March 10, 2016

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Yale Researchers Track How the Brain Routes Visual Signals

Yale Scientists Track How Brain Routes Visual Signals

Newly published research from Yale’s Department of Neuroscience provides some clues to how cells in the visual cortex direct sensory information to different targets throughout the brain. Understanding how the brain manages to process the deluge of information about the outside world has been a daunting challenge. By imaging activity in the mouse brain, the […]

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March 10, 2016

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A Look Back at Ten Years of Discoveries by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Ten Years of Discovery by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

The short video below shows images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s past decade of service at the Red Planet, revealing scientific discoveries and magnificent views of a distant world. True to its purpose, the big NASA spacecraft that began orbiting Mars a decade ago this week has delivered huge advances in knowledge about the Red […]

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March 9, 2016

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New Bioprinting Technique Shows Potential for Tissue Repair and Regenerative Medicine

Creating 3-D Tissue

New research details how scientists are moving closer to embedding vascular networks into thick human tissues, which could result in tissue repair and regeneration — and ultimately even replacement of whole organs. A team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School for Engineering and […]

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March 9, 2016

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NASA Sets Target Launch Date for Mars InSight Mission

NASA Sets Launch Date for Mars InSight Mission

Project managers have set a target launch date for NASA’s InSight mission to study the deep interior of Mars that begins May 5, 2018, with a Mars landing scheduled for November 26, 2018. InSight’s primary goal is to help us understand how rocky planets – including Earth – formed and evolved. The spacecraft had been […]

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March 9, 2016

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NASA Video of March 8 Solar Eclipse Totality

March 8 Solar Eclipse Totality Video

This four minute video shows the period of total eclipse, called totality, from March 8. The moon passes in front of the sun, creating a total solar eclipse visible in parts of Southeast Asia. This video, taken from a live broadcast from the Exploratorium Science Center in San Francisco, shows the period of total eclipse […]

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March 8, 2016

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Scientists Reveal Amino Acids Supply Most Building Blocks for Tumor Cells

Amino Acids Supply Most Building Blocks for Tumor Cells

New research shows that amino acids, not glucose, account for the majority of cell mass in proliferating mammalian cells. Cancer cells are notorious for their ability to divide uncontrollably and generate hordes of new tumor cells. Most of the fuel consumed by these rapidly proliferating cells is glucose, a type of sugar. Scientists had believed […]

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March 8, 2016

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Yale Study Shows Gut Bacteria Aggressively Protect Their Territory

Study Shows Friendly Bacteria Aggressively Protect Their Territory

A newly published study from Yale University details how human gut bacteria take on many tasks crucial to health. Bacterially speaking, it gets very crowded in the human gut, with trillions of cells jostling for a position to carry out a host of specialized and often crucial tasks. A new Yale study, published the week […]

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March 8, 2016

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Dying Star Kohoutek 4-55 Offers a Glimpse of Our Sun’s Future

Kohoutek 4-55 Offers a Glimpse of Our Sun’s Future

This Hubble image reveals the final act of celestial beauty before the long fade into cosmic history. Invisibly buried in the center of this colorful swirl of gas is a dying star, roughly the same mass as the Sun. As a star ages, the nuclear reactions that keep it shining begin to falter. This uncertain […]

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March 8, 2016

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The Saturnian Sisters – Cassini Views Tethys and Rhea

Cassini Views Tethys and Rhea

This newly released image from the Cassini Spacecraft shows Saturn’s moons Tethys and Rhea. Similar in many ways, Saturn’s moons Tethys and Rhea (left and right, respectively) even share a discoverer: Giovanni Cassini, namesake of the NASA spacecraft that captured this view. The moons are named for sisters — two Titans of Greek mythology. Although […]

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March 7, 2016

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The Realm of Buried Giants – Star Formation Region RCW 106

ESO Views Star Formation Region RCW 106

This new ESO VLT Survey Telescope image shows the vast nebula where giant stars were born, known as RCW 106. The brightest part appears just above the center of the image. In this huge new image clouds of crimson gas are illuminated by rare, massive stars that have only recently ignited and are still buried […]

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March 7, 2016

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Neuroscientists Discover a Behavioral State Gene That May be Linked to Autism

Gene for Behavioral State May be Linked to Autism

In a newly published study, neuroscientists from MIT reeval a gene that plays a critical role in controlling the switch between alternative behavioral states – which for humans include hunger and fullness, or sleep and wakefulness. This gene, which the researchers dubbed vps-50, helps to regulate neuropeptides — tiny proteins that carry messages between neurons […]

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March 7, 2016

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ScienceCasts Video: Close Encounters with Jupiter

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Burns for Jupiter

This new four minute ScienceCasts video details the coming close encounter between Earth and Jupiter. On March 8th, 2016 Earth and Jupiter will have a close encounter. The giant planet will be “up all night,” soaring almost overhead at midnight and not setting until the sky brightens with the twilight hues of sunrise on March […]

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March 7, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Swimming in Sculptor

Hubble Reveals Thousands of Colorful Galaxies

This newly released Hubble image shows thousands of colorful galaxies. Peering deep into the early Universe, this picturesque parallel field observation from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals thousands of colorful galaxies swimming in the inky blackness of space. A few foreground stars from our own galaxy, the Milky Way, are also visible. In October […]

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March 3, 2016

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Astronomers Detect Repeat ‘Fast Radio Bursts’ for the First Time

Researchers Detect Repeat Fast Radio Bursts for the First Time

For the first time, a team of astronomers has detected repeating short bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source that is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. The new findings indicate that these “fast radio bursts” come from an extremely powerful object which occasionally produces multiple bursts in under […]

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March 3, 2016

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Astronomers Measure the Farthest Galaxy Ever Seen in the Universe

Astronomers Use Hubble to Break Cosmic Distance Record

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have shattered the cosmic distance record by measuring the farthest galaxy ever seen in the universe. This surprisingly bright infant galaxy, named GN-z11, is seen as it was 13.4 billion years in the past, just 400 million years after the Big Bang. GN-z11 is located in the direction of […]

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March 2, 2016

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MIT Research Shows How Diet Influences Colon Cancer

MIT Study Shows How Diet Influences Colon Cancer

New research from MIT reveals ties high-fat diet to changes in intestinal stem cells, helping to explain an increased cancer risk. Over the past decade, studies have found that obesity and eating a high-fat, high-calorie diet are significant risk factors for many types of cancer. Now, a new study from MIT reveals how a high-fat […]

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March 2, 2016

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How Extraterrestrial Astronomers May Have a Chance of Discovering Earth

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence in Earth's Solar Transit Zone

New research suggests that future searches for habitable planets and for the signals from extraterrestrial observers focus on that part of the sky in which potential distant observers of the planetary system can notice the yearly transit of the Earth in front of the Sun. Are we alone in the universe? To answer this question, […]

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March 1, 2016

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Scientists Discover 520 Million-Year-Old Fossilized Nervous System

Researchers Discover 520 Million-Year-Old Fossilized Nervous System

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered a 520 million-year-old fossilized nervous system is the most complete and best example found to date. Researchers have found one of the oldest and most detailed fossils of the central nervous system yet identified, from a crustacean-like animal that lived more than 500 million years ago. The […]

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