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Superconducting germanium doped by gallium has been produced by scientists at the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (FZD) research center. Germanium as a new material for chips would enable both faster processes and further miniaturization in micro- and nanoelectronics. (Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090528092520.htm)
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German researchers has created mice with a human gene (a version of the mouse FOXP2 gene) implicated in speech problems and thought to play a role in the evolution of language.Mice with the human version of FOXP2 have deeper squeeks than normal mice. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17206-human-speech-gene-gives-mouse-a-baritone-squeak.html)
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Scientists aim to treat retinitis pigmentosa by developing novel gene therapies using channelrhodopsin-2 (a light-sensitive protein derived from algae) and similar tools to make different retinal cells, such as bipolar cells (shown in pink in the middle section of the photo), responsive to light.(Steve Gschmeissner/Photo Researchers)Scientists believe that channelrhodopsin targeted toward different cell types could ultimately treat a broader range... More
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Molecules taking part in photosynthesis can remain entangled even at ordinary atmospheric temperatures, Berkeley, California researchers have found, suggesting the possibility of photosynthetic quantum computers. Does this support the Hameroff/Penrose idea of quantum computation in brain microtubules as a model of consciousness? - Ed. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23581/)
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New iPhone apps let anyone use an existing photo as the basis for an artistic illustration, with tools like virtual bushes and pencils to apply to your photos, and various paper and canvas textures. The week's much-discussed New Yorker cover used the advanced Brushes app: (Source: http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/people-have-been-marveling-at/?ref=technology)
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Microsoft's renamed Bing search engine uses technology from Powerset to display "related searches" and groups search results into categories such as product reviews, movie listings, weather, travel, and stock prices, among other new features. (Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10251432-2.html)
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(The American Ceramics Society) The American Ceramic Society announced today that it is launching of a new peer-reviewed journal dedicated to glass research: The International Journal of Applied Glass Science. L. David Pye, dean and professor of glass science, emeritus, at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University will serve as editor. Pye will be aided by an international advisory board. The first issue of the quarterly journal ... More
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Scientists have tested silver nanoparticles injected into mice that reduced the ability of platelets to clump together by as much as 40 percent. The nanoparticles have the potential to prevent blood clots in coronary artery disease, heart attack and stroke. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news162666750.html)
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Scientists are reporting a "nano-hybrid microcapsule" made from lipid oils and nanoparticles that enables the stomach to absorb more "poorly soluble" medicines to improve the human body's ability to absorb and use medications for heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, cancer and other conditions. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news162671178.html)
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Any interplanetary spacecraft could use signals from four pulsars to determine its position at any location in the galaxy to within a meter. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/23576/)
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Industrial robots comprise a roughly $18 billion annual market, according to the International Federation of Robotics.There are going to be a lot more of them, as they move into homes, hospitals, classrooms, and barracks. NextGen Research has estimated that the worldwide market for consumer-oriented service robots will hit $15 billion by 2015. (Source: http://news.cnet.com/Look-out%2C-Rover.-Robots-are-mans-new-best-friend/2009-11394_3-6249689.... More
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President Obama has announced $467 million in funding for solar and geothermal power from the recovery bill signed in February -- most of the money for research and development. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/energy/23578/)
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Plastic Logic has revealed its E Ink reading screen, a thin monochrome screen similar in size to the Kindle DX but with a touch screen instead of a keyboard, and intended for business uses. (Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/27/plastic-logic-maker-of-thin-reader-device-peeks-out/)
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A genetically engineered monkey has for the first time passed an introduced "alien" gene to its offspring, developed by the Central Institute for Experimental Animals in Kawasaki, Japan.Since breeding is cheaper and easier than genetic engineering, the researchers hope the breakthrough will herald development of monkeys that are better models of human disease than genetically modified mice. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17194-ba... More
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Can one be a Christian and accept evolution? No, says the Discovery Institute, headquarters of the intelligent design movement. Their new Faith and Evolution website appears to be a response to the recent launch of the BioLogos Foundation, the brainchild of geneticist Francis Collins, former head of the Human Genome Project (and rumoured Obama appointee-to-be for head of the National Institutes of Health), who is promoting "theistic evolution" -- ... More
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(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A team of researchers at the University of Illinois has demonstrated that, counter to classical Newtonian mechanics, an entire collection of superconducting electrons in an ultrathin superconducting wire is able to "tunnel" as a pack from a state with a higher electrical current to one with a notably lower current, providing more evidence of the phenomenon of macroscopic quantum tunneling.
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(Rice University) Rice University researchers today announced that the first field tests of "nanorust," the University's revolutionary, low-cost technology for removing arsenic from drinking water, will begin later this year in Guanajuato, Mexico. In the tests, tiny particles of rust will be added to sand in large filters and used to remove arsenic from groundwater.
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(SystemsX.ch) SystemsX.ch, the Swiss Initiative in Systems Biology, supports six further large Research, Technology and Development Projects. These projects will be carried out by 47 research groups from eight Swiss universities and research institutions. The research budget amounts to 27.5 Million Swiss Francs.
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(University of Liverpool) Scientists at the University of Liverpool have developed a molecular structure that could help create current-generating machines at the nanoscale.
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(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Effective 1 July 2009, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft will establish nine new Collaborative Research Centers. This decision has just been made by the responsible Grants Committee of the DFG at its spring session in Bonn.
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Harvard University researchers have developed remote-controlled nano-devices that mimic the corkscrew motion of flagella and that may one day deliver drugs to where they are needed in the body.(American Chemical Society)The devices have a spherical head 200 to 300 nanometers across and a corkscrew-shaped tail 1 to 2 microns long. They are coated with cobalt, allowing an external magnetic field to make the propellers corkscrew through water at up t... More
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Harvard University researchers suggest that the theory that by simulating action even when just watching an act, motor neurons allow us to recognize and understand other people's actions and intentions, is flawed. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17192-role-of-mirror-neurons-may-need-a-rethink.html)
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In the first comprehensive comparison between the genes of mice and humans, scientists from institutions across America, Sweden and the UK reveal that humans and mice have four-fifths of their genes in common, and a vast treasury of new genes has been revealed."These new findings are extremely important in helping us to separate genes that underpin biology that is the same across all mammals, from genes that make humans and mice so different from ... More
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Fidgeting helps kids with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder focus by moving to maintain alertness, a University of Central Florida study has found. Study leader Dr. Mark Rapport suspects they are "under-aroused" -- that their brains do not produce enough dopamine to keep them alert during normal day-to-day activities -- so the kids move around to jiggle or wake their brains and bodies up. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news162554898.html... More
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Use of proton pump inhibitors and other acid-suppressing drugs was associated with a 30% increased risk of hospital-acquired pneumonia in a study by researcher Shoshana J. Herzig, MD, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard School of Medicine.Herzig and colleagues estimate that 180,000 cases of hospital-acquired pneumonia and 33,000 deaths each year may be due to their use. (Source: http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/news/20090526/p... More
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