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New Study Reveals Relationships Between Chemicals Found on Comets

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A new study has revealed similarities and relationships between certain types of chemicals found on 30 different comets, which vary widely in their overall composition compared to one another. The research is part of ongoing investigations into these primordial bodies, which contain material largely unchanged from the birth of the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago.

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Bethlehem Star May Not Be a Star After All

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Studying historical, astronomical and biblical records, Grant Mathews, University of Notre Dame professor, believes the event that led the Magi was an extremely rare planetary alignment occurring in 6 B.C., and the likes of which may never be seen again.

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New Design Neutron Spectrometer Being Tested for Manned Spaceflight

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The Fast Neutron Spectrometer (FNS) is now aboard the International Space Station. Neutrons contribute to crew radiation exposure and must be measured to assess exposure levels. The FNS uses a new instrument design that can significantly improve reliability.

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Timing the Shadow of a Potentially Habitable Extrasolar Planet

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A group of researchers have observed the transit of a potentially Earth-like extrasolar planet as it passes in front of its parent star.

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Researchers Propose Low-Mass Supernova Triggered Formation of Our Solar System

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A research team led by the University of Minnesota uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered the formation of our solar system.

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STScI Astronomers Nancy Levenson and David Soderblom Elected AAAS Fellows

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Nancy A. Levenson and David R. Soderblom of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Georgetown Team Sets Off to Antarctica in Search of Traces of Ancient Life

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A quest to understand if and how life can endure in extreme cold— on Earth and, perhaps one day, on Mars — is sending a team of Georgetown University researchers to Antarctica to search for, and then sequence, ancient bacteria.

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Giant 'Great Valley' Found on Mercury

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On Earth, massive chasm would reach between Detroit, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

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Asteroid Impacts Could Create Habitats for Life

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An international team of 38 scientists, including Rutgers’ Sonia Tikoo, has shown how large asteroid impacts deform rocks and possibly create habitats for early life on Earth and elsewhere.

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Cracked, Frozen and Tipped Over: New Clues From Pluto's Past

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Sputnik Planitia, a 1,000-kilometer-wide basin within the iconic heart-shaped region observed on Pluto's surface, could be in its present location because accumulation of ice made the dwarf planet roll over, creating cracks and tensions in the crust that point toward the presence of a subsurface ocean.

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Laurent Pueyo, Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Maryland Academy of Sciences, Maryland Science Center, Space Telescope Science Institute, Stsci, Extrasolar Planets, imaging instrumentation, advanced data analysis methods, James Webb Space Telescope, NASA, Exoplanets, chronographic imaging

Dr. Laurent Pueyo Receives 2016 Outstanding Young Scientist Award

The Maryland Academy of Sciences has selected Dr. Laurent Pueyo of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, as the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Young Scientist award. He will receive the award in a ceremony today (Nov. 16) at the Maryland Science Center, located in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

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Walter E. Massey, Taft Armandroff to Lead Giant Magellan Telescope Board

The Giant Magellan Telescope Organization on Nov. 16 announced the appointment of Walter E. Massey and Taft Armandroff to the positions of board chair and vice chair, respectively.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, , The New Polytechnic at Rensselaer , Unity Underylying Diversity , Office of the First-Year Experience , Office of Student Success , School of Science at Rensselaer , School of Engineering at Rensselaer , Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant , HHMI, stem, Mentorship, NASA, Dr. Guion S. Bluford

Freefall: Flying in Space

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As a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, Dr. Guion S.Bluford became the first African-American to travel into space. He was also the first African-American to return to space for a second, third, and fourth time. Bluford will deliver a lecture titled “Freefall: Flying in Space,” on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus on Wednesday, Nov.16. The event, hosted by the School of Science and the Student Success office, will be held in the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Concert Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is open to members of the Rensselaer campus and local community.

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Gene Deletion Allows Cancer Cells to Thrive When Migrating Within the Brain

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Astronauts survive in space by wearing high-tech space suits. But how do brain cancer cells thrive when they migrate to inhospitable sites within the brain?

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The Search for Dark Matter

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Researchers have been attempting to measure dark matter for more than three decades, but have yet to detect a dark matter particle. Through experiments both deep underground like LUX and LUX-ZEPLIN and in space like the AMS, researchers are narrowing the field of search.

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Meteorites Reveal Lasting Drought on Mars

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The lack of liquid water on the surface of Mars today has been demonstrated by new evidence in the form of meteorites on the Red Planet examined by an international team of planetary scientists.

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Supermoon? Meh. It May Be Closer, but It Won’t Be Super Duper

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NASA, Space.com, Sky & Telescope magazine, observatories everywhere — just about any entity with a stake in the night sky — have been busy telling us how great the full moon will be Nov. 14 because the satellite will be closer to Earth than it’s been for almost 70 years. But to the casual observer, the moon will look little different from any other full moon.

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Voting Day Round-Up! Research and Experts on 2016 Election

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The Birth of Massive Stars Is Accompanied by Strong Luminosity Bursts

"How do massive stars form?" is one of the fundamental questions in modern astrophysics, because these massive stars govern the energy budget of their host galaxies. Using numerical simulations, researchers at the University of Tübingen in a collaboration with Eduard Vorobyov from the Institute for Astrophysics at the University of Vienna revealed new components of the formation of massive stars, which were already known from the formation process of low-mass as well as primordial stars. The study has now been published in the peer-review journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Tsunami of Stars and Gas Produces Dazzling Eye-Shaped Feature in Galaxy

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Astronomers using ALMA have discovered a tsunami of stars and gas that is crashing midway through the disk of a spiral galaxy known as IC 2163. This colossal wave of material – which was triggered when IC 2163 recently sideswiped another spiral galaxy dubbed NGC 2207 – produced dazzling arcs of intense star formation that resemble a pair of eyelids.







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