January 8, 2015

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Astronomers Produce the Most Comprehensive Picture of Eta Carinae to Date

Supercomputer Simulation of the stars of Eta Carinae

A long-term study has combined data from NASA satellites, ground-based observing campaigns and theoretical modeling to produce the most comprehensive picture of Eta Carinae to date. Explore Eta Carinae from the inside-out with the help of supercomputer simulations and data from NASA satellites and ground-based observatories. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Eta Carinae, […]

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January 7, 2015

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ESO Views Lynds Dark Nebula 483

New ESO Image of Lynds Dark Nebula 483

This newly released ESO image shows Lynds Dark Nebula 483, which is located about 700 light-years away in the constellation of Serpens. Some of the stars appear to be missing in this intriguing new ESO image. But the black gap in this glitteringly beautiful starfield is not really a gap, but rather a region of […]

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January 7, 2015

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HARPS-N Spectrograph Reveals the Composition of Terrestrial Planets

Astronomers Reveal New Recipe for Other Earths

Using the High-Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS), astronomers show that the recipe for Earth also applies to terrestrial exoplanets orbiting distant stars. Cambridge, Massachusetts – How do you make an Earth-like planet? The “test kitchen” of Earth has given us a detailed recipe, but it wasn’t clear whether other planetary systems would follow the […]

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January 7, 2015

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Astronomers Discover Eight New Planets in “Goldilocks” Zone

Eight New Planets Found in Goldilocks Zone

Using Kepler data, a team of astronomers has discovered eight new planets orbiting their stars at a distance where liquid water can exist on the planet’s surface. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Astronomers announced today that they have found eight new planets in the “Goldilocks” zone of their stars, orbiting at a distance where liquid water can […]

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January 7, 2015

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Onset of Schizophrenia Linked to Elevated Neural Links

Schizophrenia Onset Linked to Elevated Neural Links

New research from Yale scientists, in conjunction with colleagues at the Huaxi Magnetic Resonance Research Center at Sichuan University in China, reveals that that the onset of the schizophrenia is marked by an abnormal spike in neural connections. In its chronic stage, schizophrenia is typically marked by a dearth of links between brain cells in […]

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January 7, 2015

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Volunteers Find 1 Million Potential Debris Disks and YSO Disks

Disk Detectives Top 1 Million Classifications of Possible Planetary Habitats

A short video details how volunteers using a NASA-sponsored citizen science website made 1 million potential planetary nursery classifications in less than a year. A NASA-sponsored website designed to crowdsource analysis of data from the agency’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission has reached an impressive milestone. In less than a year, citizen scientists using […]

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January 7, 2015

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Kepler Discovers Small Exoplanets

Kepler Discovers Small Exoplanet

Scientists have validated eight more candidate planets and added another 554 candidates to the roll of potential planets, six of which are near-Earth-size and orbit in the habitable zone of stars similar to our sun. How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 […]

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January 6, 2015

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New Drug Delivery Technique Uses Graphene to Deliver Anticancer Drugs

Flying Carpet Technique Uses Graphene to Deliver Anticancer Drugs

Using graphene strips to deliver anticancer drugs sequentially to cancer cells, researchers are able to target the distinct part of the cell where the drug will be most effective. An international team of researchers has developed a drug delivery technique that utilizes graphene strips as “flying carpets” to deliver two anticancer drugs sequentially to cancer […]

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January 6, 2015

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Study Details Why Super-Earths Have Long-Lasting Oceans

Super-Earths May Have Long-Lasting Oceans

A newly published study from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reveals why oceans on super-Earths, once established, can last for billions of years. Cambridge, Massachusetts – For life as we know it to develop on other planets, those planets would need liquid water, or oceans. Geologic evidence suggests that Earth’s oceans have existed for nearly […]

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January 6, 2015

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Yale Biologists Show Cold Virus Replicates Better at Cooler Temperatures

Study Shows Cold Virus Replicates Better at Cooler Temps

New research from Yale University shows that the common cold virus can reproduce itself more efficiently in cooler temperatures, reaffirming the popular, yet contested, notion that people are more likely to catch a cold in cool-weather conditions. Researchers have long known that the most frequent cause of the common cold, the rhinovirus, replicates more readily […]

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January 6, 2015

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COS Observations Show Gas in Fermi Bubbles Moving at 2 Million Miles Per Hour

Astronomers Reveal That the Milky Way Core Drives Wind at 2 Million Miles Per Hour

Using Hubble’s Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, new research presented at the 225th American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle reveals the velocity and composition of gas in the Fermi Bubbles. At a time when our earliest human ancestors mastered walking upright the heart of our Milky Way galaxy underwent a titanic eruption, driving gases and other material […]

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January 6, 2015

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Chandra Detects Record-Breaking Outburst from Sagittarius A*

Chandra Detects Record Breaking Outburst from Black Hole

Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, a team of astronomers has detected a record-breaking outburst from supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event, detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, raises […]

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January 6, 2015

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Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy

Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy from Hubble

This new panoramic image from the Hubble Space Telescope is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbor – the Andromeda galaxy (M31). Though the Andromeda galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, The Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long stretch of the galaxy’s […]

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January 6, 2015

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Hubble Revisits the “Pillars of Creation”

Improved Hubble Image of the Pillars of Creation

Hubble has revisited the Eagle Nebula, providing astronomers with a sharper and wider view of the famous “Pillars of Creation.” Although NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has taken many breathtaking images of the universe, one snapshot stands out from the rest: the iconic view of the so-called “Pillars of Creation.” The jaw-dropping photo, taken in 1995, […]

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January 5, 2015

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Mars Express Image Shows Chasms and Cliffs on Mars

Mars Express Image of Chasms and Cliffs on Mars

This Mars Express image shows a region of Mars filled with cliffs, trenches, faults, giant plateaus and volcanoes. Although Mars is a very alien planet, some aspects of its geology are surprisingly familiar. The flowing cracks and fault-like lines in this image form part of the Claritas Rupes escarpment, a 950 km-long network of steep […]

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January 5, 2015

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Study Reveals Weight Training Targets Age-Related Abdominal Fat

Study Shows Weight Training Targets Belly Fat

New research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that weight training helps target age-related abdominal fat in men. Healthy men who did 20 minutes of daily weight training had less increase in age-related abdominal fat than men who spent the same amount of time doing aerobic activities, according to a new […]

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January 5, 2015

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New Research Reveals Risk Factors Linking Low Birthweight to Diabetes

Study Reveals Risk Factors Linking Low Birthweight to Diabetes

New research from Brown University confirms that low birthweight predicts an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood and reports which intermediating biomarkers appear to be the best predictors. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Studies consistently show that people born weighing 6 pounds or less face an increased risk for type 2 diabetes […]

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