February 14, 2013

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Engineers Show Feasibility of Organic Topological Insulators

Organic Topological Insulators

Engineers at the University of Utah are the first to demonstrate organic topological insulators, organic materials that conduct electricity on their molecular edges, but act as an insulator inside. University of Utah engineers demonstrated it is feasible to build the first organic materials that conduct electricity on their edges, but act as an insulator inside. […]

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February 14, 2013

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Visualizing the Behavior of Biological Nanostructures in Both Space and Time

DNA Structure as Seen Tthrough the 4D Electron Microscope

Researchers at Caltech have developed techniques for visualizing the behavior of biological nanostructures in both space and time, providing the methodology to find out the stiffness of a biological network that has nanoscale properties. Pasadena, California — Every great structure, from the Empire State Building to the Golden Gate Bridge, depends on specific mechanical properties […]

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February 14, 2013

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Combustible Gases Enable Soft Robots to Jump

Leaping Robots

Using small explosions produced by a mix of methane and oxygen, scientists at Harvard University have developed a soft robot that can leap as much as a foot in the air. The technology may prove useful for future robots designed to avoid obstacles during search and rescue operations following a disaster. They can already stand, […]

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February 14, 2013

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Study Models Conditions Near to the Surface of a White Dwarf Star

Researchers Have Successfully Recreated the Conditions Close to the Surface of a White Dwarf

In a newly published study, a team of scientists from the University of Cambridge recreated the conditions found on the surface of a white dwarf, allowing them to examine what happens in this hostile environment. A team of scientists has successfully reproduced conditions in one of the most hostile environments in the galaxy, enabling them […]

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February 14, 2013

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Data Suggests Rare Explosion Created Milky Way’s Youngest Black Hole

Supernova Remnant W49B

By tracing the distribution and amounts of different elements in the stellar debris field, scientists were able to compare Chandra data to theoretical models of how a star explodes, finding that in the W49B supernova, jets shooting away from the star’s poles mainly shaped the supernova explosion and its aftermath. New data from NASA’s Chandra […]

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February 13, 2013

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JPL Selected to Lead U.S. Science Team for Euclid Mission

Euclid Mission to Probe the Mysteries of Dark Energy and Dark Matter

JPL has been selected by the European Space Agency to lead the U.S. science team for the Euclid mission, a space telescope designed to probe the mysteries of dark energy and dark matter scheduled to launch in 2020. Pasadena, California — The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected three NASA-nominated science teams to participate in […]

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February 13, 2013

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New Carbon Films Pave the Way for the Next Generation of Solar Cells

The Next Generation of Solar Cells

In two newly published studies, Yale researchers detail a cost-effective way to improve the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells through the use of carbon nanotube films, helping pave the way for the next generation of solar cells. New research by Yale University scientists helps pave the way for the next generation of solar cells, […]

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February 13, 2013

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Neuroscientists Isolate Chills at a Cellular Level, Turn Off the Ability to Feel Cold

Scientists Turn Off the Ability to Feel Cold

Neuroscientists at USC have isolated and ablated the neurons that express TRPM8, finding that mice depleted of TRPM8 neurons could not feel cold but still responded to heat. USC researchers have isolated chills at a cellular level, identifying the sensory network of neurons in the skin that relays the sensation of cold. David McKemy, associate […]

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February 13, 2013

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MOF Powered by Sunlight Could Help Drastically Cut Carbon Emissions

Carbon Sponge Could Soak Up Coal Emissions

Researchers from Monash University and CSIRO have discovered a photosensitive metal organic framework (MOF) that utilizes sunlight to release large amounts of stored carbon. Emissions from coal power stations could be drastically reduced by a new, energy-efficient material that adsorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, then releases it when exposed to sunlight. In a study […]

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February 13, 2013

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New Lithium-Ion Battery Design Uses Silicon Nanoparticles

New Lithium Ion Battery Design Uses Porous Silicon Nanoparticles

A team of scientists from the University of Southern California and Zhejiang University in China have developed a new lithium-ion battery that uses silicon nanoparticles in place of the traditional graphite anodes to provide superior performance. Researchers at USC have developed a new lithium-ion battery design that uses porous silicon nanoparticles in place of the […]

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February 13, 2013

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ESO Views Star Cluster NGC 6520 and its Dusty Neighbor Barnard 86

Star Cluster NGC 6520 and Barnard 86

This new ESO image shows open star cluster NGC 6520 and its dusty neighbor Barnard 86, both are about 6,000 light-years away from our Sun. This image from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, shows the bright star cluster NGC 6520 and its neighbor, the […]

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February 12, 2013

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Award Winning Image of the Reflection Nebula Messier 78

Reflection Nebula Messier 78

Based on data from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, Igor Chekalin created this award winning image of the reflection nebula Messier 78. The nebula Messier 78 takes center stage in this image taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in […]

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