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August 27, 2014

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7:42 AM | Un giorno nella vita del conflitto siriano
Il continuo bombardamento di immagini e notizie di guerre, a cui i media ci sottopongono quotidianamente, ci ha resi ormai, forse, insensibili alla realtà di chi vive i conflitti in prima persona. Come spettatori di un film, non siamo più in grado di comprendere realmente ciò che accade nei teatri di guerra, che percepiamo come scenari distanti dalla nostra esistenza. Ridurre questa distanza è l’obiettivo principale di “L’impatto della guerra: Un […]
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7:35 AM | Aperte le iscrizioni al primo Falling Walls Lab nazionale
Il prossimo 3 ottobre l’Università di Trento ospiterà il Falling Walls Lab, un evento organizzato annualmente in più paesi nel mondo, e per la prima volta in Italia, finalizzato alla selezione delle migliori idee innovative presentate da giovani talenti in tutte le aree disciplinari.Si tratta di una giornata di selezione aperta non solo a esponenti del mondo accademico – studenti di laurea magistrale, postdoc, ricercatori – ma anche a imprenditori e […]
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6:55 AM | Quando il boss è robot ci piace
Come rendere soddisfatti i lavoratori? Affidandogli un robot come capo. Uno studio dei ricercatori del Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (Csail) del Mit dimostra infatti come aver per boss un robot aiuti non solo a produrre di più, ma anche ad essere più soddisfatti. Insomma, dare maggiore autonomia airobot sarebbe solo che gratificante per i lavoratori. Quanto osservato è il risultato di una ricerca partita con […]
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6:22 AM | SpaceX Delays Falcon Launch After Test Vehicle Explosion
Launch of SpaceX’s next Falcon 9 rocket is on hold, pending a review after a related test vehicle self-destructed during a flight test last week. Continue reading →
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6:20 AM | The Competition for Dollars
We all know NASA needs more money to achieve its goals. But competition for money is intense within the U.S. federal government, and two trends have made it harder for NASA to get what it needs.
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6:00 AM | DES inizia per la seconda survey del cielo sud
Dopo gli ottimi risultati già ottenuti nel corso della sua prima stagione, è già iniziato il secondo anno della missione spaziale denominata Dark Energy Survey (DES), che avrà come obiettivo la survey del cielo meridionale con una accuratezza senza precedenti. Grazie alla risoluzione di 570 megapixel della Dark Energy Camera (DECAM), montata presso il telescopio Victor M. Blanco […]
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4:20 AM | Week 14: Dunes, Craters and Dark Skies
A ‘heiligenschein selfie’ at craters of the Moon, Idaho. (All photos by author) Think you know Idaho? If you’re like us, up until about a week ago, you had visions of Idaho as the “other” potato growing state. But this past week has taught us otherwise, as the state hosts mountains, deserts, lava fields, and [...]
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2:57 AM | New Evidence that We Live in a Space Bubble
Many people enjoy talking about their neighborhood, and how well they've come to know it. But do you know much about the "neighborhood" that our Sun and its planets hang out in? New evidence from an instrument launched aboard a NASA rocket has confirmed that our cosmic neighborhood really is a big bubble. We have known for some time that our solar system sits inside a region which is emptier than the typical neighborhood in the Milky Way Galaxy. This "Local Bubble" (as it is called) […]
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1:58 AM | Government Graphics Galore; How much of our tax dollars are going towards science?
Click to expand: A taste of what is to come...This graphic offers an international comparison of the percent of their GDP that countries invest in the defense and non-defense categories of their R&D budgets. As someone who's salary is coming directly from the National Science Foundation (NSF), I am a fan of the government dollars. This also means I'm a little fed up with Congress' love of cutting funding for the sciences. In the aftermath of the sequester, and the […]
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12:50 AM | Week 14: Dunes, Craters and Dark Skies
A ‘heiligenschein selfie’ at craters of the Moon, Idaho. (All photos by author) Think you know Idaho? If you’re like us, up until about a week ago, you had visions of Idaho as the “other” potato growing state. But this past week has taught us otherwise, as the state hosts mountains, deserts, lava fields, and [...]

August 26, 2014

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11:55 PM | Europa: How Less Can Be More
Van Kane explains three factors that make exploring Europa hard—factors that can make a mission concept that seems like less actually be more.
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10:55 PM | Clouds of Water Possibly Found in Brown Dwarf Atmosphere
The coolest brown dwarf discovered so far appears to have water clouds in its atmosphere, giving this sub-stellar object a very planet like characteristic. Continue reading →
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10:00 PM | Appeal to Federal Circuit after Missed Deadline
AT&T has asked the Federal Circuit for more time to appeal after its patent law firm missed a deadline for challenging a $40 million patent infringement verdict against the company. On February 6, US District Judge Orlando Garcia denied a motion by AT&T seeking an extension of time to appeal a March, 2013 verdict that … Continue reading →
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8:46 PM | The Pluto Firestorm Continues
The Issue is NOT Just Planetary Status I recently got into a fascinating late-evening computer chat with someone who is really incensed that Pluto is no longer a planet. He seemed pretty upset about it, and although not a planetary scientist, seemed cognizant of the IAU’s role in the supposed “demotion” of Pluto a few […]
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8:35 PM | The Stars Beyond (Synopsis)
When you look out at the Universe, it comes as no surprise that it’s full of galaxies, each one with a dense, central collection of brilliant stars and an intricate structure all their own. They come in all sorts of structural varieties, with some in isolation, others in small groups, and still others in huge,…
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8:32 PM | The Stars Beyond
How the ruins of ancient galaxies inhabit the outer reaches of our Milky Way.Continue reading on Medium »
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7:02 PM | Do we live in a 2-D hologram? New Fermilab experiment will test the nature of the universe
A unique experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory called the Holometer has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe – including whether we live in a hologram. Much like characters on a television show would not know that their seemingly 3-D world exists only on…Read more →
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5:59 PM | Our Neighboring Superstars
The Eta Carinae star system does not lack for superlatives. Not only does it contain one of the biggest and brightest stars in our galaxy, weighing at least 90 times the mass of the Sun, it is also extremely volatile and is expected to have at least one supernova explosion in the future. As one of the first objects observed by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory after its launch some 15 years ago, this double star system continues to reveal new clues about its nature through the X-rays it […]
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5:38 PM | Heating up the fishbowl: Climate change threatens endangered Devils Hole pupfish
Climate change is hurting reproduction of the critically endangered Devils Hole pupfish, threatening the survival of the already small population, new research shows.
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5:16 PM | Hubble Spies Dark Nebula of Stellar Creation
This thick cloud of dust and gas may look like a dark and foreboding corner of our galaxy, but it is actually a region of star birth that exhibits a smorgasbord of stellar phenomena. Continue reading →
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4:16 PM | The Brilliance of Scientific Assumption (Synopsis)
If you’ve ever heard someone dismiss evolution, the Big Bang or climate change as “just a theory” and wanted to pull your hair out, you’re not alone. In science, after all, theories are the most powerful ideas we have to explain the mechanism behind the most intricate observable phenomena in the Universe. But it’s where…
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4:16 PM | The Brilliance of Scientific Assumption
How extrapolating beyond simple scientific facts takes our understanding into uncharted waters.Continue reading on Medium »
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4:12 PM | Air Force starts search for an RD-180 replacement
Although the supply of Russian-built RD-180 engines that power the first stage of the Atlas V do not appear to be in the same level of jeopardy as feared earlier this year—United Launch Alliance took delivery of two of those engines last week—the US Air Force is starting to lay the groundwork for development of [...]
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4:00 PM | Kepler Data Reveals Two Potential Habitable Candidates.
A team of scientists pouring over the data, from the crippled Kepler spacecraft, have found two more potential Earth-like planets about 1,200 light years from here. What makes the two Kepler-62 planets interesting is that they are in the same system. Kepler-62 has five total planets (that we have found) with 62e and 62f being … Continue reading →
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3:59 PM | Black holes into darkness
Black holes are gravity at the extreme. As such, many of their properties lie at the edge of our knowledge of physics. At the event horizon — the boundary beyond which nothing can return to the outside Universe — we must grapple with the combination of gravity and quantum physics, a problem we have yet […]
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3:48 PM | StarTalk SoundBite: Mayim Bialik, Neuroscientist And Actress
Did you know Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler is a neuroscientist in real life? StarTalk Live host Neil deGrasse Tyson explores how Emmy-Nominated actress Mayim Bialik’s portrayal of a neuroscientist on "The Big Bang Theory" has been influenced by her own personal experience in the field. Along with the support of Dr. Heather Berlin and additional commentary from Eugene Mirman, they uncover some of the reality behind the social stereotypes characterized in"The Big Bang Theory" and scientific […]
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3:39 PM | Holometer, un esperimento per studiare la natura dell’Universo
Se vedete in dettaglio lo schermo del vostro televisore noterete dei pixel, piccoli punti di dati che formano una immagine senza soluzione di continuità se ci allontaniamo. Gli scienziati ritengono che l’informazione contenuta nell’Universo sia contenuta allo stesso modo in una specie di “pixel spaziali” la cui dimensione naturale è 10 trilioni di trilioni di volte […]
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3:19 PM | Il primo organo creato dal nulla (o quasi)
Per la prima volta al mondo, un intero organo completamente funzionale è stato sviluppato a partire da cellule del tessuto connettivo di un embrione di topo. Si tratta del timo, ghiandola di forma piramidale situata dietro lo sterno, implicata nella produzione di un importante tipo di cellule del sistema immunitario, i linfociti T. Lo studio, pubblicato su Nature Cell Biology, è stato condotto dai ricercatori del Medical Research Council Centre for Regenerative Medicine (Crm) […]
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2:59 PM | Rosetta identifies five possible landing sites for Philae
The Rosetta team has announced the selection of five regions on Churyumov-Gerasimenko that they will study as possible landing sites for little Philae. Now, as Rosetta surveys the comet from its second triangular "orbit" at an average distance of 60 kilometers, the mission will target these spots for extra attention.
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2:33 PM | The Great Alien Debate (Part 1)
This post is one in a series covering, and expanding on, topics in the book The Copernicus Complex (Scientific American/FSG).           The conversation usually goes like... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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