June 13, 2016

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How Altered Gut Microbes Cause Obesity

New Research Reveals How Altered Gut Microbes Cause Obesity

New research from Yale University details how altered gut microbiota causes obesity. Obesity is linked to changes in our gut microbes — the trillions of tiny organisms that inhabit our intestines. But the mechanism has not been clear. In a new study published in Nature, a Yale-led team of researchers has identified how an altered […]

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June 13, 2016

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Physicists Amplify Light Using Sound on a Silicon Chip

Scientists Amplify Light Using Sound on a Silicon Chip

A team of physicists has discovered a way to greatly boost the intensity of light waves on a silicon microchip using the power of sound. In a study to be published in the journal Nature Photonics, a team led by Peter Rakich describes a new waveguide system that harnesses the ability to precisely control the […]

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June 13, 2016

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Cassini Views a Disruption in Saturn’s Narrow F Ring

Cassini Views a Disruption in Saturn's Ring

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft captures a small disruption in Saturn’s F ring; which was likely caused by the interaction of a small object embedded in the ring itself and material in the core of the ring. A bright disruption in Saturn’s narrow F ring suggests it may have been disturbed recently. This feature was mostly likely […]

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June 13, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Scattered Stars in Sagittarius

Hubble Views Scattered Stars

This newly released Hubble image shows scattered stars across the constellation of Sagittarius. This colorful and star-studded view of the Milky Way galaxy was captured when the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope pointed its cameras towards the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). Blue stars can be seen scattered across the frame, set against a distant backdrop […]

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June 11, 2016

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Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launch Image Gallery

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On June 11, 2016 a Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying the NROL-37 mission launched from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The purpose of the NROL-37 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is to deliver a classified spy satellite into orbit. This Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launch Image Gallery […]

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June 10, 2016

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Astronomers Study T-Tauri Stars in the Chamaeleon Star-Forming Region

Young Stars and Nebulosity in Chamaeleon

New research on young (T-Tauri) stars in the Chamaeleon and Rho Ophiuchus star-forming regions has determined their ages as being between about five – six million years old, as well as determining other properties. A newborn star typically goes through four stages of adolescence. It begins life as a protostar still enshrouded in its natal […]

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June 10, 2016

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New Horizons Spacecraft Views Jagged Shores of Pluto’s Highlands

New Image of the Jagged Shores of Pluto’s Highlands

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zooms in Pluto’s great ice plains and Krun Macula. This enhanced color view from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft shows the southeastern portion of Pluto’s great ice plains, where at lower right the plains border rugged, dark highlands informally named Krun Macula. (Krun is the lord of the underworld in the Mandaean […]

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June 9, 2016

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Yale Study Shows Surprising Link Between Constipation and Herpes Infection

Surprising Link Between Constipation and Herpes Infection

New research from Yale University shows a surprising link between constipation and herpes infection. The new research, published June 8 in Cell Host & Microbe, advances the science on herpes, and could help patients with chronic gastrointestinal diseases with no clear cause. Individuals with herpes have reported seemingly unrelated symptoms such as constipation and urinary […]

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June 8, 2016

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Astronomers Observe Supermassive Black Hole Feeding on Cold Gas

MIT Astronomers Observe Supermassive Black Hole Feeding on Cold Gas

A newly published study details the first direct evidence to support the hypothesis that black holes feed on clouds of cold gas. At the center of a galaxy cluster, 1 billion light years from Earth, a voracious, supermassive black hole is preparing for a chilly feast. For the first time, astronomers have detected billowy clouds […]

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June 8, 2016

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Researchers Identify the Molecular Pathways Involved in the Aging of Human Eggs

Yale Researchers Identify the Molecular Pathways Involved in the Aging of Human Eggs

Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine have identified the molecular pathways involved in the aging of human eggs; which could eventually lead to treatments to correct age-related damage and improve fertility in women age 40 and older. Published in the June 6 issue of the journal Molecular Human Reproduction, the study examined the sharp […]

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June 8, 2016

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New Reseach Shows Cloudy Days on Hot Jupiters May Hide Atmospheric Water

New Study Shows Cloudy Days on Exoplanets May Hide Atmospheric Water

New research suggests that as much as half of the water in the atmospheres of exoplanets may be blocked by clouds or hazes. Water is a hot topic in the study of exoplanets, including “hot Jupiters,” whose masses are similar to that of Jupiter, but which are much closer to their parent star than Jupiter […]

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June 7, 2016

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Reveals Frosted Dunes on Mars

New Image Shows Frosted Dunes on Mars

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of sand dunes on Mars. Sand dunes cover much of this terrain, which has large boulders lying on flat areas between the dunes. It is late winter in the southern hemisphere of Mars, and these dunes are just getting enough sunlight to start defrosting their seasonal cover of […]

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June 7, 2016

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CEMP Stars Could Host Carbon Planets

First Life Might Have Been Born on Carbon Planets

A newly published study from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics suggests that planet formation in the early universe might have created carbon planets consisting of graphite, carbides, and diamond. Our Earth consists of silicate rocks and an iron core with a thin veneer of water and life. But the first potentially habitable worlds to form […]

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June 6, 2016

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New Combination Therapy Cures Tick-Borne Illness in Mice

New Therapy Cures Tick-Borne Illness in Mice

Yale researchers have developed a new therapy that cures the emerging infectious disease, babesiosis, which is transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the agents of Lyme disease. This “radical” therapy not only clears the infection but also prevents the recurrence that often occurs with existing treatments. The study was published online June 6 in […]

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June 6, 2016

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New Cassini Image of Titan above Saturn’s Rings

New Cassini Image

NASA reveals another image of Titan and Saturn. Distant Titan, its northern hemisphere drenched in the sunlight of late spring, hangs above Saturn’s rings. What might at first glance look like a gap between the rings and the planet is actually Saturn’s shadow. During most of Saturn’s long year, the projection of the planet’s shadow […]

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June 6, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Dwarf Galaxy UGC 4879

Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy UGC 4879

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy UGC 4879, which is located about 4 million light years away. The drizzle of stars scattered across this image forms a galaxy known as UGC 4879. UGC 4879 is an irregular dwarf galaxy — as the name suggests, galaxies of this type are a little smaller and […]

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June 3, 2016

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Study Shows MRI Detects Early Signs of Schizophrenia

MRI Detects Early Signs of Schizophrenia

A new study from Yale University shows that an MRI can detect early signs of schizophrenia in a rodent model. Patients with schizophrenia often exhibit early signs of behavioral abnormalities. However, changes in the brain underlying these behavioral signs have not been identified. Applying magnetic resonance scanning techniques that are used in humans, Yale researchers […]

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June 3, 2016

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The Canarias Einstein Ring – A Newly Discovered Einstein Ring

Astronomers Discover a New Einstein Ring

A newly published study details the discovery of a new Einstein Ring, a rare image of a distant galaxy lensed by gravity. In his seminal general theory of relativity published a century ago, Albert Einstein predicted that gravity would distort the fabric of spacetime, and that light would follow curved paths as a result. Astronomers […]

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