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A Carbon-Neutral Fuel Alternative

October 1, 2015 | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

As early as the 1950s, researchers were looking at algae for methane gas production. The algae was grown on rooftops of Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT). Drawings and illustrations of open pond raceways on the roof of Harvard Univ. were also recovered from the 1950s. The reason for this research was algae naturally make oil, and this intrigued researchers as a feedstock for biodiesel.

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Rumors Regarding Gravitational Wave Discovery Abound

January 13, 2016 9:53 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A wave-making rumor focuses on the possibility that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), which is operated by the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has discovered gravitational waves.

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U.S. Goes Smaller with Nuclear Weapons

January 12, 2016 2:07 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In 2009, President Barack Obama delivered a speech at Hradcany Square in Prague. There, he spoke of nuclear armament and the decreasing threat of nuclear war in a post-Cold War world. But despite the decreased threat, Obama said nuclear weapons had proliferated.

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CES 2016 Highlights

January 12, 2016 1:26 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Here are some of the top stories that came out of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Underwater Robots Help Scientists Understand Great White Sharks

January 12, 2016 11:15 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The “REMUS SharkCam,” an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), navigated the waters off Mexico’s Guadalupe Island in November 2013. Outfitted with six high-definition video cameras, the AUV provided Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution engineers and scientists a panoramic view of the clear waters, which are a hotspot for great white shark activity.

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The R&D Index Market Pulse, Jan. 11, 2016: Global Concerns Drag Down R&D Index

January 11, 2016 12:00 pm | by Tim Studt, Contributing Editor | Comments

The R&D Index: Market Watch for the week ending January 8, 2016, closed at 1,417.45 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The Index was down 6.84% (or more than 104 basis points) over the previous week ending December 31, 2015. The R&D Index was actually down more than the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) for the week, which itself was down 6.2%, its worst-ever five-day start to the a new year. 

Discovering How Calcium Carbonate Crystals Get Strength

January 11, 2016 11:21 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Calcium carbonate can be found in many things, from chalk, mollusk shells, and rocks to pearls, eggshells, and coal balls. There’s a variability to the strength the chemical compound exhibits. And material scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are looking into what gives calcium carbonate crystals their strength.

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Feeding Time Has Ended For a Distant Quasar

January 11, 2016 9:39 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

It’s the end of the line for a distant quasar. Or, it’s at least the end of feeding time, for now. Last week, astronomers reported their findings concerning J1011+5442, a quasar that was the subject of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

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Despite Sanitation Tech, Parasites Spread During Roman Empire

January 8, 2016 2:39 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

As the Roman Empire spread its tendrils across the surrounding geographic landscape, it disseminated ideas regarding literature, engineering, culture, cuisine, religion, and even hygiene. In fact, the Romans are credited with introducing sanitation technology to Europe roughly 2,000 years ago.

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Bright Future Expected for Bionic Eye Developments

January 8, 2016 2:38 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The company Retina Implant AG will be a major player in the market due to the success of its Alpha IMS device.

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Cautious Doubts Surface Regarding North Korea’s H-Bomb Claim

January 6, 2016 9:57 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

While North Korea officially announced its successful detonation of a small hydrogen bomb today, South Korean officials and analysts are having doubts regarding whether the claim is true.

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Bill Gates-Backed Gene Editing Startup Files for $100M IPO

January 5, 2016 2:11 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The company has received financing from such bold faced names like Google Ventures, the investment arm of Alphabet Inc.

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Facebook Users Create Information Echo Chamber, Study Says

January 5, 2016 2:02 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The study was produced by researchers from Boston Univ., Sapienza Univ., and the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca.

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Suspicious Package? Send in the 3-D Imaging Robot

January 5, 2016 12:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

German researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Techniques (FHR) are developing a remote-controlled robot capable of providing emergency personnel with 3-D images of the contents within a potential suitcase bomb.

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Faraday Future Unveils Sleek Concept Car at CES 2016

January 5, 2016 9:41 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

It looks sleek and fast, like a green version of a glossy Batmobile. Watch out Tesla Motors because Faraday Future—a California-based electric car company—debuted their battery-powered FFZERO1 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday night.

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The R&D Index Market Pulse, Jan. 4, 2016: Stock Losses in 2015 Point to Moderate Gains in 2016

January 4, 2016 11:54 am | by Tim Studt, Contributing Editor | Comments

The R&D Index: Market Pulse for the holiday-shortened trading week ending December 31, 2015, closed at 1,521.47 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The Index was down 0.08% (or about 12 basis points) over the previous week ending December 24, 2015. 

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