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(Springer) This year's Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics will be awarded to Professor Motoichi Ohtsu for his pioneering and seminal work on nanophotonics and near field optics as well as for the development of innovative nanophotonic devices, fabrications, and systems. Ohtsu is a world-renowned optical scientist and one of the leaders of the optics community. The award will be presented on September 22, 2009, at the European Conference on... More
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The master gene that causes blood stem cells to turn into disease-fighting "Natural Killer" (NK) immune cells has been identified as E4bp4 by researchers at Imperial College London, UCL and the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research by knocking the gene out in a mouse model. The model, which produced no NK cells, will allow medical researchers to discover if NK cell malfunction is behind a wide range of medical conditio... More
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A photovoltaic cell made from a single carbon nanotube that can take advantage of more of the energy in light than conventional photovoltaics has been created by Cornell University researchers. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/23471/?a=f)
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The first real images of the electrons of a single atom have been captured by researchers at the Kharkov Institute for Physics and Technology in Ukraine, using a field-emission electron microscope (FEEM). (Source: http://insidescience.org/research/first_detailed_photos_of_atoms)
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There is growing evidence that some animals, notably dolphins and macaque monkeys, share functional parallels with human conscious metacognition -- the ability to reflect upon, monitor or regulate their states of mind, says J. David Smith, Ph.D., a comparative psychologist at the University at Buffalo. (University at Buffalo)Smith explains that metacognition is a sophisticated human capacity linked to hierarchical structure in the mind (because th... More
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Google introduced Monday an experimental news hub called Fast Flip that allows users to view news articles from about three dozen major publishers and flip through them as quickly as they would the pages of a magazine.The mobile version of Google Fast Flip is available for the iPhone and Android devices by simply navigating to the Google Fast Flip homepage on your phone. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/15/technology/internet/15google.ht... More
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A future-generation lithium-air battery might be the much sought after power source for electric vehicles with ranges that match gasoline powered cars of today if safety and cost issues are overcome, IBM scientists suggest. Current-technology lithium-ion batteries have the potential to deliver about 585 watt-hours of electricity per kilogram; lithium-air batteries might reach targets well above 5,000 watt-hours. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2... More
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(Oregon State University) Scientists at Oregon State University have developed a new "adjuvant" that could allow the creation of important new vaccines, possibly become a universal vaccine carrier and help medical experts tackle many diseases more effectively.
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(University of Michigan Health System) Treating second-degree burns with a nanoemulsion lotion sharply curbs bacterial growth and reduces inflammation that otherwise can jeopardize recovery, University of Michigan scientists have shown in initial laboratory studies. The results are reported today at the Interscience Conference for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
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(American Physical Society) Physicists get a grip on slippery molecules, and learn how the shape of nanoscopic magnetic islands affect data storage.
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Researchers trying to model a range of processes could use the power and capabilities of the XBox graphics processing unit chip as a much cheaper alternative to other forms of parallel processing hardware, a new study by a University of Warwick researcher has demonstrated. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news171893988.html)
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Reducing Americans' average intake of sodium to the amount recommended by health officials could save the nation as much as $18 billion annually in avoided health care costs and eliminate 11 million cases of high blood pressure (and related illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases) nationally, according to a new RAND Corporation study. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/print171884788.html)
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Obscura Digital's newest, longest multitouch wall has launched at the Hard Rock in Vegas, using three projectors to handle 100 hi-res images and videos simultaneously in real time. (Source: http://gizmodo.com/tag/obscura-digital/)
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Two MIT students have photographed the earth from 18 miles in space on a $148 budget using components available off-the-shelf, including a helium-filled latex balloon and $50 GPS-equipped camera-cell phone. (Source: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-328198)
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Google is developing its own new mirror technology for solar thermal technology (mirrors focus the sun's rays on a heated substance that produces steam) and gas turbines that would run on solar power rather than natural gas. (Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2352748,00.asp)
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In the wake of the meltdown of 2008, researchers are now incorporating human behavior into finance, looking at whether the mechanisms and models being developed to explore collective behavior on the Web, for example, can be applied to financial markets. The risk models of Wall Street's quants proved myopic, they say, because they were too simple-minded -- they didn't sufficiently take into account human behavior, specifically the potential for wid... More
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Medtronics and Neuropace have developed neurostimulators that monitor electrical activity via electrodes implanted deep in the brain so the devices can deliver the electrical stimulation needed to suppresses seizures (as opposed to stimulation on a fixed schedule). Human trials are years away.(Medtronic) (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327255.800-smart-implants-may-alleviate-neurological-conditions.html)
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First Solar has signed a deal with Chinese officials to build a nuclear-plant-size 2,000 megawatt solar-power plant in Inner Mongolia by 2019, at an estimated cost of $5 billion to $6 billion (based on costs in the U.S., but less in China). (Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalcapital/2009/09/08/first-solar-to-build-2-gigawatt-solar-power-plant-in-china/)
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Astrocytes (star-shaped cells in the brain) play an essential role in communication between nerve cells by removing the transmitter molecule glutamate (to prevent it spilling over to another synapse), which enhances a synapse's ability to strengthen connections, and thus improve learning and memory, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology scientists have found. (Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology / Schorner, Klein & Paixao)The new findings could ... More
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Research scientists at the University of East Anglia found lip-reading computers significantly outperformed human lip-readers, scoring a recognition rate of 80 per cent, compared with 32 per cent for human viewers on the same task. The study also suggested methods of improving lip-reading and showed that rather than the traditional approach to lip-reading training (viewers are taught to spot key lip shapes from static, often drawn, images), the dy... More
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Cal Tech economists and neuroscientists used whole-brain fMRI scans in an experiment to create a solution to the fundamental "public goods free-rider" problem (how to fairly rate the value of a public purchase or investment such as health care, given that people tend to undervalue it because they get benefit from it without paying more). The subjects were asked to reveal how much they valued the good. If there was a match between their decision a... More
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BlindAid, a virtual ""white cane" system that allows the blind to explore the world around them using a 3-D haptic device (a joystick that allows them to "feel" the world -- it stiffens when the user meets a virtual wall or barrier, for example) has been developed by researchers at Tel Aviv University and MIT. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news171802541.html)
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Panasonic has launched a new household LED light bulb in Japan -- part of the EverLed line -- that it says lasts 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs and uses only one eighth the power. (Source: http://news.cnet.com/crave/?tag=rb_content;overviewHead)
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Genetically modified cotton could ultimately make available 44 million metric tons of high-protein seed every year to help feed malnourished people worldwide, Texas AgriLife Research biotechnologists suggest. The process uses RNAi to silence the toxic gossypol gene in the cottonseed to make the seeds edible but lets the gene express itself in the rest of the plant to ward off pests and disease.Field trial of low-gossypol cotton (Texas AgriLife Res... More
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(Duke University) A new analysis by an international team of researchers from the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology, based at Duke University, argues for a new look at the way nanoparticles are selected when studying the potential impacts on human health and the environment.
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