May 18, 2016

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New Horizons Collects Data on Distant Remnant of the Early Solar System

New Horizons Collects Data on a Post-Pluto Object

Recent observations from NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft reveal new facts about a distant remnant of the early solar system. Warming up for a possible extended mission as it speeds through deep space, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has now twice observed 1994 JR1, a 90-mile-wide (145-kilometer-wide) Kuiper Belt object (KBO) orbiting more than 3 billion miles […]

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May 18, 2016

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Europa’s Ocean May Contain the Necessary Balance of Chemical Energy for Life

Chemical Balance for Life May Exist in Europa's Ocean

New research from NASA reveals that Europa’s ocean may contain the necessary balance of chemical energy for life, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity. Europa is strongly believed to hide a deep ocean of salty liquid water beneath its icy shell. Whether the Jovian moon has the raw materials and chemical energy in […]

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May 16, 2016

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Astronomers Reveal the Secret Life of the Orion Nebula

Secrets of the Orion Nebula Revealed

A team of astronomers reveal how the interplay of magnetic fields and gravitation in the gas cloud lead to the birth of new stars. Space bears witness to a constant stream of star births. And whole star clusters are often formed at the same time – and within a comparatively short period. Amelia Stutz and […]

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May 16, 2016

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New Evidence That Diet and Gut Microbes Can Influence Brain Inflammation

Researchers Find Evidence That Diet and Gut Microbes Can Influence Brain Inflammation

A newly discovered link between deficits in gut flora and brain inflammation may lead researchers to learn more about its impact on multiple sclerosis. A team of investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has found evidence that suggests that bacteria living in the gut may remotely influence the activity of cells in the […]

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May 16, 2016

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NASA Invests in Next Stage of Visionary Technology Development

From Magnetoshells to Growable Habitats, NASA Invests in Next Stage of Visionary Technology Development

Using a peer-review process that evaluated innovativeness and technical viability, NASA has selected eight technology proposals for investment that have the potential to transform future aerospace missions, introduce new capabilities, and significantly improve current approaches to building and operating aerospace systems. Awards under Phase II of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program can be […]

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May 16, 2016

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Cassini Image of Saturn’s Rings and Its Moon Prometheus

Cassini Image of Prometheus and Saturn's Rings

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft views Saturn’s Rings and its neighboring moon Prometheus. Most planetary rings appear to be shaped, at least in part, by moons orbiting their planets, but nowhere is that more evident than in Saturn’s F ring. Filled with kinks, jets, strands and gores, the F ring has been sculpted by its two neighboring […]

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May 16, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Lenticular Galaxy NGC 5308

New Hubble Image of Lenticular Galaxy NGC 5308

This newly released Hubble image shows lenticular galaxy NGC 5308, which is located roughly 100 million light-years away. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows star clusters encircling a galaxy, like bees buzzing around a hive. The hive in question the an edge-on lenticular galaxy NGC 5308, located just under 100 million light-years away in […]

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May 13, 2016

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Astronomers Examine the Circumstellar Dust Around KIC 8462852

Constraints on the Circumstellar Dust around KIC 8462852

A new measurement of the dust around KIC 8462852 reveals that it seems to be consistent with the breakup of a cluster of Halley-like comets. The Kepler satellite was designed to search for Earth-sized planets in the habitable zone of stars by measuring dips in a star’s brightness as orbiting planets move across the stellar […]

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May 12, 2016

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Chandra Captures Expanding Debris from a Stellar Explosion

Tycho's Supernova Remnant Chandra Movie Captures Expanding Debris From a Stellar Explosion

By combining the Chandra data with 30 years worth of observations, scientists have made a movie of the evolution of Tycho’s supernova remnant. When the star that created this supernova remnant exploded in 1572, it was so bright that it was visible during the day. And though he wasn’t the first or only person to […]

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May 11, 2016

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Astronomers Track the Source of Slow Solar Wind

Implications of L1 Observations for Slow Solar Wind

Using newly processed observations, astronomers spot tell-tale signs that the slow solar wind passing Earth originated from a magnetic phenomenon known as magnetic reconnection. From our vantage point on the ground, the sun seems like a still ball of light, but in reality, it teems with activity. Eruptions called solar flares and coronal mass ejections […]

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May 11, 2016

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Kepler Space Telescope Reveals 1,284 New Planets

NASA's Kepler Verifies 1,284 New Planets

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date. “This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we […]

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May 10, 2016

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Astronomers Explain Mystery Star’s Unusual Behavior

Astronomers Explain Mystery Star’s Behavior

New research clarifies the mystery of the unusual fluctuations in light coming from distant star KIC 8462852. Sorry, E.T. lovers, but the results of a new study make it far less likely that KIC 8462852, popularly known as Tabby’s star, is the home of industrious aliens who are gradually enclosing it in a vast shell […]

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May 10, 2016

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New Approach Identifies Genetic Markers Linked to Complex Diseases

Study Identifies New Gene Variants for Treating Arrhythmia

Researchers from MIT have developed a new approach that identifies genetic markers linked to complex diseases. Many diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and schizophrenia, tend to be passed down through families. After researchers sequenced the human genome about 15 years ago, they had high hopes that this trove of information would reveal the genes that […]

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May 10, 2016

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ESO Image of the Week – Vela Ring Galaxy

ESO Image of the Vela Ring Galaxy

This newly released ESO image of the week shows the Vela ring galaxy, visible as a bright core surrounded by a baby blue halo. As the name suggests, the Vela ring galaxy — located in the southern constellation of Vela (The Sails) — is notable due to its compact core and large circular belt of […]

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May 9, 2016

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New Study Details How Bacteria Become Individualists

Bacteria Cells Respond Differently to Lack of Nutrients

No two bacteria are identical – even when they are genetically the same. New research reveals the conditions under which bacteria become individualists and how they help their group grow when times get tough. Whether you are a human or a bacterium, your environment determines how you can develop. In particular, there are two fundamental […]

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May 9, 2016

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Scientists Unveil the First Global Topographic Model of Mercury

Global Topographic Model of Mercury

Using data from NASA’s MESSENGER mission, astronomers created the first global digital elevation model (DEM) of Mercury, revealing in stunning detail the topography across the entire innermost planet and paving the way for scientists to fully characterize its geologic history. NASA’s MESSENGER mission has unveiled the first global digital elevation model (DEM) of Mercury, revealing […]

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May 9, 2016

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Cassini Spacecraft Views Saturn’s Moon Epimetheus

Cassini Views Saturn's Moon Epimetheus

Cassini gets a closer look at Saturn’s little moon Epimetheus. Life is hard for a little moon. Epimetheus, seen here with Saturn in the background, is lumpy and misshapen, thanks in part to its size and formation process. Epimetheus did not form with all of those craters in place — rather, bombardment over the eons […]

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May 9, 2016

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Hubble Image of the Week – Spiral Galaxy NGC 6814

Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 6814

This newly released Hubble images shows spiral galaxy NGC 6814, which is located 75 million light-years away. Spiral galaxies together with irregular galaxies make up approximately 60% of the galaxies in the local Universe. However, despite their prevalence, each spiral galaxy is unique — like snowflakes, no two are alike. This is demonstrated by the […]

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