September 17, 2014

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Hubble Reveals Smallest Known Galaxy with Supermassive Black Hole

Black Hole Discovered in M60-UCD1

A team of researchers has discovered a supermassive black hole at the center of ultra-compact galaxy M60-UCD1, making this galaxy the smallest ever found to host a supermassive black hole. Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have found a monster lurking in a very unlikely place. New observations of the ultra-compact dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1 […]

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September 17, 2014

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International Team Explains the Mystery Behind a Rare 5-Hour Space Explosion

Mystery of Gamma Ray Burst GRB 130925 Explained

New international research reveals that rare gamma-ray bursts, which can last for hours, can be explained as standard explosions occurring in a region with a low density of matter that is located behind a cloud of dust when viewed from Earth. University Park, Pennsylvania – Next week in St. Petersburg, Russia, scientists on an international […]

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September 17, 2014

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Scientists Develop First Water-Based Nuclear Battery

First Water Based Nuclear Battery to Generate Electricity

Using a water-based solution, researchers at the University of Missouri have created a long-lasting and more efficient nuclear battery. Columbia, Missouri – From cell phones to cars and flashlights, batteries play an important role in everyday life. Scientists and technology companies constantly are seeking ways to improve battery life and efficiency. Now, for the first […]

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September 17, 2014

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Engineers Create Synthetic Materials That Can Change Colors and Textures

New Materials Have the Ability to Quickly Change Colors and Textures

A team of engineers has developed a new synthetic material that can change its fluorescence and texture in response to a change in voltage applied to it. Cephalopods, which include octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish, are among nature’s most skillful camouflage artists, able to change both the color and texture of their skin within seconds to […]

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September 17, 2014

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Yale Study Shows Risk Patterns for Autism and Schizophrenia Associated with Birth Size

Genetic Tug of War Explains Autism and Schizophrenia

A new study from Yale University shows that bigger babies do have increased risk of autism, while smaller babies are more likely to develop schizophrenia. The size of babies and even human behavior may be shaped during early fetal development by a molecular tug of war between paternal and maternal genes, according to an emerging […]

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September 17, 2014

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WASP-18b: A ‘Hot Jupiter’ That is Changing the Internal Structure of the Star it Orbits

Chandra Discovers Planet That Makes Star Act Deceptively Old

A new study from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that a giant exoplanet, WASP-18b, is making the star that it orbits act much older than it actually is. WASP-18b is over ten times Jupiter’s mass and is so close to its star that it completes an orbit in less than a day, causing extreme tidal […]

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September 17, 2014

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NuSTAR Discovers Pulsar Powering Intense Gamma Rays

NuSTAR Reveals Source of Powerful Gamma Rays

Using NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, astronomers have discovered a pulsar spinning five times per second and the ultimate power source of both the high-energy X-rays and gamma rays. Our Milky Way galaxy is littered with the still-sizzling remains of exploded stars. When the most massive stars explode as supernovas, they don’t fade into the […]

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September 16, 2014

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New PhenIX Diagnostic Procedure Identifies Genetic Diseases

New Diagnostic Method Identifies Genetic Diseases

A team of scientists has developed a test procedure that significantly increases the prospect of identifying genetic diseases quickly and reliably based on analyses of genes and symptoms. People with genetic diseases often have to embark on an odyssey from one doctor to the next. Fewer than half of all patients who are suspected of […]

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September 16, 2014

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A New Catalog of the Visible Milky Way

New Detailed Catalog of the Visible Milky Way

Astronomers used IPHAS data to create a new catalog of the visible part of the Milky Way, revealing no fewer than 219 million stars. A new catalog of the visible part of the northern part of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way, includes no fewer than 219 million stars. Geert Barentsen of the University of […]

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September 16, 2014

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Rice Wireless Engineers Unveil a Multiuser, Multiantenna Transmission Scheme for UHF

Wireless Experts Tap Unused UHF TV Spectrum

By combining several proven technologies that are already widely used in wireless data transmission, engineers from Rice University have created a multiuser, multiantenna scheme to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum. Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up […]

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September 16, 2014

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Wyss Institute Continues to Develop Its Soft Exosuit

Wyss Institute to Further Develop Its Soft Exosuit

Wyss Institute has won a DARPA grant to further develop their lightweight Soft Exosuit. The Exosuit is pulled on like a pair of pants and is intended to be worn under a soldier’s regular gear, providing carefully timed assistance at the leg joints without restricting the wearer’s movement. A biologically inspired smart suit that fits […]

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September 16, 2014

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Copper Foam Provides a New Way to Turn CO2 into Useful Chemicals

Copper Foam Could Provide a New Way of Converting Excess CO2 into Useful Industrial Chemicals

A team of researchers at Brown University’s Center for Capture and Conversion of CO2 have discovered that copper foam could provide a new way of converting excess CO2 into useful industrial chemicals, including formic acid. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties […]

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