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October 30, 2015

Lack of ‘sleep’ may zap cell growth, brain activity, study in plants suggests

Lack of adequate sleep can do more than just make you tired. It can short-circuit your system and interfere with a fundamental cellular process that drives physical growth, physiological adaptation…
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October 30, 2015

New technique could prevent biofilms on catheters and medical implants

Biofilms -- mats of bacteria similar to the plaque that grows on teeth -- frequently coat the surfaces of catheters, and of various medical implants and prostheses, where they can…
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October 30, 2015

Full-scale architecture for a quantum computer in silicon

Researchers have designed a full-scale architecture for a quantum computer in silicon. The new concept provides a pathway for building an operational quantum computer with error correction.
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October 30, 2015

NASA spots the ‘Great Pumpkin’: Halloween asteroid a treat for radar astronomers

NASA scientists are tracking the upcoming Halloween flyby of asteroid 2015 TB145 with several optical observatories and the radar capabilities of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California. The…
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October 30, 2015

Saturn’s geyser moon shines in close flyby views

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting its latest images of Saturn's icy, geologically active moon Enceladus, acquired during the dramatic Oct. 28 flyby in which the probe passed about 30…
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October 30, 2015

Chemical complexity promises improved structural alloys for next-gen nuclear energy

Researchers are investigating ways to design structural materials that develop fewer, smaller flaws under irradiation. Radiation can harm spacecraft, nuclear power plants and high-energy accelerators. Nuclear reactions produce energetic particles…
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October 30, 2015

Large igneous provinces linked to extinction events

Mass extinction events are sometimes portrayed in illustrations of volcanic eruptions causing widespread destruction. According to experts this interpretation may have some truth behind it, but not in the instantaneous…
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October 30, 2015

New metal alloy could yield green cooling technologies

A promising metal alloy system could lead to commercially viable magnetic refrigerants and environmentally friendly cooling technologies.
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October 30, 2015

Solving 80-year-old mystery, chemist discovers way to isolate single-crystal ice surfaces

A chemist has discovered a way to select specific surfaces of single-crystal ice for study, a long-sought breakthrough that could help researchers answer essential questions about climate and the environment.
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October 30, 2015

What we know about how neonicotinoids affect bees

A second summary in as many years on the scientific evidence about the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees has been published by scientists. The research team was asked to…
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