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May 01, 2015

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3:28 PM | Parent training reduces serious behavioral problems in children with autism
Young children with autism spectrum disorder, who also have serious behavioral problems, showed improved behavior when their parents were trained with specific, structured strategies to manage tantrums, aggression, self-injury, and […]
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2:00 PM | Critical materials: The missing piece of the “green economy” puzzle
It is widely accepted that low carbon technologies will contribute to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mostly those coming from carbon dioxide, and thus slow […] Read more The post Critical materials: The missing piece of the “green economy” puzzle appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Isotope Anomalies in Superconductors and the Pairing Mechanism Sieving at the nanoscale: desalination of seawater through nanoporous graphene Graphene Oxide: Yet another […]
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11:00 AM | IceCube Neutrinos...
Image Source: Berkley LabTopics: Cosmic Rays, Neutrinos, Particle Physics, Quantum MechanicsThe IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole is a large array of photodetectors buried in ice. In 2013, the instrument reported signals from the highest energy neutrinos ever observed. Now, two teams of researchers have independently estimated the type, or flavor, of these neutrinos. As opposed to an earlier analysis, these new results are consistent with the neutrinos coming from cosmically large […]
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8:02 AM | No, the *other* one!
With the teaching portion of the University of St Andrews semester over, I’ve come south again to work at ISIS for a bit. No, not that ISIS: I am of course referring to the ISIS Neutron & Muon Facility located at the Rutherford Appleton Labs on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire. (Genuinely a little concerned […]
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5:53 AM | 7 Remarkable Lessons from Messenger's Mission to Mercury
Through most of its life, NASA's scrappy Messenger probe was something of a unsung hero. The first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury didn't have the you-are-there immediacy of a Mars rover, the daredevil appeal of landing on a comet, or the romance of visiting a beautiful ringed planet. But with today's death--the result of a long-anticipated crash into the planet it studied--we can clearly see what an incredibly successful explorer Messenger was. Mercury has long been a solar-system enigm
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4:05 AM | Eyes on Environment: the search for artificial photosynthesis
“Natural selection is not a master engineer, but a tinkerer. It doesn’t produce the absolute perfection achievable by a designer starting from scratch, but merely the best it can do with what it has to work with.” – Jerry Coyne … Continue reading →

Sun, K., Saadi, F., Lichterman, M., Hale, W., Wang, H., Zhou, X., Plymale, N., Omelchenko, S., He, J., Papadantonakis, K. & Brunschwig, B. (2015). Stable solar-driven oxidation of water by semiconducting photoanodes protected by transparent catalytic nickel oxide films, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201423034. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423034112

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4:00 AM | L’apparente ‘varianza’ di G e la lunghezza del giorno
La costante di gravitazione universale di Newton, indicata con la lettera G, è la costante fisica della natura che determina l’intensità della forza gravitazionale. Essa è stata misurata una decina di volte nel corso degli ultimi 40 anni, ma le misure hanno mostrato delle oscillazioni, più di quanto ci si aspettava, a causa di una serie … Continue reading L’apparente ‘varianza’ di G e la lunghezza del giorno →
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4:00 AM | Modeling Self-Healing Materials to Repair Fissures in Turbines
Computational physicists from the University of Southern California use large-scale computations to design advanced materials that can heal themselves. Such materials would last longer and could reduce power plant shutdowns and repair downtime.
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4:00 AM | Giant Electromagnet Arrives at Brookhaven Lab to Map Melted Matter
A 20-ton superconducting magnet traveled from California's SLAC Lab to New York's Brookhaven Lab as part of a proposed upgrade to the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider's PHENIX detector.

April 30, 2015

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10:58 PM | Throwback Thursday: The Physics of Happy Gilmore
Can a running start really improve your driving distance in golf?Continue reading on Medium »
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8:40 PM | Engineering a better solar cell: Research pinpoints defects in popular perovskites
A new study demonstrates that perovskite materials, generally believed to be uniform in composition, actually contain flaws that can be engineered to improve solar devices even further.
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8:30 PM | Quantum-mechanical monopoles discovered
Researchers have observed a point-like monopole in a quantum field itself for the first time. This discovery connects to important characteristics of the elusive monopole magnet.
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7:25 PM | You might be an engineer if…
I know engineers have quirky personalities.  There are these things that most people take for granted that drives other people nuts…and vice versa.  The engineer will spend hours fixing something so it works just perfectly while others don’t care as long as it’s functional. I realized lately that one of my big pet peeves has […]
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6:30 PM | Breakfast at the n-Category Café
Join Michael Harris in discussing homotopy type theory.
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6:15 PM | Smart phones could be used to detect earthquakesThe cellphone in...
Smart phones could be used to detect earthquakesThe cellphone in your pocket could soon save you from an earthquake. Researchers have shown that it is possible to use GPS data from smart phones to detect tremors, potentially providing an early warning system to those who have not yet been hit.“What’s really nice about this work is they are using sensors that people carry around anyway,” says geophysicist Kristine Larson of the University of Colorado, Boulder. “It could […]
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5:00 PM | Chandra Sketches: The Nuts and Bolts of Astronomy
My mom works for NASA, for a telescope that studies X-rays from space. She told me about how the telescope, called Chandra, was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle.
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4:39 PM | Texting friends or strangers during surgery reduces pain
Imagine a hand-held electronic device – accessible, portable and nearly universal – that could reduce pain and discomfort for patients, and allow doctors to use less powerful and potentially risky […]
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3:40 PM | The Big Lie of science
The venom may arise because some people are deeply invested in a narrative of persistent and pervasive bias against women in academic science, perhaps because of ideological beliefs in the ubiquity of gender discrimination. Some people may be attempting to salve their disappointment at a job market that keeps thousands of well-qualified people from having […]
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3:30 PM | Novel approach blocks amyloid production in Alzheimer’s mouse model
Offering a potential early intervention for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Cenna Biosciences, Inc. have identified compounds that block the production […]
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3:25 PM | Poisons alter bees’ brains, making them unable to live and reproduce adequately
In research report published in the May 2015 issue of The FASEB Journal, scientists report that a particular class of pesticides called “neonicotinoids” wreaks havoc on the bee populations, ultimately […]
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3:22 PM | Fat grafting for butt augmentation — combined technique gives good results
Have you ever dreamed of taking fat from one area where you had a little too much, and transferring to somewhere you wanted a little more? A Brazilian plastic surgery […]
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3:22 PM | New page on the basics of quantum physics
Do you have absolutely no knowledge about quantum physics? Do you want to get at least a basic understanding about what it is, why it is important, or how it can be relevant to everyday life? I just added a new page that tries to explain some of these basic questions in (I hope) an […]
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3:21 PM | Compact synchrotron makes tumors visible
Soft tissue disorders like tumors are very difficult to recognize using normal X-ray machines. There is hardly any distinction between healthy tissue and tumors. Researchers at the Technische Universität München […]
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3:20 PM | Big Data reveals classical music creation secrets
A team of scientists has shed light on the dynamics of the creation, collaboration and dissemination processes involved in classical music works and styles. Their study focuses on analysing networks […]
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3:19 PM | Viruses responsible for half of gastroenteritis cases can spread by air
Noroviruses, a group of viruses responsible for over 50% of global gastroenteritis cases, can spread by air up to several meters from an infected person according to a new study […]
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3:18 PM | Magellano, Armstrong e il magizete
Che cos'è il magizete? E' una buona domanda. Ancora migliore è provare a rispondere alla domanda, piuttosto che archiviare la parola come il parto della fantasia particolarmente sciolta di una bambina.Ma in fondo cos'è la fantasia? La si può classificare? E soprattutto la si può rinchiudere e incanalare entro i confini del nozionismo?La fantasia è un mescolare di generi, un sogno con una sua realtà. Essa diventa concreta nelle parole degli […]
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3:17 PM | No Hogwarts invitation required: Invisibility cloaks move into the real-life classroom
Who among us hasn’t wanted to don a shimmering piece of fabric and instantly disappear from sight? Unfortunately, we non-magical folk are bound by the laws of physics, which have […]
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3:09 PM | For batteries, one material does it all
Engineers have created a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it.
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2:39 PM | NASA’s New Horizons Detects Surface Features, Possible Polar Cap on Pluto
For the first time, images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto – the primary target of the New Horizons […]
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2:34 PM | Brain circuitry of positive vs negative memories discovered in mice
Neuroscientists have discovered brain circuitry for encoding positive and negative learned associations in mice. After finding that two circuits showed opposite activity following fear and reward learning, the researchers proved […]
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