October 21, 2014

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A Cost-Effective Treatment for Salty Water from Fracked Wells

Electrodialysis Can Provide Cost Effective Treatment of Salty Well Water

A newly published study reveals how electrodialysis can provide cost-effective treatment of salty water from oil and gas wells. The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much […]

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October 21, 2014

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New ScienceCast Video Details Coming Sunset Solar Eclipse

ScienceCasts Sunset Solar Eclipse

A new three minute ScienceCast video details the partial solar eclipse that will be visible in most of the United States on October 23rd. ScienceCasts: Sunset Solar Eclipse On October 23rd, the Moon will pass in front of the sun, off-center, producing a partial solar eclipse visible in most of the United States. Sunsets are […]

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October 21, 2014

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First Resolved Image of the Nucleus of a Long-Period Comet

New NASA MRO Images of Comet Siding Spring

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured new images of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, resulting in the first resolved image of the nucleus of a long-period comet. These images were taken of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on October 19, 2014, during the comet’s close flyby of Mars and the […]

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October 20, 2014

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Scientists Discover Processes Similar to the Ones That Possibly Sparked Life

Researchers Create Possible Precursor to Life

Newly published research details how a team of scientists used a virtual computer experiment to discover information strings with peculiar properties. How did life originate? And can scientists create life? These questions not only occupy the minds of scientists interested in the origin of life, but also researchers working with technology of the future. If […]

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October 20, 2014

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Scientists Simulate Astrophysical Jets

Cosmic Jets of Young Stars Formed by Magnetic Fields

Using laser light and intense magnetic fields, an international team of scientists has simulated astrophysical jets in a laboratory environment for the first time. Astrophysical jets are counted among our Universe’s most spectacular phenomena: From the centers of black holes, quasars, or protostars, these rays of matter sometimes protrude several light years into space. Now, […]

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October 20, 2014

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New Design Simplifies Superconducting Circuits

MIT Circuit Design Simplifies Superconducting Circuits

MIT researchers present a new circuit design that could unlock the power of experimental superconducting computer chips and make simple superconducting devices much cheaper to manufacture. Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today’s chips, an attractive trait given the increasing […]

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October 20, 2014

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Chip-Scale Device Enables Yale Engineers to ‘See Without Looking’

Yale Engineers Develop a Chip Scale Device That Uses Interaction Free Measurement

Engineers at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science have developed a chip-scale device that uses the wave-particle duality of single photons to sense the presence of an object without interacting with it – a technique known as “interaction-free measurement.” “Our device uses silicon photonics to create interaction-free measurement on an integrated chip—something previously […]

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October 20, 2014

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Astronomers Discover New Clues to the Mystery of Coronal Heating

Tiny Nanoflares Heat the Sun's Corona

Using observations from the recently launched Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, astronomers found new clues to the mystery of coronal heating. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Why is the Sun’s million-degree corona, or outermost atmosphere, so much hotter than the Sun’s surface? This question has baffled astronomers for decades. Today, a team led by Paola Testa of the […]

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October 20, 2014

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Hubble Views the Whirling Disc of NGC 4526

The Whirling Disc of NGC 4526

This new Hubble image of the week shows NGC 4526, which is one of the brightest known lenticular galaxies. This neat little galaxy is known as NGC 4526. Its dark lanes of dust and bright diffuse glow make the galaxy appear to hang like a halo in the emptiness of space in this new image […]

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October 17, 2014

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Researchers Discover a New Signaling Pathway to Combat Excess Body Weight

Researchers Discover a New Signaling Pathway to Combat Excess Body Weight

An international team of researchers has discovered a new signaling molecule capable of activating brown fat cells. The number of overweight persons is greatly increasing worldwide – and as a result is the risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease. For this reason, many people dream of an efficient method for […]

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October 17, 2014

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Antifreeze Protein in Ticks Could Lead to New Antibiotics for Humans

Tick Protein Inspires New Class of Antibiotics

Scientists from Yale University have discovered that an antifreeze protein in ticks that kicks in during winter can also fights infection, possibly leading to a new class of antibiotics for humans. A protein in ticks that protects them against the cold could inspire a new class of antibiotics for humans, according to a Yale University […]

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October 17, 2014

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New SDO Image of the Sun Resembles Jack-o-Lantern Face

New SDO Jack-o-Lantern Sun Image

This new image captured on October 8, 2014 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows active regions on the sun combining to look something like a jack-o-lantern face. The active regions in this image appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy. They are markers of an intense and complex set of […]

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