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October 31, 2014

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7:52 PM | The Ghostly Glow of St. Elmo's Fire
Adapted from Wikimedia Commons"Everything is in flames, — the sky with lightning, — the water with luminous particles, and even the very masts are pointed with a blue flame."— Charles Darwin, 1832"... sometime I'ld divide,And burn in many places; on the topmast,The yards and bowsprit, would I flame distinctly,Then meet and join."— William Shakespeare, The Tempest "About, about, in reel and rout, The death fires danced at night; The water, like a witch's […]
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6:57 PM | Scientists seek cure for devastating witches’ broom disease of the chocolate tree
In the early 1900s, Brazil was the world’s largest producer […]
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6:30 PM | MIT and Tecnologico de Monterrey establish program in nanoscience and nanotechnology
MIT has established a formal relationship with Tecnologico de Monterrey, one of Latin America's largest universities, to bring students and faculty from Mexico to Cambridge for fellowships, internships, and research stays in MIT labs and centers. The agreement will initially focus on research at the frontier of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
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5:00 PM | A Tour of Perseus and Virgo Clusters
Now researchers have direct evidence for just how that energy keeps the gas in the entire galaxy cluster so hot.
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4:58 PM | Harnessing error-prone chips
New system would allow programmers to easily trade computational accuracy […]
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4:57 PM | 3 Questions: Richard Binzel on NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission
Better options available in thousands of near-Earth asteroids, expert says. […]
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3:22 PM | Hubble Sees ‘Ghost Light’ From Dead Galaxies
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly […]
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3:20 PM | Acoustic changes in speech of depressed could help monitor mental health
Imagine this scenario: You’ve been feeling persistently blue lately, so […]
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3:19 PM | Majority of high school seniors favor more liberal marijuana policies
33 percent say it should be entirely legal; 28.5 percent […]
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3:18 PM | Scientists trigger self-destruct switch in lung cancer cells
CANCER RESEARCH UK scientists have found a drug combination that […]
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3:15 PM | Strange, fanged deer still found in Afghanistan
More than 60 years after its last confirmed sighting, a […]
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3:00 PM | Young blood and old brain rejuvenation
We all have heard stories about young blood-consuming vampires remaining eternally youthful. Although lots of literary fictions have become true with scientific progress, no […] Read more The post Young blood and old brain rejuvenation appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:How does a fly smell? Asymmetrically! On bees, antennae and (electrical) flower power Do Chili Peppers make you live shorter?
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2:13 PM | Singapore lights up photonics research with $100 million institute
To establish Singapore as a powerhouse in photonics and optics research, NTU today launched The Photonics Institute, one of the most advanced institutes in the field today.
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1:36 PM | Podcast: October Physics News Roundup
October was a big month for physics with Chinese rockets to the moon, new particles at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, physicists modeling the feel of cities and of course, the Nobel prizes. Catch this month's top physics stories condensed into thirteen minutes of podcasting goodness.Also, on a bittersweet note, the PhysicsCentral team is saying goodbye to the podcast's co-founder and long-time contributor Calla Cofield. She got scooped up by Space.com and we want to wish her all the best.
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1:29 PM | Carbon nanotubes could serve as 'universal scaffolding' for cell membrane channels
A new study suggests that single-wall carbon nanotubes can be used as a framework with similar affinity and transport properties as protein channels.
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1:24 PM | Tough electronics based on ALD-coated Kevlar
Multifunctional materials made by weaving highly conductive tungsten-on-Kevlar yarns.
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12:47 PM | Lack of oxygen delayed the appearance of animals on Earth
Geologists are letting the air out of a nagging mystery […]
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12:42 PM | Sexual fantasies: Are you normal?
Hoping for sex with two women is common but fantasizing […]
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11:00 AM | A Science and Technological Society...
Oh, how I wish...still looking. Happy Halloween.
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10:51 AM | Does Max Tegmark Kill A Daughter In A Parallel World ?
The popular description of virtual particles “borrowing” energy and popping in and out of existence all the time is very misleading. There are no such processes “really happening” in the way of a naïve, classically mechanistic physicalism. Instead, all potential partial processes consistent with the observations are together what the observation supervenes on. read more
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10:33 AM | A quantum leap in nanoparticle efficiency
New research has unlocked the secrets of efficiency in nanomaterials, that is, materials with very tiny particles, which will improve the future development of chemical sensors used in chemical and engineering industries.
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10:28 AM | Research on cell biology mystery may reveal root causes of Alzheimer's and other diseases
Researchers discover that a well-known cellular structure orchestrates how vault nanoparticles naturally form in cells.
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10:22 AM | 'Swiss cheese' membrane with adjustable holes
The 'Swiss cheese' structure is characteristic of many polymer membranes and is now modified by introducing iron within the polymer. Using an electric signal or a chemical reaction, the pore size can be adjusted. The key to this is controlled adding or extracting of electrons to and from iron.
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10:17 AM | Heart-therapy researchers develop nanobullet drug delivery system
Researchers say that by using nanotechnology, they have improved how a peptide can be delivered to the diseased heart tissue of mice.
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10:12 AM | New Adventures in China
The blog has been pretty quiet the last few months, because I've been getting ready to move to Wuhan, China, where I'll be starting work as a postdoc at Central China Normal University. It turns out that moving to another country - in fact another continent - takes a lot of preparation. Shocker, huh. Airlines put pretty restrictive limits on both the amount and type of things you can take, so I had to pack light. I'll basically be living out of a couple of suitcases for the next six weeks. But […]
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8:30 AM | Understanding springs at the nanoscale: a step towards nanorobots
Inspired by nature's ingenious biological designs, researchers have persistently attempted to mimic these biofunctionalities to bring technological breakthroughs. One of these morphologies - the unique shape of a helical coil - is not only interesting from a scientific standpoint but also pivotal, offering DNA its distinctive properties and propelling flagella in viscous fluids, to name a few. With the advent of personalized medicine on the horizon, researchers are now trying to use tiny […]
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8:00 AM | Good News and Bad News
20 Incredible Photos of a World Too Tiny to See which are awesome. But it’s a slideshow.
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4:00 AM | Global Model Comparison Project Finds Large Diversity of Organic Aerosol Representations
More than 70 researchers from 46 international institutions compared the ability of 31 models to simulate comprehensive physical and chemical characteristics and lifecycle of carbon-containing atmospheric vapor and particles.
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4:00 AM | Iron-based Superconductor Simulations Spin Out New Possibilities on Titan
Rutgers team develops computational model for predicting superconductivity.
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3:00 AM | Gargantua, il primo e più ‘realistico’ buco nero del grande schermo
Si tratta di una simulazione senza precedenti, quella concepita da uno degli esperti più rinomati nel campo dei buchi neri, che sarà protagonista del film Interstellar, un epico viaggio nello spazio scritto e diretto da Christopher Nolan, in uscita nelle sale il prossimo 7 Novembre. L’oggetto sembra ruotare quasi alla velocità della luce, trascinandosi con sè […]
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