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Dying Exoplanet Key to Learning How Solar System Formed

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by The Open Univ. | News | Comments

Exciting new research has opened up the chance to find out what distant planets are made of. A team of astronomers have made observations that can help reveal the chemical makeup of a small rocky world orbiting a distant star about 1,500 light years away from Earth, increasing our understanding of how planets, including ours, were formed.

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Big Brains Are in Crucial Human DNA

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Duke Univ. | News | Comments

The size of the human brain expanded dramatically during the course of evolution, imparting us with unique capabilities to use abstract language and do complex math. Now, scientists have shown that it’s possible to pick out key changes in the genetic code between chimpanzees and humans and then visualize their respective contributions to early brain development by using mouse embryos.

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'Robot Garden' to Teach Basic Coding Concepts

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by MIT, Adam Conner-Simons | Videos | Comments

Here’s one way to get kids excited about programming: a "robot garden" with dozens of fast-changing LED lights and more than 100 origami robots that can crawl, swim and blossom like flowers. A team has developed a system that illustrates their research on distributed algorithms via robotic sheep, origami flowers that can open and change colors and robotic ducks that fold into shape by being heated in an oven.

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Warm Ocean is Sickening Sea Lion Pups

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Unusually warm ocean water along the West Coast is to blame for four times more sick and dying sea lion pups getting stranded on California beaches this year. Officials with the NOAA said about 940 sick and starving young sea lions have washed up on California beaches this year.

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Cut Sugary Drinks; Add Coffee, Eggs

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don't forget your vegetables. Recommendations this week from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol.

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Pittcon Offers Wide Variety of Short Courses

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Pittcon | News | Comments

Pittcon has announced the 2015 Short Courses. With more than 100 from which to choose, there are a wide variety of classes covering relevant topics in food science, water/wastewater, environmental, life science, pharmaceutical, nanotechnology, fuels and analytical chemistry.

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Today in Lab History: The Advent of the Flying Car

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Long before concerns about battery fires on planes, or tests of solar planes, the first automobile/airplane was introduced to the world. The Arrowbile was first displayed on Feb. 20, 1937, and took its first flight the following day.

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Deuterium Lamps for AA, UV, LC Instruments

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | JM Science, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

JM Science offers a selection of deuterium lamps (D2 Lamps) for atomic absorption, ultraviolet visible spectrophotometer and HPLC instrumentation. The deuterium lamp has a low-pressure, gas discharge light source often used in spectroscopy when a continuous spectrum in the UV region is needed.

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System Simplifies Sample Prep for XRF

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sample preparation for XRF is essential to obtain accurate results in any XRF analyzer. It has been proven in many instances that glass beads are the best way to obtain increased accuracy compared to the press pellet method. Presently, the bead-making method by fusion is cumbersome and time-consuming.

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HPLC Columns Can Handle Aggressive pH Conditions

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Separation Methods Technologies offers chromatographers enhanced specialty columns and bulk packing materials for various separation chemistries ranging from analytical to process scale. Its O (C8) and OD (C18) columns can tolerate aggressive pH conditions (1-12), and are stable at extended temperatures (25 to 90 C).

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HTTP Gets an Update

February 19, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Conversation, Peter Maynard | News | Comments

Hypertext Transfer Protocol, HTTP, is a key component of the World Wide Web. It is the communications layer through which web browsers request web pages from web servers and with which web servers respond with the contents of the page. Like much of the internet it’s been around for decades, but a recent announcement reveals that HTTP/2, the first major update in 15 years, is about to arrive.

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Semiconductor Moves Spintronics Toward Reality

February 19, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

A new semiconductor compound is bringing fresh momentum to the field of spintronics, an emerging breed of computing device that may lead to smaller, faster, less power-hungry electronics. Created from a unique low-symmetry crystal structure, the compound is the first to build spintronic properties into a material that's stable at room temperature and easily tailored to a variety of applications.

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Peanuts Found in Cumin Spice

February 19, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice— a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies. The FDA is warning all people with peanut allergies to avoid cumin and products that contain cumin.

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Superbug at UCLA Kills Two, 179 Exposed

February 19, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Robert Jablon | News | Comments

Contaminated medical instruments are to blame for infecting seven patients, including two who died, with a potentially deadly "superbug" at a Los Angeles hospital, officials said. A total of 179 patients have been exposed to the antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  

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Dark Matter May Be Linked to Extinctions, Geologic Upheavals

February 19, 2015 3:00 pm | by New York Univ. | News | Comments

Research by a professor concludes that Earth's infrequent but predictable path around and through our galaxy's disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena occurring on Earth. Movement through dark matter may perturb the orbits of comets and lead to additional heating in the Earth's core, both of which could be connected with mass extinction events.

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