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October 31, 2014

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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 […]

October 30, 2014

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10:04 PM | An App’s Guide to Sustainable Eating
Hi all!  I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from blogging due to a very busy past couple weeks preparing for and getting married!  Everything went wonderfully and I am now back in the swing of things and trying … Continue reading →
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9:37 PM | Throwback Thursday: Most Planets in the Universe are Homeless
We normally think of planets as being synonymous with gas giant or rocky worlds orbiting a parent star. They should all be so lucky.Continue reading on Medium »
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6:11 PM | Lord of the microrings
Researchers report significant breakthrough in microring laser cavities.
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5:17 PM | First human clinical trial of inorganic optical-PET imaging nanoparticles highlights their safety
Nanoparticles designed to adhere to and light up cancer cells have reached a major milestone in their bench-to-bedside journey. A first clinical trial of these ultrasmall, multifunctional particles has deemed them safe for humans and cleared easily by the body.
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3:52 PM | It’s a mistery
I get asked to do a decent number of conference paper reviews, and surprisingly, some of those conferences have asked me to review in subsequent years.  One such conference didn’t just ask me to review again, but bestowed the honor of making me part of their advisory board.  I accepted, and they sent me a […]
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3:23 PM | Contamination likely explains ‘food genes in blood’ claim
Laboratory contaminants likely explain the results of a recent study […]
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3:20 PM | Making lab-grown tissues stronger
Lab-grown tissues could one day provide new treatments for injuries […]
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3:20 PM | Green technology saves energy and boosts profits, productivity in factories
Switching to LED lights in factories not only saves energy, […]
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3:13 PM | Three abrupt pulses of CO2 led to ending of last ice age
A new study shows that the increase of atmospheric carbon […]
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3:12 PM | All work and no play: Study examines psychology of workaholism
Even in a culture that lionizes hard work, workaholism tends […]
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3:00 PM | Monthly News Roundup - October 2014
The Monthly News Roundup is a podcast that reviews this month's news in astronomy and space science.  It's aimed at the general public, so give it a listen and see what's new! Subscribe to the podcast In this episode of the Monthly News Roundup, astronomy pushes the boundaries of exploration both on Earth and in space.  A chance encounter yields dividends and new observations deepen a cosmic mystery.
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2:43 PM | Resumen de la edición Alan Turing del Carnaval de Matemáticas
Terminó la semana del Carnaval de Matemáticas y aquí tenéis a Alan Turing, que está leyéndose las 31 historias que se han enviado y los más de 150 microrrelatos:   ZTFnews inició el Carnaval con el infinito de las matemáticas, y les damos infinitas gracias por las 6 historias que ha enviado. Gaussianos nos ha […]
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1:59 PM | Scientists and Activists Call for the Release of Imprisoned Iranian Physicist
Thirty-one physics Nobel laureates called for the release of an Iranian scientist jailed for refusing to work on his country's weapons program.Elise Auerbach of Amnesty International shows off copies of the petition signed by 31 Nobel laureates.For nearly four years, physicist Omid Kokabee has been imprisoned in Iran for a crime he didn't commit. Without seeing the evidence against him or even being allowed to defend himself in court, the Iranian government convicted him […]
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1:05 PM | Astrobiology Roundup: Planets, Moons, and Stinky Comets
Scientific discoveries across all fields just keep coming and coming. Here’s a small assortment of goodies from the past couple of weeks. How do you form planets around stars in triple systems?... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:41 PM | Maths, Just in Short Words
Mathematical proofs in short words.
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11:29 AM | Expert analysis on nano-regulation and policy: Staying ahead of the curve
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) will be hosting a symposium, entitled 'Expert Analysis on Nano-Regulation and Policy: Staying Ahead of the Curve', on 19 Nov 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.
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11:12 AM | Physicists pave the way for quantum interfaces
Researchers control interplay of light and matter at the level of individual photons emitted by rubidium.
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11:00 AM | Wonky or Watery...
Source: BBC link belowMimas is the so-called "Death Star" moon because, well...go pull up some You Tube videos of Episode IV: "A New Hope" if you need to come up to speed.I'm not so sure I'd use the term "wonky" in a sentence, but this is the BBC where all things Star Trek TNG is in endless syndication due to no doubt Sir Patrick Stewart.I am sincerely hoping for water and a few microbes. That would be mankind's encounter with extraterrestrials that didn't involve ray guns or "live long and […]
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8:28 AM | 2D molybdenum disulfide: a promising new optical material for ultra-fast photonics
Molybdenum disulfide's (MoS2) semiconducting ability, strong light-matter interaction and similarity to graphene makes it of interest to scientists as a viable alternative in the manufacture of electronics, particularly photoelectronics. In pushing towards practical optical applications of two-dimensional (2D) MoS2, an essential gap on understanding the nonlinear optical response of 2D MoS2 and how it interacts with light, must be filled.
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8:00 AM | Dan Brown Physics
Einstein’s greatest legacy- How demons and angels advanced science Thought experiments are common in theoretical physics today. Physicists use them to examine the consequences of a theory beyond that what is measureable with existing technology, but still within the realm of that what is in principle measureable. A thought experiments pushes a theory to its [...]
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4:00 AM | Verso l’esplorazione ‘ravvicinata’ di Sgr A*
Gli scienziati vogliono rispondere ad alcune domande, ancora aperte, su ciò che accadendo nelle regioni centrali della nostra galassia. Ad esempio, ci si chiede se la materia stia cadendo o se invece viene espulsa dal buco nero supermassiccio. Nessuno lo sa per certo, ma oggi un astrofisico della University of California, a Santa Barbara, è alla […]
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4:00 AM | Self-Assembly of Layered Membranes
Scientists from Northwestern University working at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source (APS) used self-assembly under controlled conditions to create a membrane consisting of layers with distinctly different structures.
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4:00 AM | ORNL Technology Transfer Continues Strong Upward Trend
New methods are improving connections between private businesses and technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with 101 licenses and options executed during the last three years.
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4:00 AM | Toyota to Use Brookhaven Lab's Center for Functional Nanomaterials to Advance Vehicle Battery Tech
Scientists will collaborate with Brookhaven experts and use world-leading electron microscopes to explore the real-time electrochemical reactions in promising new batteries.
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1:50 AM | Halloween Treats 2014
It’s that time again to post a collection of “Halloween Treats”: classic ghost and horror stories to be read in the dark of night!  I’ve been doing this since 2007, and you can read the old editions here:   2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and my … Continue reading →
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1:02 AM | What is the oldest star in the Universe?
And why do some of them appear to be right here in our own galaxy, which formed much later?Continue reading on Medium »
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12:51 AM | Pope Francis says Evolution and the Big Bang are Compatible with Catholicism
Pope Francis says Evolution and the Big Bang are Compatible with Catholicism You’ve probably heard, the news. Pope Francis has announced that Big Bang cosmology and evolutionary theory are compatible with Catholicism and “may even be required.” This is, of course, wonderful news. It’s evidence that science and religion are not necessarily … Continue reading → The post Pope Francis says Evolution and the Big Bang are Compatible with Catholicism appeared first […]
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12:04 AM | Sensing and Acting Under Information Constraints
I’m having a great time at a workshop on Biological and Bio-Inspired Information Theory in Banff, Canada. You can see videos of the talks online. There have been lots of good talks so far, but this one really blew my mind: • Naftali Tishby, Sensing and acting under information constraints—a principled approach to biology and […]
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