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Satellite galaxies at edge of Milky Way coexist with dark matter

Science Daily Astronomy - 3 hours 41 min ago
New research rules out a challenge to the accepted standard model of the universe and theory of how galaxies form by shedding new light on a problematic structure.

Meditation's Calming Effects Pinpointed in Brain

Scientifc America - 4 hours 31 min ago
A new mouse study reveals a set of neurons that may point to physiological roots for the calming effects of breathing control

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Solar wind stripped Martian atmosphere away

Science Daily Astronomy - 6 hours 9 min ago
Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet that could have supported life billions of years ago into a frigid desert world, according to new results.

Mysterious cosmic explosion surprises astronomers studying the distant x-ray universe

Science Daily Astronomy - 7 hours 7 min ago
A mysterious flash of X-rays has been discovered by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory in the deepest X-ray image ever obtained. This source likely comes from some sort of destructive event, but it may be of a variety that scientists have never seen before.

Search for stellar survivor of a supernova explosion

Science Daily Astronomy - 7 hours 7 min ago
Astronomers have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to observe the remnant of a supernova explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Beyond just delivering a beautiful image, Hubble may well have traced the surviving remains of the exploded star's companion.

Explaining the accelerating expansion of the universe without dark energy

Science Daily Astronomy - 8 hours 38 min ago
Enigmatic dark energy, thought to make up 68% of the universe, may not exist at all, according to a Hungarian-American team. The researchers believe that standard models of the universe fail to take account of its changing structure, but that once this is done the need for dark energy disappears.

Red Planet versus Dead Planet: Scientists Debate Next Destination for Astronauts in Space

Scientifc America - 13 hours 1 min ago
Nearly a half-century after humans voyaged to the moon, NASA and private U.S. companies are once again setting their sights beyond low Earth orbit

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Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI

Scientifc America - 13 hours 31 min ago
With the new sci-fi flick Ghost in the Shell hitting theaters this week, Scientific American asks artificial intelligence experts which movies, if any, have gotten AI right

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Ringo Is a Beatle, Hawaii Is a State--Why Isn't Pluto a Planet?

Scientifc America - Wed, 2017-03-29 07:00
After more than a decade of controversy, the debate over the icy world’s demotion to “dwarf planet” status shows no sign of stopping

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"Menstrual Cycle on a Chip" Offers a New Window into Female Physiology

Scientifc America - Tue, 2017-03-28 11:00
Researchers have completed the first laboratory model of the human female reproductive cycle

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Of Mice and Men: Study Pushes Rodents' Home Invasion to 15,000 Years Ago

Scientifc America - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:00
Scientists provide a new estimate for when the common house mouse took up residence with humans

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The Genius of Pinheads: When Little Brains Rule​

Scientifc America - Tue, 2017-03-28 07:00
Bigger brains are not always better

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Astronomers probe swirling particles in halo of starburst galaxy

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2017-03-27 16:49
Astronomers have used a radio telescope in outback Western Australia to see the halo of a nearby starburst galaxy in unprecedented detail.

Food for Thought: Do We Owe Our Large Primate Brains to a Passion for Fruit?

Scientifc America - Mon, 2017-03-27 16:15
A new study suggests our outsized brains may have arisen from scouring for and eating kumquats and kiwis

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Stars born in winds from supermassive black holes

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2017-03-27 11:46
Observations using ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed stars forming within powerful outflows of material blasted out from supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies. These are the first confirmed observations of stars forming in this kind of extreme environment. The discovery has many consequences for understanding galaxy properties and evolution.

Planetary waves, first found on Earth, are discovered on sun

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2017-03-27 11:44
The same kind of large-scale planetary waves that meander through the atmosphere high above Earth's surface may also exist on the sun, according to a new study.

NASA spacecraft investigate clues in radiation belts

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2017-03-27 11:42
NASA's Van Allen Probes uncover new phenomena in our near-Earth environment with their unique double orbit. Recently, the spacecraft were in just the right place, at just the right time, to catch an event caused by the fallout of a geomagnetic storm as it happened.

Galactica stellaris: Astronomers Build a Family Tree for the Milky Way's Stars

Scientifc America - Mon, 2017-03-27 08:00
Methods borrowed from biology are revealing previously hidden details about our galaxy’s history of star formation

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Opening a Window into the Minds of Language-Impaired Children

Scientifc America - Mon, 2017-03-27 07:00
Researchers are using eye-tracking technology to learn more about children afflicted with specific language impairment

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Mind-Reading Computers That Can Translate Thoughts into Words

Scientifc America - Fri, 2017-03-24 12:00
In his latest book, Adam Piore explores how bioengineers are harnessing the latest technologies to unlock untapped abilities in the human body and mind, like translating neural brain patterns of...

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