June 3, 2016

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Study Shows MRI Detects Early Signs of Schizophrenia

MRI Detects Early Signs of Schizophrenia

A new study from Yale University shows that an MRI can detect early signs of schizophrenia in a rodent model. Patients with schizophrenia often exhibit early signs of behavioral abnormalities. However, changes in the brain underlying these behavioral signs have not been identified. Applying magnetic resonance scanning techniques that are used in humans, Yale researchers […]

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June 3, 2016

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The Canarias Einstein Ring – A Newly Discovered Einstein Ring

Astronomers Discover a New Einstein Ring

A newly published study details the discovery of a new Einstein Ring, a rare image of a distant galaxy lensed by gravity. In his seminal general theory of relativity published a century ago, Albert Einstein predicted that gravity would distort the fabric of spacetime, and that light would follow curved paths as a result. Astronomers […]

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June 2, 2016

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Bones and Shells May Lead to a New Formula for Concrete

MIT Engineers Search for a New Formula for Concrete

Engineers from MIT are seeking to redesign concrete by using bones and shells as blueprints for a stronger, more durable concrete. In a paper published online in the journal Construction and Building Materials, the team contrasts cement paste — concrete’s binding ingredient — with the structure and properties of natural materials such as bones, shells, […]

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June 2, 2016

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New Horizons Reveals Secrets from Pluto’s ‘Twilight Zone’

New Horizons Spacecraft Reveals Secrets of Pluto’s Twilight Zone

New images from the New Horizons Spacecraft reveal the complex atmospheric haze layers of Pluto. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft took this stunning image of Pluto only a few minutes after closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image was obtained at a high phase angle –that is, with the sun on the other side of […]

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June 2, 2016

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Hubble Reveals Universe Is Expanding Faster Than Expected

The Universe Is Expanding Faster Than Expected

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers reveal that the universe is expanding 5 percent to 9 percent faster than expected. “This surprising finding may be an important clue to understanding those mysterious parts of the universe that make up 95 percent of everything and don’t emit light, such as dark energy, dark matter and dark […]

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June 1, 2016

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Dual-Phase Alloys Capable of High Strength and Ductility

Alloys Overcome the Strength–Ductility Ttrade Off

Using a new strategy in the development of steel, scientists are able to create alloys capable of both high strength and ductility. For the steel industry, there may be a way out of the dilemma that has existed since people began processing metal. Scientists from the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung in Düsseldorf (Germany) are presenting a […]

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June 1, 2016

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Astronomers Use a New Method to Detect Hydrated Material on the Moon

Signatures of Volatiles on the Moon

A new method to detect hydrated materials reveals evidence of volatiles in the lunar proton albedo. Prior to the Apollo missions to the Moon, scientists speculated that volatiles – including water – may have accumulated in permanently shaded regions at the poles. Then the Apollo era brought the return of lunar samples, enabling real measurements: […]

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May 31, 2016

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New Models Show That Kepler-62f Might Be Able To Sustain Life

Kepler-62f Might Be Able To Sustain Life

New research reveals that a distant planet known as Kepler-62f could be habitable. The planet, which is about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Lyra, is approximately 40 percent larger than Earth. At that size, Kepler-62f is within the range of planets that are likely to be rocky and possibly could […]

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May 31, 2016

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Lund Astronomers Believe Planet 9 Was an Exoplanet

Planet 9 Was Once an Exoplanet

New research details how Planet 9 may have once been an exoplanet “captured” by our sun billions of years ago. Through a computer-simulated study, astronomers at Lund University in Sweden show that it is highly likely that the so-called Planet 9 is an exoplanet. This would make it the first exoplanet to be discovered inside […]

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May 31, 2016

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New Cassini Image of Saturn’s Moons Janus and Mimas

New Cassini Image of Janus and Mimas

A newly released image of Saturn’s moons Janus and Mimas from the Cassini Spacecraft. Saturn’s moons Janus and Mimas coast in their silent orbits beyond the rings in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The ansa, or outer edge of the rings, is visible at left. Janus hangs above center, while Mimas shines at right. […]

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May 31, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Globular Cluster NGC 6496

New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster NGC 6496

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 6496, which is located about 35,000 light years away. This 10.5-billion-year-old globular cluster, NGC 6496, is home to heavy-metal stars of a celestial kind! The stars comprising this spectacular spherical cluster are enriched with much higher proportions of metals — elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, […]

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May 27, 2016

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Schrödinger’s Cat Gets a Second Box

A Schrödinger Cat Living in Two Boxes

A team of physicists from Yale University have given Schrödinger’s cat a second box to play in, and the result may help further the quest for reliable quantum computing. Schrödinger’s cat is a well-known paradox that applies the concept of superposition in quantum physics to objects encountered in everyday life. The idea is that a […]

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May 27, 2016

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New Research Shows Giant Tsunamis Once Battered the Coastlines of Mars

Giant Tsunamis Battered an Early Martian Ocean

New research from NASA indicates that giant tsunamis played a fundamental role in forming Martian coastal terrain, removing much of the controversy that for decades shrouded the hypothesis that oceans existed early in Mars’ history. “Imagine a huge wall of red water the size of a high-rise building moving towards you at the speed of […]

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May 27, 2016

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New Close-Up View of Pluto’s Surface

Best Close-Up of Pluto's Surface

This new close-up image of Pluto’s surface is the most detailed image revealed to date by they New Horizons Spacecraft. This is the most detailed view of Pluto’s terrain you’ll see for a very long time. This mosaic strip – extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past Pluto […]

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May 26, 2016

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Supermassive Black Holes in ‘Red Geyser’ Galaxies Suppress Star Formation

Supermassive Black Holes Cause Galactic Warming

New research details the discovery of a new class of galaxies, called “red geysers,” with supermassive black hole winds so hot and energetic that stars can’t form. Over the last few billion years, a mysterious kind of “galactic warming” has caused many galaxies to change from a lively place where new stars formed every now […]

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May 26, 2016

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New Model Could Offer an Explanation for Cracks on Icy Moons

New Research Model Could Offer an Explanation for Cracks on Icy Moons

Astronomers at the University of Rochester have developed a new model that could offer a new explanation as to how cracks on icy moons, such as Pluto’s Charon, formed. Until now, it was thought that the cracks were the result of geodynamical processes, such as plate tectonics, but the models run by Alice Quillen and […]

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May 26, 2016

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SDO Views Coronal Hole in Our Sun

SDO Peers Into Huge Coronal Hole

This new image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows a coronal hole in our sun. This imagery of the sun captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory from May 17-19, 2016, shows a giant dark area on the star’s upper half, known as a coronal hole. Coronal holes are low-density regions of the sun’s atmosphere, known […]

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May 25, 2016

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New Research Shows Neanderthals Were Born with Wide Bodies and Robust Bones

New Study Shows Neanderthals Were Stocky from Birth

Scientists investigated whether the differences in physique between Neanderthals and modern humans are genetic or caused by differences in lifestyle, finding that Neanderthals’ wide bodies and robust bones were formed by birth. If a Neanderthal were to sit down next to us on the underground, we would probably first notice his receding forehead, prominent brow […]

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