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Aug 3, 2016

Neurons position their parts for rapid communication

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Very cool.


Scientific Method — Neurons position their parts for rapid communication Neurons that talk to each other have proteins that mirror each other.

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Aug 3, 2016

NSW minister reckons innovation runs in Australia’s DNA

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, innovation

Hmmm; ok, hmmm.


NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres has said that innovation is ingrained in the DNA of Australians as the nation has always found a way to ‘make things happen’.

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Aug 3, 2016

New diamond-coated screen tech could be stronger than Gorilla Glass

Posted by in category: futurism

Can diamonds make your screen forever?

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Aug 3, 2016

Germs May Help Shape Our Personalities

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Who knew.


It’s all connected! Recent rodent research suggests that immune responses and social behavior may be more intertwined than we realized.

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Aug 3, 2016

Making nail polish while powering fuel cells

Posted by in category: energy

Hydrogen is widely regarded as a promising and clean alternative energy source. The traditional source of hydrogen (H2) for fuel cell use is water, which is split into H2 and oxygen (O2). But O2 is a low-value product.

So, this week in ACS Central Science (“Electrochemical Partial Reforming of Ethanol into Ethyl Acetate Using Ultrathin Co3O4 Nanosheets as a Highly Selective Anode Catalyst”), researchers report a new approach and a new catalyst that can produce not just hydrogen but also valuable chemicals, including the most common ingredient in nail polish.

making chemical ethyl acetate while generating H2 gas

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Aug 3, 2016

Saudis look to Chinese 3D printing company to tackle housing shortage

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, government, habitats

China’s big win.


Last week a team from Chinese 3D printing construction company WinSun visited Saudi Arabia, meeting with department of housing official and others to discuss the kingdom’s housing shortfall.

According to 3ders.com and others, the Chinese firm’s chairman and vice president met officials from the housing department and investment authority, and were told the Saudi government believes WinSun’s technology could help meet a shortage in available housing. WinSun was invited to open a Saudi factory.

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Aug 3, 2016

Gravitational Waves to Crack Neutron Star Mystery

Posted by in category: physics

As gravitational wave observatories become more sensitive, we may see the collisions of neutron stars and, possibly, find out what these stellar husks are really made of.

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Aug 3, 2016

Ocean observation nano satellite in the making

Posted by in categories: education, satellites

Nice.


Summary: “Nano satellite missions are low-cost and can do multiple jobs with a greater degree of accuracy. “It will be an advanced nano satellite weighing about one kg designed for a specific task of conducting oceanographic studies. S Satheesh Chandra Shenoi, Director, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and National Institute of Ocean Technology, said it’s good that educational institutions are venturing into space programmes. Close on the heels of the successful launch of SATHYABAMASAT, which the students of Sathyabama University worked on since 2009 to monitor the greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere, the Academy of Maritime Education and Training (AMET) is working on an ocean observation “AMETSAT — Nano Satellite Project” with the national space agency. Also, the incidences of aircrafts such as the Indian Air Force AN-32 going missing leaving no clues warrant more ocean observation satellites, though with little larger life span, unlike nano satellites which usually have a life space of 6 months, another AMET faculty member said.

CHENNAI: With the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) opening its arms to educational institutions and private industry to participate in space exploration missions, there is a renewed enthusiasm among researchers and student community. Close on the heels of the successful launch of SATHYABAMASAT, which the students of Sathyabama University worked on since 2009 to monitor the greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere, the Academy of Maritime Education and Training (AMET) is working on an ocean observation “AMETSAT — Nano Satellite Project” with the national space agency. G Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor, AMET, made the announcement during the sixth convocation held here on Wednesday. The deemed university has also bagged a project on “Marine Exploration of Submerged Poompuhar and Dwarka”. N Manoharan, Director, Research of AMET, told Express on the sidelines of the convocation that the project was in an early stage.

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Aug 3, 2016

New Disney Technology Takes 3D-Printing Up A Notch

Posted by in category: 3D printing

A new 3D printing method can create almost anything you could imagine.

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Aug 3, 2016

Plastic brick houses

Posted by in category: habitats

This company is rebuilding communities using old plastic.

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