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September 16, 2014

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New PhenIX Diagnostic Procedure Identifies Genetic Diseases

New Diagnostic Method Identifies Genetic Diseases

A team of scientists has developed a test procedure that significantly increases the prospect of identifying genetic diseases quickly and reliably based on analyses of genes and symptoms. People with genetic diseases often have to embark on an odyssey from one doctor to the next. Fewer than half of all patients who are suspected of […]

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September 16, 2014

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A New Catalog of the Visible Milky Way

New Detailed Catalog of the Visible Milky Way

Astronomers used IPHAS data to create a new catalog of the visible part of the Milky Way, revealing no fewer than 219 million stars. A new catalog of the visible part of the northern part of our home Galaxy, the Milky Way, includes no fewer than 219 million stars. Geert Barentsen of the University of […]

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September 16, 2014

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Rice Wireless Engineers Unveil a Multiuser, Multiantenna Transmission Scheme for UHF

Wireless Experts Tap Unused UHF TV Spectrum

By combining several proven technologies that are already widely used in wireless data transmission, engineers from Rice University have created a multiuser, multiantenna scheme to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum. Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up […]

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September 16, 2014

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Wyss Institute Continues to Develop Its Soft Exosuit

Wyss Institute to Further Develop Its Soft Exosuit

Wyss Institute has won a DARPA grant to further develop their lightweight Soft Exosuit. The Exosuit is pulled on like a pair of pants and is intended to be worn under a soldier’s regular gear, providing carefully timed assistance at the leg joints without restricting the wearer’s movement. A biologically inspired smart suit that fits […]

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September 16, 2014

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Copper Foam Provides a New Way to Turn CO2 into Useful Chemicals

Copper Foam Could Provide a New Way of Converting Excess CO2 into Useful Industrial Chemicals

A team of researchers at Brown University’s Center for Capture and Conversion of CO2 have discovered that copper foam could provide a new way of converting excess CO2 into useful industrial chemicals, including formic acid. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties […]

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September 16, 2014

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Astronomers Choose Primary Landing Site for Rosetta’s Lander

Astronomers Choose Rosetta Landing Site on Comet 67P

Astronomers have decided on the primary landing site where Rosetta’s Philae lander will perform in-depth measurements to characterize the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta’s lander, Philae, will target Site J, an intriguing region on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko that offers unique scientific potential, with hints of activity nearby, and minimum risk to the […]

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September 15, 2014

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‘Digital Metamaterials’ Bring Invisibility Cloaks Closer to Reality

Invisibility Cloaks Closer to Reality

A newly published study details how “digital metamaterials” could help bring invisibly cloaks closer to reality. The concept of “digital metamaterials” – a simple way of designing metamaterials with bizarre optical properties that could hasten the development of devices such as invisibility cloaks and superlenses – is reported in a paper published today in Nature […]

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September 15, 2014

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New Research Helps Uncover the Mechanism Behind Solid-Solid Phase Transitions

Researchers Discover Mechanism Behind Solid-Solid Phase Transitions

An international team of researchers helps uncover mechanism behind solid-solid phase transitions, providing new insight for all sorts of solid-solid phase transformations. Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this […]

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September 15, 2014

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Untethered Electric Robotic Cheetah Runs and Jumps Across the Grass

New Algorithm Enables Untethered MIT Cheetah Robot to Run and Jump

MIT researchers have developed a new algorithm that allows their electric powered robotic cheetah to run and jump, untethered, across grass. See the MIT cheetah-bot in action, and learn how it works. Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to […]

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September 15, 2014

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Martian Meteorite Reveals the Possibility of Life on Mars

Meteorite Reveals the Possibility of Life on Mars

An unusual feature embedded deep within a fragment of a Martian meteorite is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars. The finding of a ‘cell-like’ structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration between scientists in the UK and Greece. Their findings are […]

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September 15, 2014

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Astronomers Search for Trigger of Nearby Supernova

Astronomers Search for Trigger of Nearby Supernova SN 2014J

New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is helping astronomers determine what caused SN 2014J to explode, revealing information about the environment around the star before it exploded. Cambridge, Massachusetts – New data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory offer a glimpse into the environment of a star before it exploded earlier this year, and insight […]

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September 15, 2014

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New ScienceCast Video – Jellyfish Flames on the ISS

Jellyfish Flame on the International Space Station

A new four minute ScienceCast video looks at the lifelike behavior and underlying physics of flames on the International Space Station. ScienceCasts: Jellyfish Flame on the International Space Station Astronauts onboard the International Space Station report seeing flames that behave like jellyfish. Video of the microgravity phenomenon is a must-see. Fire is inanimate, yet anyone […]

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