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Breakthrough as Irish scientists discover a new form of light

Breakthrough as Irish scientists discover a new form of light | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Irish-based scientists have discovered a new form of light. Using an effect discovered in the 1830s, the breakthrough could transform communications.
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Researchers find new phase of carbon, make diamond at room temperature

Researchers find new phase of carbon, make diamond at room temperature | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air.
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Scientists Discover New Plasma Confinement State: How This Could Change Energy Industry

Scientists Discover New Plasma Confinement State: How This Could Change Energy Industry | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Researchers found a breakthrough in plasma research: a new plasma confinement state. The discovery could pave the way for the development of efficient fusion reactors that could change the energy industry drastically.
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Researchers learn to fine tune tokamak magnetic fields to mitigate damaging energy bursts

Researchers learn to fine tune tokamak magnetic fields to mitigate damaging energy bursts | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
The swirling plasma in donut-shaped fusion facilities called tokamaks are subject to intense heat bursts that can damage the vessel's walls. Halting or mitigating these bursts, called Edge Localized Modes (ELMs), is a key goal of fusion research.
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Eye drops could clear up cataracts using newly identified chemical

Eye drops could clear up cataracts using newly identified chemical | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it

A chemical that could potentially be used in eye drops to reverse cataracts, the leading cause of blindness, has been identified by a team of scientists from UC San Francisco (UCSF), the University of Michigan (U-M), and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Early contact with dogs linked to lower risk of asthma

Early contact with dogs linked to lower risk of asthma | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Scientists have used national register information in more than one million children to study the association of early life contact with dogs and subsequent development of asthma. This question has been studied extensively previously, but conclusive findings have been lacking. The new study showed that children who grew up with dogs had about 15 percent less asthma than children without dogs.
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New class of DNA repair enzyme discovered

New class of DNA repair enzyme discovered | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
A new class of DNA repair enzyme has been discovered which demonstrates that a much broader range of damage can be removed from the double helix in ways that biologists did not think were possible.
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Scientists Discover Cells That Can Fix A Broken Heart

Do you have a broken heart? Doctors can 'science' your way out of that, at least when it comes to coronary heart disease. Researchers from Stanford University found a type of cell that can fix damaged arteries.
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Scientists Discover The World's First Warm Blooded Fish

The large, round fish—about the size of a manhole cover—uses its warm blood as an advantage in the ocean's freezing depths. Deep-water fish called opah ...
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Exciting breakthrough in 2-D lasers: Researchers demonstrate atomically thin excitonic laser

Exciting breakthrough in 2-D lasers: Researchers demonstrate atomically thin excitonic laser | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
An important step towards next-generation ultra-compact photonic and optoelectronic devices has been taken with the realization of a two-dimensional excitonic laser. Scientists with the U.S.
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Fundamental magnetism discovery: New class of swelling magnets

Fundamental magnetism discovery: New class of swelling magnets | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
A new class of magnets that expand their volume when placed in a magnetic field and generate negligible amounts of wasteful heat during energy harvesting, has been discovered.
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Researchers’ “hugely exciting” asthma discovery

Researchers’ “hugely exciting” asthma discovery | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Cardiff scientists have for the first time identified the potential root cause of asthma and an existing drug that offers a new treatment.
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Gravitational Wave Detector Finds Double Colliding Black Holes — Again (Woot!)

Gravitational Wave Detector Finds Double Colliding Black Holes — Again (Woot!) | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Distortions in the fabric of space-time, predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago, have been directly detected for the second time.
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IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough

IBM scientists achieve storage memory breakthrough | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM).
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Sensory illusion causes cells to self-destruct

Sensory illusion causes cells to self-destruct | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it

Magic tricks work because they take advantage of the brain's sensory assumptions, tricking audiences into seeing phantoms or overlooking sleights of hand. Now a team of researchers has discovered that even brainless single-celled yeast have sensory biases that can be hacked by a carefully engineered illusion, a finding that could be used to develop new approaches to fighting diseases such as cancer.

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Scientists Discover 5400 mph Winds Battering Far Away Planet

Scientists Discover 5400 mph Winds Battering Far Away Planet | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Strong gusts of wind at 5400 miles per hour are battering in the atmosphere of exoplanet HD 189733b, a new study revealed. The discovery is the first ever weather map of a planet outside the solar system.
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TSRI-led team finds long-sought protein sensor for the 'sixth sense' -- proprioception

TSRI-led team finds long-sought protein sensor for the 'sixth sense' -- proprioception | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
For decades, biologists have been trying to find the crucial sensor protein in nerve endings that translates muscle and tendon stretching into proprioceptive nerve signals. Now in a study published in Nature Neuroscience on Nov. 9, a team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has identified this sensor protein in mice.
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Toppling conventional 'textbook' view from 1960s, stem-cell scientists redefine how blood is made

Toppling conventional 'textbook' view from 1960s, stem-cell scientists redefine how blood is made | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Stem-cell scientists led by Dr. John Dick have discovered a completely new view of how human blood is made, upending conventional dogma from the 1960s.
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Nuclear membrane repairs the 'dark matter' of DNA

Nuclear membrane repairs the 'dark matter' of DNA | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it

The nuclear membrane isn't just a protective case around the nucleus -- it actually repairs catastrophically broken DNA strands. Previously, the nuclear membrane was thought to be mostly just a protective bubble around the nuclear material, with pores acting as channels to transport molecules in and out. But in a study published on October 26 in Nature Cell Biology, a research team led by Irene Chiolo documents how broken strands of a portion of DNA known as heterochromatin are dragged to the nuclear membrane for repair.

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Study identifies roadblocks to mental health services for adolescents affected by bullying

Study identifies roadblocks to mental health services for adolescents affected by bullying | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Nearly one in three US adolescents are affected by bullying, placing them at risk for health problems including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression and self-harm. Unfortunately, fewer than a quarter of these teens receive help, and new research identifies some of the reasons why.
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Astronomers Discover 'Kissing' Stars That Are Destined For Catastrophic Fate

Two rare celestial bodies are so close that they touch, but scientists say they can't keep this up for long. Two stars in the Tarantula Nebula are so close they're ...
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Scientists discover that the world contains dramatically more trees than previously thought

Scientists discover that the world contains dramatically more trees than previously thought | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
But there's a dark side to the discovery.
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Crucial hurdle overcome in quantum computing

Crucial hurdle overcome in quantum computing | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
The advance represents the final physical component needed to realise the promise of super-powerful silicon quantum computers, which harness the science of the very small - the strange behaviour of subatomic particles - to solve computing challenges that are beyond the reach of even today's fastest supercomputers.

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Cardiff scientists discover cancer-fighting compound

Cardiff scientists discover cancer-fighting compound | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Cardiff University says scientists have developed a new anti-cancer stem cell agent capable of targeting aggressive tumour forming cells common to breast, pancreas, colon and prostate cancers.
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