July 31, 2015

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Take Time to Protect Your Kids’ Skin Now, It Could Prevent Cancer Later

Protecting Kids’ Skin Now Can Prevent Cancer Later

Dermatologists stress that protecting your children from the sun now can help prevent cancer later. More parents appear to be vigilant about protecting their children from the sun’s harmful rays—at least at Yale Dermatology-Middlebury where Brittany Craiglow, M.D. practices. Many parents tell Dr. Craiglow they’ve started applying sunscreen so early in their children’s lives that […]

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July 31, 2015

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24 Spectacular Space Shuttle Launch Images

Space Shuttle Launch Photo Gallery

From the first launch of Space Shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981 (Mission STS-1) through the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on July 8, 2011 (Mission STS-135), many incredible photos were taken. This gallery presents some of the most spectacular launch images of space shuttles Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour.

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July 30, 2015

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Spitzer Confirms Rocky Exoplanet HD 219134b, about 1.6 Times the Size of Earth

Location of Rocky Exoplanet HD 219134b Confirmed

Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, researchers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system – exoplanet HD 219134b. Dubbed HD 219134b, this exoplanet, which orbits too close to its star to sustain life, is a mere 21 light-years away. While the planet itself can’t be seen directly, even by telescopes, […]

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July 30, 2015

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Cassini Reveals Unusual Red Arcs on Saturn’s Moon Tethys

Cassini Spots Unusual Red Arcs on Icy Saturn Moon

Enhanced-color images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal unexplained reddish arcs on the surface of Saturn’s icy moon Tethys. The red arcs are narrow, curved lines on the moon’s surface, and are among the most unusual color features on Saturn’s moons to be revealed by Cassini’s cameras. Images taken using clear, green, infrared and ultraviolet spectral […]

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July 30, 2015

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New NASA Image of the Northern Plains of Mars

New HiRISE Image of the Northern Plains of Mars

This new image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows frost in gully alcoves in a crater on the Northern plains of Mars. Seasonal frost commonly forms at middle and high latitudes on Mars, much like winter snow on Earth. However, on Mars most frost is carbon dioxide (dry ice) rather than water ice. This frost […]

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July 29, 2015

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ESO Discovers Lithium from an Exploding Star

ESO Detects Lithium from Exploding Star Nova Centauri 2013

Using telescopes at ESO’s La Silla Observatory, astronomers have discovered the chemical element lithium for the first time in material ejected by a nova. This new finding fills in a long-missing piece in the puzzle representing our galaxy’s chemical evolution, and is a big step forward for astronomers trying to understand the amounts of different […]

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July 29, 2015

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Gallium Nitride Electronics Poised to Drastically Cut Energy Usage

Gallium Nitride is Poised to Become the Next Semiconductor

Using an exotic material called gallium nitride (GaN), Cambridge Electronics Inc. has announced a line of GaN transistors and power electronic circuits that promise to cut energy usage by 10 to 20 percent worldwide by 2025. In 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) dedicated approximately half of a $140 million research institute for power electronics […]

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July 29, 2015

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Data from NASA’s New Horizons Hints at Underground Ocean on Pluto

Researchers Believe An Interior Ocean May Be Driving Geologic Activity on Pluto

Scientists believe that the ice flows and water ice mountains revealed by New Horizons help support the idea that an interior ocean may be driving geologic activity on Pluto. Pluto wears its heart on its sleeve, and that has scientists gleaning intriguing new facts about its geology and climate. Recent data from NASA’s New Horizons […]

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July 29, 2015

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NASA DSCOVR Satellite Image of Africa and Europe

NASA DSCOVR Satellite Views Africa and Europe from a Million Miles Away

This newly released NASA image shows Africa and Europe from a million miles away. Africa is front and center in this image of Earth taken by a NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite. The image, taken July 6 from a vantage point one million miles from Earth, was one of the […]

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July 28, 2015

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Mars Orbiter Preparing for Mars InSight Lander’s 2016 Arrival

Mars Orbiter Preparing for Mars Lander Arrival

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is preparing for the arrival of NASA’s InSight Lander, which will occur on 2016. A planned 77-second firing of six intermediate-size thrusters on July 29 will adjust the orbit timing of the veteran spacecraft so it will be in position to receive radio transmissions from InSight as the newcomer descends through […]

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July 28, 2015

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Gene Therapy Gives Ovarian Cancer Patients Hope

Gene Therapy Improves Survival Rates in Patients with Ovarian Cancer

A team of researchers from Harvard and Mass General Hospital has found a gene therapy that delivers a protein which suppresses the development of female reproductive organs, possibly improving the survival of patients with ovarian cancer that has recurred after chemotherapy. A gene therapy that delivers a protein that suppresses the development of female reproductive […]

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July 28, 2015

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Pharmaceutical Firms “Underinvest” in Long-Term Cancer Research

Do Firms Underinvest in Long-Term Cancer Research

A newly published study from MIT and the University of Chicago reveals that pharmaceutical firms “underinvest” in long-term research to develop new cancer-fighting drugs due to the greater time and cost required to conduct such research. Specifically, drugs to treat late-stage cancers are less costly to develop than drugs for earlier-stage cancers, partly because the […]

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July 28, 2015

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NASA’s Dawn Reveals Topography of Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA's Dawn Reveals Topography on the Surface of Dwarf Planet Ceres

New color-coded maps of dwarf planet Ceres reveal a diverse topography with height differences between crater bottoms and mountain peaks as great as 9 miles (15 kilometers). Scientists continue to analyze the latest data from Dawn as the spacecraft makes its way to its third mapping orbit. “The craters we find on Ceres, in terms […]

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July 27, 2015

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Astronomers Develop New Models to Search for Molecular Oxygen

Astronomers Find Molecular Oxygen

Newly published research from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics provides the first self-consistent treatment of preshock, shock, and postshock regions under the influence of UV fields, and explains why O2 detections are so rare. Oxygen is the third most abundant element in the universe (after hydrogen and helium) and of course it is important: all […]

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July 27, 2015

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What the World Thinks of Climate Change: Predictors of Public Climate Change Awareness and Risk Perception

Study Reveals Predictors of Public Climate Change Awareness and Risk Perception

A newly published study reveals for the first time what the world thinks about climate change and why. The study shows major contrast in awareness between developed and developing countries. Using data from the 2007-2008 Gallup World Poll, conducted in 119 countries, an international team of researchers identified the factors that most influence climate change […]

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July 27, 2015

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Yale Scientists Reveal ‘Major Player’ in Skin Cancer Genes

NF1 Identified as Major Player in Skin Caner Genes

Researchers from Yale University have confirmed that a gene known as NF1 is a “major player” in the development of skin cancer. A multidisciplinary team at Yale, led by Yale Cancer Center members, has defined a subgroup of genetic mutations that are present in a significant number of melanoma skin cancer cases. Their findings shed […]

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July 27, 2015

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The Impact of Cosmic Wind on Galaxy Evolution

Hubble Image of a Spiral Galaxy in the Coma Cluster

A newly published study from Yale University gives astronomers a clearer view of how powerful cosmic winds can blow through galaxies, sweeping out interstellar material and stopping future star formation. A Yale University analysis of one such event in a nearby galaxy provides an unprecedented look at the process. The research is described in the […]

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July 27, 2015

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NASA’s Cassini Views Saturn’s Moon Tethys

New Cassini Image of Saturn's Moon Tethys

NASA has released a new image of Saturn’s moon Tethys. The image was taken at a distance of approximately 186,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) by NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft. With the expanded range of colors visible to Cassini’s cameras, differences in materials and their textures become apparent that are subtle or unseen in natural color views. Here, […]

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