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Farthest galaxy detected
(California Institute of Technology) Caltech researchers have reported the detection of the farthest object yet, galaxy EGS8p7. At more than 13.2 billion years old, it provides a fascinating glimpse of the very early universe, just 600,000 years after the Big Bang.

Rochester researchers awarded $1.5 million to develop a technology to concentrate sunlight
(University of Rochester) University of Rochester researchers have been awarded $1.5 million to develop a technology that could reduce the cost of electricity from solar power. The technology would replace the area that needs to be covered with expensive solar panels with less expensive, plastic solar concentrators and fewer solar cells.

Rice researchers demo solar water-splitting technology
(Rice University) Rice University researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules. The technology, which is described in the journal Nano Letters, uses sunlight-harvesting gold nanoparticles.

New medical device concept could reduce time to diagnose infections
(University of Arizona) When a patient arrives at a hospital with a serious infection, doctors have precious few minutes to make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe treatment accordingly. A new diagnostic device created by a collaborative team of UA engineers and scientists may significantly reduce the amount of time necessary to diagnose tissue infections.

New findings move flexible lighting technology toward commercial feasibility
(SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics) Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology holds promise for developing residential and commercial lighting options with greatly enhanced levels of flexibility as well as environmental, health, and cost benefits -- but challenges remain. A new article in the Journal of Photonics for Energy, published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, identifies next steps toward solving those challenges and reaching commercial feasibility.

Using stellar 'twins' to reach the outer limits of the galaxy
(University of Cambridge) A new method of measuring the distances between stars enables astronomers to climb the 'cosmic ladder' and understand the processes at work in the outer reaches of the galaxy.

Hubble survey unlocks clues to star birth in neighboring galaxy
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) In a survey of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope images of 2,753 young, blue star clusters in the neighboring Andromeda galaxy, astronomers have found that M31 and our own galaxy have a similar percentage of newborn stars based on mass.

Long-sought chiral anomaly detected in crystalline material
(Princeton University) A study by Princeton researchers presents evidence for a long-sought phenomenon -- first theorized in the 1960s and predicted to be found in crystals in 1983 -- called the 'chiral anomaly' in a metallic compound of sodium and bismuth. The researchers also found an increase in conductivity in the material that may suggest ways to improve electrical conductance and minimize energy consumption in future electronic devices.

Making nanowires from protein and DNA
(California Institute of Technology) Using computational and experimental methods, researchers at Caltech have developed a technique for creating so-called protein-DNA nanowires -- a hybrid biomaterial that could have important applications.

'Littlest' quark-gluon plasma revealed by physicists using Large Hadron Collider
(University of Kansas) Researchers at the University of Kansas at the Large Hadron Collider have helped to produce quark-gluon plasma -- a state of matter thought to have existed right at the birth of the universe -- with fewer particles than previously thought possible.

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