March 19, 2014

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Graphene Light Detector Has the Potential to Put Heat Vision Technology into a Contact Lens

Researchers from the University of Michigan used an insulating barrier layer between two graphene sheets to develop the first graphene photodetectors with ultra-broadband and high responsivity at room temperature. Ann Arbor — The first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared spectrum has the potential to put heat vision technology into a contact […]

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March 19, 2014

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3D Model Provides New Insight into the Turbulent Death Throes of Supernovas

A new 3D model provides new insight into the turbulent death throes of supernovas, showing a turbulent interior that spits out star remnants prior to the final explosion. Washington D.C. – A powerful, new three-dimensional model provides fresh insight into the turbulent death throes of supernovas, whose final explosions outshine entire galaxies and populate the […]

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March 19, 2014

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New Research Questions Link between Fatty Acids and Heart Disease

Led by the University of Cambridge, an international team of researchers analyzed existing cohort studies and randomized trials on coronary risk and fatty acid intake, finding new evidence that raises questions about the link between fatty acids and heart disease. A new study raises questions about current guidelines which generally restrict the consumption of saturated […]

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March 19, 2014

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Neurobiologists Reveal Age-Related Changes that Answer Key Questions about Alzheimer’s Disease

In a newly published study, neurobiologists reveal age-related changes that help to answer key questions about Alzheimer’s disease. With advancing age, highly-evolved brain circuits become susceptible to molecular changes that can lead to neurofibrillary tangles — a hallmark of Alzheimer’s Disease, Yale researchers report the week of March 17 in the Proceedings of the National […]

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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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