July 15, 2016

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NASA’s Top 10 Pluto Pics from the New Horizons Spacecraft

Global Mosaic of Pluto in True Color

One year ago, NASA’s New Horizons mission made history by exploring Pluto and its moons – giving humankind our first real look at this fascinating world on the frontier of our solar system. Since those amazing days in July 2015 the New Horizons spacecraft has transmitted numerous images and many other kinds of data home […]

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July 15, 2016

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Chandra Reveals Evidence for Violent Stellar Merger

Astronomers Find Evidence for Violent Stellar Merger

Using data from Chandra, astronomers have the strongest evidence to date that violent stellar mergers produce pencil-thin jets. This result has implications for estimating the number of such mergers that may detected with gravitational wave observatories. Gamma-ray bursts, or GRBs, are some of the most violent and energetic events in the Universe. Although these events […]

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July 15, 2016

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A Quiet Space in the Core of the Perseus Cluster

Astronomers Study the Quiet Intracluster Medium in the Core of the Perseus Cluster

Using the Hitomi satellite astronomers find that turbulence in the central region of the Perseus cluster is low, implying that errors in previous measurements of the masses of galaxy clusters using X-ray observations are small. Most galaxies lie in clusters, groupings of a few to many thousands of galaxies. Our Milky Way galaxy itself is […]

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July 14, 2016

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New Research Opens New Realms of Light-Matter Interaction

MIT Study Opens New Realms of Light-Matter Interaction

A new study from MIT shows that some “forbidden” light emissions are in fact possible, and could enable new sensors and light-emitting devices. A new MIT study could open up new areas of technology based on types of light emission that had been thought to be “forbidden,” or at least so unlikely as to be […]

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July 14, 2016

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New Map Measures the Effects of Dark Energy in the Expansion of the Universe

Astronomers Measure Dark Energy

A new study details the results from the largest-ever, three-dimensional map of distant galaxies. The map is one of the most precise measurements yet of the dark energy currently driving the accelerated expansion of the Universe. “We have spent five years collecting measurements of 1.2 million galaxies over one quarter of the sky to map […]

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July 14, 2016

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Kepler Shows Warm Jupiters Not As Lonely As Expected

Warm Jupiters Not As Lonely As Expected

Astronomers have used data from the Kepler Space Telescope to give the clearest understanding yet of a class of exoplanets called Warm Jupiters, revealing that many have unexpected planetary companions. The team’s analysis, published July 10th in the Astrophysical Journal, provides strong evidence of the existence of two distinct types of Warm Jupiters, each with […]

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July 13, 2016

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Researchers Develop A Universal Quantum Gate

Quantum Gate Allows Light Particles to Interact with Each Other

Scientists have now developed a universal quantum gate, which could become the key component in a quantum computer. Light particles completely ignore each other. In order that these particles can nevertheless switch each other when processing quantum information, researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching have now developed a universal quantum […]

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July 13, 2016

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Astronomers Prove the Existence of a “Gravitational Vortex” Around a Black Hole

XMM-Newton Proves the Existence of a "Gravitational Vortex" Around a Black Hole

Using data from XMM-Newton and NuSTAR, astronomers have proved the existence of a “gravitational vortex” around a black hole. This new discovery, aided by NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission, solves a mystery that has eluded astronomers for more than 30 years, and will allow them to map the behavior of matter very close […]

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July 13, 2016

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First In-orbit View from NASA’s Juno Spacecraft

Juno Spacecraft Sends First In-orbit Image

The first high-resolution images of Jupiter are still several weeks away, but NASA’s Juno Spacecraft did capture this new image as it entered orbit around the planet. The JunoCam camera aboard NASA’s Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at Jupiter. Juno’s visible-light camera was turned on six […]

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July 12, 2016

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A New Design Strategy for Better Lithium Oxygen Batteries

Yale Engineers Charging Toward Better Lithium Oxygen Batteries

Yale researchers have devised a method that brings marketable Li-O2 batteries closer to reality, improving both the batteries’ performance and the ability to study them. In recent years, lithium-oxygen batteries have intrigued researchers with their potential. They can store at least two to three times the energy as lithium-ion batteries can, which are the current standard […]

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July 11, 2016

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A Peek Inside the Fuel Tank For World’s Largest Rocket

A Peek Inside the Fuel Tank For World’s Largest Rocket

This image gives us a look up inside a nearly complete fuel tank for NASA’s powerful, new rocket—the Space Launch System – that will take humans to destinations never explored by people before. At over 300-feet tall and 5.75 million pounds at liftoff, SLS needs plenty of fuel to leave Earth. Once a final dome […]

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July 11, 2016

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New Cassini Image – Tethys Tops Saturn

New Cassini Image of Tethys Above Saturn

This newly released Cassini image provides an illusion of perspective, showing Saturn’s moon Tethys above the planet’s north pole. Tethys (660 miles or 1,062 kilometers across) is actually farther away than Saturn in this image. Lacking visual clues about distance, our brains place the moon above Saturn’s north pole. Tethys, like all of Saturn’s major […]

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July 11, 2016

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Astronomers Reveal the Secrets of ‘Frankenstein’ Galaxy UGC 1382

'Frankenstein' Galaxy Surprises Scientists

Using data from NASA telescopes and other observatories, astronomers reveal the secrets of UGC 1382, revealing that the galaxy is 10 times bigger than previously thought and, unlike most galaxies, its insides are younger than its outsides, almost as if it had been built using spare parts. About 250 million light-years away, there’s a neighborhood […]

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July 11, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Starburst Galaxy MCG+07-33-027

Hubble Views Starburst Galaxy Named MCG+07-33-027

This newly released Hubble image shows starburst galaxy MCG+07-33-027, which is located 300 million light-years away. This image was taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), and shows a starburst galaxy named MCG+07-33-027. This galaxy lies some 300 million light-years away from us, and is currently experiencing an extraordinarily high […]

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July 8, 2016

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New Study Adds Clues about Possible Water in Mars Canyons

Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues about Possible Water

A newly published study reveals clues about possible water at seasonally dark streaks on Mars. The study investigated thousands of these warm-season features in the Valles Marineris region near Mars’ equator. Some of the sites displaying the seasonal flows are canyon ridges and isolated peaks, ground shapes that make it hard to explain the streaks […]

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July 8, 2016

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Maps Ceres Craters Where Ice Can Accumulate

Dawn Maps Ceres Craters Where Ice Can Accumulate

Using data from NASA’s Dawn Mission, astronomers have identified permanently shadowed regions on the dwarf planet Ceres. These areas are likely cold enough to have trapped water ice for a billion years, suggesting that ice deposits could exist there now. “The conditions on Ceres are right for accumulating deposits of water ice,” said Norbert Schorghofer, […]

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July 7, 2016

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Hitomi Mission Discovers a Quiet Space in the Perseus Cluster

Hitomi Finds Quiet Space in the Heart of the Perseus Cluster

The Hitomi X-ray Observatory has discovered something quite serene: calm at the heart of the Perseus cluster. Scientists from the international Hitomi mission report July 6 in the journal Nature that a “remarkably quiescent atmosphere” exists at the heart of the Perseus cluster, located in the constellation Perseus. The new information, obtained with an innovative […]

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July 7, 2016

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Hubble Views the Heart of the Crab Nebula

New Hubble- mage of the Crab Nebula

This newly released Hubble image reveals the heart of one of the most visually appealing, and most studied, supernova remnants known — the Crab Nebula. At the center of this nebula the spinning core of a deceased star breathes life into the gas that surrounds it. The Crab Nebula, which lies 6,500 light-years away in […]

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