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Combating the Life Science Data Avalanche

August 10, 2015 | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Big data has become a growing issue in science, as these data sets are so large and complex that traditional data processing applications are inadequate. This is especially true for the life science industry, where the growing size of data hasn’t been met with tools for analyzing and interpreting this data at the same rate, leading to what many call a “data avalanche.”

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New Horizons Sets Sight on Potential Target

August 31, 2015 8:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

NASA’s New Horizons team has eyed its next potential target, a small Kuiper Belt object orbiting nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto. Known as 2014 MU69, the celestial body, scientists estimate, is under 30 miles across, but still more than 10 times lager and 1,000 times more massive than typical comets. However, it’s still 0.5 to 1% the size of Pluto.


Lasers: On the Brink of Entering the Battlefield

August 31, 2015 6:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) whirs along its flight path. Suddenly, the tail is engulfed in flames, and the aircraft topples downwards towards the ground. It appears to be a malfunction. No visible or audible forces touched the UAV.


Putting a Depth on Deep-Sea Fishing

August 31, 2015 4:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The European Union (EU) fishing industry is the fourth largest in the world, providing around 6.4 million metric tons of stock each year. However, around 80% of all species in EU waters remain overfished. According to the EU, fishing depths increased by 128 m between 1950, when the average depth was 407 m, to 535 m in 2006. As fishing depths increase, so do the effects on deeper-dwelling species.


Swans Inspire Steady Drone Cameras

August 31, 2015 2:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

During takeoff, the whooper swan runs and flaps its wings before it rises from the ground. In the air, the streamlined body bobs, but the head remains steady. Geese employ a zig-zagging maneuver called whiffling when landing. Their bodies turn upside down, but their heads remain straight, allowing the birds to make rapid descents, while keeping eyes affixed on a target.


The R&D Index: Market Pulse – August 31, 2015

August 31, 2015 12:52 pm | by Tim Studt | Comments

The R&D Index: Market Pulse for the week ending August 28, 2015, closed at 1524.41 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The R&D Index was up approximately 0.86% (or nearly 13 basis points) over the previous week (ending August 21, 2015).


Electronic Pill Reality

August 31, 2015 8:43 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

In today’s world, it’s an exciting time for medical technology. And making smart use of modern digital innovations is bringing revolutions in health care for the young and old. The ability to combine information and function from various devices to personalize treatment based on individual conditions presents enormous opportunity to both improve health and reduce costs.


Plant Chemical Differentiates Female Honey Bees

August 31, 2015 7:37 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

For the western honey bee, the swarming process begins when between 10 and 20 daughter queens develop in a colony, according to the Univ. of Florida. As the daughter queens develop from the larvae stage, the original mother queen and a portion of the hive branch out, and establish a new colony. What follows is a fight for dominance over the original hive. If the daughter queens emerge simultaneously, they fight until one remains.


Fatty Acids in the Brain Hasten Alzheimer’s

August 28, 2015 5:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In 1906 at the 37th Conference of South-West German Psychiatrists in Tübingen, German physician Dr. Alois Alzheimer elucidated symptoms of a disease that would later be named after him. He described the case of 51-year-old woman Auguste D., and her progressive symptoms of cognitive impairment, hallucinations and delusions.


Fracking Chemicals and Human Development

August 28, 2015 2:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

After initially injected into a well, a portion of hydraulic fracturing fluid returns to the surface immediately, dubbed “flow-back,” and some seeps up over the well’s lifespan, called “produced water.” A combination of water, chemical additives and naturally occurring substances, the fluid is typically stored at a fracking site before treatment, recycling or disposal.


Binary Black Hole at the Center of Closest Quasar

August 28, 2015 10:30 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Considered some of the brightest objects in the universe, quasars are contained within active galaxies and powered by black holes billion times the mass of the sun.


A Revelation to Galaxy Formation

August 28, 2015 7:06 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Using observations from 10,000 galaxies surveyed by Herschel ATLAS and GAMA projects, an international science team has illustrated galaxies change structure throughout their lifetime.


ISS Soyuz Maneuver Scheduled for Friday Morning

August 27, 2015 4:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

If you plan on making it a sleepless night, you might want to head over to NASA Television around a quarter after 3 am. Half the residents of the International Space Station (ISS) will take a ride on the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft in a relocation maneuver.


Taxonomy via Digital Simulacrum

August 27, 2015 2:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Known as the “father of taxonomy,” 18th-century Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus traveled throughout Sweden from 1732 to 1735 cataloging plants and animals he encountered. He devised his own system of categorization, known as binomial nomenclature.


Cosmetic Microbeads Impact Oceans

August 27, 2015 12:45 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

This past summer, filmmakers captured copepods, a type of zooplankton, feeding on small pieces of plastic. Under a microscope at the U.K.’s Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the zooplankton fed on polystyrene beads between seven and 30 micrometers in diameter.


Egyptian Blue Takes Backseat in Mummy Portraits

August 27, 2015 10:38 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Believed to be the first artificial pigment produced, Egyptian blue was inspired by the semiprecious stone lapis lazuli. According to Marc Walton, a research associate professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern Univ., Ancient Egyptians used the pigment on their walls and on the ceilings of tombs to replicate the night sky. The first documented appearance of the pigment was around 3200 to 3000 BC.



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