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  • August 29, 2014
  • 09:25 AM
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The Friday Five for 8/29/14

by Bill Sullivan in The 'Scope

5 of the hottest science news stories this week include a lab-grown thymus, big Alzheimer’s news, and how to make the perfect pizza.... Read more »

  • August 27, 2014
  • 05:39 PM
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Climate change research roundup: hiding heat in the Atlantic and the Arctic carbon cycle

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

A quick roundup of new climate change research in Science: the Atlantic Ocean may be hiding the missing heat to explain the global warming hiatus, and photochemical processes in the Arctic are releasing more CO2 than previously thought.... Read more »

  • August 26, 2014
  • 01:27 PM
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The Holographic Universe [we might Live in!]

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Are you feeling a little… flat? Well that might be because you are only in 2 dimensions. I know what you’re thinking, insane! Well first check the name of the business and second, check out the science. In fact, it may seem like a joke, but the math suggests that it could very well be true and with it could come a deeper understanding of the universe. Testing this hypothesis (which was first made in the late 90’s) has been harder to do than you might think, but that has now changed. We are........ Read more »

  • August 26, 2014
  • 12:09 PM
  • 44 views

For These Bats, the Best Falsetto Wins Over the Ladies

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

A bat’s voice is its livelihood. Chirping and squeaking at just the right frequencies lets it echolocate food and stay alive. Sounding pretty isn’t the point—except when it is. For the first time, scientists think they’ve found a bat species in which females choose mates based on their voices. Even if a lower-frequency squeak might […]The post For These Bats, the Best Falsetto Wins Over the Ladies appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

  • August 20, 2014
  • 07:03 PM
  • 78 views

Anthropogenic climate change and glacial loss explained by a single number: 25!

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

New analyses using climate circulation models and glacial dynamics indicates that anthropogenic forcing has caused 25% of glacial loss over the past 150 years and 69% over the past two decades.... Read more »

  • August 20, 2014
  • 03:41 PM
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Cool Burning Flames Could Lead to Better Engines

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to greener, more efficient combustion engines.... Read more »

Dietrich, D., Nayagam, V., Hicks, M., Ferkul, P., Dryer, F., Farouk, T., Shaw, B., Suh, H., Choi, M., Liu, Y.... (2014) Droplet Combustion Experiments Aboard the International Space Station. Microgravity Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1007/s12217-014-9372-2  

  • August 20, 2014
  • 06:18 AM
  • 71 views

Topological Insulators Could Power Memory Devices

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A new phase of matter known as topological insulators, until recently known only for esoteric quantum-mechanical properties, might have a practical use in controlling magnetic memory and logic devices. ... Read more »

Mellnik, A., Lee, J., Richardella, A., Grab, J., Mintun, P., Fischer, M., Vaezi, A., Manchon, A., Kim, E., Samarth, N.... (2014) Spin-transfer torque generated by a topological insulator. Nature, 511(7510), 449-451. DOI: 10.1038/nature13534  

  • August 14, 2014
  • 08:27 PM
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Few but strong: dense tornado clusters on the rise in the United States

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Analysis of tornado frequency data over the last half-century shows that tornadoes are occurring on fewer days but with greater density and severity, indicating that climate change may be changing the local dynamics at play.... Read more »

JB Elsner, SC Elsner, TH Jagger. (2014) The increasing efficiency of tornado days in the United States. Climate Dynamics. info:/

  • August 8, 2014
  • 10:27 AM
  • 106 views

It Only Takes Six Generations to Turn a Brown Butterfly Purple

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Evolution can seem like a slow way to get things done. It took more than a billion years for Earth’s life forms to try having more than one cell. In the famous March of Progress illustration showing an ape becoming an upright human, you can almost hear the stoop-shouldered cave guy in the middle groaning, “Hurry […]The post It Only Takes Six Generations to Turn a Brown Butterfly Purple appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

Wasik, B., Liew, S., Lilien, D., Dinwiddie, A., Noh, H., Cao, H., & Monteiro, A. (2014) Artificial selection for structural color on butterfly wings and comparison with natural evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1402770111  

  • August 8, 2014
  • 07:27 AM
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Silica Glass Keeps Solar Cells Cool

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A team of scientists led by Shanhui Fan, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University, has used a specially patterned layer of silica glass to keep solar cells cool by shepherding away unwanted thermal radiation.... Read more »

Zhu, L., Raman, A., Wang, K., Anoma, M., & Fan, S. (2014) Radiative cooling of solar cells. Optica, 1(1), 32. DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.1.000032  

  • August 6, 2014
  • 07:14 PM
  • 113 views

Wait before you stamp out your next cigarette! Scientists use cigarette filters in advanced energy storage materials

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Scientists in Seoul use cigarette filters as electrode materials in supercapacitors based on a simple pyrolytic carbonization process.... Read more »

  • August 3, 2014
  • 11:34 AM
  • 136 views

Ignoring the dangers: fracking development outpacing knowledge of biotic impact

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

New collaborative research across several institutions indicate a complete lack of knowledge about how fracking spills, accidents, and water contamination affect nearby biospheres.... Read more »

Souther, S., Tingley, M., Popescu, V., Hayman, D., Ryan, M., Graves, T., Hartl, B., & Terrell, K. (2014) Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: research priorities and knowledge gaps. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(6), 330-338. DOI: 10.1890/130324  

  • August 3, 2014
  • 09:52 AM
  • 132 views

New Insight Into Hot Carriers May Help Make Better Solar Cells

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a method to study the properties of “hot carriers” in semiconductors. This method could hold the key to the design and development of new, more efficient solar cells.... Read more »

  • July 30, 2014
  • 06:48 PM
  • 121 views

Keeping lithium contained: new design allows for high energy-density anode in Li-ion batteries

by Jonathan Trinastic in Goodnight Earth

Researchers have found a way to limit volume expansion and prevent dendrite formation of all-lithium anodes. This promises to increase the energy density of Li-ion batteries!... Read more »

Zheng, G., Lee, S., Liang, Z., Lee, H., Yan, K., Yao, H., Wang, H., Li, W., Chu, S., & Cui, Y. (2014) Interconnected hollow carbon nanospheres for stable lithium metal anodes. Nature Nanotechnology. DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2014.152  

  • July 27, 2014
  • 02:17 PM
  • 185 views

Holy Grail of Battery Design: A lithium anode

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Technology has been racing forward at an ever increasing rate. Unfortunately, anyone who owns a smartphone will tell you that the battery life doesn’t match the advancements. That is probably […]... Read more »

  • July 25, 2014
  • 05:48 AM
  • 165 views

Technique Produces Next-Gen Electrodes for Li-Ion Batteries

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed an approach with industrial potential to produce nano-sized composite silicon-based powders as negative electrodes for the next generation lithium ion batteries.... Read more »

  • July 23, 2014
  • 01:21 PM
  • 222 views

Voyager has hit interstellar space…. maybe?

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Poor Voyager, he just can’t catch a break. We’ve said it’s hit interstellar space more times than we want to admit and in 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that […]... Read more »

G. Gloeckler, & L. A. Fisk. (2014) A test for whether or not Voyager 1 has crossed the heliopause. Geophysical Research Letters. info:/10.1002/2014GL060781

  • July 22, 2014
  • 01:19 PM
  • 164 views

Optical Cables, from Thin Air!

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

It’s a project that would make Tesla proud. Just imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That’s what researchers are trying to do. Did I mention it was instantaneous and involved no connection other than the air around us? Well if you are as excited as I am, then you should read on! If not, two words, laser weapons!!... Read more »

Rosenthal, E., Jhajj, N., Wahlstrand, J., & Milchberg, H. (2014) Collection of remote optical signals by air waveguides. Optica, 1(1), 5. DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.1.000005  

Jhajj, N., Rosenthal, E., Birnbaum, R., Wahlstrand, J., & Milchberg, H. (2014) Demonstration of Long-Lived High-Power Optical Waveguides in Air. Physical Review X, 4(1). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011027  

  • July 21, 2014
  • 02:31 PM
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Do quarks grant confinement?

by Marco Frasca in The Gauge Connection

In 2010 I went to Ghent in Belgium for a very nice Conference on QCD. My contribution was accepted and I had the chance to describe my view about this matter. The result was this contribution to the proceedings. The content of this paper was really revolutionary at that time as my view about Yang-Mills […]... Read more »

Marco Frasca. (2010) Mapping theorem and Green functions in Yang-Mills theory. PoS FacesQCD:039,2010. arXiv: 1011.3643v3

Markus Hopfer, Christian S. Fischer, & Reinhard Alkofer. (2014) Running coupling in the conformal window of large-Nf QCD. arXiv. arXiv: 1405.7031v1

Markus Hopfer, Christian S. Fischer, & Reinhard Alkofer. (2014) Infrared behaviour of propagators and running coupling in the conformal window of QCD. arXiv. arXiv: 1405.7340v1

  • July 17, 2014
  • 05:36 PM
  • 159 views

X-Rays Help Study Chemical Reactions in Fuel Cells

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Using high-brilliance X-rays, scientists studied the chemical process that hydrogen fuel cells use to produce electricity.... Read more »

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