August 25, 2014

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Area of Brain Responsible for Exercise Motivation Discovered, May Help Improve Treatments for Depression

Researchers Discover Area of Brain Responsible for Exercise Motivation

Scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute have discovered that the dorsal medial habenula region in the brain controls the desire to exercise in mice, possibly helping researchers develop more targeted and effective treatments for depression. Scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute have discovered an area of the brain that could control a person’s motivation to […]

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August 25, 2014

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Biologists Grow a Living Organ from Lab-Created Cells

Living Organ Grown in a Lab

Scientists from the MRC Center for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh have grown a fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal by transplanting cells that were originally created in a laboratory. The research could aid in the future development of ‘lab-grown’ replacement organs. Scientists have grown a fully functional organ from […]

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August 25, 2014

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Historic Voyager 2 Image of Neptune

Image of Neptune from Voyager 2

This historic image of Neptune was taken twenty-five years ago by NASA’s Voyager 2 Spacecraft. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. This picture of Neptune was produced from the last whole planet images taken through the green and orange filters on […]

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August 25, 2014

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Hubble Image of the Day: A Variety of Intriguing Cosmic Phenomena

Hubble Image of the Day Shows a Variety of Intriguing Cosmic Phenomena

This newly released Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena – like a star is in the early stages of its life and a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. Surrounded by bright stars, towards the upper middle of the frame we see a small young stellar object (YSO) known as SSTC2D […]

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August 22, 2014

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A New class of Materials Called Protein Crystalline Frameworks

Researchers Characterized a New Class of Materials

An international team of scientists has characterized a new class of materials called protein crystalline frameworks (PCFs). Thanks to certain helper substances, in PCFs proteins are fixated in a way so as to align themselves symmetrically, forming highly stable crystals. Next, the HZB and Fudan University researchers are planning on looking into how PCFs may […]

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August 22, 2014

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Geophysicists Detect Evidence of Large Amounts of Water in Earth’s Mantle

Scientists Detect Evidence of Water in Earths Mantle

New research reveals large quantities of water bound up in the rock located deep in the Earth’s mantle. Researchers have found evidence of a potential “ocean’s worth” of water deep beneath the United States. Although not present in a familiar form, the building blocks of water are bound up in rock located deep in the […]

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August 22, 2014

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Supernova 2014J Reveals Key Information About Our Universe

Astronomers Reveal the Mysteries of Supernova 2014J in Galaxy M82

Astronomers used a vast network of radio telescopes to obtain many images of supernova 2014J, revealing a lack of radio emission from the supernova and providing scientists the opportunity to learn more about these extremely important astrophysical phenomena and their underlying cause. The supernova, a giant explosion of a star and the closest one to […]

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August 22, 2014

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Mysterious 3D Grid of Quantum “Tornadoes” in Liquid Helium Revealed

Experiment Reveals Mysterious 3D Grid of Quantum Tornadoes in Liquid Helium

A new experiment at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory revealed a 3D grid of quantum “tornadoes” inside microscopic droplets of supercooled liquid helium, allowing scientists to see a manifestation of the quantum world on a macroscopic scale for the first time. Menlo Park, California — An experiment at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator […]

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August 22, 2014

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Yale and Columbia Biologists Shed New Light on Cell Division

Researchers Shed New Light on the Rings That Make Cell Division Possible

A team of scientists from Yale and Columbia universities has shed new light on the mechanics of the division of cells that makes life possible. Forming like a blown smoke ring does, a “contractile ring” similar to a tiny muscle pinches yeast cells in two. The division of cells makes life possible, but the actual […]

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August 22, 2014

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A New Calibration Source for Gravitational Wave Missions

Researchers Discover a New Gravitational Wave Source

Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have detected a pair of white dwarf stars that orbit in about 20 minutes and that can be used as a verification source for gravitational wave missions. Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicts that accelerating masses should radiate gravity waves in a roughly similar way that accelerating electrical […]

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August 22, 2014

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New Color Map of Neptune’s Moon Triton

Voyager Maps Neptunes Moon Triton

The Lunar and Planetary Institute used Voyager’s 1989 historic footage of Neptune’s moon Triton to construct the best-ever global color map of the strange moon. NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. Like an old film, Voyager’s historic footage of Triton has […]

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August 21, 2014

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MIT Engineers Develop Coated Tissue Scaffolds That Help Stimulate New Bone Growth

Coated Tissue Scaffolds Help the Body Grow New Bone

Chemical engineers from MIT have developed coated tissue scaffolds that help the body grow new bone to repair injuries or congenital defects. MIT chemical engineers have devised a new implantable tissue scaffold coated with bone growth factors that are released slowly over a few weeks. When applied to bone injuries or defects, this coated scaffold […]

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