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Nanostructures Trap Photons in Ultrathin Solar Cells

April 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Stanford Univ. Videos Comments

In the quest to make sun power more competitive, researchers are designing ultrathin solar cells that cut material costs. At the same time, they’re keeping these thin cells efficient by sculpting their surfaces with photovoltaic nanostructures that behave like a molecular hall of mirrors.

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Chemists Test Pot for Potency, Safety

April 23, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS Videos Comments

In a new video, scientists explain the chemistry behind marijuana's high, and investigate what scientists are doing to ensure legalized weed won't send users on a bad trip.

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Material Coating Tech Mimics Lotus Effect

April 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Virginia Tech Videos Comments

Using a two-step technique, scientists have produced a low-cost and simple approach for coating metallic surfaces with an enduring superhydrophobic film of copper.

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Camera System Lights Cancer Path

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Cornell Univ. Videos Comments

With a new, commercially available camera system using nanoparticles that make cancer cells glow, the way is lit for surgeons to diagnose and remove tumors.

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This Week @ NASA, April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm Podcasts Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” A Dragon takes flight With a roar from its American Falcon 9 engines, SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship blasted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday to rendezvous with the International Space Station.  The unmanned cargo vessel is carrying almost 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies for the Expedition 39 crew and should arrive at the orbiting laboratory on Sunday. Pad 39A Milestone

World’s Longest-running Experiment has First Change in 13 Years

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by The Univ. of Queensland Videos Comments

After a wait of more than 13 years, the ninth drop of pitch collided ever so slowly with the eighth drop in the Pitch Drop Experiment. The experiment was set up in 1927 to demonstrate that solid materials can flow like liquids.

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Floating Nuclear Plants Could Eliminate Disasters

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, David Chandler Videos Comments

A new design for nuclear plants built on floating platforms, modeled after those used for offshore oil drilling, could help avoid disasters in the future. Such floating plants would be designed to be automatically cooled by the surrounding seawater in a worst-case scenario, which would indefinitely prevent any melting of fuel rods, or escape of radioactive material.

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Researchers Study Volcanoes with Man-made Explosions

April 16, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Robin Andrews Videos Comments

We can learn a lot about volcanoes by studying explosions. The more we can learn about their explosive behavior, the more chance we have of saving lives when they suddenly erupt.

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Scientists Examine World's Most Popular Drug: Caffeine

April 15, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS Videos Comments

In a new video, researchers look at the science behind the world's most popular drug, caffeine, including why it keeps you awake and how much is too much.

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Neuroscientists Learn How the Brain Pays Attention

April 14, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Anne Trafton Videos Comments

A new study reveals how the brain achieves focused attention on faces or other objects: a part of the prefrontal cortex known as the inferior frontal junction controls visual processing areas that are tuned to recognize a specific category of objects.

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This Week @ NASA, April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm Podcasts Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” A “go” to build OSIRIS-REx

Climate Drove Evolution of Ice Age Predators

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Videos Comments

Researchers, working at the famous La Brea Tar Pits, are probing the link between climate warming and the evolution of Ice Age predators, attempting to predict how animals will respond to climate change today.

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IC Systems Increase Flexibility, Confidence

April 10, 2014 5:05 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Video Technician Videos Comments

Stuart Proctor talks to Laboratory Equipment about Metrohm's 900 Series IC systems.                                                

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