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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Counting Cancer-busting Oxygen Molecules

February 5, 2016 11:48 am | by Macquarie University | Comments

Researchers from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have shown that nanoparticles used in combination with X-rays, are a viable method for killing cancer cells deep within the living body.

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Extinct Wildebeest-like Animal Shared Remarkable Similarity to Dino Nose

February 5, 2016 11:42 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the Late Pleistocene, Rusingoryx atopocranion—a wildebeest-like mammal—roamed the plains of ancient Africa. Researchers have revealed these mammals shared an unexpected commonality with a certain duck-billed herbivorous dinosaur.

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Were NFL-like Brain Injuries the Reason for Henry VIII’s Behavior?

February 5, 2016 9:52 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

According to research from a Yale Univ. cognitive neurologist, Henry VIII’s explosive behavior may’ve resulted from repeated traumatic brain injuries, much like the injuries experienced by players in the National Football League.

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Turbulent times: When stars approach

February 5, 2016 9:47 am | by Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies | Comments

When we look at the night sky, we see stars as tiny points of light eking out a solitary existence at immense distances from Earth. But appearances are deceptive. More than half the stars we know of have a companion, a second nearby star that can have a major impact on their primary companions.

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Effects on HIV and Ebola

February 5, 2016 9:42 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München | Comments

Scientists discover that extracts of the medicinal plant Cistus incanus (Ci) prevent human immunodeficiency viruses from infecting cells.

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New tool for efficiently validating the accuracy of CRISPR-Cas9 reactions

February 5, 2016 9:38 am | by Institute for Basic Science | Comments

Researchers presented a tool they've dubbed multiplex Digenome-seq (digested genome sequencing), which can map out genome-wide specificities of several CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases simultaneously to find both intentional and unwanted indels quickly and cheaply.

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Water Ice Hills Hitch Rides on Pluto's Nitrogen Ice Glaciers

February 5, 2016 9:26 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

NASA announced that Pluto’s nitrogen ice glaciers appear to be ferrying some interesting passengers: isolated water ice mounds, which the agency believes may stem from the dwarf planet’s uplands.

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The iron stepping stones to better wearable tech without semiconductors

February 5, 2016 9:25 am | by Michigan Technological University | Comments

The road to more versatile wearable technology is dotted with iron. Specifically, quantum dots of iron arranged on boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs).

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