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  • May 27, 2014
  • 11:09 AM

Research Could Greatly Improve Oil Extraction Techniques

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Oil extraction techniques can be significantly improved by using water with a lower salt content when drilling. However, until now it was unclear which specific physical principles were behind this and what role salt ions played.... Read more »

Siretanu, I., Ebeling, D., Andersson, M., Stipp, S., Philipse, A., Stuart, M., van den Ende, D., & Mugele, F. (2014) Direct observation of ionic structure at solid-liquid interfaces: a deep look into the Stern Layer. Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/srep04956  

  • May 26, 2014
  • 05:12 PM

Novel Battery Tech Harvests Waste Heat

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found an alternative to thermoelectric devices for low-temperature (less than 100 °C) waste-heat conversion into electricity.... Read more »

Lee, S., Yang, Y., Lee, H., Ghasemi, H., Kraemer, D., Chen, G., & Cui, Y. (2014) An electrochemical system for efficiently harvesting low-grade heat energy. Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4942  

  • May 26, 2014
  • 01:56 PM

Mohawks and Autism- An unlikely connection

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

With how far science has come, eureka moments are becoming harder and harder to have. Most scientists will be lucky if they have one in their lifetime. So yes, rare, […]... Read more »

T. Karayannis, , Fishell G. , Tsien R. W. , Peles E. , Bourgeron T. , Hoeffer C. , Au E. , Markx S. , Kruglikov I. , & Patel J. C. . (2014) Cntnap4 differentially contributes to GABAergic and dopaminergic synaptic transmission. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature13248  

  • May 26, 2014
  • 04:43 AM

Occlusion Training: Get Bigger By Lifting Lighter

by Mansi Goel in Workout Trends

Before I answer this question in detail, I will try and explain exactly what occlusion training is, because not a lot of people would have heard of this before.

Occlusion training, a.k.a. blood flow restriction training (makes it easier to understand) in fitness circles, is a technique where while training with heavy weights the blood flow to the target muscles is restricted. It is the limbs where its done usually. Seems crazy right?

How can restriction in blood flow impact muscle growth at all?... Read more »

Loenneke, J., Fahs, C., Wilson, J., & Bemben, M. (2011) Blood flow restriction: The metabolite/volume threshold theory. Medical Hypotheses, 77(5), 748-752. DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2011.07.029  

Loenneke, J., Abe, T., Wilson, J., Ugrinowitsch, C., & Bemben, M. (2012) Blood Flow Restriction: How Does It Work?. Frontiers in Physiology. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2012.00392  

Loenneke, J., Wilson, J., Marín, P., Zourdos, M., & Bemben, M. (2011) Low intensity blood flow restriction training: a meta-analysis. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 112(5), 1849-1859. DOI: 10.1007/s00421-011-2167-x  

  • May 25, 2014
  • 03:12 PM

Land of the Free, Home of the Afraid?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Let’s take a Loony quiz! Do you believe any of these statements are true? Global warming isn’t real. GMO food is the devil. Organic and all natural are better. Science […]... Read more »

  • May 24, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

Building with Batteries

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Wires, we hate them. It’s okay you can say it, wires are… ugly. I hate throwing out the big “u” word like that, but facts are facts. So what if I […]... Read more »

Westover Andrew S, Tian John W, Bernath Shivaprem, Oakes Landon, Edwards Rob, Shabab Farhan N, Chatterjee Shahana, Anilkumar Amrutur V, & Pint Cary L. (2014) A Multifunctional Load-Bearing Solid-State Supercapacitor. Nano letters. PMID: 24823645  

  • May 23, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

No pain, no [weight] gain?!

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Pain is… well a pain. As it turns out pain does more than just hurt. A study just released shows that chronic pain not only lowers life expectancy, but can […]... Read more »

  • May 21, 2014
  • 07:58 PM

Photocatalysis revisited: new data suggest we've been thinking about catalysis all wrong

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

A new model of photocatalysis has been presented that fits recent data and suggests we need to pick our catalytic materials using completely different performance standards.... Read more »

  • May 21, 2014
  • 03:26 PM

Weight Loss Science Fiction: The Paleo Diet

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

You, yes you! Put down the Big Mac, come on you can do it. Now, let’s get back to our roots. It’s time to go hunter gatherer on your ass. […]... Read more »

Frost Gary S. , Barraclough Timothy G. , Gibson Glenn R. , Walton Gemma E. , Sponheimer Matt , Johnson Laura P. , Costabile Adele , Swann Jonathan R. , & Psichasa Arianna . (2014) Impacts of Plant-Based Foods in Ancestral Hominin Diets on the Metabolism and Function of Gut Microbiota In Vitro. American Society For Microbiology , 5(3). DOI: 10.1128/mBio.00853-14  

  • May 21, 2014
  • 02:49 PM

New Material Makes Li-Ion Batteries Last 3 Times Longer

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A group of researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering have developed a new way to make lithium-ion batteries that will last three times longer between charges compared to the current industry standard.... Read more »

  • May 21, 2014
  • 12:45 PM

Graphene Foam Improves Supercapacitor Performance

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a novel nanometer scale ruthenium oxide anchored nanocarbon graphene foam architecture that improves the performance of supercapacitors, a development that could mean faster acceleration in electric vehicles and longer battery life in portable electronics.... Read more »

  • May 20, 2014
  • 03:05 PM

Dr. LoonyLabs Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Fluoride

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

“Have you ever seen a commie with a glass of water?” In the 1964 Stanley Kubrick film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, […]... Read more »

  • May 20, 2014
  • 09:35 AM

Smart Coatings to Help Clean Up Oil Spills

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

In the wake of recent off-shore oil spills, and with the growing popularity of “fracking”—in which water is used to release oil and gas from shale—there’s a need for easy, quick ways to separate oil and water. Now, scientists have developed coatings that can do just that.... Read more »

  • May 19, 2014
  • 02:47 PM

A New Way to Read the Brain [in 3D!!]

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

What if you were trying to learn language, but you could only see one letter at a time. Nothing before that letter, nothing after that letter, just a single letter. You […]... Read more »

Prevedel Robert, Yoon Young-Gyu, Hoffmann Maximilian, Pak Nikita, Wetzstein Gordon, Kato Saul, Schrödel Tina, Raskar Ramesh, Zimmer Manuel, & Boyden Edward S. (2014) Simultaneous whole-animal 3D imaging of neuronal activity using light-field microscopy. Nature Methods. DOI: 10.1038/nmeth.2964  

  • May 19, 2014
  • 09:53 AM

Drunk Fish Convince Sober Ones to Follow Them Around

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

It’s a good thing fish can’t operate a vehicle. Not only do drunk zebrafish swim extra fast, but they somehow get all the sober fish to follow them. Essentially, a drunk fish becomes the designated driver for the whole group. Although a fish is only marginally like a human, fish can be convenient subjects for […]The post Drunk Fish Convince Sober Ones to Follow Them Around appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

Ladu F, Butail S, Macrí S, & Porfiri M. (2014) Sociality Modulates the Effects of Ethanol in Zebra Fish. Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research. PMID: 24819037  

  • May 18, 2014
  • 05:06 PM

More atmospheric carbon prevents terrestrial carbon storage: a possible answer to where all the carbon goes

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Increased CO2 concentration in the atmosphere can lead to an increased rate of decomposition of organic carbon in the soil. This could lead to higher amounts of carbon concentration predicted to be in the atmosphere in current climate models. ... Read more »

  • May 18, 2014
  • 03:48 PM

Snail Venom and Pain Relief

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

There is no pain like nerve pain. Unfortunately my sister and me both know all too well how bad pain can actually get, her especially. After desperately trying everything from […]... Read more »

  • May 17, 2014
  • 03:15 PM

Herpes and Brain Tumors: Or What happens in Vegas?

by Dr. Jekyll in Lunatic Laboratories

Herpes, it isn’t just a pest that follows you home from Vegas, not anymore anyway. New research has found a [not so] new use for the virus. Harvard Stem Cell Institute […]... Read more »

Duebgen Matthias , Tamura Kaoru , Shah Khalid , Wakimoto Hiroaki , Redjal Navid , Martinez-Quintanilla Jordi , & Hingtgen Shawn . (2014) Stem Cells Loaded With Multimechanistic Oncolytic Herpes Simplex Virus Variants for Brain Tumor Therapy. Journal of the National Cancer Institute , 106(6). DOI: 10.1093/jnci/dju090  

  • May 16, 2014
  • 04:35 PM

Laser enhancement - A path to defect free diamond growth?

by Shannon Nicley Demlow in Blingtronics - Science, Engineering and Diamonds

In this post I'll take a look at an article titled "Control of crystallographic orientation in diamond synthesis through laser resonant vibrational excitation of precursor molecules" published recently in Scientific Reports. In the article, Zhi Qiang Xie and coworkers describe the potential benefits of using a laser to introduce resonant vibrations of molecules during the growth of diamond films. How can laser light improve the growth process, and does this technique hold promise for improving diamond growth in general?... Read more »

May, P. (2000) Diamond thin films: a 21st-century material. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 358(1766), 473-495. DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2000.0542  

  • May 15, 2014
  • 05:18 PM

Nanoparticles Make Biofuel Refining Faster and Cleaner

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has created a faster, cleaner biofuel refining technology that not only combines processes, it uses widely available materials to reduce costs.... Read more »

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