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August 20, 2012
SOLAR SCIENCE
The Sun's Almost Perfectly Round Shape Baffles Scientists
Manoa HI (SPX) Aug 20, 2012
The sun is nearly the roundest object ever measured. If scaled to the size of a beach ball, it would be so round that the difference between the widest and narrow diameters would be much less than the width of a human hair. The sun rotates every 28 days, and because it doesn't have a solid surface, it should be slightly flattened. This tiny flattening has been studied with many instruments for almost 50 years to learn about the sun's rotation, especially the rotation below its surface, which we ... read more

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SPACE SCOPES

Hubble Watches Star Clusters on a Collision Course
Astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have caught two clusters full of massive stars that may be in the early stages of merging. The clusters are 170,000 light-years away in the ... more
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EXO WORLDS

Exoplanet hosting stars give further insights on planet formation
An international team, led by EXOEarths researchers (Centro de Astrofisica da Universidade do Porto - CAUP), proposes that metals like Magnesium might have an important role in the formation of low ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Curious dark nebula seen as never before
Just as Rene Magritte wrote "This is not a pipe" on his famous painting, this is also not a pipe. It is however a picture of part of a vast dark cloud of interstellar dust called the Pipe Nebula. Th ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

NASA is Tracking Electron Beams from the Sun
In the quest to understand how the world's weather moves around the globe, scientists have had to tease apart different kinds of atmospheric movement, such as the great jet streams that can move acr ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Phoenix Cluster Sets Record Pace at Forming Stars
Astronomers have found an extraordinary galaxy cluster, one of the largest objects in the universe, that is breaking several important cosmic records. Observations of the Phoenix cluster with NASA's ... more
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SOLAR SCIENCE

New Report Presents Research Program for Solar and Space Physics Over the Next Decade
A new report from the National Research Council presents a prioritized program of basic and applied research for 2013-2022 that will advance scientific understanding of the sun, sun-Earth connection ... more
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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Astronomers Reassured by Record-breaking Star Formation in Huge Galaxy Cluster
Until now, evidence for what astronomers suspect happens at the cores of the largest galaxy clusters has been uncomfortably scarce. Theory predicts that cooling flows of gas should sink toward the c ... more
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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Pentagon scientists show off life-size robot

The battle of the Mr. Cools

China and rivals sign pact to ease maritime tensions

Dispute islands 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance: Obama

Kiev announces town 'liberated' but residents dumbfounded

Hong Kong, Philippines end emotional hostage row

Patria vehicles getting Saab communications electronics

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MOON DAILY

LRO Spectrometer Detects Helium in Moon's Atmosphere
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 su ... 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

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

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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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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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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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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60% of China underground water polluted: report

Brain size matters when it comes to animal self-control

What gave us the advantage over extinct types of humans

Cyber buddy is better than 'no buddy'

Wildlife response to climate change is likely underestimated

How Australia got the hump with 1 million feral camels

Too many chefs: Smaller groups exhibit more accurate decision-making

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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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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

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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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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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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Fifty years of Mustang cool: is China along for the ride?

US urged to drop India WTO case on solar

Boeing lifts profit outlook as jetliner demand booms

Superconducting Qubit Array Points the Way to Quantum Computers

Physicist demonstrates dictionary definition was dodgy

Progress made in developing nanoscale electronics

Piezotronics and piezo-phototronics leading to unprecedented active electronics and optoelectronics

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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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