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November 18, 2014

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7:57 AM | Scoperta l’origine del “Dna Frankenstein” dei tumori
In alcuni tipi di tumori si osservano enormi molecole di Dna, denominate neocromosomi, responsabili della loro crescita e sopravvivenza. Un gruppo di ricercatori australiani, coordinati dal Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre di Melbourne, ha finalmente scoperto come si formano questi cromosomi giganti, non presenti nelle cellule sane. Come descritto sulle pagine della rivista Cancer Cell, i cromosomi sani “esploderebbero” spontaneamente, provocando un riassemblamento casuale del […]
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4:00 AM | Una nuova teoria sugli universi paralleli ‘interagenti’
Un gruppo di ricercatori della University of Griffith stanno sfidando le regole fondamentali della teoria dei quanti proponendo una nuova e più radicale teoria basata su universi paralleli “interagenti”. In un articolo pubblicato su Physical Review X, Howard Wiseman e Michael Hall del Centre for Quantum Dynamics, assieme a Dirk-Andre Deckert della University of California a […]

November 17, 2014

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11:10 PM | Rosetta imaged Philae during its descent -- and after its bounce
This morning ESA released a set of images of the Philae lander taken by the Rosetta orbiter during -- and after -- the lander's first touchdown. The images contain evidence for the spot Philae first touched the comet, and a crucial photo of Philae's position several minutes into its first long bounce.
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11:00 PM | Corporate Counsel Accused Of Stealing Trade Secrets.
Schlumberger Ltd., the world’s largest oilfield services company, has sued its former deputy general counsel, Charlotte Rutherford, claiming that she stole the company’s trade secrets before leaving the company to join Acacia Research Group. Acacia acquires and licenses patents and engages in patent litigation.  The firm has been called “the mother of all patent trolls” and … Continue reading →
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9:57 PM | Art More Beautiful Than Fiction
"Poof!" goes a star, leaving its new dust to interact as it will.  Ever wonder what solar systems may look like before those clouds of dust coalesce to form the clumps we call planets? Sometimes those who know the science + data can visualize things in a special way. [Enter astronomers.] Here's NASA's new artistic visualization of the actual planetary system austerely named "HD 95086."Image Illustration Credit: Spitzer Space Telescope, JPL, NASASource page: NASA's APOD-----Share this […]
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9:28 PM | Wow! The Solar System Keeps Surprising Us
Comet 67: the Gift that Keeps on Giving Okay, I’ve just seen two “wow!!!” images today that I have to share with you.  The first is a sequence of images taken by the Rosetta mission’s OSIRIS imaging system that shows the Philae lander making its first “bounce” on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, and then lifting […]
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9:18 PM | Messier Monday: An All-Season Cluster, M35 (Synopsis)
“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.” -Henri Matisse But the surrounding fog might not come from our minds nor from our world, but rather from the plane of the galaxy itself. Nevertheless, the brightest clusters — the ones placed serendipitously — are clearly visible (and…
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9:18 PM | Messier Monday: An All-Season Cluster, M35
With an unforgettable “blue fog” caused by the galaxy itself that makes it stand out among all the others.Continue reading on Medium »
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9:06 PM | Rosetta Captures Comet Lander Philae's Big Adventure
The orbiting Rosetta spacecraft photographed the path of the Philae lander as it descended, bounced and drifted into a ditch. Continue reading →
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6:05 PM | Shirtstorm
Last week, the European Space Agency landed a space probe on a comet. It was big news—historic, even. But another event caused a stir at the same time, tangentially related to the event. Matt Taylor, the Rosetta mission’s project scientist, went on the air to talk about the successful landing. However, his choice of attire was unfortunate. He was wearing a bowling shirt covered in pinup-style drawings of scantily clad women. This upset a lot of people. A lot. It was compounded by […]
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5:00 PM | Software Bisque Workshop Weekend At GMARS.
This past weekend saw the largest gathering of Paramount users at a single location.  The Riverside Astronomical Society was glad to be a part of this special workshop weekend. Paramount owners were invited to come to our dark sky site, GMARS, in Landers, CA to take part in workshop to help owners of these wonderful … Continue reading →
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3:20 PM | Ebola, finita l'epidemia in Congo
Buone notizie dalla Repubblica Democratica del Congo. Il ministro della salute congolese Felix Kabange Numbi ha ufficialmente dichiarato la fine dell'epidemia di ebola nel paese. L'annuncio arriva 42 giorni dopo la segnalazione dell'ultimo caso della malattia, il 4 ottobre scorso, e 3 mesi dopo che il governo di Kinshasa aveva dichiarato lo stato di epidemia. “La fine dell'epidemia non significa che il pericolo sia completamente eliminato”, ha detto Kabange. “Il Congo […]
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2:21 PM | Un bacio da 80 milioni (di batteri)
A saperlo prima, forse Adriano Celentano avrebbe dovuto rivedere a ribasso la sua 24mila baci. Perché, stando a uno studio appena pubblicato sulla rivista open-access Microbiome, scambiarsi 24mila baci equivale, più o meno, a trasferire quasi 2mila miliardidi batteri da una bocca all’altra. Gli autori del lavoro, guidati daRemco Kort, del Dipartimento di microbiologia e biologia dei sistemi di Tno, hanno condotto uno studio su 21 […]
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1:01 PM | Aurora borealis and thoughts about November
In ten days ago (7.-8.11.2014), I observed nice northern lights in Kuusamo town. Weather was quite crispy during the night, temperature was about -15 degrees below zero! Sky wasn’t very dark during my observing session, almost full Moon was shining in the sky, and also the lights of the town were interfering the show of […]
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12:53 PM | Ecco Philae sulla cometa
Le batterie sono finite e lui, il lander Philae della missione Rosetta, la prima a portarci su una cometa, si è addormentato. Lo ha fatto dopo 57 intense ore passate su 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko,durante le quali – problemi a parte, come quelli relativi alla sua posizione, che ne hanno compromesso la possibilità di ricarica ad energia solare, e difficoltà nell’atterraggio – ha portato a termine con successo la prima parte […]
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12:30 PM | Philae Spotted Hopping Away in Photo of Comet
A few days ago, the world watched and cheered as the tiny spaceship Philae landed on the surface of a comet. However, it was quickly determined that the anchoring harpoons didn’t fire, and the lander bounced off the comet. It soared a kilometer high before falling agonizingly slowly back down nearly two hours later, only to take a second, shorter hop, ending up in comet incognita. It took a little while, but images taken by the orbiting Rosetta spacecraft mothership (and assembled into a […]
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12:00 PM | Leonid Meteor Shower: What to Expect
If bad weather or light pollution spoils your meteor display, you can also catch them online.
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11:15 AM | Diabete, una app per mangiare correttamente
L’importanza dello stile di vita, soprattutto sul fronte dell'alimentazione, per prevenire malattie come il diabete o per gestirle al meglio è ormai chiara a tutti. Tropo spesso però passare dalla teoria alla pratica è difficile: è ormai infatti ampiamente dimostrato che per molte persone il controllo del proprio regime alimentare è spesso fonte di dubbi e ansie. Per aiutare in primis i pazienti diabetici, ma anche tutti coloro che ci tengono a rimanere […]
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9:00 AM | Guest Post: Affair of the Heart: VII: $64,000 Questions
I spent about seven hours in the operating room at Johns Hopkins Hospital being worked on by a highly skilled surgical team, followed by a day in intensive care and five days in regular care. I also had a battery of pre-op and post-op tests and consultations to investigate the aortic aneurysm that put me […]
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8:44 AM | A lezione di creatività da Isaac Asimov
È una delle organizzazioni più segrete al mondo. Oggi si chiama Darpa, acronimo per Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, ma fino al 1972 era nota come Arpa. È l’agenzia degli Stati Uniti che si occupa di ricerca e sviluppo di nuove tecnologie in ambito militare. A quanto pare, oltre ad avvalersi della competenza di scienziati e ingegneri, i dirigenti dell’Arpa, cinquantacinque anni fa, […]
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8:42 AM | Prevedere le epidemie con Wikipedia
Analizzare quante persone leggono le pagine di Wikipedia relative ad una specifica malattia potrebbe aiutare a monitorare e prevedere la diffusione delle epidemie attorno al globo, almeno secondo uno studio pubblicato su PLOS Computational Biology. Nella ricerca,Sara Del Valle e il suo team di scienziati del Los Alamos National Laboratory sono stati infatti in grado di monitorare gli scoppi di epidemie di influenza negli Stati Uniti, Polonia, Giappoine e Tailandia; di […]
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6:41 AM | doodling with everyday objects
art by Javier Pérez (cintascotch).
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5:35 AM | Slide collection opens a door on America’s past
A look at hand-coloured slides from the early days of photography.
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5:35 AM | Rosetta: ‘At the limit of what humankind can do’
The perils and triumphs of the audacious mission to land a probe on a comet.
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5:35 AM | Lone stars: Half of the stars in the Universe may lie outside galaxies
Caltech scientists may have found some of the missing matter in the Universe.
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5:35 AM | Best of the blogs
Highlights from our daily blog over the past week.
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5:35 AM | The crystals that can clean the planet
Matthew Hill’s work with ultra-porous crystals has earned him an Australian Prime Minister’s science prize.
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5:35 AM | Let’s bring on the brave new world
Fear about robots taking our jobs is misplaced.
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5:35 AM | Blood test may be key to Alzheimer’s treatment
Early warning may offer patients the best chance.
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4:00 AM | MUSE ‘fotografa’ uno spettacolare ‘incidente cosmico’
Il nuovo strumento MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) installato sul VLT (Very Large Telescope) dell’ESO ha fornito ai ricercatori la miglior veduta di uno spettacolare ‘incidente cosmico’. Le osservazioni rivelano per la prima volta il moto del gas che viene strappato dalla galassia ESO 137-001, una galassia una galassia a spirale situata a circa 200 milioni di anni […]
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