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Knowledge: The Search is Over

June 29, 2015 3:04 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Learning from mistakes is a vital lesson in life, be it your own mistakes or someone else’s. We use this inherited knowledge every day to make important life decisions and shape the future. A new open-access protocols repository gives researchers the ability to share and discover knowledge quickly.

Chemistry Key to Future Jet Engines

June 29, 2015 8:49 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | Videos | Comments

The Periodic Table may not sound like a list of ingredients but, for a group of materials...

Solar Storms Continue, as Power Grid Braces Itself

June 26, 2015 12:07 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A third solar storm flared up Thursday, and power-grid operators are again bracing themselves...

Disabled People Pilot Robot with Thoughts

June 26, 2015 7:00 am | by EPFL | Videos | Comments

Using a telepresence system, 19 people– including nine quadriplegics– were able to remotely...

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Today in Lab History: SOHO Goes Dark

June 25, 2015 2:20 pm | by Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Image: Alex Lutkus | News | Comments

In a story that seems to foreshadow Philae’s comet-landing woes, on June 25, 1998, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) lost its lock on the Sun and ceased communications with Earth.

Brain Atlas Could Aid Diagnosis of Diseases

June 25, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. of Edinburgh | News | Comments

A digital map of the aging brain could aid the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, a study suggests. The atlas could aid diagnosis by comparing patients’ MRI scans with a map of the healthy aging brain.

Lexus Going Back to the Future with Hoverboard

June 25, 2015 9:33 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The concept of a hoverboard– a floating skateboard that never touches the ground– transfixed a generation when it appeared in the film Back to the Future II in 1989. Luxury car manufacturer Lexus said they’re working on one.

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How to Start a Life Science Company

June 25, 2015 8:18 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

In this one-minute video, hear from Steve Blank, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, most recognized for developing the methodology behind the Lean Startup movement. Recently, Blank adapted this method specifically for life science companies, which he says are among the hardest to start. 

Model Calculates How Air Transport Connects the World

June 25, 2015 7:00 am | by MIT, Jennifer Chu | Videos | Comments

Every time you’ve seen a plane take off or land at a hub airport, you’ve seen the world growing more connected. Researchers have designed a new model that determines the degree to which regions around the world are connected via air transportation.

Glimpse Into Earth Comes from Outer Space

June 24, 2015 7:00 am | by ESA | Videos | Comments

After a year in orbit, the three Swarm satellites have provided a first glimpse inside Earth and started to shed new light on the dynamics of the upper atmosphere– all the way from the ionosphere about 100 km above, through to the outer reaches of our protective magnetic shield.

Research Brings Ocular Cells into Focus

June 23, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

Eye doctors soon could use computing power to help them see individual cells in the back of a patient’s eye, thanks to imaging technology developed by engineers. Such detailed pictures of the cells, blood vessels and nerves at the back of the eye could enable earlier diagnosis and better treatment for degenerative eye and neurological diseases.

Ultralow-power Circuit Aids Solar Power

June 23, 2015 2:20 pm | by MIT, Larry Hardesty | News | Comments

Researchers have presented a new power converter chip that can harvest more than 80 percent of the energy trickling into it, even at the extremely low power levels characteristic of tiny solar cells. Previous ultralow-power converters that used the same approach had efficiencies of only 40 or 50 percent.

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Tool May Help Gauge Value of Cancer Drugs

June 22, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione | News | Comments

The pushback against soaring cancer drug prices is gaining steam. Today, a leading doctors group proposed a formula to help patients decide if a medicine is worth it— what it will cost them and how much good it is likely to do.

Polish Airline Grounds Flights After Hack

June 22, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Poland's LOT airline has been forced to cancel around 10 foreign and domestic flights after hackers attacked its computers. The hack temporarily paralyzed LOT's computers.

Realistic Face Won't Make Us Comfortable Around Robots

June 22, 2015 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Stephanie Lay, Graham Pike, The Open University | Videos | Comments

There is no doubt that developments in android technology mean that robots now look more lifelike than ever. It is even possible to imagine mistaking a robot for a human, at least at first glance. However, encountering near-human agents may not always be a comfortable experience.

Gov’t Wants More Stringent Standards for Trucks

June 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Matthew Daly | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Friday proposed tougher mileage standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks. The EPA issued new rules that would lower carbon dioxide emissions from trucks and vans by 24 percent by 2027. It would cut fuel costs by about $170 billion and reduce oil consumption by up to 1.8 billion barrels over the lifetime of vehicles sold under the rules.

ICYMI: Sexually Confused Moths, Elephant Poop Busts Poachers, Earth and Sky Photo Contest

June 19, 2015 9:46 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. Sexually confused moths at the museum, how elephant dung is cracking down on poachers and beautiful photos of the Earth and sky are the topics this week. 

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System Lets Doctors Diagnose Over the Phone

June 19, 2015 7:00 am | News | Comments

The voice can be affected by a range of disorders, ranging from Parkinson's disease and strokes to spasmodic dysphonia, a condition in which the muscles of the vocal cords move abnormally. A phonetics expert has developed software that can analyze a brief phone questionnaire, searching for the characteristic signs of a range of conditions.

Researchers Debut Table-sized Lab Notebook that Doubles as Work Space

June 19, 2015 7:00 am | by Fraunhofer Institute | News | Comments

 “Merlin” is a new kind of digital lab notebook. Researchers can view and input data on the table-sized touch display, which also doubles as a work surface.

Emotional Robot to Hit the Market Saturday

June 18, 2015 8:36 am | by Associated Press, Yuri Kageyama | News | Comments

Technology company Softbank's Pepper robot is going on sale in Japan on Saturday, equipped with a "heart" designed to not only recognize human emotions but react with simulations of anger, joy and irritation.

Today in Lab History: Missing Neutrinos Found

June 18, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On June 18, 2001, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solved a mystery that had confused astrophysicists for 30 years. All experiments, prior to SNO’s work, detected less than half the number of solar neutrinos predicted by models of the Sun. So, where did they go? They were there all along.

Google on the Rise of Robots: Get a Grip

June 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Finally, someone of high importance has said what I’ve been writing for a long time: artificial intelligence (AI) will not be the death of society. There will be no “rise of the robots.” They will not revolt and use their intelligence against us. Instead, they will use their learning skills to help solve challenges like food shortages, global warming, access to clean water and even stock market rises.

Artificial Skin Mimics Squid’s Camouflage Ability

June 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Bristol | Videos | Comments

Researchers have shown it is possible to create artificial skin that can be transformed at the flick of a switch to mimic one of nature’s masters of camouflage, the squid. The team has designed a smart materials system, inspired by biological chromatophores, which creates patterns that change and morph over time and mimic biological patterning.

Watching Cat Videos is Good for You

June 16, 2015 2:20 pm | by Indiana Univ. | News | Comments

If you get a warm, fuzzy feeling after watching cute cat videos online, the effect may be more profound than you think. The Internet phenomenon of watching cat videos does more than simply entertain: it boosts viewers' energy and positive emotions and decreases negative feelings.

Attention to Anger May Predict Depression Relapse

June 16, 2015 2:20 pm | by Binghamton Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers looking at depression showed 160 women a series of two faces, one with a neutral expression and the other with either an angry, sad or happy expression. Using eye-tracking, they found that, among women with a history of prior depression, those who tended to look the most at the angry faces were at greatest risk for developing depression again over the next two years.

Image of the Week: Pollen Makes Pretty Pictures

June 16, 2015 7:00 am | by JEOL USA, Inc. | News | Comments

Pollen season 2015 has been one of the worst, but also produced two of the best micrographs that recently won the monthly JEOL Electron Microscope Contest. April's winning image was of hibiscus pollen grains. The image for May is of a single grain of pollen from a Morning Glory flower.

Philae Finally Wakes Up on Comet

June 15, 2015 8:16 am | by Associated Press, Frank Jordans | News | Comments

To scientists' relief and delight, the Philae spacecraft that landed on a comet last fall has woken up and communicated with Earth after seven long months of silence. Philae became the first spacecraft to settle on a comet when it touched down on icy 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November. But the solar-powered probe came down with a bounce and ended up in the shadow of a cliff instead of in direct sunlight.

Calculations Improve Accuracy of CO2 Monitoring

June 15, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. College London | News | Comments

How light of different colors is absorbed by carbon dioxide (CO2) can now be accurately predicted using new calculations. This will help climate scientists studying Earth's greenhouse gas emissions to better interpret data collected from satellites and ground stations measuring CO2.  

Hack Compromised Up to 14 M Federal Employees

June 12, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Ted Bridis, Ken Dilanian | News | Comments

As many as 14 million current and former civilian U.S. government employees had their personal information exposed to hackers, according to two people who were briefed on the investigation, a far higher figure than the 4 million the Obama administration initially disclosed.

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