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  • 'Double-duty' electrolyte enables new chemistry for longer-lived batteries

    24 April 2014, 11:33 am

    Researchers have developed a new and unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible. Researchers have challenged a long-held assumption that a battery's three main components -- the positive…
  • Small business owners not always worried about being treated fairly, researcher finds

    24 April 2014, 11:33 am

    Fairness is not always the most important priority for small retailers. In an international study, researchers found that some small retailers are less concerned about whether they are treated fairly by business suppliers than other factors, such as cash flow…
  • The blood preserved in the preserved relic pumpkin did not belong to Louis XVI

    24 April 2014, 11:33 am

    The results of an international study indicate that the DNA recovered from the inside of a pumpkin, attributed so far to the French King Louis XVI, does not actually belong to the monarch, guillotined in 1793. Complete genome sequencing suggests that blood…
  • Spiders in space weave a web of scientific inspiration for Spider-Man fans

    24 April 2014, 11:30 am

    While spiders were busy spinning webs in space, researchers on Earth weaved their knowledge of this activity into educational materials to inspire and motivate students. Now, this free, Web-based guide is being re-released through Scholastic and Sony Pictures…
  • 'Tis the season: Be on the lookout for brown recluse spiders

    24 April 2014, 11:27 am

    Warmer, spring weather has many of us getting out and becoming more active, and the brown recluse spider is no exception. Scientists shared 10 facts about the somewhat small, shy spider.
  • Paying closer attention to attention

    24 April 2014, 11:27 am

    There may be an overreporting of attention problems in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), simply because parents and teachers are using a misplaced basis for comparison. They are testing and comparing children with FASD with children of the…
  • Equipped with new sensors, Morpheus preps to tackle landing on its own

    24 April 2014, 11:27 am

    A test flight later this week will challenge a set of sensors to map out a 65-yard square of boulder-sized hazards and pick out a safe place to land. Mounted to an uncrewed prototype lander called Morpheus that flies autonomously several hundred feet above the…
  • Take the Bat, Leave the Candy

    24 April 2014, 11:27 am

    ‘Take me out to the ballgame’ doesn’t exactly conjure up images of apple slices and kale chips. The more likely culprits include French fries, soda and the occasional box of Crackerjacks. Unfortunately for children who play youth baseball, eating…
  • NASA aeronautics set to premiere high-flying sequel

    24 April 2014, 11:22 am

    For the second time in as many years, NASA researchers beginning in early May will take to the skies with a DC-8 and other aircraft to conduct a series of flight tests designed to study the effects on emissions and contrail formation of burning alternative…
  • A step up for NASA’s robonaut: Ready for climbing legs

    24 April 2014, 11:20 am

    Getting your "space legs" in Earth orbit has taken on new meaning for NASA's pioneering Robonaut program. Thanks to a successful launch of the SpaceX-3 flight of the Falcon 9/Dragon capsule on Friday, April 18, the lower limbs for Robonaut 2 (R2) are aboard…
  • NASA tests Orion’s parachute performance over Arizona while work progresses in Florida

    24 April 2014, 11:18 am

    The team designing the parachute system for NASA's Orion spacecraft has demonstrated almost every parachute failure they could imagine. But on April 23, they tested how the system would perform if the failure wasn't in the parachutes.
  • Your T-shirt's ringing: Printable tiny flexible cell phones for clothes?

    24 April 2014, 10:28 am

    A new version of 'spaser' technology being investigated could mean that mobile phones become so small, efficient, and flexible they could be printed on clothing. A spaser is effectively a nanoscale laser or nanolaser. It emits a beam of light through the…
  • Take notes by hand for better long-term comprehension

    24 April 2014, 10:28 am

    Dust off those Bic ballpoints and college-ruled notebooks: research shows that taking notes by hand is better than taking notes on a laptop for remembering conceptual information over the long term. "Our new findings suggest that even when laptops are used as…
  • Leaders call for expanded use of medications to combat opioid overdose epidemic

    24 April 2014, 10:28 am

    A national response to the epidemic of prescription opioid overdose deaths was outlined by leaders of agencies in the US Department of Health and Human Services. The commentary calls upon health care providers to expand their use of medications to treat opioid…
  • Bake your own droplet lens: Cheap, high-quality lenses made from droplets of transparent silicone

    24 April 2014, 10:28 am

    Researchers have created a new type of lens that costs less than a penny to make, and can be used in a 3-D printed attachment that turns a Smartphone into a dermascope, a tool to diagnose skin diseases like melanoma. Normal dermascopes can cost $500 or more,…
  • New ultrasound device may add in detecting risk for heart attack, stroke

    24 April 2014, 10:26 am

    A new ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack or stroke has been developed by researchers. The prototype device has performed well in laboratory testing, but the researchers say…
  • Palliation is rarely a topic in studies on advanced cancer

    24 April 2014, 10:24 am

    Randomized controlled trials only rarely consider end-of-life aspects and often fail to name superordinate patient-relevant treatment goals. Instead of quality of life, survival is in the foreground, research shows.
  • Boring cells could hold the key to heart disease

    24 April 2014, 10:24 am

    Fibroblasts, cells long thought to be boring and irrelevant, could offer an alternative to heart transplants for patients with heart disease. "Heart disease is still one of the major killers in our society and so far no effective therapeutic options are…
  • Motor skill deficiencies linked to autism severity, reseearch says

    24 April 2014, 10:24 am

    A relationship between motor skill deficiencies and the severity of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder has been found in very young children. The findings indicate that development of motor skills should be included in treatment plans for young children…
  • How do liquid foams completely block sound?

    24 April 2014, 10:22 am

    Liquid foams have a remarkable property: they completely block the transmission of sound over a wide range of frequencies. Physicists have studied how sound is attenuated in liquid foams. Their findings open the way to the development of tools called acoustic…
  • Asteroids made easy: 'Patch of asteroid' being built inside a satellite

    24 April 2014, 10:21 am

    A dozen astronauts have walked on the moon, and several rovers have been piloted on Mars, giving us a good understanding of these off-world environments. But when it comes to asteroids, scientists enter uncharted territory. Landing on an asteroid is…
  • Virtual artificial heart implantation: Advances made by scientists

    24 April 2014, 10:21 am

    The first virtual implantation of a pioneering artificial heart has been performed. The artificial heart was implanted into an undersized adolescent, and supported the boy for 11 days before he underwent a heart transplant. "3-D heart models and performance of…
  • How a plant beckons bacteria that will do it harm

    24 April 2014, 10:20 am

    A common plant puts out a welcome mat to bacteria seeking to invade, and scientists have discovered the mat’s molecular mix. The team showed that the humble and oft-studied plant Arabidopsis puts out a molecular signal that invites an attack from a pathogen.…
  • Two new river turtle species described

    24 April 2014, 10:20 am

    The alligator snapping turtle is the largest river turtle in North America, weighing in at up to 200 pounds and living almost a century. Now researchers have discovered that it is not one species -- but three. By examining museum specimens and wild turtles,…
  • It's a bubble, but not as we know it

    23 April 2014, 10:16 pm

    Multi-sensory technology that creates soap bubbles, which can have images projected onto them or when the bubbles are burst release a scent, is being unveiled at an international conference. The research could be used in areas such as gaming or education and…
  • Microbes provide insights into evolution of human language

    23 April 2014, 10:14 pm

    Research into Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a type of bacteria common in water and soil, shows that they can communicate in a way that was previously thought to be unique to humans and perhaps some other primates. The bacteria used combinatorial communication, in…
  • Genetics explain why some kids are bigger than others

    23 April 2014, 10:14 pm

    The influence of genetic factors on differences between children's Body Mass Index increases from 43 percent at age four to 82 percent at age 10, reports a new study. The researchers studied 2,556 pairs of twins from the Twins Early Development Study. Data…
  • Luck affects how we judge reckless actions

    23 April 2014, 10:12 pm

    A person, who acts immorally or recklessly but is “lucky” by escaping dire consequences, is judged less harshly than an “unlucky” person, even when both have committed the same act. "Moral luck" is a term used in philosophy that describes situations in…
  • Vitamin D supplements have little effect on risk of falls in older people

    23 April 2014, 10:12 pm

    A new meta-analysis concludes that there is no evidence to suggest that vitamin D supplements prevent falls, and that ongoing trials to test this theory are unlikely to change this result. Falls can be devastating for older people, and strategies to reduce…
  • Recurrent violence linked to substantially higher rates of mental disorders in post-conflict…

    23 April 2014, 10:12 pm

    In the aftermath of war, communities who continue to experience repeated violence could have a major escalation in rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and severe distress, suggests new research. Investigators conducted a survey in 2004 to estimate…

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