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Herschel finds less dark matter but more stars

ESA's Herschel space observatory has discovered a population of dust-enshrouded galaxies that do not need as much dark matter as previously thought to collect gas and burst into star formation. The galaxies are far away and each boasts some 30...

Big quakes more frequent than thought on San Andreas fault

Irvine, Calif., Aug. 20, 2010 -- Earthquakes have rocked the powerful San Andreas fault that splits California far more often than previously thought, according to UC Irvine and Arizona State University researchers who have charted temblors there s...

Defective Trigger for Muscle Growth, Survival Implicated in Heart Failure

Researchers have determined the molecular machinery that triggers normal cardiac muscle growth and survival, and have linked defects in this complex to an inherited form of human cardiomyopathy, a type of heart failure where an enlarged heart loses its ability to pump blood. Published in the December 27, 2002 issue of the journal Cell, the study also identifies a subset of German cardiomyopathy patients with a specific gene mutation that disrupts the heart muscle's normal stretch activity. This mutation has apparently been passed down through several generations of Northern Europeans.

Jupiter Orbiter Nears First Visit to Small Moon, Dusty Ring

Before starting its 35th and final orbit around Jupiter next week, NASA's Galileo spacecraft will visit three intriguing features of the giant planet's neighborhood for the first time: a small moon named Amalthea, a dusty ring and the inner region of Jupiter's high-energy magnetic environment.

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