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Milky Way’s supermassive black hole may have ‘unseen’ siblings
Milky ways supermassive black hole may have unseen siblings

Astronomers are beginning to understand what happens when black holes get the urge to roam the Milky Way. Typically, a supermassive black hole (SMBH) exists at the core of a massive galaxy. But sometimes SMBHs may “wander” throughout their host galaxy, remaining far from the center in regions such as the stellar halo, a nearly ...

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Graphene origami as a mechanically tunable plasmonic structure for infrared detection
Graphene origami as a mechanically tunable plasmonic structure for infrared detection

Soldiers often need to see through smoke, fog, dust or any other airborne obscurant and detect the presence of toxins or other chemicals in the field or on the front lines. To identify those chemicals, they use infrared (IR) sensors and spectroscopy, which allow a specific color of light to shine at a particular frequency ...

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Breakthrough brings gene-editing medicine one step closer to patient applications
Breakthrough brings gene editing medicine one step closer to patient applications

Imagine a future where a guided biomachine put into your body seeks out defective gene sequences in each cell and edits in the correct information with precision accuracy. It’s called gene editing, and University of Alberta researchers have just published a game-changing study that promises to bring the technology much closer to therapeutic reality. “We’ve ...

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Nanomedicine: Drugs can be made ‘smarter’
Nanomedicine drugs can be made smarter

A new method has been developed to make drugs ‘smarter’ using nanotechnology so they will be more effective at reaching their target. Scientists from the University of Lincoln, UK, have devised a new technique to ‘decorate’ gold nanoparticles with a protein of choice so they can be used to tailor drug to more accurately target ...

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Galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age: study
Galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age study

A new international study involving The Australian National University (ANU) and The University of Sydney has found that galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age. Co-researcher Professor Matthew Colless from ANU said that stars in a young galaxy moved in an orderly way around the galaxy’s disk, much like cars around a racetrack. “All ...

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New new genus and species of extinct baleen whale identified
New new genus and species of extinct baleen whale identified

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealand’s ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley. The new genus and species of extinct baleen whale is based on a skull and associated bones unearthed from the ...

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Nanoparticle breakthrough could capture unseen light for solar energy conversion
Nanoparticle breakthrough could capture unseen light for solar energy conversion

An international team of scientists has demonstrated a breakthrough in the design and function of nanoparticles that could make solar panels more efficient by converting light usually missed by solar cells into usable energy. The team, led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), demonstrated how coating tiny ...

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Using caffeine as a catalyst, researchers create new gels for drug delivery
Using caffeine as a catalyst researchers create new gels for drug delivery

Caffeine is well-known for its ability to help people stay alert, but a team of researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has now come up with a novel use for this chemical stimulant—catalyzing the formation of polymer materials. Using caffeine as a catalyst, the researchers have devised a way to create gummy, biocompatible ...

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Giant ichthyosaur is one of largest animals ever
Giant ichthyosaur is one of largest animals ever

The 205 million-year-old jaw bone of a prehistoric reptile belongs to ‘one of the largest animals ever’ say a group of international palaeontologists. The new discovery has also solved a 150 year old mystery of supposed ‘dinosaur bones’ from the UK. The bone belongs to a giant ichthyosaur, a type of prehistoric aquatic reptile, and ...

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Two atoms combined in dipolar molecule
Two atoms combined in dipolar molecule

In terms of size, it may be the smallest scientific breakthrough ever made at Harvard. Harvard Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Kang-Kuen Ni and colleagues have combined two atoms for the first time into what researchers call a dipolar molecule. The work is described in a new paper published in Science. Researchers say ...

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