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Failed Stars may act more like Giant Planets

Like stars, planets are theorized to form in nebula – dense interstellar clouds of dust, hydrogen helium and other ionized gases. In these nebula, a rotating cloud will be compressed gravitationally, getting hotter and denser until upon reaching a critical point a star will form.

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Plasma Dynamics: New Method to Stabilize Plasma in Nuclear Fusion Process

The development of sources of inexpensive and abundant energy is a critical factor for the continued advancement of our technological civilization and the long-term sustainability and health of the biosphere and planet. Current hydrocarbon-based methods of energy production and utilization are un-sustainable, both in the renewability of such resources and in their negative environmental impacts—many of which occur not only from the environmentally detrimental extraction of fuel but also from the dumping of pollutants into the land, air, and water—which offsets the true price of such energy sources.

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Discovering properties of elementary particles by studying galactic structure – a unified approach

The cosmological inflationary paradigm has seen notable support and agreement with observational data in the 30 years since it was first introduced… there are, however, a number of outstanding questions, several of which pose significant challenges.

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Brain is far more flexible than conventionally thought

The predominant scientific model for explaining brain function and its link to behavior, learning, and memory is based primarily on the premise that learning results from the formation of synaptic connections, which once hardwired as stable neuronal connectivity patterns become memories. The only problem with the conventional model is that this is not what is observed. During learning and memory subsynaptic connections form, morph, and retreat with great fluidity – it is almost as if the brain is constantly perceiving and evaluating the world in new ways.

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Cosmic Magnifying Lens Reveals Inner Jets of Black Holes

Astronomers using Caltech’s Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) have found evidence for a bizarre lensing system in space, in which a large assemblage of stars is magnifying a much more distant galaxy containing a jet-spewing supermassive black hole. The discovery provides the best view yet of blobs of hot gas that shoot out from supermassive black holes.

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The Geometry and Physics behind the Great American Eclipse

On the 21st August at 10:30 am PST a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible across the northern regions of the United States of America, following a southeasterly path of totality from Oregon to South Carolina. Such an event – with a path of totality traversing from coast to coast (from west to east) – is a rarity, the likes of which has not occurred in nearly a century.

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Mapping Brain Circuits – Deciphering the Connectome

An exciting and profoundly consequential endeavor of neuroscience that may be realized this century is the complete mapping of the human brain – the connectome. However, just like the mapping of the human genome, the usefulness of such data is limited if there is no contextual understanding of what it means.

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Complete Measurement of Helicity and its Dynamics in Vortex Tubes

Helicity is a measure of cork-screw-like motion described by the amount of twisting, writhing, and linking in a fluid. Total helicity is conserved for ideal fluids, but how helicity changes in real fluids with even tiny amounts of viscosity has been an open question. Scheeler et al. provide a complete measurement of total helicity in a real fluid by using a set of hydrofoils to track linking, twisting, and writhing (see the Perspective by Moffatt). They show that twisting dissipates total helicity, whereas writhing and linking conserve it. This provides a fundamental insight into tornadogenesis, atmospheric flows, and the formation of turbulence.

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Researchers identify crucial mechanism delimiting functional domains of a genome – new understanding of how DNA is managed to produce specific cell functions.

Genes make proteins, and specific sets of proteins define tissue-type: for instance, you wouldn’t expect to find proteins for hemoglobin in neuronal cells and conversely you wouldn’t expect to find proteins that make voltage-gated ion channels in red blood cells. These functional elements of the cell, along with a cadre of other cell-specific proteins, are responsible for making a neuron a neuron and a red blood cell (erythrocyte) a red blood cell.

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Small Primordial Black Holes Implicated in Formation of Heavy Elements

Several new observations suggest that primordial black holes, which are often viewed as speculative or hypothetical objects, are responsible for several unexplained and mysterious cosmic phenomena. Observations of deep space quasars – extremely luminous objects with highly active supermassive black holes at their centers — shows that within 100,000 years they had already reached masses of a billion suns.

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Dark Flow – Large-scale Cosmic Structure and Evidence of the Multiverse

The cosmological principle has encountered discrepancies in observational data that throw its basic assumptions into question – observations that suggest possible anisotropy, or preferred orientation, as well as inhomogeneity at large-scales.

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Hyperloop startup says superfast rail a reality

The future of transportation may have come one step closer — the near-supersonic rail system known as hyperloop has passed another key milestone on its path to become reality, the US startup Hyperloop One recently announced

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Study Reveals Mysterious Equality with which Grains Pack

How do grains of sand or rice pack together – and how does this effect their mechanical properties and behavior? For example, when sand is packed together it behaves like a solid, whereas when it is loose, it behaves like a fluid.

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Physicists Turn a Crystal into an Electrical Circuit

Washington State University physicists have found a way to write an electrical circuit into a crystal, opening up the possibility of transparent, three-dimensional electronics that, like an Etch A Sketch, can be erased and reconfigured.

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