June 20, 2014

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Scientists Shed New Light on Black Hole Development

Using a large array of satellites and space observatories, astronomers discovered that winds blowing from a supermassive black hole in NGC 5548 work to obscure observations and X-rays. The research sheds new light on the unexpected behavior of black holes. Blacksburg, Virginia – An international team of scientists including a Virginia Tech physicist have discovered […]

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June 20, 2014

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Swift Satellite Measures Water Production of Mars Bound Comet C/2013 A1

Using images from NASA’s Swift satellite, astronomers have measured the amount of water production from comet C/2013 A1. In late May, NASA’s Swift satellite imaged comet Siding Spring, which will brush astonishingly close to Mars later this year. These optical and ultraviolet observations are the first to reveal how rapidly the comet is producing water […]

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June 20, 2014

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Spitzer Measures an Asteroid Candidate for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission

Using infrared data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have measured the size of an asteroid candidate (near-Earth asteroid 2011 MD) for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission. Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have measured the size of an asteroid candidate for NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), a proposed spacecraft concept to capture either a small […]

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June 19, 2014

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First Structural Observations of Liquid Water at Temperatures Down to Minus 51 Degrees Fahrenheit

A newly published study details the first structural observations of liquid water at temperatures down to minus 51 degrees Fahrenheit. Menlo Park, California — Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have made the first structural observations of liquid water at temperatures down to minus 51 degrees Fahrenheit, within an elusive “no […]

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June 19, 2014

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New Nanoengineering Approach Boosts Carrier Multiplication in Quantum Dots

A new approach developed by Los Alamos researchers demonstrates that appropriately engineered core/shell nanostructures made of lead selenide and cadmium selenide (PbSe and CdSe) can increase the carrier multiplication yield four-fold over simple PbSe quantum dots. Los Alamos, New Mexico — Los Alamos researchers have demonstrated an almost four-fold boost of the carrier multiplication yield […]

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June 19, 2014

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Scientists Discover New Species of Horned Dinosaur – Mercuriceratops Gemini

A newly published study details the discover of a new species of dinosaur named Mercuriceratops Gemini, which was approximately 6 meters long and lived about 77 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous Period. Cleveland, Ohio – Scientists have named a new species of horned dinosaur (ceratopsian) based on fossils collected from Montana in the […]

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June 19, 2014

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Hubble Reveals the Role of Dwarf Galaxies in the Star Formation History of the Universe

Using data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers take a significant step forward in understanding how dwarf galaxies contributed to the star population in our universe. They may be little, but they pack a big star-forming punch. New observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope show small galaxies, also known as dwarf galaxies, are responsible for […]

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June 18, 2014

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Hubble Image of the Day – Galactic Wreckage in Stephan’s Quintet

First released in 2009, this Hubble image of the day shows Stephan’s Quintet. A clash among members of a famous galaxy quintet reveals an assortment of stars across a wide color range, from young, blue stars to aging, red stars. This portrait of Stephan’s Quintet, also known as the Hickson Compact Group 92, was taken […]

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June 18, 2014

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MOF-Associated Complexes Mediate Genetic Fair Play

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute have discovered that the same evolutionary stable MOF protein that regulates X dosis in flies is also involved in compensatory mechanisms in mice. Sexually dimorphic animals are often distinguished by unequal number of the X-chromosomes. While males have only one X chromosome, females have two copies, prompting an evolutionary […]

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June 18, 2014

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Nanoscale Structures Could Yield Higher-Performance Computer Memory

UCLA researchers have created nanoscale structures for computer chips that could yield higher-performance memory in computers, mobile electronics such as smart phones and tablets, as well as large computing systems for big data. Researchers at UCLA have created a nanoscale magnetic component for computer memory chips that could significantly improve their energy efficiency and scalability. […]

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June 18, 2014

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Astronomers Discover Water-Building Molecule in Planetary Nebulas

Using the Hubble Space Telescope and ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered a water-building molecule in three planetary nebulas. Using ESA’s Herschel Space Oobservatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars. When low- to middleweight stars like our Sun approach the end […]

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June 17, 2014

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Physicists Identify the Origin of Superconductivity in High-Temperature Superconductors

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have made a breakthrough in identifying the origin of superconductivity in high-temperature superconductors. They discovered that ripples of electrons, known as charge density waves or charge order, create twisted ‘pockets’ of electrons in these materials, from which superconductivity emerges. Harnessing the enormous technological potential of high-temperature superconductors – which […]

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