August 6, 2014

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Construction to Begin on the Thirty Meter Telescope

Construction to Begin on Worlds Most Advanced Telescope

The recent approval of a sublease brings the most advanced and powerful optical telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), one step closer to reality. With the recent approval of a sublease by Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources, initial construction on the Thirty Meter Telescope — destined to be the most advanced and powerful […]

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August 6, 2014

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New Drug Compound Reverses the Brain Deficits of Alzheimer’s Disease in Mice

Researchers Reversed the Effects of Alzheimers Disease in Mice

A newly published study reveals a new drug compound that inhibits the negative effects of a protein called STtriatal-Enriched tyrosine Phosphatase and reverses the brain deficits of Alzheimer’s disease in mice. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have discovered a new drug compound that reverses the brain deficits of Alzheimer’s disease in an animal model. […]

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August 5, 2014

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Researchers Find Clues to Preventing Weight Gain

Researchers Find Clues to Preventing Weight Gain

A new study from Yale University shows that when the researchers blocked the effects of the nuclear receptor PPARgamma in a small number of brain cells in mice, the animals ate less and became resistant to a high-fat diet. Preventing weight gain, obesity, and ultimately diabetes could be as simple as keeping a nuclear receptor […]

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August 5, 2014

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Engineers Clear a Path Toward Better Quantum Computers and Nanoscale Sensors

A Path Toward Better Quantum Computers and Nanoscale Sensors

Engineers at the University of Chicago have used a diamond defect called a nitrogen vacancy center to clear a path toward better quantum computers and nanoscale sensors. By carefully controlling the position of an atomic-scale diamond defect within a volume smaller than what some viruses would fill, researchers have cleared a path toward better quantum […]

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August 5, 2014

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Cool Planet-Like Object May Have Spent Much of Its Youth as Hot as a Star

Cool Planet May Have Spent Much of Its Youth as Hot as a Star

A new study details the discovery of a Y dwarf (WISE J0304-2705) that may have spent much of its youth as hot as a star. Washington, D.C. — Astronomers have discovered an extremely cool object that could have a particularly diverse history—although it is now as cool as a planet, it may have spent much […]

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August 5, 2014

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Astronomers View Three Massive Volcanic Eruptions on Jupiter’s Moon Io

Researchers View Three Massive Volcanic Eruptions on Jupiters Moon Io

Using Keck II telescope, the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea, and the SpeX near-infrared spectrometer on NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility, astronomers viewed three massive volcanic eruptions that occurred on Jupiter’s moon Io. Three massive volcanic eruptions occurred on Jupiter’s moon Io within a two-week period in August of last year. This led astronomers to […]

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August 4, 2014

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Researchers Show Potential Basis for the Treatment and Prevention of Parkinson’s Disease

Researchers Discover Potential Basis for the Treatment and Prevention of Parkinsons Disease

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics show that two products of the gene DJ-1 can stop and even counteract the degeneration of neurons caused by Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease affects neurons in the Substantia nigra brain region – their mitochondrial activity ceases and the cells die. Researchers at the […]

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August 4, 2014

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New Material Allows for Ultra-Thin Solar Cells

New Material Allows New Kinds of Solar Cells

By combining two semiconductor materials, researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have developed a new material that allows for ultra-thin solar cells. Extremely thin, semi-transparent, flexible solar cells could soon become reality. At the Vienna University of Technology, Thomas Mueller, Marco Furchi and Andreas Pospischil have managed to create a semiconductor structure consisting of […]

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August 4, 2014

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Curiosity Rover Nears Mountain-Base Outcrop

Curiosity Rover Nears Mountain Base Outcrop

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is approaching its first close look at bedrock that is part of Mount Sharp, approaching a geological unit that’s part of the base of the mountain rather than the floor of the crater. As it approaches the second anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover is also approaching its […]

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August 4, 2014

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Hubble Views Globular Cluster IC 4499

New Hubble Image of Globular Cluster IC 4499

This newly released Hubble image shows the globular cluster IC 4499. Globular clusters are big balls of old stars that orbit around their host galaxy. It has long been believed that all the stars within a globular cluster form at the about same time, a property which can be used to determine the cluster’s age. […]

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August 1, 2014

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Engineers Develop Surfaces That Can Actively Control How Fluids or Particles Move

MIT Develops Treated Surfaces That Can Actively Control How Fluids Move

Using a microtextured surface, with bumps or ridges just a few micrometers across, engineers have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move across them. Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or […]

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August 1, 2014

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Spitzer/IRAC Observations of the Variability of Sagittarius A*

Spitzer Observations of the Variability of Sagittarius A

Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics measure for the first time small fluctuations in the Sagittarius A* flux over 23 continuous hours. The center of our Milky Way galaxy is located about twenty-five thousand light years from Earth, in the direction of the constellation of Sagittarius. It is invisible to us in optical light […]

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