April 1, 2014

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ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft Gets First Glimpse of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Researchers use the scientific imaging system on board ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft to get the first glimpse of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. A little more than four months before the arrival of ESA’s spacecraft Rosetta at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) have successfully commissioned OSIRIS, the space probe’s […]

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April 1, 2014

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Researchers Discover Young Star Clusters around a Black Hole in Galaxy NGC 2110

Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology have discovered huge young star clusters around a black hole in the center of galaxy NGC 2110. Huge young star clusters resembling a string of pearls around a black hole in the center of a galaxy 120 million light-years away have been discovered by researchers at Swinburne University of […]

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April 1, 2014

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Biomedical Engineers Grow Self-Healing Muscle

Biomedical engineers from Duke University have grown living skeletal muscle that demonstrates the ability to heal itself both inside the laboratory and inside an animal. Biomedical engineers have grown living skeletal muscle that looks a lot like the real thing. It contracts powerfully and rapidly, integrates into mice quickly, and for the first time, demonstrates […]

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April 1, 2014

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New SDO Image of X-Class Solar Flare

This new image of an X-class solar flare was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on March 29, 2014. The sun emitted a significant solar flare, peaking at 1:48 p.m. EDT March 29, 2014, and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a […]

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March 31, 2014

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Nanoparticle Temporarily Violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics

In a newly published study, an international team of researchers detail how they discovered that a nanoparticle trapped with laser light temporarily violates the second law of thermodynamics. Objects with sizes in the nanometer range, such as the molecular building blocks of living cells or nanotechnological devices, are continuously exposed to random collisions with surrounding […]

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March 31, 2014

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New ScienceCast Video Previews the ‘Opposition of Mars’

A new three minute ScienceCast video previews the April 14th close approach of Mars, when Earth and Mars are at their minimum distance from each other. By the time you finish reading this story, you’ll be about 1,000 km closer to the planet Mars. Earth and Mars are converging for a close encounter. As March […]

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March 31, 2014

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Scientists Develop a New Way of Reading the Universe’s ‘Cosmic Barometer’

Scientists have developed a new method for analyzing the pressure experienced by tiny samples of organic material that may have been ejected from dying stars, which should enable them to identify violent events in the history of the universe. Exploding stars, random impacts involving comets and meteorites, and even near misses between two bodies can […]

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March 31, 2014

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 1084

Released to the public today, this new Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 1084. In this new Hubble image, we can see an almost face-on view of the galaxy NGC 1084. At first glance, this galaxy is pretty unoriginal. Like the majority of galaxies that we observe it is a spiral galaxy, and, as with […]

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March 28, 2014

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Distant Galaxy Seen As It Was 800 Million Years After The Big Bang

Using gravitational lensing, astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics measured the spectra of carbon, nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and water in a galaxy seen a mere 800 million years after the big bang. About fifteen years ago astronomers, using improved submillimeter wavelength telescopes, discovered a new class of very distant galaxies: submillimeter galaxies (SMGs). These […]

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March 28, 2014

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How Genetic Research Can Help People Colonize Other Planets

A recently held symposium by the HMS Department of Genetics asked experts to consider how genetic research can help people colonize other planets. If you haven’t thought about reworking the human genome so people can colonize other planets, don’t worry. Plenty of people are on it. Scientists of many stripes have been figuring out what […]

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March 28, 2014

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New System Filters Light Waves Based on Direction

Researchers from MIT have produced a system that allows light of any color to pass through only if it is coming from one specific angle. Light waves can be defined by three fundamental characteristics: their color (or wavelength), polarization, and direction. While it has long been possible to selectively filter light according to its color […]

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March 28, 2014

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Hubble Reveals Multiple Jets Sprouting from Comet C/2013 A1

This newly released Hubble image of comet C/2013 A1 reveals what appear to be two jets of dust coming off the location of the nucleus in opposite directions. NASA released Thursday an image of a comet that, on October 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars — less than half the distance between Earth […]

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