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Microwaved Nanotubes Come Up Clean

January 22, 2016 2:25 pm | by Rice Univ. | News | Comments

Amid all the fancy equipment found in a typical nanomaterials lab, one of the most useful may turn out to be the humble microwave oven.

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China's Growing Interest in Auto Industry Startups

January 22, 2016 2:18 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

SAIC Motor Corporation, China’s largest auto manufacturer, led a $70 million investment round in used car startup Beepi earlier this week.

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Apple Reportedly Hires Key VR Professional

January 22, 2016 2:11 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

​Doug A. Bowman, a professor of computer science and the director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech, has reportedly joined the ranks of Apple in an unspecified role.

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DARPA Wants to Bridge Human-Computer Divide

January 22, 2016 11:59 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Essentially, the device will be capable of translating the ones and zeros from the information technology language to the electrochemical language of neurons.

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Startup Makes Coffee with Microbes Instead of Cat Feces

January 22, 2016 11:51 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A creature called the palm civet helps produce kopi luwak, an expensive type of coffee in a process that begins when the cat-like animal eats coffee cherries that ferment in its gut.

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Trophy Hunting Rams Led to Artificial Evolution

January 22, 2016 11:05 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Two bighorn rams meet atop a snow-peppered rocky mound. They stare down one another, their eyes unblinking. They rear up on their hind legs and charge forward, butting their furled horns against one another.

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Ancient Massacre is the Earliest Evidence of Human Conflict

January 22, 2016 9:33 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the Univ. of Cambridge believe the roughly 10,000-year-old massacre at Nataruk—located 30 km from Kenya’s Lake Turkana—may be the earliest scientifically-dated evidence of human conflict.

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Weaving a new story for COFS and MOFs

January 22, 2016 9:26 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

An international collaboration has woven the first three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (COFs) from helical organic threads. The woven COFs display significant advantages in structural flexibility, resiliency and reversibility over previous COFs - materials that are highly prized for their potential to capture and store carbon dioxide then convert it into valuable chemical products.

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Scientists find global ocean warming has doubled in recent decades

January 22, 2016 9:13 am | by DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists, working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and university colleagues, have found that half of the global ocean heat content increase since 1865 has occurred over the past two decades.

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Why are habits so hard to break?

January 22, 2016 9:06 am | by Duke Univ. | News | Comments

New research suggests that a habit leaves a lasting mark on specific circuits in the brain, priming us to feed our cravings.

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Beetle-inspired discovery could reduce frost's costly sting

January 22, 2016 8:58 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

In a discovery that may lead to ways to prevent frost on airplane parts, condenser coils, and even windshields, a team of researchers has used chemical micropatterns to control the growth of frost caused by condensation.

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Seeing the big picture in photosynthetic light harvesting

January 22, 2016 8:49 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers have created the first computational model that simulates the light-harvesting activity of the thousands of antenna proteins that would be interacting in the chloroplast of an actual leaf. The results from this model point the way to improving the yields of food and fuel crops, and developing artificial photosynthesis technologies for next generation solar energy systems.

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Brain's Memory Capacity is 10 Times Greater Than Previously Thought

January 21, 2016 2:40 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Scientists have discovered that the brain’s capacity for memory storage is far greater than previously hypothesized. How much greater? Well, the Salk Institute research would increase conservative estimates by a factor of 10, up to at least a petabyte, putting the brain’s capacity on par with the World Wide Web

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Alien Life is Likely Extinct and Microbial, Researchers Say

January 21, 2016 1:16 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Astrobiologists from Australian National Univ. have posited that potential extraterrestrials are silent because they’re already dead, and most likely went extinct during a very primitive state of life.

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GM Unites Car-Sharing Services Under New Brand 'Maven'

January 21, 2016 12:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The company on Thursday announced that it's formed a brand called "Maven" that will run its car-sharing ventures, including a new one that will begin competing with ZipCar next month in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spread to other metro areas later this year.

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