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Scientists Make New Neutron Star Discovery
2012-03-02 12:33:30

Researchers from several universities have detected all phases of thermonuclear burning in a neutron star for the first time. The team discovered the "model burster" star located close to the center of the galaxy in the global cluster Terzan 5. The star is the first of its kind to burst the way that models predict, and it could help explain why a model star like it has gone undetected for so long. Astrophysicists have been studying neutron stars for decades to try and understand how...

MIT Researchers Explain Mysterious Electron Acceleration
2012-02-29 12:48:02

Researchers from MIT report that they have used a massive computer simulation to explain a mysterious phenomenon detected by space probes. Jan Egedal, an associate professor of physics at MIT, and colleagues explained the source of aurora-causing high-speed electrons in space in their study published in the February 26 edition of the journal Nature Physics. The finding could lead to a better ability to predict high-energy electron streams in space that could damage satellites. The...

New Device Could Help Isolate, Capture Target Cells
2012-02-23 05:56:16

Researchers from MIT, Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed a new device that they say will make it easier to find specific cells in complex mixtures such as blood samples -- a discovery that could make it easier to diagnose and treat diseases. "Researchers have used a number of techniques to sort cells based on differences in size, density or electrical properties," Anne Trafton of the MIT News Office said in a Wednesday report. "However,...

Rare Earth Element Discovered In Ancient Stars
2012-02-21 14:22:14

A team of researchers say they have discovered that a rare Earth element known as tellurium exists in three ancient stars that are nearly 12 billion years old. The new discovery helps support the theory that the element, along with even heavier elements in the periodic table, likely originated from a rare type of supernova. "We want to understand the evolution of tellurium – and by extension any other element – from the Big Bang to today," Anna Frebel, an assistant professor...

Image 1 - Osteoporosis Patients Receive Medication From Implanted Microchips
2012-02-17 06:09:52

Seven Dutch women suffering from osteoporosis received bone-strengthening medication from implanted microchips as part of a first-of-its kind study of wirelessly controlled drug-releasing devices, according to research published Thursday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. According to Lauran Neergaard of the Associated Press (AP), the study, which was funded by Massachusetts-based implantable drug delivery device developer MicroCHIPS, Inc and headed up by MIT professors Robert...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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