October 31, 2014

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NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Views the Sun Glinting Off Titan’s North Polar Seas

Cassini Views Titan's North Polar Seas

Taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, this near-infrared, color mosaic shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s north polar seas. While Cassini has captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off of them in the past, this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view. The sunglint, […]

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October 31, 2014

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2014 Antarctic Ozone Hole Comparable to Previous Years

2014 Antarctic Ozone Hole Remains Steady

Scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveal that the overall 2014 ozone hole is smaller than the large holes of the 1998–2006 time frame, and is comparable to 2010, 2012, and 2013. The Antarctic ozone hole reached its annual peak size on September 11, according to scientists from NASA and the […]

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October 30, 2014

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ALMA Reveals Planet-Forming Lifeline in Binary Star System GG Tau-A

Planet Forming Lifeline Discovered in a Binary Star System

New research details the discovery of a streamer of gas flowing from a massive outer disc toward the inner reaches of the double star system GG Tauri-A. For the first time, scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have detected a streamer of dust and gas flowing from a massive outer disk toward the […]

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October 30, 2014

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Physicists Propose Existence of Parallel Universes, Challenge Quantum Science

Scientists Propose Existence of Parallel Worlds

In a newly published study, physicists propose that parallel universes really exist and that they interact and influence one another by a subtle force of repulsion. Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes. In a paper published […]

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October 30, 2014

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New System Allows Programmers to Trade Computational Accuracy for Energy Savings

New System Lets Programmers Identify Sections of Their Code That Can Tolerate a Little Error

Engineers from MIT have developed a new system that lets programmers identify sections of their code that can tolerate a little error, determining which program instructions to assign to unreliable hardware components to maximize energy savings while still meeting the programmers’ accuracy requirements. As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating […]

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October 30, 2014

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Astronomers Discover a Low-Mass Planet with a Highly Inconsistent Orbit

PH3c A Low Mass Planet with a Highly Inconsistent Orbit

Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunter program have discovered a low-mass, low-density planet that has a highly inconsistent orbit time around its sun. The new planet, called PH3c, is located 2,300 light years from Earth and has an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium. The elusive orb nearly avoided detection. This is because PH3c has […]

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October 30, 2014

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Molecular Map Pinpoints Genetic Variants of Autoimmune Diseases

New Molecular Map Reveals Genetic Origins of Autoimmune Diseases

Researchers have developed a molecular map that pinpoints genetic variants that play a role in 21 different autoimmune diseases, providing new insight into the cause of multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases. Researchers at Yale, the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard developed a sophisticated mathematical model and […]

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October 30, 2014

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NASA Facility Completes Initial Assessment after Orbital Launch Mishap

NASA Completes Initial Assessment after Rocket Explosion

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility has completed an initial assessment of Wallops Island, but noted that it will take many more weeks to further understand and analyze the full extent of the effects of the event. The Wallops Incident Response Team completed today an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, following the catastrophic failure of Orbital […]

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October 30, 2014

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Image of the Sunrise from the International Space Station

Sunrise Image From ISS

This image of the sunrise was taken by astronaut Reid Wiseman on the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman posted this image of a sunrise, captured from the International Space Station, to social media on October 29, 2014. Wiseman wrote, “Not every day is easy. Yesterday was a tough one. #sunrise” Wiseman was referring […]

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October 29, 2014

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Astronomers Confirm Existence of “Quiet” Quasars

Existence of Quiet Quasars Confirmed

Using the GTC telescope, astronomers were able to confirm that, apart from the highly energetic and rapidly evolving quasars, there is another population of quasars that evolves slowly. Aeons ago, the universe was different: mergers of galaxies were common and gigantic black holes with masses equivalent to billions of times that of the Sun formed […]

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October 29, 2014

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Decoy Drug Allows Brains of Adult Mice to Form New Synapses

Decoy Drug Allows Brain to Form New Connections

New research from Stanford Bio-X scientists shows that the brains of adult mice are able to form new synapses by disabling the function of a single protein for as little as a week. This research has the potential to help adults recover from stroke and forms of blindness or to prevent the loss of connections […]

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October 29, 2014

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New Molybdenum Sulfide Transistor Significantly Outperforms Existing Models

New Transistor Significantly Outperforms Current Models

A team of researchers has fabricated field effect transistors made from molybdenum sulfide that demonstrated the best performance to date, exceeding existing molybdenum sulfide transistor cut-off and maximum oscillation frequencies by 40 to 50 times. With their special electronic and optical properties, nanomaterials such as graphene and molybdenum sulfide have created excitement among scientists for […]

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October 29, 2014

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New Research Suggests Electron Wave Function Can Be Split and Trapped

New Research Suggests Electron Wave Function Can Be Separated into Many Parts

A newly published study from Brown University suggests that the quantum state of an electron — the electron’s wave function — can be shattered into pieces and trapped. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — New research by physicists from Brown University puts the profound strangeness of quantum mechanics in a nutshell — or, more accurately, […]

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October 29, 2014

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Unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp Spacecraft Explodes During Launch

Unmanned NASA Contracted Orbital Sciences Corp Spacecraft Explodes

NASA has released a statement and held a news conference following the explosion during the attempted launch of Orbital Sciences Corp’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft. The following statement is from William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, regarding the mishap that occurred at Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional […]

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