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Posted November 8th, 2013 at 6:00 pm (UTC+0)
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This is a magnification of a nerve cell. The green fibrous material surrounding the yellow core are the branches of the cell. Scientists recently were able to identify a chain reaction that allows the cell to repair of these branches when they are severed. (Yongcheol Cho, PhD)

This is a magnification of a nerve cell. The green fibrous material surrounding the yellow core are the branches of the cell. Scientists recently were able to identify a chain reaction that allows the cell to repair of these branches when they are severed. (Yongcheol Cho, PhD)

This hybrid image of the Boomerang nebula, called the “coldest place in the universe”, was taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope. The red in the image are cold gas molecules. (NRAO/AUI/NSF/NASA/STScI/JPL-Caltech)

This hybrid image of the Boomerang nebula, called the “coldest place in the universe”, was taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope. The red in the image are cold gas molecules. (NRAO/AUI/NSF/NASA/STScI/JPL-Caltech)

The Heterospilus is one 277 new wasp species that was recently found in Costa Rica by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This image shows a female of the Heterospilus species. (Alexander Wild)

The Heterospilus is one 277 new wasp species that was recently found in Costa Rica by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This image shows a female of the Heterospilus species. (Alexander Wild)

Scientists recently discovered a rocky exoplanet called Kepler-78B that orbits its star every eight and a half hours at a distance of less than 1,609,344 km. This is an artist’s conception of that scorching hot lava world. According to current theories of planet formation, it couldn't have formed so close to its star, nor could it have moved there. (David A. Aguilar/CfA)

Scientists recently discovered a rocky exoplanet called Kepler-78B that orbits its star every eight and a half hours at a distance of less than 1,609,344 km. This is an artist’s conception of that scorching hot lava world. According to current theories of planet formation, it couldn’t have formed so close to its star, nor could it have moved there. (David A. Aguilar/CfA)

Recent testing of a new climate-studying instrument that was carried with the help of a helium balloon that lifted it into the atmosphere (HySICS Team/LASP)

Recent testing of a new climate-studying instrument that was carried with the help of a helium balloon that lifted it into the atmosphere (HySICS Team/LASP)

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new crewmembers for the International Space Station along with the Olympic Flame for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP/Dimitry Lovetsky)

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying three new crewmembers for the International Space Station along with the Olympic Flame for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP/Dimitry Lovetsky)

Sphyrna gilberti, a new species of scalloped hammerhead shark was recently found off the South Carolina coast. Researchers nicknamed it the Carolina Hammerhead. (University of South Carolina)

Sphyrna gilberti, a new species of scalloped hammerhead shark was recently found off the South Carolina coast. Researchers nicknamed it the Carolina Hammerhead. (University of South Carolina)

An X3.3 class solar flare taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observer at 5:12 p.m. EST Nov. 5, 2013. This composite image is made up of light blended from the 131 and 193 wavelengths. (NASA/SDO)

An X3.3 class solar flare taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observer at 5:12 p.m. EST Nov. 5, 2013. This composite image is made up of light blended from the 131 and 193 wavelengths. (NASA/SDO)

Rick Pantaleo
Rick Pantaleo maintains the Science World blog and writes stories for VOA’s web and radio on a variety of science, technology and health topics. He also occasionally appears on various VOA programs to talk about the latest scientific news. Rick joined VOA in 1992 after a 20 year career in commercial broadcasting.

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