generated by our sun confirms that NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is in interstellar space. NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced a new “tsunami wave” from the sun as it sails through interstellar space. Such waves are what led scientists to the conclusion, in the fall of 2013, that Voyager […]

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July 8, 2014

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Astronomers Create First Full 3D Model of Eta Carinae Nebula

Using new data from the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope and its X-Shooter spectrograph, astronomers have created the first full 3D model of Eta Carinae Nebula. In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun’s mass and made it […]

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July 7, 2014

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Discovery of Newfound Frozen World Expands Search for Earthlike Planets

A newly discovered planet in a binary star system located 3,000 light-years from Earth provides the first evidence that terrestrial planets can form in orbits similar to Earth’s, even in a binary star system where the stars are not very far apart. Columbus, Ohio — A newly discovered planet in a binary star system located […]

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July 7, 2014

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Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy NGC 1433

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 1433, which is located roughly 32 million light-years from Earth. This view, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a nearby spiral galaxy known as NGC 1433. At about 32 million light-years from Earth, it is a type of very active galaxy known as a […]

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July 3, 2014

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New Technique Provides a Clear and Rapid Means of Classifying Supernova Remnants

By observing specific X-ray emissions from iron atoms in the core of supernova remnants, astronomers developed a new technique that provides a clear and rapid means of classifying supernova remnants. An international team of astronomers using data from the Japan-led Suzaku X-ray observatory has developed a powerful technique for analyzing supernova remnants, the expanding clouds […]

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July 3, 2014

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Herschel Discovers Evidence That Could Solve a Puzzling Meteorite Mystery

Using the Herschel Space Observatory to probe the turbulent beginnings of a Sun-like star, astronomers have discovered evidence of mighty stellar winds that could solve a puzzling meteorite mystery. In spite of their tranquil appearance in the night sky, stars are scorching furnaces that spring to life through tumultuous processes – and our 4.5 billion-year-old […]

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