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This Week @ NASA, November 28, 2014

November 28, 2014 11:00 am Podcasts Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” New crew launches to ISS

Science Can Improve Airplane Boarding

November 26, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Jason Steffen Videos Comments

‘Tis the season for airplane travel. We may be looking forward to getting where we’re going, but most aspects of the travel itself are merely endured. There’s stressful security, the madding crowd and the scrum at boarding. But take heart: there are scientifically proven ways to improve the boarding process or at least speed it up so it can be over and done with more quickly.

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What Happens When You Eat Too Much Turkey?

November 25, 2014 7:00 am Videos Comments

The season of giving is often also the season of over-indulging at the dinner table. As Thanksgiving approaches, chemists take a look down at our stomachs to find out what happens when you overeat.

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Nail Stem Cells Are Highly Versatile

November 24, 2014 7:00 am | by USC Stem Cell Videos Comments

There are plenty of body parts that don’t grow back when you lose them. Nails are an exception, and a new study reveals some of the reasons why. A team of researchers has identified a new population of nail stem cells, which have the ability to either self-renew or undergo specialization or differentiation into multiple tissues.

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This Week @ NASA, November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014 11:00 am Podcasts Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” NASA is with you when you fly NASA invited social media members Nov. 18 and 19 to the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center for a two-day event highlighting the ways NASA is with you when you fly. The NASA social gave participants an exclusive look at the latest tools and technologies being developed to improve the efficiency, safety and adaptability of air transportation.

Newer Hybrids Give Corn Producers Options

November 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Texas A&M AgriLife Research Videos Comments

Scientists are wrapping up a two-year study to determine the best combination of corn hybrids, planting dates and maturity to maintain yield and maximize water-use efficiency.

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Researchers Develop Injectable Treatment for Wounds

November 20, 2014 7:00 am | by Texas A&M Univ. Videos Comments

Internal bleeding is a leading cause of death on the battlefield, but a new, injectable material developed by a team of researchers could buy wounded soldiers the time they need to survive by preventing blood loss from serious internal injuries.

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Parents Say Unvaccinated Kids Should Be Excluded from Daycare

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Michigan Health System Videos Comments

Seventy-four percent of parents would consider removing their kids from daycare if other children were unvaccinated, while 41 percent of parents say under-vaccinated kids should be excluded from daycare.

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AI Creates Magic Tricks

November 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Queen Mary Univ. of London Videos Comments

Researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well as the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks. The system then created completely new variants on the tricks.

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Real-world Robotics Inspired Big Hero 6

November 17, 2014 8:25 am | by DARPA Videos Comments

The giant, balloon-like inflatable robot named Baymax in Disney’s Big Hero 6 has its roots in real-world research conducted by iRobot Corporation, Carnegie Mellon Univ. and Otherlab under DARPA’s Maximum Mobility Manipulation (M3) program. The film’s co-director said he was inspired to cast Baymax as an air-filled, soft robot after he saw an inflatable robotic arm on a visit to Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute.

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This Week @ NASA, November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014 11:00 am Podcasts Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Orion rolled out and mated

Supercomputers Enable High-res Climate Models

November 14, 2014 7:00 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Videos Comments

Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But using some of the most powerful supercomputers now available, a climate scientist was able to complete a run in just three months.

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Sunspot is Back and Worse than Ever

November 13, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Paul Cally Videos Comments

The largest sunspot seen in 24 years is rotating back to face the Earth, and it looks to have grown even bigger. Last month, the solar active region known as AR12192 entertained the world with the sunspot clearly visible to the naked eye as it produced a series of large flares. But, after spending some time over on the far side of the sun, it hasn’t finished impressing us yet.

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Nanodaisies Can Kill Cancer

November 12, 2014 7:00 am | by North Carolina State Univ. Videos Comments

Researchers have developed a potential new weapon in the fight against cancer: a daisy-shaped drug carrier that’s many thousands of times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. Once injected into the bloodstream, millions of these nanodaisies sneak inside cancer cells and release a cocktail of drugs to destroy them from within.

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Scientific Accidents Change the World

November 11, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS Videos Comments

Throughout the history of science, many major discoveries came accidentally. Sometimes they came from recognizing potential in an unexpected product or even a failed recipe's waste.

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