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Microscopic Water Bears Incorporate Foreign DNA into Genome

November 24, 2015 4:01 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

From the peaks of the Himalayas and the ocean’s deepest depths to frigid Antarctica and the searing deserts, tardigrades are animals that thrive in extremes. Dry them out, and tardigrades can survive for years, even decades. Add water, and they spring back to life, raring to reproduce, feed and live their normal lives. Radiation? Not a problem, these microscopic animals can survive doses thousands of times more intense than humans can.


Amazon CEO’s Space Company Accomplishes Historic Rocket Landing

November 24, 2015 2:46 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Blue Origin’s spacecraft New Shepard barrels back towards Earth, a faint white cylinder against a sky background. A voice tinged with static chronicles its descent. “12,000 ft…5,000 ft…engines starting.” A fiery stream shoots out the bottom of the craft. “We have thrust,” the voice says. “1,000 ft.”


Earth not due for a geomagnetic flip in the near future

November 24, 2015 1:30 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The intensity of Earth’s geomagnetic field has been dropping for the past 200 years, at a rate that some scientists suspect may cause the field to bottom out in 2,000 years, temporarily leaving the planet unprotected against damaging charged particles from the sun.


Better batteries to beat global warming: A race against time

November 24, 2015 1:00 pm | by By Seth Borenstein - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the key technologies that could help wean the globe off fossil fuel is probably at your fingertips or in your pocket right now: the battery. If batteries can get better, cheaper and store more power safely, then electric cars and solar- or wind- powered homes become more viable — even on cloudy days or when the wind isn't blowing.


Atom-sized craters make a catalyst more active

November 24, 2015 1:00 pm | by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

Bombarding and stretching an important industrial catalyst opens up tiny holes on its surface where atoms can attach and react, greatly increasing its activity as a promoter of chemical reactions, according to a study by scientists at Stanford Univ. and the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.


Living Ant Bridges Have Implications for Robotics

November 24, 2015 11:10 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Imagine this scenario: An earthquake strikes, collapsing the ends of a crowded bridge. People are stranded on the bridge’s interior, the gap to land being too big to jump. Emergency crews dispatch, but discover upon arrival that any sort of human intervention borders on fatal. Instead, the crews send out an array of insect-like robots. The robots coalesce, forming a platform where the gap once was. The trapped people cross safely to land.


Researcher suggests storing solar energy underground for a cloudy day

November 24, 2015 11:00 am | by Dan Stober, Stanford Univ. | News | Comments

Over the last few years, Mark Jacobson, a Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering, and his colleague, Mark Delucchi of the Univ. of California, Berkeley, have produced a series of plans, based on huge amounts of data churned through computer models, showing how each state in America could shift from fossil fuel to entirely renewable energy.


Tuberculosis: Daily antibiotics recommended to prevent resistant strains

November 24, 2015 10:00 am | by Kate McAlpine, Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

A computer model of tuberculosis has shown that approved treatments prescribing antibiotic doses once or twice a week are more likely to lead to drug resistant strains than are daily antibiotic regimens. The finding, from a Univ. of Michigan study, could help inform the treatment of the roughly 10 million people worldwide who fall ill with tuberculosis each year.


Hairy Dark Matter

November 24, 2015 9:41 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

If dark matter were visible, the Earth would be in need of a haircut. A researcher from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) published a new study in the Astrophysical Journal proposing the existence of long filaments of dark matter, or hairs, near planetary bodies.


Chemical design made easier

November 24, 2015 7:44 am | by Mike Williams, Rice Univ. | News | Comments

Rice Univ. scientists using an efficient metal-free process have synthesized dozens of small-molecule catalysts, tools that promise to speed the making of novel chemicals, including drugs. The lab of synthetic chemist László Kürti made elusive chiral biaryl compounds in a single-flask process that does not require the use of transition metals.


A new way to make x-rays

November 24, 2015 7:35 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The most widely used technology for producing x-rays has remained essentially the same for more than a century. But based on a new analysis by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that might potentially change in the next few years.


Supercomputer simulations enhance understanding of protein motion, function

November 24, 2015 7:27 am | by Morgan McCorkle, Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Supercomputing simulations at Oak Ridge National Laboratory could change how researchers understand the internal motions of proteins that play functional, structural and regulatory roles in all living organisms.


An eagle-eye, real-time view of neural activity

November 24, 2015 7:20 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers at Duke and Stanford Univs. have devised a way to watch the details of neurons at work, pretty much in real time. Every second of every day, the 100 billion neurons in your brain are capable of firing off a burst of electricity called an action potential up to 100 times per second.


NOAA Global Warming Study Under Fire

November 23, 2015 4:07 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Following criticism from the chairman of the House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology regarding a global warming study published in Science in June, a spokeswoman from the publication recently said the journal did not rush to publish the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study.


The Garden Rose: Marrying the Electronic and Organic

November 23, 2015 4:04 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The garden rose, or Rosa floribunda, has ingrained itself into public consciousness as the symbol for love. But in the science world, the rose is now the first plant to marry the electronic and organic within its body. Researchers from Linköping Univ.’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics used the rose’s vascular system to manufacture analog and digital organic electronic circuits and devices.



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