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Amazon CEO’s Space Company Accomplishes Historic Rocket Landing

November 24, 2015 | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Blue Origin’s spacecraft New Shepard barrels back towards Earth, a faint white cylinder against a sky background. A voice tinged with static chronicles its descent. “12,000 ft…5,000 ft…engines starting.” A fiery stream shoots out the bottom of the craft. “We have thrust,” the voice says. “1,000 ft.”

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High Content Flow Cytometry Workflow

November 25, 2015 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences has standardized and streamlined workflow for high content flow cytometry in translational research studies with the introduction of DuraClone premixed dry reagent cocktails. Dried down using a proprietary process that ensures high structural stability, DuraClone IM panels are stable for up to one year at room temperature.


Will we have to rewrite Einstein’s theory of general relativity?

November 25, 2015 11:38 am | by The Conversation | News | Comments

Einstein famously labored hard to create the theory of general relativity, but it is less well known that he also helped to launch quantum mechanics, which he didn’t much care for. These two views of the world are the very foundation stones of modern physics – without them we would not have things such as space travel, medical imaging, GPS systems or nuclear energy.


Anti-seismic bricks to improve buildings’ response to earthquakes

November 25, 2015 11:31 am | by Polytechnic Univ. of Valencia | News | Comments

Sisbrick is a new class of earthquake-resistant building materials that seismically isolates partition walls from the main building structure, significantly reducing the tension between these two elements and, therefore, the damage incurred.


Next-generation fuel cells are ready for low-emission electricity production

November 25, 2015 11:13 am | by VTT | News | Comments

Researchers are developing a new-generation, long-life fuel cell system offering efficiency higher than that of competing technologies. The project will result in new, energy-efficient and commercially viable applications.


Biologists Induce Flatworms to Grow Heads, Brains of Other Species

November 25, 2015 11:00 am | by Tufts Univ. | News | Comments

Biologists have succeeded in inducing one species of flatworm to grow heads and brains characteristic of another species of flatworm without altering genomic sequence. The work reveals physiological circuits as a new kind of epigenetics – information existing outside of genomic sequence – that determines large-scale anatomy.


Closing the loop on an HIV escape mechanism

November 25, 2015 9:14 am | by University of Delaware | News | Comments

For the past three and a half years, a team of researchers from six universities has been working to uncover new information about a protein that regulates HIV’s capability to hijack a cell and start replicating. Their findings point to a new avenue for developing potential strategies to thwart the virus.


A sticky breakthrough

November 25, 2015 9:10 am | by UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SANTA BARBARA | News | Comments

In an important step toward creating a practical underwater glue, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have designed a synthetic material that combines the key functionalities of interfacial mussel foot proteins, creating a single, low-molecular-weight, one-component adhesive.


New 'self-healing' gel makes electronics more flexible

November 25, 2015 9:08 am | by UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN | News | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a first-of-its-kind self-healing gel that repairs and connects electronic circuits, creating opportunities to advance the development of flexible electronics, biosensors and batteries as energy storage devices.


Washington project ensures forest stores carbon for decades

November 24, 2015 5:00 pm | by Phuong Le - Associated Press | News | Comments

Half a small forest still standing near Mount Rainier was facing the wood chipper before an initiative in Washington state saved the decades-old trees and allowed Microsoft to finance the project to help offset its carbon footprint. The effort keeps 520 acres of Douglas fir and western hemlocks intact so the trees can store carbon dioxide for an additional 100 years. 

Microscopic Water Bears Incorporate Foreign DNA into Genome

November 24, 2015 4:01 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

From the peaks of the Himalayas and the ocean’s deepest depths to frigid Antarctica and the searing deserts, tardigrades are animals that thrive in extremes. Dry them out, and tardigrades can survive for years, even decades. Add water, and they spring back to life, raring to reproduce, feed and live their normal lives. Radiation? Not a problem, these microscopic animals can survive doses thousands of times more intense than humans can.


Earth not due for a geomagnetic flip in the near future

November 24, 2015 1:30 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The intensity of Earth’s geomagnetic field has been dropping for the past 200 years, at a rate that some scientists suspect may cause the field to bottom out in 2,000 years, temporarily leaving the planet unprotected against damaging charged particles from the sun.


Better batteries to beat global warming: A race against time

November 24, 2015 1:00 pm | by By Seth Borenstein - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the key technologies that could help wean the globe off fossil fuel is probably at your fingertips or in your pocket right now: the battery. If batteries can get better, cheaper and store more power safely, then electric cars and solar- or wind- powered homes become more viable — even on cloudy days or when the wind isn't blowing.


Atom-sized craters make a catalyst more active

November 24, 2015 1:00 pm | by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

Bombarding and stretching an important industrial catalyst opens up tiny holes on its surface where atoms can attach and react, greatly increasing its activity as a promoter of chemical reactions, according to a study by scientists at Stanford Univ. and the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.


Living Ant Bridges Have Implications for Robotics

November 24, 2015 11:10 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Imagine this scenario: An earthquake strikes, collapsing the ends of a crowded bridge. People are stranded on the bridge’s interior, the gap to land being too big to jump. Emergency crews dispatch, but discover upon arrival that any sort of human intervention borders on fatal. Instead, the crews send out an array of insect-like robots. The robots coalesce, forming a platform where the gap once was. The trapped people cross safely to land.


Researcher suggests storing solar energy underground for a cloudy day

November 24, 2015 11:00 am | by Dan Stober, Stanford Univ. | News | Comments

Over the last few years, Mark Jacobson, a Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering, and his colleague, Mark Delucchi of the Univ. of California, Berkeley, have produced a series of plans, based on huge amounts of data churned through computer models, showing how each state in America could shift from fossil fuel to entirely renewable energy.



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