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Tough, Light and Strong: Lessons From Nature Could Lead to the Creation of New Materials

Tough, Light and Strong: Lessons From Nature Could Lead to the Creation of New Materials | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

In a sweeping review of the field of bio-inspired engineering and biomimicry in the Feb. 15 issue of the journal Science, two engineers at the University of California, San Diego, identify three characteristics of biological materials that they believe engineers would do well to emulate in man-made materials: light weight, toughness and strength.


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Kepler Makes Discoveries Inside the Habitable Zone

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water.


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Images and insights on star death: Supernova 1987A

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Awesome new images of Supernova 1987A at radio wavelengths, and a suggestion that the expanding supernova remnant does not contain a black hole.


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Solar Wind Energy Source Discovered

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Using data from an aging NASA spacecraft, researchers have found signs of an energy source in the solar wind that has caught the attention of fusion researchers. NASA will be able to test the theory later this decade when it sends a new probe into the sun for a closer look.


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A shield of poop will protect Inspiration Mars from cosmic rays

A shield of poop will protect Inspiration Mars from cosmic rays | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Inspiration Mars, the first private mission to the Red Planet, will likely be a monumental achievement for humanity — and poop will help make it possible.


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Light particles illuminate the vacuum

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In an article published in the PNAS scientific journal, researchers from Aalto University and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland showed experimentally that vacuum has properties not previously observed. According to the laws of quantum mechanics, it is a state with abundant potentials.


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Moon Radiation Findings May Reduce Health Risks to Astronauts

Moon Radiation Findings May Reduce Health Risks to Astronauts | Chasing the Future | Scoop.it

Space scientists from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) report that data gathered by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) show lighter materials like plastics provide effective shielding against the radiation hazards faced by astronauts during extended space travel. The finding could help reduce health risks to humans on future missions into deep space.


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Galaxy with massive black hole emits brightest Gamma rays ever

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Astronomers meeting in Denver say the skies are being flooded with the brightest display of Gamma rays -- the universe's highest-energy light -- ever seen.


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Signs Of Life From Lake Vostok

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Recent efforts to extract a water sample from the ancient sub-surface Antarctic Lake Vostok seem to be yielding some promising results. Russian scientists now claim detection of previously ‘unclassified’ microbial organisms.


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Third Radiation Belt Discovered With UNH-led Instrument Suite

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Although scientists involved in NASA's Van Allen Probes mission were confident they would eventually be able to rewrite the textbook on Earth's twin radiation belts, getting material for the new edition just two days after launch was surprising, momentous, and gratifying.


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Flying through the HD 100546 system

This video fly-through show the dusty environment around the star HD 100546. A gas giant planet appears to be forming in the ring of dust around the young star. This system is also thought to probably contain another large planet orbiting closer to the star. The protoplanet candidate lies about 70 times further from its star than the Earth does from the Sun and the inner planet lies about ten times closer in.


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