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Scientists Make Algae-based, Sustainable Surfboard

April 27, 2015 | by UC San Diego | Comments

UC San Diego’s efforts to produce innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental problems have resulted in a partnership with the region’s surfing industry to create the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard.

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Computer Vision Sees Tiny Vibrations in Bridges, Buildings

April 24, 2015 7:00 am | by MIT, Jennifer Chu | Comments

To the naked eye, buildings and bridges appear fixed in place, unmoved by forces like wind and rain. But in fact, these large structures do experience imperceptibly small vibration. Now, researchers have developed a technique to “see” vibrations that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye, combining high-speed video with computer vision techniques.

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Ultra-fast MRI Showcased Using 'If I Only Had a Brain'

April 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Beckman Institute | Comments

Thanks to new MRI capabilities, researchers can view dynamic images of vocal movement at 100 frames per second— a speed that is far more advanced than any other MRI technique in the world. One researcher, who used to be a professional singer, demonstrated the technique while singing “If I Only Had a Brain.”

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Science Connect: Positive Energy: Sustaining a Great Lab Environment

April 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor, R&D Magazine | Comments

The design of laboratories for sustainable construction and operation has become a major driver in the A/E/C industry over the past 10 to 15 years. These days, most lab clients are looking for sustainable design approaches at a minimum— and third-party certification, such as LEED, in many cases.

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Silk Helps the Body Heal

April 22, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

A team of scientists has developed materials using ordinary silk that can be programmed to help the body heal.

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This Week Marks 100 Years of Chemical Warfare

April 21, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

April 22, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the first large-scale use of chemical weapons in warfare. Some of the best minds in chemistry at that time, including a Nobel Prize winner, used their knowledge of science to build humanity's new weapons of mass destruction.

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Science Connect: Next-Generation Engineering Facilities

April 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor, R&D Magazine | Comments

In the past decade, the expansion of research focus areas in engineering has undergone a transformation. The demands of engineering labs present challenges for institutions because most occupied spaces were conceived during an era with radically different needs and required services.

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Tech Transfers Emotions Through Air

April 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Sussex | Comments

Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body. A scientist has pinpointed how next-generation technologies can stimulate different areas of the hand to convey feelings of, for example, happiness, sadness, excitement or fear.

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Glassy Beads Play Huge Role in Creation of Planets

April 20, 2015 8:16 am | by American Museum of Natural History | Comments

New research proposes that chondrules, small glassy beads that make up the bulk of the most primitive meteorites, played a crucial role in the formation of planets. Simulations show how asteroid-sized planetesimals— the building blocks of planets— can grow to observed sizes by sweeping up chondrules, each only about the size of a grain of sand.

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Tech Upgrades Your Thumbnail

April 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by MIT, Larry Hardesty | Comments

Researchers are developing a new wearable device that turns the user’s thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad. They envision that the technology could let users control wireless devices when their hands are full— answering the phone while cooking, for instance.

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Cheap Mesh Separates Oil from Water

April 16, 2015 7:00 am | by The Ohio State Univ. | Comments

The unassuming piece of stainless steel mesh doesn’t look like a very big deal, but this new material could make a big difference for future environmental cleanups. Water passes through the mesh but oil doesn’t, thanks to a nearly invisible oil-repelling coating on its surface.

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Science Connect: The Translational Approach

April 15, 2015 4:46 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor, R&D Magazine | Comments

Translational research is a paradigm for research designed to enable innovative thinking by leveraging the benefits of collaboration. First emerging in the mid-1990s in reference to cancer studies spanning basic science, over the past two decades the definition has broadened and evolved.

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Autonomous, Swarming Drones Are On the Horizon

April 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Office of Naval Research | Comments

A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials announced recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)— part of the Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) program. LOCUST can launch swarming UAVs to autonomously overwhelm an adversary.

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Chemistry Helps You Clean Up Your Act

April 14, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Comments

Ever run out of your go-to cleaning product and you’ve got a mess that you just can’t leave alone? Have no fear, chemistry is here.

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Science Connect: Flexibility Built In

April 14, 2015 7:00 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor, R&D Magazine | Comments

Flexibility is critical when considering the future of science, research and lab environments. However, research needs down the road are difficult to predict, and flexibility is hard to define. Yet, reducing a facility’s flexibility may mean the loss of spare engineering capacities/infrastructures, services planning and space for anticipated growth and fit-out.

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Understanding Debris is Key to Improved Batteries

April 13, 2015 7:00 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

An eruption of lithium at the tip of a battery's electrode, cracks in the electrode's body, and a coat forming on the electrode's surface reveal how recharging a battery many times leads to its demise. Using a powerful microscope to watch multiple cycles of charging and discharging under real battery conditions, researchers have gained insight into the chemistry that clogs rechargeable lithium batteries.

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