June 22, 2012

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CDC Reports that Superbug NDM-1 Spread within a US-Based Hospital

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Yesterday, the CDC reported through its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that the superbug NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase 1), which was first identified in patients two years ago, had been discovered in 13 patients in the USA alone, including two in which the infection spread within the same hospital. A Rhode Island woman, who was […]

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June 21, 2012

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Two Planets Separated by Less than 5 Earth Moon Distances

artist's conception shows Kepler-36c

By using data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft and asteroseismology, the study of stars by observing their natural oscillations, scientists discovered two planets circling a sub-giant star that are at times separated by less than 5 Earth-Moon distances. Cambridge, Massachusetts – Few nighttime sights offer more drama than the full Moon rising over the horizon. Now […]

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June 21, 2012

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Dynamic Earth Excerpt and Visuals

Dynamic Earth - CME Reaches Earth

Enjoy an excerpt from the full-length “Dynamic Earth” presentation, which explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system with visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations. The computer visualization is titled “Coronal Mass Ejection and Ocean/Wind Circulation.” It is also published today (June 19) as the 100th story for the award-winning NASA […]

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June 21, 2012

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Iron-Based HTS Shows Unexpected Electronic Asymmetry

Iron-based high-temp superconductors show unexpected electronic asymmetry

A new study from a team of physicists offers new clues to scientists studying the mystery of high-temperature superconductivity, finding that electronic properties of a new iron-based high-temperature superconductor were different in the horizontal and vertical directions. Physicists from Rice University, Kyoto University and the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) are offering new details […]

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June 21, 2012

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“Closed-Edge Graphene Nanoribbons”

closed-edge graphene nanoribbons

A newly published paper from Rice University researchers details facts and figures about “closed-edge graphene nanoribbons,” carbon nanotubes that appear to collapse during the growth process and have properties of both nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons. Researchers at Rice’s Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology have come up with a set of facts […]

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June 21, 2012

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Rediscovery Sheds New Light on the Behavior of the Proboscis Anole

new light on the behavior of the proboscis anole

A team of scientists, encouraged by a handful of sightings, traveled to Mindo looking for a lizard once thought to be close to extinction – the proboscis anole. There they rediscovered the species, suggesting the lizard isn’t as elusive as initially believed. As biological mysteries go, they don’t come much better than the proboscis anole. […]

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June 21, 2012

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Selenium Nanoparticles Reduce Staph Bacteria

coating of selenium nanoparticles significantly reduces the growth of Staphylococcus aureus on polycarbonate

By using selenium nanoparticles to coat polycarbonate, Brown University scientists were able to reduce the cultured populations of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria by as much as 90 percent on medical devices. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Selenium is an inexpensive element that naturally belongs in the body. It is also known to combat bacteria. Still, […]

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June 21, 2012

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All-Carbon Photovoltaic Cell to Harness Infrared Light

All-carbon solar cell

Using carbon nanotubes and C60, scientists at MIT developed the first all-carbon photovoltaic cell, a new kind of solar cell that could tap into solar energy reaching Earth’s surface in the near-infrared region of the spectrum. About 40 percent of the solar energy reaching Earth’s surface lies in the near-infrared region of the spectrum — […]

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June 21, 2012

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Data Suggests the Possible Presence of Ice at Shackleton Crater

Using a laser altimeter on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, a team of scientists have mapped Shackleton crater with unprecedented detail, finding possible evidence for small amounts of ice on the crater’s floor. If humans are ever to inhabit the moon, the lunar poles may well be the location of choice: Because of the small […]

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June 20, 2012

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Energy Analysis

Power Flow in 2050

A new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory suggests that renewable electricity generation from today’s technologies, in combination with a more flexible electric system, is more than adequate to supply 80% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2050. A report published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Renewable Electricity Futures Study (RE […]

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June 20, 2012

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Preserved Frogs May Hold Past Clues about Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis

frogs hold clues to deadly pathogen

Using a molecular test called quantitative polymerase chain reaction, a new study examined 164 preserved amphibians for the presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, finding Bd in specimens dating back to the 1960s. A Yale graduate student has developed a novel means for charting the history of a pathogen deadly to amphibians worldwide. Katy Richards-Hrdlicka, a doctoral […]

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June 20, 2012

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Carbon Sequestration Likely to Cause Intraplate Earthquakes

the world's first commercial carbon storage project

A recently published paper from Stanford scientists suggests that carbon sequestration is likely to create pressure build-up large enough cause intraplate earthquakes, breaking the reservoirs’ seals and releasing the stored CO2. Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, is a major component of the world’s greenhouse gas reduction strategy. Involving injecting and storing carbon dioxidein underground […]

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