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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October 17, 2014

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Hubble Finds Small Galaxy More Than 13 Billion Light-Years Away

Hubble Finds Extremely Distant Galaxy More Than 13 Billion Light Years Away

Using the gravitational lensing power of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, Hubble has detected one of the farthest, faintest, and smallest galaxies ever seen. The small galaxy is estimated to be more than 13 billion light-years away. This galaxy offers a peek back to the very early formative years of the universe and may just be […]

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October 17, 2014

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Saturn’s Moon Mimas May Have a Liquid Water Ocean Beneath the Surface

Saturn Moon Mimas May Have a Fossil Core or an Ocean

New data from NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft reveal that Saturn’s moon Mimas may have a liquid water ocean beneath the moon’s impact-battered surface. A new study focused on the interior of Saturn’s icy moon Mimas suggests its cratered surface hides one of two intriguing possibilities: Either the moon’s frozen core is shaped something like a football, […]

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October 16, 2014

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Mysterious Signal – A Potential Indication of Dark Matter

Mysterious Signal Sheds Light on Dark Matter Evidence of Axions

New research from the University of Leicester provides the first potential indication of the direct detection of Dark Matter. Space scientists at the University of Leicester have detected a curious signal in the X-ray sky – one that provides a tantalizing insight into the nature of mysterious Dark Matter. The Leicester team has found what […]

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October 16, 2014

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21-Day Quarantine Might Not Be Enough to Prevent the Spread of Ebola

Study Questions 21 Day Quarantine For Ebola

A new study from Drexel University suggests that 21 days might not be enough to completely prevent spread of Ebola, revealing that there could be up to a 12 percent chance that someone could be infected even after the 21-day quarantine. As medical personnel and public health officials are responding to the first reported cases […]

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October 16, 2014

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Yale Study Shows Siblings of Children with Autism Can Show Signs at 18 Months

Siblings With Autism Can Show Early Signs

A new study from Yale University found that younger siblings of children with ASD showed symptoms as early as 18 months old, reinforcing the need for repeated diagnostic screening in the first three years of life to identify individual cases of ASD as soon as behavioral symptoms are apparent. About 20% of younger siblings of […]

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October 16, 2014

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New ScienceCast Video: The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice

The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice

A new four minute ScienceCast video explores the shrinking coverage of Arctic sea ice and how the reduction could affect worldwide weather. ScienceCasts: The Cloudy Future of Arctic Sea Ice: As climate change continues to hammer Arctic sea ice, pushing back its summertime boundaries to record-high latitudes, NASA is flying an innovative airborne mission to […]

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