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Early Galaxy Was Dusty

March 2, 2015 3:00 pm | by Niels Bohr Institute | News | Comments

Dust plays an extremely important role in the universe— both in the formation of planets and new stars. But dust was not there from the beginning and the earliest galaxies had no dust, only gas. Now, an international team of astronomers has discovered a dust-filled galaxy from the very early universe.

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Environment Doesn't Alter Queen Bees' Microbiome

March 2, 2015 3:00 pm | by North Carolina State Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have characterized the gut microbiome of honey bee queens. This is the first thorough census of the gut microbiome in queen bees. They found that the microbiome changes as the queen matures, but the microbiomes of different queens are very similar– regardless of their environment.

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Tracking Method to Be Tested in Wake of Jet Mystery

March 2, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Kristen Gelineau | News | Comments

Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish, like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The announcement comes one week ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of Flight 370, which vanished last year with 239 people on board. No trace of the plane has been found.

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Amazonian Adventure is Just a Click Away

March 2, 2015 8:43 am | by Associated Press, Michael Liedtke | News | Comments

For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released today are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps.

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Treadmill Ability Indicator of Mortality

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Analyzing data from 58,000 heart stress tests, cardiologists report they have developed a formula that estimates one’s risk of dying over a decade based on a person’s ability to exercise on a treadmill at an increasing speed and incline.

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Whales Inspire New Fluid Sensor

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville | News | Comments

How can a humpback whale and a device that works on the same principle as the clicker that starts your gas grill help an unmanned aerial vehicle fly longer and with more stability? Well, it all starts with biological structures called tubercles that the whale uses for its unique maneuvers in the ocean.

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Genes Show Where Penguins Lived During Ice Age

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Southampton | News | Comments

A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age, and that the Ross Sea in Antarctica was likely the refuge for one of these populations.

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Printing Offers New Drug Delivery Method

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Society of Interventional Radiology | News | Comments

Researchers and engineers collaborated to print catheters, stents and filaments that were bioactive, giving these devices the ability to deliver antibiotics and chemotherapeutic medications to a targeted area in cell cultures.

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Microscopy Takes Giant Leap

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | Videos | Comments

There is a resolution revolution underway. Building powerful instruments that shatter the physical limits of optical microscopy, scientists are beginning to watch molecular processes as they happen, and in three dimensions.  

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Commercialization Boot Camp for Scientists

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor. Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

In the last three years, the NSF has taught more than 700 teams of scientists how to commercialize their technology using serial entrepreneur Steve Blank’s “Lean Startup” method. Sharing a common interest to promote societal benefits, NSF teamed with the NIH to pioneer the same program to support biomedical innovation and translation.  

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Laughs from Lab: March 2

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | News | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week with a smile on your face. With years of science experience, we've heard every science joke there is. This week’s joke was submitted to us by Mark. Q: Why did the chemist die? 

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Laboratory Equipment: February 2015

February 27, 2015 5:05 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s February issue gets you ready for Pittcon, which is just two weeks away in New Orleans. Inside, find a cover story examining the research discoveries that push science forward year after year, and expect to make a showing at this year’s Pittcon. Life science articles discuss personalized medicine and its effect on cancer, as well as system integration as the key to efficiency. Other articles include how to choose the right plastic tubing, and how to choose the right rotary evaporation pump. Don’t forget to check out the supplements, Chromatography Techniques and the Pittcon Digest 2015. 

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Your Brain Knows Your Next Move Before You Do

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

With half a second's planning, an animal’s brain prepares it to quickly and precisely execute complex movements. Scientists have identified a neural circuit that transforms the flurry of activity that occurs during this preparatory period into commands that direct muscle movements.

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Smokers Use Nicotine in Multiple Forms

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It's a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes.

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Raw Milk is More Dangerous than Beneficial

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Tufts Univ. | News | Comments

Raw milk is milk that has not undergone pasteurization, the bacteria-killing heat treatment designed to reduce human pathogens and increase shelf life. Unpasteurized milk can contain potentially harmful and deadly pathogens. So, why do people go so crazy for raw milk? They do so because of the supposed health benefits, which include improved immunity, allergy relief and gastrointestinal health.

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