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The 'Serpent' Star-forming Cloud Hatches New Stars
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 5/28/14
Stars that are just beginning to coalesce out of cool swaths of dust and gas are captured by the NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 3/2/14
A team of NASA and JPL scientists has found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate in the scientific community over life on Mars.
Physicists Discover ‘Quantum Droplet’ in Semiconductor
Source: Colorado   Posted: 3/2/14
JILA physicists used an ultrafast laser and help from German theorists to discover a new semiconductor quasiparticle—a handful of smaller particles that briefly condense into a liquid-like droplet.
Astronomers Discover Planet That Shouldn't Be There
Source: UA   Posted: 12/8/13
The discovery of a giant planet orbiting its star at 650 times the average Earth-Sun distance has astronomers puzzled over how such a strange system came to be.
You can’t get entangled without a wormhole
Source: MIT   Posted: 12/8/13
MIT physicist finds the creation of entanglement simultaneously gives rise to a wormhole.
Unusual rings of radiation in space explained
Source: UCLA   Posted: 10/4/13
UCLA scientists explain the formation of unusual ring of radiation in space In pondering the mysterious ring in the Earth's Van Allen belts, researchers made a crucial discovery: Not all high-energy particles obey the same physics.
Earth habitable for at least another 1.75 billion years
Source: UEA UK   Posted: 10/4/13
Habitable conditions on Earth will be possible for at least another 1.75 billion years – according to astrobiologists at the University of East Anglia.
NASA's Deep Impact Produced Deep Results
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 9/23/13
Launched on a clear winter day in January 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft spanned 268 million miles (431 million kilometers) of deep space in 172 days, then reached out and touched comet Tempel 1.
Chasing the black holes of the ocean
Source: ETH   Posted: 9/23/13
According to researchers some of the largest ocean eddies on Earth are mathematically equivalent to the mysterious black holes of space.
Understanding a new kind of magnetism
Source: MIT   Posted: 9/23/13
Researchers use low-frequency laser pulses to probe the properties of a kind of fluctuating magnetism known as a spin-liquid state.
NASA Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane on Mars
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 9/23/13
Data from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data positive detections.
French Physicist Receives Half-Milion Pound Prize
Source: Balzan   Posted: 9/23/13
Alain Aspect receives the 2013 Balzan Prize 'For his pioneering experiments which led to a striking confirmation of Quantum Mechanics as opposed to local hidden-variable theories.'

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