June 25, 2014

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Dark Energy Survey Reveals a Rare Superluminous Supernova

The Dark Energy Survey has revealed a rare, ‘superluminous’ supernova that erupted in a galaxy 7.8 billion light years away. The first images taken by the Dark Energy Survey (DES) after the survey began in August 2013 have revealed a rare, ‘superluminous’ supernova that erupted in a galaxy 7.8 billion light years away. The stellar […]

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June 25, 2014

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NASA’s STEREO Reveals Much Larger Solar Atmosphere Than Previously Thought

Using data from NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, astronomers have discovered that the solar atmosphere of the sun is larger than previously thought, extending out some 5 million miles above the sun’s surface. Surrounding our sun is a vast atmosphere of solar particles, through which magnetic fields swarm, solar flares erupt, and gigantic columns of […]

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June 25, 2014

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Astronomers Discover Mysterious X-Ray Signal in Perseus Galaxy Cluster

Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton, a new study of the Perseus galaxy cluster has revealed a mysterious X-ray signal. A mysterious X-ray signal has been found in a detailed study of galaxy clusters using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA’s XMM-Newton. One intriguing possibility is that the X-rays are produced […]

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June 25, 2014

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New NASA/NOAA Animations Reveal Water Vapor Over Oceans

Scientists have used observations from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites to create two new types of animations that indicate where water vapor is moving over the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific oceans. Knowing where water vapor is in the atmosphere is one of many factors forecasters use to identify weather features. […]

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June 24, 2014

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FDA Approved Arthritis Drug Spurs Hair Growth

Using an existing FDA-approved drug for rheumatoid arthritis called tofacitinib citrate, a man with alopecia universalis has grown a full head of hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, as well as facial, armpit, and other hair. A man with almost no hair on his body has grown a full head of it after a novel treatment by […]

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June 24, 2014

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New CERN Research Details Evidence of the Direct Decay of the Higgs Boson to Fermions

New research published in Nature Physics details strong evidence of the direct decay of the Higgs boson to fermions. If evidence of the Higgs boson revealed two years ago was the smoking gun, particle physicists at Rice University and their colleagues have now found a few of the bullets. The European Organization for Nuclear Research […]

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June 24, 2014

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Newly Discovered White Dwarf Star Possibly Coldest, Dimmest Ever Detected

Using the Green Bank Telescope, Very Long Baseline Array and other observatories, astronomers have identified possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. A team of astronomers has identified possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. This ancient stellar remnant is so cool that its carbon has crystallized, forming — in effect […]

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June 24, 2014

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Titan’s Building Blocks Formed Early in the Solar System’s History and Might Pre-Date Saturn

A newly published study reveals evidence that nitrogen in the atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan originated in conditions similar to the cold birthplace of the most ancient comets from the Oort cloud, suggesting that Titan’s building blocks formed early in the solar system’s history. A combined NASA and European Space Agency (ESA)-funded study has found […]

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June 23, 2014

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Scientists Develop Super-Stretchable Yarn Made of Graphene

By chemically exfoliating graphite into graphene flakes and mixing them into a slurry, a team of researchers has developed a simple, scalable method of making strong, stretchable graphene oxide fibers. University Park, Pennsylvania — A simple, scalable method of making strong, stretchable graphene oxide fibers that are easily scrolled into yarns and have strengths approaching […]

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June 23, 2014

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Cornell Astronomers Discover Mysterious Geologic Object on Titan

Using data from the Cassini spacecraft, astronomers from Cornell University have discovered mysterious geologic object that has appeared in the second-largest sea on Saturn’s moon Titan. Now you don’t see it. Now, you do. And now you don’t see it again. Astronomers have discovered a bright, mysterious geologic object – where one never existed – […]

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June 23, 2014

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Kit Researchers Create Mechanical Invisibility Cloak

Using metamaterials, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology developed a mechanical invisibility cloak that hides objects from touch. In the past years, invisibility cloaks were developed for various senses. Objects can be hidden from light, heat or sound. However, hiding of an object from being touched still remained to be accomplished. KIT scientists have […]

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June 23, 2014

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Hubble Views Supernova SN1995E in Spiral Galaxy NGC 2441

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 2441 and supernova SN1995E. This bright spiral galaxy is known as NGC 2441, located in the northern constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe). However, NGC 2441 is not the only subject of this new Hubble image; the galaxy contains an intriguing supernova named SN1995E, visible as a […]

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