August 1, 2014

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NASA’s EUNIS Sounding Rocket Detects Best Evidence Yet For Coronal Heating Theory

NASA Detects Best Evidence Yet For Coronal Heating Theory

NASA’s EUNIS sounding rocket mission has discovered evidence to explain why the sun’s atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface, detecting the strongest evidence yet for the presence of nanoflares. Scientists have recently gathered some of the strongest evidence to date to explain what makes the sun’s outer atmosphere so much hotter than its […]

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August 1, 2014

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Hubble Discovers the Farthest Lensing Galaxy to Date

Hubble Yields Clues to Early Universe

Using the Hubble Space Telescope astronomers have discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a gravitational lens, breaking the previous record-holder by 200 million years. Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have unexpectedly discovered the most distant galaxy that acts as a cosmic magnifying glass. Seen here as it looked 9.6 billion years ago, […]

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July 31, 2014

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New Stem Cell Research Identifies Barriers to Human iPSC Generation

New Stem Cell Research May Make Tissue Regeneration More Efficient

UC San Francisco scientists detail new research that might lead to a more streamlined process for obtaining stem cells, which in turn could be used in the development of replacement tissue for failing body parts. The finding are published in the current edition of Cell. The work builds on a strategy that involves reprogramming adult […]

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July 31, 2014

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UKIDSS Reveals Numerous Unknown Jets of Gas from Young Stars and Planetary Nebulae

Researchers Find Numerous Unknown Jets from Young Stars and Planetary Nebulae

New research from UK Infra-Red Telescope reveals numerous unknown jets of gas from young stars and planetary nebulae and may prompt significant changes in the understanding of the planetary nebulae population in the Galaxy. For many years astronomers have known that young ‘protostars’ drive supersonic jets of gas from their north and south poles. However, […]

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July 31, 2014

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ALMA Reveals Double Star with Wildly Misaligned Planet-Forming Discs

ALMA Discovers Misaligned Planet Forming Gas Discs Around Two Young Stars

Using ALMA, astronomers have discovered wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri. Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around the two young stars in the binary system HK Tauri. These new ALMA observations provide the clearest picture […]

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July 30, 2014

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Messenger Spacecraft Reveals Mercury’s Bizarre Magnetic Field

Mercury Reveals How Its Interior is Different from Earth

Scientists used data from NASA’s Messenger spacecraft to reveal how Mercury’s core is different from Earth’s, explaining why the planet has such a bizarre magnetic field. Earth and Mercury are both rocky planets with iron cores, but Mercury’s interior differs from Earth’s in a way that explains why the planet has such a bizarre magnetic […]

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July 30, 2014

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Scientists Demonstrate Experimentally that SmB6 is a Topological Insulator

Scientists Demonstrate Experimentally that SmB6 is a Topological Insulator

An international team of scientists has demonstrated experimentally, for the first time, that SmB6 is indeed a topological insulator. Spintronics is an emerging field of electronics, where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than the current generated by their motion. This field can offer significant advantages to computer technology. Controlling electron spin […]

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July 30, 2014

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Silicon-Capped Hydrocarbons Possible Source of Mysterious “Diffuse Interstellar Bands”

Researchers Finger Silicon-Capped Hydrocarbons as Possible Source of Mysterious Diffuse Interstellar Bands

In a newly published study, scientists from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics reveal silicon-capped hydrocarbons as the possible source of the mysterious “diffuse interstellar bands.” Washington D.C. – Over the vast, empty reaches of interstellar space, countless small molecules tumble quietly though the cold vacuum. Forged in the fusion furnaces of ancient stars and ejected […]

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July 30, 2014

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Astrophysicists Devise Precise Method for Calculating the Mass of Galaxies

Researchers Devise Precise Method for Calculating the Mass of Galaxies

An international group of researchers has demonstrated a more accurate method for measuring the mass of galaxies, revealing that the Milky Way has only about half the mass of the Andromeda Galaxy. Pittsburgh — Does the Milky Way look fat in this picture? Has Andromeda been taking skinny selfies? It turns out the way some […]

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July 29, 2014

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Latest Hubblecast Video Explores the Merging of Galaxies

Hubblecast 76 Merging Galaxies and Droplets of Starbirth

In this six minute Hubblecast video, scientists explore the merging of elliptical galaxies. Hubblecast 76: Merging galaxies and droplets of starbirth This Hubblecast explores the ‘beads on a string’ star formation found between two merging elliptical galaxies in the cluster known as SDSS J1531+3414. Source: Hubble Space Telescope Credit: Directed by: Georgia Bladon Visual design […]

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July 29, 2014

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Yale Researchers Discover Glucose ‘Control Switch’ Linked to Diabetes

Researchers Pinpoint Glucose Control Switch That is Key to Diabetes

Yale School of Medicine researchers have discovered that the prolyl endopeptidase enzyme is key to sensing glucose levels in the blood, linking it to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have pinpointed a mechanism in part of the brain that is key to sensing glucose levels in the […]

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July 29, 2014

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New Findings from X-Ray Instrument Settle Decades-Old Interstellar Debate

New Research Settles Interstellar Debate

New research resolves a decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky, confirming the long-held suspicion that much of this glow stems from a region of million-degree interstellar plasma known as the local hot bubble. New findings from a NASA-funded instrument have resolved a decades-old puzzle about a fog of […]

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