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Astronomer Locates Previously Unseen Neighbor to the Sun

When NASA launched the WISE satellite in 2009, astronomers hoped it would be able to spot loads of cool, dim objects known as brown dwarfs. Bigger than a planet, a brown dwarf is not quite a star, either—it is too small to sustain the nuclear fusion reactions that turn hydrogen to helium...

March 11, 2013 — John Matson

First Reconnaissance Of An Exoplanetary System

The planets of HR 8799 (labeled). The starlight has been suppressed and mostly removed (Credit: Project 1640, Oppenheimer et al.) Using cutting edge techniques, a team of astronomers has directly imaged a distant system of four planets, and made history by obtaining simultaneous spectra of these worlds.This first comparative look reveals that the objects each have distinct atmospheric compositions, none of which directly match any previously known class of astrophysical body.  Only a tiny handful of exoplanetary systems exist where we have been able to spot planets directly...

March 11, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Mammal March Madness! Learn About Animal Competition in the Wild!

As a young girl, Katie Hinde became quite excited when her dad was preparing to watch the Bengals vs. the Bears on TV. It seems she was expecting this:What an education for the then four year old as she did not see a single tiger OR bear on TV that day and instead saw men in padded uniforms playing football!Now, Katie is an Assistant Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University...

March 11, 2013 — Joanne Manaster

So Long, Academic Dead Zones

When we were in school, there were certain moments that were considered to be learning dead zones. For us, these were times when a teacher showed a movie, or when other students were presenting their own book reports or science projects that we were not so interested in...

March 11, 2013 — Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters

Plants give bees a caffeine buzz

We humans love us some caffeine. The mild stimulant have saved many a student, parent, and hard working adult from nodding over their desks. And it's a natural product of plants like the coffee plant and the tea bush...

March 11, 2013 — Scicurious

Say Yes to the High-Tech Dress

Oscar season is over, and it's a shame all those A-List actresses looking to make a dramatic entrance didn't get to see the latest collection of couture dresses from avant-tech designer Hussein Chalayan...

March 10, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Inspiration abounds at SXSW Interactive 2013

Long known as an event for introducing groundbreaking Web sites and Social networking platforms, this year SXSW featured a few stand outs who provide the infrastructure and a platform that invite and inspire further innovation...

STAFFMarch 10, 2013 — Michael Thomas

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