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September 29, 2014

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2:28 PM | Protein that Causes Frontotemporal Dementia also Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes have shown that low levels […]
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2:25 PM | Scientists make droplets move on their own
Droplets are simple spheres of fluid, not normally considered capable […]
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2:23 PM | After-school exercise program enhances cognition in 7-, 8- and 9-year-olds
A nine-month-long, randomized controlled trial involving 221 prepubescent children found […]
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2:20 PM | DNA signature found in ice storm babies
Prenatal maternal stress exposure to natural disasters predicts epigenetic profile […]
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2:19 PM | Who are the men and boys suffering from anorexia?
A new study by researchers from the University of Montreal […]
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2:17 PM | Hand size appears to stay constant, providing natural ‘ruler’  
People tend to perceive their dominant hand as staying relatively […]
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2:00 PM | The whip of the electric jet
Everyone has heard the sound of the crack of a whip, at least in movies or TV serials like “El Zorro: The man with […] Read more The post The whip of the electric jet appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Read it twice: heat transfer from a cooler body to a hotter body The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum mechanics Can you detect atom-size motion?
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1:49 PM | Finding Extrasolar Planets with Lasers
On Twitter Sunday morning, the National Society of Black Physicsts account retweeted this: Using Lasers to Lock Down #Exoplanet Hunting #Space http://t.co/0TN4DDo7LF — ✨The Solar System✨ (@The_SolarSystem) September 28, 2014 I recognized the title as a likely reference to the use of optical frequency combs as calibration sources for spectrometry, which is awesome stuff. Unfortunately,…
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12:36 PM | Scientists improve nanowire batteries with homebuilt imaging analysis
In a rare case of having their cake and eating it too, scientists have developed a toolset that allows them to explore the complex interior of tiny, multi-layered batteries they devised. It provides insight into the batteries' performance without destroying them.
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11:30 AM | Christopher J. “Gus” Loria...
Baltimore Sun - Christopher J. "Gus" LoriaCHRISTOPHER J. GUS LORIA (COLONEL, USMC, RET.)NASA ASTRONAUT (FORMER)PERSONAL DATA: Born July 9, 1960 in Belmont, Massachusetts, he considers League City, Texas, his hometown. He is married to the former Jamie Ann Fraser, and he has three children. His mother, Joan Loria, resides in Belmont, Massachusetts. His father, Robert L. Loria, is deceased.EDUCATION: Graduate of Belmont High School (1978), and the US Naval Academy Preparatory School (1979). […]
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11:00 AM | Graphene Almost There...
Controlling magnetic clouds in graphene.Condensed Matter Physics Group, University of Manchester, UKA new way to grow high-quality, wafer-scale graphene measuring between 100 and 300 mm across has been developed by researchers in the US and UK. The feat is a major advance since a size of 300 mm represents the silicon wafer-scale standard and means that the carbon material might now be easily integrated with silicon – a major goal for graphene research.Graphene, a sheet of carbon just one […]
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10:30 AM | CERN's 60th Birthday
http://t.co/zU9b7V4idL by @ulaulaman about #CERN60 The day to celebrate CERN's birthday is arrived: The convention establishing CERN was ratified on 29 September 1954 by 12 countries in Western Europe. The acronym CERN originally stood in French for Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (European Council for Nuclear Research), which was a provisional council for setting up the laboratory, established by 12 European governments in 1952. The acronym was retained for the new […]
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10:00 AM | Nanotechnology data storage built using technology that mimics the human brain
Researchers have built a novel nano-structure that offers a new platform for the development of highly stable and reliable nanoscale memory devices.
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9:51 AM | The value of idealized models
Every physicist has to know the joke about the dairy farmer. Seriously, if you don’t know it, you can’t call yourself a physicist. It really should be added to the IOP’s requirements for the accreditation of physics degrees. If you have such a degree, and none of your lecturers ever told you the joke, please […] The post The value of idealized models appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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9:38 AM | Researchers create 'tractor beams' in the lab
Tractor beam technology, if it were to exist, would be based on waves that go in the opposite direction, converging from out in space onto the point of origin. Researchers now showed that the idea may not be all science fiction.
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9:31 AM | Future Touch Technologies Developed and Optimized by Heraeus and ITRI, Taiwan
Heraeus providing Clevios PEDOT conductive polymer materials and patterning agents, and the Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan (ITRI) application know-how, so demonstrating new alternative technologies for the touch panel industry.
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9:26 AM | Speed at its limit with this ultrafast plamonic nanowire laser
One thousand billion operations per second - this peak value is achieved by semiconductor nano-lasers developed by physicist at the University of Jena together with their colleagues from Imperial College London.
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9:12 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: Cracking the Implosion Case [SPOILERS]
The beleaguered physicists in Frank Winter’s group finally get some good news on the implosion front in this week’s episode of Manh(a)ttan. It’s titled “The Understudy,”... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:08 AM | Supersensitive nanodevice can detect extremely early cancers
The sensitivity of the equipment holds promise for finding cancer at a very early stage, even while it is at the small cluster of cells level.
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9:00 AM | The perfect solar cell
New system aims to harness the full spectrum of available solar radiation.
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8:27 AM | Roma International Conference on Astro-Particle physics 2014
RICAP 2014, che sta per Roma International Conference on Astro-Particle physics, è la quinta edizione che per la prima volta si svolgerà a Noto, la mia città natale. La conferenza, che è stata organizzata nelle edizioni precedenti dalle tre università pubbliche romane (Università “Roma Tre”, Università “La Sapienza” e l’Università “Tor Vergata”), sarà quest’anno guidata […]
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8:09 AM | Brain Plasticity Tradeoffs and Sascha Vongehr Musician
This may surprise, but Ludwig Wittgenstein, for many the greatest philosopher, or anyway the most eminent exponent of analytic philosophy according to Roger Scruton, maintained that music (!) was the most important to him, not formal logic or philosophy. On the other hand, it is known for at least a century, this I take from a mentioning in Bertrand Russell’s “The Analysis of Mind”, that artistic skills, apparently especially that of drawing pictures, suffer when the brain […]
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8:00 AM | There is Nothing New Under the Sun
I was poking around on the internet, following up on something I had read about the longitude prize (300 years old as of this summer) Thomas Jefferson and the search for the longitude in America Not surprising: Jefferson was interested in the longitude issue. He was very scientifically minded, so it’s reasonable a major science/technical [...]
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6:08 AM | Scrupoli
Doris Mårtensson tornò a casa la sera di sabato venti aprile.Adesso erano le otto del lunedì mattina, e lei se ne stava davanti al grande specchio della camera da letto a rimirare la sua tintarella e pensava a quanto invidiosi sarebbero stati i suoi colleghi. Aveva un brutto livido provocato da un succhioto sulla coscia destra e due sul seno sinistro. Mentre si allacciava il reggiseno, pensò che forse, per una settimana o dieci giorni, sarebbe stato il caso di evitare […]
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4:00 AM | L’origine dell’acqua nel Sistema Solare
Tutti sappiamo che l’acqua è di fondamentale importanza per lo sviluppo della vita sulla Terra ma è altrettanto importante per valutare la possibilità che la vita aliena si possa sviluppare su altri mondi. Identificare, perciò, la sorgente originaria di acqua sul nostro pianeta rappresenta una chiave di svolta non solo per capire come le condizioni ambientali nel […]
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4:00 AM | Registration Opens Wednesday for 25th Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl®
During the competition, students will participate in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions from all branches of science and math.
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4:00 AM | Simulations Reveal An Unusual Death for Ancient Stars
Findings made possible with NERSC resources and Berkeley Lab code.

September 28, 2014

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5:43 PM | Foucault and the pendulum
http://t.co/AphFwEZfQ2 #foucaultpendulum #physics #earthrotation The first public exhibition of a Foucault pendulum took place in February 1851 in the Meridian of the Paris Observatory. A few weeks later Foucault made his most famous pendulum when he suspended a 28 kg brass-coated lead bob with a 67 meter long wire from the dome of the Panthéon, Paris. The plane of the pendulum's swing rotated clockwise 11° per hour, making a full circle in 32.7 hours. The original bob used in 1851 […]
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4:33 PM | Weekend Diversion: The Ultimate Fighter… of Stains?
From A to Zucchini, learn how to get anything out!Continue reading on Medium »
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2:00 PM | MI weekly selection #94
Amazon warriors’ names found on ancient Greek pottery. Strange inscriptions on ancient Greek pottery appear to name Amazon warrior women, according to a study […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #94 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:The tough aspects of walking on sand Carnivorous plants inspire novel liquid repellent surfaces Flexible needles as the future for cancer treatment
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