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CU-Boulder/NOAA study shows rapid, affordable energy transmission is possible.

A U.S. interstate for renewable energy could keep costs low

January 28, 2016 11:45 am | by University of Colorado | Comments

The United States could slash greenhouse gas emissions from power production by up to 78 percent below 1990 levels within 15 years while meeting increased demand, according to a new study by NOAA and University of Colorado Boulder researchers. The study used a sophisticated mathematical model to evaluate future cost, demand, generation and transmission scenarios.

Section of rock coloniszed by cryptoendolithic microorganisms and the Cryomyces fungi in quartz crystals under an electron microscope. Courtesy of S. Onofri et al.

Antarctic Fungi Survives Martian and Space Conditions

January 28, 2016 11:24 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

For 18 months, the organisms were subjected to Mars-like conditions. The atmosphere was 95% carbon dioxide, 1.6% argon, 0.15% oxygen, 2.7% nitrogen, and 370 ppm water, with a pressure of 1,000 pascals. Additionally, they were exposed to ultra-violet radiation similar to that on Mars. And they returned alive.


Sweeping Stellar Clusters Collect Fuel for New Stars

January 28, 2016 10:11 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

At a first glance, the globular cluster NGC 1783 looks like a high concentration of pockmarks of light bursting their way through a black expanse. Located roughly 160,000 light-years from the Earth, the massive stellar cluster boasts a mass equivalent to 170,000 suns. The cluster is one of the biggest and brightest located in the Large Magellanic Cloud satellite galaxy.


California wrestles with making self-driving cars public

January 28, 2016 10:01 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

Companies that are developing self-driving cars of the future want government regulators to clear the road for public access to the technology, once it emerges from current prototype testing.


NASA Webb Telescope mirrors installed with robotic arm precision

January 28, 2016 9:57 am | by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Inside a massive clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland the James Webb Space Telescope team is steadily installing the largest space telescope mirror ever. Unlike other space telescope mirrors, this one must be pieced together from segments using a high-precision robotic arm.


For this nanocatalyst reaction, one atom makes a big difference

January 28, 2016 9:46 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Combining experimental investigations and theoretical simulations, researchers have explained why platinum nanoclusters of a specific size range facilitate the hydrogenation reaction used to produce ethane from ethylene.


Study finds toxic pollutants in fish across the world's oceans

January 28, 2016 9:39 am | by Univ. of California, San Diego | Comments

A new global analysis of seafood found that fish populations throughout the world's oceans are contaminated with industrial and agricultural pollutants, collectively known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The study from also uncovered some good news - concentrations of these pollutants have been consistently dropping over the last 30 years.


Electric patch holds promise for treating PTSD

January 28, 2016 9:22 am | by UCLA | Comments

An average of 30 years had passed since the traumatic events that had left them depressed, anxious, irritable, hypervigilant, unable to sleep well and prone to nightmares. But for 12 people who were involved in a UCLA-led study -- survivors of rape, car accidents, domestic abuse and other traumas -- an unobtrusive patch on the forehead provided considerable relief from post-traumatic stress disorder.


Cable-Industry Disruptor is Back with New Internet Service

January 27, 2016 2:39 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Cable's pricey Internet packages may get some competition from the founder of Aereo, whose first attempt to shake up the cable industry was quashed by the Supreme Court.


Beyond Chess: Computer Beats Human in Ancient Chinese Game

January 27, 2016 2:36 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | Comments

A computer program has beaten a human champion at the ancient Chinese board game Go, marking a significant advance for development of artificial intelligence.


UCR Research Advances Oil Production in Yeast

January 27, 2016 11:48 am | by Univ. of California, Riverside | Comments

A team led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside has adapted the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system for use in a yeast strain that can produce useful lipids and polymers.


Potential Cure for Diabetes Discovered

January 27, 2016 11:33 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Previous treatments for this disease have involved injecting beta cells from dead donors into patients to help their pancreas generate healthy-insulin cells.


Figuring Out a Dinosaur’s Speed

January 27, 2016 9:55 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers studied the leg lengths of 53 theropod species and devised a formula capable of identifying how well an individual species was adapted for speed.


3 tracks planned to test 'hyperloop' transportation idea

January 27, 2016 9:31 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

It's a race befitting the goal of moving passengers and cargo at the speed of sound: Three Southern California companies are building separate test tracks to see how well the "hyperloop" transportation concept works in the real world.


Fun with Lego (molecules)

January 27, 2016 9:29 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

This week researchers report a simple system to make different nano-architectures with precision.



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