Chasing Supernovae with Kepler

October 3, 2018

Chasing Supernovae with Kepler Gautham Narayan of the Space Telescope Science Institute The Kepler spacecraft launched in 2009 with the goal of discovering exoplanets. However, its highly precise brightness measurements can be used for much more science. When Kepler was repurposed as the K2 mission, one team of astronomers decided to use it to hunt for supernovas. By catching the critical first few hours of an exploding star, scientists can learn more about these colossal blasts. Host: Dr. Frank Summers Recorded live on Tuesday, October 2, 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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Researchers identify elusive human skeletal stem cells.

October 3, 2018

It is known that the human skeleton is an amalgam of diverse tissue types including bone, cartilage and fat cells. Each tissue type in the skeleton is generated and maintained by the precise regulation of stem cells which possess the ability to replenish themselves via specific cell-lineages, with researchers looking for the elusive stem cell-type for bone and cartilage.  Now, Read more

Source: Health Innovations

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Genetically-engineered olfactory cells successfully bypass the BBB to kill brain cancer tumours.

September 28, 2018

Olfactory neurons are cells in the nasal cavity which perceive odors, passing the information along to the brain, and have the ability to regenerate.  They project axons to the olfactory bulb within the brain itself with olfactory ensheathing cells surrounding the growing axons, assisting in their regeneration. The ability of olfactory ensheathing cells to promote neural regeneration has led to Read more

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Kepler Put Into Sleep Mode As Telescope’s Pointing Performance Degrades

September 28, 2018

NASA’s Kepler team has received data showing that the spacecraft’s ability to point precisely has degraded. In order to preserve high-value science data collected during its latest observation campaign, the Kepler team has placed the spacecraft in a stable, no-fuel-use sleep mode. Read more

Source: Kepler News and Features

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