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August 17, 2012
MOON DAILY
LRO Spectrometer Detects Helium in Moon's Atmosphere
Boulder CO (SPX) Aug 17, 2012
Scientists using the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have made the first spectroscopic observations of the noble gas helium in the tenuous atmosphere surrounding the Moon. These remote-sensing observations complement in-situ measurements taken in 1972 by the Lunar Atmosphere Composition Experiment (LACE) deployed by Apollo 17. Although LAMP was designed to map the lunar surface, the team expanded its science investigation to examine the far ultraviolet ... read more

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TECH SPACE

Russia: Wayward rocket no threat to ISS
A Russian rocket that failed to put its payload into orbit is not a threat to the International Space Station, Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos said. ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

New system could predict solar flares, give advance warning
Researchers may have discovered a new method to predict solar flares more than a day before they occur, providing advance warning to help protect satellites, power grids and astronauts from potentia ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

NASA STEREO observes 1 of the fastest CMEs on record
On July 23, 2012, a massive cloud of solar material erupted off the sun's right side, zooming out into space, passing one of NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft along ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

Hinode scientists' stellar effort keeps Sun mission 'burning bright'
Whilst the most powerful earthquake since records began hit Japan in 2011, triggering a massive tsunami which devastated much of the country, space scientists involved in one of the 'brightest' inte ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

10-year plan for space physics put forward
U.S. scientists have released a report recommending research for the next decade on the sun, sun-Earth connections and the origins of "space weather." ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

Closing in on the Border Between Primordial Plasma and Ordinary Matter
Scientists taking advantage of the versatility and new capabilities of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), an atom smasher at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, ... more
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MOON DAILY

NASA's 'Mighty Eagle' Robotic Prototype Lander Flies Again at Marshall
The "Mighty Eagle," a NASA robotic prototype lander, is soaring high again for a series of tests being conducted at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Since its last round ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Signs N.Korea preparing bomb material amid nuclear test threats

China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

Sudan rebels claim raids on Blue Nile army bases

China defence minister brushes off fears over military growth

World powers discuss extending Iran deal deadline

Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public

Lockheed advancing technologies for U.S. Navy

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TIME AND SPACE

LHC experiments bring new insight
Experiments using heavy ions at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are advancing understanding of the primordial universe. The ALICE, ATLAS and CMS collaborations have made new measurements of the k ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Gamma rays from galactic center could be evidence of dark matter
Gamma-ray photons seen emanating from the center of the Milky Way galaxy are consistent with the intriguing possibility that dark-matter particles are annihilating each other in space, according to ... more
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IRON AND ICE

Dawn Engineers Assess Reaction Wheel
Engineers working on NASA's Dawn spacecraft are assessing the status of a reaction wheel - part of a system that helps the spacecraft point precisely - after onboard software powered it off on Aug. ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

Stabilizing shell effects in heaviest elements directly measured
An international research team has succeeded in directly measuring the strength of shell effects in very heavy elements. The results provide information on the nuclear structure of superheavy elemen ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

Freezing magnetic monopoles
Magnetic monopoles, entities with isolated north or south magnetic poles, weren't supposed to exist. If you try to saw a bar magnet in half, all you succeed in getting are two magnets, each with a s ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Evidence further suggests extra-terrestrial origin of quasicrystals
Results from an expedition to far eastern Russia that set out to find the origin of naturally occurring quasicrystals have provided convincing evidence that they arrived on Earth from outer space. ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

New NASA Mission Ready To Brave Earth Radiation Belts
NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet's radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch on Thursday, Aug. 23, ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Hubble's Close Encounter with the Tarantula
Turning its eye to the Tarantula Nebula, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken this close-up of the outskirts of the main cloud of the Nebula. The bright wispy structures are the signature o ... more
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24/7 News Coverage
What agricultural 'ecosystems on steroids' are doing to the air

Geologists Shed Light on Formation of Alaska Range

From hurricanes to drought, LatAm's volatile climate

Volcano erupts in Cape Verde

Flooding fears mount in snowed-in area of New York state

Himalaya tectonic dam with a discharge

Seychelles poachers go nutty for erotic shaped seed

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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Plenty of dark matter near the Sun
Astronomers at the University of Zurich and the ETH Zurich, together with other international researchers, have found large amounts of invisible "dark matter" near the Sun. Their results are consist ... more
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EXO WORLDS

Five Potential Habitable Exoplanets Now
New data suggests the confirmation of the exoplanet Gliese 581g and the best candidate so far of a potential habitable exoplanet. The nearby star Gliese 581 is well known for having four planets wit ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

The First Public Data Release from BOSS, the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey
The Third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) has issued Data Release 9 (DR9), the first public release of data from the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS). In this release BOSS, the lar ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

New 3D Map of Massive Galaxies and Black Holes Offers Clues to Dark Matter, Dark Energy
Astronomers have constructed the largest-ever three-dimensional map of massive galaxies and distant black holes, which will help the investigation of the mysterious "dark matter" and "dark energy" t ... more
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DEEP IMPACT

Perseid Meteors In Their Prime
The Perseid meteors should put on the peak of their yearly display late this Saturday night and early Sunday morning (August 11-12, 2012). "December's Geminids often outperform them by a bit," says ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

Researchers gain information advantage from surprising quantum source
New research lends hope that a phenomenon called quantum discord could be harnessed to bring quantum technologies within easier reach than expected. The work, by an international team, is published ... more
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TIME AND SPACE

Dartmouth Theoretical Physicists Probe the Majorana Mystery
With headlines proclaiming the discovery of the Higgs boson-the so-called God particle-particle physics has captured the imagination of the world, particularly among those who dwell on the nature of ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Fingering the culprit that polluted the Solar System
For decades it has been thought that a shock wave from a supernova explosion triggered the formation of our Solar System. According to this theory, the shock wave also injected material from the exp ... more
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24/7 Energy News Coverage
Thin film produces new chemistry in 'nanoreactor'

A path to brighter images and more efficient LCD displays

An alternative to 'Turing Test'

Giving LEDs a cozy, warm glow

Jordan says able to export uranium by 2020

China's new 'Great Wall' not so great

Moscow working to save oil face

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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Origins of our solar system probed
Our solar system may have been kick-started by a shock wave from an exploding star that rippled through a giant rotating cloud of gas, U.S. astronomers say. ... more
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SPACE SCOPES

Hubble Sees a Galaxy Festooned with Stellar Nurseries
The galaxy NGC 4700 bears the signs of the vigorous birth of many new stars in this image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The many bright, pinkish clouds in NGC 4700 are known ... more
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MOON DAILY

Roscosmos Announces Tender for Moon Rocket Design
The Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) announced a ten-million ruble ($300,000) tender on Thursday to develop a blueprint of a heavy rocket-carrier that would be capable of carrying manned spacecraft ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Physicists celebrate centenary of the discovery of cosmic rays
A constant shower of subatomic particles rains down from space. A hundred years ago, this "cosmic radiation" was discovered by the Austrian physicist Victor Franz Hess. Among other things, the disco ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

A blue whirlpool in The River
The galaxy NGC 1187 is seen almost face-on, which gives us a good view of its spiral structure. About half a dozen prominent spiral arms can be seen, each containing large amounts of gas and dust. T ... more
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EXO LIFE

The Astrobiology Analytical Lab at Goddard
When Daniel Glavin isn't designing a chemistry experiment to run from millions of miles away, he's a researcher in the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Gre ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Thin current sheets in space: where the action is
Much of the exciting action is space is confined to thin boundaries. The Universe is filled with plasma, a charged gas consisting of ions and electrons. Thin sheets with currents separate large plas ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

Cluster looks into waves in the magnetosphere's thin boundaries
Exploiting a favourable configuration of ESA's Cluster mission spacecraft, scientists have detected and characterised lower hybrid drift waves, a special kind of plasma waves that develop in thin bo ... more
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