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April 15, 2014

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8:35 PM | A Non-Newtonian Side to Jack White
Jack White, former lead singer of The White Stripes band, recently released a music video of “High Ball Stepper” – a song off his new solo album Lazaretto – that takes advantage of the alien-like properties of non-Newtonian fluids. Although you won’t learn how the science behind the music video works from watching, you can certainly see the cool effects of non-Newtonian fluids while listening to White rocking out on his electric guitar. If, however, you do want to […]
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8:13 PM | Repeated self-healing now possible in composite materials
Researchers have created a 3-D vascular system that allows for high-performance composite materials such as fiberglass to heal autonomously, and repeatedly.
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7:54 PM | Relieving electric vehicle range anxiety with nanotechnology-improved batteries
Lithium-sulfur batteries last longer with nanomaterial-packed cathode.
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7:41 PM | An abundant and inexpensive water-splitting photocatalyst with low toxicity
Scientists have discovered a new photocatalyst, Sn3O4, which facilitates the production of hydrogen fuel from water, using sunlight as an energy source.
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7:29 PM | Nanotechnology researchers produce new anti-cancer drug from turmeric
Researchers produced a new nanocarrier drug capable of detecting and removing cancer cells using turmeric.
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7:24 PM | Biologists develop nanosensors to visualize movements and distribution of plant stress hormone
Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in visualizing the movement within plants of a key hormone responsible for growth and resistance to drought. The achievement will allow researchers to conduct further studies to determine how the hormone helps plants respond to drought and other environmental stresses driven by the continuing increase in the atmosphere?s carbon dioxide, or CO2, concentration.
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6:33 PM | Life-style determines gut microbes
The gut microbiota is responsible for many aspects of human […]
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6:29 PM | Real-time audio of spanking shows kids misbehave within 10 minutes
A new study based on real-time audio recordings of parents […]
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3:34 PM | Superconductors, the London Moment, and Spin Currents
In addition to the Meissner effect pictured to the left, superconductors have other odd properties.  One of them is something known as the London moment.  It's named after the London brothers who did some of the earliest work on the properties of superconductors.  If I had to take a guess, I'd say it was specifically named after  Fritz London who authored the two volume set of books, "Superfluids"[1].  So much for the naming of the thing, here's what happens.  When […]
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3:16 PM | Talks on God and Cosmology
Hey, remember the debate I had with William Lane Craig, on God and Cosmology? (Full video here, my reflections here.) That was on a Friday night, and on Saturday morning the event continued with talks from four other speakers, along … Continue reading →
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1:56 PM | Superheros are Anti-Science
I’m not really a comic-book guy, but I’ve watched a bunch of comic-book movies recently. Kate was really fired up for the new Captain America movie, so I finally got around to watching the first one as background for that, then when I was sleep-deprived last week I watched the second Thor movie via on-demand…
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1:14 PM | Air Pollution Over Asia Makes Pacific Storms More Intense
In the first study of its kind, scientists have compared […]
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1:06 PM | When it comes to underage sex trafficking, pimps may not be the problem
Media portrayals of underage sex trafficking include pimps luring girls […]
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1:04 PM | Outgoing behavior makes for happier humans
Across cultures, extroverts have more fun Happy is as happy […]
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1:02 PM | Study builds on the power of whey protein for improved body composition
Whey protein consumption may lead to significant decreases in body […]
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12:53 PM | Cultivating happiness often misunderstood
Stanford research explores the concept of maximizing happiness, and finds […]
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12:51 PM | Neuroscientists reverse Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice
Limiting a certain protein in the brain reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms […]
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12:49 PM | Targeting cancer with a triple threat
MIT chemists design nanoparticles that can deliver three cancer drugs […]
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12:26 PM | Engineers develop new materials for hydrogen storage
Engineers have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently.
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12:12 PM | Using strong lasers, investigators observe frenzy of electrons in a new material
Researchers have used high-powered lasers to track the speed and movement of electrons inside an innovative material that is just one atom thick.
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10:28 AM | OpenSciLogs – A Glimpse of the Future of Science Blogging
Guest blog post by Paige Brown, SciLogs.com blogging manager and Ph.D. student in the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.  Read more
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10:23 AM | Nanoparticle-delivered local anesthesia
A technique using anesthesia-containing nanoparticles - drawn to the targeted area of the body by magnets - could one day provide a useful alternative to nerve block for local anesthesia in patients, suggests an experimental study.
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8:45 AM | Searching for dark particles by spotting low-mass WIMPs interactions
Uno studio recente condotto da Richard Schnee, un professore di fisica della Syracuse University, pubblicato sulla rivista online Symmetry, tenta di far luce sulla natura e origine della materia scura, quella componente […]
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8:18 AM | Topological insulator - a novel optical and microwave-absorbing material
Recently, a new Dirac material - a lattice system where the excitations are described by relativistic Dirac or Weyl equations - namely a topological insulator (TI), entered researchers' sight. TIs possess a small band gap in their bulk state and a gapless metallic state at their edge/surface. A research group working on two-dimensional materials photonicshas now experimentally demonstrated for the first time that TI may be a novel microwave-absorbing material.
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8:00 AM | Plenty of Science Yet to Do
Science Is Running Out Of Things To Discover? [H]aven’t we learned anything from the history of science? The last time someone thought that we knew all there was to know about an area of physics, and all that we could do was simply to make incremental understanding of the area, it was pre-1985 before Mother [...]
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7:54 AM | Nanocrystalline cellulose modified into an efficient viral inhibitor
Researchers have succeeded in creating a surface on nano-sized cellulose crystals that imitates a biological structure. The surface adsorbs viruses and disables them. The results can prove useful in the development of antiviral ointments and surfaces, for instance.
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7:07 AM | Chemists design nanoparticles that can deliver three cancer drugs at a time
The researchers showed that they could load their particles with three drugs commonly used to treat ovarian cancer.
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5:33 AM | Purty Vacant
It goes like this… The Kingswoods Best Punkabilly ever finally on youtube! The Original “Pretty Vacant” for reference, for you young ‘uns…
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12:30 AM | Amazon drought, fire lead to sharp increases in tree mortality
Ongoing deforestation and fragmentation of forests in the Amazon help […]
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12:29 AM | FDA Says Keep Lilies Away From Your Cats
The white, trumpet-shaped Easter lily symbolizes Easter and spring for […]
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