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Galapagos Volcano Erupts, Threatening Wildlife

May 26, 2015 10:57 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A volcano in the Galapagos Islands has erupted, potentially threatening wildlife on the biggest island of the Pacific archipelago. The Wolf Volcano, which is one of the most active among the islands, erupted early Monday.

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WHO to Fight Resistance to Antibiotic Resistance

May 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The World Health Assembly endorsed a global action plan Monday, calling for all member states to have national plans in place by May 2017 to stop the growth of resistant germs.

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Protocol Fixes Almost Every Error in Quantum Memory

May 26, 2015 10:05 am | by MIT, Larry Hardesty | News | Comments

Quantum computers are largely theoretical devices that could perform some computations exponentially faster than conventional computers can. Crucial to most designs for quantum computers is quantum error correction, which helps preserve the fragile quantum states on which quantum computation depends. A new protocol corrects virtually all errors in quantum memory, but requires little measure of quantum states.

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Discovery of Pain-sensing Gene Key to New Relief Methods

May 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers. The discovery could have implications for the development of new methods of pain relief.  

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Computer Models Shed Light on Human Decision-making

May 26, 2015 9:30 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

Some types of decision-making have proven to be very difficult to simulate, limiting progress in the development of computer models of the brain. Scientists have developed a new model of complex decision-making, and have validated it against humans and cutting-edge computer models, uncovering fascinating information about what influences our decision-making and ability to learn from it.

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Neuroprosthetics Enable Smoother Motion with Thought

May 26, 2015 9:13 am | by Caltech | Videos | Comments

Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain's movement center can allow patients to control the movement of a robotic limb. However, current neuroprosthetics produce motion that is delayed and jerky. Now, by implanting neuroprosthetics in a part of the brain that controls not the movement directly but rather our intent to move, researchers have developed a way to produce more natural and fluid motions.

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Man with Rare West African Disease Dies in U.S.

May 26, 2015 8:51 am | by Associated Press, Mike Stobbe | News | Comments

A New Jersey man died last night after been diagnosed with Lassa fever— a frightening infectious disease from West Africa that is rarely seen in the U.S., a federal health official said. The man recently returned from Liberia, arriving at New York City's JFK International Airport on May 17. He grew critically ill after his return, suffering from multiple organ failure.

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Image of the Week: Drought-ridden California Looks to Australia

May 26, 2015 8:34 am | by Associated Press, Kristen Gelineau, Ellen Knickmeyer | News | Comments

California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record. Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed "a sunburnt country," suffered a torturous drought from the late 1990s through 2012. Now, Californians are facing their own "Big Dry," and looking Down Under to see how they coped.

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High-pressure Piston Pumps Suit Many Applications

May 25, 2015 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Scientific Systems’ Next Generation Product Line includes seven new classes of pumps.

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Software Improves Efficiency of Multi-Analyte Analysis

May 25, 2015 12:00 pm | Shimadzu Scientific Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Shimadzu Scientific’s LabSolutions Insight software for GCMS analysis improves the efficiency of multi-analyte data analysis, and features intuitive operation and multiple report viewing options.Shimadzu Scientific’s LabSolutions Insight software for GCMS analysis improves the efficiency of multi-analyte data analysis, and features intuitive operation and multiple report viewing options.

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Benchtop EM Boasts Advanced Imaging Platform

May 25, 2015 12:00 pm | Delong America | Product Releases | Comments

Delong America’s compact electron microscope LVEM25 features variable voltage (6 to 25 kV) and high-resolution imaging capabilities that make it a real competitor to full-size transmission electron microscopes.

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Reservoir Sensor Aids Unattended Analysis

May 25, 2015 12:00 pm | JM Science, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

JM Science’s Sonic Reservoir Sensor System is used in laboratories to measure the levels of solvents used in unattended liquid chromatographic separations in real-time. It is especially useful during a weekend or lengthy chromatographic analysis when there is the risk of running out of solvents during unattended operation.

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Slinky-like 'Hyperlens' Enables Observation of Single Molecules

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

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Atomic-level 'Flyovers' Show How Radiation Boosts Superconductivity

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

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Ancient Mesoamerican Cannibals’ Recipes Revealed Through Science

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

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