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Chip-Scale Device Enables Yale Engineers to ‘See Without Looking’

October 20, 2014

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Yale Engineers Develop a Chip Scale Device That Uses Interaction Free Measurement

Engineers at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science have developed a chip-scale device that uses the wave-particle duality of single photons to sense the presence of an object without interacting with it – a technique known as “interaction-free measurement.” “Our device uses silicon photonics to create interaction-free measurement on an integrated chip—something previously […]

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Saturn’s Moon Mimas May Have a Liquid Water Ocean Beneath the Surface

October 17, 2014

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Saturn Moon Mimas May Have a Fossil Core or an Ocean

New data from NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft reveal that Saturn’s moon Mimas may have a liquid water ocean beneath the moon’s impact-battered surface. A new study focused on the interior of Saturn’s icy moon Mimas suggests its cratered surface hides one of two intriguing possibilities: Either the moon’s frozen core is shaped something like a football, […]

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21-Day Quarantine Might Not Be Enough to Prevent the Spread of Ebola

October 16, 2014

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Study Questions 21 Day Quarantine For Ebola

A new study from Drexel University suggests that 21 days might not be enough to completely prevent spread of Ebola, revealing that there could be up to a 12 percent chance that someone could be infected even after the 21-day quarantine. As medical personnel and public health officials are responding to the first reported cases […]

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APEX Telescope Reveals Star Formation in Unexpected Places

October 15, 2014

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APEX Reveals Star Formation in Unexpected Places

A team of astronomers used the APEX telescope to probe the Spiderweb Cluster, revealing that much of the star formation taking place is hidden by dust and occurring in unexpected places. Galaxy clusters are the largest objects in the Universe held together by gravity but their formation is not well understood. The Spiderweb Galaxy (formally […]

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Herschel Observations and Simulations of the Debris Disk Around Tau Ceti

October 14, 2014

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Herschel Views the Debris Disc of Solar Analogue Tau Ceti

Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics studied the debris disc around τ Ceti, revealing that a Jupiter-mass planet could not be present in this system – making it less than ideal as a Solar system analog. Although thousands of exoplanets and hundreds of planetary systems (stars with multiple exoplanets) are now known, astronomers still […]

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NASA Prepares For Comet’s Close Encounter with Mars

October 10, 2014

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NASA Prepares for Comet Siding Spring to Pass Mars

NASA is preparing its science fleet for comet Sliding Spring’s close encounter with Mars, which will occur on October 19 when Sliding Spring passes within about 87,000 miles of the Red Planet. NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet […]

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Yale Engineers Develop Hybrid System for Quantum Communication

October 9, 2014

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Yale Engineers Develop System for Quantum Communication

Using microwaves and magnets, researchers at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science developed a hybrid system for quantum communication. Yale engineers have developed a hybrid system that strongly couples magnons—the smallest unit of measurement for a magnetic spin excitation—with microwave photons. According to the researchers, the hybrid system achieved an ultrahigh coherence between […]

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NuSTAR Discovers Brightest Pulsar to Date

October 8, 2014

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NuSTAR Discovers Shockingly Bright Dead Star

Using NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, astronomers have detected the brightest pulsar to date, located about 12 million light-years away in the galaxy Messier 82. Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. This is the brightest pulsar – a dense stellar remnant left over from a […]

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Satellite Records Show Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum

October 8, 2014

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Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Maximum

Long-term satellite records show that the five-day average of Antarctic sea ice extent reached a new record high this year. This year, Antarctic sea ice reached a record maximum extent while the Arctic reached a minimum extent in the ten lowest since satellite records began. Why are these trends going in opposite directions? Image Credit: […]

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Genetic History of HIV Reveals the Pandemic’s Origins

October 6, 2014

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HIV Pandemic Began in Kinshasa

A newly published study from Oxford University and the University of Leuven reveals that the HIV pandemic with us today is almost certain to have begun its global spread from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An international team, led by Oxford University and University of Leuven scientists, has reconstructed the […]

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NASA’s GRAIL Mission Solves a Lunar Mystery Almost as Old as the Moon Itself

October 2, 2014

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Astronomers Solve Lunar Mystery

Using new data obtained by NASA’s GRAIL mission, astronomers discovered that a volcanic plume, not an asteroid, likely created the moon’s largest basin. Early theories suggested the craggy outline of a region of the moon’s surface known as Oceanus Procellarum, or the Ocean of Storms, was caused by an asteroid impact. If this theory had […]

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NASA’s Swift Detects a Massive Superflare from a Red Dwarf Star

October 1, 2014

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Swift Detects a Massive Superflare from a Red Dwarf Star

NASA’s Swift satellite detected a massive superflare from a red dwarf star in the binary system DG CVn. The initial blast was as much as 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded and reached temperatures of 360 million degrees Fahrenheit (200 million Celsius), more than 12 times hotter than the center […]

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