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Duke University Engineers Create Invisibility Cloak With 3D Printer
2013-05-06 15:11:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Duke University engineers are developing a way for you to create your own visibility cloak with a 3D printer. Three-dimensional printing is growing in popularity, and the cost for a MakerBot Replicator 2 is now just $2,199. Scientists are also working harder and harder to turn Harry Potter's invisibility cloak into a reality. A group wrote in the New Journal of Physics in March about how they developed a new cloak that is able...

2013-04-30 23:19:24

Prof Rick Larrick looks at how political ideology affects how people buy energy-efficient products When it comes to deciding which light bulb to buy, a label touting the product's environmental benefit may actually discourage politically conservative shoppers. Dena Gromet and Howard Kunreuther at The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and Rick Larrick at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business conducted two studies to determine how political ideology affected a person's...

All Possible Drug-like Chemical Compounds Mapped By Scientists
2013-04-23 09:00:43

Duke University Software builds "library" of millions of small, carbon-based molecules chemists might synthesize. Drug developers may have a new tool to search for more effective medications and new materials. It's a computer algorithm that can model and catalogue the entire set of lightweight, carbon-containing molecules that chemists could feasibly create in a lab. The small-molecule universe has more than 10^60 (that's 1 with 60 zeroes after it) chemical structures. Duke...

Ancient Hominid Study Reveals Early Similarities Between Humans And Apes
2013-04-12 09:07:49

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the largest studies on some of the most complete remains of early human ancestors has culminated in a comprehensive look into how an early hominid (Australopithecus sediba) moved and chewed. The study, collaborated on by an international team of scientists and published in six papers in the journal Science, details not only early traits but also describes notable features that set it apart from modern humans. The research...

Two New Lemur Species Found In Madagascar, Already Endangered
2013-03-27 11:47:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent animated movie franchise introduced children around the world over to an island just off the coast of Africa and its immense biodiversity. Perhaps unknown to those children and even their parents is the fact this diversity continues to increase thanks to the dedication of scientists who continually seek out new species. The mouse lemur, a saucer-eyed, teacup-sized primate is an example of diversity that can only be found...

Men Handle Lack Of Sleep Better Than Women
2013-03-13 16:03:31

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists from Duke University believe that women require more sleep than men. When women don´t get the amount of sleep they need, they may suffer the consequences, both mentally and physically. According to this study, men do not experience the same consequences when they get less sleep than recommended. The consequences of too little sleep can be quite dangerous for women. According to the Duke scientists, women who...

2013-02-28 14:27:38

In experiments mimicking a natural environment, Duke University researchers have demonstrated that the silver nanoparticles used in many consumer products can have an adverse effect on plants and microorganisms. Fifty days after scientists applied a single low dose of silver nanoparticles, the experimental environments produced about a third less biomass in some plants and microbes. These preliminary findings are important, the researchers said, because little is known about the...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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