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Hubble Views the Constellation of Canes Venatici

August 18, 2014

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New Hubble Image Shows Multiple Objects

This newly released Hubble image shows multiple Messier objects and numerous galaxies in the Canes Venatici constellation. This stunning new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows part of the sky in the constellation of Canes Venatici (The Hunting Dogs). Although this region of the sky is not home to any stellar heavyweights, being […]

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Higgs Boson May Explain the Earliest Expansion of the Universe

August 15, 2014

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Higgs Versus the Big Bang

In a newly published study, physicists propose that the Higgs boson, which was recently confirmed to be the origin of mass, may also be responsible for the mode of inflation and shape of the Universe shortly after the Big Bang. Fedor Bezrukov from the RIKEN–BNL Research Center and Mikhail Shaposhnikov from the Swiss Federal Institute […]

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Neurologists Discover New Method to Fight Glioblastomas

August 14, 2014

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Researchers Discover Weakness in Glioblastoma Defenses

By targeting a protein crucial in the early development of the brain, researchers discovered that they can block multiple signaling pathways implicated in glioblastoma growth and have reduced human tumors in mouse models of the disease. Glioblastoma is a complex, deadly, and hard-to-treat brain cancer, but Yale School of Medicine researchers may have found the […]

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NuSTAR Sees Rare Event Near Supermassive Black Hole Markarian 335

August 13, 2014

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NuSTAR Sees Rare Blurring of Black Hole Light

NuSTAR observations reveal X-ray light streaming from regions near supermassive black hole Markarian 335. NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured an extreme and rare event in the regions immediately surrounding a supermassive black hole. A compact source of X-rays that sits near the black hole, called the corona, has moved closer to the […]

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Bioengineers at Tufts Create Functional 3D Brain-Like Tissue

August 12, 2014

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Bioengineers Create Functional 3D Brain Like Tissue

Bioengineers at the Tissue Engineering Resource Center at Tufts University have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain. Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain and that can be kept alive […]

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Scientists Detect a Possible Signal from Dark Matter

August 11, 2014

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Researchers Detect a Possible Sign of Dark Matter

Using data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, astrophysicists may have detected an emission line from a form of dark matter, the sterile neutrino, in the spectrum of galaxy clusters. Galaxies are often found in groups or clusters, the largest known aggregations of matter and dark matter. The Milky Way, for example, is a member of […]

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Our Universe May Have Emerged from a Black Hole in a Higher Dimensional Universe

August 8, 2014

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Our Universe May Have Emerged from a Black Hole in a Higher Dimensional Universe

New research from theoretical physicists at the Perimeter Institute proposes that our universe may have emerged from a black hole in a higher-dimensional universe. The big bang poses a big question: if it was indeed the cataclysm that blasted our universe into existence 13.7 billion years ago, what sparked it? Three Perimeter Institute researchers have […]

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New ESO Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 33

August 6, 2014

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New ESO Image of Spiral Galaxy Messier 33

This newly released VLT Survey Telescope image shows spiral galaxy Messier 33, which is located about three million light-years away. The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured a beautifully detailed image of the galaxy Messier 33. This nearby spiral, the second closest large galaxy to our own galaxy, the […]

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Cool Planet-Like Object May Have Spent Much of Its Youth as Hot as a Star

August 5, 2014

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Cool Planet May Have Spent Much of Its Youth as Hot as a Star

A new study details the discovery of a Y dwarf (WISE J0304-2705) that may have spent much of its youth as hot as a star. Washington, D.C. — Astronomers have discovered an extremely cool object that could have a particularly diverse history—although it is now as cool as a planet, it may have spent much […]

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Curiosity Rover Nears Mountain-Base Outcrop

August 4, 2014

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Curiosity Rover Nears Mountain Base Outcrop

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is approaching its first close look at bedrock that is part of Mount Sharp, approaching a geological unit that’s part of the base of the mountain rather than the floor of the crater. As it approaches the second anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover is also approaching its […]

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ALMA Reveals Double Star with Wildly Misaligned Planet-Forming Discs

July 31, 2014

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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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Messenger Spacecraft Reveals Mercury’s Bizarre Magnetic Field

July 30, 2014

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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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