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April 16, 2014

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5:04 PM | Magical modular furniture
#MIT #design #furniture #technology #Milano Transform is a magical, modular furniture developed by MIT: The work is comprised of three dynamic shape displays that move more than one thousand pins up and down in realtime to transform the tabletop into a dynamic tangible display. The kinetic energy of the viewers, captured by a sensor, drives the wave motion represented by the dynamic pins.The motion design is inspired by the dynamic interactions among wind, water and sand in nature, […]
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5:00 PM | G352.7-0.1: Sweeping Supernovas
This space photograph shows a 2200-year-old supernova remnant that is sweeping up a remarkable amount of material - enough to make 45 Suns!
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4:57 PM | HIV+ women respond well to HPV vaccine
HIV-positive women respond well to a vaccine against the human […]
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4:56 PM | Cancer drugs block dementia-linked brain inflammation
A class of drugs developed to treat immune-related conditions and […]
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2:00 PM | 2D brain mapping: gene expression and spatial location
Let’s try a little game. If I’d show you only parts of a famous building: a column, part of a wall, the ceiling…Would you be […] Read more The post 2D brain mapping: gene expression and spatial location appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:The (energetical) cost of having a brain Mapping areas involved in voluntary forgetting is not simple... it is double! Reinforcement learning in the brain

Grange P., Bohland J.W., Okaty B.W., Sugino K., Bokil H., Nelson S.B., Ng L., Hawrylycz M. & Mitra P.P. (2014). Cell-type-based model explaining coexpression patterns of genes in the brain, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111 (14) 5397-5402. DOI:

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1:11 PM | Building Better Soybeans for a Hot, Dry, Hungry World
A new study shows that soybean plants can be redesigned […]
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1:09 PM | New Study Outlines ‘Water World’ Theory of Life’s Origins
Life took root more than four billion years ago on […]
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1:08 PM | Gene panel screens dozens of genes for cancer-associated mutations
As many as 10 percent of women with a personal […]
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1:06 PM | More should be done for female parolees
As the female prison population grows, a new study funded […]
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1:00 PM | Hair from infants gives clues about their life in the womb
Like rings of a tree, hair can reveal a lot […]
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12:59 PM | The key to easy asthma diagnosis is in the blood
Using just a single drop of blood, a team of […]
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12:57 PM | Gamma rays shed light on dark matter’s shrouded life
Gamma rays pouring from the center of our galaxy are […]
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12:55 PM | Stem cell research findings may lead to osteoporosis, bone tissue treatments
Stem cells in bone marrow need to produce hydrogen sulfide […]
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12:53 PM | Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis
New power plant design could provide enhanced safety, easier siting, […]
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12:49 PM | Excitons observed in action for the first time
Technique developed at MIT reveals the motion of energy-carrying quasiparticles […]
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12:17 PM | Uncertain Dots, Episode 12
The last couple of days have been ridiculously hectic, but Rhett and I did manage to record another episode of Uncertain Dots, our twelfth: This time out, we talk about labs, undergrad research, kids doing chores, weather, student course evaluations, and I didn’t really rant about superheroes. Relevant to the weather thing, I offer the…
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11:38 AM | Your T-shirt's ringing: telecommunications in the spaser age
A new version of 'spaser' technology being investigated could mean that mobile phones become so small, efficient, and flexible they could be printed on clothing.
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11:17 AM | New agricultural trends to feed the world
The agriculture sector needs to double food production by 2050 to meet growing global populations – a tremendous feat considering the challenges posed by climate change, water shortage and how the increase in farming land is not catching up with demand. That’s why scientists are up to their ears looking for ways to sustainably increase production of crops capable of withstanding different environmental stresses.  Read more
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11:15 AM | A small connection with big implications: Wiring up carbon-based electronics
A good connection between carbon-based materials and external metallic leads is of major importance in nanodevice performance, an aspect where an important step has been surmounted by researchers by studying contacts of carbon nanostructures with atoms of different chemical nature.
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11:08 AM | University spin-out is targeting the difficult challenge of manufacturing fullerenes
A new Oxford spin-out firm is targeting the difficult challenge of manufacturing fullerenes, known as 'bucky-balls' because of their spherical shape, a type of carbon nanomaterial which, like graphene and carbon nanotubes, has unique physical properties leading to applications in areas as diverse as energy and medicine.
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10:59 AM | Enrichment and the Legendre-Fenchel Transform I
Remind yourself about basics of the Legendre-Fenchel transform.
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9:08 AM | Excitons observed in action for the first time
A quasiparticle called an exciton - responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits - has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials has never been directly observed.
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9:00 AM | True colour Io mosaic from the Galileo mission
Image and text courtesy APOD, credit: Galileo Project, JPL, NASA The strangest moon in the Solar System is bright yellow. This picture, an attempt to show how Io would appear in the “true colors” perceptible to the average human eye, was taken in 1999 July by the Galileo spacecraft that orbited Jupiter from 1995 to […]
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9:00 AM | Wet atoms: imaging surfaces with low noise
Physicists image the atomic structure of surfaces covered by a viscous liquid. This technique can help to improve fuel cells.
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8:42 AM | La NASA si prepara a verificare gli effetti del volo spaziale su due gemelli speciali
La NASA si sta preparando a verificare sul campo, o meglio nello spazio, il famoso paradosso dei gemelli previsto dalla teoria della relatività speciale. Gli astronauti Scott Kelly ed il […]
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8:00 AM | There’s More to Physics Than The LHC
Particle Fever is aptly named [T]his equating of “physics” with “particle physics” not only plays along with the media myth that the only thing worth noting in physics is what is going on at CERN, but also explains outbursts like this one I received from a (non-particle) physicist recently: “Perhaps the poster child for overselling [...]
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6:56 AM | Perfect nanospheres using ultrashort laser pulses
The Nanophotonics Group of the Laser Zentrum Hannover has developed a method to print nanoparticles made of different materials with controlled, reproducible sizes and to precisely deposit these particles on a receiver substrate. As a result, for the first time, the scientists succeeded in generating and positioning perfectly round silicon nanoparticles with a diameter of 165 nm.
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6:06 AM | Metamaterials research in the UK receives GBP 2.5 million boost
Research into using metamaterials in optics has already produced the possibility of an invisibility cloak. To take these ideas further into allied areas of advanced materials GBP 2.5 million is being invested by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

April 15, 2014

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11:49 PM | New journal on responsible innovation launched
New journal covers a wide range of responsible innovation topics such as the broader and more subtle issues of the moral, cultural, political, religious, democratic and sustainability implications of innovation and research.
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8:41 PM | Highlights from the Keystone Symposium on Stem Cells & Reprogramming
I recently attended the joint Keystone Symposium “Stem Cells & Reprogramming” and “Engineering Cell Fate & Function” at the beautiful Resort at Squaw Creek. In addition to gorgeous weather, there was an amazing lineup of talks demonstrating the power and promise of stem cells and cell/tissue engineering. Here are just a few of the highlights from the meetings:  … Read more
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