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How the Earth Stops High-Energy Neutrinos in Their Tracks

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:00 EST

(image) A research collaboration including scientists from Berkeley Lab has demonstrated that the Earth stops high-energy neutrinos - particles that only very rarely interact with matter.(image)

Icebound Detector Reveals How Ghostly Neutrinos Are Stopped Cold

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:00 EST

(image) Famously, neutrinos, the nearly massless particles that are a fundamental component of the universe, can zip through a million miles of lead without skipping a beat. Now, in a critical measurement that may one day help predict new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics -- the model that seeks to explain the fundamental forces of the universe -- an international team of researchers with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory has shown how energized neutrinos can be stopped cold as they pass through the Earth.(image)

Applied Mathematician Qiang Du Elected an AAAS Fellow

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:05:07 EST

(image) Qiang Du, the Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics, has been elected a 2017 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his "distinguished contributions to the field of applied and computational mathematics, particularly for theoretical analysis and numerical simulations of mathematical models in various applications."(image)

Cybersecurity Expert Not Surprised With Uber Breach

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:05:32 EST

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Five Brookhaven Lab Scientists Named 2017 American Physical Society Fellows

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:05:01 EST

(image) Anatoly Frenkel, Morgan May, Rachid Nouicer, Eric Stach, and Peter Steinberg were recognized for their outstanding contributions to astrophysics, materials physics, and nuclear physics.(image)

High Yield, Protein with Soybean Gene

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:00:00 EST

(image) Soybean growers face a challenge. It has proved difficult to develop soybean varieties with both high protein levels and high yields.(image)

Workouts to Remember: New Research Suggests High-Intensity Exercise Boosts Memory

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:05:14 EST

(image) The health advantages of high-intensity exercise are widely known but new research from McMaster University points to another major benefit: better memory. The findings could have implications for an aging population which is grappling with the growing problem of catastrophic diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's.(image)

Emerging Microtechnologies and Automated Systems for Rapid Bacterial Identification and Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:05:50 EST

(image) A review article in the December 2017 issue of SLAS Technology provides important information for life sciences and technology professionals in academia and industry and members of the general public who are interested in antibiotic resistance, general microbial detection principles, in vitro diagnostics, micro- and nanotechnologies, and next generation rapid microbial testing methods.(image)

Climate Change Models of Bird Impacts Pass the Test

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:05:23 EST

(image) A major study looking at changes in where UK birds have been found over the past 40 years has validated the latest climate change models being used to forecast impacts on birds and other animals.(image)

Rainfall Can Indicate That Mosquito-Borne Epidemics Will Occur Weeks Later

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:05:54 EST

(image) A new study demonstrates that outbreaks of mosquito-borne viruses Zika and Chikungunya generally occur about three weeks after heavy rainfall. Researchers also found that Chikungunya will predominate over Zika when both circulate at the same time.(image)

To Forget or to Remember? Memory Depends on Subtle Brain Signals, Scientists Find

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:05:43 EST

(image) Understanding how brains actively erase memories may open new understanding of memory loss and aging, and open the possibility of new treatments for neurodegenerative disease.(image)

Top-Flight Rheometer Allows for Outside-the-Box Research

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:30:37 EST

(image) Thanks to a loan from instrument manufacturer Anton Paar, Cornell University has a state-of-the-art rheometer that will allow those students to perform those experiments on campus. Anton Paar has provided Cornell with one of its high-end rheometers, an MCR 702 TwinDrive. The instrument will be on loan to Cornell for at least three years, said Abhishek Shetty, lead scientist in rheology at Anton Paar.(image)

Argonne Appoints Chief of Staff

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:49 EST

(image) Megan Clifford has been named Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, effective January 1, 2018.(image)

Kentucky Researchers First to Produce High Grade Rare Earths From Coal

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:00:48 EST

(image) University of Kentucky researchers have produced nearly pure rare earth concentrates from Kentucky coal using an environmentally-conscious and cost-effective process, a groundbreaking accomplishment in the energy industry.(image)

Mathematics Professor Plays Games with Infinity

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:05:33 EST

(image) "I work in an area of pure mathematics called set theory, a rich and beautiful subject whose fundamental concepts permeate virtually every branch of mathematics," said Cunningham, professor of mathematics at Buffalo State.(image)

Jefferson Lab Scientist Selected to Receive Francis Slack Award

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:00:10 EST

(image) Dr. Hari Areti, has been selected to receive the Francis G. Slack Award, established by the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, to honor excellence in service to Physics in the Southeastern U.S.(image)

ORNL Wins Nine R&D 100 Awards

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:05:52 EST

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received nine R&D 100 Awards in recognition of their significant advancements in science and technology.(image)

Researchers Discover Specific Tumor Environment That Triggers Cells to Metastasize

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:05:33 EST

(image) A team of bioengineers and bioinformaticians at the University of California San Diego have discovered how the environment surrounding a tumor can trigger metastatic behavior in cancer cells. Specifically, when tumor cells are confined in a dense environment, the researchers found that they turn on a specific set of genes and begin to form structures that resemble blood vessels.(image)

Argonne Scientists Capture Several R&D 100 Awards

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:05:32 EST

(image) Innovative technologies developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory recently earned several R&D 100 Awards.(image)

Good Cells Gone Bad

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:00:00 EST

A new study from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is the first to show precisely how a process in nerve cells called the S-nitrosylation (SNO) reaction--which can be caused by aging, pesticides and pollution--may contribute to Parkinson's disease.(image)

Watching Atoms Move in Hybrid Perovskite Crystals Reveals Clues to Improving Solar Cells

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:05:56 EST

(image) The discovery of nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskites could shed light on developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. Using X-ray beams and lasers, a team of researchers led by the University of California San Diego discovered how the movement of ions in hybrid perovskites causes certain regions within the material to become better solar cells than other parts.(image)

Infectious diseases: CTRL + ALT + Delete

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:05:43 EST

(image) Gene editing holds great promise for 'deleting' diseases from human bodies. Sandia National Laboratories is now working to make this technology safer and to ensure that one day it can be delivered into humans without triggering adverse immune system reactions or causing other undesirable side effects.(image)

Two Los Alamos Scientists Honored by AAAS

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:05:40 EST

(image) Prominent researchers Angel E. Garcia and Laura Smilowitz of Los Alamos National Laboratory have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon Association members by their peers.(image)

Recent Field Tests Highlight Collaborations for Bomb Squad Response

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:05:47 EST

(image) S&T led an August 2017 vehicle-born IED experimentation assessment with representatives of the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad, New Jersey State Police, Saint Paul (Minnesota) Police, U.S. Air Force and the Canadian Air Force.(image)