April 13, 2015

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Study Shows Link between Muscle-Building Supplements and Cancer

Study Shows Cancer Link for Muscle-Building Supplements

New research shows that men taking muscle-building supplements with creatine or androstenedione are more likely to develop testicular cancer. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Men who reported taking muscle-building supplements, such as pills and powders with creatine or androstenedione, reported a significantly higher likelihood of having developed testicular cancer than men who did not […]

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April 13, 2015

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New Method of High-Resolution Whole-Brain Staining

New Staining Method to Reveal Circuit Diagram of the Brain

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology have developed a special staining method that brings the reconstruction of all nerve cells and their connections within reach. Learning, it is widely believed is based on changes in the connections between nerve cells. The knowing which nerve cells is connected to which other nerve cell would […]

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April 13, 2015

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New Color Map of Ceres Reveals Surface Diversity

New Color Map Reveals Surface Diversity of Ceres

A new color map of Ceres reveals the differences in morphology and color across the surface of the dwarf planet, suggesting Ceres was once an active body. “This dwarf planet was not just an inert rock throughout its history. It was active, with processes that resulted in different materials in different regions. We are beginning […]

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April 13, 2015

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New Research Explains Saturn’s Epic Tantrums

New Research Explains Saturn's Epic Tantrums

New research describes the effect responsible for the development of a huge storm that erupts about every 30 years on Saturn. The long-standing mystery of why Saturn seethes with enormous storms every 30 years may have been solved by scientists working with data from NASA’s Cassini mission. The tempests, which can grow into bright bands […]

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April 13, 2015

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Hubble Space Telescope Views Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2865

Hubble Views Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2865

This Hubble image of the week shows elliptical galaxy NGC 2865, which is located roughly 100 million light-years from Earth. This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows an elliptical galaxy called NGC 2865. It lies just over 100 million light-years away from us in the constellation of Hydra — The Sea Serpent — and was […]

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April 10, 2015

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Biologists Identify Vulnerability in Brain Cancer Cells

Biologists Identify Brain Tumor Weakness

Researchers from MIT and the Whitehead Institute have discovered a vulnerability of brain cancer cells that could offer a new target for treatment of glioblastoma. The study, led by researchers from the Whitehead Institute and MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, found that a subset of glioblastoma tumor cells is dependent on a particular […]

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April 10, 2015

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A New Birth Story for Gigantic Marine Lizards That Once Roamed the Oceans

A New Birth Story for a Gigantic Marine Lizard That Once Roamed the Oceans

Paleontologists now believe that mosasaurs gave birth to their young in the open ocean, not on or near shore. They weren’t in the delivery room, but researchers at Yale University and the University of Toronto have discovered a new birth story for a gigantic marine lizard that once roamed the oceans. Thanks to recently identified […]

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April 10, 2015

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Unusual Isotopic Abundances Discovered in Nova Vul 1670

Eruptive Star Nova Vul 1670

A newly published study reveals that Nova Vul 1670 is not only rich in molecular species, its gas has dramatically unusual isotopic abundances (that is, the atoms present, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen in particular, have extra neutrons in their nuclei). Astronomers have known for decades that the merger of two normal stars is a frequent […]

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April 10, 2015

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Astronomers Discover Complex Organic Molecules in Infant Star System

Complex Cyanides Reveal Composition of a Protoplanetary Disk

Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have detected the presence of complex organic molecules in a protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star, indicating that the conditions that spawned our Earth and Sun are not unique in the universe. This discovery, made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), reveals that the protoplanetary disk surrounding […]

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April 9, 2015

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Isotopic Evidence Confirms Interconnected Past of the Earth and Moon

A Crucial Difference in the Fingerprints of Earth and the Moon

A newly published study brings scientists one step closer to understanding the close familial relationship between Earth and the moon. College Park, Maryland – Scientists at the University of Maryland are the first to confirm the accepted model of the moon’s formation using the “fingerprints” of the moon and Earth. The results suggest that the […]

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April 9, 2015

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First Data from Ultra-Cold Neutrino Experiment

Ultra-cold Neutrino Experiment Successful

Physicists have announced the first scientific results from the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events experiment, which is designed to confirm the existence of the Majorana neutrino. Today an international team of nuclear physicists announced the first scientific results from the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) experiment. CUORE, located at the INFN Gran […]

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April 9, 2015

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NASA Study Shows ICMEs Can Have Profound Effects On Unprotected Planets

Solar Eruptions Can Have Profound Effects On Unprotected Planets

Using data from Venus Express, researchers show how the impact of a slow Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejection (ICME) can have profound effects on planets without protective magnetospheres. While no one yet knows what’s needed to build a habitable planet, it’s clear that the interplay between the sun and Earth is crucial for making our planet […]

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April 9, 2015

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NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Completes 1,000th Orbit around Mars

MAVEN Completes 1,000th Orbit around Mars

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft completed 1,000 orbits around the Red Planet on April 6, four-and-a-half months into its one-year primary mission. MAVEN is in its science mapping orbit and has been taking data since the start of its primary mission on Nov. 16, 2014. The furthest point in the spacecraft’s elliptical […]

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April 9, 2015

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New Research Helps Reveal the Evolution of Milky Way-Like Galaxies

Evolution of M* Galaxy Progenitors

New research provides the most complete picture yet of how galaxies like the Milky Way grew over the past 10 billion years into today’s majestic spiral galaxies. In one of the most comprehensive multi-observatory galaxy surveys yet, astronomers find that galaxies like our Milky Way underwent a stellar “baby boom,” churning out stars at a […]

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April 8, 2015

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BLAST Delivers Large Particles Into Cells at High Speed

New Device Delivers Nanoparticles at the Rate of 100,000 Cells Per Minute

A newly developed device can deliver nanoparticles, enzymes, antibodies, bacteria and other “large-sized” cargo into mammalian cells at speeds up to 100,000 cells per minute. A new device developed by UCLA engineers and doctors eventually help scientists study the development of disease, enable them to capture improved images of the inside of cells and lead […]

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April 8, 2015

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Satellite Observations Reveal Glaciers of Frozen Water on Mars

Mars Has Glacier Belts Consisting of Frozen Water

Using satellite data, scientists at the Niels Bohr Institute have observed the shape of glaciers just below the surface of Mars. New studies have now calculated the size of the glaciers and thus the amount of water in the glaciers. It is the equivalent of all of Mars being covered by more than one meter […]

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April 8, 2015

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MIT Engineers Develop New Magnetic-Field Detector That is 1,000 Times More Efficient

New Magnetic-Field Detector is 1,000 Times More Efficient

Engineers at MIT have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. The detectors could lead to better sensors for medical imaging and contraband detection. Magnetic-field detectors, or magnetometers, are already used for all those applications. But existing technologies have drawbacks: Some rely on gas-filled chambers; others work […]

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