March 18, 2014

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Scientists Discover Ancient Fossilized Crustaceans Entombed with Eggs and Embryos

A team of biologists has discovered 450-million-year-old fossilized crustaceans entombed with their eggs and newly hatched offspring, extending the knowledge of ostracods and confirming their presence in the Ordovician period. Scientists have found 450-million-year-old fossilized crustaceans entombed with their eggs and newly hatched offspring. At least one of the animals is a newly identified species. […]

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March 18, 2014

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Researchers Produce Uniform Antimony Nanocrystals for the First Time

Researchers have produced uniform antimony nanocrystals for the first time, taking a big step forward in the exploration of alternative energy storage. Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded for the first time to produce uniform antimony nanocrystals. Tested as components of laboratory batteries, these are able to store a large number of both […]

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March 18, 2014

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Astronomers Complete the Largest Census of Dust in the Local Universe

Using data from the Herschel satellite, astronomers completed the largest census of dust in the local Universe, the Herschel Reference Survey. An international team of astronomers has completed a benchmark study of more than 300 galaxies, producing the largest census of dust in the local Universe, the Herschel Reference Survey. Led by Dr Luca Cortese […]

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March 18, 2014

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Researchers Discover the First Direct Evidence of Cosmic Inflation

Researchers have discovered the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation, confirming a deep connection between quantum mechanics and general relativity. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Almost 14 billion years ago, the universe we inhabit burst into existence in an extraordinary event that initiated the Big Bang. In the first fleeting fraction of a second, the universe expanded […]

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March 17, 2014

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Scientists Discover Important Mechanism for Muscle Building

Researchers identify a key mechanism to how basic muscle architecture is built, finding that mechanical tension is the essential trigger. Skeletal muscles are built from small contractile units, the sarcomeres. Many of these sarcomeres are connected in a well-ordered series to form myofibrils that span from one muscle end to the other. Contractions of these […]

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March 17, 2014

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New Study Resolves a Decades-Old Paradox between Thermal History Models and Estimates of Mercury’s Contraction

A newly published study from the Carnegie Institute resolves a decades-old paradox between thermal history models and estimates of Mercury’s contraction, showing that Mercury contracted substantially more than the old estimates. Washington, D.C. — New global imaging and topographic data from MESSENGER* show that the innermost planet has contracted far more than previous estimates. The […]

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March 17, 2014

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Cassini Uses “Pi Transfer” to Create Mosaic Image of Saturn

Using a technique known as a “pi transfer,” – a technique that uses the gravity of Saturn’s moon Titan to alter the orbit of the Cassini spacecraft – Cassini created this image of Saturn and its rings from a mosaic of 36 images. Surely one of the most gorgeous sights the solar system has to […]

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March 17, 2014

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Hubble Views Spiral Galaxy NGC 5793

This newly released Hubble image shows spiral galaxy NGC 5793, which is located 150 million light-years away. This new Hubble image is centered on NGC 5793, a spiral galaxy over 150 million light-years away in the constellation of Libra. This galaxy has two particularly striking features: a beautiful dust lane and an intensely bright center […]

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March 14, 2014

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Naturally Occurring Molecule Enhances Defense Mechanisms Against Neurodegenerative Diseases

Scientists have discovered that a substance called N-acetylglucosamine has the ability to enhance defense mechanisms against neurodegenerative diseases, clear toxic protein aggregates and extend life span. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging in Cologne have found that a naturally occurring molecule has the ability to enhance defense mechanisms against neurodegenerative diseases. […]

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March 14, 2014

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Scientists Simulate the Extreme Conditions of the Fluid Reservoirs in the Crust of Europa

Researchers have developed an experiment to help explain and recreate the extreme conditions of the fluid reservoirs in the crust of Europa. Water, salts and gases dissolved in the huge ocean that scientists believe could exist below Europa´s icy crust can rise to the surface generating the enigmatic geological formations associated to red-tinged materials that […]

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March 14, 2014

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Researchers Model the Workings of an X-ray Binary Star

Using ten years’ worth of optical, infrared and X-ray data on LMC X-3, astronomers developed a model that can successfully explain the workings of an X-ray binary star. The bright X-ray source known as LMC X-3 resides in the Large Magellanic Cloud, the dwarf galaxy that is the Milky Way’s nearest neighbor. Two decades ago […]

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March 14, 2014

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Researchers Discover an Efficient Way of Slowing the Rotation of Molecular Ions

An international team of researchers has discovered an efficient and versatile way of slowing the rotation of molecular ions, opening up new possibilities for laboratory-based astrochemistry. Chemical reactions taking place in outer space can now be more easily studied on Earth. An international team of researchers from the University of Aarhus in Denmark and the […]

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