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Muscles on-a-chip provide insight into cardiac stem cell therapies

February 9, 2016 9:02 am | by Rockefellar Univ. Press | Comments

Stem cell-derived heart muscle cells may fail to effectively replace damaged cardiac tissue because they don't contract strongly enough, according to a study. The study may help explain why stem cell-based therapies have so far shown limited benefits for heart attack patients in clinical trials.


Ocean acidification makes coralline algae less robust

February 9, 2016 8:52 am | by Univ. of Bristol | Comments

Ocean acidification (the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere), is affecting the formation of the skeleton of coralline algae which play an important part in marine biodiversity, new research has found.


Clean energy from water

February 9, 2016 8:51 am | by Univ. of Basel | Comments

Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. To obtain clean energy, the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical. Researchers study how sunlight can be used for this purpose.


Morocco Activates World's Largest Solar Plant

February 8, 2016 12:34 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The grid is supposed to help the North African country provide 580 megawatts of power to 1.1 million people as well as achieve its goal of generating 42 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.


Aspirin May Lower Staph Blood Infection Risk

February 8, 2016 11:20 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

 S. aureus is a bacterial strain that can cause a variety of skin and respiratory conditions.


Malaria Found in American White-Tailed Deer

February 8, 2016 11:12 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A new study from the Univ. of Vermont published in Science Advances has found that malaria infects up to 25% of white-tailed deer along the United States’ eastern seaboard. Previously, it was thought that malaria was eradicated from the U.S. in the 1950s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Graphene is strong, but is it tough?

February 8, 2016 9:37 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

Graphene, a material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms, has been touted as the strongest material known to exist, 200 times stronger than steel, lighter than paper, and with extraordinary mechanical and electrical properties. But can it live up to its promise?


Mapping website tells building owners if solar is worth it

February 8, 2016 9:24 am | by MIT | Comments

Do costs outweigh the benefits of installing photovoltaic (PV) systems in every building? MIT spinout Mapdwell is answering that question by mapping solar potential for entire cities and providing a cost-benefit analysis for each rooftop. 


Early human ancestor didn't have the jaws of a nutcracker

February 8, 2016 9:20 am | by WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS | Comments

Research published in 2012 garnered international attention by suggesting that a possible early human ancestor had lived on a diverse woodland diet including hard foods mixed in with tree bark, fruit, leaves and other plant products. But new research by an international team of researchers now shows that Australopithecus sediba didn't have the jaw and tooth structure necessary to exist on a steady diet of hard foods.


From allergens to anodes: Pollen-derived battery electrodes

February 8, 2016 9:19 am | by Purdue University | Comments

Pollens, the bane of allergy sufferers, could represent a boon for battery makers: Recent research has suggested their potential use as anodes in lithium-ion batteries. The researchers tested bee pollen- and cattail pollen-derived carbons as anodes.


Using the physics of your perfect pancake to help save sight

February 8, 2016 9:15 am | by University College London | Comments

The appearance of pancakes depends on how water escapes the batter mix during the cooking process and this varies with the thickness of the batter. Understanding the physics of the process can help perfect pancake making and gives important insights into how flexible sheets, like those found in human eyes, interact with flowing vapor and liquids.


Innovative Alarm Protects Your Bag

February 5, 2016 3:04 pm | by Lund University | Comments

Leave your bag unattended without running the risk of it being stolen. This may soon become a reality.


Using Physics of Perfect Pancakes to Help Save Sight

February 5, 2016 2:59 pm | by University College London | Comments

Understanding the textures and patterns of pancakes is helping UCL scientists improve surgical methods for treating glaucoma.


New Exoskeleton Suit from UC Berkeley Helps Paraplegics Walk

February 5, 2016 2:24 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

SuitX, founded by Kazerooni and spun off from the university’s Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory, unveiled the Phoenix, a 27-lb exoskeleton that can help paraplegic users achieve a walking speed of 1.1 mph.


Physicists Discover New Properties of Superconductivity

February 5, 2016 11:53 am | by University of Waterloo | Comments

New findings may eventually lead to a theory of how superconductivity initiates at the atomic level, a key step in understanding how to harness the potential of materials that could provide lossless energy storage, levitating trains and ultra-fast supercomputers.



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