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IEA: Global Oil Glut Could Get Worse This Year

February 10, 2016 | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report on Tuesday indicating the global energy market will continue to have a tough year.

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Obama's Clean Power Plan Hits Wall with Supreme Court

February 10, 2016 3:23 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a temporary freeze on the plan’s implementation after a 5-4 majority vote.

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Indian Scientists Study Chunk that Fell From Sky, Killed Man

February 10, 2016 2:43 pm | by Nirmala George, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists are analyzing a small blue object that plummeted from the sky and killed a man in southern India, after authorities said it was a meteorite.

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Climate Change Helps Bats to Spread Their Wings

February 10, 2016 2:40 pm | by Springer | Comments

Climate change is most likely behind the extraordinary spread of a type of vesper bat across Europe over the last four decades. Read more...

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Bacteria are optical objects, each cell acting like a microscopic eyeball or the world's oldest and smallest camera eye. Courtesy of eLife

This Slime Can See

February 10, 2016 9:47 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

It’s your classic slime, a green substance that can be found in freshwater lakes and rivers, and coats surrounding rocks. Synechocystis is a type of cyanobacteria, which evolved around 2.7 billion years ago and gleans its energy from the sun via photosynthesis. Though primordial, this bacteria is still revealing its tricks to scientists. And researchers recently discovered it perceives the world in a remarkably similar way to humans.

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Researchers are trying to develop an understanding of how using recycled concrete affects the behavior of reinforced concrete structures so that buildings using large amounts of recycled material can be designed for safety and to serve their intended purp

Why not recycled concrete?

February 9, 2016 5:13 pm | by William G. Gilroy, University of Notre Dame | Comments

From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can’t we recycle concrete from our deteriorating infrastructure for use as material in new buildings and bridges? It’s a question that a team of researchers is examining. The biggest barrier to using recycled concrete has been variability and uncertainty in the quality and properties...

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(Left) The metasurface composed of a perforated plate (transparent gray region) with a hole and a coiled coplanar air chamber (yellow region). (right) The absorption coefficient, α, of the presented metasurface with a total absorption at 125.8 Hz. Results

Absorbing acoustics with soundless spirals

February 9, 2016 5:06 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Researchers at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, CNRS, and the University of Lorraine have recently developed a design for a coiled-up acoustic metasurface that can achieve total acoustic absorption in very low-frequency ranges. The researchers designed an acoustic absorber in which sound waves enter an internal coiled air channel through a perforated center hole.

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The figure shows how a small, elongated drop of quark-gluon plasma is formed when two atomic nuclei hit each other a bit off center. The angular distribution of the emitted particles makes it possible to determine the properties of the quark-gluon plasma,

Universe’s primordial soup flowing at CERN

February 9, 2016 4:57 pm | by Niels Bohr Institute | Comments

Researchers have recreated the universe’s primordial soup in miniature format by colliding lead atoms with extremely high energy in the 27-kilometer-long particle accelerator, Large Hadron Collider, at CERN. The primordial soup is a so-called quark-gluon plasma and researchers have measured its liquid properties with great accuracy at the LHC’s top energy.

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Layering on the left represents the padding in current football helmets, while the layering on the right shows off the new material (the thin, shiny and black layer). Courtesy of Evan Dougherty, Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

A football helmet design that listens to physics

February 9, 2016 4:27 pm | by University of Michigan | Comments

A shock-absorbing football helmet system could blunt some dangerous physics that today's head protection ignores. The researchers making the system, called Mitigatium, were recently funded by a group that includes the National Football League. Their early prototype could lead to a lightweight and affordable helmet that effectively dissipates the energy from hit after hit on the field.

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Getting More Miles from Plug-In Hybrids

February 9, 2016 2:17 pm | by Univ. of California, Riverside | Comments

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) can reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to their gas-only counterparts. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have taken the technology one step further, demonstrating how to improve the efficiency of current PHEVs by almost 12 percent.

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FDA Investigating Suspicious Stem Cell Treatments

February 9, 2016 2:11 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Legislation like this would entail having corporate or independent entities offer supporting evidence that these drugs have a valid safety and efficacy profile.

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President Obama Wants $19B for Cybersecurity in 2017 Budget Proposal

February 9, 2016 1:11 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The digital world has brought humanity countless benefits. At the click of a mouse, one can be connected with someone on the other side of the globe, spend their afternoon online shopping, or learn about any number of obscure topics. It certainly seems like a boundless space with innumerable opportunities.

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LIGO Scientists Will Make Gravitational Waves Announcement Thursday

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

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration has invited journalists to Washington, D.C.’s The National Press Club for an update on the search for gravitational waves, which will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

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White House Unveils Strategy for Studying Zika Virus

February 9, 2016 10:31 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

There’s still more research needed to be done on the virus. Although there’s only been a few cases found in the U.S., the pathogen has expanded quickly throughout Brazil.

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New Autonomous Warship Designed to Search for Naval Mines

February 9, 2016 9:38 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Warships are going autonomous. Elbit Systems, an Israel-based defense technology company, recently unveiled their new unmanned surface vehicle system for maritime warfare missions.

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Art Project Plans to Transmit Messages to North Star

February 9, 2016 9:15 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The radio waves broadcasted to the North Star will reach their destination in 434 years. The project is a collaboration between the university, the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, and the UK Astronomical Technology Centre, among others.

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