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Scientists have put a high precision blood assay into a simple test strip

February 3, 2016 9:37 am | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | Comments

Researchers have developed a new biosensor test system based on magnetic nanoparticles. It is designed to provide highly accurate measurements of the concentration of protein molecules (e.g. markers, which indicate the onset or development of a disease) in various samples, including opaque solutions or strongly colored liquids.

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NASA's ICESat-2 equipped with unique 3-D manufactured part

February 3, 2016 9:32 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Slated for launch in 2018, NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) will carry a 3-D printed part made of polyetherketoneketone (PEKK), a material that has never been used in 3-D manufacturing, let alone flown in space.

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Scientists Map Bed Bug Genome

February 3, 2016 9:03 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A team of international researchers recently sequenced the genome of the common bed bug Cimex lectularius, illuminating the genetics that may be responsible for their increased resistance.

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Alphabet Comes Before Apple as World's Most Valuable Company

February 2, 2016 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alphabet now comes before Apple atop the list of the world's most valuable companies. Shares of Google's parent company are pulling ahead of Apple in early trading Tuesday.

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Is North Korea Prepping to Launch a Satellite?

February 2, 2016 2:19 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In December 2012, North Korea unexpectedly launched a long-range rocket from its west coast. The North Korea regime claimed that the launch successfully placed the country’s first satellite into orbit.

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Sesame Street Launches VC Fund for Kid-Oriented Startups

February 2, 2016 1:03 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

‘I’ is for investment, Sesame Street revealed yesterday. The nonprofit behind the popular children’s TV show, Sesame Workshop, unveiled a new venture capital fund.

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NASA's Super Guppy Transports Orion Spacecraft to Florida

February 2, 2016 12:25 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Orion spacecraft pressure vessel, meant to carry humans to Mars, was ferried to Florida in the belly of a chrome-colored leviathan. Not one of the seas, but one of the skies.

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Microsoft Looks to Submerge Datacenters Beneath the Ocean Waves

February 2, 2016 9:24 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In 2014, Villanova Univ. researchers reported that datacenters were major source of energy waste. In fact, more than 2% of the U.S.’s total electricity usage can be attributed to datacenters. And almost half of that power was solely used for cooling the datacenters’ electronics.

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The Quantum Fridge

February 2, 2016 9:16 am | by Vienna University of Technology | Comments

When cold milk is poured into a hot cup of tea, a temperature equilibrium is reached very quickly. The milk droplets and the tea particles interact, and after a few moments they all have the same average energy.

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A Highway for Spin Waves

February 2, 2016 9:08 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | Comments

The success story of information processing by way of moving electrons is slowly coming to an end. The trend towards more and more compact chips constitutes a major challenge for manufacturers, since the increasing miniaturization creates partly unsolvable physical problems.

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HIV Growing Resistant to Common Treatment

February 2, 2016 9:00 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Scientists from the University College London made a new discovery regarding the HIV virus. 

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Rare Clay Kills Drug-Resistant Bacteria

February 2, 2016 8:55 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The Heiltsuk First Nation people have used this material to treat a swath of maladies like ulcerative colitis, arthritis, and skin irritation.

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These Social Octopuses are Combative

February 1, 2016 2:06 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The octopus looks more like an underwater tent, its web and tentacles spread apart, its mantle raised, and its skin darkened. It approaches a second octopus, which is positioned low near the bay’s floor.

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CIA Highlights UFO Documents “The X-Files” Characters Would Love

February 1, 2016 1:56 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Last month, the CIA highlighted 10 documents that “The X-Files” characters Agent Fox Mulder and Agent Dana Scully would find particularly interesting.     

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MIT Tops SpaceX’s Hyperloop Design Challenge

February 1, 2016 1:51 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Hyperloop Team came out victorious following this past weekend’s SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend, which was held at Texas A&M Univ.

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