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Phase-Change Materials Set New Speed Limit For Silicon
As has been predicted for some time, there is a physics train wreck coming at the semiconductor industry - a size and speed where atoms have reached their limits. Quantum computing has remained a dream for 20 years with little progress, which means chips will have to start getting bigger again ...
By News Staff
Miranda: Icy Moon Of Uranus Also Deformed By Tidal Heating
Miranda is a small, icy moon of Uranus and one of the most visually striking and enigmatic bodies in the solar system. Despite its relatively small size, Miranda appears to have experienced an episode of intense resurfacing that resulted in the formation of at least three remarkable and unique ...
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The Final Frontier, Now Open To Just About Everyone (Rich)
For obvious reasons spaceflight has been reserved for governments and the very wealthy. And when it comes to governments, the criteria are stringent. They will get thousands of applications per year and quickly weed out most of them. Predominantly you have to already be a government employee to ...
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Snap Circuits Science: Resistors In Series
A tone generator is a useful piece of test equipment used, for example, to test the frequency range of audio equipment such as your stereo or the external speakers for your iPod. A tone generator can also be used to tune a musical instrument such as a guitar. You can make a simple tone generator ...
By Steve Schuler
In A Global Warming Future, Autumn Foliage Will Come Later, Last Longer
There are few things as spectacular as flying into Pennsylvania in the autumn. The myriad vibrant colors in the trees inspire people to take jaunts into the countryside. That will still happen in the future, it may just come later next century, according to new research, because climate change ...
By News Staff
Hurricane Polo
Hurricane Polo still appears rounded in imagery from NOAA's GOES-West satellite today at 10:15 a.m. EDT  but forecasters expect that to change.The image showed thunderstorms wrapping tightly around the center of the storm while one broken band of thunderstorms extended to the northwest ...
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Ocean Acidification May Encourage Sharks To Swim Longer Durations
Fredrik Jutfelt and a catshark. Photo courtesy of Leon GreenBy Charles Q. Choi, Inside ScienceIt's a myth that all sharks will drown if they stop moving. However, scientists discovered that as the oceans grow more acidic this century, sharks may swim for longer times than before. These new findings ...
By Inside Science
New Land, Fewer Harvests? The Possible Future Of Global Agriculture
Over half of the Earth's accessible agricultural land is already under cultivation because ecological factors such as climate, soil quality, water supply and topography determined the suitability of land for agriculture when people had to just find the best spots.There are various knobs turning ...
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The Role Of Mitochondria In Neurodegenerative Diseases
A longstanding question in science has the role of mitochondria in debilitating and fatal motor neuron diseases. Mitochondria are organelles – compartments contained inside cells – that serve several functions, including making ATP, a nucleotide that cells convert into chemical energy to stay ...
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Researchers Discover How Circular RNA Is Created
Circular RNA were discovered a few years ago, but their role in our bodies is poorly understood. Our genetic information is stored in DNA, tiny strands of nucleic acid that contain instructions for the functioning of our bodies. To express this genetic data, our DNA is copied into RNA molecules ...
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Tree Rings Keep A Record Of Arroyo Evolution
A new study uses tree rings to document arroyo evolution along the lower Rio Puerco and Chaco Wash in northern New Mexico. Arroyos are deep, oversized channels that have vertical or steeply cut walls made up of silt, clay, or sand. Because of this makeup, arroyo systems are inherently unstable ...
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'Sleep Node' In The Brain Discovered
Researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University at Buffalo have discovered a sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem, only the second "sleep node" identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep ...
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How To Spot A Bad Decision: Pupil Size
A new paper believes it can measure the precision with which people make decisions - by pupil size before they are presented with any information.Spontaneous, moment-to-moment fluctuations in pupil size predicted how a selection of participants varied in their successful decision making. A ...
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UM171: New Molecule Allows For 10X Increase In Adult Stem Cell Transplants
Investigators have announced discovery of a new molecule, the first of its kind, which allows for the multiplication of stem cells in a unit of cord blood. Umbilical cord blood contains adult stem cells used for transplants aimed at curing a number of blood-related diseases, including leukemia ...
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Even One Dose Of Antidepressant Dramatically Changes The Brain
Even a single dose of  the commonly prescribed antidepressant SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor) is enough to produce dramatic changes in the functional architecture of the human brain. Brain scans taken of people before and after an acute dose of SSRI reveal changes in connectivity within ...
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The Struggle For Babies To Survive After Being Born At 22 Weeks
While abortion is a common feature of the developed world, there remains some controversy about when it should be allowed. Only the United States and Canada still allow late-term abortion on demand because in the modern world a baby in the third trimester is already clear alive and will remain ...
By News Staff
Could Worldwide Climate Protests Make A Difference?
Is protest pointless or productive? Credit: EPABy Olaf Corry, The Open UniversityIt is set to be one of the largest ever coordinated protests. The People’s Climate March is due to take place in cities all over the world this weekend to try and influence the UN climate summit that follows on September ...
By The Conversation
Fortune 500 Employees Will Pay More For Health Insurance - Government, Other Unions Will Be Okay
The wage gap between government employees and the private sector is already large and growing. Now there will be a gap in benefits due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare) also.Employees working for Fortune 500 companies can expect to pay higher employee contributions ...
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Ethics, Group Psychology And Meteora – A Tour Group Dilemma
Metoera. Credit:Panos Photographia/FlickrBy Steve Ellen, Monash UniversityEveryday life is full of mini-ethical moments. Do you own up to being under charged? Do you push in when the traffic is heavy and you’re running late? Do you hassle your kid’s teacher to get little Jimmie or Jane an advantage ...
By The Conversation
Mysterious 1808 Eruption - The Real Cause Of The Coldest Decade Of The Last 500 Years
The eruption of 1815 Tambora volcanic eruption is famous for its impact on climate worldwide. As a result, the year 1816 was given memorable names such as 'Eighteen-Hundred-and-Froze-to-Death', the 'Year of the Beggar' and the 'Year Without a Summer' because of cold weather and unseasonable frosts ...
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Ig Nobel Prizes 2014: From Jesus On Toast To Baby Feces In Sausages
Lord Toast. Credit: Catarina Mota, CC BY-NC-SABy Akshat Rathi, The Conversation and Flora Lisica, The ConversationThe 24th Ig Nobel prizes were announced on September 18th. The prizes annually award scientific research that “first makes people laugh and then makes them think."The ceremony was ...
By The Conversation
GelSight: Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot Dexterity In Real Time
Researchers have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. Its processing algorithm is faster, so it can give the robot feedback in real time.  The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called ...
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'Cli-Fi': Literary Genre Rises To Prominence In The Shadow Of Climate Change
Could novels help us fight climate change? Credit: Asian Development Bank/flickrBy Stephanie LeMenager, University of OregonA frail risk analyst rediscovers his inner frontiersman in a devastating flood that hits Manhattan; an insightful rural woman glimpses the grace of god in the revelations ...
By The Conversation
Domestic Violence For Same-Sex Couples Much Higher
A new review of literature suggests that while domestic violence rates are higher for homosexual couples, they aren't as high as previous studies have found, and the authors of the paper say the minority stress model may explain the high prevalence rates. Previous studies indicate that domestic ...
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America is one giant leap closer to get back as a big-time spacefaring player. NASA's decision...  more »
It's no secret how Africa can feed itself - grow more food.That sort of naïve statement is fine...  more »
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I'm not a big fan of conspiracy theories.  Yes, sometimes there are conspiracies, but the...  more »