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NASA Unveils Celestial Fireworks as Official Image for Hubble 25th Anniversary

NASA and ESA are celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope's silver anniversary of 25 years in space by unveiling some of nature's own fireworks - a giant cluster of about 3,000 stars called Westerlund 2.

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Hubble National Teach-In Explores Space Telescope's Legacy

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At 1pm EDT on Fri., April 24, classrooms across the nation will be able to participate in the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary in a national "teach-in" sponsored by STScI in Baltimore, Maryland. Watch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHD1pR4Ma1w . For detailed information on how to participate in the event, visit http://hubble25th.org/go/Teach-In .

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University of Washington Key Player in New NASA Coalition to Search for Life on Distant Worlds

Since 2001 the NASA Astrobiology Institute's Virtual Planetary Laboratory, based at the University of Washington, has brought an interdisciplinary approach to the study of planets and search for life outside our solar system. Now, a new NASA initiative inspired by the UW lab is embracing that same team approach in the ongoing search for life on planets around other stars.

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Astronomer, Leader of Multiple Hubble Projects Can Discuss Anniversary

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ALMA Reveals Intense Magnetic Field Close to Supermassive Black Hole

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has revealed an extremely powerful magnetic field, beyond anything previously detected in the core of a galaxy, very close to the event horizon of a supermassive black hole.

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Harvesting Energy from Electromagnetic Waves

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This week in the journal Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing, researchers from the University of Waterloo in Canada report a novel design for electromagnetic energy harvesting based on the "full absorption concept." This involves the use of metamaterials that can be tailored to produce media that neither reflects nor transmits any power—enabling full absorption of incident waves at a specific range of frequencies and polarizations.

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Researchers Create a New Map of Invisible Dark Matter

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Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey, including researchers from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, have released the first in a series of dark matter maps of the cosmos. These maps, created with one of the world’s most powerful digital cameras, are the largest contiguous maps created at this level of detail, and will improve our understanding of dark matter’s role in the formation of galaxies. They may also shed light on an unknown form of energy, called dark energy, which is believed to cause the universe to expand at an accelerating rate.

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Violent Methane Storms on Titan May Solve Dune Direction Mystery

Titan, Saturn's largest moon, is among the most Earthlike places in the solar system. As the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft examines Titan, its discoveries bring new mysteries. One of these is that the seemingly wind-created sand dunes spotted near the moon's equator point one direction, but the near-surface winds point another direction. University of Washington astronomer Benjamin Charnay and co-authors may have solved this mystery.

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Dark Energy Survey Creates Detailed Guide to Spotting Dark Matter in the Cosmos

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Scientists on the Dark Energy Survey have released the first in a series of dark matter maps of the cosmos. These maps, created with one of the world's most powerful digital cameras, are the largest contiguous maps created at this level of detail and will improve our understanding of dark matter's role in the formation of galaxies.

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Trending Stories Report for 10 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: Astronomy, Cardiology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neutrinos, oil spills, Toxicology, Cancer, and Nutrition