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2010-12-08 15:15:52

Nitric oxide is a toxic pollutant, but the human body also creates it and uses it to attack invading microbes and parasites. A new study by researchers at UC Davis, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) shows how nitric oxide attacks an important group of proteins critical to cell survival. A paper describing the work was published Dec. 6 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. "This information can be used to learn...

2010-11-16 09:45:00

Ultra-short X-ray beams produced at the University of Michigan could one day serve as more sensitive medical diagnostic tools, and they could work like strobe lights to allow researchers to observe chemical reactions that happen in quadrillionths of a second. The researchers used the HERCULES high-intensity, table-top laser to create X-ray beams that rival those made in expensive and massive synchrotron particle accelerators. The National Synchrotron Light Source II, for example, under...

2010-11-07 00:16:38

A new analysis technique for the design and optimization of beam optics has successfully been used to model the group behavior of electron beams over a linear accelerator, paving the way for its use at linear accelerator based light source facilities around the world. Tokyo, Japan (PRWeb UK) November 5, 2010 A new analysis technique for the design and optimization of beam optics has successfully been used to model the group behavior of electron beams over a linear accelerator, paving the...

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2010-05-10 14:45:00

Researchers have found that a 150 million year old "dinobird" fossil, long thought to contain nothing but fossilized bone and rock, has been hiding remnants of the animal's original chemistry. Using the bright X-ray beam of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, located at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, an international team of paleontologists, geochemists and physicists has revealed this transformative glimpse into one of the most important fossils...

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2010-04-26 12:55:50

A new form of platinum that could be used to make cheaper, more efficient fuel cells has been created by researchers at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Houston. The process, described in the April 25th issue of Nature Chemistry, could help enable broader use of the devices, which produce emissions-free energy using hydrogen. "This is a significant advance," said scientist Anders Nilsson, who conducts research at the Stanford Institute for...

2010-04-12 07:00:00

GRENOBLE, France, April 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - Despite its Recent Discovery, one of the Best-Preserved Hominid Fossils has Already Been Analysed with Synchrotron Light Prof. Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) has discovered a new species of early human ancestor in one of the best-preserved skeletons of an hominid, dated around 1.9 million years old, in the Cradle of Humankind. This discovery was published on 9 April in Science. The fossil's...

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2010-04-12 07:59:57

Despite its recent discovery in South Africa, one of the best-preserved hominid fossil ever discovered has already been analyzed with synchrotron light Palaeoanthropologist Prof. Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, has discovered a new species of early human ancestor in one of the best-preserved skeletons of an early hominid, dated around 1.9 million years old, in the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site. This discovery was published on 9 April...

2010-04-08 08:17:00

GRENOBLE, France, April 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- We are advised by European Synchrotron Radiation Facility that journalists and other readers should disregard the news release "First Studies of Fossil of new Human Ancestor Take Place at the European Synchrotron", issued earlier today over PR Newswire. A final version will be issued at 3pm BST today. SOURCE European Synchrotron Radiation Facility

2010-04-08 07:00:00

GRENOBLE, France, April 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - Despite its Recent Discovery, one of the Best-Preserved Hominid Fossils has Already Been Analysed with Synchrotron Light Prof. Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) has discovered a new species of early human ancestor in one of the best-preserved skeletons of an hominid, dated around 1.9 million years old, in the Cradle of Humankind. This discovery was published on 9 April in Science. The fossil's...

2009-07-02 11:06:31

Science and technology are becoming increasingly involved in the world of art. Scientific advances and new technological instruments are opening new doors to fields of knowledge to which they had been previously closed. Art is one such case in point.Through an agreement with the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), the Analysis of Cultural Heritage Materials (AMPC) research group, which concentrates on the study of materials that are of historical, archeological, artistic and cultural...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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