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Team Builds First Quantum Cascade Laser on Silicon

April 20, 2016 1:31 pm | by Optical Society of America | Comments

The advance may have applications that span from chemical bond spectroscopy and gas sensing, to astronomy and free-space communications.


Making Electronics Out of Coal?

April 20, 2016 9:25 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) | Comments

Jeffrey Grossman thinks we've been looking at coal all wrong. 


Sushi Alert: Grim Outlook for Bluefin Tuna

April 20, 2016 2:00 am | by By Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | Comments

The latest scientific assessment paints a likely bleak future for the Pacific bluefin tuna, a sushi lovers' favorite whose population has dropped by more than 97 percent from its historic levels. 


NASA's 3-Satellite View of Tropical Cyclone Fantala

April 19, 2016 12:30 pm | by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Three NASA satellites provided data on powerful Tropical Cyclone Fantala as it lingered north of Madagascar in the Southern Indian Ocean. 


Botulinum Toxin for Spasticity, Headache, Other Brain Disorders

April 19, 2016 10:59 am | by American Academy of Neurology | Comments

The American Academy of Neurology has updated its 2008 guidelines on the use of botulinum toxin for spasticity, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm and migraine headache. 


Study Provides Structural Basis for Development of New Antibiotic

April 19, 2016 10:47 am | by Duke University | Comments

Researchers have discovered the structure of a well-established target for antibiotic development.


New Nanodevice Shifts Light's Color at Single-Photon Level

April 19, 2016 10:32 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Scientists have now developed a miniaturized version of a frequency converter, using technology similar to that used to make computer chips.


Study on Worm, Mice Fertility Could Lead to 'The Pill' for Men

April 19, 2016 9:45 am | by Emory University | Comments

Someday, if women toast the discovery of male oral contraceptives, they may want to lift a glass to Emory biology professor Steven L'Hernault and his worms.


Measuring Heat Capacity of Condensed Light

April 19, 2016 9:31 am | by University of Bonn | Comments

Liquid water is a very good heat storage medium – anyone with a Thermos bottle knows that. However, as soon as water boils or freezes, its storage capacity drops precipitously.


Nanoparticle Acts Like Trojan Horse to Halt Asthma

April 19, 2016 9:23 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

In an entirely new approach to treating asthma and allergies, a biodegradable nanoparticle acts like a Trojan horse, hiding an allergen in a friendly shell, to convince the immune system not to attack it.


Shining Light on Brain Tumors

April 18, 2016 3:55 pm | by The Optical Society | Comments

When operating on cancer, surgeons want to remove tumors and not healthy tissue.


New Way to Get Electricity from Magnetism

April 18, 2016 3:46 pm | by University of Utah | Comments

Coal, gas, hydroelectric, wind and nuclear plants all use dynamos to convert mechanical force into magnetic-field changes and then electricity.


Study Backs Pancreas Cell Transplants for Severe Diabetes

April 18, 2016 2:00 pm | by By Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press | Comments

Transplants of insulin-producing pancreas cells are a long hoped-for treatment for diabetes — and a new study shows they can protect the most seriously ill patients from a life-threatening complication of the disease, an important step toward U.S. approval. 


All Ants on Deck

April 18, 2016 1:53 pm | by UC Riverside | Comments

Scientists believe this is the first time memory has been demonstrated in so-called self-assemblages.


Kangaroos Chew Over Evolutionary Theory

April 18, 2016 10:13 am | by Flinders University | Comments

What if snakes could grow legs, or chickens develop teeth, or humans re-evolve tails like our primate ancestors?  



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