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Highly charged ions

July 21, 2014 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The world is mostly neutral. That is, most of the atoms in our environment are electrically neutral. The number of electrons in the outer parts of atoms equals the number of protons at the centers of atoms. As one or more electrons are plucked away from the atoms, the remaining electrons feel a much stronger positive pull from the nucleus....

Speedy computation enables scientists to reconstruct an animal's development cell by cell

July 21, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Recent advances in imaging technology are transforming how scientists see the cellular universe, showing the form and movement of once grainy and blurred structures in stunning detail. But extracting the torrent of information contained in those images often surpasses the limits of existing computational and data analysis techniques....

A noble gas cage

July 21, 2014 1:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When nuclear fuel gets recycled, the process releases radioactive krypton and xenon gases. Naturally occurring uranium in rock contaminates basements with the related gas radon. A new porous material called CC3 effectively traps these gases, and research appearing July 20 in Nature Materials shows how: by breathing enough to let the gases in but not out....

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Tiny laser sensor heightens bomb detection sensitivity

July 21, 2014 12:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley, could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition. A team of researchers led by Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering, has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor....

Using a deacetyl chitin conduit and short-term electrical stimulation for PNI

July 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Previous studies have demonstrated that deacetyl chitin conduit nerve bridging or electrical stimulation shows therapeutic effect on peripheral nerve injury (PNI). Dr. Peixun Zhang, Peking University People's Hospital, China and his team bridged the injured right rat sciatic nerve using a deacetyl chitin conduit combined with electrical stimulation....

New technique uses 'simulated' human heart to screen drugs

July 21, 2014 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A Coventry University scientist has developed a pioneering new way – using samples of beating heart tissue – to test the effect of drugs on the heart without using human or animal trials. The breakthrough is the work of Dr Helen Maddock – an expert in cardiovascular physiology....

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More than glitter

July 21, 2014 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A special class of tiny gold particles can easily slip through cell membranes, making them good candidates to deliver drugs directly to target cells. A new study from MIT materials scientists reveals that these nanoparticles enter cells by taking advantage of a route normally used in vesicle-vesicle fusion....

Another advancement in imaging from INRS professor François Légaré's team

July 21, 2014 12:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

François Légaré's team at the INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre successfully imaged a chemical reaction with a spatial and temporal resolution greatly exceeding that obtained to date using microscopes. The team used a femtosecond laser source to shoot a molecular movie....

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Scientists successfully generate human platelets using next-generation bioreactor

July 21, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have developed a scalable, next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate fully functional human platelets in vitro. The work is a major biomedical advancement that will help address blood transfusion needs worldwide....

NRL reveals new meteorological insight into mid-level clouds

July 21, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Research meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division (MMD) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, employing the Navy's Mid-Course Doppler Radar (MCR) at Cape Canaveral, were able to characterize mid-level, mixed-phase altocumulus clouds....

Bill ensures emails, photos won't die with you

July 21, 2014 12:06 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Comments

Should your emails, web albums and other online accounts die when you do? Or should you be able to pass them down to a family member much as you would a house or a box of letters? A leading group of lawyers says that families should immediately get access to everything online unless otherwise specified in a will....

F-35's no-show at Farnborough disappoints

July 21, 2014 12:03 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Comments

The failure of the Joint Strike Fighter to travel to England this week for a premier air show heaped further embarrassment on its developers as they try to convince skeptics that the $400 billion program was a price worth paying. The plane couldn't cross the Atlantic to be gazed at by industry experts at the Farnborough Airshow in southern England....

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Ground-mount demand outpacing building-mount in U.S. PV market

July 21, 2014 11:18 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Demand in the U.S. market can be viewed in a variety of ways: by state, by customer segment, by size, or by application segment. Each of these can reveal different aspects of how the market operates because each has unique drivers, suppliers, and growth potential....

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New CT scanner finds diverse, important uses for researchers

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

ADELPHI, Md. (July 21, 2014) -- Turning a now-standard tool for medical diagnostics and therapeutics to a host of new applications, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Survivability/Lethality Analysis Directorate recently acquired a turn-key computed tomography scanner system, known as a CT scanner.

UAE plans first Arab spaceship to Mars in 7 years

July 21, 2014 9:55 am | by AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press | Comments

Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday to send the first unmanned Arab spaceship to Mars in 2021....

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