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New Exoskeleton Suit from UC Berkeley Helps Paraplegics Walk

February 5, 2016 2:24 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

SuitX, founded by Kazerooni and spun off from the university’s Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory, unveiled the Phoenix, a 27-lb exoskeleton that can help paraplegic users achieve a walking speed of 1.1 mph.

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Physicists Discover New Properties of Superconductivity

February 5, 2016 11:53 am | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

New findings may eventually lead to a theory of how superconductivity initiates at the atomic level, a key step in understanding how to harness the potential of materials that could provide lossless energy storage, levitating trains and ultra-fast supercomputers.

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Counting Cancer-busting Oxygen Molecules

February 5, 2016 11:48 am | by Macquarie University | News | Comments

Researchers from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have shown that nanoparticles used in combination with X-rays, are a viable method for killing cancer cells deep within the living body.

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Extinct Wildebeest-like Animal Shared Remarkable Similarity to Dino Nose

February 5, 2016 11:42 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In the Late Pleistocene, Rusingoryx atopocranion—a wildebeest-like mammal—roamed the plains of ancient Africa. Researchers have revealed these mammals shared an unexpected commonality with a certain duck-billed herbivorous dinosaur.

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Were NFL-like Brain Injuries the Reason for Henry VIII’s Behavior?

February 5, 2016 9:52 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

According to research from a Yale Univ. cognitive neurologist, Henry VIII’s explosive behavior may’ve resulted from repeated traumatic brain injuries, much like the injuries experienced by players in the National Football League.

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Turbulent times: When stars approach

February 5, 2016 9:47 am | by Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies | News | Comments

When we look at the night sky, we see stars as tiny points of light eking out a solitary existence at immense distances from Earth. But appearances are deceptive. More than half the stars we know of have a companion, a second nearby star that can have a major impact on their primary companions.

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Effects on HIV and Ebola

February 5, 2016 9:42 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München | News | Comments

Scientists discover that extracts of the medicinal plant Cistus incanus (Ci) prevent human immunodeficiency viruses from infecting cells.

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New tool for efficiently validating the accuracy of CRISPR-Cas9 reactions

February 5, 2016 9:38 am | by Institute for Basic Science | News | Comments

Researchers presented a tool they've dubbed multiplex Digenome-seq (digested genome sequencing), which can map out genome-wide specificities of several CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases simultaneously to find both intentional and unwanted indels quickly and cheaply.

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Water Ice Hills Hitch Rides on Pluto's Nitrogen Ice Glaciers

February 5, 2016 9:26 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

NASA announced that Pluto’s nitrogen ice glaciers appear to be ferrying some interesting passengers: isolated water ice mounds, which the agency believes may stem from the dwarf planet’s uplands.

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The iron stepping stones to better wearable tech without semiconductors

February 5, 2016 9:25 am | by Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

The road to more versatile wearable technology is dotted with iron. Specifically, quantum dots of iron arranged on boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs).

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Glass Expert Digs into Secrets of Historic Venetian Process

February 4, 2016 2:41 pm | by Chris Carola, Associated Press | News | Comments

A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glassmaking, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death.

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Soft Robot Challenge Aims to Advance Field

February 4, 2016 2:37 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Videos | Comments

The octopus is a fascinating creature. It’s perhaps one of the most alien-looking lifeforms that calls the Earth home. They can flush their skin a variety of colors, and contort their bodies to fit through holes as small as one inch in diameter. It’s that latter flexibility that’s made the octopus a model for soft robots.

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Yahoo to Cut Thousands of Jobs

February 4, 2016 1:24 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The internet company revealed it would cut an estimated 1,600 jobs by the end of this year while exploring “strategic alternatives" as a potential sale.

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New Material Lights Up When Detecting Explosives

February 4, 2016 1:20 pm | by Univ. of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

Scientists have created a material which turns fluorescent if there are molecules from explosives in the vicinity. The discovery could improve e.g. airport security - and also it gives us an insight into a rather chaotic micro-world where molecules and atoms constantly are responding to their surroundings.

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Biden's Cancer Moonshot to Cost $1B Over Two Years

February 4, 2016 12:14 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be the primary recipient of the funding to foster more medical research.

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