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December 14, 2012
EXO LIFE
ASU researchers propose new way to look at the dawn of life
Tempe AZ (SPX) Dec 14, 2012
One of the great mysteries of life is how it began. What physical process transformed a nonliving mix of chemicals into something as complex as a living cell? For more than a century, scientists have struggled to reconstruct the key first steps on the road to life. Until recently, their focus has been trained on how the simple building blocks of life might have been synthesized on the early Earth, or perhaps in space. But because it happened so long ago, all chemical traces have long been oblitera ... read more
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Alcohol constrains Physical Constant in the Early Universe
Radio-astronomical observations of a distant galaxy indicate that the ratio of the proton's mass to that of the electron has hardly changed over cosmic history. This fundamental constant of na ... more
TIME AND SPACE

12 Matter Particles Suffice in Nature
How many matter particles exist in nature? Particle physicists have been dealing with this question for a long time. The 12 matter particles contained in the standard model of particle physics? Or a ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

24-armed Giant to Probe Early Lives of Galaxies
A powerful new instrument called KMOS has just been successfully tested on ESO's Very Large Telescope at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. KMOS is unique as it will be able to observe not just one, ... more
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SPACE SCOPES

NASA's Hubble Provides First Census of Galaxies Near Cosmic Dawn
Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a previously unseen population of seven primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago, when the universe was less than ... more


MOON DAILY

NASA Gravity Probes Prepare to Hit the Moon
A pair of NASA spacecraft that have been studying the Moon's gravitational field are being prepared for a controlled descent into a mountain near the Moon's north pole. Impact is expected at about 2 ... more
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Hubble plumbs the universe, yields images of early galaxies
The Hubble Space Telescope is giving scientists a look at the oldest galaxies ever seen, dating back some 13.3 billion years - providing a glimpse into how the cosmos must have looked right after the Big Bang. ... more
IRON AND ICE

Student Team Provides Real-Time Video of Asteroid Toutatis
An asteroid that some day might threaten Earth is passing relatively close by on the night of December 11-12, and its gliding path among the stars will be tracked by a team of high-school students a ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US Air Force fires nine in nuclear missile cheating scandal

Ukraine says 100,000 Russian troops near border

US defense chief heads to China, Japan next week

UN Security Council condemns NKorea missile launch

Negotiator 'confident' over Pakistan Taliban ceasefire

Israel's Peres to meet UN nuclear watchdog chief

Rockwell Collins, Avionics Services in manufacturing deal

SATURN DAILY

Cassini Spots Mini Nile River on Saturn Moon
Scientists with NASA's Cassini mission have spotted what appears to be a miniature, extraterrestrial likeness of Earth's Nile River: a river valley on Saturn's moon Titan that stretches more than 20 ... more
TIME AND SPACE

New knowledge about the remarkable properties of black holes
Black holes are surrounded by many mysteries, but now researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have come up with new groundbreaking theories that can explain several of their propert ... more
IRON AND ICE

Big Asteroid Tumbles Harmlessly Past Earth
This week, NASA's Goldstone radar is tracking a large asteroid as it passes by Earth, and obtaining images of unprecedented clarity. "At closest approach on Dec. 12th, asteroid 4179 Toutatis will be ... more
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Greedy black hole discovered in Andromeda
Studying the Andromeda galaxy with ESA's XMM-Newton X-ray space observatory, astronomers have discovered a new bright X-ray source that hosts a stellar-mass black hole accreting mass at a very high ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

An Older Vega: New Insights About The Star All Others Are Measured By
Vega, a star astronomers have used as a touchstone to measure other stars' brightness for thousands of years, may be more than 200 million years older than previously thought. That's according to ne ... more
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VIMS model now capable of street-level storm-tide predictions

Diversity in UK gardens aiding fight to save threatened bumblebees

New Technique Sheds Light on Human Neural Networks

Pocket diagnosis

Famous paintings help study the Earth's past atmosphere

Salamanders shrinking due to climate change

Loblolly pine's immense genome conquered

EXO LIFE

Mining ancient ores for clues to early life
An analysis of sulfide ore deposits from one of the world's richest base-metal mines confirms that oxygen levels were extremely low on Earth 2.7 billion years ago, but also shows that microbes were ... more
SPACE SCOPES

Hubble's Glitter galaxy: The ESO 318-13 galaxy
The brilliant cascade of stars through the middle of this image is the galaxy ESO 318-13 as seen by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Despite being located millions of light-years from Earth, the ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Fermi Improves its Vision for Thunderstorm Gamma-Ray Flashes
Thanks to improved data analysis techniques and a new operating mode, the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) aboard NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is now 10 times ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Halfway Between Uranus and Neptune, New Horizons Cruises On

Dwarf planet Makemake lacks atmosphere

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STELLAR CHEMISTRY
ASU researchers propose new way to look at the dawn of life

Mining ancient ores for clues to early life

Search for life extends to the stars


STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Astronomers discover and 'weigh' infant solar system

Search for Life Suggests Solar Systems More Habitable than Ours

Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?


STELLAR CHEMISTRY
Opportunity Checking Out Some Rocks At Matijevic Hill

Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland

Opportunity Continues Rock Studies

STELLAR CHEMISTRY

Unvieling diffuse x-ray emission from nearby galaxies
NASA will launch an astrophysics mission to study the Diffuse X-ray emission from the Local galaxy (DXL) December 9 from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The goal of this flight is ... more
TIME AND SPACE

Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested
A decade ago, a British philosopher put forth the notion that the universe we live in might in fact be a computer simulation run by our descendants. While that seems far-fetched, perhaps even incomp ... more
STELLAR CHEMISTRY

NASA Astrobiology Institute Shows How Wide Binary Stars Form
Using computer simulations, scientists from the NASA Astrobiology Institute team at the University of Hawaii are shedding light on a question that has challenged astronomers for years: What causes w ... more
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Nearby star much older than thought
The star Vega, used as a "yardstick" to gage other stars' brightness for thousands of years, may be much older than previously thought, U.S. astronomers say. ... more
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Record quantum entanglement of multiple dimensions

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Controlling electron spins by light

New way to filter light

Scientists watch nanoparticles grow

Engineered bacteria produce biofuel alternative for high-energy rocket fuel

Big Data keeps complex production running smoothly

MOON DAILY

Apollo's Lunar Dust Data Being Restored

DEEP IMPACT

Rock Comet Meteor Shower

EXO LIFE

Search for life extends to the stars

TIME AND SPACE

Point of Light

DEEP IMPACT

Geminid Meteor Shower Coming on December 13-14

SKY NIGHTLY

British astronomer Patrick Moore dead aged 89

MOON DAILY

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STELLAR CHEMISTRY

The Bubble Nebula, observed with the new One Degree Imager Camera

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Wide Binary Stars: Long-Distance Stellar Relationships

IRON AND ICE

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Galaxy-wide echoes from the past

NASA's GRAIL Creates Most Accurate Moon Gravity Map

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Chinese astronauts may grow veg on Moon

NASA's Cassini Sees Abrupt Turn in Titan's Atmosphere

Search for Life Suggests Solar Systems More Habitable than Ours

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