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Scientists Dive Deep to Uncover Highest Rates of Unique Marine Species

October 2, 2015 8:55 am | by NOAA | News | Comments

Scientists have returned from a 28-day research expedition aboard NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai exploring the deep coral reefs within Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. During the trip, scientists recorded numerous species of marine life never before seen.


Asteroid Impact, Volcanism Were One-two Punch for Dinosaurs

October 2, 2015 8:47 am | by UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Geologists have uncovered compelling evidence that an asteroid impact on Earth 66 million years ago accelerated the eruptions of volcanoes in India for hundreds of thousands of years, and that together these planet-wide catastrophes caused the extinction of many land and marine animals, including the dinosaurs.


Workstations Offer Accurate Liquid Handling

October 1, 2015 3:53 pm | by Tecan Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Tecan offers the air displacement Flexible Channel Arm, which provides the choice between two pipetting technologies for high definition liquid handling, precision and accuracy.


Shuttered Illumination System for Fluorescence Imaging

October 1, 2015 3:49 pm | by Prior Scientific, Inc. | Prior Scientific, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Prior Scientific’s Lumen 200S is a powerful 200-W, cost-effective alternative to standard 100 W mercury and halogen lamp houses traditionally used for fluorescence imaging.

Thermal Imaging Camera Performs Factory Automation Diagnostics

October 1, 2015 3:46 pm | by Omega Engineering, Inc. | Omega Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s OSXL-TIM3 is a fully automatic thermal imaging camera with outstanding measurement and accuracy.

Hurricane Joaquin Outages Could Reach 7 Million, Say Forecasters Who Predicted Sandy’s 10 Million

October 1, 2015 2:54 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Hurricane Joaquin’s arrival in the United States could knock out power for as many as 7 million, says the forecasting team who accurately predicted the massive damage from superstorm Sandy in 2012. The forecasts are made upon the current track of the storm, predicted to make landfall in the Chesapeake Bay region in several days.


EPA Tightening Limits on Smog-causing Ozone

October 1, 2015 2:35 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration has set a new national ozone standard, tightening limits on the smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. Officials said the Environmental Protection Agency will set a new standard of 70 parts per billion on Thursday, meeting a court-ordered deadline to act.


Volcano Simulation Helps Better Predict Eruptions

October 1, 2015 2:22 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

A new simulation has managed to demonstrate what happens deep inside a volcano. The study is the first to simulate the individual crystals’ movement in the magma chamber to better understand the motion of the magma and buildup of pressure.


Worldwide Project Catalogs Diversity in Human Genome

October 1, 2015 2:12 pm | by University of Maryland School of Medicine | News | Comments

After eight years of analysis, a consortium of scientists from around the world has completed an unprecedented project to delineate a wide spectrum of human genetic variation. For decades to come, this enormous catalog of data, known as the 1000 Genomes Project, will yield insights that will help researchers understand and treat a wide range of illness, including cancer and heart disease.


Bronze-Age Britons Mummified Their Dead by Smoking, Burial in Bogs

October 1, 2015 12:13 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although Egyptian archaeology has unearthed the most well-known mummies over the centuries, the builders of the Pyramids were not the only civilization elaborately preserving their dead. The prehistoric Britons were smoking corpses over fires and submerging them in peat bogs as part of widespread funerary practices around the same time frame.


California's Pink Ocean Tracks Runoff Pollution

October 1, 2015 12:03 pm | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A team of researchers is looking to determine what exactly happens to all the trash and chemical waste that gets washed into the ocean after heavy rainfall. How are they doing this? By dyeing the ocean bright pink.


IKEA Furniture Still Poses Problem for Robots

October 1, 2015 9:54 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Those worried about the rise of AI and sci-fi scenarios posed in movies like The Terminator might take solace in humanity’s first line of defense: IKEA furniture. What might be a weekend nuisance for bickering couples is too complex a task for robotic systems to handle, according to new scientific work.


Molecular 'Kiss of Death' Marks Pathogens

October 1, 2015 9:49 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Many bugs that make us sick hide out in our cells in protective little bubbles called vacuoles. To clear an infection, the immune system must recognize and destroy these vacuoles while leaving the rest of the living cell intact. Now, researchers have discovered that our bodies mark pathogen-containing vacuoles for destruction by using a molecule called ubiquitin, commonly known as the "kiss of death."


Study Finds Rise in U.S. Immigrants Entering Science and Engineering Workforce

October 1, 2015 9:36 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

From 2003 to 2013, the number of scientists and engineers residing in the U.S. rose from 21.6 million to 29 million. An important factor in that increase: over the same time period, the number of immigrant scientists and engineers went from 3.4 million to 5.2 million.


Low-nicotine Cigarettes Cut Use, Dependence, Study Finds

October 1, 2015 9:17 am | by Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study might help the push for regulations to limit nicotine in cigarettes. Smokers who switched to special low-nicotine ones wound up smoking less and were more likely to try to quit, researchers found.



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