August 3, 2016

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Astronomers Reveal Fluctuating Atmosphere of Jupiter’s Volcanic Moon Io

Astronomers Reveal Fluctuating Atmosphere of Jupiter’s Volcanic Moon

A newly published study from NASA reveals that Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io has a thin atmosphere that collapses in the shadow of Jupiter, condensing as ice. The study shows the freezing effects of Jupiter’s shadow during daily eclipses on the moon’s volcanic gases. “This research is the first time scientists have observed this remarkable phenomenon […]

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August 3, 2016

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Is Life on Earth Premature from a Cosmic Perspective?

Is Life on Our Planet Premature from a Cosmic Perspective?

New research from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics examines the possibility that present-day life is actually premature from a cosmic perspective. The universe is 13.8 billion years old, while our planet formed just 4.5 billion years ago. Some scientists think this time gap means that life on other planets could be billions of years older […]

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August 1, 2016

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Adhesive Patch Delivers Therapy to Tumor Sites

New Device Delivers Therapy to Tumor Sites

A newly published study from MIT describes an adhesive patch that can stick to the tumor site, either before or after surgery, to deliver a triple-combination of drug, gene, and photo (light-based) therapy. Approximately one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, making it the third-most prevalent form of the disease in […]

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August 1, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Globular Cluster NGC 4833

Hubble Views Globular Cluster NGC 4833

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 4833. Located approximately 22,000 light-years away in the constellation of Musca (The Fly), this tightly packed collection of stars — known as a globular cluster — goes by the name of NGC 4833. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the dazzling stellar group in all […]

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August 1, 2016

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Astronomers Discover a Radio Pulsing White Dwarf Binary Star

Artist Impression of the Exotic Binary Star System AR Scorpii

Using telescopes on the ground and in space, a team of astronomers has discovered a new type of exotic binary star in the system AR Scorpii. The rapidly spinning white dwarf star is powering electrons up to almost the speed of light. These high energy particles release blasts of radiation that lash the companion red […]

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July 29, 2016

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Mars Orbiter Shows Gullies on Mars Not Likely Formed by Liquid Water

New Study Shows Mars Gullies Not Formed by Liquid Water

Using data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, astronomers show that gullies on modern Mars are likely not being formed by flowing liquid water. This new evidence will allow researchers to further narrow theories about how Martian gullies form, and reveal more details about Mars’ recent geologic processes. Scientists use the term “gully” for features on […]

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July 27, 2016

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Astronomers Reveal the Rotation of the Hot Gas Around the Milky Way

Astronomers Reveal the Dizzying Spin of the Milky Way’s Halo

A team of astronomers has discovered that the hot gas in the halo of the Milky Way galaxy is spinning in the same direction and at comparable speed as the galaxy’s disk, which contains our stars, planets, gas, and dust. This new knowledge sheds light on how individual atoms have assembled into stars, planets, and […]

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July 27, 2016

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Researchers Investigate the Lack of Large Impact Craters on Ceres

The Missing Large Impact Craters on Ceres

Ceres’ lack of giant impact basins presents a puzzle to scientists. They expected to observe more large craters on the dwarf planet than have been found by NASA’s Dawn mission. Researchers are investigating a variety of processes that might have caused the appearance of the largest basins to be softened or erased over time. Ceres […]

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July 26, 2016

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New Battery Could Overcome Key Drawbacks of Lithium-Air Batteries

New Battery Could Overcome Key Drawbacks of Lithium-Air Batteries

Engineers from MIT propose that a new lithium-oxygen battery material could be packaged in batteries that are very similar to conventional sealed batteries yet provide much more energy for their weight. Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output […]

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July 26, 2016

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Astronomers Reveal ‘Orphaned Protostars’

Astronomers Study Protostars at Low Extinction in Orion A

New research from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics concludes that ten protostellar candidates are indeed protostars even though they are not presently embedded in a cloud. Stars form as gravity contracts the gas and dust in an interstellar cloud until clumps develop that are dense enough to coalesce into stars. Precisely how this happens, however, […]

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July 26, 2016

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Spitzer Provides Astronomers with a New Way to See the Milky Way’s Giant Black Hole

Astronomers See the Milky Way's Giant Black Hole with New Eyes

Astronomers are using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope to further explore Sagittarius A*. At the center of our Milky Way galaxy lies a cosmic beast called Sagittarius A*. This supermassive black hole packs about four million sun-masses into a volume roughly the size of our solar system. Recently, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope began exploring this exotic […]

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July 25, 2016

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New View of Saturn’s A and F Rings

New Cassini View of Saturn's A and F Rings

The Cassini Spacecraft gives us another interesting view of Saturn. Saturn’s A and F rings appear bizarrely warped where they intersect the planet’s limb, whose atmosphere acts here like a very big lens. In its upper regions, Saturn’s atmosphere absorbs some of the light reflected by the rings as it passes through. But absorption is […]

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July 25, 2016

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New Deep View of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

Low Surface Brightness Imaging of the Magellanic System

This newly released ESO image reveals a new view of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Each of the thousands of spots in this new image represents a distant star, and the glittering blue holes reveal glimpses of our neighboring galaxies, the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Although this image looks as if it was […]

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July 25, 2016

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Hubble Telescope Views Remnants of a Dead Star

Hubble Views Remnants of a Dead Star DEM L316A

This newly released Hubble image captures the remnants of a long-dead star. These rippling wisps of ionized gas, named DEM L316A, are located some 160,000 light-years away within one of the Milky Way’s closest galactic neighbors — the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). The explosion that formed DEM L316A was an example of an especially energetic […]

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July 22, 2016

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NASA Study Reveals That Historical Records Miss a Fifth of Global Warming

New NASA Study Shows Historical Records Miss a Fifth of Global Warming

New research led by NASA scientists reveals that almost one-fifth of the global warming that has occurred in the past 150 years has been missed by historical records due to quirks in how global temperatures were recorded. The study explains why projections of future climate based solely on historical records estimate lower rates of warming […]

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July 21, 2016

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Yale Researchers Cross the “Break Even” Point in Preserving a Bit of Quantum Information

Researchers Cross the Break Even Point in Preserving Quantum Information

Using a novel system to encode, spot errors, decode, and correct errors in a quantum bit, researchers at Yale University have developed a device that lengthens the life of quantum information. For the first time, researchers at Yale have crossed the “break even” point in preserving a bit of quantum information for longer than the […]

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July 21, 2016

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Hubble Unveils Galaxies Near and Far

New Hubble Image

Using gravitational lensing, the Hubble Space Telescope unveils a very cluttered-looking universe filled with galaxies near and far. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the TV series “Star Trek” has captured the public’s imagination with the signature phrase, “To boldly go where no one has gone before.” NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope doesn’t “boldly go” deep […]

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July 20, 2016

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Engineers Reveal a ‘New Universe’ of Organic Molecules That Can Store Energy in Flow Batteries

A New Battery Inspired by Vitamins

Engineers from Harvard University have identified a whole new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources such as solar and wind power in large batteries. The development builds on previous work in which the team developed a high-capacity flow battery that stored energy in […]

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