November 7, 2016

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Hubble Views Lenticular Galaxy NGC 1222

Hubble Image of the Week NGC 1222

This newly released Hubble image shows lenticular galaxy NGC 1222, which is located 100 milion light-years away. NGC 1222, seen in this image taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (HST), is a galaxy with a rather eventful story to tell. NGC 1222 has been described as a […]

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November 3, 2016

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Astronomers Discover a”Nearly Naked” Supermassive Black Hole

Researchers Discover a Nearly Naked Supermassive Black Hole

Using the Very Long Baseline Array a team of astronomers has discovered the shredded remains of a galaxy that passed through a larger galaxy, leaving only the smaller galaxy’s nearly-naked supermassive black hole to emerge and speed away at more than 2,000 miles per second. The galaxies are part of a cluster of galaxies more […]

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November 3, 2016

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MIT Develops Nanobionic Plants That Can Detect Explosives

Nanobionic Plants Can Detect Explosives

By embedding spinach leaves with carbon nanotubes, engineers transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to a handheld device similar to a smartphone. Spinach is no longer just a superfood: By embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives […]

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November 3, 2016

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New “Morphing” Wing Could Enable More Efficient Plane Flight

Morphing Wing Could Enable More Efficient Plane Manufacturing and Flight

Engineers at MIT and NASA have developed a new kind of bendable, “morphing” wing that could enable more efficient plane manufacturing and flight. When the Wright brothers accomplished their first powered flight more than a century ago, they controlled the motion of their Flyer 1 aircraft using wires and pulleys that bent and twisted the […]

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November 2, 2016

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MIT Engineers Design a New Weapon Against Bacteria

Engineers Design a New Weapon Against Bacteria

An international team of engineers has developed an antimicrobial peptide that can destroy many types of bacteria, including some that are resistant to most antibiotics. Over the past few decades, many bacteria have become resistant to existing antibiotics, and few new drugs have emerged. A recent study from a U.K. commission on antimicrobial resistance estimated […]

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November 2, 2016

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New Observations of the Vast Pillar-Like Structures within the Carina Nebula

New-Pillars-of-Destruction-Images

Using the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers reveal new observations of vast pillar-like structures within the Carina Nebula. The different pillars analyzed by an international team seem to be pillars of destruction — in contrast to the name of the iconic Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula, which are of similar […]

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November 1, 2016

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Yale Engineers Advance Quantum Technology With Photon Control

Advancing Quantum Technology With Photon Control

Engineers from Yale University have developed a new technique to control the frequency of single photons. The ability to control the frequency of single photons is crucial to realize the potential of quantum communications and quantum computing. The current methods for changing photon frequency, however, bring with them significant drawbacks. Researchers in the lab of […]

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November 1, 2016

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Captures a Partial Solar Eclipse

NASA’s SDO Catches a Lunar Transit

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory experienced a partial solar eclipse in space when it caught the moon passing in front of the sun. The moon’s shadow obstructs SDO’s otherwise constant view of the sun, and the shadow’s edge is sharp and distinct, since the moon has no atmosphere which would distort sunlight. From SDO’s point of […]

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November 1, 2016

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Slow-Blue Nuclear Hypervariables in PanSTARRS-1

Nuclear Hypervariables in PanSTARRS-1

Astronomers have used a sky survey to identify a class of blue, hypervariable galaxies; the origin of the variability is uncertain but might in some cases be due to microlensing. Extreme variability in the intensity of the optical light of galaxies, by factors of two or more, is of great interest to astronomers. It can […]

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October 31, 2016

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How Nanoscience Will Improve Our Lives in the Coming Years

Nanoscience Will Improve Our Health and Lives in the Coming Years

In a newly published study, nanoscientists look ahead to what we can expect in the coming decade, and conclude that nanoscience is poised to make important contributions in many areas, including health care, electronics, energy, food and water. Nanoscience research involves molecules that are only 1/100th the size of cancer cells and that have the potential to […]

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October 31, 2016

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Captures a New View of Saturn

New Cassini View from Above Saturn

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft views Saturn from above. Saturn appears as a serene globe amid tranquil rings in this view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. In reality, the planet’s atmosphere is an ever-changing scene of high-speed winds and evolving weather patterns, punctuated by occasional large storms. The rings, consist of countless icy particles, which are continually colliding. […]

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October 31, 2016

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NASA Shows Arctic Sea Ice Is Losing Its Bulwark Against Warming Summers

How Arctic Sea Ice Is Losing Its Bulwark Against Warming Summers

New research shows that the Arctic sea ice has been hit with a double whammy over the past decades: as its extent shrunk, the oldest and thickest ice has either thinned or melted away, leaving the sea ice cap more vulnerable to the warming ocean and atmosphere. “What we’ve seen over the years is that […]

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October 31, 2016

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Hubble Admires Youthful Globular Star Cluster NGC 362

Hubble Views Star Cluster NGC 362

This newly released Hubble image shows globular cluster NGC 362. Globular clusters offer some of the most spectacular sights in the night sky. These ornate spheres contain hundreds of thousands of stars, and reside in the outskirts of galaxies. The Milky Way contains over 150 such clusters — and the one shown in this NASA/ESA […]

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October 28, 2016

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NASA GRAIL Mission Provides Insights into Moon Impacts

New Research on Lunar Impacts

Astronomers are using data from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission to provide new insights into the huge impacts that dominated the early history of Earth’s moon and other solid worlds, like Earth, Mars, and the satellites of the outer solar system. In two papers, published this week in the journal Science, researchers examine […]

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October 27, 2016

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Astronomers Discover a Young Triple Protostar System

A Triple Protostar System

A team of astronomers has seen a dusty disk of material around a young star fragmenting into a multiple-star system for the first time. Observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array and the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array revealed the process in action. “This new work directly supports the conclusion that there are two […]

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October 27, 2016

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A Promising New Form of Immunotherapy for Cancer

New Approach to Cancer Treatment

New research suggests a way to increase the staying power of CAR T cells, a promising form of immunotherapy for cancer. In people with chronic infections or cancer, disease-fighting T cells tend to behave like an overworked militia — wheezing, ill-prepared, tentative, in a state of “exhaustion” that allows disease to persist. In a paper […]

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October 27, 2016

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Hubble Sees the Eerie Glow of a Dead Star

New Hubble Image of the Crab Nebula

This newly released Hubble image of the Crab Nebula shows the eerie glow of a dead star, which exploded long ago as a supernova. But don’t be fooled; this ghoulish-looking object still has a pulse. Buried at its center is the star’s tell-tale heart, which beats with rhythmic precision. The “heart” is the crushed core […]

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October 26, 2016

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Yale Develops New Gene Editing Strategy to Correct Mutations

New Gene Editing Strategy to Correct Mutations

Using a new gene editing strategy, researchers from Yale University can correct mutations that cause thalassemia, a form of anemia. Their gene editing technique provided corrections to the mutations and alleviated the disease in mice, the researchers said. The finding could lead to studies of a similar gene therapy to treat people with inherited blood […]

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