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Martian Meteorite Reveals the Possibility of Life on Mars

September 15, 2014

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Meteorite Reveals the Possibility of Life on Mars

An unusual feature embedded deep within a fragment of a Martian meteorite is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars. The finding of a ‘cell-like’ structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration between scientists in the UK and Greece. Their findings are […]

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Mysterious Holes in the Atmosphere of Venus

September 11, 2014

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Mysterious Holes in the Atmosphere on Venus

New research investigates the mysterious holes discovered by ESA’s Venus Express on the nightside of Venus’s ionosphere, finding evidence that the sun’s magnetic field lines may be penetrating through the planet. New research shows giant holes in Venus’s atmosphere – which serve as extra clues for understanding this planet so different from our own. Image […]

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Hubble Discovers a Companion Star to a Rare Type of Supernova

September 10, 2014

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Astronomers Discover a Companion Star to a Rare Type of Supernova

Using optical light data and Hubble’s UV light images, astronomers have discovered the companion star of a rare Type IIb supernova. The discovery confirms a long-held theory that the supernova, dubbed SN 1993J, occurred inside what is called a binary system, where two interacting stars caused a cosmic explosion. “This is like a crime scene, […]

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Biologists Delay the Aging Process by Increasing AMPK Gene

September 9, 2014

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Biologists Delay the Aging Process

Working with fruit flies, UCLA biologists showed that increasing the amount of the AMPK gene in fruit flies’ intestines increased their lifespans by about 30 percent. UCLA biologists have identified a gene that can slow the aging process throughout the entire body when activated remotely in key organ systems. Working with fruit flies, the life […]

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Lupus 4 – A Spider-Shaped Blob of Gas and Dust

September 8, 2014

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New Image of Lupus 4 Spider Shaped Blob of Gas and Dust

ESO’s Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile captured this new image of Lupus 4, which is located about 400 light-years away from Earth. Lupus 4, a spider-shaped blob of gas and dust, blots out background stars like a dark cloud on a moonless night in this intriguing new image. Although gloomy […]

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Researchers Discover New Evidence of Planets Forming 335 Light Years from Earth

September 5, 2014

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Researchers Discover Evidence of Planet Forming 335 Light Years Away

Using a technique called “spectro-astrometry,” which enables small changes in the position of the carbon monoxide emission to be measured, astronomers have discovered new evidence of a second candidate planet forming around star HD100546. Clemson — An international team of scientists led by a Clemson University astrophysicist has discovered new evidence that planets are forming […]

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Scientists Discover New Supermassive Dinosaur Species – Dreadnoughtus Schrani

September 4, 2014

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Scientists Discover New Supermassive Dinosaur Species

A team of scientists at Drexel University have unveiled a new supermassive dinosaur species discovered between 2005 and 2009. Weighing in at nearly 65 tons and measuring 85 feet long, Dreadnoughtus schrani is the largest land animal ever found of calculable mass and one of the most complete skeletons ever found for a dinosaur in […]

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Newly Identified Galactic Supercluster Clarifies the Boundaries of Our Galactic Neighborhood

September 3, 2014

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Milky Way is Part of Newly Identified Galactic Supercluster

Astronomers have identified a new galactic supercluster, clarifying the boundaries of our galactic neighborhood and establishing previously unrecognized linkages among various galaxy clusters in the local Universe. Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) — among other telescopes — have determined that our own Milky Way galaxy is part of a newly […]

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Spitzer Space Telescope Views Collision Between Large Asteroids

August 29, 2014

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Spitzer Telescope Views Asteroid Smashup

Data from the Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed a huge amount of fresh dust around NGC 2547-ID8, leaving scientists to believe that two large asteroids crashed into each other, creating a huge cloud of grains the size of very fine sand, which are now slowly leaking away from the star. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has […]

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Astronomers Discover a Massive Galaxy in Its Core Formation Phase

August 28, 2014

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Astronomers View Massive Galaxy in Core Formation Phase

By combining observations from several telescopes, astronomers have viewed a massive galaxy in its core formation phase three billion years after the Big Bang. Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction. The building site, dubbed “Sparky,” is a dense galactic core blazing with the light […]

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Neuroscientists Improve Touch Sensitivity in Mice

August 27, 2014

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Neuroscientists Improve Touch Sensitivity in Mice

Neuroscientists from Brown University show that faint sensations can be made more vivid by triggering a brain rhythm that appears to shift sensory attention in mice. This newly published study provides the first direct evidence that the brain’s “gamma” rhythms have a causal role in processing the sense of touch. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) […]

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Researchers Identify Gut Bacteria That Protect Against Food Allergies

August 26, 2014

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Researchers Identify Gut Bacteria That Protects Against Food Allergies

A newly published study from the University of Chicago reveals that the common gut bacteria Clostridia prevent sensitization to allergens in a mouse model, paving the way for probiotic therapies to treat food allergies. The presence of Clostridia, a common class of gut bacteria, protects against food allergies, a new study in mice finds. By […]

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