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Researchers Watch Glass Flipping From One Structure To Another Under Pressure
Glass is ideal for applications that require resistance to thermal shock or to chemically harsh environments and manufacturers commonly use additives such as boron oxide to tweak its properties by changing the atomic structure of glass.Researchers have captured atoms in borosilicate glass flipping ...
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Aerogel Monoliths Made Of Copper Nanowires And PVA Nano-Glue
Bending, stretching, twisting, folding, modern materials that are light, flexible and highly conductive are the future of products like artificial skin or electronic paper.  But these "aerogel monoliths" have required precious gold and silver nanowires, which keeps them squarely in the field ...
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Philae: Rosetta Lander Will Seek A Close Encounter With Comet 67P’s ‘Primordial Soup’
Artistic rendering of Philae on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Credit: ESA/ATG, CC BYBy Ian Wright, The Open UniversityThere is much excitement about Rosetta at the moment. The European Space Agency’s spacecraft has already made a successful rendezvous with a comet and the images that are ...
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The Science Reason Your Beer Loses Its Cool So Quickly
By Marsha Lewis, Inside Science(Inside Science TV) – Ever wonder why that cold can of beer you opened heats up so fast? Well, there's a scientific answer behind it…literally.Atmospheric scientists at the University of Washington have new insights on what makes your beverage lose its cool.“Condensation ...
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All Living Creatures Need Vitamin Thiamine To Live - Except This One
Some species of marine phytoplankton, such as the prolific bloomer Emiliania huxleyi, can grow without consuming vitamin B1 (thiamine), which contradicts the common view that E. huxleyi and many other eukaryotic microbes depend on scarce supplies of thiamine in the ocean to survive. All living ...
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Nitrogen-Transforming Bacteria: Now Powered By Hydrogen
Nitrite-oxidizing bacteria are key players in the natural nitrogen cycle on Earth and in biological wastewater treatment plants but scientists have learned something new about how they are powered. For decades, these specialist bacteria were thought to depend on nitrite as their source of ...
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Snail's Tales: The Rise And Fall Of The Tibetan Plateau
The rise of the Tibetan plateau, the largest topographic anomaly above sea level on Earth, is important for both its profound effect on climate and its reflection of continental dynamics. For a new study, Katharine Huntington and colleagues employed a cutting-edge geochemical tool - "clumped" isotope ...
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Ghost Fishing: How To Prevent Lost Traps
Thousands of fishing traps are lost each year in U.S. waters. These derelict traps continue "ghost fishing" and catch fish, crabs, and other species such as turtles, which results in losses to habitat, fisheries, and the watermen who depend on the resources - losses that are largely preventable ...
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MERS Has Low Transmissibility But It's Still Dangerous
The MERS coronavirus has caused disease outbreaks across the Arabian Peninsula and spread to Europe several times, claiming the lives of several hundred people since its discovery in 2012. How easily the pathogen spreads from human to human has remained a mystery but recent work shows human transmission ...
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New Antibody Shows Promise Against Sudan Strain Of Ebola
Researchers have developed a potential antibody therapy for Sudan ebolavirus (SUDV), one of the two most lethal strains of Ebola.  Sudan ebolavirus was first identified in 1976 and has caused numerous Ebola outbreaks (most recently in 2012) that have killed more than 400 people in total ...
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Chemical Signals: Sexual Attraction, Pheromones And Being Ready At The Right Time
The exchange of chemical signals between organisms is considered the oldest form of communication. Acting as messenger molecules, pheromones regulate social interactions between conspecifics, for example, the sexual attraction between males and females. Fish rely on pheromones to trigger social ...
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Studying Prefrontal Lobe Damage Unlocks Brain Mysteries
Until the last few decades, the frontal lobes of the brain were shrouded in mystery and erroneously thought of as nonessential for normal function—hence the frequent use of lobotomies in the early 20th century to treat psychiatric disorders. A review in Neuron highlights studies of patients with ...
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Tissue-Specific Cancers - Repressing The Repressors
In a cell's nucleus, chromosomal DNA is tightly bound to structural proteins known as histones, an amalgam biologists call chromatin. Until a few decades ago, histones were regarded as a nuclear "sidekick," the packing material around which the glamorous DNA strands were wrapped.  In 2012 ...
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Rapamycin Vs. FK506 For Schwann Cell Migration And Peripheral Nerve Repair
FK506 possesses a well-studied neuroregenerative effect, stimulating neurite extension in the presence of nerve growth factor in vitro, and enhancing nerve regeneration following nerve crush injury and isografting. The use of FK506 to stimulate nerve regeneration is limited because of the risk ...
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Aconite: Chinese Herbal Medicine Turns Deadly
There is a reason alternative medicine has an adjective in front of it - it can't survive double-blind clinical trials the way medicine has.But at least it isn't harmful. In most cases. However, aconite, a class of plant that is also known as wolfsbane or devil's helmet and is in a poisonous ...
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Old Dope, New Tricks: The New Science Of Medical Cannabis
Somewhere in this much-incinerated plant lies valuable medicine: perhaps a treatment for cancer or an antidote to obesity.Prensa 420/Flickr, CC BY-NCBy David J. Allsop, University of Sydney and Iain S. McGregor, University of SydneyMedicinal cannabis is back in the news again after a planned trial ...
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How Neuroscience Is Being Used To Spread Quackery In Business And Education
Image: If only neuroscience was that easy. Credit: quixotecr, CC BY-NC-NDBy Matt Wall, Imperial College LondonDuring World War II, residents on the islands in the southern Pacific Ocean saw heavy activity by US planes, bringing in goods and supplies for the soldiers. In many cases, this was the ...
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China's R&D Budget Surpasses The Entire EU - But Applied Research Has Plummeted
In almost 20 years, China's Research  &  Development (R&D) expenditure as a percentage of its gross domestic product has more than tripled, reaching 1.98 percent in 2012. That is a big improvement, it surpasses all 28 countries that make up the European Union, which collectively ...
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Telling Right From Wrong: Why Is Utilitarianism Under Attack?
Is morality and happiness determined by how you affect the people around you? Credit: ShutterstockBy Peter Bowden, University of SydneyIt is a word we hear from time to time, but few of us know what it means. Utilitarianism is the method most people use to decide whether an action is right or wrong ...
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Why Replacing Teachers With Automated Education Lacks Imagination
By George Veletsianos, Royal Roads UniversityThe belief that technology can automate education and replace teachers is pervasive. Framed in calls for greater efficiency, this belief is present in today’s educational innovations, reform endeavors, and technology products. We can do better than ...
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Back To The '80s: Why Nostalgia Is All The Rage In Cinema
The pressure's on JJ Abrams and the new Star Wars films.Credit: wiredphotostream, CC BY-NCBy Sorcha Ní Fhlainn, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityMuch of the excitement of fantastical and science fictional worlds is the sense of history they have, their depth, and the joy of sharing them with ...
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Raloxifene: X-Ray Scattering Reveals A New Mode Of Action For Osteoporosis Drug
Raloxifene is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatment for decreasing fracture risk in osteoporosis and it is effective at reducing fracture risk, but only partially by suppressing bone loss. With the use of wide- and small-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS and SAXS, respectively) ...
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Why I Believe We’ll Find Aliens - Seth Shostak
We come in peace. redgum, CC BY-NC-SABy Seth Shostak, SETI InstituteThe Conversation organized a public question-and-answer session on Reddit in which Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, explained why searching for intelligent life is so important and why we may soon find it ...
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New Solutions To Recycle Fracking Water
Rice University scientists have produced a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing of three gas reservoirs and suggest environmentally friendly remedies - advanced recycling rather than disposal of "produced" water pumped back out of wells - could calm fears of accidental spillage ...
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