Chemists uncover powerful reactivity, paving the way for a new class of molecules

Mon, Aug 18, 2014

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Chemists led by Nobel laureate K. Barry Sharpless have used what is called click chemistry to uncover unprecedented, powerful reactivity. This opens a new “chemical galaxy” of molecules, potentially paving the way for making drugs, plastics and unprecedented smart materials. Click chemistry is a term applied to chemical synthesis tailored to generate substances quickly and reliably by joining […]

Severe drought threatens Chinese food security

Thu, Aug 14, 2014

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China is experiencing the worst drought in over 50 years, threatening the country's foo security for the first time in a long time.

Study shows hydraulic fracking is sometimes shallow, in drinking water

Wed, Aug 13, 2014

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Among the main arguments of hydraulic fracking proponents is the claim that fracking does nothing to threaten drinking water supply, because the process takes place much deeper. But now, a recent study conducted by Stanford researchers concludes that energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through […]

Iranian is the first woman to win prestigious math award

Wed, Aug 13, 2014

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Maryam Mirzakhani, who was born and raised in Iran, has been awarded the highest honour a mathematician can attain: the Fields Medal. It’s one of those moments which will go down in history – for the first time in almos 80 years, a woman has won the Fields Medal (officially known as the International Medal […]

Copper foam turns CO2 into useful chemicals

Wed, Aug 13, 2014

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Brown University researchers reported the development of a copper foam which could turn CO2 into useful chemicals such as formic acid – a preservative and antibacterial agent in livestock feed. As CO2 emissions continue to grow, scientists are trying to find potential uses to it. The problem with carbon dioxide is that it is extremely […]

Heart injected with liquid metal imaged with unprecedented detail

Tue, Aug 12, 2014

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Imaging the fine and intricate structures of blood vessels in the human body is paramount to modern anatomy. By knowing the body in greater detail, scientists are able to devise better treatments. Conventional imaging, however, is limited in how far it can peer through blood vessels. This may be set to change for the better after Chinese researchers […]

Origami-bot folds itself from one single sheet of electronics, then walks away

Mon, Aug 11, 2014

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Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Origami, engineers at Harvard and MIT have developed an amazing robot that stats off as one single sheet, then folds itself into a complex shape in under four minutes, before making a gentleman’s exit. The potential applications of this display are numerous. For instance, launching payload in space […]

Measuring particle momentum without breaking the uncertainty principle

Wed, Aug 6, 2014

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Heisenberg's uncertainty principle makes quantum physics nasty. There's no reason why we can't get all along, though. A novel technique explores how it may be possible to know both position and momentum for a particle. No laws of physics were broken. I promise!

Computer games sometimes better than medication in treating elderly depression

Wed, Aug 6, 2014

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Computer games could be the key to treating elderly people who have been diagnosed with depression, but who aren’t responding to conventional treatment. A new study has shown that playing a certain type of computer games was more effective at reducing symptoms of depression than the “gold standard” – the antidepressant drug escitalopram. Recently, we’ve been bombarded about […]

How The Jetsons predicted the future

Fri, Aug 1, 2014

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I remember watching The Jetsons out of sheer admiration for the future. The plot was kind of meh, some episodes were good, some episodes were so-so, but to the child I was at the time, The Jetsons was the future. So here we are now, in 2014… it’s the future – where’s my flying car […]

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