March 24, 2014

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Scientists Reveal 3D Structure of the Molecular Transporter TSPO

Scientists have revealed the 3D structure of the molecular transporter TSPO for the first time, opening the door to novel paths for the diagnosis and treatment of brain diseases. The word “cholesterol” is directly linked in most people’s minds with high-fat foods, worrying blood test results, and cardiovascular diseases. However, despite its bad reputation, cholesterol […]

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March 24, 2014

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Spitzer Views Star-Forming Region ON2

This newly released image combines X-ray coverage from ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory with an infrared view from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope to show the star-forming region ON2. Massive stars are born in tumultuous clouds of gas and dust. They lead a brief but intense life, blowing powerful winds of particles and radiation that strike their […]

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March 24, 2014

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Flower-Shaped Starshade Spacecraft to Acquire Images of Earth-Like Planets

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing a spacecraft, which looks like a giant sunflower, to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars. This animation shows the prototype starshade, a giant structure designed to block the glare of stars so that future space telescopes can take pictures of planets. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The flower […]

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March 24, 2014

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Hubble Uses Gravitational Lensing to Magnifying the Distant Universe

This newly released Hubble image uses gravitational lensing to get a better look at distant galaxy clusters. Galaxy clusters are some of the most massive structures that can be found in the Universe — large groups of galaxies bound together by gravity. This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope reveals one of these clusters, […]

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March 21, 2014

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Yale Researchers Identify a Key Link between Tumors and Healthy Tissue

Researchers from the Yale School of Medicine have discovered a key link between tumors and healthy tissue, revealing a potential mechanism used by cancer cells to recruit healthy cells to promote tumor growth. The delicate balance between development of normal tissue and tumors depends in part upon a key molecular switch within cells, Yale School […]

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March 21, 2014

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Paleontologists Announce the Discovery of Bird-Like Dinosaur Anzu Wyliei

Paleontlogists from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History have revealed the discovery of an 11 feet long and five feet tall bird-like dinosaur, named Anzu wyliei. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – A team of researchers has announced the discovery of a bizarre, bird-like dinosaur, named Anzu wyliei, that provides paleontologists with their first good look at a […]

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March 21, 2014

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Astronomers Probe the Transition Disk Around Sz 91

CfA astronomers used the Submillimeter Array to probe the transition disk around Sz 91, finding find that it is more like a ring than a disk and that the mass of the disk is about the same as the mass of Jupiter. A star is typically born with a disk of gas and dust encircling […]

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March 21, 2014

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Spitzer Images Create 360-Degree View of the Milky Way

Using more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, researchers created a new 360-degree mosaic of the Milky Way. When you look up at the Milky Way on a clear, dark night, you’ll see a band of bright stars arching overhead. This is the plane of […]

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March 20, 2014

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Stanford Engineers Improve Flexible Carbon Nanotube Circuits

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a process to make flexible carbon nanotube circuits more reliable and efficient, paving the way for digital devices that bend. Engineers would love to create flexible electronic devices, such as e-readers that could be folded to fit into a pocket. One approach involves designing circuits based on electronic fibers, […]

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March 20, 2014

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SETI Scientist Believes We Will Find Life in Space This Century

The senior astronomer at the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence Institute believes that researchers will find life in space in this century. Are we alone in the universe? It’s a question that has always fired the human imagination. The more we learn, the more unlikely it seems that Earth is a lone miracle inhabiting life amid […]

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March 20, 2014

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Van Allen Probes Reveal ‘Zebra Stripes’ in Earth’s Inner Radiation Belt

In a newly published study, NASA’s Van Allen Probes reveal that a persistent pattern of high-energy electrons in the inner radiation belt, which resembles slanted zebra stripes, are caused by the rotation of Earth. Scientists have discovered a new, persistent structure in one of two radiation belts surrounding Earth. NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes spacecraft […]

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March 20, 2014

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NASA Image of the Day – Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Viewed by Voyager I

This NASA image of the day shows Jupiter’s Great Red Spot assembled from three black and white negatives from NASA’s Voyager 1. At about 89,000 miles in diameter, Jupiter could swallow 1,000 Earths. It is the largest planet in the solar system and perhaps the most majestic. Vibrant bands of clouds carried by winds that […]

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