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Chemists Test Pot for Potency, Safety

April 23, 2014 | by ACS | Comments

In a new video, scientists explain the chemistry behind marijuana's high, and investigate what scientists are doing to ensure legalized weed won't send users on a bad trip.

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Nanostructures Trap Photons in Ultrathin Solar Cells

April 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Stanford Univ. | Comments

In the quest to make sun power more competitive, researchers are designing ultrathin solar cells that cut material costs. At the same time, they’re keeping these thin cells efficient by sculpting their surfaces with photovoltaic nanostructures that behave like a molecular hall of mirrors.


Material Coating Tech Mimics Lotus Effect

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

Using a two-step technique, scientists have produced a low-cost and simple approach for coating metallic surfaces with an enduring superhydrophobic film of copper.


Camera System Lights Cancer Path

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Cornell Univ. | Comments

With a new, commercially available camera system using nanoparticles that make cancer cells glow, the way is lit for surgeons to diagnose and remove tumors.


World’s Longest-running Experiment has First Change in 13 Years

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by The Univ. of Queensland | Comments

After a wait of more than 13 years, the ninth drop of pitch collided ever so slowly with the eighth drop in the Pitch Drop Experiment. The experiment was set up in 1927 to demonstrate that solid materials can flow like liquids.


Floating Nuclear Plants Could Eliminate Disasters

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, David Chandler | Comments

A new design for nuclear plants built on floating platforms, modeled after those used for offshore oil drilling, could help avoid disasters in the future. Such floating plants would be designed to be automatically cooled by the surrounding seawater in a worst-case scenario, which would indefinitely prevent any melting of fuel rods, or escape of radioactive material.


Researchers Study Volcanoes with Man-made Explosions

April 16, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Robin Andrews | Comments

We can learn a lot about volcanoes by studying explosions. The more we can learn about their explosive behavior, the more chance we have of saving lives when they suddenly erupt.


Scientists Examine World's Most Popular Drug: Caffeine

April 15, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

In a new video, researchers look at the science behind the world's most popular drug, caffeine, including why it keeps you awake and how much is too much.


Neuroscientists Learn How the Brain Pays Attention

April 14, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Anne Trafton | Comments

A new study reveals how the brain achieves focused attention on faces or other objects: a part of the prefrontal cortex known as the inferior frontal junction controls visual processing areas that are tuned to recognize a specific category of objects.


Climate Drove Evolution of Ice Age Predators

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County | Comments

Researchers, working at the famous La Brea Tar Pits, are probing the link between climate warming and the evolution of Ice Age predators, attempting to predict how animals will respond to climate change today.


IC Systems Increase Flexibility, Confidence

April 10, 2014 5:05 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Video Technician | Comments

Stuart Proctor talks to Laboratory Equipment about Metrohm's 900 Series IC systems.                                                

Hyphenated Technology Simplifies Sample Analysis

April 10, 2014 4:40 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Video Technician | Comments

George Porter of Metrohm USA talks with Laboratory Equipment about one of Metrohm's newest introductions at Pittcon 2014 in Chicago.                                                

Google Glass Maps Future of Medical Testing

April 10, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

A team of researchers has transformed Google Glass into a powerful, wearable medical testing laboratory. They developed an application that reads dozens of different types of diagnostic tests for malaria, prostate cancer and HIV, to name a few.


Coughs, Sneezes Float Farther than You Think

April 9, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Peter Dizikes | Comments

The next time you feel a sneeze coming on, raise your elbow to cover up that multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud you’re about to expel. A new study has shown that coughs and sneezes have associated gas clouds that keep their potentially infectious droplets aloft over much greater distances than previously realized.


Scientists Unravel the Science Behind Allergies

April 8, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

In a new video, researchers explain the science behind the allergies that spoil spring for so many people.


Engineers Create Game Controller that Reads Minds

April 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by Stanford Univ. | Comments

Engineers have developed what could be the next big thing in interactive gaming: handheld game controllers that measure the player's physiology and alter the gameplay to make it more engaging.



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