January 21, 2013

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Nanotechnology Dramatically Improves Electronic Device Performance

Ultra Small Devices for Energy Efficient Electronics

A new study from researchers at Tyndall National Institute and the National University of Singapore shows that subtle changes in the intermolecular van der Waals interactions in the active component of a molecular diode can improve the device performance by more than a factor of ten. A team of scientists from Tyndall National Institute at […]

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January 21, 2013

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Tick-Borne Infection Borrelia Miyamotoi Discovered in the United States

Researchers Discover New Tick Borne Infection

Similar to Lyme disease, a new tick-borne infection known as Borrelia miyamotoi has been discovered in people in the United States. A new tick-borne infection that shares many similarities with Lyme disease has been discovered in 18 patients in southern New England and neighboring New York by researchers at the Yale Schools of Public Health […]

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January 21, 2013

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Hubble Views a Busy Patch of the Great Attractor

The Norma Cluster and ESO 137 002

A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows part of the Norma Cluster (Abell 3627), spiral galaxy ESO 137-002 and a dense area of the Milky Way. A busy patch of space has been captured in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Scattered with many nearby stars, the field also has numerous […]

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January 21, 2013

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Mars Orbiter Shows McLaughlin Crater May Have Once Held a Groundwater-Fed Lake

A Wet Underground Environment Discovered on Mars

New data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests that the McLaughlin Crater once held a lake fed by groundwater. Pasadena, California — A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet’s early evolution. The new information comes from researchers […]

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January 18, 2013

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CfA Astronomers Shed New Light on Dust Grains

Image of a Star Formation

A team of astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have completed a series of computations that will shed new light on some of the modern questions in astrochemistry. The ubiquitous clouds of gas and dust found between stars provide the natal material for new stars and planets. These clouds are also dynamic factories that […]

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January 18, 2013

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Video Animation on How a Flu Virus Works

The Flu Virus

This year’s flu, called H3N2, is affecting many people this season and this three minute video with NPR’s Robert Krulwich and medical animator David Bolinsky explains how a flu virus can trick a single cell into making a million more viruses. A lot of you have had it by now, or are having it or […]

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January 18, 2013

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Amazon Area Twice the Size of California Still Suffering from the Effects of a Megadrought

Severe Climate Jeopardizing the Amazon Forest

A new study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory found that 700,000 square kilometers of forest in southwestern Amazonia is still suffering from a megadrought that began 2005. Pasadena, California – An area of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, finds […]

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January 18, 2013

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Swarm Study Offers a New Way to Look at Collective Animal Motion

Mating Swarm Study Offers a New Way to View Flocks

New research from scientists at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science may lead to a better understanding of how local, spontaneous interaction among living things leads to the organization of collective animal motion. The adulthood of a midge fly is decidedly brief — about three days. But a new study of its mating […]

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January 18, 2013

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Researchers Make Progress on a Quantum-Computing Proposal

Multiple Steps Toward the Quantum Singularity

Four groups of scientists announced progress on a quantum-computing proposal made two years ago by MIT researchers that has the potential to lead towards the “quantum singularity.” In early 2011, a pair of theoretical computer scientists at MIT proposed an optical experiment that would harness the weird laws of quantum mechanics to perform a computation […]

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January 18, 2013

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Black Silicon Improves the Efficiency of Solar Cells

Black Silicon Can Improve the Efficiency of Solar Cells

In a newly published study, researchers from Aalto University show that black silicon can improve the efficiency of solar cells by improving the light absorption and surface passivation. Scientists at Aalto University have demonstrated results that show a huge improvement in the light absorption and the surface passivation of silicon nanostructures. This has been achieved […]

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January 18, 2013

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Nanoscale Coating Repels Virtually Any Liquid

A New Coating Developed at the University of Michigan Can Repel Virtually Any Liquid

Engineers at the University of Michigan have developed a nanoscale coating that can repel virtually any liquid, possibly leading to breathable protective wear for soldiers and scientists, as well as stain-proof garments. Ann Arbor — A nanoscale coating that’s at least 95 percent air repels the broadest range of liquids of any material in its […]

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January 18, 2013

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Windblown Sand is Changing Titan’s Surface

Weather on Titan Has Modified Its Surface

Data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has allowed scientists to put together the first quantitative estimate of how much the weather on Titan has modified its surface, finding that the craters on Titan were on average hundreds of meters shallower than similarly sized craters on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. Titan’s siblings must be jealous. While most of […]

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January 17, 2013

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UCLA Researchers Show Link Between Diet, Genetics and Obesity

Obesity and Genetics

Researchers at UCLA have shown that body-fat responses to high-fat, high-sugar diets have a very strong genetic component and have identified several genetic factors potentially regulating these responses. Researchers at UCLA say it’s not just what you eat that makes those pants tighter — it’s also genetics. In a new study, scientists discovered that body-fat […]

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January 17, 2013

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Conceptual Nuclear Reactor Design of High Plutonium Breeding by Light Water Cooling

High Plutonium Breeding by Light Water Cooling

A new study details how scientists developed the conceptual nuclear reactor design of high plutonium breeding by light water cooling, which may help advanced countries meet the growth rate of energy demand. Professor Oka’s research team succeeded to develop the conceptual nuclear reactor design of high plutonium breeding by light water cooling for the first […]

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January 17, 2013

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New Study Suggests that Black Holes are Growing Faster than Previously Thought

Black Holes Grow Faster Than Expected

A study from astronomers at the Swinburne University of Technology suggests that black holes have been growing much faster than previously thought. Astronomers from Swinburne University of Technology have discovered how supermassive black holes grow – and it’s not what was expected. For years, scientists had believed that supermassive black holes, located at the centers […]

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January 17, 2013

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Plants May Not be Able to Keep Pace with Warming Temperatures

Unprecedented Flowering Follows a Record Warmth

A team of researchers examined the relationship between global climate warming and the flowering of spring plants, finding that spring plants may continue to flower earlier and earlier until they reach a point where they miss their primary pollinators. Record warmth in 2010 and 2012 resulted in similarly extraordinary spring flowering in the eastern United […]

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January 17, 2013

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Theoretical Physicists Devise Rules for More Effective Teleportation

Rules for More Effective Teleportation

In a newly published study, a team of theoretical physicists from Cambridge, University College London and the University of Gdansk detail a generalized form of teleportation that allows for a wide variety of potential applications in quantum physics. For the last ten years, theoretical physicists have shown that the intense connections generated between particles as […]

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