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A silent search for dark matter

(Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Results from its first run indicate that XENON1T is the most sensitive dark matter detector on Earth. The sensitivity of the detector -- an underground sentinel awaiting a collision that would confirm a hypothesis - stems from both its size and its 'silence.'

Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and policies are a failure, research shows

Two scientific review papers released today show that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and policies in the United States are ineffective as they do not delay sexual initiation or reduce sexual risk behaviors. They also violate...Show More Summary

New meta-analysis finds a plant-based vegetarian diet is associated with lower cholesterol

WASHINGTON--A new dietary review of 49 observational and controlled studies finds plant-based vegetarian diets, especially vegan diets, are associated with lower levels of total cholesterol, including lower levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol, compared to omnivorous diets. Show More Summary

Getting hold of quantum dot biosensors

(The Optical Society) Harnessing the nano-tractor-beam like abilities of optical tweezers, researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, developed an all-silicon nanoantenna to trap individual quantum dots suspended in a microfluidic chamber.

Designing custom robots in a matter of minutes

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CSAIL ) Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) created a system called 'Interactive Robogami' that lets you design a robot in minutes, and then 3-D-print and assemble it in as little as four hours.

ACM Ubicomp 2017 showcases how ubiquitous computing is transforming the World

(Association for Computing Machinery) The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) will hold its annual ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp), in Maui, Hawaii from Sept. 11-15, 2017. Ubicomp...Show More Summary

Accelerating the mobile web: 'Vroom' software could double its speed

(University of Michigan) Despite that most web traffic today comes from smartphones and tablets, the mobile web remains inconveniently slow. Even on fast 4G networks, a page takes 14 seconds to load on average -- an eternity in today's connected world.

An echo from the past to the future on abrupt seasonal changes of the general circulation

It is not unusual that two similar scientific ideas on a particular phenomenon may echo each other across a long time span with the authors being not aware of each other. Such an unintentional duet over history illustrates the amazing beauty of science by clearly showing that progress of science is not necessarily a linear process, but it is often accumulative.

Can 'large stars' anti-aging research' help future memory devices?

Inevitably, large stars at the end of their life collapse under the gigantic force of gravity, turning into black holes. We could cunningly ask if there is a way to delay this process; postpone the death of the star. While investigating...Show More Summary

Researchers create magnetic RAM

MIPT researchers teamed up with their colleagues from the Kotelnikov Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics (IRE) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and the International Associated Laboratory of the Critical and Supercritical...Show More Summary

Study links fish stress hormones to whether they take the bait

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Take a fish out of water and its stress hormones will go up. Adrenaline and noradrenaline, the 'fight or flight' hormones, peak first, followed more gradually by cortisol. A new study finds that largemouth bass whose cortisol levels rise most after a brief bout of stress are inherently harder to catch by angling.

Oral steroid does not reduce lower respiratory tract infection symptoms in nonasthmatic adults

(The JAMA Network Journals) Among adults without asthma who developed an acute lower respiratory tract infection, use of the oral steroid prednisolone for five days did not reduce symptom duration or severity, according to a study published by JAMA.

Medicaid patients continue high prescription opioid use after overdose

(The JAMA Network Journals) Despite receiving medical attention for an overdose, patients in Pennsylvania Medicaid continued to have persistently high prescription opioid use, with only slight increases in use of medication-assisted treatment, according to a study published by JAMA.

3,000 year-old female statue found at citadel gate complex in southeast Turkey

Excavations led by University of Toronto archaeologists in southeast Turkey near the Syrian border have unearthed a beautifully carved head and upper torso of a female figure.

Go Behind the Glass of Churchill’s Underground War Rooms

Exploring the secrets of the storied bunker—from its well-worn maps to a leader under extreme duress

Will U.S. Policymakers Repeat Our Past Protectionist Failures?

The past couple years have been rough for free traders in the United States – not only did an avowed protectionist win the White House for the first time in decades, but he did so while claiming that protectionism has been an effective...Show More Summary

Throwback Teaching Tuesday

I still get excited about the first day of a new academic year or a new semester. I have a pocketful of new pens, some new ideas for my classes, and the naive optimism that this semester, it’ll all be different. Sometimes I even feel like a baseball player who knows that small changes in… Read More ?

This is the only eclipse photo you need

If your friends are anything like mine, every single social app that encourages over-sharing is full of blurry eclipse photos right now. As it turns out, turning up the digital zoom to 11 isn't the greatest way to capture a generational...Show More Summary

Bond dissociation energies for transition metal silicides accurately determined

Transition metal silicides, a distinct class of semiconducting materials that contain silicon, demonstrate superior oxidation resistance, high temperature stability and low corrosion rates, which make them promising for a variety of future developments in electronic devices. Show More Summary

Bond dissociation energies for transition metal silicides accurately determined

(American Institute of Physics) Transition metal silicides are promising for future developments in electronic devices, but fundamental aspects of the chemical bonding between their transition metal atoms and silicon remain poorly understood. Show More Summary

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