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U.S. Navy develops technology to turn seawater into fuel

April 12th, 2014 at 9:52 am » Comments Off

The U.S. Navy hopes to power all non-nuclear powered ships through seawater. The U.S. Navy scientists believe they may have solved one of the world’s great challenges after decades of experiments. They know how to turn seawater into fuel. (Video)    

Scientists discover mechanism that could regrow damaged nerves

April 3rd, 2014 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

The discovery could lead to developing a drug that can trigger regrowth of damaged nerves. Spinal cord injuries are currently irreparable. Most people who suffer from such an injury never fully recover, and many end up with partial or even full paralysis. Although we’ve made great strides in understanding how spinal injuries damage nerves and […]

Scientists unlock the future of beer

April 2nd, 2014 at 10:24 am » Comments Off

The prospect of yeast-by-design is tantalizing for many researchers in the brewing industry. Man-made yeasts could irreversibly change everything from the biofuel to the brewing industry. A team of geneticists led by Jef Boeke at Johns Hopkins University is genetically engineering a yeast from scratch, as part of the Synthetic Yeast 2.0 project. They have designed and written […]

Bionic plants use nanotechnology to boost photosynthesis

March 20th, 2014 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

Researchers embedded carbon nanotubes in the chloroplasts of the plants to create “artificial antennae.” Plants make life possible. Chloroplasts are the tiny organelles with a plant’s leaves. The chloroplasts use incoming sunlight to split water molecules and then knit together the energy-rich carbon and hydrogen compounds found in everything from food to fossil fuels. The […]

Physicists turn light into matter

March 17th, 2014 at 10:29 am » Comments Off

Physicists create a device that binds photons together to form “light molecules.” A vacuum chamber the size of a shoebox has made history in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard physicist Ofer Firstenberg has created a new form of matter: a pair of photons, stuck together.  

Discovery of water-containing gem points to vast oceans beneath the Earth

March 16th, 2014 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

Diamond sample containing the hydrous ringwoodite. The Earth’s transition zone is the part of the Earth that exists between the upper and lower mantle. Scientists often theorize what lies in the transition zone. Many believe that the transition zone contains a lot of water, but there was no proof to support that idea. A group […]

Researchers discover marijuana’s anxiety relief effects

March 11th, 2014 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

The discovery of cannabinoid receptors may help explain why marijuana users say they take the drug mainly to reduce anxiety. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found cannabinoid receptors, through which marijuana exerts its effects, in a key emotional hub in the brain involved in regulating anxiety and the flight-or-fight response.    

Stem cells repair and strengthen muscles in aged mice

March 1st, 2014 at 8:50 am » Comments Off

Stem cell therapy could be used to help older patients recover from muscular injuries. People become less able to bounce back from injuries as they age. This is a problem that adds risk to many of the common medical procedures the elderly face. At the same time, stem cells’ greatest promise is to allow people […]

Scientists discover a switch in the brain that makes us sleep

February 24th, 2014 at 5:36 pm » Comments Off

A switch in the brain sends us off to sleep. In a study in fruit flies, researchers at Oxford University’s Centre for Neural Circuits and Behavior have identified a switch in the brain that sends us off to sleep.  

New 3D printed materials lighter than water and as strong as steel

February 18th, 2014 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

A Nanoscribe 3D printer can print models of the Empire State building in a space the width of a human hair using precision lasers. Watching the machine build through the “lens” of an electron microscope is otherworldly—but the printer’s potential runs beyond microscale model making. (Video)    

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