July 10, 2015

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Massive Black Hole Outgrows Its Galaxy, Measures Nearly 7 Billion Solar Masses

Massive Black Hole Outgrows Its Galaxy CID-947

A team of scientists has discovered a black hole in the early universe that grew much faster than its host galaxy, resulting in a gigantic black hole within a normal-size galaxy. The discovery runs counter to most observations about black holes, which are massive areas of space with extraordinarily strong gravity that can pull in […]

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July 10, 2015

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Venus Transit Reveals Clues about the Venusian Atmosphere

Hinode Solar Optical Telescope Image of Venus

Astronomers used the Venus transit to make measurements of how the Venusian atmosphere absorbs different kinds of light, revealing clues to what elements are layered above Venus’s surface. Two of NASA’s heliophysics missions can now claim planetary science on their list of scientific findings. A group of scientists used the Venus transit – a very […]

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July 10, 2015

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NASA’s Swift Views a New Outburst from V404 Cygni

NASA's Swift Views Black Hole of V404 Cygni

Since June 15, astronomers have been monitoring the ongoing light show detected by NASA’s Swift satellite. This new outburst is from V404 Cygni, a binary system where a black hole and a sun-like star orbit each other. What looks like a shooting target is actually an image of nested rings of X-ray light centered on […]

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July 10, 2015

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New Horizons Closes in on Dynamic Duo Pluto and Charon

Image of Pluto only from the New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager

Another day, another great set of images from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager showing Pluto and Charon. They’re a fascinating pair: Two icy worlds, spinning around their common center of gravity like a pair of figure skaters clasping hands. Scientists believe they were shaped by a cosmic collision billions of years ago, and yet, […]

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July 9, 2015

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New Horned Dinosaur Species – Wendiceratops Pinhornensis

Wendiceratops pinhornensis

Researchers discover a new species of horned dinosaur, Wendiceratops pinhornensis. Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Dr. Michael Ryan co-led the discovery of a striking new species of horned dinosaur (ceratopsian) based on fossils collected from a bonebed in southern Alberta, Canada. Wendiceratops (WEN-dee-SARE-ah-TOPS) pinhornensis was approximately 6 meters (20 feet) long and weighed more than a […]

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July 9, 2015

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MIT Engineers Develop Basic Computing Elements for Bacteria

MIT Scientists Develop Basic Computing Elements for Bacteria

New research from MIT unveils a series of sensors, memory switches, and circuits that can be encoded in the common human gut bacterium. The “friendly” bacteria inside our digestive systems are being given an upgrade, which may one day allow them to be programmed to detect and ultimately treat diseases such as colon cancer and […]

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July 9, 2015

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Kilo-Degree Survey Shines Light on Dark Matter

First Results from Major New Dark Matter Survey

The first results from the Kilo-Degree Survey have been released, helping to further expand our understanding of dark matter. The first results have been released from a major new dark matter survey of the southern skies using ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. The VST KiDS survey will allow astronomers […]

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July 9, 2015

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New Timescale Firmly Implicates Volcanic Eruptions as the Dominant Drivers of Past Climate Variability

Volcanic Eruptions Linked to Centuries of Cold Temperatures

A newly published study resolves the inconsistencies in the timing of atmospheric volcanic aerosol loading determined from ice cores and subsequent cooling from climate proxies such as tree rings and shows that large eruptions in the tropics and high latitudes were primary drivers of interannual-to-decadal temperature variability in the Northern Hemisphere during the past 2,500 […]

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July 9, 2015

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New Image Shows X-Rays Lighting Up the Surface of Our Sun

New NuSTAR and SDO Image of High-Energy X-rays from Our Sun

New observations from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, Japan’s Hinode Spacecraft and NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory have been combined to form this new image of the Sun. X-rays light up the surface of our sun in a bouquet of colors in this new image containing data from NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. The […]

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July 9, 2015

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NASA’s New Horizons Pluto Flyby Begins

NASA’s New Horizons Flyby of Pluto Begins

After three-billion plus miles and over nine years, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is set to begin its Pluto flyby observations. In the early morning hours of July 8, mission scientists received this new view of Pluto—the most detailed yet returned by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) aboard New Horizons. The image was taken on […]

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July 9, 2015

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Surfer-Shaped Waves Discovered at the Boundaries of Near-Earth Space

NASA Shows Surfer-shaped Waves in Near-Earth Space

Two published papers reveal Kelvin-Helmholtz waves at the boundaries of near-Earth space, showing that they can appear under any conditions and are much more prevalent than previously thought. The universe overflows with repeating patterns. From the smallest cells to the largest galaxies, scientists are often rewarded by observing similar patterns in vastly different places. One […]

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July 8, 2015

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NOAA Determines Radiation Risk of Underwater Aircraft Carrier

Determining Radiation Safety for Sunken-Ship Archaeology

A team of researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rediscovered the scuttled U.S.S. Independence, determining the radiation risk of exploring the underwater aircraft carrier. About 42 miles southwest of San Francisco and 2,600 feet underwater sits the U.S.S. Independence, a bombed-out relic from World War II. The aircraft carrier was a target ship […]

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July 8, 2015

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Study Predicts Building Blocks for Earth-Like Planets in Every Exoplanet System in the Milky Way

Building Blocks of Earth-like Rocks Found in Every Planetary System

A new study being presented at National Astronomy Meeting in Llandudno shows that Earth-like planets orbiting other stars in the Milky Way are three times more likely to have the same type of minerals as Earth than astronomers had previously thought and that conditions for making the building blocks of Earth-like rocks are ubiquitous throughout […]

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July 8, 2015

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Pulsed Electrical Discharge Producing Nitric Oxide, Can Save Young Lives

New Invention Can Save Young Lives

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a new device that produces nitric oxide from an electric spark, making treatment affordable and easy for those with persistent pulmonary hypertension. Under certain conditions, this device could replace the current technology that is both costly and cumbersome. Treatment with inhaled nitric oxide (NO) […]

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July 8, 2015

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X-ray Laser Reveals Ultrafast Chemistry in Motion

SLAC Reveals Ultrafast Chemistry in Motion

Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory used SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray Laser to measure atomic-scale details of how ring-shaped gas molecules break open and unravel. Scientists for the first time tracked ultrafast structural changes, captured in quadrillionths-of-a-second steps, as ring-shaped gas molecules burst open and unraveled. Ring-shaped molecules are abundant in biochemistry […]

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July 8, 2015

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NASA Study Provides New Estimates for the Global Water Cycle

New NASA Estimates of Liquid Assets

A newly published study from NASA helps answer questions about droughts, flooding and how much water is on the move and where it is going. The new study provides estimates for the global water cycle budget for the first decade of the 21st century, taking the pulse of the planet and setting a baseline for […]

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July 8, 2015

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New Horizons Reflectance and Color Map of Pluto

Combined Pluto Reflectance and Color Map from New Horizons

This is the latest image of Pluto from the New Horizons Spacecraft – The Whale and the Donut. This is the latest map of Pluto created from images taken from June 27 to July 3 by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) on New Horizons, combined with lower-resolution color data from the spacecraft’s Ralph instrument. […]

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July 7, 2015

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New Research Shows Having Kids Later is Associated with Higher Satisfaction Levels

Having Kids Later Results in Happier Parents

A newly published study from the Max Planck Institute reveals that the satisfaction levels of parents depend not only on the number of children they have, but also on the point in time when they start a family. “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” according to one […]

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