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Texas Hunter Kills Endangered Rhino in Name of Conservation

May 22, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A man bid $350,000 on a permit to kill an endangered black rhino in the African nation of Namibia last year. This week, Corey Knowlton, a 36-year-old Texan, bagged his rhino– and it was in the name of conservation.


Slinky-like 'Hyperlens' Enables Observation of Single Molecules

May 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. at Buffalo | Comments

It looks like a Slinky suspended in motion. Yet this photonics advancement– called a metamaterial hyperlens– doesn’t climb down stairs. Instead, it improves our ability to see tiny objects. The hyperlens may someday help detect some of the most lethal forms of cancer.


Atomic-level 'Flyovers' Show How Radiation Boosts Superconductivity

May 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

Sometimes a little damage can do a lot of good— at least in the case of iron-based high-temperature superconductors. Bombarding these materials with high-energy heavy ions introduces nanometer-scale damage tracks that can enhance the materials' ability to carry high current with no energy loss— and without lowering the critical operating temperature.


Ancient Mesoamerican Cannibals’ Recipes Revealed Through Science

May 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Stained and broken bones from 2,500 years ago have now provided some clue to the practices of ancient Mesoamerican cannibals, according to new research. The bones of 18 people discovered at a site just outside Mexico City have provided clues about how cannibals prepared their victims for meals.


Super Balls Are Physicists' Favorite Toys

May 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Inside Science News Service, Joel Shurkin | Comments

Super Balls are toys beloved by children because of their extraordinary ability to bounce. Physicists love them for exactly the same reason. Drop a baseball on the floor and it will hardly bounce at all. Drop a Super Ball from shoulder height, and it will bounce back 92 percent of the way to the drop-off point.


Laughs from Lab: May 25, 2015

May 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week with a smile on your face, especially on a holiday. So, here’s a science joke you might like. Q: Why are abacuses so great?


Antibiotic Resistance-causing Phages Seen in Chicken Meat

May 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Vetmeduni Vienna | Comments

Bacteria resistant to antibiotics are on the rise. There are different explanations for how these resistances are transferred. Now, researchers have found phages in chicken meat that are able to transfer antimicrobial resistance to bacteria.


Scientists Tout New ‘Rosetta Stone’ for Prostate Cancer Mutations

May 22, 2015 2:18 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

About 90 percent of advanced prostate cancers have particular genetic mutations that can provide a target for cancer drugs. An international team of scientists say they have catalogued a comprehensive map of those mutations in metastatic prostate cancers. Their findings are a “Rosetta Stone” to breakthrough treatments of the disease.


Appeals Court Gives Tobacco Firms Partial Win

May 22, 2015 1:59 pm | by Associated Press, Sam Hananel | Comments

America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled today. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a partial win for cigarette makers in the long-running legal fight that began in the Clinton administration in 1999.


MRI Magnets Get Second Life in Physics Experiments

May 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

When it comes to magnets, a doctor’s trash is a physicist’s treasure. Researchers at a national lab recently acquired two decommissioned magnets from MRI scanners from hospitals that will find a new home as proving grounds for instruments used in high-energy and nuclear physics experiments.


Good Sound Quality Definition Differs by Culture

May 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Acoustical Society of America | Comments

Play a flute in Carnegie Hall, and the tone will resonate and fill the space. Play in in the Grand Canyon, and the sound will crash against the rock walls. The disparity is clear— to the modern listener, the instrument belongs in an auditorium. But, in the past, people sought echoes. The response of audiences and performers to acoustic characteristics is a function of their worldview, and it is as fluid as the environment they inhabit.


Device Opens Door to Cell-based Vaccines

May 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by MIT, Kevin Leonardi | Comments

Researchers have shown that they can use a microfluidic cell-squeezing device to introduce specific antigens inside the immune system’s B cells, providing a new approach to developing and implementing antigen-presenting cell vaccines.


Walmart Urges Fewer Antibiotics, Better Treatment of Livestock

May 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press, Anne D'Innocenzio | Comments

Wal-Mart is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. They are asking meat producers, eggs suppliers and others to use antibiotics only for disease prevention or treatment, not to fatten their animals. The guidelines also aim to get suppliers to stop using sow gestation crates and other housing that doesn't give animals enough space.


Bacteria Work Together to Fix Damaged Siblings

May 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Univ. of Wyoming | Comments

A team of researchers has discovered a certain type of soil bacteria can use their social behavior of outer membrane exchange to repair damaged cells and improve the fitness of the bacteria population as a whole.


Antarctic Ice Shelves Melting Faster, Raising Sea Levels

May 22, 2015 11:47 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The melting of inland ice in Antarctica has sped over five years– adding massive amounts of water to the rise of sea levels, according to new research. The Southern Antarctic Peninsula’s glaciers became destabilized in 2009– and the melting of ice shelves has accelerated ever since.


ICYMI: Deadly Dog Flu; A Paper with 5,000 Authors; Dr. Seuss Marine Life

May 22, 2015 8:50 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's new Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week. A deadly dog flu, concerns about scientific publishing and a highway just for butterflies are up for review today. 



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