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2014-05-13 12:33:31

Researchers from Nexus Spine LLC and Brigham Young University have Developed New, High-Tech Device for Transferring DNA into Cells WASHINGTON, May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ability to transfer a gene or DNA sequence from one animal into the genome of another plays a critical role in a wide range of medical research--including cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130627/DC39790LOGO But the traditional method of transferring...

2014-03-25 12:21:17

Researchers in Spain have designed a vacuum chamber capable of mimicking conditions on Mars to test gear for use in future missions WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A research team in Spain has the enviable job of testing out new electromechanical gear for potential use in future missions to the "Red Planet." They do it within their Mars environmental simulation chamber, which is specially designed to mimic conditions on the fourth planet from the sun -- right...

2012-09-24 12:53:20

Applications include new cancer detection strategies Shengyuan Yang, Florida Institute of Technology assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, with graduate student Sang Joo Lee, has published a paper on the first-ever imaging of cells growing on spherical surfaces. The paper is published in the online journal, Review of Scientific Instruments, and will appear later in September in the print version. The potential biomedical applications of the researchers' technique...

2012-03-13 09:03:18

"Bows and flows of angel hair, and ice cream castles in the air;" we've looked at clouds that way. But the interface between clouds and clear air isn't as well-defined as these imaginative shapes might lead us to believe. Detecting that hazy line can help scientists to better understand the processes that lead to cloud formation, which is important for good weather forecasts and climate modeling. Now atmospheric scientists from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom have designed a...

2011-06-30 16:02:00

Many titles again top the list of most highly cited journals in their category MELVILLE, N.Y., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Institute of Physics (AIP) (www.aip.org) is pleased to report significant increases in the impact factors of many of its key titles, as reported in the 2010 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) (Thomson Reuters 2011). Stand-out performances include a 34.6% jump by Biomicrofluidics, a more than 15% increase by Chaos, and impressive...

2011-04-05 17:56:10

A very simple bench-top technique that uses the force of acoustical waves to create a variety of 3D structures will benefit the rapidly expanding field of metamaterials and their myriad applications"”including "invisibility cloaks." Metamaterials are artificial materials that are engineered to have properties not found in nature. These materials usually gain their unusual properties"”such as negative refraction that enables subwavelength focusing, negative bulk modulus, and band...

2011-01-11 14:08:39

Whether the object of attention is a novel aspect of the universe or an enigmatic and distant colleague, listening is key to nearly any effort to seek understanding. And not just with your ears. Spectroscopy, the study of how atoms absorb and emit electromagnetic radiation, is like listening, too. The technique is central to a range of physics experiments and can be thought of as an attempt to filter out useful information from what various sensors and detectors often first "hear" as...

2010-11-09 20:46:24

Current medical techniques for monitoring the heart rate and other vital signs use electrodes attached to the body, which are impractical for patients who want to move around. Plasma physicist Atsushi Mase, a scientist at Kyushu University in Japan, and colleague Daisuke Nagae have developed a new technique to disconnect people from their electrodes by using microwaves. The work, which could lead to the development of non-invasive, real-time stress sensing in a variety of environments, is...

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2010-11-09 13:55:26

Walk into nearly any science museum worth its salt and you're likely to see a Foucault pendulum, a simple but impressive device for observing the Earth's rotation. Such pendulums have been around for more than 150 years, and little about how they work remains a mystery today. The only problem, according to Argentinean researcher Horacio Salva, is that the devices are generally large and unwieldy, making them impractical to install in places where space is at a premium. This limitation was...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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