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Scientists Discover A New Species of Hominin

September 12, 2015

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Scientists Identify a New Ancient Ancestor of Humans

An international team of scientists has discovered a new species of a new species of hominin in South Africa that may have existed alongside modern humans. This small creature with a tiny brain opens the door to a new way of thinking about our ancient ancestors. The discovery of 15 individuals, consisting of 1,550 bones, […]

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New Research Shows Moon Engulfed in Permanent, Lopsided, Dust Cloud

June 18, 2015

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LADEE Reveals Moon Engulfed in Permanent Dust Cloud

Using data from NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, a new study led by University of Colorado Boulder reveals that the moon is engulfed in a permanent, but lopsided, dust cloud that increases in density when annual events like the Geminids meteor shower spew shooting stars. “Knowledge about the dusty environments in space has […]

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2015 Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Annual Extent is the Lowest on Record

March 20, 2015

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2015 Arctic Sea Ice Sets New Record Winter Low

Arctic sea ice has reached its peak winter extent for the year, and new data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center shows that it is the lowest winter maximum on record. This short video shows the bulk of the Arctic sea ice freeze cycle from October through this year’s apparent winter maximum […]

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MAVEN Spacecraft Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

March 19, 2015

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MAVEN Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

New research being presented at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference details the discovery of an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that […]

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Scientists Find Link in How Cells Start Process Necessary for Life

February 16, 2015

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Researchers Find Link in How Cells Start Process Necessary for Life

While exploring whether a structured RNA molecule from a virus that infects eukaryotic cells could function in bacteria, scientists found that it could initiate protein syntheses – a process necessary for life. Aurora, Colorado – Researchers have found an RNA structure-based signal that spans billions of years of evolutionary divergence between different types of cells, […]

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Van Allen Probes Reveal an Impenetrable Barrier in Space

December 1, 2014

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NASA Spots an Impenetrable Barrier in Space

Using NASA’s Van Allen Probes, new research reveals that the Van Allen radiation belts contain a nearly impenetrable barrier that prevents the fastest, most energetic electrons from reaching Earth. This movie shows how particles move through Earth’s radiation belts, the large donuts around Earth. The sphere in the middle shows a cloud of colder material […]

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MAVEN Provides First Look at the Upper Atmosphere of Mars

October 15, 2014

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MAVEN Provides First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere

NASA’s MAVEN mission has provided scientists with their first look at the upper atmosphere of Mars. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas surrounding the Red Planet, […]

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Astronomers Discover a Thorne-Zytkow Object – A Red Supergiant and Neutron Star Hybrid

June 5, 2014

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Astronomers Discover a Bizarre Type of Hybrid Star

A team of astronomers has discovered the first Thorne-Żytkow object, a hybrid star formed by the interaction of a red supergiant and a neutron star in a close binary system. In a discovery decades in the making, scientists have detected the first of a “theoretical” class of stars first proposed in 1975 by physicist Kip […]

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Research Shows Diet Beverages Play a Positive Role in Weight Loss Program

May 28, 2014

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New Research Affirms That Drinking Diet Beverages Helps People Lose Weight

A new 12-week clinical study is the first prospective, randomized clinical trial to directly compare the effects of water and diet beverages on weight loss within a behavioral weight loss program, revealing that drinking diet beverages helps people lose weight. Aurora, Colorado – A groundbreaking new study released today by the University of Colorado’s Anschutz […]

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Experimental Strontium Atomic Clock Sets New Records

January 23, 2014

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Strontium Atomic Clock Sets New Record

The JILA strontium atomic clock has set new world records for both precision and stability, improving precision by 50 percent from the previous record holder of a few years ago. Heralding a new age of terrific timekeeping, a research group led by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicist has unveiled an experimental […]

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Scientists Reveal Past Outburst from the Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy

September 25, 2013

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Supermassive Black Hole Explosion at the Galactic Center

In a newly released study, scientists from the University of Sydney detail a huge outburst of energy that occurred two million years ago from the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. Two million years ago a supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy erupted in an explosion so immensely powerful […]

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Engineers Develop Water Splitting Solar-Thermal System to Produce Hydrogen Fuel

August 2, 2013

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New Technique Could Produce Hydrogen Fuel

Engineers from the University of Colorado Boulder have devised a solar-thermal system that can be used to split water in order to produce clean hydrogen fuel. A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficiently split water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen, […]

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Study Suggest Spiral Galaxies Are Larger Than Previously Thought

June 27, 2013

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Spiral Galaxies Are Larger Than Previously Thought

A newly published study from the University of Colorado suggests that spiral galaxies, like the Milky Way, are larger than previously thought. Let’s all fist bump: Spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way appear to be much larger and more massive than previously believed, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study by researchers […]

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‘Sideline Quasars’ Helped Suppress Early Galaxy Formation

March 21, 2013

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Sideline Quasars Helped to Stifle Early Galaxy Formation

A newly published study from astronomers at the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that distant quasars teamed up to stifle the formation of small galaxies billions of years ago. University of Colorado Boulder astronomers targeting one of the brightest quasars glowing in the universe some 11 billion years ago say “sideline quasars” likely teamed up […]

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Lack of Sleep Leads to Eating and Weight Gain

March 18, 2013

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Lack of Sleep Leads to Eating and Weight Gain

A new study from the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that a lack of sleep leads to eating and weight gain, finding that sleep-restricted people eat during their biological nighttime when internal physiology is not designed to be taking in food. Sleeping just five hours a night over a workweek and having unlimited access to […]

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Graphene Membranes May Help Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

October 10, 2012

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Graphene membranes may lead to enhanced natural gas production

A new study shows that ultraviolet-induced oxidative etching can create pores in micrometer-sized graphene membranes, which effectively separates gas molecules of different sizes. Engineering faculty and students at the University of Colorado Boulder have produced the first experimental results showing that atomically thin graphene membranes with tiny pores can effectively and efficiently separate gas molecules […]

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Nitrogen Pollution is Altering Sensitive Ecosystems

July 9, 2012

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vegetation changes caused by atmospheric nitrogen pollution

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder believe that nitrogen emissions are altering sensitive ecosystems in the Rocky Mountain National Park, representing a first step in a series of changes that may be irreversible. A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder indicates air pollution in the form of nitrogen compounds emanating from […]

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Physicists Generate Laser-Like Beams of X-Rays from a Tabletop Device

June 8, 2012

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physicists use ultrafast lasers to create first tabletop X-ray device

Physicists have generated the first laser-like beams of X-rays from a tabletop device, opening the door for devices that may be used by scientists to gain a better understanding of the nanoworld. An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has generated the first laser-like beams of X-rays from a tabletop device, […]

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