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2011-09-21 14:00:00

First independent messaging app to exceed one-quarter billion user accounts; users spend more than ten billion minutes per month engaged in globally popular eBuddy Messenger apps. Amsterdam, The Netherlands (PRWEB) September 21, 2011 eBuddy (http://www.ebuddy.com), the worldâs leading independent messaging service, announced today it has surpassed a landmark milestone of 250 million user accounts. The globally popular eBuddy Messenger application is the first independent...

2011-09-19 07:00:00

grouptime is a new social messenger for mobile devices that lets users send all kind of text and multimedia messages to individuals and groups as well as post status updates to family, friends and colleagues in real-time. The messaging app serves as a private social network and helps users to communicate, share and get together with the people and groups in their life. grouptime is now available as a free download for the iPhone in Appleâ˜s iTunes app store. Munich,...

2011-09-09 09:31:06

Data collected during MESSENGER´s first two months in orbit around Mercury have been released to the public by the Planetary Data System (PDS), an organization that archives and distributes all of NASA´s planetary mission data. Calibrated data from all seven of MESSENGER´s science instruments, plus radio science data from the spacecraft telecommunications system, are included in this release. “It's a real milestone for the first data ever obtained from orbit around...

2011-09-08 09:24:36

On Wednesday, Sept. 7,  the MESSENGER spacecraft emerged unscathed from the second of four “hot seasons” expected to occur during its one-year primary mission in orbit around Mercury. Hours later, mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., successfully executed a maneuver to adjust the spacecraft´s trajectory. “Operating MESSENGER in Mercury orbit is a bit like driving a high-performance automobile on a...

2011-09-07 11:08:41

Emotional balance is regulated by molecular factors behind stress response When healthy people are faced with threatening situations, they react with a suitable behavioral response and do not descend into a state of either panic or indifference, as is the case, for example, with patients who suffer from anxiety. With the help of genetic studies on mice, scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry have discovered two opposing neuronal regulatory circuits for the generation and...

2011-08-24 21:36:19

NIH-Oxford collaboration may offer clues into human brain diseases A new atlas of gene expression in the mouse brain provides insight into how genes work in the outer part of the brain called the cerebral cortex. In humans, the cerebral cortex is the largest part of the brain, and the region responsible for memory, sensory perception and language. Mice and people share 90 percent of their genes so the atlas, which is based on the study of normal mice, lays a foundation for future...

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2011-08-04 06:45:00

Seven years ago, on August 3, 2004, MESSENGER left Earth aboard a three-stage Boeing Delta II rocket to begin a journey that would take it more than 15 laps through the solar system, through six planetary flybys, and ultimately into orbit around Mercury. The spacecraft has travelled 5.247 billion miles (8.445 billion kilometers) relative to the Sun, and the team is one-third of the way through the one-year science campaign to understand the innermost planet. "As exciting as it was at the...

2011-07-27 09:39:10

The MESSENGER spacecraft continued to fine-tune its orbit around Mercury yesterday afternoon when mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Md., successfully executed the second orbit-correction maneuver of the mission. The 3-minute, 8-second engine burn stretched the spacecraft's orbit around the innermost planet from 11 hours 48 minutes to a precise 12 hours. This second of an expected five maneuvers planned for the mission's primary...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

The Planet Mercury -- in astronomy, nearest planet to the sun, at a mean distance of 36 million mi (58 million km); its period of revolution is 88 days. Mercury passes through phases similar to those of the moon as it completes each revolution about the sun, although the visible disk varies in size with respect to its distance from the earth. Because its greatest elongation is 28, it is seen only for a short time after sunset or before sunrise. Since observation of Mercury is...

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