February 17, 2015

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Yale Study Reveals Anti-Inflammatory Mechanism of Dieting and Fasting

Researchers Reveal Anti-Inflammatory Mechanism of Dieting and Fasting

New research from Yale University shows that a compound produced by the body when dieting or fasting can block a part of the immune system involved in several inflammatory disorders such as type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. In their study, published in the February 16 online issue of Nature Medicine, the researchers described […]

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February 17, 2015

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NASA’s Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres

Dawn Captures Sharper Image of Ceres

This new image from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveals more details of the dwarf planet Ceres. Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken February 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet, pose intriguing questions […]

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February 16, 2015

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An Extremely High Altitude Plume on Mars

Scientists Study a Mysterious Bulge That Rose up from Mars

In a newly published study, scientists from the Planetary Sciences Group of the UPV/EHU-University are studying images of a mysterious bulge that rose up from the surface of Mars. In March 2012 amateur astronomers in different corners of the world gathered images of a plume emerging at dawn on the edge of the disc of […]

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February 16, 2015

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Scientists Find Link in How Cells Start Process Necessary for Life

Researchers Find Link in How Cells Start Process Necessary for Life

While exploring whether a structured RNA molecule from a virus that infects eukaryotic cells could function in bacteria, scientists found that it could initiate protein syntheses – a process necessary for life. Aurora, Colorado – Researchers have found an RNA structure-based signal that spans billions of years of evolutionary divergence between different types of cells, […]

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February 16, 2015

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CfA Astronomers Examine the Dynamics of Collapsing Cores and Star Formation

Study Reveals  Dynamics of Collapsing Cores and Star Formation

New research from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics measures the velocity distribution of the gas in a pre-stellar core, revealing the dynamics of collapsing cores and star formation. Stars like the Sun begin their lives as cold, dense cores of dust and gas that gradually collapse under the influence of gravity until nuclear fusion is […]

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February 16, 2015

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster Palomar 12

Hubble Views Globular Cluster of Stars Palomar 12

This newly released Hubble image shows a globular cluster of stars known as Palomar 12. Panta rhei is a simplified version of the famous greek philosopher Heraclitus’ teachings. It basically means, everything flows. And everything in the Universe is indeed continually on the move, spiraling and shifting through space. Some cosmic objects move a little […]

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February 13, 2015

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Astronomers Discover a Rare Planet, Kepler-432b

Astronomers Discover Rare Planet

Astronomers have discovered a rare red planet that has the six times the mass of Jupiter, but is about the same size. Two research groups of Heidelberg astronomers have independently of each other discovered a rare planet. The celestial body, called Kepler-432b, is one of the most dense and massive planets known so far. The […]

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February 13, 2015

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Nanoscale Cage Allows Before-and-After Sequencing of DNA Strand

Nanoscale Cage Could Improve Nanopore Technology

Brown University researchers have designed a nanoscale cage that can trap a single DNA strand and allow before-and-after sequencing of the same DNA strand. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Despite having a diameter tens of thousands of times smaller than a human hair, nanopores could be the next big thing in DNA sequencing. By […]

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February 13, 2015

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Study Shows Carbon Emissions Could Increase Risk of Megadroughts

NASA Study Shows Carbon Emissions Could Increase Risk of Megadroughts

A new study from NASA reveals that droughts in the U.S. Southwest and Central Plains during the last half of this century could be drier and longer than drought conditions seen in those regions in the last 1,000 years. NASA scientists used tree rings to understand past droughts and climate models incorporating soil moisture data […]

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February 13, 2015

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NASA’s Chandra Views Supernova Remnant G299

Chandra Views Supernova Remnant G299

This new image from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows supernova remnant G299.2-2.9. Because the debris fields of exploded stars, known as supernova remnants, are very hot, energetic, and glow brightly in X-ray light, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has proven to be a valuable tool in studying them. The supernova remnant called G299.2-2.9 (or G299 for […]

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February 12, 2015

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Astronomers View the Formation of a Quadruple Star System

The Formation of a Quadruple Star System

A newly published study details the discovery of a wide-separation quadruple system composed of a young protostar and three gravitationally bound dense gas condensations. Amherst, Massachusetts – This week an international team of astronomers reports the first multiple-star system to be observed during the earliest stage of formation. This finding supports model predictions about how […]

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February 12, 2015

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Inkjet-Printing System Could Enable Mass-Production of Large-Screen OLED Displays

Inkjet-Printing System Could Enable Mass-Production of OLED Displays

Based on years of Institute research, MIT spinout Kateeva has developed an “inkjet printing” system that could cut manufacturing costs enough to pave the way for mass-producing flexible and large-screen OLED displays. Flexible smartphones and color-saturated television displays were some highlights at this year’s Consumer Electronics Showcase, held in January in Las Vegas. Many of […]

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February 12, 2015

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Nano-Antioxidants Quickly Neutralize Superoxides

Study Shows How Particles Quench Damaging Superoxides

A new Rice-led study reveals how nanoparticles can quickly neutralize superoxides that are overexpressed by the body’s cells in response to an injury. Injectable nanoparticles that could protect an injured person from further damage due to oxidative stress have proven to be astoundingly effective in tests to study their mechanism. Scientists at Rice University, Baylor […]

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February 12, 2015

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Study Reveals Oceanic Carbon Release Helped End the Ice Age

Carbon Release from Ocean Helped End the Ice Age

New research shows that high concentrations of dissolved carbon dioxide in ocean water coincides with rises in atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperatures at the end of the last ice age, giving scientists valuable insights into how the ocean can affect the carbon cycle and climate change. New techniques are allowing scientists to understand how […]

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February 12, 2015

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Astronomers Discover a New Class of Binary Stars

Astronomers Identify 18 Extreme Mass-Ratio Binary Stars

Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered a new class of binary stars; one star is fully formed while the other is still in its infancy. Cambridge, Massachusetts – The majority of stars in our galaxy come in pairs. In particular, the most massive stars usually have a companion. These fraternal twins tend […]

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February 11, 2015

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New Solar Dynamics Observatory Video: 5 Year Time-lapse of the Sun

5 Year Time-lapse of the Sun

This short video from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center shows a five year time-lapse of the Sun. NASA | 5 Year Time-lapse of the Sun The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) celebrates its 5th anniversary since it launched on February 11, 2010. This time-lapse video captures one frame every 8 hours starting when data became available […]

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February 11, 2015

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VLA Reveals Unexpected “Storm” in Teacup Galaxy

VLA Finds Storm in Teacup Galaxy

Astronomers used VLA data, combined with VIMOS IFU data and HST imaging to reveal that a supermassive black hole is explosively heating and blasting around the gas the Teacup Galaxy, transforming it from an actively star-forming galaxy into one devoid of gas that can no longer form stars. Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Very […]

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