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Crystal unclear: Why might this uncanny crystal change laser design? Friday August 26th, 2016 04:00:00 AM
(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) New research suggests that the relatively large crystals used to change several properties of light in lasers -- changes that are crucial for making lasers into practical tools -- might be created by stacking up far smaller, rod-shaped microcrystals that can be grown easily and cheaply.

Nanoscope Technologies awarded Audacious Goal Initiative grant by National Eye Institute Friday August 26th, 2016 04:00:00 AM
(Nanoscope Technologies) Nanoscope Technologies has been awarded an Audacious Goal Initiative grant by the National Eye Institute for exploring novel laser based therapeutic gene delivery to the eye. Nanoscope has developed laser based gene delivery and imaging platform to analyze expression of highly-photosensitive Opsin. This will allow retinal stimulation for vision-restoration in patients with RP and other genetic retinal photo-degenerative diseases. RP-patients loose vision in the periphery and laser delivery ...

Spherical tokamaks could provide path to limitless fusion energy Friday August 26th, 2016 04:00:00 AM
(DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) This article describes spherical tokamak as model for limitless energy.

UTA study finds air contamination near fracking sites result of operational inefficiencies Friday August 26th, 2016 04:00:00 AM
(University of Texas at Arlington) Chemists at the University of Texas at Arlington have published a new study that indicates that highly variable contamination events registered in and around unconventional oil and gas developments are the result of operational inefficiencies and not inherent to the extraction process itself.

Two NASA satellites take a bead on Gaston's movements Friday August 26th, 2016 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Gaston is currently sitting smack in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean churning away. Currently it is not near any landmasses and is at tropical storm status having weakened slightly from hurricane force.

NJIT co-hosts inaugural Computer Science Education awards ceremony Friday August 26th, 2016 04:00:00 AM
(New Jersey Institute of Technology) The award ceremony celebrates the contributions and commitment to teaching college-level computer science.

Sensor systems identify senior citizens at risk of falling within 3 weeks Friday August 26th, 2016 04:00:00 AM
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Each year, millions of people -- especially those 65 and older -- fall. Such falls can be serious, leading to broken bones, head injuries, hospitalizations or even death. Now, researchers from the Sinclair School of Nursing and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri found that sensors that measure in-home gait speed and stride length can predict likely falls. This technology can assist health providers to detect changes and intervene before a fall occurs.

Force triggers gene expression by stretching chromatin Friday August 26th, 2016 04:00:00 AM
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) How genes in our DNA are expressed into traits within a cell is a complicated mystery with many players, the main suspects being chemical. However, a new study by University of Illinois researchers and collaborators in China has demonstrated that external mechanical force can directly regulate gene expression. The study also identified the pathway that conveys the force from the outside of the cell into the nucleus.

Structural, regulatory and human error were factors in Washington highway bridge collapse Friday August 26th, 2016 04:00:00 AM
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) When an important bridge collapsed on Interstate 5 near Mount Vernon, Washington, in 2013, questions were raised about how such a catastrophic failure could occur. A new analysis by a team of civil engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign outlines the many factors that led to the collapse, as well as steps that transportation departments can take to prevent such accidents on other bridges of similar design.

Typhoon Lionrock threatening Japan Friday August 26th, 2016 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Depending on the intensity track of Typhoon Lionrock, it could pass over Japan with the strength of a lion or or the weakness of a lamb. The intensity track is not clear as yet and some forecasters have it remaining a stronger storm while others have it downgrading significantly in intensity.

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