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Obscure Technology Could Enhance Sustainability

June 23, 2011 4:28 am | News | Comments

Technology used in heated automobile seats and other devices is undergoing a renaissance and could well emerge as a new "green" substitute for traditional sources of energy.

New Alloy Converts Energy

June 23, 2011 4:17 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers have discovered a new alloy material that converts heat directly into electricity, which could have a wide-sweeping impact on creating green electricity from waste heat.

Bat Wings Sense Obstacles

June 23, 2011 4:12 am | Videos | Comments

Suspecting that hair found on bat wings played a role in flight, scientists have discovered that the short hairs actually allow bats to sense airflow and modify flight behavior.

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System Speeds Chemical Research

June 22, 2011 5:00 am | Articles | Comments

The need to increase productivity in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries is ever-present. Stringent economic conditions have meant that the demand for a robust, easy-to-use tool, at a competitive price has increased. HEL has repackaged the PolyBLOCK 4 system to meet these demands with emphasis on offering an affordable alternative to using traditional round bottom flasks and hot plate stirrers.

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Mystery Coffee Ingredient Fights Alzheimer's

June 22, 2011 4:52 am | News | Comments

An unidentified component of coffee that interacts with the beverage's caffeine could be a surprising reason why daily coffee intake protects against Alzheimer's disease.

Stone Crafting Developed Human Brain

June 22, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

New findings by achaeologists have shown that advanced crafting of stone spearheads contributed to the development of new ways of human thinking and behaving.

Lab-Grown Meat Could Save Energy

June 22, 2011 4:45 am | News | Comments

Meat grown using tissue engineering techniques would generate up to 96 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions, than conventionally produced meat, as well as feed more mouths.

New Nanosensors See VOCs More Efficiently

June 22, 2011 4:40 am | News | Comments

Researchers have made nano-sized sensors that detect volatile organic compounds that offer several advantages over today's commercial gas sensors.

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Exercise Prolongs Life of Cancer Patients

June 22, 2011 4:37 am | News | Comments

Brain cancer patients who are able to exercise live significantly longer than sedentary patients, scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute report.

Retina Can See Magnetic Fields

June 22, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

New research shows that the human retina protein, CRY2, has the molecular capability to function as a light-sensitive magnetic sensor.

Vaccine Sidesteps HIV Mutations

June 22, 2011 4:33 am | News | Comments

In a new finding that may allow vaccine designers to sidestep HIV's rapid mutation, researchers have identified sections of an HIV protein where mutations would actually undermine the virus’ ability to survive and reproduce.

Tool Predicts Solar Power Fluctuations

June 22, 2011 4:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have created a tool that measures the way solar power fluctuates on cloudy days, as well as a software program that predicts the fluctuations.

Website Links Biologists, Curators and Research

June 22, 2011 4:27 am | News | Comments

Recently developed online software draws upon databases of scholarly publications as both a curation tool for genetic biologists and a new approach to searching for information.

Repairing Atlantis Shuttle Tank

June 22, 2011 4:22 am | Videos | Comments

Technicians continue taking Computed Radiography (CR) X-ray scans of 50 support beams, called stringers, on space shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank.

Swimming Parasite Cell

June 22, 2011 4:19 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers have identified three different swimming modes for a parasite, a motile cell that is the causative agent of African sleeping sickness.

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