September 6, 2012

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Murata Develops World’s Smallest Monolithic Ceramic Capacitor

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The Japanese company Murata has developed the world’s smallest millimeter-scale monolithic ceramic capacitor that measures 0.25 mm × 0.125 mm. The volume of this new capacitor is approximately 25% of the predominant monolithic capacitor presently used in smartphones. Monolithic ceramic capacitors are assembled into many different kinds of devices. The latest smartphones use 400 to […]

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September 6, 2012

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Perceptive Time Slows Down for Athletes before They Act

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Scientists at the University College London have discovered that an individual’s perception of time does seem to slow when they prepare to make a physical action. The study indicates that in professional athletes, this capacity might be increased. The scientists published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Getting ready […]

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September 6, 2012

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New Hydrogel Offers Many Possibilities

Biocompatible material has deep potential

By combining two common polymers, polyacrylamide and alginate, scientists at Harvard have created a new hydrogel that is capable of maintaining its elasticity and toughness over multiple stretches, possibly finding use in artificial cartilage, soft robotics, optics, artificial muscle, and as a protective covering for wounds. A team of experts in mechanics, materials science, and […]

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September 6, 2012

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Fastest Laser Blast – 67 Quintillionths of a Second

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Scientists have been able to generate the world’s fastest laser pulse with a beam shot for 67 attoseconds (0.000000000000000067 seconds). This breaks the previous record of 80 attoseconds that was established in 2008. This could help engineers see extremely rapid quantum mechanical processes, like the movements of electrons during chemical reactions. The researchers published their […]

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September 6, 2012

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Verifying Identity with Patterns Could Make Computers More Secure

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If there’s one thing that should be learned by everyone with the most recent hacking fiasco of Wired’s Mat Honan, passwords aren’t secure. A team of researchers from Stanford and Northwestern universities, as well as SRI International, have been experimenting with security to use the brain’s innate ability to learn and recognize patterns. The researchers […]

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September 6, 2012

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Hubble Image of Arp 116

Hubble image of Arp 116

A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows Arp 116, which is composed of a giant elliptical galaxy known as Messier 60, and a much smaller spiral galaxy known as NGC 4647. Being a typical elliptical galaxy, Messier 60 on its own may not be very exciting to look at, but together with its […]

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September 6, 2012

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Genome Studies Indicate That “Junk” DNA Holds Clues to Common Diseases

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Twelve years after the first draft of the human genome was published, back in 2000, geneticists have discovered that very few diseases are linked to changes in the genes themselves. Genome-wide studies searching for the genetic components of common diseases, such as lung cancer or autism, have pointed to regions between protein-inducing genes, areas where […]

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September 6, 2012

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Dawn Leaves Vesta, NASA Releases Highlight Video of its Accomplishments

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As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has moves away from the giant asteroid Vesta and is now headed towards the dwarf planet Ceres, you can look back on Dawn’s top accomplishments during its orbit around Vesta with this short video NASA has put together. Pasadena, California — Mission controllers received confirmation today that NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has […]

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September 5, 2012

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Chronic Alcohol Use Rewires Brain Circuitry

Heavy drinking rewires brain

A newly published study involving mice reveals that heavy alcohol use actually rewires brain circuitry, making it harder for alcoholics to recover psychologically following a traumatic experience. Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Doctors have long recognized a link between alcoholism and anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those who drink heavily are at […]

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September 5, 2012

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Reliance on Satellite Data Blamed for Overestimation of India’s Forest Cover

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India’s official forest surveys indicate that the country’s 1.2 billion people are managing to preserve its rich forests, even in the face of growing demands for timber and agricultural land. However, Ranjit Gill, a senior official of the Forest Survey of India, states that the nation’s forests have been overestimated and that illegal felling of […]

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September 5, 2012

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Algorithm Analyzes Information from Medical Images to Identify Disease

New algorithm can analyze information from medical images

Scientists at MIT have developed an algorithm that can analyze information from medical images to identify diseased areas of the brain and their connections with other regions by extracting information from two different types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, diffusion MRI and functional MRI. Disorders such as schizophrenia can originate in certain regions of […]

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September 5, 2012

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Effects of Drought in the U.S. are Now Visible from Space

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Last year, the USA was hit with floods in the Mississippi River, caused by major storms and melting snow. More than 3,000 square miles were flooded as the Army Corps of Engineers lifted the floodgates of the Morganza Spillway. The first photo was taken in August 2011 by NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite of the swollen […]

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September 5, 2012

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Brainwaves Hacked Using Consumer Grade EEG Headsets

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Consumer-grade EEG headsets might be great for gaming, but a new study has found that sensitive personal information, like PIN numbers and credit card data, could be gleaned from the brainwaves of users wearing these headsets. Researchers presented their findings at the USENIX 2012 Security Symposium 2012. The team of security experts from Oxford, UC […]

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September 5, 2012

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Mysterious Lithium-Rich Star in Messier 4

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Using the Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory, astronomers captured a new image of globular star cluster Messier 4, which contains a strange lithium-rich star. A new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the spectacular globular star cluster Messier 4. This ball of tens […]

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September 5, 2012

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New Gene Therapy Has the Ability to Restore Sense of Smell in Mice

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A new gene therapy has the ability to fix a defective sense of smell in mice by repairing problems with the cilia on their olfactory neurons. This study suggests that abnormalities in cilia can be treated, but it remains unclear how these findings can be applied to other organs. The researchers published their findings in […]

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September 5, 2012

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory Captures Filament Explosion

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NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured a spectacular video of a filament eruption from Sol, which occurred on August 31st. The segment is in red, and while the video lasts only a few seconds, the actual time period is about three hours. The rest of the video is shown in extreme ultraviolet light to showcase […]

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September 4, 2012

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Nanoparticle Pollution Affects Crop Growth

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Metallic nanoparticles are key ingredients in products such as sunscreen, cosmetics, diesel fuel, as well as odor-eating socks. This in turn causes them to end up in the soil, with somewhat troubling consequences. Researchers published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study examines soybeans growing in soil mixed […]

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September 4, 2012

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Protected California Sea Lions Devour Threatened Salmon in Columbia River

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Protected California sea lions are apparently gorging themselves on Chinook salmons and steelheads in the Columbia River, both of which are listed as threatened populations. Wildlife managers along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon are facing a quandary. Sea lions have been congregating there for the past decade to feast on salmon waiting to […]

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