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World first for reading digitally encoded synthetic molecules

(CNRS) For the first time ever, using mass spectrometry, French researchers have successfully read several bytes of data recorded on a molecular scale using synthetic polymers. Their work sets a new benchmark for the amount of data -- stored as a sequence of molecular units (monomers) -- that may be read using this routine method. Show More Summary

First Metal Fluoride Nanowire

New high-pressure polymorph of silver fluoride

Predictions by GSI scientists now confirmed

(Helmholtz Association) Central predictions by GSI scientists on the formation of heavy elements such as gold and platinum in the universe have now been observed astrophysically. For the first time gravitational waves of merging neutron stars were detected. Show More Summary

Untangling vitamin D activation pathways in inflammation and bone health

(American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Researchers have identified a region of the genome that regulates vitamin D activation in the kidneys, opening the door for more sophisticated treatments of diseases, including bone and immune disorders, involving vitamin D. Show More Summary

UTA aerospace engineer receives Army grant to advance limitations of computed tomography

(University of Texas at Arlington) Andrew Makeev, professor in the University of Texas at Arlington's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received a $900,000 grant from the Army Research Lab to address the Army's need for better structural diagnostics and life assessment in composite aircraft parts.

NIH awards $6.5 million to Berkeley Lab for augmenting structural biology research

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) The NIH has awarded $6.5 million to Berkeley Lab to integrate existing synchrotron structural biology resources to better serve researchers. The grant will establish a center based at the Lab's...Show More Summary

Tandon researcher engineering antidotes to chemical weapons

(NYU Tandon School of Engineering) Jin Montclare, a professor at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is participating in a US government program to thwart chemical weapons by improving upon compounds known to neutralize them. Montclare...Show More Summary

Side-by-side deposition of atomically flat semiconductor sheets enhances solar cell conversion efficiency

Super thin photovoltaic devices underpin solar technology and gains in the efficiency of their production are therefore keenly sought. KAUST researchers have combined and rearranged different semiconductors to create so-called lateral...Show More Summary

Neutron star merger directly observed for the first time

(University of Maryland) On August 17, 2017, scientists made the first direct observation of a merger between two neutron stars -- the dense, collapsed cores that remain after large stars die in a supernova explosion. The merger is the...Show More Summary

Rice's Laurence Yeung named 2017 Packard Fellow

(Rice University) Rice University's Laurence Yeung has made a career of searching for some of Earth's rarest molecules and the stories they tell about the planet's past, present and future. To aid his search, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has awarded Yeung a 2017 Packard Fellowship for Science Engineering.

Astronomers detect colliding neutron stars for first time

(Northwestern University) Four Northwestern University astronomers are part of an international research collaboration that is the first to detect the spectacular collision of two neutron stars using both gravitational waves and light. Show More Summary

Catch a fleeting kilonova

(University of California - Santa Barbara) Alerted by the first-ever gravitational waves caused by two neutron stars merging, UCSB astronomers detect the resulting optical flash

Hubble observes source of gravitational waves for the first time

(ESA/Hubble Information Centre) The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has observed for the first time the source of a gravitational wave, created by the merger of two neutron stars. This merger created a kilonova -- an object predicted by theory decades ago -- that ejects heavy elements such as gold and platinum into space. Show More Summary

Think laterally to sidestep production problems

(King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)) The side-by-side deposition of atomically flat semiconductor sheets enhances solar cell conversion efficiency.

Long nanotubes make strong fibers

(Rice University) To make long, strong and conductive carbon nanotube fibers, it's best to start with long nanotubes, according to scientists at Rice University.

GW researchers contribute to global effort to identify extraordinary astrophysical event

(George Washington University) Three astrophysicists from the George Washington University are part of a global group of scientists who collaborated on identification and study of the first confirmed observation of two merging neutron stars, a so-called kilonova.

LIGO confirms 1989 prediction about neutron star mergers producing gamma ray bursts

(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Today's announcement by LIGO confirms a longstanding prediction made almost thirty years ago by a team headed by Prof. Tsvi Piran at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Published in Nature in 1989...Show More Summary

International team observes first radio counterpart to gravitational waves

(Naval Research Laboratory) NRL Radio Astrophysics and Sensing Section astronomers join an international collaboration of researchers with the Caltech-led GROWTH project, resulting in the first ever observation of the radio counterpart to a gravitational wave event.

Gravitational waves shed first light on mergers of neutron stars

(CNRS) Researchers representing the LIGO-Virgo Collaboration, of which the CNRS is a member, as well as 70 observatories, will reveal the latest discoveries from gravitational wave research.

Gold origin confirmed with first ever gravitational wave sighting

(University of Warwick) Gold's origin in the Universe has finally been confirmed, after a gravitational wave source was seen and heard for the first time ever by an international collaboration of researchers, with astronomers at the University of Warwick playing a leading role.

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