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Lopsided star explosion holds the key to other supernova mysteries

May 8, 2015 | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

New observations of a recently exploded star are confirming supercomputer model predictions made at Caltech that the deaths of stellar giants are lopsided affairs in which debris and the stars' cores hurtle off in opposite directions.

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New methods to study sound generated by wind power plants

May 21, 2015 1:33 pm | by Lappeenranta University of Technology | Comments

A new two-year research project on sound produced by wind power plants was launched at Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT in May. In the study, the formation and dissemination of sound from wind power generators, and people's experiences of it in Finnish climatic conditions, will be modelled and experimented with.

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Naval Research Laboratory patents compact orbital debris sensor

May 21, 2015 1:29 pm | by Naval Research Laboratory | Comments

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Geospace Science and Technology Branch, has received a U.S. patent for the Optical Orbital Debris Spotter, a compact, low power, low cost, local space debris detection concept that can be integrated into larger satellite designs, or flown independently on-board nano-satellite platforms.

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Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers

May 21, 2015 1:25 pm | by University of Georgia | Comments

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers.

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Pentagon’s mysterious X-37B space drone heads back into orbit

May 21, 2015 1:18 pm | by Sputnik | Comments

The US Air Force is preparing to launch its super-secretive space drone into orbit again, and this time NASA will use the flight to see how 100 or so “materials of interest” hold up in space’s harsh zero-gravity environment.

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Defects can 'Hulk-up' materials

May 21, 2015 9:32 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

In the story of the Marvel Universe superhero known as the Hulk, exposure to gamma radiation transforms scientist Bruce Banner into a far more powerful version of himself. In a study at Berkeley Lab, exposure to alpha-particle radiation has been shown to ...

With one false tweet, computer-based Hack Crash led to real panic

May 21, 2015 9:29 am | by University at Buffalo | Comments

A false tweet from a hacked account owned by the Associated Press (AP) in 2013 sent financial markets into a tailspin. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 143.5 points and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index lost more than $136 billion of its value in the seconds that ...

Researchers develop new way to manufacture nanofibers

May 21, 2015 9:26 am | by University of Georgia | Comments

Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture extraordinarily thin polymer strings commonly known as nanofibers. These polymers can be made from natural materials like proteins or from ...

Spotify introduces video, radio service

May 21, 2015 9:21 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

While saying that it is still a music company at heart, Spotify says it is expanding its lineup to include podcasts, news radio and video streaming. The company says it wants to help people create a soundtrack for their day that includes not ...

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Failed launches cast shadow over Russian space program

May 21, 2015 9:18 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press | Comments

Back-to-back rocket launch failures have dealt Russia one of the heaviest blows to its space industry since the Soviet collapse - with national pride and billions of dollars at stake. The setbacks threaten to erode Russia's leading position in ...

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Aggie engineers assist students with space project

May 21, 2015 8:02 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Two years ago undergraduate students in the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University took on the challenge of designing, developing, delivering and supporting a unique embedded intelligence system capable of monitoring, controlling, recording and reporting experiments run in ...

NASA advances CubeSat concept for planetary exploration

May 20, 2015 1:42 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Although scientists are increasingly using pint-size satellites sometimes no larger than a loaf of bread to gather data from low-Earth orbit, they have yet to apply the less-expensive small-satellite technology to observe physical phenomena far from terra firma.

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Sounding rocket to help calibrate NASA's SDO

May 20, 2015 1:39 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

In mid-May, the seventh calibration mission for an instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, will launch into space onboard a sounding rocket for a 15-minute flight.

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OPALS boosts space-to-ground optical communications research

May 20, 2015 1:34 pm | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | Comments

Ever wonder why stars seem to twinkle? This effect is produced by variations in the density of our atmosphere that cause blurring in light coming from space. It is pretty for stargazing, but a challenge for space-to-ground communications.

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Microdroplet structures may lead to new technologies

May 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | Comments

Unexpected shapes of mesoscale atoms -- structures built of microdroplets encapsulated within microdroplets -- have been created at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland.

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New portable device could test how 'squishy' cancerous tumors are

May 20, 2015 1:25 pm | by University of Southern California | Comments

Tumors come in all shapes, sizes ... and squishiness. And it turns out that matters, if you want to know how to treat them...

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