This artist's illustration depicts the merging black hole binary systems for GW150914 (left) and GW151226 (right). The black hole pairs are shown together in this illustration, but were actually detected at different times, and on different parts of the sky. The images have been scaled to show the difference in black hole masses. New research predicts that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory will detect gravitational waves generated by many more merging black holes in coming years.
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This graphic compares surface temperatures and gravity on Earth and Venus. The two planets are similar sizes and have similar gravity -- but Venus is bone dry and more than 10 times as hot as our home planet. Recent NASA research describes a key process that removes water from the Venusian atmosphere.Venus has an "electric wind" strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping Earth's twin planet of...

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TSRI scientists reveal single-neuron gene landscape of the human brain

Authors of the new <i>Science</i> study include (left to right) Yun Yung, Xiaoyan Sheng, Jerold Chun, Gwendolyn Kaeser and Allison Chen of The Scripps Research Institute.A team of scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and Illumina, Inc., has completed the first large-scale assessment of single neuronal...

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Discovery of newborn exoplanet could help explain planetary evolution

A team of international researchers have discovered the youngest fully-formed exoplanet ever detected, orbiting a young star 500 light years from Earth.

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The incidence of Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism increased significantly in 30 years from 1976 to 2005, Mayo Clinic researchers reported today in a study in JAMA Neurology. This trend was...

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Sea star death triggers ecological domino effect

A new study by Simon Fraser University marine ecologists Jessica Schultz, Ryan Cloutier and Isabelle Côté has discovered that a mass mortality of sea stars resulted in a domino effect...

Hubble confirms new dark spot on Neptune

This new Hubble Space Telescope image confirms the presence of a dark vortex in the atmosphere of Neptune. On the left, the full visible-light image shows a dark vortex near and below a patch of bright clouds in the planet's southern hemisphere.  The dark spot measures roughly 3,000 miles across.  On the right, Neptune's dark vortices are typically only best seen at blue wavelengths.New images obtained on May 16, 2016, by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a dark vortex in the atmosphere of Neptune. Though similar features were seen during...

Hairs, feathers and scales have a lot in common!

Placodes (spots stained in dark blue by the expression of an early developmental gene) are visible before the development of hair, scales and feathers in (from left to right) the mouse, the snake, the chicken and the crocodile.The potential evolutionary link between hairs in mammals, feathers in birds and scales in reptiles has been debated for decades. Today, researchers of the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the...

'Amazing protein diversity' is discovered in the maize plant

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researchers found 'amazing diversity' in the maize plant by extensively sampling messages copied from activated genes in these six portions, or 'tissues,' of the plant.The genome of the corn plant - or maize, as it's called almost everywhere except the US - "is a lot more exciting" than scientists have previously believed. So...

Migratory bears down in the dumps

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Coal to solar: Retraining the energy workforce

Joshua Pearce's lab at Michigan Tech focuses on the accessibility of solar and 3-D printing technologies.As more coal-fired power plants are retired, industry workers are left without many options. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though.

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Driverless cars pose a quandary when it comes to safety. These autonomous vehicles are programmed with a set of safety rules, and it is not hard to construct a scenario in which those rules come into conflict with each other....

Good bacteria vital to coral reef survival

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Particle zoo in a quantum computer

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Study finds manta rays are local commuters; not long-distance travelers

Scripps graduate student Josh Stewart swims near a giant oceanic manta ray at Bahia de Banderas off mainland Pacific Mexico.Oceanic manta rays-often thought to take epic migrations-might actually be homebodies, according to a new study. A Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego-led research team...

New analysis reveals large-scale motion around San Andreas Fault System

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Ancient DNA shows perfect storm felled Ice Age giants

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'Space tsunami' causes the third Van Allen Belt

This is an illustration to explain the dynamics of the ultra-relativistic third Van Allen radiation belt, by Andy Kale.Earth's magnetosphere, the region of space dominated by Earth's magnetic field, protects our planet from the harsh battering of the solar wind. Like a protective shield, the magnetosphere absorbs and...

Scientists use 'virtual heart' to model heart failure

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Volcanoes get quiet before they erupt!

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