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App Can Control Thermo Incubator from Anywhere

March 4, 2015 12:40 pm Videos Comments

The Thermo Scientific Cymon remote monitoring application essentially replicates the next-generation display of the Cytomat 10 Automated Incubator on a Samsung 10.1” touchscreen tablet, which can be operated remotely. 

Are e-Cigs Safer?

March 4, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS Videos Comments

Electronic cigarettes have exploded in popularity in recent months. But is that vapor you're inhaling any safer than taking a drag on a cigarette?

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Researchers Finally See Light as Both Particle, Wave

March 3, 2015 7:00 am | by EPFL Videos Comments

Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.

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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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This Week @ NASA, February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015 11:00 am Podcasts Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” U.S. spacewalks continue on ISS

Mollusks Produce Optical Displays

February 27, 2015 7:00 am | by MIT, Jennifer Chu Videos Comments

Scientists have identified two optical structures within the limpet’s shell that give its blue-striped appearance. The structures are configured to reflect blue light while absorbing all other wavelengths of incoming light. The findings represent the first evidence of an organism using mineralized structural components to produce optical displays.

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Plumbing Loops Cause Geyser Eruptions

February 26, 2015 7:00 am | by UC Berkeley Videos Comments

The key to geysers is an underground bend or loop that traps steam and then bubbles it out slowly to heat the water column above until it is just short of boiling. Eventually, the steam bubbles trigger sudden boiling from the top of the column, releasing pressure on the water below and allowing it to boil as well.

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Love Can Sober You Up

February 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Sydney Videos Comments

Oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the “love” or “cuddle” hormone, has a legendary status in popular culture because of its vital role in social and sexual behavior and long-term bonding. Now, researchers have discovered it also has a remarkable influence on the intoxicating effect of alcohol.  

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Physicists See Antiferromagnetic Order in Superconductor Analog

February 24, 2015 7:00 am | by Rice Univ. Videos Comments

Using ultracold atoms as a stand-in for electrons, a team of physicists has simulated superconducting materials and made headway on a problem that’s vexed physicists for nearly three decades.

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Heat Causes Groups of Nanorods to Change Shapes

February 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Argonne National Laboratory Videos Comments

Research has revealed previously unobserved behaviors that show how details of the transfer of heat at the nanoscale cause nanoparticles to change shape in ensembles. The new finds depict three distinct stages of evolution in groups of gold nanorods, from the initial rod shape to the intermediate shape to a sphere-shaped nanoparticle.

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This Week @ NASA, February 20, 2015

February 20, 2015 11:00 am Podcasts Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Space station spacewalks

'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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The Chemistry of Big Screen Explosions

February 19, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS Videos Comments

Blockbuster action movies probably won't win any Oscars this Sunday, but the science behind these films' spectacular explosions is worthy of recognition.  

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‘Tree’ Harvests Solar Power

February 18, 2015 7:00 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Videos Comments

Scientists have developed a prototype of a “tree” that harvests solar energy from its surroundings— whether indoors or outdoors— stores it and turns it into electricity to power small devices such as mobile phones, humidifiers, thermometers and LED light bulbs.  

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Humans, Sea Anemones Linked by Nerve Signaling

February 17, 2015 8:53 am | by Penn State Videos Comments

A burst of evolutionary innovation in the genes responsible for electrical communication among nerve cells in our brains occurred over 600 million years ago in a common ancestor of humans and the sea anemone.

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