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The BPA Paradox
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This Battery Has One Billion Components - But Is The Size Of A Postage Stamp
How is this for the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage: A new tiny nanopore includes all the components of a battery though it is just is a tiny hole in a ceramic sheet that holds an electrolyte to carry the electrical charge between nanotube electrodes at either end - and 1,000,000,000 ...
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Wall Crawling With More Accuracy: Van Der Waals Force Re-Measured
The van der Waals force, named after Dutch chemist Johannes Diderik van der Waals, is the total forces between molecules not due due to covalent bonds. The famous sticking power of the geckos is thanks to the van der Waals force. Although it was discovered in the 19th century, it is still ...
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A Disturbance In The Force: 'Giant' Charge Density Oscillation Discovered In Nanomaterials
In metals like copper and aluminium, conduction electrons move around freely, in the same way as particles in a gas or a liquid. But when impurities are introduced into the metal's crystal lattice, electrons cluster together in a uniform pattern around the point of interference, resembling ...
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Turn Sawdust Into Gasoline Additive
Researchers using a new chemical process have converted the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains, building blocks for gasoline.  Cellulose is the main substance in plant matter and is present in all non-edible plant parts of wood, straw, grass, cotton and old paper.  These hydrocarbons ...
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Is The Micropower Revolution Here?
Roof-top solar panels are just one part of the micropower revolution. Presidency Maldives, CC BY-NCBy Morgan Saletta, University of MelbourneThere is no shortage of shouting and dire warnings about the state of the climate and our need to phase out fossil fuels. But there is a more silent revolution ...
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Australian Farmers Face Increasing Threat Of New Diseases
Honeybees pollinate a third of Australia's food crops. Losing them due to varroa might would cost the economy billions of dollars. David McClenaghan, Author providedBy Gary Fitt, CSIROA nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease; an invasion of a devastating wheat disease; our honeybees completely ...
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How To Make A Profit In The World's Driest Wheat Region
Take a spot that only gets 6 to 8 inches of rain per year, with erosion causing such blinding dust that there is zero visibility, and build a wheat farm.Wait, why would you do that? Washington State University researchers do it in the Horse Heaven Hills of south-central Washington to understand ...
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Ancient Buried Canyon In South Tibet Rules Out Tectonic Aneurysm
An ancient, deep canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in south Tibet, north of the eastern end of the Himalayas, has been discovered by geologists who say this ancient canyon--thousands of feet deep in places--effectively rules out a popular model used to explain how the massive and picturesque ...
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Chronic Pain Isn't All In The Brain
It's not in the bones, but it might not be in the brain either. X-ray image by ShutterstockBy Andreas Goebel, University of LiverpoolOne in five of us has been experiencing chronic pain over the past three months, or longer. Chronic pain won’t kill us; it just makes our lives miserable. More ...
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Not Neonics: Parasites Are Bad For Honey Bees
For a short window, it appeared that bees were dying off. Environmentalist were quick to blame a new kind of pesticide, Neonicotinoids, known in short form as neonics, but then it turned out that the die-offs were in just one geographical area, which would not be the case if it were due to a pesticide ...
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Blind Scottish Centipede Reveals How Venomous Carnivores Evolved
Usually blind sages revealing the secrets of the universe are Asian. Scotland doesn't get enough respect that way but a centipede is defying the stereotype.Arthropods are one of Earth's real success stories, with more species than any other animal phylum. Genome sequencing has been skewed towards ...
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Strain 115 : The Killer Bacteria Inside Your Thanksgiving Turkey
While an alarming number of wealthy people think organic food contains no chemicals, the opposite is true. Not only is everything chemical, the most organic of organic Thanksgiving meals is stuffed full of mutagens and carcinogens, at least in environmental toxicology studies on rats.But in the ...
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Hype Around Marijuana As Treatment For Cancer Unwarranted
Evidence for role of cannabis in medicine does not strengthen argument for legalization. Thomas Hawk, CC BY-NCBy Victoria Forster, Newcastle UniversityCannabis has long been touted as containing chemicals that might work against cancer. A recent study suggested that two chemicals found in cannabis ...
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So How Do Drugs Work?
All right to start this post I have to warn everyone that there is going to be a little math at the start, but not much, only one easy equation that you need to have a sense of if you are going to understand what drugs that inhibit enzymes do.  This equation is universal and can be easily ...
By Ryan Walsh
Christmas Party Good News: Drug Reduces Side-Effects Of ‘Binge Drinking’
Good news for Christmas party season: A new compound has been shown to reduce the harmful side-effects of ‘binge drinking’. It also has the potential for new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases that damage the brain but showing that would take $1 billion in clinical ...
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Fuzzy Trace Theory: People Know Antibiotics Don't Cure Viruses But Still Ask For Them
People know that antibiotics won't help viruses. So why ask doctors for antibiotics? Subbotina Anna/ShuttstockBy David Broniatowski, George Washington University; Eili Klein, Johns Hopkins University, and Valerie Reyna, Cornell UniversityAntibiotic resistance is a major threat to public health ...
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Paleolithic Diets And Unprovable Links To Our Past
This has as much in common with actual paleolithic culture as the paleolithic diet does. Flickr/George , CC BY-NC-SABy Darren CurnoeWe still hear and read a lot about how a diet based on what our Stone Age ancestors ate may be a cure-all for modern ills. But can we really run the clock backwards ...
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Do 'Typical' Sexual Fantasies Even Exist?
Fantasies shouldn't be confused with wishes or behaviors. conrado/ShutterstockBy Christian Joyal, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)Can we use unusual sexual fantasies to identify sexual deviancy? Is there a link between what people fantasize about and how they actually behave?Psychiatry’s ...
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Like Collaboration And Intelligence In Humans? Thank War
Necessity may be the mother of invention, at least if war is a necessity. And perhaps it is.In the early days of humanity, survival was a combination of hardiness, keen engineering and intelligence - and nothing spurred on technological progress and vast social changes like the need to work together ...
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Not Just The Wealthy: Feeling Like You Have Enough Drives Opposition To More Taxes
There is a perception that 'the wealthy' are opposed to more taxes and income redistribution in America. But the wealthy already pay an alarming amount in taxes and 47% remain loyal to tax-cutting politicians every election cycle.People have ideological reasons to oppose government redistribution ...
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Domino's Square Pizza Or Round - Which Is The Best Value For The Money?
Kelly Abbott/Flickr, CC BY-NCBy Tim Trudgian, Australian National UniversityConsider a standard pizza box containing a standard circular pizza. How much more would you be willing to pay for a square pizza that filled the box?Clearly the square pizza contains more pizza: but is it worth the extra ...
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Golden Ratio Of Space-Time?
The golden ratio is known as the divine proportion because it is found so often in nature. It has fascinated mathematicians since Euclid. A golden ratio is when the ratio of two numbers is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities.Credit: WikipediaRepresented by the ...
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Thanksgiving Science: Artificial Pancreas Improves Treatment Of Type 1 Diabetes
A clinical trial compared three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes and confirms that an external artificial pancreas improves glucose control and reduces the risk of hypoglycemia compared to conventional diabetes treatment.  An emerging technology to treat type 1 diabetes, the external ...
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Random Walk Is Similar In Particles, Waves...and Ants
In a famous mathematical thought experiment, the goal is to make randomness deterministic by closed-form equation, so mathematicians tried to determine the path of a 'drunken sailor' staggering around a town. If there are street lamps, he will run into them, change his direction and keep ...
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Tomorrow I will be eating and science will barely be on my mind.It will be on some minds. Some...  more »
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