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Study Reveals Age-Related Cognitive-Motor Decline after Age 24

April 15, 2014

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A new study from Simon Fraser University reveals that cognitive motor performance starts to decline in individuals after age 24. It’s a hard pill to swallow, but if you’re over 24 years of age you’ve already reached your peak in terms of your cognitive motor performance, according to a new Simon Fraser University study. SFU’s […]

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Scientists Create a Copper-Based Catalyst that Produces Large Quantities of Ethanol

April 14, 2014

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A team of scientists from Stanford University has created a copper-based catalyst that produces large quantities of ethanol from carbon monoxide gas at room temperature. Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol production […]

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Physicists Confirm Discovery of Four-Quark Hadron

April 14, 2014

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The Large Hadron Collider beauty collaboration has confirmed the existence of exotic hadron with two quarks, two anti-quarks. Physicists in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences have helped confirm the existence of exotic hadrons — a type of matter that cannot be classified within the traditional quark model. Their finding is the subject of […]

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Researchers Develop Model to Reconstruct Spatial Structure of Molecule Clouds

April 11, 2014

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A team of astronomers from the Max Planck Institute and Monash University has developed a new model to reconstruct spatial structure of molecule clouds. Astronomers have found a new way of predicting the rate at which a molecular cloud – a stellar nursery – will form new stars. Using a novel technique to reconstruct a […]

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Study Reveals Ancient Impact of Massive Asteroid

April 10, 2014

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A newly published study reveals an ancient asteroid impact that left a crater nearly 500 kilometers across: up to two and a half times larger in diameter than the crater formed by the dinosaur-killing asteroid. Washington, D.C. — Picture this: A massive asteroid almost as wide as Rhode Island and about three to five times […]

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Study Shows Nanoparticles in Consumer Products Can Damage DNA

April 9, 2014

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Using high-speed screening technology to analyze DNA, a newly published study found that nanoparticles commonly added to consumer products can significantly damage DNA. Thousands of consumer products — including cosmetics, sunscreens, and clothing — contain nanoparticles added by manufacturers to improve texture, kill microbes, or enhance shelf life, among other purposes. However, several studies have […]

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Superlattice Study Reveals Gear-Like Molecular-Scale Machines

April 8, 2014

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A newly published study from researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology reveals how superlattices create molecular machines with hydrogen-bond “hinges” and moving “gears.” A combined computational and experimental study of self-assembled silver-based structures known as superlattices has revealed an unusual and unexpected behavior: arrays of gear-like molecular-scale machines that rotate in unison when pressure […]

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Study Reveals How and When Earth Developed Its Rigid Tectonic Plates

April 7, 2014

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Newly published research from Yale University and Université de Lyon in France shows how and when Earth developed its rigid tectonic plates and why Venus never has. “We think it all comes down to the behavior of tiny grains of minerals within rocks,” said Yale geophysicist David Bercovici, lead author of research published online April […]

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Researchers Observe What Happens During a Quantum Phase Transition

April 7, 2014

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In a newly published study, researchers observe what happens during a quantum phase transition, and compare the “quantum melting” of the magnetic structure with the classical “thermal melting” phase transition. When ice is warmed, the water molecules forming its structure vibrate more and more vigorously until finally the forces between them are no longer strong […]

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Researchers Entangle Two Independent Photons with Different Frequencies

April 2, 2014

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Using time-resolved measurement and active feed forward, researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China have entangled two independent photons of different colors for the first time. Entanglement has been capturing the imagination of scientists as well as the public ever since it first emerged from the newly minted quantum mechanics formalism eight […]

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Arctic Melt Season is Lengthening by Several Days Each Decade

April 2, 2014

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A new study by NSIDC and NASA researchers reveals that length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is growing by several days each decade. The length of the melt season for Arctic sea ice is growing by several days each decade, and an earlier start to the melt season is allowing the Arctic […]

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Nanoparticle Temporarily Violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics

March 31, 2014

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In a newly published study, an international team of researchers detail how they discovered that a nanoparticle trapped with laser light temporarily violates the second law of thermodynamics. Objects with sizes in the nanometer range, such as the molecular building blocks of living cells or nanotechnological devices, are continuously exposed to random collisions with surrounding […]

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