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October 23, 2014

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8:00 AM | Moving in the quantum world
Understanding how a quantum particle behaves is necessary to enhance our fundamental understanding of the laws of physics.
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6:41 AM | New nanomechanical feather findings get scientists in a flap
Scientists have revealed that feather shafts are made of a multi-layered fibrous composite material, much like carbon fibre, which allows the feather to bend and twist to cope with the stresses of flight.
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6:33 AM | Bipolar disorder discovery at the nano level
Tiny structures found in brain synapses help scientists better understand disorder.
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4:00 AM | Un buco nero ‘accanito divoratore’ della sua stella compagna
Gli astronomi hanno scoperto un buco nero che sta consumando il gas della stella compagna ad un ritmo 10 volte più veloce di quanto ipotizzato. Il buco nero, denominato con la sigla P13, si trova nelle regioni periferiche della galassia a spirale NGC 7793 a circa 12 milioni di anni-luce dalla Terra nella costellazione dello […]
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4:00 AM | National Synchrotron Light Source II Achieves 'First Light'
The National Synchrotron Light Source II detects its first photons, beginning a new phase of the facility's operations. Scientific experiments at NSLS-II are expected to begin before the end of the year.
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2:22 AM | How the Big Bang’s alternatives died
The last serious anti-Big Bang scientists went to their graves lamenting the lack of good alternatives. Here why there are none.Continue reading on Medium »
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12:17 AM | When genius fails us
Of all the articles I’ve written over the last four years, none elicited stronger responses than “The Problem of Richard Feynman”. While many people responded positively, I was also lambasted by a conservative blogger, accused of trying to boost sales of my nonexistent book or otherwise make money on an unpaid blog, and generally told […]

October 22, 2014

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10:50 PM | Interstellar - Is it just science fiction?
I used to get really excited about upcoming sci-fi movie previews (because I'm a nerd) until I watched the preview for Apollo 18.But first some background to this tragedy of a film: (Image Credit: By Apollo 16 astronauts (NASA Apollo 16 photograph AS16-3021) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)Pictured here is the lunar farside, sometimes called the "dark" side of the moon, which, by the way, is a complete misnomer because it is illuminated by the sun just as often […]
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9:57 PM | Strengthening thin-film bonds with ultrafast data collection
When studying extremely fast reactions in ultrathin materials, two measurements are better than one. A new research tool captures information about both temperature and crystal structure during extremely fast reactions in thin-film materials.
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9:52 PM | Two ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules
A few short years ago, the idea of a practical manufacturing process based on getting molecules to organize themselves in useful nanoscale shapes seemed... well, cool, sure, but also a little fantastic. Now the day isn't far off when your cell phone may depend on it. Two recent papers emphasize the point by demonstrating complementary approaches to fine-tuning the key step: depositing thin films of a uniquely designed polymer on a template so that it self-assembles into neat, precise, even rows […]
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9:30 PM | Missing Link Between Vitamin D and Prostate Cancer
A University of Colorado Cancer Center study recently published in […]
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9:29 PM | If you’re over 60, drink up: alcohol associated with better memory
Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, […]
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5:00 PM | Chandra's Archives Come to Life
Every year, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory looks at hundreds of objects throughout space to help expand our understanding of the Universe.
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4:22 PM | Why is Ebola so scary?
Unless you've been living under a reasonably sizable rock for the last few months, it can't have escaped your attention that the world has yet another terror to throw on the mountain of things we should be scared of: Ebola. The ongoing situation in Africa is the largest Ebola outbreak in history and has seen the disease spread beyond Africa for the first time. At the time of writing this, nearly 10,000 people have become infected, almost half of whom have died. This number is […]
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3:19 PM | Month-long 'NANOvember' series of outreach and educational events
The month-long NANOvember celebration will showcase New York State's pioneering nanotechnology-based ecosystem with exciting events in Albany, Utica, and Rochester.
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2:29 PM | Where Do Probability Measures Come From?
Tom Avery explains a categorical construction of the concept of probability measure.
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2:29 PM | Martin Gardner
Come ha ricordato Maurizio Codogno è stato il centenario di Martin Gardner. Recupero oggi con la traduzione di un articolo di David Singmaster uscito su "Nature" nel 2010 come ricordo per la figura di riferimento che ha rappresentato per moltissimi lettori, amanti della matematica e matematici professionisti.Dalla metà degli anni '50 fino ai primi anni '80 del XX sexolo, probabilmente la più nota sezione di Scientific American è stata Mathematical games di Martin […]

Singmaster D. (2010). Obituary: Martin Gardner (1914–2010), Nature, 465 (7300) 884-884. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/465884a

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2:26 PM | A ‘Star Wars’ laser bullet — this is what it really looks like
Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what […]
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2:00 PM | Jones: the trembling town
Jones is a small city located in the state of Oklahoma, in the Central United States. In Science Magazine we can read that the town […] Read more The post Jones: the trembling town appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Admitting our ignorance: unexpected earthquakes under the magnifying glass Mantle convective flow determines the depth of the ocean 49 open questions in geoscience
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1:50 PM | Here’s That Cat Again
Admin note: Been on the road. It’ll be a while before I’m caught up. Schrödinger’s cat: A thought experiment in quantum mechanics – Chad Orzel The narrative is good, the art is good, but I think the depiction of electrons with classical trajectories, both in the double slit and orbiting as in Bohr atoms detracts [...]
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1:09 PM | A Star Wars laser bullet - this is what it really looks like
Tests of a new compact high-power laser have given researchers the opportunity to film the passage of an ultrashort laser pulse through the air. The film shows the journey of a light projectile at an extremely slow rate, similar to that watched on cinema screens by science-fiction aficionados.
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1:00 PM | Skin patch could replace the syringe for disease diagnosis
Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe.
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12:55 PM | Cooling to almost absolute zerowith molecules
An international team of scientists have become the first ever researchers to successfully reach temperatures below minus 272.15 degrees Celsius - only just above absolute zero - using magnetic molecules.
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12:50 PM | Nanoparticle technology triples the production of biogas
Researchers have developed the new BiogasPlus, a technology which allows increasing the production of biogas by 200% with a controlled introduction of iron oxide nanoparticles to the process of organic waste treatment.
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12:43 PM | The Death Star moon has a weird interior
Saturn’s small moon Mimas is best known for the giant crater Herschel, which makes it look like the Death Star. However, a new study based on Cassini data shows that its interior is weird too. While Mimas presents the same face to Saturn due to tidal-locking (just like the Moon does with Earth), it rocks […]
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12:40 PM | A new imaging approach for monitoring cell metabolism
Scientists have used a new imaging technique to monitor how glucose, our main energy source, is used in the body. Their findings may have great implications for diseases like diabetes.
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12:34 PM | Sopping up proteins with thermosponge nanoparticle platform
Researchers develop novel nanoparticle platform that proves effective in delivering protein-based drugs.
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11:33 AM | Whole exome sequencing closer to becoming ‘new family history’
Approximately one-fourth of the 3,386 patients whose DNA was submitted […]
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11:19 AM | Kung fu stegosaur killed with its spiky tail
Stegosaurs might be portrayed as lumbering plant eaters, but they […]
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11:17 AM | Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions
Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, […]
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