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APRIL 16, 2014
 
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  VIDEO  
  Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis  
  NEWS  
  New barcode could make counterfeiters’ lives more difficult  
  NEWS  
  Entering the R&D 100? These 10 tips will help you finish with style  
  VIDEO  
  The science of caffeine, the world’s most popular drug  
  ARTICLE  
  3-D Printing: A New Manufacturing Staple  

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FEATURED STORY

Scientists capture ultrafast snapshots of light-driven superconductivity

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Carefully timed pairs of laser pulses at the Linac Coherent Light Source have been used to trigger superconductivity in a promising copper-oxide material and immediately take x-ray snapshots of its atomic and electronic structure as superconductivity emerged. The results of this effort have pinned down a major factor behind the appearance of superconductivity, and it hinges around “stripes” of increase electrical charge.


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Enter your product in the 6th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards presented by Laboratory Equipment magazine. Help us celebrate excellence in product design and performance for the tools used in research laboratories.


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VIDEO

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

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When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects—specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to a shutdown of all power at the station—that caused most of the harm. A new design for nuclear plants built on floating platforms could help avoid such consequences in the future.


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NEWS

New barcode could make counterfeiters’ lives more difficult

Counterfeiters, beware! Scientists are reporting the development of a new type of inexpensive barcode that, when added to documents or currency, could foil attempts at making forgeries. Although the tags are easy for researchers to make, they still require ingredients you can’t exactly find at the local hardware store.


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Multiphysics Simulation: Bioheating, BioTechnology

Bioheating takes numerous forms, including lasers, acoustic waves and chemical reactions. This webinar will discuss how medical professionals can use COMSOL Multiphysics simulations to determine whether, and to what extent, biological tissues are damaged when these techniques are used.


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NEWS

Entering the R&D 100? These 10 tips will help you finish with style

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The R&D 100 Awards is our most prestigious Awards event of the year, and after 52 years of doing this, R&D’s editors believe it’s one of the best ways to gauge the competitiveness of new, technologically-advanced products. But completing our entry process doesn’t have to be difficult. First-time competitors and veteran product development both can benefit from a few helpful tips the editors have put together.


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VIDEO

The science of caffeine, the world’s most popular drug

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It seems there are new caffeine-infused products hitting the shelves every day. From energy drinks to gum and even jerky, our love affair with this little molecule shows no signs of slowing. In a recent American Chemical Society video, the science behind the world’s most popular drug is explained, including why it keeps you awake and how much caffeine is too much.


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Solving the Mystery of Hurricane Katrina: Materials Science Clues

Clue or Cludo (in Europe) is a popular board game in which participants solve a mystery by asking questions leading them to the "who, what, and where" of a crime. In materials science the same kind of investigation takes place as scientists and engineers analyze the effect of the selection of materials and their interactions with the real-world environment.


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NEWS

SpaceX will try again Friday to launch station cargo

SpaceX is shooting for another launch attempt Friday to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast for Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date.


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ARTICLE

3-D Printing: A New Manufacturing Staple

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Thirty years have passed since 3-D printers first appeared, but only recently have they hinted at a new era of manufacturing. The first working 3-D printer was created in 1984 by Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corp. This early device, based on stereolithography, gave way to the first truly practical 3-D printing, or “3DP”, technology patented by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993.


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ARTICLE

A New Clarity

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Few areas of instrumentation have prompted as much development or efforts toward innovation as spectroscopy. Without sophisticated approaches to handling light, spectrometers as we know them would not function, and we would be without a deep understanding of the chemical nature of the world around us.


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PRODUCT

Stainless Steel Overbraided PTFE Hose

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AdvantaPure now offers its stainless steel overbraided PTFE hose in four styles. The hose, called APFOS, provides the purity of PTFE fluoropolymer with the durability and enhanced pressure carrying capabilities of stainless steel.


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PRODUCT

Peristaltic Pump

A new peristaltic pump enables researchers working in bioprocessing environments to achieve the precision and reliability needed to improve their processes. The Thermo Scientific Miniflex peristaltic pump delivers an expanded flow range of up to 370 mL per minute, allowing researchers to effectively dispense low- and high-volume fluids with repeatability and accuracy on a scale previously not offered by pumps of equivalent size.


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