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Rhythmic Light Pulses Help Astronomers Accurately Measure Medium Sized Black Hole

Posted August 18th, 2014 at 6:55 pm (UTC+0)
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Astronomers have calculated that there may be about 100 million black holes in the galaxy. And they mostly fall into two sizes… stellar and supermassive.  The size difference has to do with how much mass they contain versus that of our own sun or solar mass. For some time now, astronomers have also theorized that […]

Earth’s Magnetic Fields Guide Salmon Home to Spawn

Posted February 7th, 2014 at 8:03 pm (UTC+0)
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Earth’s magnetic fields play a significant role in helping salmon find their way home to spawn, according to two new studies from  Oregon State University. After poring over 56 years of data, the researchers found that a magnetic map is responsible for providing sockeye salmon with their keen sense of direction which guides them home, […]

Gene Enhancers Give Human Face Its Final Look

Posted October 25th, 2013 at 8:19 pm (UTC+0)
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When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you ever wonder why you look the way you do?  Do you also wonder what biological processes were at work when it came time to shape and sculpt your face, which is as individual and unique as a fingerprint? The answer is in a little snippet […]

Atoms Star in Smallest Movie Ever Made

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 4:45 pm (UTC+0)
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The World’s Smallest Stop-action Movie (IBM) Bigger is often better in Hollywood, but IBM is drawing lots of attention for making the smallest movie ever. A Boy and His Atom is a stop-motion, animated movie made with thousands of precisely positioned atoms in nearly 250 motion picture frames.  The folks at Guinness World Records®  verified […]

NASA Launches Powerful Earth-Observing Satellite

Posted February 11th, 2013 at 8:09 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA’s latest Earth-observing satellite rocketed into space today continuing a program which began more than 40 years ago. An Atlas V rocket carrying the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) spacecraft launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California. NASA officials called today’s launch “picture perfect.”   The spacecraft is now on its own after a […]

Curiosity Adjusts to Life on Mars

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 5:23 pm (UTC+0)
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On its first full solar day on Mars, the Curiosity rover is under going a month-long series of health checks before getting down to its mission of exploring the chemistry of Mars. Curiosity isn’t expected to drill its first drill hole in a Mars rock for about another month or two, according to Rob Manning, […]

Scientists Hope Rover Will Discover If Life Exists on Mars

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 7:11 pm (UTC+0)
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Excitement is building at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.  A little over eight months after its November  2011 launch, NASA’s newest and most advanced Mars rover  is set to land on the red planet on Monday, Aug. 6. The Curiosity rover carries the most sophisticated payload of scientific equipment  ever used on Mars’ […]

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