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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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Scientists Develop Revolutionary ‘3D Printer’ for Small Molecules

Scientists Develop Revolutionary ‘3D Printer’ for Small Molecules | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
A group of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has designed an automated ‘3D printer’ for small molecules that could open the power of customized chemistry to many.
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Lockheed Martin pursues compact fusion reactor concept

Lockheed Martin pursues compact fusion reactor concept | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Lockheed Martin is making news this week with declarations about putting the Atomic Age on Restart and advancing in the realm of energy. 'We are on the fast track to developing compact nuclear fusion reactors to serve the world's ever-growing energy needs.'
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Gulf War illness not in veterans' heads, but in their mitochondria

Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine have demonstrated for the first time that veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War who suffer from 'Gulf War illness' have impaired function of mitochondria -- the energy powerhouses of cells.
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Record quantum entanglement of multiple dimensions

An international team directed by researchers from the Austrian Academy of Sciences, with participation from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, has managed to create an entanglement of 103 dimensions with only two photons. The record had been established at 11 dimensions.
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Pushing and pulling: Using strain to tune a new quantum material

Pushing and pulling: Using strain to tune a new quantum material | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Research into a recently discovered class of materials shows they have the necessary characteristics to develop ultra-energy efficient electronics.
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Wow! Hubble Snaps Super-Deep View of Universe (Photos)

Wow! Hubble Snaps Super-Deep View of Universe (Photos) | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
A new set of breathtaking photos reveals a never-before-seen deep view of the universe. Released as the first "Frontier Fields" view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the new images mark the deepest-ever observations of a cluster of galaxies.
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Hepatitis C Cure Breakthrough: FDA Approves Promising Drug That Uses No Interferon

Hepatitis C Cure Breakthrough: FDA Approves Promising Drug That Uses No Interferon | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a promising breakthrough drug that can treat chronic hepatitis C virus infection.
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Stanford scientists create a low-cost, long-lasting water splitter made of silicon and nickel

Stanford scientists create a low-cost, long-lasting water splitter made of silicon and nickel | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Stanford University scientists have created a silicon-based water splitter that is both low-cost and corrosion-free.
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Quantum state world record smashed

A normally fragile quantum state has been shown to survive at room temperature for a world record 39 minutes, overcoming a key barrier towards building ultrafast quantum computers.
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Novel microfluidic material breakthrough for wafer-scale mass production of lab-on-chip

Novel microfluidic material breakthrough for wafer-scale mass production of lab-on-chip | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Imec, a world-leading nanoelectronics research center and JSR, a leading materials company, announce that they have successfully used JSR's innovative PA (Photo-patternable Adhesive) material for wafer-scale processing of lab-on-chip devices.

 

Lab-on-chip technology will drive a revolution in medical technology in the years to come. It will enable powerful point-of-care diagnosis and treatment through on-chip molecular synthesis, separation, sensing, and detection.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-11-microfluidic-material-breakthrough-wafer-scale-mass.html#jCp

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Nanoparticle Both Kills Cancer Cells and Helps Image the Killing Process - IEEE Spectrum

Nanoparticle Both Kills Cancer Cells and Helps Image the Killing Process - IEEE Spectrum | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
The therapeutic capabilities of metallic nanoparticles continue to improve, especially for cancer treatment. Along with their growing therapeutic abilities, they are also piling up diagnostic capabilities as well, like their recent use in enabling iPod drug testing.
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Creature with interlocking gears on legs discovered

Creature with interlocking gears on legs discovered | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Gears are ubiquitous in the man-made world, found in items ranging from wristwatches to car engines, but it seems that nature invented them first
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NASA Craft Circling Ceres in First Visit to Dwarf Planet - ABC6OnYourSide.com

NASA Craft Circling Ceres in First Visit to Dwarf Planet - ABC6OnYourSide.com | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A NASA spacecraft for the first time has arrived at a dwarf planet to begin a 16-month exploration.The space agency on Friday confirmed that the Dawn craft entered orbit around Ceres in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
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New technology may double radio frequency data capacity

New technology may double radio frequency data capacity | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
A team of Columbia Engineering researchers has invented a technology—full-duplex radio integrated circuits (ICs)—that can be implemented in nanoscale CMOS to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio.
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Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream: Scientists have designed the first large DNA crystals

Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream: Scientists have designed the first large DNA crystals | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
DNA has garnered attention for its potential as a programmable material platform that could spawn entire new and revolutionary nanodevices in computer science, microscopy, biology, and more. Researchers have been working to master the ability to coax DNA molecules to self assemble into the precise shapes ...
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Whitehead Institute - News - 2014 - Scientists find potential target for treating mitochondrial disorders

Whitehead Institute - News - 2014 - Scientists find potential target for treating mitochondrial disorders | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it

... graduate student Walter Chen and postdoctoral researcher Kivanc Birsoy, both part of Whitehead Institute Member David Sabatini’s lab, have unraveled how to rescue cells suffering from mitochondrial dysfunction, a finding that may lead to new therapies for this condition.

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Major Big Bang Discovery Brings 'Theory of Everything' a Bit Closer to Reality

Major Big Bang Discovery Brings 'Theory of Everything' a Bit Closer to Reality | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
The confirmation of cosmic inflation gives researchers a new window onto a realm of extreme physics, potentially aiding their quest to devise a theoretical framework that can explain all aspects of the universe.
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Anzu wyliei: New Bird-like Dinosaur Discovered ...

Anzu wyliei: New Bird-like Dinosaur Discovered ... | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it

Little Foot: Scientists Discover 3-Million-Year-Old Australopithecus prometheus · This is an artist's impression of Semirostrum ceruttii. Image credit: Bobby Boessenecker. ... 

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Quantum Experiment Shows How Time ‘Emerges’ from Entanglement

Quantum Experiment Shows How Time ‘Emerges’ from Entanglement | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Time is an emergent phenomenon that is a side effect of quantum entanglement, say physicists. And they have the first experimental results to prove it
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Scientists Discover New Cure for Malaria

Scientists Discover New Cure for Malaria | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Based on his clinical tests, a patient shows positive signs of recovery on the third day after consuming the extract ofsa (#Health | Scientists Discover New Cure for Malaria | http://t.co/qcLMaEB6om...
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Accidental discovery dramatically improves electrical conductivity

Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light.
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'Flipping the switch' reveals new compounds with antibiotic potential

'Flipping the switch' reveals new compounds with antibiotic potential | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered that one gene in a common fungus acts as a master regulator, and deleting it has opened access to a wealth of new compounds that have never before been studied – with the potential to identify...
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Brain-inspired synaptic transistor learns while it computes

Brain-inspired synaptic transistor learns while it computes | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it

(Phys.org) —It doesn't take a Watson to realize that even the world's best supercomputers are staggeringly inefficient and energy-intensive machines.

 

Materials scientists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have now created a new type of transistor that mimics the behavior of a synapse. The novel device simultaneously modulates the flow of information in a circuit and physically adapts to changing signals.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-11-brain-inspired-synaptic-transistor.html#jCp

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Scientists accidentally discover a metal that heals itself

Scientists accidentally discover a metal that heals itself | Scientific Discovery | Scoop.it
A few months ago, a team of European scientists engineered a miraculous self-healing polymer that could change our lives for the better. Imagine furniture that lasts a lifetime, or eyeglass frames that piece themselves back together after a few hours of being wrapped up with scotch tape. Such technology could have huge ramifications in countless industries.
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