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Scientists Create Genetically-Modified Monkeys to Study Autism

January 25, 2016 2:14 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The scientists engineered the macaques by mutating their MECP2 gene. Such a mutation can result in MECP2 duplication syndrome, which shares a variety of symptoms with autism spectrum disorders.

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Flexible and Transparent Pressure Sensors

January 25, 2016 1:26 pm | by Univ. of Tokyo | News | Comments

Healthcare practitioners may one day be able to physically screen for breast cancer using pressure-sensitive rubber gloves to detect tumors, owing to a transparent, bendable and sensitive pressure sensor newly developed by Japanese and American teams.

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Nevada Board Gives Final Approval to Faraday Tax Incentives

January 25, 2016 1:21 pm | by Michelle Rindels, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nevada board gave final approval Friday to tax incentives to attract electric carmaker Faraday Future to Nevada, formalizing a deal that state lawmakers authorized in a special session last month.

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Graphene Composite May Keep Wings Ice-Free

January 25, 2016 1:16 pm | by Rice Univ. | News | Comments

The nanoribbons produced commercially by unzipping nanotubes, a process also invented at Rice, are highly conductive. 

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Blue Origin Takes New Shepard Out for Second Successful Spin

January 25, 2016 12:39 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Videos | Comments

Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft made headlines in November when it launched 329,839 ft into the sky and flawlessly landed right-side up on Texan ground. Over the weekend, Blue Origin took New Shepard for another successful spin, demonstrating the spacecraft’s reusability.  

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Apple's Rumored Electric Car Project Loses Key Exec

January 25, 2016 12:06 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Steve Zadesky, a veteran executive at Apple, is leaving the company after spending the past two years in charge of the Cupertino, California-based firm’s secretive electric-car project.

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WHO Commission Calls for High-Level Action for Childhood Obesity

January 25, 2016 11:13 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Between 1990 and 2014, the number of overweight children under the age of five rose from 4.8% to 6.1%. That percentage increase represents nearly 10 million children, from 31 million to 41 million.

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Celebrating 30 Years of Voyager 2’s Uranus Flyby

January 25, 2016 9:40 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

NASA’s Voyager 2 has hit a number of landmarks. First launched on Aug. 20, 1977, the spacecraft has fared the depths of the cosmic abyss. On Jan. 24, 1986, it came closer than humanity’s ever gotten to the distant, gaseous planet Uranus.

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Dark 'noodles' may lurk in the Milky Way

January 25, 2016 9:30 am | by CSIRO Australia | News | Comments

Invisible structures shaped like noodles, lasagne sheets or hazelnuts could be floating around in our Galaxy radically challenging our understanding of gas conditions in the Milky Way.

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A new quantum approach to big data

January 25, 2016 9:20 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

From gene mapping to space exploration, humanity continues to generate ever-larger sets of data -- far more information than people can actually process, manage, or understand.

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Zebra stripes not for camouflage, new study finds

January 25, 2016 9:08 am | by Univ. of California, Davis | News | Comments

If you've always thought of a zebra's stripes as offering some type of camouflaging protection against predators, it's time to think again, suggest scientists.

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Conductive concrete could keep roads safer in winter weather

January 25, 2016 8:56 am | by Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln | News | Comments

A 200-square-foot slab of seemingly ordinary concrete sits just outside the Peter Kiewit Institute as snowflakes begin parachuting toward Omaha on a frigid afternoon in late December.

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New Duck-Billed Dino Described

January 25, 2016 8:43 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Videos | Comments

Around 85 million years ago, North America was halved by 1,000 mi of ocean, which connected the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Sea. The continent was divided into two landmasses: Laramidia and Appalachia. Appalachia stretched from around Alabama up into Canada.

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IAEA: Japan Nuclear Registration Should Improve Skills, Law

January 22, 2016 2:29 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan has improved its nuclear safety regulation since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, but it still needs to strengthen inspections and staff competency, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency said Friday.

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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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