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Air Pollution Decreases Associated with Conflict

August 24, 2015 12:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

In March 2011, pro-democracy protests flared up in the Syrian city Deraa. According to the BBC, they started after some teenagers were arrested and tortured for painting revolutionary slogans on a school wall. Security forces opened fire, killing three protestors.

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After a half century, the exotic pentaquark particle is found

August 24, 2015 12:00 pm | by Rod Pyle, Caltech | News | Comments

In July, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider reported the discovery of the pentaquark, a long-sought particle first predicted to exist in the 1960s as a consequence of the theory of elementary particles and their interactions proposed by Murray Gell-Mann, Caltech's Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus.

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How Industrial CT Scanning Gets You To Production Faster

August 24, 2015 11:30 am | by Visent Avxhi, Business Unit Manager, 3D ProScan | Articles | Comments

For complex plastic injection molded parts, mold qualifications can run for weeks if not months. Industrial CT scanning saves hundreds of hours during qualification and has become the most popular choice for companies that want to get their products to production fast.

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Imaging software could speed breast cancer diagnosis

August 24, 2015 11:00 am | by Jade Boyd, Rice Univ. | News | Comments

New software developed by Rice Univ. bioengineers could speed up the diagnosis of breast cancer with 90% accuracy and without the need for a specialist, according to research published in Breast Cancer Research. Researchers said the software could improve breast cancer management, particularly in developing countries where pathologists are not routinely available.

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Non-Contact Chemical Leak Inspection

August 24, 2015 10:08 am | by FLIR Systems, Inc. | FLIR Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

FLIR Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras are preventative maintenance solutions designed to spot leaks in compressors, piping, flanges and connections in chemical plants. Based upon FLIR's proprietary thermal imaging technology FLIR OGI cameras can rapidly scan large areas and pinpoint leaks of a wide range of volatile chemicals including olefins (Ethylene and Propylene), carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, vinyl chloride, butadiene, acetic acid...

Crash-tolerant data storage

August 24, 2015 10:00 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a computer operating system, the file system is the part that writes data to disk and tracks where the data is stored. If the computer crashes while it’s writing data, the file system’s records can become corrupt. Hours of work could be lost, or programs could stop working properly.

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Genomes uncover life’s early history

August 24, 2015 9:30 am | by Univ. of Manchester | News | Comments

A Univ. of Manchester scientist is part of a team which has carried out one of the biggest ever analyses of genomes on life of all forms. This has allowed them to map the evolutionary history of eukaryotic genes in unprecedented detail, giving insight into the mechanisms of evolution in the very earliest forms of life.

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Precise Controlled Cooling of Biological Samples

August 24, 2015 9:04 am | by ASYNT Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

The ChilliBlock from Asynt is a new modular system purpose designed for precise, controlled cooling and heating of biological samples in microplates, vials and Eppendorf tubes. Traditionally methods of cooling biological samples often rely upon direct immersion in ice buckets which are prone to considerable temperature variability, contamination and loss of wetted labels.

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Intractable pain may find relief in tiny gold rods

August 24, 2015 9:00 am | by Kyoto Univ. | News | Comments

A team of scientists at Kyoto Univ.'s Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) has developed a novel technique using tiny gold rods to target pain receptors. Gold nanorods are tiny rods that are 1 to 100 nm wide and long. In comparison, a human hair is 100,000 nm wide. The team coated gold nanorods with a special type of protein that transports fat within the body known as a lipoprotein.

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The R&D Index: Market Pulse – August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015 8:56 am | by Tim Studt | Articles | Comments

The R&D Index: Market Pulse for the week ending August 21, 2015, closed at 1511.46 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The R&D Index was down approximately 5.91% (or 95 basis points) over the previous week ending August 14, 2015. All components of the R&D Index were down for the week.

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Graphene oxide’s secret properties revealed at atomic level

August 24, 2015 8:00 am | by Amanda Morris, Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

Since its discovery, graphene has captured the attention of scientists and engineers for its many extraordinary properties. But graphene oxide, an oxidized derivative of graphene, largely has been viewed as graphene’s inferior cousin. Now a Northwestern Univ. team has found that graphene oxide’s seemingly undesirable defects surprisingly give rise to exciting mechanical properties.

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Smooth robot movements reduce energy consumption by 40%

August 24, 2015 7:27 am | by Chalmers Univ. of Technology | News | Comments

By minimizing the acceleration of industrial robots, energy consumption can be reduced by up to 40%, while retaining the given production time. This is the result of a new optimization algorithm that was developed by researchers at Chalmers Univ. of Technology. Optimization of the robot's movements reduces acceleration and deceleration, as well as the time the robot is at a standstill since being at a standstill also consumes energy.

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Adeno-Associated Virus Services for Gene Delivery

August 24, 2015 7:13 am | by AMSBIO | Product Releases | Comments

AMSBIO has introduced an expanded range of Adeno-associated virus (AAV) cloning and packaging services. Adeno-associated viruses are single-stranded DNA viruses that can infect a broad range of cell types including dividing and non-dividing cells and are, therefore, widely used vehicles for gene delivery.

Pages with Nanoparticles Help Filter Water

August 21, 2015 8:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

As a graduate student, Theresa Dankovich was following in McGill Univ.’s pulp and paper research tradition when she developed a book, with pages capable of purifying water by killing waterborne bacteria through nanotechnology. Her research was originally sponsored by Sentinel: Bioactive Paper Network, which aimed to design paper with antimicrobial effects for air and water filtration, among other uses.

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Superlattice design realizes elusive multiferroic properties

August 21, 2015 5:00 pm | by Amanda Morris, Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

From the spinning disc of a computer’s hard drive to the varying current in a transformer, many technological devices work by merging electricity and magnetism. But the search to find a single material that combines both electric polarizations and magnetizations remains challenging.

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