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Nanocrystalline cellulose modified into an efficient viral inhibitorNanocrystalline cellulose modified into an efficient viral inhibitor

Chickens to chili peppersChickens to chili peppers

The story of animal domestication retoldThe story of animal domestication retold

Diffeomorphometry and geodesic positioning systems for human anatomyDiffeomorphometry and geodesic positioning systems for human anatomy

Scientists grow cartilage to reconstruct noseScientists grow cartilage to reconstruct nose

Deadly human pathogen Cryptococcus fully sequencedDeadly human pathogen Cryptococcus fully sequenced

Simplicity is key to co-operative robotsSimplicity is key to co-operative robots

Appearance of night-shining clouds has increasedAppearance of night-shining clouds has increased

Sperm meets egg: Protein essential for fertilization discoveredSperm meets egg: Protein essential for fertilization discovered

Satellite shows high productivity from US corn beltSatellite shows high productivity from US corn belt

The surprising consequences of banning chocolate milkThe surprising consequences of banning chocolate milk

Babies prefer fairness -- but only if it benefits them -- in choosing a playmateBabies prefer fairness -- but only if it benefits them -- in choosing a playmate

A new twist makes for better steel, researchers findA new twist makes for better steel, researchers find

Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investmentsRenewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments

Study finds gaming augments players' social livesStudy finds gaming augments players' social lives

Overcoming structural uncertainty in computer modelsOvercoming structural uncertainty in computer models

Monkey caloric restriction study shows big benefit; contradicts earlier studyMonkey caloric restriction study shows big benefit; contradicts earlier study

Researchers developed world's first fluorescent sensor to detect date rape drugResearchers developed world's first fluorescent sensor to detect date rape drug

Copied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithmsCopied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithms

Turning back the clock on aging muscles?Turning back the clock on aging muscles?

New study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmetsNew study finds differences in concussion risk between football helmets

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SpaceX's Dragon headed to space station to create astronaut farmers (4/24/2014)

SpaceX's Dragon headed to space station to create astronaut farmers'Enter the Dragon' takes on a whole new meaning this month as SpaceX's Dragon capsule heads to the space station for its third commercial resupply mission on April 14. ...> Full Article


Cosmic slurp (4/23/2014)

Cosmic slurpA 'tidal disruption' occurs when a star orbits too close to a black hole and gets usurped. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using NSF XSEDE supercomputers Stampede and Kraken to simulate tidal disruptions to better understand the dynamics of the process. Doing so will help astronomers find many more possible candidates of tidal disruptions in sky surveys and reveal details of how stars and black holes interact. ...> Full Article


Saturn's hexagon: An amazing phenomenon (4/23/2014)

Saturn's hexagon: An amazing phenomenonAn unusual structure with a hexagonal shape surrounding Saturn's north pole was spotted on the planet for the first time 30 years ago. The Planetary Sciences Group has now been able to study and measure the phenomenon and, among other achievements, establish its rotation period. What is more, this period could be the same as that of the planet itself. ...> Full Article


Construction to begin on NASA spacecraft set to visit asteroid in 2018 (4/22/2014)

Construction to begin on NASA spacecraft set to visit asteroid in 2018NASA's team that will conduct the first US mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities. ...> Full Article


Chance meeting creates celestial diamond ring (4/21/2014)

Chance meeting creates celestial diamond ringAstronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile have capturedthis eye-catching image of planetary nebula PN A66 33 -- usually known as Abell 33. Created when an aging star blew off its outer layers, this beautiful blue bubble is, by chance, aligned with a foreground star, and bears an uncanny resemblance to a diamond engagement ring. This cosmic gem is unusually symmetric, appearing to be almost circular on the sky. ...> Full Article


Gusev Crater once held a lake after all, says Mars scientist (4/21/2014)

Gusev Crater once held a lake after all, says Mars scientistEvidence for an ancient 'Lake Gusev' on Mars has come and gone several times. That lake is looking pretty good today, thanks to new research from ASU. ...> Full Article


BOSS quasars track the expanding universe -- most precise measurement yet (4/20/2014)

BOSS quasars track the expanding universe -- most precise measurement yetLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists and their colleagues have made novel measurements of the structure of the universe when it was only about 3 billion years old, using quasars collected by the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). Results include the most precise measurement of expansion since galaxies formed. BOSS, the largest component of the third Sloan Digital Sky Survey, pioneered the use of quasars to chart universal expansion and the role of dark energy. ...> Full Article


Watching for a black hole to gobble up a gas cloud (4/19/2014)

Watching for a black hole to gobble up a gas cloudG2, a doomed gas cloud, is edging closer to Sgr A*, the hungry supermassive black hole at the Milky Way's center. The closest approach between the two is predicted to occur any day now. Northwestern University astrophysicist Daryl Haggard has been watching closely, and her data do not show enhanced emission in the X-rays. 'The gas cloud is late to the party, but it remains to be seen whether G2 is fashionably late or a no show,' Haggard says. ...> Full Article


Sun emits a mid-level solar flare (4/19/2014)

Sun emits a mid-level solar flareThe sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 9:03 a.m. EDT on April 18, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. ...> Full Article


Gravity measurements confirm subsurface ocean on Enceladus (4/18/2014)

Scientists, including Caltech's David Stevenson, have used a geophysical method to confirm that the Saturnian moon Enceladus harbors a large ocean beneath its icy shell. ...> Full Article


To boldly go? Experts issue ethics guidelines for NASA's next generation of risky missions (4/17/2014)

An Institute of Medicine committee has issued a report with ethics principles and guidelines to aid NASA in decision-making for longer, higher risk human spaceflights. ...> Full Article


Galactic serial killer (4/16/2014)

Galactic serial killerThis new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile shows two contrasting galaxies: NGC 1316, and its smaller neighbour NGC 1317. These two are quite close to each other in space, but they have very different histories. The small spiral NGC 1317 has led an uneventful life, but NGC 1316 has engulfed several other galaxies in its violent history and shows the battle scars. ...> Full Article


New research finds 'geologic clock' that helps determine moon's age (4/16/2014)

An international team of planetary scientists determined that the moon formed nearly 100 million years after the start of the solar system, according to a paper to be published April 3 in Nature. This conclusion is based on measurements from the interior of the Earth combined with computer simulations of the protoplanetary disk from which the Earth and other terrestrial planets formed. ...> Full Article


From Martian rocks, a planet's watery story emerges (4/15/2014)

After 18 months on Mars, the rover Curiosity has taken more than 120,000 measurements of surface rocks and soil, painting a more detailed image of how much water was once on the Red Planet. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) describes the technique scientists are using to analyze the rocks and what they've found. ...> Full Article


French, American team finds regolith of small asteroids formed by thermal fatigue (4/15/2014)

The centimeter-sized fragments and smaller particles that make up the regolith -- the layer of loose, unconsolidated rock and dust -- of small asteroids is formed by temperature cycling that breaks down rock in a process called thermal fatigue, according to a paper published today in the Nature Advance Online Publication. ...> Full Article

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BOSS quasars track the expanding universe -- most precise measurement yetBOSS quasars track the expanding universe -- most precise measurement yet

Watching for a black hole to gobble up a gas cloudWatching for a black hole to gobble up a gas cloud

Sun emits a mid-level solar flareSun emits a mid-level solar flare

Gravity measurements confirm subsurface ocean on Enceladus

To boldly go? Experts issue ethics guidelines for NASA's next generation of risky missions

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French, American team finds regolith of small asteroids formed by thermal fatigue



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