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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.


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

October 6, 2015 9:16 am | 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.


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.

Modular System Cools Biological Samples

October 5, 2015 3:25 pm | by Asynt | Product Releases | Comments

The ChilliBlock from Asynt is a modular system purpose designed for precise, controlled cooling and heating of biological samples in microplates, vials and tubes.

Wildlife Thriving 30 Years After Chernobyl's Nuclear Accident

October 5, 2015 3:00 pm | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

A team of international researchers has discovered abundant populations of wildlife at Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear accident that released radioactive particles into the environment and forced a massive evacuation of the human population.


Naturally Derived, Nontoxic Flame Retardant Developed

October 5, 2015 2:52 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | Videos | Comments

Inspired by a naturally occurring material found in marine mussels, researchers have created a new flame retardant to replace commercial additives that are often toxic and can accumulate over time in the environment and living animals, including humans.


Saving Endangered Species with Frozen Stem Cells

October 5, 2015 2:38 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

As the world’s endangered species continue to dwindle and die out, a pair of scientists at the University of Georgia are fundraising to develop a novel way of preserving vanishing biodiversity. A “frozen zoo” of stem cells from Sumatran tigers, clouded leopards and other endangered animals could save them from vanishing altogether.


Study Finds Potential Problem in More Heart Valve Implants

October 5, 2015 2:33 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press | News | Comments

Doctors have discovered a potential problem involving implanted heart valves that hundreds of thousands of people have received — they don't always open and close properly, possibly because a blood clot has formed that could raise the risk of stroke.



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