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Slinky-like 'Hyperlens' Enables Observation of Single Molecules

May 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. at Buffalo | News | Comments

It looks like a Slinky suspended in motion. Yet this photonics advancement– called a metamaterial hyperlens– doesn’t climb down stairs. Instead, it improves our ability to see tiny objects. The hyperlens may someday help detect some of the most lethal forms of cancer.

Atomic-level 'Flyovers' Show How Radiation Boosts Superconductivity

May 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Sometimes a little damage can do a lot of good— at least in the case of iron-based high-...

Ancient Mesoamerican Cannibals’ Recipes Revealed Through Science

May 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Stained and broken bones from 2,500 years ago have now provided some clue to the practices of...

Technique Advances Color 3-D Printing

May 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Columbia Engineering | Videos | Comments

A team of scientists has developed a technique that enables hydrographic printing, a widely used...

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MRI Magnets Get Second Life in Physics Experiments

May 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

When it comes to magnets, a doctor’s trash is a physicist’s treasure. Researchers at a national lab recently acquired two decommissioned magnets from MRI scanners from hospitals that will find a new home as proving grounds for instruments used in high-energy and nuclear physics experiments.

This Device Will Self-destruct

May 22, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Illinois | Videos | Comments

Researchers have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, a step toward greatly reducing electronic waste and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing. They also developed a radio-controlled trigger that could remotely activate self-destruction on demand.

LHC Sets New Energy Record

May 21, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists operating the world's biggest particle collider say they have set a new energy record ahead of the massive machine's full restart in June. CERN says it succeeded late Wednesday in smashing together protons at 13 trillion electronvolts.


Folding Drone Speeds into Action

May 21, 2015 7:00 am | by EPFL | Videos | Comments

Inspired by origami, a folding drone unfurls and takes off in a third of a second. The moment it is turned on, the rotors engage, the articulated arms extend and the drone begins moving.  

Blanket Treats Jaundice in Infants

May 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

A new medical device that will improve the way infants with jaundice are treated is one step closer to market. The startup, TheraB Medical Products Inc., was developed by university students with the help of $150,000 in funding from Quantum Medical Concepts. TheraB has created the SnugLit Portable Phototherapy Blanket, a wearable swaddle that treats newborn jaundice.

Light-emitting, Transparent Paper Key to Flexible Electronics

May 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

A new step has been made toward bendable electronics. Scientists have developed the first light-emitting, transparent and flexible paper out of environmentally friendly materials via a simple, suction-filtration method.

Hyperloop, Futuristic Travel Method, to Get First California Test Track

May 20, 2015 9:20 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Hyperloop, a futuristic method of traveling in a tube at high speeds using magnets and fans, will get its first real-life test track in central California, the technology’s developer announced. The five-mile stretch will run alongside the Interstate 5 freeway to provide transport for the Quay Valley development.

Too Busy to Learn a New Language? With Google, Think Again!

May 20, 2015 8:41 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

What do foreign languages and instant messages have to do with one another? A new application from MIT cleverly combines the two—seeking to teach you a new language in the standby time that is usually consumed staring at a screen with three dots or a chat box that reads “is typing.”


Robot IDs Beer Correctly Every Time

May 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Inside Science News Service, Lisa Marie Potter | News | Comments

Machines mimicking a human's sense of taste are going on a beer-tasting binge. Despite being called electronic tongues, these devices aren't party robots, pouring beer onto wagging, mechanical tongues— they accurately distinguished between four styles of lager beer 100 percent of the time.

Pulsed Electric Fields Can Preserve Milk

May 19, 2015 3:18 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv Univ. | News | Comments

Even though much of the population in developing countries is involved in agriculture, food security is virtually out of reach. Often the only resort is to purchase a cow, buffalo or sheep to provide a steady supply of fresh milk, a nutritious staple of a daily diet. But how to preserve it safely? Research has found that short pulsed electric fields can be used to kill milk-contaminating bacteria.

Tech May Fundamentally Change Wireless Connections

May 19, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Bristol | News | Comments

Radio systems, such as cell phones, have become an integral part of modern life. However, today’s devices use twice as much of the radio spectrum than necessary. New technology could fundamentally change radio design and increase data rates and network capacity, reduce power consumption, create cheaper devices and enable global roaming.

ISS Could Get Laser to Shoot Down Space Junk

May 19, 2015 9:54 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dead satellites adrift, rocket fragments and shards of tools orbit the planet. The International Space Station has to take evasive action and constantly be on guard for incoming projectiles. But a laser on one of the space station’s modules could shoot the space junk, slowing it enough so that it falls out of orbit.

Cigarette Butts May Be Energy Solution

May 18, 2015 8:37 am | by ResearchSEA | News | Comments

Scientists in South Korea have developed a new way to store energy that also offers a solution to a growing environmental problem. The research team successfully converted used cigarette butts into a high performing material that could be integrated into computers, handheld devices, electric vehicles and wind turbines to store energy.


Nanosized Faucet Backs Up Quantum Theory

May 18, 2015 7:00 am | by McGill Univ. | Videos | Comments

We all know intuitively that normal liquids flow more quickly as the channel containing them tightens. According to a longstanding quantum-mechanics model, superfluid helium would behave differently from a normal liquid: far from speeding up, it would actually slow down. Now, a team has succeeded in conducting experiments with the smallest channel yet– less than 30 atoms wide to test the model.

Fun Twitter Account Puts Serious Research in Spotlight

May 18, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Philip Marcelo | News | Comments

They're "gonna" need a bigger Twitter. An organization studying great white sharks is enjoying some welcome attention after one of the creatures they've been monitoring started gaining a loyal social media following.

3-D Printing Creates Soft Tissue, Hard Cartilage

May 15, 2015 3:00 pm | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

Focusing on the difficult case of restoring cartilage, which requires both flexibility and mechanical strength, scientists investigated a new combination of 3-D printed microfiber scaffolding and hydrogels. The composites showed elasticity and stiffness comparable to knee-joint tissue, as well as the ability to support the growth and cross-linking of human cartilage cells.

3-D Printing Helps Study Spider Silk

May 15, 2015 9:03 am | by MIT, Kelsey Damrad | News | Comments

Spider silk has long been noted for its graceful structure, as well as its advanced material properties: Ounce for ounce, it is stronger than steel. Now, scientists have developed a systematic approach to research its structure, blending computational modeling and mechanical analysis to 3-D print synthetic spider webs.

Parental Control Apps are a Hit in S. Korea

May 15, 2015 8:39 am | by Associated Press, Youkyung Lee | News | Comments

Smart Sheriff, funded by the South Korean government, and at least 14 other apps allow parents to monitor how long their kids use their smartphones, how many times they use apps and which websites they visit. Some send a child's location data to parents and issue an alert when a child searches keywords such as "suicide," "pregnancy" and "bully" or receives messages with those words.

ICYMI: A Storm from Space, a New State of Matter and a Disturbing Biology Class

May 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's new Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week. Storms, matter and PETA are on the menu this week. 

Robot Rodeo Highlights Bomb Squads

May 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Videos | Comments

Bomb squads from across the country saddled up their robots and are duking it out at the ninth annual Western National Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise. The five-day event offers a challenging platform for civilian and military bomb squad teams to practice defusing dangerous situations with robots’ help.

Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson Launch Kickstarter for Sun-powered Spacecraft

May 14, 2015 3:51 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Planetary Society is reaching out to the public through a new Kickstarter campaign to launch its two LightSail projects – sending spacecraft out the farthest reaches of the galaxy on the power of sunbeams. Leading the charge are the Society’s CEO, Bill Nye, known as the Science Guy, and celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Tech Might Have Prevented Amtrak Derailment

May 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Joan Lowy | News | Comments

The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen. It could have been avoided if a long-sought safety technology had been installed on its tracks and trains, according to information gathered by accident investigators.

Bandages May Enter the Electronic Age

May 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Univ. of Manchester | News | Comments

Skin wounds that are slow to heal are a clinical challenge to physicians all over the world. Now, the most detailed study to date showing how electrical stimulation accelerates wound healing has been carried out in 40 volunteers.  

LHC Findings Back Physics’ Standard Model

May 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by Fermilab | News | Comments

Two experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have combined their results and observed a previously unseen subatomic process. A joint analysis by the CMS and LHCb collaborations has established a new and extremely rare decay of the Bs particle into two muons. Theorists had predicted that this decay would only occur about four times out of a billion, and that is roughly what the two experiments observed.

Touch Makes 'Cool' Material Glow

May 14, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Michigan | Videos | Comments

A new material stays liquid more than 200 F below its expected freezing point, but a light touch can cause it to form yellow crystals that glow under ultraviolet light. Even living cells sitting on a film of the supercooled liquid produce crystal footprints, which means that it's about a million times more sensitive than other known molecules that change color in response to pressure.

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