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Nobel in Physics Awarded to Two for Cracking Case of Elusive Neutrino

October 6, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two scientists on the opposite ends of the globe found properties of neutrinos which solved a cosmic mystery, and opened up a new realm in particle physics, at the turn of the millennium. Today they split this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Toyota Shows Self-driving Technology Being Readied for 2020

October 6, 2015 2:08 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota unveiled its vision for self-driving cars in a challenge to other automakers as well as industry newcomer Google Inc., promising to start selling such vehicles in Japan by 2020. Toyota Motor Corp. demonstrated on a regular Tokyo freeway Tuesday what it called the "mobility teammate concept."


Study Finds Increase in Placebo Responses

October 6, 2015 1:56 pm | by McGill University | News | Comments

A new study finds that rising placebo responses may play a part in the increasingly high failure rate for clinical trials of drugs designed to control chronic pain caused by nerve damage. Surprisingly, however, the analysis of clinical trials conducted since 1990 found that the increase in placebo responses occurred only in trials conducted wholly in the U.S.


Scientist who Requested RICO Investigation of Climate Deniers Could be Target Himself

October 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A climate scientist, backed by colleagues, wrote a letter to the White House last month requesting a racketeering investigation of industry ties to climate-change deniers. Now the scientist himself could be the target of a probe by a Congressional subcommittee.


New Surfaces Delay Ice Formation

October 6, 2015 1:37 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers have created a surface that can significantly delay frost formation, even at temperatures of down to 6 degrees Celsius below freezing. The surface is biphilic, meaning it repels water in some areas and attracts it in others.


Biochemist Uses Hedgehogs to Fight Cancer

October 6, 2015 1:27 pm | by Binghamton University | News | Comments

A biochemist has discovered a new way to fight cancer, one that attacks only the cancer cells and promises fewer side effects. He hunts hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are proteins that help govern how cells develop.


New Chip-based Optical Sensing Technology Detects Multiple Flu Strains

October 6, 2015 1:21 pm | by University of California, Santa Cruz | News | Comments

New chip-based optical sensing technologies enable the rapid detection and identification of multiple biomarkers. In a recent paper, researchers describe a novel method to perform diagnostic assays for multiple strains of flu virus on a small, dedicated chip.


Engineers Turn to Trees to Build Better Energy Storage Device

October 6, 2015 1:14 pm | by McMaster University | News | Comments

McMaster Engineering researchers Emily Cranston and Igor Zhitomirsky are turning trees into energy storage devices capable of powering everything from a smart watch to a hybrid car. The scientists are using cellulose to build more efficient and longer-lasting energy storage devices or supercapacitors.


Invasive Plants Trade is Booming

October 6, 2015 9:42 am | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Goldenrod, Himalayan balsam, Chinese windmill palm: three plants, one problem. All are native to continents other than Europe, but were introduced to Switzerland as garden or ornamental plants. At some point they “escaped” into the wild, where they now threaten the native flora.


Department of Defense Awards $6 Million Grant to Further Bone Fracture Repair Research

October 6, 2015 9:24 am | by Houston Methodist | News | Comments

A collaborative research team is one step closer to developing technologies that could help mend broken bones faster. The Department of Defense awarded close to $6 million for an initiative aimed at studying two new materials to repair complex fractures in long bones.


Astronomers Create 'Habitability Index' to Prioritize Future Searches

October 6, 2015 9:13 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Powerful telescopes are coming soon. Where exactly shall we point them? Astronomers have created a way to compare and rank exoplanets to help prioritize which of the thousands discovered warrant close inspection in the search for life beyond Earth.


Stem Cells Help Restore Vision

October 6, 2015 9:05 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Age-related macular degeneration could be treated by transplanting photoreceptors produced by the directed differentiation of stem cells, thanks to new findings. ARMD is a common eye problem caused by the loss of cones.


Over 200 New Species Discovered in Eastern Himalayas

October 6, 2015 8:58 am | by WWF | News | Comments

A sneezing monkey, a walking fish and a jewel-like snake are just some of a biological treasure trove of over 200 new species discovered in the Eastern Himalayas in recent years, according to a new report. In total, 211 species were discovered between 2009 and 2014.


‘Predatory’ Open-access Journals Analyzed in Study

October 5, 2015 4:56 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Scientists and researchers who must “publish or perish” have a wealth of options to pay for their work to get into suspect online journals, according to a new analysis. The “predatory publishers” phenomenon has grown rapidly over the last five years – increasing four-fold to a staggering 420,000 articles published last year.


Auto Sash Controller Reduces Energy Consumption

October 5, 2015 3:32 pm | by Temperature Electronics Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Temperature Electronics Ltd. offers its auto sash controller to help academic institutions and industrial operations to achieve their energy consumption and carbon emission targets.

Cleanroom Lab Coat Provides Critical Protection

October 5, 2015 3:29 pm | by Kimberly-Clark Professional | Product Releases | Comments

The Kimtech Pure A7 Cleanroom Lab Coat from Kimberly-Clark Professional provides enhanced chemical and biological protection and contamination control for cleanroom environments.


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