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How Scientists Design New Materials

April 29, 2016 8:58 am | by Gregory McColm, University of South Florida, The Conversation | Comments

One of the great technological challenges of this century is to design novel materials to satisfy given specifications.


Gecko-Inspired Tool Used in War Against Dust

April 29, 2016 8:52 am | by Yale University | Comments

Micrometric and sub-micrometric contaminant particles can cause big problems for art conservators.


Researchers Create 1-Step Graphene Patterning Method

April 29, 2016 8:52 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Graphene is receiving immense scientific and technological interest.


Cactus-Inspired Skin Gives Electric Cars a Spike

April 29, 2016 8:51 am | by CSIRO Australia | Comments

New type of membrane has the potential to significantly boost the performance of fuel cells.


Origin of Earth's Oldest Crystals Revealed

April 29, 2016 8:51 am | by Trinity College Dublin | Comments

New research suggests that the oldest pieces of rock on Earth – zircon crystals – are likely to have formed in the craters left by violent asteroid impacts.


Shape of Tumor May Affect Whether Cells Can Metastasize

April 28, 2016 12:31 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating these tumor-seeding cells.


Fiber Optic Biosensor-Integrated Microfluidic Chip to Detect Glucose Levels

April 28, 2016 12:25 pm | by The Optical Society | Comments

By integrating microfluidic chips with fiber optic biosensors, researchers in China are creating ultrasensitive lab-on-a-chip devices to detect glucose levels.


Ice Loss Accelerating in Greenland's Coastal Glaciers

April 28, 2016 12:15 pm | by Dartmouth College | Comments

The study sheds light on the relationship between meltwater and subglacial discharge.  


Hominins May Have Been Food for Carnivores 500K Years Ago

April 28, 2016 11:59 am | by PLOS | Comments

Tooth-marks on a 500,000-year-old hominin femur bone found in a Moroccan cave indicate that it was consumed by large carnivores, according to a study.


Math Points to 100-Times Faster Mapping of Gene Activity

April 28, 2016 10:10 am | by University of California, San Francisco | Comments

Latest research by scientists could accelerate – by 10 to 100-fold – the pace of many efforts to profile gene activity.

Blood Biopsy: Releasing Cancer Cells for Better Analysis

April 28, 2016 10:03 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

A new device developed could provide a non-invasive way to monitor the progress of an advanced cancer treatment.

SpaceX Shooting for Mars in 2018

April 27, 2016 3:48 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Elon Musk is going to Mars in 2018. Well, not Musk personally, but his company SpaceX is set to be the first private company to land on Mars.


House Panel Approves Bipartisan Drug-Abuse Legislation

April 27, 2016 2:00 pm | by By Alan Fram, Associated Press | Comments

The House Judiciary Committee took an election-year swipe Wednesday at the nation's growing drug addiction problem, approving federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid painkillers.


'Walk-DMC' to Improve Surgery Outcomes for Children With Cerebral Palsy

April 27, 2016 1:34 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

Children with cerebral palsy frequently undergo invasive surgeries —lengthening tendons, rotating bones, transferring muscles to new locations — in hopes of improving their physical ability to walk or move.

Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds

April 27, 2016 11:16 am | by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

From a quarter to half of Earth's vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study.



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