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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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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