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Fun with Lego (molecules)

January 27, 2016 9:29 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

This week researchers report a simple system to make different nano-architectures with precision.

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The Milky Way's clean and tidy galactic neighbor

January 27, 2016 9:22 am | by European Southern Observatory | News | Comments

IC 1613 is a dwarf galaxy in the constellation of Cetus (The Sea Monster). This VST image shows the galaxy's unconventional beauty, all scattered stars and bright pink gas, in great detail.

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Designing a pop-up future

January 27, 2016 9:16 am | by Harvard Univ. | News | Comments

Simple origami fold may hold the key to designing pop-up furniture, medical devices and scientific tools.

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Edited stem cells offer hope of precision therapy for blindness

January 27, 2016 9:03 am | by Univ. of Iowa Health Care | News | Comments

Using a new technology for repairing disease genes--the much-talked-about CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing--researchers working together with ophthalmologists have corrected a blindness-causing gene mutation in stem cells derived from a patient.

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2016 Doomsday Clock Remains at 3 Minutes to Midnight

January 26, 2016 2:35 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The Doomsday Clock remains at three minutes to midnight, the closest it’s been in the last 20 years, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board, which made the announcement Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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Titan Targets Tumors

January 26, 2016 2:26 pm | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Since lasers were first produced in the early 1960s, researchers have worked to apply laser technology from welding metal to surgeries, with laser technology advancing quickly through the last 50 years.

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Marvin Minsky, Pioneer of Artificial Intelligence, Dies

January 26, 2016 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who saw parallels in the functioning of the human brain and computers has died. Marvin Minsky was 88.

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Electric Eel-like Fiber Could Become New Power Source

January 26, 2016 2:15 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Material engineered by scientists from Shanghai, China’s Fudan University may someday become a new source of energy for items like wearable devices and solar panels.

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NASA's Rover Opportunity Braves the Martian Winter

January 26, 2016 1:04 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

On Jan. 25, 2004, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity touched down on the Red Planet. It was considered a “hole-in-one” landing, as the rover came to rest inside the 72-ft diameter Eagle Crater. Equipped with powerful tools, the rover was tasked with studying the Martian environment for any clues from previous water activity. Initially, Opportunity was designed for a 90 Sol (Martian day) mission.

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In Southwest, Native American Depopulation Led to Changes in Ecology

January 26, 2016 11:24 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

European missionaries brought more than their religion with them when they populated the U.S. Southwest. They also brought diseases that decimated the local Native American populations.

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Astronomers Find Gargantuan Planet with Widest Orbit

January 26, 2016 9:37 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Astronomers from the U.S., U.K., and Australia have discovered a gargantuan planet that boasts the widest orbit of any planet found around a star.

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Virtual reality experience highlight of new Dali Museum show

January 26, 2016 9:32 am | by Beth J. Harpaz, AP Travel Editor | News | Comments

Visitors to a new exhibition at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, won't just be looking at art. Thanks to virtual reality, they'll be exploring a Dali painting in a dreamy, three-dimensional world that turns art appreciation into an unforgettable, immersive experience.

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Increasing oil's performance with crumpled graphene balls

January 26, 2016 9:29 am | by Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

In a series of tests, oil modified with crumpled graphene balls outperformed some commercial lubricants by 15 percent, both in terms of reducing friction and the degree of wear on steel surfaces.

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Open-source laser fabrication lowers costs for cancer research

January 26, 2016 9:24 am | by Rice Univ. | News | Comments

In a move that slashes 90 percent of the cost of mass-producing metastatic microtumors and therapeutic microtissues for screening and research, bioengineers have adapted techniques from the "maker" movement to reprogram a commercial laser cutter to etch up to 50,000 tiny "microwells" per hour into sheets of silicone.

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Novel 4D printing method blossoms from botanical inspiration

January 26, 2016 9:18 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

A team of scientists has evolved their microscale 3D printing technology to the fourth dimension, time. Inspired by natural structures like plants, which respond and change their form over time according to environmental stimuli, the team has unveiled 4D-printed hydrogel composite structures that change shape upon immersion in water.

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