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Quick test for quality beer, milk

To guarantee a high quality of their beer, breweries monitor the production process very closely. With a new polymer powder, this monitoring will be able to be faster and simpler in the future. Manufacturers can also test drinks such as milk, juice, cola and red wine with the quick check.

Forest tree seeds stored in the Svalbard seed vault

A new method for the conservation of the genetic diversity of forest trees will see its launch on 26 February 2015, as forest tree seeds are for the first time stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Spitsbergen Island, protected by permafrost. Conserving the genetic resources of forest trees is part of the mandate of the Natural Resources Institute Finland.

First detailed microscopy evidence of bacteria at the lower size limit of life

Scientists have captured the first detailed microscopy images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get. The existence of ultra-small bacteria has been debated for two decades, but there hasn't been a comprehensive electron microscopy and DNA-based description of the microbes until now. Show More Summary

Research of plain wren duets could help further understand fundamentals of conversation

Known for their beautiful singing duets, plain wrens of Costa Rica perform precise phrase-by-phrase modifications to the duration between two consecutive phrases, achieving careful coordination as their songs unfold. A new study shows...Show More Summary

Life 'not as we know it' possible on Saturn's moon Titan

A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled. It is theorized to have a cell membrane, composed of small organic nitrogen compounds and capable of functioning in liquid methane temperatures of 292 degrees below zero.

Introverts prefer mountains

In a series of three studies, researchers tested whether there is a link between personality and an aspect of physical ecology: flat terrain versus mountainous terrain. The study found that only one of the Big Five personality traits predicted terrain preference -- extraversion.

The better to see you with: Prosthetic leg would keep an eye on path ahead

A mechanical engineer and his team have developed a computer-controlled camera that enables their robotic ankle to see where it is going.

Bringing clean energy a step closer

Researchers have made an inexpensive metal-free catalyst that performs as well as costly metal catalysts at speeding the oxygen reduction reaction in an acidic fuel cell, and is more durable. The catalyst is made of sheets of nitrogen-doped...Show More Summary

Energy use in buildings: Innovative, lower cost sensors and controls yield better energy efficiency

Buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 20-30 percent.

Saturn's Titan ---"Life Not As We Know It"

A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers. Taking a simultaneously imaginative and rigidly scientific view, chemical engineers and astronomers...

The Mars "Methane Equals Life" Debate Rolls On...

The Curiosity robot confirms methane in Mars' atmosphere which may hint that life may have existed. An article published in Science confirms the existence of methane fluctuations in the atmosphere of Mars, as a result of the detailed analysis of...

Leonard Nimoy R.I.P.

The legendary actor was 83 Trending Leonard Nimoy Star Trek President Obama

Drilling ancient African lakes sheds light on human evolution

How was human evolution and migration influenced by past changes in climate? Researchers hope to find out.

Congessional Republicans push back against the climate witch-hunt

Senate EPW Republicans Take a Stand for Academic Freedom WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OKla.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today led all EPW Republicans in a letter promoting scientific discovery and academic freedom. The letter was sent to the same 107 recipients of letters sent earlier…

Senator Throws Snowball! Climate Change Disproven!

Is Sen. James Inhofe really the person we want chairing the Senate's environment committee?

Leonard Nimoy, Who Played Spock on Star Trek, Dies at 83

Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played Spock on Star Trek, died Friday. He was 83 and had lung disease, and his family confirmed his death. Nimoy was most famous for his role as the Vulcan Spock on the Star Trek TV show in 1966. He would also later appear in J.J Abrams’ Star Trek reboot…

For Success on Pinterest, Choose Your Colors Well

When it comes to Pinterest, colors matter. Researchers analyzed about 1 million posts on the site and found that images heavy on red, pink, or purple were repinned the most, reports Phys.org. By contrast, those with black, yellow, green, or blue fared the worst, according to the study in...

Life 'not as we know it' possible on Saturn's moon Titan?

Azotosome. Credit: Cornell University A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers. read more

For patients with brain tumors, insurance status linked to differences in patient safety and quality of care

There are already concerns that the Affordable Care Act will lead to class distinctions in who gets the best treatment and a new study on brain tumors will add fuel to the fire of that debate. Patients that are on Medicaid or uninsured...Show More Summary

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