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Scientists unravel the mystery of the tubulin code

May 12, 2015 6:46 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | Comments

Driving down the highway, you encounter ever-changing signs -- speed limits, exits, food and gas options. Seeing these roadside markers may cause you to slow down, change lanes or start thinking about lunch....

Photos of the Day: Slow wind might be the latest thing in sustainable living

May 12, 2015 6:43 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Sailors know that wind can be a fickle servant and they’ve come up with ingenious ways to trap it in their sails. Wind turbine designers have recently developed their own tricks to beat the doldrums....

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Mapping and assessing ecosystems and their services for policy and decision making

May 12, 2015 6:33 pm | by Pensoft Publishers | Comments

Humankind benefits in multitude ways from biodiversity, ecosystems and the services they provide. Such services include for example the provisioning of drinking water, food security, air quality regulation or recreation.

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The weakest magnetic field in the solar system

May 12, 2015 6:29 pm | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | Comments

Magnetic fields easily penetrate matter. Creating a space practically devoid of magnetic fields thus presents a great challenge. An international team of physicists has now developed a shielding that dampens ...

E-skin and pocket-sized diagnostic machines give patients the power back

May 12, 2015 6:24 pm | by Elsevier | Comments

Wearable E-skin that can measure heart rate and blood pressure, and paper diagnostic machines the size of a credit card that can give instant readings on blood and saliva samples are two new bio-sensing technologies presented ...

Researchers theoretically demonstrate detection of spin of atoms at room temperature

May 12, 2015 6:22 pm | by University of Waterloo | Comments

For the first time, a researcher at the University of Waterloo has theoretically demonstrated that it is possible to detect a single nuclear spin at room temperature, which could pave the way for new approaches to medical diagnostics.

NetSage tool will help us understand big data networks

May 12, 2015 6:20 pm | by University of California - Davis | Comments

Every day, thousands of researchers rely on robust data networks to share petabytes of data with their colleagues around the world. A new $5 million, five-year National Science Foundation grant, awarded to ...

A metal composite that will (literally) float your boat

May 12, 2015 6:17 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | Comments

Researchers have demonstrated a new metal matrix composite that is so light that it can float on water. A boat made of such lightweight composites will not sink despite damage to its structure. The new material also promises to ...

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Molecular switch that promotes heart cell maturation discovered

May 12, 2015 6:12 pm | by University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine | Comments

A molecular switch that seems to be essential for embryonic heart cells to grow into more mature, adult-like heart cells has been discovered. The discovery should help scientist better understand how ...

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Ants' movements hide mathematical patterns

May 12, 2015 6:07 pm | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | Comments

When ants go exploring in search of food they end up choosing collective routes that fit statistical distributions of probability. This has been demonstrated by a team of mathematicians after analysing the trails of ...

Probing the secrets of the universe inside a metal box

May 12, 2015 4:35 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

The Standard Model of particle physics, sometimes called "The Theory of Almost Everything," is the best set of equations to date that describes the universe's fundamental particles and how they ...

Artificial photosynthesis: New, stable photocathode with great potential

May 12, 2015 4:32 pm | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie | Comments

Many of us are familiar with electrolytic splitting of water from their school days: if you hold two electrodes into an aqueous electrolyte and apply a sufficient voltage, gas bubbles of hydrogen and oxygen are formed. If this ...

Robots will build Google's new headquarters

May 12, 2015 4:20 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Google's new headquarters in beautiful Mountain View, California, may take longer than expected, but is in no part due to the robot-crane hybrids they'll be using to assist in building.

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Political talk on Facebook mirrors political talk offline

May 12, 2015 4:14 pm | by University of Kansas | Comments

Political discussions conducted on social networking sites like Facebook mirror traditional offline discussions and don't provide a window into previously untapped participants in the political process, according to ...

Astrophysicists prepare weather forecasts for planets beyond our solar system

May 12, 2015 3:51 pm | by University of Toronto | Comments

"Cloudy for the morning, turning to clear with scorching heat in the afternoon." While this might describe a typical late-summer day in many places on Earth, it may also apply to planets outside ...

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