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SwRI-led mission finds Jupiter's atmospheric beauty is more than skin deep

Wed, 14 Mar 18 00:15:30 -0700

In the year and a half NASA's Juno spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter, the science team led by Southwest Research Institute's Dr. Scott Bolton has discovered that the orange and white bands that characterize Jupiter's outer atmosphere extend thousands of miles into the gas giant's atmosphere. The findings are part of a four-article collection about Juno science results in the March 8th edition of the journal Nature.

Unveiling the depths of Jupiter's winds

Thu, 08 Mar 18 00:10:20 -0800

Are the colorful bands just a pretty surface phenomenon, or are they a significant stratum of the planet? The Weizmann Institute's Prof. Yohai Kaspi led this research in which measurements from NASA's Juno spacecraft were analyzed to reveal that the stripes -- belts of strong winds circling the planet - extend to a depth of about 3,000 km.

First look at Jupiter's poles show strange geometric arrays of storms

Wed, 07 Mar 18 00:03:40 -0800

With NASA's Juno spacecraft, scientists have gotten a good look at the top and bottom of the planet for the first time. What they found astounded them: bizarre geometric arrangements of storms, each arrayed around one cyclone over the north and south poles -- unlike any storm formation seen in the universe.

TSRI researchers uncover culprit in Parkinson's brain cell die-off

Mon, 05 Mar 18 00:10:50 -0800

Researchers investigate the connection between misfolded proteins and the destruction of mitochondria in neurons.

New research points to better way to treat depression

Thu, 01 Mar 18 00:11:10 -0800

Scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered a new target for treating major depressive disorder, a disease that affects more than 16 million American adults.

Model based on hydrothermal sources evaluate possibility of life Jupiter's icy moon

Fri, 23 Feb 18 00:04:20 -0800

Brazilian scientists compare primitive Earth scenario with satellite Europa's conditions; the jupiterian moon could host microorganisms at the bottom of a huge warm ocean located underneath its frozen crust.

NASA's SDO Reveals How Magnetic Cage on the Sun Stopped Solar Eruption

Fri, 23 Feb 18 00:05:40 -0800

A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun's surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research using NASA data shows.

Pulsating Aurora mysteries uncovered with help from NASA's THEMIS mission

Tue, 20 Feb 18 00:01:20 -0800

The precise mechanism driving pulsating auroras, long unknown, has now been identified with help from NASA's THEMIS mission.

Nitrate in drinking water increases the risk of colorectal cancer

Sun, 18 Feb 18 00:16:10 -0800

Nitrate in groundwater and drinking water, which primarily comes from fertilisers used in the agricultural production, has not only been subject to decades of environmental awareness -- it has also been suspected of increasing the risk of cancer. The largest epidemiological study ever carried out in this area now shows that there is a correlation - also when the amount of nitrate in the drinking water is far below the current drinking water standard.

Kepler scientists discover almost 100 new exoplanets

Thu, 15 Feb 18 00:16:00 -0800

Based on data from NASA's K2 mission an international team of scientists have just confirmed nearly 100 new exoplanets, planets located outside our solar system. This brings the total number of new exoplanets found with the K2 mission up to almost 300. The new results are to be published in the Astronomical Journal.

Hubble sees Neptune's mysterious shrinking storm

Thu, 15 Feb 18 00:06:20 -0800

Three billion miles away on the farthest known major planet in our solar system, an ominous, dark storm - once big enough to stretch across the Atlantic Ocean from Boston to Portugal - is shrinking out of existence as seen in pictures of Neptune taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

OU astrophysicists discover planets in extragalactic galaxies using microlensing

Fri, 02 Feb 18 00:15:20 -0800

A University of Oklahoma astrophysics team has discovered for the first time a population of planets beyond the Milky Way galaxy. Using microlensing--an astronomical phenomenon and the only known method capable of discovering planets at truly great distances from the Earth among other detection techniques--OU researchers were able to detect objects in extragalactic galaxies that range from the mass of the Moon to the mass of Jupiter.

A 'hot Jupiter' with unusual winds

Mon, 22 Jan 18 00:00:50 -0800

The hottest point on a gaseous planet near a distant star isn't where astrophysicists expected it to be -- a discovery that challenges scientists' understanding of the many planets of this type found in solar systems outside our own.

TSRI researchers identify gene responsible for mesenchymal stem cells' stem-ness'

Mon, 22 Jan 18 00:05:30 -0800

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute recently published a study in the journal Cell Death and Differentiation identifying factors crucial to mesenchymal stem cell differentiation, providing insight into how these cells should be studied for clinical purposes.

Johns Hopkins scientist proposes new limit on the definition of a planet

Mon, 22 Jan 18 00:14:20 -0800

A planet can be no bigger than about 10 times the size of Jupiter, an astrophysicist has calculated.

Viruses are everywhere, maybe even in space

Thu, 18 Jan 18 00:05:50 -0800

Viruses are the most abundant and one of the least understood biological entities on Earth. They might also exist in space, but as of yet scientists have done almost no research into this possibility. Portland State University biology professor Ken Stedman and colleagues are trying to change this through their article

NASA's newly renamed Swift Mission spies a comet slowdown

Wed, 10 Jan 18 00:13:50 -0800

NASA's Swift spacecraft, now renamed the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory after the mission's late principal investigator, has detected the most dramatic change in a comet's rotation ever seen.

ASU astronomers to build space telescope to explore nearby stars

Wed, 10 Jan 18 00:16:20 -0800

A new ASU-led mission will launch a small satellite telescope into space to study the environment in other solar systems around the Galaxy's most common type of star.

Planets around other stars are like peas in a pod

Tue, 09 Jan 18 00:08:00 -0800

A study of 909 planets and 355 stars carried out at the W.M. Keck Observatory reveals that, unlike our solar system, other planetary systems are distinguished by strict regularity.

NASA's Webb Telescope to investigate mysterious brown dwarfs

Thu, 04 Jan 18 00:15:50 -0800

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are. Astronomers are hopeful that the powerful infrared capability of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope will resolve a puzzle as fundamental as stargazing itself -- what IS that dim light in the sky? Brown dwarfs muddy a clear distinction between stars and planets, throwing established understanding of those bodies, and theories of their formation, into question.

Santa's workshop could be on snowy moon

Tue, 19 Dec 17 00:12:00 -0800

Santa's winter workshop might be in space, as University of Warwick researchers are exploring whether snowy moons over a billion kilometres away from Earth are potentially habitable. According to Dr David Brown, and colleagues at Warwick's Centre for Exoplanets and Habitability, life could be supported on moons of ice and snow with vast oceans under their frozen surfaces, orbiting Jupiter and Saturn.

Dysfunctional gene may be culprit in some Crohn's disease cases

Tue, 19 Dec 17 00:01:20 -0800

The scientists hope understanding how immune cells adapt as they enter different tissues will spur the design of better, more specific, medicines.

'Simple, but powerful' model reveals mechanisms behind neuron development

Mon, 18 Dec 17 00:05:00 -0800

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have now uncovered new insights into the regulatory network behind neuron growth.

A new approach for detecting planets in the Alpha Centauri system

Mon, 18 Dec 17 00:10:50 -0800

Yale astronomers have taken a fresh look at the nearby Alpha Centauri star system and found new ways to narrow the search for habitable planets there. According to a study led by Professor Debra Fischer and graduate student Lily Zhao, there may be small, Earth-like planets in Alpha Centauri that have been overlooked. Meanwhile, the study ruled out the existence of a number of larger planets in the system.

NASA solves how a jupiter jet stream shifts into reverse

Mon, 18 Dec 17 00:05:20 -0800

Speeding through the atmosphere high above Jupiter's equator is an east-west jet stream that reverses course on a schedule almost as predictable as a Tokyo train's. Now, a NASA-led team has identified which type of wave forces this jet to change direction.

Giant storms cause palpitations in Saturn's atmospheric heartbeat

Wed, 13 Dec 17 00:14:30 -0800

A University of Leicester scientist leads a Cassini mission study into immense northern storms on Saturn.

Scientists discover possible master switch for programming cancer immunotherapy

Mon, 11 Dec 17 00:05:40 -0800

Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, San Diego report the discovery that a protein called 'Runx3' programs killer T cells to establish residence in tumors and infection sites.

Blueprints for anti-cancer drugs discovered in bacterial genomes

Mon, 11 Dec 17 00:10:50 -0800

New research suggests these hidden genes hold the blueprints for designing new, even more effective cancer-targeting compounds.

WASP-18b has smothering stratosphere without water

Tue, 05 Dec 17 00:04:30 -0800

A NASA-led team has found evidence that the oversized planet WASP-18b is wrapped in a smothering stratosphere loaded with carbon monoxide and devoid of water. The findings come from a new analysis of observations made by the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes.

NASA telescope studies quirky comet 45P

Tue, 05 Dec 17 00:14:00 -0800

When comet 45P zipped past Earth early in 2017, researchers observing from NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility, or IRTF, in Hawai'i gave the long-time trekker a thorough astronomical checkup. The results help fill in crucial details about ices in Jupiter-family comets and reveal that quirky 45P doesn't quite match any comet studied so far.

Research bolsters possibility of plate tectonics on Europa

Mon, 04 Dec 17 00:05:10 -0800

Jupiter's moon Europa could have subduction zones, a new study shows, which could supply chemical food for life to a subsurface ocean.

A new spin to solving mystery of stellar companions

Mon, 04 Dec 17 00:00:30 -0800

Scientists are investigating the nature of planetary-mass bodies that orbit stars, finding new clues to their origins.

To forget or to remember? Memory depends on subtle brain signals, scientists find

Tue, 21 Nov 17 00:09:00 -0800

Understanding how brains actively erase memories may open new understanding of memory loss and aging, and open the possibility of new treatments for neurodegenerative disease.

Scientists capture colliding organic nanoparticles on video for first time

Fri, 17 Nov 17 00:03:40 -0800

A Northwestern University research team is the first to capture on video organic nanoparticles colliding and fusing together. This unprecedented view of 'chemistry in motion' will aid Northwestern nanoscientists developing new drug delivery methods as well as demonstrate to researchers around the globe how an emerging imaging technique opens a new window on a very tiny world.

New painkillers reduce overdose risk

Thu, 16 Nov 17 00:08:00 -0800

Scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed new opioid pain relievers that reduce pain on par with morphine but do not slow or stop breathing -- the cause of opiate overdose.

New physical model explains the origin of Earth's water

Thu, 16 Nov 17 00:12:20 -0800

Objects scattered to the inner region of the Solar System by Jupiter's growth brought most of the water now found on Earth. Authors of an journal Icarus article describe a computational model which simulates the gravitational interaction between celestial bodies during the era of planet formation, also providing basis for the hypothesis of the dragging of water-rich

NASA investigates invisible magnetic bubbles in outer solar system

Wed, 01 Nov 17 00:08:40 -0700

Forty years ago, the twin Voyagers spacecraft were launched to explore the frontiers of our solar system, and have since made countless discoveries, including finding magnetic bubbles around two of the outer planets.

'Monster' planet discovery challenges formation theory

Tue, 31 Oct 17 00:13:20 -0700

A giant planet -- the existence of which was previously thought extremely unlikely -- has been discovered by an international collaboration of astronomers, with the University of Warwick taking a leading role.

Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independently

Mon, 30 Oct 17 00:00:50 -0700

Jupiter's intense northern and southern lights pulse independently of each other according to new UCL-led research using ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's Chandra X-ray observatories.

Astronomers discover sunscreen snow falling on hot exoplanet

Thu, 26 Oct 17 00:08:20 -0700

Astronomers at Penn State have used the Hubble Space Telescope to find a blistering-hot giant planet outside our solar system where the atmosphere 'snows' titanium dioxide -- the active ingredient in sunscreen. These observations are the first detections of this 'snow-out' process, called a 'cold trap,' on an exoplanet. The research provides insight into the complexity of weather and atmospheric composition on exoplanets, and may someday be useful for gauging the habitability of Earth-size planets.

New study: 'Double decker' antibody technology fights cancer

Wed, 25 Oct 17 00:15:20 -0700

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have created a new class of antibody-drug conjugates for cancer therapy.

New research opens the door to 'functional cure' for HIV

Tue, 17 Oct 17 00:12:20 -0700

Scientists have for the first time shown that a novel compound effectively suppresses production of the virus in chronically infected cells.

Scripps Florida scientists unveil 'roadmap' to aid osteoporosis treatment development

Fri, 13 Oct 17 00:09:40 -0700

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed a molecular model that may provide a new framework for improving the design of osteoporosis treatments.

Devourer of planets? Princeton researchers dub star 'Kronos'

Thu, 12 Oct 17 00:07:50 -0700

'Kronos' is enhanced in metals and other rock-forming elements but not in volatiles, prompting a team of Princeton researchers to conclude that it absorbed as much as 15 Earth masses worth of rocky planets. Its twin, 'Krios,' does not show this unusual pattern of enhancement.

Remote sensing for cosmic dust and other celestial bodies

Wed, 11 Oct 17 00:03:10 -0700

In a paper recently published in EPJ Plus, Stefano Bagnulo from Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, UK, and colleagues review the state-of-the-art in polarimetry studies of the small bodies in our solar system. Combined with different observational techniques, polarimetry may be used as a remote sensing technique to measure asteroids' size, to reveal the composition and size variation of dust in comets or of aerosols in planetary atmospheres, or even to detect extra-terrestrial biomarkers.

Team led by UCLA astrophysicist observes primitive comet 1.5 billion miles from the sun

Thu, 05 Oct 17 00:13:50 -0700

Astronomers report a 'special comet' currently beyond Saturn's orbit -- the farthest active inbound comet ever seen, at an extraordinary 1.5 billion miles from the sun.

Small collisions make big impact on Mercury's thin atmosphere

Fri, 29 Sep 17 00:04:50 -0700

Mercury, our smallest planetary neighbor, has very little to call an atmosphere, but it does have a strange weather pattern: morning micro-meteor showers.

Scientists propose new concept of terrestrial planet formation

Wed, 20 Sep 17 00:06:40 -0700

A team of scientists from NASA, Hampton University and the University of Hong Kong propose a new way of understanding the cooling and transfer of heat from terrestrial planetary interiors and how that affects the generation of the volcanic terrains that dominate the rocky planets.

Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the solar system

Wed, 20 Sep 17 00:10:30 -0700

With the help of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a German-led group of astronomers have observed the intriguing characteristics of an unusual type of object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter: two asteroids orbiting each other and exhibiting comet-like features, including a bright coma and a long tail. This is the first known binary asteroid also classified as a comet. The research is presented in a paper published in the journal Nature today.

Hubble observes pitch black planet

Thu, 14 Sep 17 00:11:40 -0700

Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black. This discovery sheds new light on the atmospheric composition of the planet and also refutes previous hypotheses about WASP-12b's atmosphere. The results are also in stark contrast to observations of another similarly sized exoplanet.