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2011-05-25 19:30:00

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and Hawaii have agreed to collaborate on a wide range of activities to promote America's human and robotic exploration of space. The partnership also will contribute to the development of education programs and foster economic opportunities including new, high-tech jobs. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and NASA Associate Deputy Administrator Rebecca Keiser signed a...

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2011-05-13 09:28:20

Olive ridley sea turtles nest in Gabon but spend most of their time in waters off Republic of Congo Satellite tracking of olive ridley sea turtles off the coast of Central Africa has revealed that existing protected areas may be inadequate to safeguard turtles from fishing nets, according to scientists with the University of California-Santa Cruz, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Exeter, and others. Scientists involved in the study recommended the extension of an...

2011-03-25 14:19:48

Journalists are invited to attend NASA's first open source software development summit March 29-30 at the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT on both days. The event will bring together engineers, policy makers and members of the open source community. They will discuss challenges within the existing open source policy framework and propose modifications to enhance NASA's development, release and use of software. Tsengdar Lee, the...

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2011-03-01 08:25:00

Fragments from a meteorite found in the Antarctic strengthen the argument that the elements needed to begin life on earth could have come from outer space, claims a new study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences (PNAS). In the study, authors from Arizona State University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, analyzed a nearly 4g sample of powder taken from a meteorite known as Grave Nunataks 95229, which according to BBC News Science Reporter...

2011-02-23 09:21:58

News media and the public are invited to observe the live televised broadcast of the launch of STS-133 space shuttle Discovery at 1:50 p.m. PST on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011 in the Exploration Center at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. STS-133 is Discovery's 39th and final scheduled flight, and the 35th shuttle mission to the station. The six astronauts for Discovery's 11-day mission will deliver the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) to the International Space Station. The...

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2011-02-03 09:05:00

Experts are calling for some reefs to be closed to oyster harvesting based on research that they claim has revealed that the global population of the mollusk species is declining rapidly. An international team of investigators, led by Michael Beck, a Senior Scientist with the Nature Conservancy and a Research Associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, examined oyster reefs in 144 bays across 44 different ecoregions, according to an American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)...

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2011-01-24 10:09:39

Fast development is often perceived as an advantage, as it enables better harmony with one's environment and readiness to cope with the challenges that it poses. However, research conducted at the University of Haifa, Israel, and University of California, Santa Cruz, and published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE*, found that the acceleration of developmental rate incurs potentially lethal physiological costs for the developing individual. "Our findings are consistent with research findings...

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2011-01-12 13:44:18

Astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and University of Hawaii (UH) have discovered 16 close-knit pairs of supermassive black holes in merging galaxies. The discovery, based on observations done at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Hawaii's Mauna Kea, is being presented in Seattle on January 12 at the meeting of the American Astronomical Society, and has been submitted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal. These...

2011-01-06 16:31:07

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have identified a key molecule for establishing blood stem cells in their niche within the bone marrow. The findings, reported in the January issue of Cell Stem Cell, may lead to improvements in the safety and efficiency of bone marrow transplants. Bone marrow transplants are a type of stem cell therapy used to treat cancers such as lymphoma and leukemia and other blood-related diseases. In a bone marrow transplant, the "active...

2010-12-22 14:25:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will give 100 of its Twitter followers an insider look at its planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft and the agency's Ames Research Center on Feb. 11 in Moffett Field in California. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) For the first time, NASA's Twitter followers are being invited to Ames to learn about planetary discoveries from Kepler and the science flights of NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared...


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