July 7, 2015

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NuSTAR Reveals Hidden Black Holes

NuSTAR Explores the Hidden Lairs of Black Holes

Using NuSTAR, astronomers clearly identified five supermassive black holes that were previously elusive because of their surrounding cocoons of material. Some of the “biggest and baddest” black holes around are buried under thick blankets of gas and dust. These monsters in the middle of galaxies are actively devouring material, but their hidden nature makes observing […]

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July 7, 2015

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The Latest New Horizons Images of Dwarf Planet Pluto

Latest Images of Pluto from New Horizons Spacecraft

Taken just a few days ago, these new images from the New Horizons Spacecraft provide a better view of Pluto and its mysterious dark spots. These are the most recent high-resolution views of Pluto sent by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, including one showing the four mysterious dark spots on Pluto that have captured the imagination […]

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July 6, 2015

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“Black-Hole-Scope” Provides Insight into Space Directly Surrounding a Supermassive Black Hole

Astronomers Use Cosmic Gravity to Create "Black Hole Telescope"

Astronomers used the magnifying effect of the stars to ‘zoom in’ on galaxy PKS 1830-211, revealing very small structures in the distant galaxy. The Integral, Fermi and Swift space observatories have used the magnifying power of a cosmic lens to explore the inner regions of a supermassive black hole. Gamma rays are highly energetic radiation […]

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July 6, 2015

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Astronomers Discover of a Ring of Rocks Poised to Make Planets

Astronomers See Rocks Poised to Make Planets

For the first time a team of researchers has discovered of a ring of rocks circling a very young star. These ‘pebbles’ are believed to be a crucial link in formation of planets. Dr Jane Greaves of the University of St Andrews presented the work at the National Astronomy Meeting at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, […]

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July 6, 2015

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New Technique Uses Regenerative Capacity of Stem Cells to Eliminate HIV

Stem Cell Gene Therapy Holds Promise for Eliminating HIV

Scientists at UCLA have developed a new technique that harnesses the regenerative capacity of stem cells to generate an immune response to HIV, showing that the technique decreased HIV levels in mice by 80 to 95 percent. Scientists at the UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research are one […]

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July 6, 2015

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Clinical Trials Show That Exercise is Not Universally Effective

Study Shows Exercise is Not Universally Effective

A systematic review of 160 clinical trials of the cardiometabolic benefits of exercise shows that exercise significantly improved cardiorespiratory fitness and some cardiometabolic biomarkers, but the effectiveness of exercise varied based on participants age, sex, and health status. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Everyone knows that exercise generally helps the cardiovascular system, but much […]

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July 6, 2015

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New Research Shows Nitrous Oxide Changes Brainwaves

Researchers Reveal Brainwave Changes in Patients Receiving Nitrous Oxide

New research from MIT details brainwave changes in patients receiving nitrous oxide, revealing that EEG recordings show large-amplitude slow-delta waves after the administration of nitrous oxide at anesthetic doses. Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” has been used in anesthesiology practice since the 1800s, but the way it works to create altered states is […]

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July 6, 2015

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy LEDA 89996

Newly Released Hubble Image of Spiral Galaxy LEDA 89996

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy J04542829-6625280. This little-known galaxy, officially named J04542829-6625280, but most often referred to as LEDA 89996, is a classic example of a spiral galaxy. The galaxy is much like our own galaxy, the Milky Way. The disc-shaped galaxy is seen face on, revealing the winding structure of the […]

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July 5, 2015

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New Image of Star Cluster NGC 1333 – Stellar Sparklers That Last

New Chandra Image of Star Cluster NGC 1333

This newly released composite image shows star cluster NGC 1333, which is located roughly 780 light years from Earth. While fireworks only last a short time here on Earth, a bundle of cosmic sparklers in a nearby cluster of stars will be going off for a very long time. NGC 1333 is a star cluster […]

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July 4, 2015

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Astronomers Reveal Nine Large Concentrations of Dark Matter

Nine Large Concentrations of Dark Matter Revealed

Using weak gravitational lensing the newly developed Hyper Suprime-Cam on the Subaru telescope has revealed nine large concentrations of dark matter, each the mass of a galaxy cluster. Researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the University of Tokyo and other institutions have begun a wide-area survey of the distribution of dark matter […]

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July 3, 2015

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Nanoparticles Shut Down Cancer Growth

Nanoparticles Shut Down Cancer Growth

Using nanoparticles to deliver a nucleic acid (siRNA) into tumor cells in mouse models, scientists from UCLA and City of Hope have become the first to inhibit the mechanism that drives cancer growth. When scientists develop cancer therapies, they target the features that make the disease deadly: tumor growth, metastasis, recurrence and drug resistance. In […]

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July 3, 2015

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New ESA Image of the Milky Way and of Its Neighboring Magellanic Clouds

An Outline of the Milky Way and of Its Neighboring Magellanic Clouds

This newly released image from the European Space Agency shows the outline of our Galaxy and of its neighboring Magellanic Clouds. This image, based on housekeeping data from ESA’s Gaia satellite, is no ordinary depiction of the heavens. While the image portrays the outline of our Galaxy, the Milky Way, and of its neighboring Magellanic […]

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July 3, 2015

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Yale Study Reveals Why BRCA Gene Resists Cancer Treatment

New Discovery Reveals Why BRCA Gene Resists Cancer Treatment

A newly published study from Yale University reveals how biochemists might be able to decrease drug resistance to existing therapies that target ovarian and breast cancer. Yale University researchers have discovered why a key molecular assistant is crucial to the function of the BRCA2 gene, which in some mutant forms can lead to ovarian and […]

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July 3, 2015

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Dwarf Planet Pluto: The ‘Other’ Red Planet

Pluto Another Red Planet

Observations from the New Horizons Spacecraft reveal that Mars isn’t the only red planet in our solar system; dwarf planet Pluto has a reddish color as well. What color is Pluto? The answer, revealed in the first maps made from New Horizons data, turns out to be shades of reddish brown. Although this is reminiscent […]

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July 2, 2015

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Astronomers View a Young Open Cluster of Stars

New ESO Image of Star Cluster NGC 2367

This newly released ESO image shows star cluster NGC 2367, an infant stellar grouping that lies at the center of an immense and ancient structure on the margins of the Milky Way. This rich view of an array of colorful stars and gas was captured by the Wide Field Imager (WFI) camera, on the MPG/ESO […]

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July 2, 2015

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A Link between Citrus Consumption and Malignant Melanoma?

Citrus Consumption Increases the Risk of Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma

A new study from Brown University reveals that white people who consumed a lot of grapefruits or orange juice had a small but significantly higher 25-year risk of malignant melanoma. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Physicians have known for a while that compounds called psoralens make skin more sensitive to light exposure. Psoralens are […]

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July 2, 2015

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New Test Diagnoses Ebola in Minutes

A New Test Diagnose Ebola in Minutes

Harvard Medical School researchers and their partners have shown that a new test can accurately diagnose the Ebola virus disease within minutes at the point of care, providing clinicians with on-the-spot information for treating patients and containing outbreaks. Researchers from Harvard Medical School (HMS), Partners In Health, and Boston Children’s Hospital have shown that a […]

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July 2, 2015

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Hubble Image of Wolf-Rayet Galaxy SBS 1415+437

Hubble Views Wolf-Rayet Galaxy SBS 1415+437

Hubble gets a closer look Wolf-Rayet galaxy SBS 1415+437, a star-bursting galaxy with an unusually high number of extremely hot and massive stars known as Wolf-Rayet stars. This NASA/European Space Agency (ESA) Hubble Space Telescope picture shows a galaxy named SBS 1415+437 (also called SDSS CGB 12067.1), located about 45 million light-years from Earth. These […]

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