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Gene Expression Could Indicate Disease Immunity

February 2, 2016 11:30 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

These findings could improve predictions for which patients could be susceptible to different types of infections.

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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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Switching light with a silver atom

February 1, 2016 1:40 pm | by ETH Zurich | Comments

The quantity of data exchanged via communications networks around the globe is growing at a breathtaking rate. The volume of data for wired and mobile communications is currently increasing by 23% and 57% respectively every year. It is impossible to predict when this growth will end.

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New type of nanowires, built with natural gas heating

February 1, 2016 11:15 am | by Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology | Comments

A team of researchers has recently pioneered in developing a new simple nanowire manufacturing technique that uses self-catalytic growth process assisted by thermal decomposition of natural gas. According to the research team, this method is simple, reproducible, size-controllable, and cost-effective in that lithium-ion batteries could also benefit from it.

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Electrons and liquid helium advance understanding of zero-resistance

February 1, 2016 10:58 am | by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology | Comments

Research conducted by the Quantum Dynamics Unit at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology graduate University (OIST) could represent an important step in understanding two-dimensional semiconductors. The Unit's latest paper describes anomalies in the behavior of electrons in electrons on liquid helium two-dimensional system.

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Robotic fingers with a gentle touch

February 1, 2016 9:24 am | by ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE | Comments

Scientists have invented a new soft gripper that uses electroadhesion: flexible electrode flaps that act like a thumb-index duo. It can pick up fragile objects of arbitrary shape and stiffness, like an egg, a water balloon or paper.

Nanosheet growth technique could revolutionize nanomaterial production

February 1, 2016 9:13 am | by UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON | Comments

After six years of painstaking effort, a group of materials scientists believe the tiny sheets of the semiconductor zinc oxide they're growing could have huge implications for the future of a host of electronic and biomedical devices.

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U.S. R&D Increased in 2013, Well Ahead of GDP Pace

February 1, 2016 9:07 am | by NSF | Comments

U.S. expenditures in research and development (R&D) rose to $456.1 billion in 2013 -- a $20.7 billion increase over the previous year, according to a report from the National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

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