September 10, 2014

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Using ‘Solid’ Light to Answer Previously Unsolvable Problems

Artificial Atom Could Help Answer Fundamental Questions about the Physics of Matter

By crystallizing light, Princeton University researchers have begun to address questions about the fundamental study of matter. The researchers are not shining light through crystal – they are transforming light into crystal. As part of an effort to develop exotic materials such as room-temperature superconductors, the researchers have locked together photons, the basic element of […]

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September 10, 2014

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Brain Structure of the Parietal Cortex Could Predict Risky Behavior

Brain Structure Could Predict Risky Behavior

New research shows that brain structure may predict risky behavior, revealing that those with a larger volume in a particular part of the parietal cortex were willing to take more risks than those with less volume in this part of the brain. Some people avoid risks at all costs, while others will put their wealth, […]

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September 10, 2014

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Yale Study Shows More Health Symptoms Reported Near ‘Fracking’ Sites

More Health Symptoms Reported Near Fracking

A new study from Yale University found that natural gas drilling may increase the risk of health symptoms in people living near natural gas extraction sites, supporting the need for further research into the health and environmental implications of extraction techniques like hydraulic fracturing. A Yale-led study has found a greater prevalence of health symptoms […]

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September 10, 2014

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The Most Complete and Detailed X-Ray View of Puppis A

New Chandra Image of Puppis A

This new image of supernova remnant Puppis A includes data from Chandra and XMM-Newton and is the most complete and detailed X-ray view to date, revealing a delicate tapestry of X-ray light left behind by the supernova explosion. The destructive results of a powerful supernova explosion reveal themselves in a delicate tapestry of X-ray light, […]

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September 10, 2014

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Hubble Discovers a Companion Star to a Rare Type of Supernova

Astronomers Discover a Companion Star to a Rare Type of Supernova

Using optical light data and Hubble’s UV light images, astronomers have discovered the companion star of a rare Type IIb supernova. The discovery confirms a long-held theory that the supernova, dubbed SN 1993J, occurred inside what is called a binary system, where two interacting stars caused a cosmic explosion. “This is like a crime scene, […]

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September 10, 2014

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International Space Station Image of an Aurora

Flying Through an Aurora

Taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst, this photo shows an image of an aurora from the International Space Station. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst posted this photograph taken from the International Space Station to social media on August 29, 2014, writing, “words can’t describe how it feels flying through an #aurora. I wouldn’t even know […]

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September 9, 2014

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Biologists Delay the Aging Process by Increasing AMPK Gene

Biologists Delay the Aging Process

Working with fruit flies, UCLA biologists showed that increasing the amount of the AMPK gene in fruit flies’ intestines increased their lifespans by about 30 percent. UCLA biologists have identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems. Working with fruit flies, the life […]

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September 9, 2014

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Interactions between Cold Dark Matter and Radiation Leads to a Dramatic Reduction in Satellite Galaxies

Interactions between Cold Dark Matter and Radiation

A newly published study from Durham University shows that interactions between cold dark matter and radiation leads to a dramatic reduction in the number of satellite galaxies, alleviating the Milky Way’s missing satellite galaxies problem and indicating that physics beyond gravity may be essential to making accurate predictions of structure formation on small scales. Scientists […]

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September 9, 2014

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Astronomers Discover First Evidence of Water Ice Clouds Outside Our Solar System

Researchers Reveal First Evidence for Water Ice Clouds Outside Solar System

Using the FourStar imager at Las Campanas Observatory, scientists have discovered evidence of water ice clouds on a newly discovered brown dwarf WISE J085510.83-071442.5 (W0855) outside of our Solar System. Washington, D.C. — A team of scientists led by Carnegie’s Jacqueline Faherty has discovered the first evidence of water ice clouds on an object outside […]

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September 9, 2014

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Researchers Reveal a New Pathway to Help Treat Perinatal Brain Injuries

A New Pathway to Help Treat Perinatal Brain Injuries

A team of researchers has uncovered a new pathway to help treat perinatal brain injuries, revealing that a synthetic molecule derived from the embryo called PreImplantation Factor (sPIF) protects against neuronal death and brain injury by targeting let-7. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine and their colleagues have uncovered a new pathway to help treat […]

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September 9, 2014

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MAVEN Spacecraft Makes Final Preparations for Mars Orbit-Insertion Maneuver

MAVEN Spacecraft Makes Final Preparations For Mars

This two minute video details how NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft will use a dramatic engine burn to pull the spacecraft into an elliptical orbit with Mars when it arrives at the Red Planet on September 21, 2014. On September 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and […]

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September 9, 2014

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New Study Details the Changes in Saturn’s F Ring

Analysis of Clumps in Saturns F Ring from Voyager and Cassini

A newly published study details the analysis of clumps in Saturn’s F ring from the Voyager and Cassini spacecraft, revealing that the F ring seems to change on a scale of days, and even hours. Compared to the age of the solar system — about four-and-a-half billion years — a couple of decades are next […]

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