December 2, 2015

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Exoplanet HD 106906b Likely Kicked Out of Its Local Neighborhood

Direct Imaging of an Asymmetric Debris Disk in the HD 106906 Planetary System

Researchers believe that a planet located at an unusually large distance from its star – 16 times farther than Pluto is from the sun – may have been kicked out of its birthplace close to the star in a process similar to what may have happened early in our own solar system’s history. Images from […]

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December 2, 2015

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Study Shows Amateur Contact Sports Increase Risk of Degenerative Disorder

Football Increases Risk of Degenerative Disorder

Past evidence has shown that professional football players are susceptible to a progressive degenerative disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repetitive brain trauma. Now a new study from the Mayo Clinic reveals a significant and surprising amount of CTE in males who had participated in amateur contact sports in their youth. About […]

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December 2, 2015

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New Phase of Carbon Allows Researchers to Make Diamond Structures at Room Temperature

Researchers Make Diamond at Room Temperature

Researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon and have developed a technique for using this carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air. The new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. […]

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December 2, 2015

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MRI May Lead to Overdiagnosis of Cancer

MRI May Lead to Overdiagnosis of Cancer for Older Women

New research from Yale University details how magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for many women undergoing breast cancer surgery might identify health problems that would not otherwise impact patients — or lead to “overdiagnosis.” Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the study examined whether preoperative MRI use would allow doctors to identify breast cancer in […]

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December 1, 2015

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Scientists Discover Genes for a Longer, Healthier Life

Researchers Discover Genes for a Longer Healthier Life

A team of scientists has discovered genes that are involved in physical aging. By influencing only one of these genes, the healthy lifespan of laboratory animals is extended – and possibly that of humans, too. Driven by the quest for eternal youth, humankind has spent centuries obsessed with the question of how it is exactly […]

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December 1, 2015

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Yale Study Shows Enhanced Treatment for Hepatitis C Could Cut Prevalence by 80%

New Treatment for Hepatitis C Could Cut Prevalence by 80%

New research from Yale University shows that novel antiviral therapies for hepatitis C could reduce the prevalence of the blood-borne infection by more than 80%. The finding raises the possibility of greatly reducing, and even eliminating, hepatitis C in the United States if enhanced screening and treatment efforts target high-risk populations. The study published online […]

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December 1, 2015

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Astronomers Detect Time Delays between Flaring Events in a Quasar

New Image of the Quintuple Quasar SDSSJ1029+2623

The Quintuple Quasar SDSSJ1029+2623 has been gravitationally imaged by an intervening cluster of galaxies. Astronomers have detected time delays between flaring events in the quasar, the result of the light in different images traveling along different paths in space. Quasars are galaxies with massive black holes at their cores around which vast amounts of energy […]

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December 1, 2015

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NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory Celebrates 20 Years of Science

SOHO Views a Solar Tsunami

ESA and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory celebrates twenty years of space-based science. After 20 years in space, ESA and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, is still going strong. Originally launched in 1995 to study the sun and its influence out to the very edges of the solar system, SOHO revolutionized this field […]

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November 30, 2015

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Astrophysicists Get First Glimpse of a Black Hole Eating a Star and Ejecting a High-Speed Flare

First Glimpse of Black Hole Eating Star

For the first time, a team of astrophysicists has witnessed a black hole swallowing a star and ejecting a flare of matter moving at nearly the speed of light. The finding reported in the journal Science tracks the star—about the size of our sun—as it shifts from its customary path, slips into the gravitational pull […]

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November 30, 2015

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UCLA Nanoscientists Develop a Better Way to Remove Pollutants from Water

Nanoscientists Develop a Better Way to Remove Pollutants

By using nanoparticles filled with enzymes, researchers from UCLA have developed a safer and faster way to remove pollutants from water. A team of researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA has found a new way to use enzymes to remove pollutants from water that is cost- and energy-efficient, able to remove multiple pollutants […]

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November 30, 2015

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Cassini Views Water Jets from Enceladus

Cassini Views Water Spouts from Enceladus

This image from the Cassini Spacecraft shows water jets shooting from the southern region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Also visible are the rings of Saturn. Although Enceladus and Saturn’s rings are largely made up of water ice, they show very different characteristics. The small ring particles are too tiny to retain internal heat and have […]

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November 30, 2015

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Hubble Image of the Week – Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2768

Hubble Image of the Day Elliptical Galaxy NGC 2768

This newly released Hubble image shows elliptical galaxy NGC 2768, which is located 60 million light years away. Like a lighthouse in the fog the luminous core of NGC 2768 slowly fades outwards to a dull white haze in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. NGC 2768 is an elliptical galaxy in […]

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November 27, 2015

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Detailed Images of the Hypergiant Star VY Canis Majoris

VLT Image of Red Hypergiant VY Canis Majoris

Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope, at team of astronomers has captured the most detailed images ever of the hypergiant star VY Canis Majoris. These new observations show how the unexpectedly large size of the particles of dust surrounding the star enable it to lose an enormous amount of mass as it begins to die. This […]

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November 27, 2015

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Astronomers Discover a Black Hole That Grew Much Quicker Than Its Host Galaxy

A Black Hole That Grew Much Quicker Than Its Host Galaxy

Researchers have discovered a black hole that grew much more quickly than its host galaxy. The discovery calls into question previous assumptions on the development of galaxies. In July 2015, researchers announced the discovery of a black hole, shown in the above illustration, that grew much more quickly than its host galaxy. The discovery calls […]

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November 25, 2015

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New Research Explains Loss of Carbon in Martian Atmosphere

NASA Explains Loss of Carbon in Martian Atmosphere

New research from Caltech and NASA offers an explanation for the “missing” carbon in the Martian atmosphere, showing that a transition from a moderately dense atmosphere to the current thin one is entirely possible. Mars is blanketed by a thin, mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere — one that is far too thin to keep water from […]

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November 25, 2015

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Study Reveals Strange Star KIC 8462852 is Likely Swarmed by Comets

Spitzer Reveals Strange Star That is Likely Swarmed by Comets

Using NASA’s Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, new research suggests that unusual light signals from star KIC 8462852 are likely from dusty comet fragments, which blocked the light of the star as they passed in front of it in 2011 and 2013. The comets are thought to be traveling around the star in a very […]

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November 24, 2015

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Earth’s Geomagnetic Field Intensity is Double the Historical Average

Geomagnetic Field Intensity is Double the Long-Term Historical Average

New research from MIT shows that the Earth’s geomagnetic field intensity is double the long-term historical average, indicating that the current field intensity has a long way to fall before reaching an unstable level that would lead to a reversal. The intensity of Earth’s geomagnetic field has been dropping for the past 200 years, at […]

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November 24, 2015

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New Cassini Image – Dione Before the Rings

New Cassini Close-up of Dione

This newly released Cassini image was taken during the flyby of Dione this past summer. Saturn’s rings are so expansive that they often sneak into Cassini’s pictures of other bodies. Here, they appear with the planet in a picture taken during a close flyby of Dione. The flyby of Dione (698 miles or 1123 kilometers […]

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