September 7, 2012

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Planck Satellite Observations May Help Solve the Mystery of Dark Matter

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The Planck Satellite has observed a very unique emission of radio radiation from the center of the Milky Way, moving scientists closer than ever to a solution to the origin of dark matter. The universe is comprised of a large amount of invisible matter, dark matter. It fills the space between the galaxies and between […]

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September 7, 2012

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Hereditary Form of Autism May Be Treatable with Nutritional Supplements

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A rare form of hereditary autism has been discovered and scientists think that it may be treatable with protein supplements since it is linked to an amino-acid deficiency. The genome sequencing of six children with autism revealed mutations in a gene that stops several amino acids from being depleted. Mice lacking this gene developed neurological […]

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September 7, 2012

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NASA’s Curiosity Prepares for Use of its Arm and Tools

Curiosity Begins Arm-Work Phase

NASA engineers are planning to run Curiosity’s arm through six to 10 consecutive days of activities to test the 7-foot arm and the tools it manipulates, hoping to gain a better understanding for how the arm functions after the long cruise to Mars and in the different temperature and gravity of Mars. Pasadena, California — […]

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September 7, 2012

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Boston Dynamics Robotic Cheetah Clocked At 28.3 MPH

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Developed for DARPA, Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah robot broke a new speed record recently, and it’s capable of running at 28.3 mph, on a treadmill. That’s faster than Usain Bolt, the current fastest man on Earth. Usain Bolt’s fastest speed over 20 meters was 27.78 mph. The Cheetah can attain 28.3 mph, in controlled conditions. It […]

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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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