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Near Earth Asteroids: No Cause For Alarm … Yet

The asteroids’ trajectory brings them within the moon’s orbit of Earth. NASA/JPL-Caltech Two asteroids are passing within the moon’s distance from Earth today. The Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona discovered both objects on Sunday,…

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Protecting Cell Membranes Against Leaks and Ruptures

Hsp 12 binds to membranes and stabilizes them against rupture and leakiness. Technische Universitaet Muenchen Despite clear evidence that Hsp12 — a so-called heat shock or stress protein — helps cells survive life-threatening conditions, how…

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The Mists of Time: Amateur Scientists

Comet Hale-Bopp NASA/JPL-Caltech August isn’t a special month (unless you’re fortunate enough to be on Summer vacation, then it’s magic) but, historically, August has brought us many exciting scientific developments. Atomic Bombs In a future…

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Rain Contributes To Cycling Patterns Of Clouds

Marine stratocumulus clouds have open cells (sky in the middle) and closed cells (cloudy in the middle). (Click for larger image.) Jeff Schmaltz, NASA Like shifting sand dunes, some clouds disappear in one place and…

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Latest ‘Green’ Packing Material? Mushrooms!

EcoCradle packaging material is composed of agricultural byproducts bound by fungal mycelium. (cc) Edward Browka, Ecovative Design A new packing material that grows itself is now appearing in shipped products across the US. The composite…

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New Methodology Improves Winter Climate Forecasting

(cc) Grant MacDonald It’s hot out right now, but new research from North Carolina State University will help us know what to expect when the weather turns cold. Researchers have developed a new methodology that…

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Artificial Photosynthesis – Fuels from Sunlight

Artificial photosynthesis could produce fuels directly from sunlight. (cc) Jack As part of a broad effort to achieve breakthrough innovations in energy production, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman will award up to $122…

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NASA Finds Elusive Buckyballs In Space

buckyballs-space-nasa.jpg NASA/JPL-Caltech Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered carbon molecules, known as “buckyballs,” in space for the first time. Buckyballs are soccer-ball-shaped molecules that were first observed in a laboratory 25 years ago….

NASA’s WISE Completes Extensive Sky Survey

The Pleiades cluster of stars, also known as the Seven Sisters. (Click for larger image.) NASA NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, completed its first survey of the entire sky on July 17. The…