Compact blue dwarf can't hide from Hubble

(Phys.org) -- The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this view of the dwarf galaxy UGC 5497, which looks a bit like salt sprinkled on black velvet in this image.

Ancient warming greened Antarctica, research finds

(Phys.org) -- A new university-led study with NASA participation finds ancient Antarctica was much warmer and wetter than previously suspected. The climate was suitable to support substantial vegetation -- including stunted ...

The most contaminated surfaces in hotel rooms

An experiment of surfaces in hotel rooms finds television remotes to be among the most heavily contaminated with bacteria and items on housekeeping carts carry the potential to cross-contaminate rooms. Researchers from the ...

Chinese spacecraft en route to orbiting module

(AP) — A spacecraft carrying China's first female astronaut and two male crew mates made a planned course change Sunday en route to docking with an orbiting module, state television reported.

Lariats: How RNA splicing decisions are made

Lariats are discarded byproducts of RNA splicing, the process by which genetic instructions for making proteins are assembled. A new study has found hundreds more lariats than ever before, yielding new information about how ...

Cornell jigsaw solver uses shape-blind algorithm

(Phys.org) -- A Cornell scientist has come up with an algorithm that can sift through 10,000 pieces of a jigsaw in 24 hours to complete the puzzle. Andrew Gallagher at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, wrote the algorithm ...

China creates model for sustainable urban living

At first glance, Tianjin Eco-City looks much like any other upscale Chinese urban development, with its rows of identical apartment blocks, wide roads and manicured verges.

China's space mission shows growing ambitions

China's latest space mission is its most ambitious yet and shows Beijing's resolve to increase its technological capabilities and bridge the gap with the United States and Russia, experts say.

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