March 27, 2014

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Surprise Discovery Reveals Asteroid Chariklo Surrounded by Two Thin Rings

A surprise discovery shows that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings, making it the smallest object discovered to have rings and only the fifth body in our solar system. The asteroid Chariklo, which circles the Sun between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus, is surrounded by two thin rings […]

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March 27, 2014

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New Research Suggests Dark Energy Hides Behind Phantom Fields

New theoretical research suggests that quintessence and phantom fields, two of the many theories that try to explain the nature of dark energy, are only a mirage in the observations and it is the quantum vacuum which could be behind the energy that moves our universe. Cosmologists believe that some three quarters of the universe […]

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March 27, 2014

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New Data Helps Astronomers Piece Together the Evolution of Supermassive Black Holes

Using data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, astronomers are piecing together the evolution of supermassive black holes. How do you grow a supermassive black hole that is a million to a billion times the mass of our sun? Astronomers do not know the answer, but a new study using data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared […]

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March 27, 2014

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Distant Dwarf Planet Discovered Beyond the Known Edge of Our Solar System

Using ground based observatories, scientists discovered a distant dwarf planet, dubbed 2012 VP113, located beyond the known edge of our solar system. Washington, D.C.—The Solar System has a new most-distant member, bringing its outer frontier into focus. New work from Carnegie’s Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory reports the discovery of a […]

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March 26, 2014

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Researchers Observe SN 2014J in the Nearby Galaxy M82

A newly published study details the discovery of the closest type Ia supernova discovered in a generation, the discovery of SN 2014J in the nearby galaxy M82. Researchers including a Texas Tech University physicist have intently studied the closest type Ia supernova discovered in a generation. The proximity to Earth could yield better understanding of […]

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March 26, 2014

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Hubble Celebrates its 24th Year in Orbit with a New Image of the Monkey Head Nebula

Hubble has released a new image of the Monkey Head Nebula to celebrate its 24th year in orbit. To celebrate its 24th year in orbit, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has released a beautiful new image of part of NGC 2174, also known as the Monkey Head Nebula. This colorful region is filled with young […]

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March 26, 2014

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Deleting a Single Gene Reduces Fat Mass and Extends Lifespan of Mice by 20%

Researchers discover that mice without the FAT10 gene have an elevated metabolic rate, burn fat as fuel, exhibit reduced glucose and insulin levels, and age more slowly than normal mice. By deleting a single gene, researchers at Yale University were able to dramatically reduce fat mass in mice while expanding their lifespan by 20%. The […]

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March 26, 2014

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Astronomers Solve Decades Old Space Mystery

An international team of astronomers has solved a decades old space mystery, revealing a new theory for how collapsed stars become polluted. Scientists from the University of Leicester and University of Arizona investigated hot, young, white dwarfs — the super-dense remains of Sun-like stars that ran out of fuel and collapsed to about the size […]

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March 25, 2014

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Cassini Views Four Moons of Saturn

Cassini views Saturn’s moons Prometheus, Pandora, Janus and Epimetheus. Two pairs of moons make a rare joint appearance. The F ring’s shepherd moons, Prometheus and Pandora, appear just inside and outside of the F ring (the thin faint ring furthest from Saturn). Meanwhile, farther from Saturn the co-orbital moons Janus (near the bottom) and Epimetheus […]

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March 25, 2014

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Neutron Stars and Their Similarities with Black Holes

New research shows the similarities that neutron star have with black holes. For astrophysicists neutron stars are extremely complex astronomical objects. Research conducted with the collaboration of SISSA and published in the journal Physical Review Letters demonstrates that in certain respects these stars can instead be described very simply and that they show similarities with […]

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March 25, 2014

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Quantum Mechanics May Lead to an Ultra-Secure Internet

Researchers give theoretical proof that quantum mechanics may lead to an ultra-secure internet. Einstein’s skepticism about quantum mechanics may lead to an ultra-secure internet suggests a new paper by researchers from Swinburne University of Technology and Peking University. Associate Professor Margaret Reid from Swinburne’s Center for Quantum and Optical Science said Einstein’s reservations about quantum […]

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March 25, 2014

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Supernova Observations Show Strength of Gravity Unchanged Over Cosmic Time

In a newly published study, researchers at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne analyzed the light given off by 580 supernova explosions in the nearby and far Universe, revealing that the strength of gravity has remained unchanged over cosmic time. Australian astronomers have combined all observations of supernovae ever made to determine that the strength […]

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