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New Polymer Gel Could Create Edible Devices for Ultra-Long Drug Delivery

August 2, 2015

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New Technology Opens Possibilities for Super-Long-Acting Pills

A team of scientists has developed a polymer gel that could allow for the development of long-acting devices that reside in the stomach, including orally delivered capsules that can release drugs over a number of days, weeks, or potentially months following a single administration. Medical devices designed to reside in the stomach have a variety […]

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Cassini Reveals Unusual Red Arcs on Saturn’s Moon Tethys

July 30, 2015

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Cassini Spots Unusual Red Arcs on Icy Saturn Moon

Enhanced-color images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal unexplained reddish arcs on the surface of Saturn’s icy moon Tethys. The red arcs are narrow, curved lines on the moon’s surface, and are among the most unusual color features on Saturn’s moons to be revealed by Cassini’s cameras. Images taken using clear, green, infrared and ultraviolet spectral […]

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Data from NASA’s New Horizons Hints at Underground Ocean on Pluto

July 29, 2015

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Researchers Believe An Interior Ocean May Be Driving Geologic Activity on Pluto

Scientists believe that the ice flows and water ice mountains revealed by New Horizons help support the idea that an interior ocean may be driving geologic activity on Pluto. Pluto wears its heart on its sleeve, and that has scientists gleaning intriguing new facts about its geology and climate. Recent data from NASA’s New Horizons […]

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NASA’s Dawn Reveals Topography of Dwarf Planet Ceres

July 28, 2015

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NASA's Dawn Reveals Topography on the Surface of Dwarf Planet Ceres

New color-coded maps of dwarf planet Ceres reveal a diverse topography with height differences between crater bottoms and mountain peaks as great as 9 miles (15 kilometers). Scientists continue to analyze the latest data from Dawn as the spacecraft makes its way to its third mapping orbit. “The craters we find on Ceres, in terms […]

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The Impact of Cosmic Wind on Galaxy Evolution

July 27, 2015

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Hubble Image of a Spiral Galaxy in the Coma Cluster

A newly published study from Yale University gives astronomers a clearer view of how powerful cosmic winds can blow through galaxies, sweeping out interstellar material and stopping future star formation. A Yale University analysis of one such event in a nearby galaxy provides an unprecedented look at the process. The research is described in the […]

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New Horizons Reveals Flowing Ices, Exotic Surface Chemistry, Mountains, and Haze on Pluto

July 25, 2015

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Flowing Ice Discovered by New Horizons on Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons continues to reveal secrets about Pluto, showing flowing ice and an extended haze around this icy world of wonders. “We knew that a mission to Pluto would bring some surprises, and now — 10 days after closest approach — we can say that our expectation has been more than surpassed,” said John […]

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Kepler Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth

July 23, 2015

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Kepler Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has discovered a planet and star that closely resemble the Earth and our Sun. NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star. This discovery and the introduction of 11 other new small habitable zone candidate planets mark another milestone in the journey […]

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Graphene Helps Turn Engine Heat Into Electricity to Boost Gas Mileage

July 22, 2015

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Turning Engine Heat Into Electricity to Boost Gas Mileage

Using strontium titanium dioxide and graphene, scientists have developed of a material that can convert engine heat into electrical energy to reduce the need for fuels. It could also have applications in aerospace, manufacturing and other sectors. In 2012, the Obama administration announced fuel-efficiency standards that would require U.S. vehicles to average 54.5 miles per […]

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CryoSat Satellite Shows Increased Volume of Arctic Sea Ice

July 21, 2015

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ESA Shows Volume of Arctic Sea Ice Has Increased

New measurements from ESA’s CryoSat Satellite show that the volume of Arctic sea ice increased following the unusually cool summer of 2013, suggesting that ice in the northern hemisphere is more sensitive to changes in summer melting than it is to winter cooling. Scientists at University College London (UCL) and the University of Leeds in […]

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Hubble Views Dwarf Galaxy NGC 1140

July 20, 2015

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New Hubble Image of Dwarf Galaxy NGC 1140

This newly released Hubble image shows dwarf galaxy NGC 1140, which is located 60 million light-years away. This dramatic image shows the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s view of dwarf galaxy known as NGC 1140, which lies 60 million light-years away in the constellation of Eridanus. As can be seen in this image NGC 1140 has […]

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New Horizons Reveals a Dense Region of Atmospheric Ions Behind Pluto

July 18, 2015

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NASA's New Horizons Discovers Atmospheric Ions Behind Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft has discovered a region of cold, dense ionized gas tens of thousands of miles beyond Pluto – the planet’s atmosphere being stripped away by the solar wind and lost to space. Beginning an hour and half after closest approach, the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument observed a cavity in the […]

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Zhenyuanlong Suni – The Newly Discovered Feathered Cousin of the Velociraptor

July 16, 2015

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Newly Dsicovered Zhenyuanlong Suni Winged Dinosaur

Paleontologists working in China unearthed the fossil remains of one of the closest cousins of Velociraptor, but it looks just like a bird. This newly identified species of dinosaur (Zhenyuanlong suni) is the largest ever discovered to have a well-preserved set of bird-like wings. Short wings Researchers say its wings – which are very short […]

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False Color Images Show the Complexity of Pluto and Charon

July 15, 2015

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New False Color Image of Pluto and Charon

These new false color images from the New Horizons Spacecraft reveal that Pluto and Charon are truly complex worlds. New Horizons has obtained impressive new images of Pluto and its large moon Charon that highlight their compositional diversity. These are not actual color images of Pluto and Charon—they are shown here in exaggerated colors that […]

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NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Reaches Historic Encounter with Pluto

July 14, 2015

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NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Views Pluto

After three billion miles and a decade-long journey through our solar system, NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft has finally reached Pluto. New Horizons made its closest approach at a distance of roughly 7,750 miles above the surface, making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. “I’m delighted at this latest […]

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New Hubble View of Galaxy ESO 381-12

July 13, 2015

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Hubble Views Ghostly Shells of Galaxy ESO 381-12

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a new image of the ghostly shells of galaxy ESO 381-12, set against a backdrop of distant galaxies. The strikingly uneven structure and the clusters of stars that orbit around the galaxy suggest that ESO 381-12 may have been part of a dramatic collision sometime in its relatively recent […]

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New Horizons Reveals Signs of Pluto’s Geology

July 11, 2015

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New Horizons Begins to View Pluto’s Geology

The latest image from New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager reveals signs of geology on Pluto. The above image was taken on July 9, 2015 from 3.3 million miles (5.4 million kilometers) away. It began as a point of light. Then, it evolved into a fuzzy orb. Now – in its latest portrait from NASA’s […]

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NASA’s Swift Views a New Outburst from V404 Cygni

July 10, 2015

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NASA's Swift Views Black Hole of V404 Cygni

Since June 15, astronomers have been monitoring the ongoing light show detected by NASA’s Swift satellite. This new outburst is from V404 Cygni, a binary system where a black hole and a sun-like star orbit each other. What looks like a shooting target is actually an image of nested rings of X-ray light centered on […]

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Kilo-Degree Survey Shines Light on Dark Matter

July 9, 2015

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First Results from Major New Dark Matter Survey

The first results from the Kilo-Degree Survey have been released, helping to further expand our understanding of dark matter. The first results have been released from a major new dark matter survey of the southern skies using ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. The VST KiDS survey will allow astronomers […]

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