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2014-05-08 16:27:14

- 'Clinical Map Initiative' On Track; Advanced RG-101 and RG-012, Expect to Nominate Third microRNA Clinical Candidate by YE 2014 - LA JOLLA, Calif., May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLS), a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and development of innovative medicines targeting microRNAs, today reported financial results and highlights for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 and provided a summary of recent corporate highlights. "In the first quarter of...

A Stellar Explosion On The Outer Reaches Of The Universe Provides Clues About The Formation Of Black Holes
2014-05-08 03:10:01

University of the Basque Country A partnership of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, Ikerbasque and the CSIC-Spanish National Research Council is participating in the detecting, for the first time, of circular light coming from a recently created black hole On 24 October 2012 observatories across the world were alerted about a huge stellar explosion, the GRB121024A, which had been located just hours before in the Eridanus constellation by NASA's Swift satellite. However, only...

Mid-level Solar Flare 050814
2014-05-08 12:01:48

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 6:07 a.m. EDT on May 8, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, captured images of it. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however -- when intense enough -- they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. To see...

Alberta Crater May Have Been An Ancient Meteorite Impact Site
2014-05-08 10:46:42

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online Evidence from an ancient ring-like structure discovered in southern Alberta, Canada, suggests it was formed by a meteorite strike. The meteorite was large enough to form a five-mile-wide crater and if a strike of that magnitude occurred today, the resulting explosion would obliterate Calgary. A research team led by Doug Schmitt, a Canada Research Chair in Rock Physics from the University of Alberta, studied the site discovered by a...

Star Cluster Study Inspires New Ideas On How Sun-Like Stars Form
2014-05-08 10:15:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The prevailing theory on star cluster formation states that gravity causes a giant cloud of gas and dust to condense to concentrations that trigger the ignition of stars at the center of the cloud. However, according to a new study based on data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes, some of the oldest stars in known clusters sit on the exterior of their groups. The study researchers focused on two clusters...

solar flare March 29
2014-05-08 05:31:14

[ Watch the Video: The Best Observed X-Class Flare ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An X-class solar flare that erupted on March 29 was observed by four different spacecraft and one ground-based observatory, making it the best viewed phenomenon of its kind, NASA officials announced on Wednesday. The intense flare, which originated from the right side of the sun, was detected and monitored by the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), the Solar...

Illustris simulation
2014-05-08 05:17:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at MIT and Harvard have devised the most accurate model to date of how our universe first took shape. Dubbed Illustris, the new virtual cosmos covers the 13 billion-year evolution of the universe beginning just 12 million years after the Big Bang. It includes details never before achieved in a simulation, and accurately portrays the distribution and composition of numerous types of galaxies. "Until now, no single...

hypervelocity star
2014-05-08 04:44:08

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most stars move around the galaxy in well-defined orbits, pulled under the influence of the Milky Way’s gravity. It is the predictable motion of the stars around the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole core that gives the galaxy its spiral structure. There are, of course, deviations from the norm, but on average the stars move at a leisurely pace of roughly 500,000 miles per hour. But this is not always the case. In...

space dust nanograins
2014-05-07 16:20:44

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., has successfully reproduced, right here on Earth, the processes that occur in the atmosphere of a red giant star and lead to the formation of planet-forming interstellar dust. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Using a specialized facility, called the Cosmic Simulation Chamber (COSmIC) designed and built at Ames, scientists now are able to...

2014-05-07 12:21:42

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes, astronomers have made an important advance in the understanding of how clusters of stars come into being. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The data show early notions of how star clusters are formed cannot be correct. The simplest idea is stars form into clusters when a giant cloud of gas and dust condenses. The center of the cloud pulls...

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Stellar Astrophysics
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...

Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...

2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: The Hubble Extreme Deep Field (XDF) was completed in September 2012 and shows the farthest galaxies ever photographed by humans. Each speck of light in the photo is an individual galaxy, some of them as old as 13.2 billion years; the observable universe is estimated to contain more than 200 billion galaxies. Credit: NASA/Wikipedia What is Cosmology? I once commented to an acquaintance that I was fascinated by the field of Cosmology, and mused that if I had more time, I...

2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 56,000 light-years in diameter and approximately 60 million light-years distant. Credit: NASA/ESA/Wikipedia What is Astrophysics? For much of the modern age the term Astrophysics has been used synonymously with Astronomy. This interchange is so common that many textbooks even offer the two as having the same meaning. However, from a strictly historical perspective there are differences...

Tropic of Capricorn
2013-02-21 13:31:57

The Tropic of Capricorn, alternately called the Southern Tropic, is a marker of the most southerly latitude on the Earth at which the Sun can be directly overhead. This occurs at the December solstice, when the southern hemisphere is tilted towards the sun at its maximum degree. It is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. It presently lies 23 degrees 26’ 16’’ south of the Equator. Currently, the Tropic of Capricorn is drifting towards the north at...

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Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.