Researchers identify three previously unknown neuronal types in the inner ear.

September 19, 2018

The ear is the sensory organ of hearing and balance in mammals, and is usually described as having three parts, namely, the outer ear, middle ear and the inner ear.  When sound reaches the inner ear, it is converted into electrical signals which are relayed to the brain via the ear’s nerve cells in the cochlea. Previously, most of these cells Read more

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New Horizons Team Successfully Observes Next Target, Sets the Stage for Ultima Thule Flyby

September 17, 2018

Despite clouds and rain, oppressive heat and humidity, and myriad logistical challenges, New Horizons science team members deployed to Sénégal last month saw what they came to see. Read more

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New part of the immune system identified, expected to evolve vaccination.

September 14, 2018

When a person is exposed to an infection, they are often protected from getting the same infection again.  However, it is still unclear just how the body can fight back so quickly when it encounters an infection it has been previously exposed to through a vaccine or an earlier infection.  Now, a study from researchers at the Garvan Institute of Read more

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New artificial cell successfully minimised to target and kill specific bacteria.

September 12, 2018

An artificial cell is a bioengineered particle which mimics a naturally occuring biological cell. The hypothesis is that the synthetic biologic biomimics some of the properties of cells, such as surface characteristics, shapes, morphology, or a few specific functions.  Therefore artificial cells have a multitude of applications in many fields from medicine to environmental science. However, even the most basic Read more

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Microbots successfully orally administered in pill form.

September 7, 2018

About the width of a human hair, micromotors are self-propelled microscopic robots designed to perform a host of biomedical tasks, such as drug delivery and ablation.  However, keeping these devices intact as they travel through the body remains a hurdle. Now, a study from researchers at UCSD develops a way to encapsulate microbots into pills. The team state that their Read more

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100 Ways to “Die” in the Universe

September 5, 2018

100 Ways to “Die” in the Universe Katey Alatalo of the Space Telescope Science Institute Astronomers organize galaxy shapes using a system proposed by Edwin Hubble in 1928. At first glance, the Hubble sequence appears to be akin to an Audubon bird classification chart. However, underneath the neatly arrayed shapes and colors lies a complex and violent history. Through the lens of radio, infrared, ultraviolet, and optical astronomy, we can deduce their histories and, more importantly, their future. Nearby examples of every stage in the Hubble sequence provide living galactic fossils to study 10 billion years of development that humans had not been around to witness. Join us for an observational tour of the Hubble sequence, through galaxies both young and old, experiencing both quiet and violent transitions, and shedding light on the fundamental galactic question of how we got here. Host: Dr. Frank Summers Recorded live on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. More information: hubble.stsci.edu/about_us/public_talks/

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Tally Ho Ultima!

September 5, 2018

New Horizons’ journey from Pluto to its next flyby target, the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule, is 90 percent complete. Principal Investigator Alan Stern covers the many activities leading up to the mission’s close encounter with “Ultima” on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day 2019 –less than four months from now! Read more

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Science:Tonight’s Sky: September 2018

August 27, 2018

In September, your binoculars will reveal the rusty surface of Mars, iconic rings of Saturn, the waxing Moon—and the comet Giacobini-Zinner, which passes through the constellation of Auriga. “Tonight’s Sky” is produced by HubbleSite.org, online home of the Hubble Space Telescope. This is a recurring show, and you can find more episodes—and other astronomy videos—at hubblesite.org/videos/science

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