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2014-10-01 16:27:26

Acquires Customer Relationships from Former Distribution Partner SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cepheid (NASDAQ: CPHD) today announced that, effective today, it has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the customer relationships from its former distribution partner, the Laboratory Supply Company (LABSCO). LABSCO has partnered with Cepheid since early 2012 to drive adoption of the GeneXpert® System in US hospitals with fewer than 150 beds, which increased...

2014-10-01 12:38:26

Company's pledge of $1 billion in investment includes recent undertakings in Ohio, Iowa and Tennessee BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of Manufacturing Day on October 3, Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) reiterated the company's investment in American manufacturing and will salute its manufacturing employees for their hard work, dedication and shared commitment. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20040202/DETU004LOGO Whirlpool Corporation currently employs...

wild duck cluster
2014-10-01 03:00:43

Richard Hook, European Southern Observatory The Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken this beautiful image, dappled with blue stars, of one of the most star-rich open clusters currently known — Messier 11, also known as NGC 6705 or the Wild Duck Cluster. Messier 11 is an open cluster, sometimes referred to as a galactic cluster, located around 6000 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). It was...

red dwarf superflare
2014-10-01 04:38:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The strongest, hottest and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star was detected by NASA's Swift satellite on April 23. The first salvo from this record-setting series of flares was easily 10,000 times more powerful than the largest solar flare ever recorded from our own Sun. "We used to think major flaring episodes from red dwarfs lasted no more than a day, but Swift detected at least seven...

interior of a supermassive star
2014-09-30 10:24:04

Linda Vu, Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences Findings made possible with NERSC resources and Berkeley Lab Code Certain primordial stars—those between 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects—among the Universe’s first-generation of stars—would have exploded as supernovae and burned completely, leaving no remnant black hole behind. Astrophysicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the...

solar flare
2014-09-29 10:53:12

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 10:58 p.m. EDT on Sept. 27, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation from the sun. 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...

2014-09-28 00:20:12

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Tauri Group, LLC announced today that QxBranch, a quantum computing services and software venture, will retain Tauri employees Michael Brett and Paul Guthrie to lead its executive team. The Tauri Group is expanding its strategic support of Aerospace Concepts by installing two employees as the executive team of one of the world's first quantum computing software and services companies. The Tauri Group, LLC is an analytic...

Interstellar Molecules Are Branching Out
2014-09-27 08:50:36

Max Planck Institute Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Bonn, Germany), Cornell University (USA), and the University of Cologne (Germany) have for the first time detected a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure in interstellar space. The molecule, iso-propyl cyanide (i-C3H7CN), was discovered in a giant gas cloud called Sagittarius B2, a region of ongoing star formation close to the center of our galaxy that is a hot-spot for molecule-hunting...

coronal mass ejection
2014-09-26 03:00:31

Karen C. Fox, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Two main types of explosions occur on the sun: solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Unlike the energy and x-rays produced in a solar flare – which can reach Earth at the speed of light in eight minutes – coronal mass ejections are giant clouds of solar material that take one to three days to reach Earth. Once at Earth, these ejections, also called CMEs, can impact satellites in space or interfere with radio communications. During CME...

deceptive galaxy
2014-09-26 08:31:51

Georgia Bladon, Hubble/ESA Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought to offer an exception. This ragged collection of stars and gas clouds looks at first glance like a recently-formed galaxy in our own cosmic neighborhood. But, is it really as young as it looks? Astronomers have studied...


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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...

Cosmology
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...

Astrophysics
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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