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New class of fuel cells offer increased flexibility, lower cost
A new class of fuel cells based on a newly discovered polymer-based material could bridge the gap between the operating temperature ranges of two existing types of polymer fuel cells, a breakthrough with the potential to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost fuel cells for automotive and stationary applications. (2016-08-23)

How cell nuclei squeeze into tight spaces
As cells move throughout our bodies, they often have to squeeze through tight nooks and crannies in their environment, reliably springing back to their original shape. The structures involved in this process are still a mystery, but in a study published Aug. 22 in Developmental Cell, a research team reports one protein responsible for giving a cell's nucleus its durable, deformable nature. These results, the authors say, may explain the invasiveness of certain cancer cells. (2016-08-22)

Tool or weapon? New research throws light on stone artifacts' use as ancient projectiles
IU Bloomington professor Geoffrey Bingham and colleagues in the United Kingdom and United States contend that the stones served not as tools by as weapons for defense and hunting. The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports. (2016-08-18)

Novel tracer safely and effectively maps sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer patients
A recent study by researchers at Peking University Cancer Hospital & Institute demonstrates the effectiveness and safety of Tc-99m-rituximab, a new SLN radiotracer, that targets the antigen CD20, which is expressed extensively in lymph nodes. The study is published in the August issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. (2016-08-17)

Isotope research opens new possibilities for cancer treatment
A new study at Los Alamos National Laboratory and in collaboration with Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource greatly improves scientists' understanding of the element actinium. The insights could support innovation in creating new classes of anticancer drugs. (2016-08-17)

Hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors enable cost-effective detection of neutron signals
A group of Texas Tech University researchers led by Professors Hongxing Jiang and Jingyu Lin report this week in Applied Physics Letters that they have developed an alternative material -- hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors -- for neutron detection. This material fulfills many key requirements for helium gas detector replacements and can serve as a low-cost alternative in the future. (2016-08-16)

UCI physicists confirm possible discovery of fifth force of nature
Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, according to a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters by theoretical physicists at the University of California, Irvine. (2016-08-15)

Wiring reconfiguration saves millions for Trinity supercomputer
A moment of inspiration during a wiring diagram review has saved more than $2 million in material and labor costs for the Trinity supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. (2016-08-15)

De-icing agent remains stable at more than a million atmospheres of pressure
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have combined X-ray diffraction and vibrational spectroscopy measurements together with first-principle calculations to examine the high-pressure structural behavior of magnesium chloride. (2016-08-12)

Long-term health effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs not as dire as perceived
The detonation of atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 resulted in horrific casualties. The long-term effects of radiation exposure also increased cancer rates in the survivors. But public perception of the rates of cancer and birth defects among survivors and their children is greatly exaggerated when compared to the reality revealed by comprehensive follow-up studies. The reasons for this mismatch are discussed in a review published in the journal GENETICS. (2016-08-11)

Partisan media can influence viewers to reject facts
A new nationwide study suggests why heavy users of partisan media outlets are more likely than others to hold political misperceptions. (2016-08-10)

1967 solar storm nearly took US to brink of war
A solar storm that jammed radar and radio communications at the height of the Cold War could have led to a disastrous military conflict if not for the US Air Force's budding efforts to monitor the sun's activity, a new study finds. (2016-08-09)

Melting ice sheet could expose frozen Cold War-era hazardous waste
Climate change is threatening to expose hazardous waste at an abandoned camp thought to be buried forever in the Greenland Ice Sheet, new research out of York University has found. Camp Century, a United States military base built within the Greenland ice sheet in 1959, doubled as a top-secret site for testing the feasibility of deploying nuclear missiles during the Cold War. When the camp was decommissioned in 1967, its infrastructure and waste were abandoned. (2016-08-04)

Mapping the exotic matter inside neutron stars
Scientists performed the first accurate determination of the thermodynamic properties of dense quark matter under violent conditions that occur during neutron star mergers, and suggest a step towards distinguishing between neutron and quark matter cores in neutron stars. (2016-08-02)

SNMMI Technologist Section announces award winners
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging's Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS) -- an international scientific and medical organization -- recognized contributions to and work in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging during the SNMMI 2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif. Several awards ceremonies were held to recognize the valuable role that SNMMI-TS members play in advancing the discipline of nuclear medicine technology. (2016-07-28)

Ames Laboratory Ph.D. student is awarded Margaret Butler Fellowship
US Department of Energy's (DOE) Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University Ph.D. student Colleen Bertoni has been named this year's recipient of the Margaret Butler Fellowship in Computational Science. (2016-07-27)

The preventive destruction
Employees of the Department of Celestial Mechanics and Astrometry NII PMM of Tomsk state university (Russia) and colleagues from St. Petersburg State University, Keldysh Research Center, and Research Institute Sirius are developing measures to protect the Earth from potentially dangerous celestial bodies. With the help of supercomputer SKIF Cyberia, the scientists simulated the nuclear explosion of an asteroid 200 meters in diameter in such a way that its irradiated fragments do not fall to the Earth. (2016-07-27)

A new type of quantum bits
A research team from Germany, France and Switzerland has realized quantum bits, short: qubits, in a new form. One day, they might become the information units of quantum computers. To date, researchers have realized qubits in the form of individual electrons. However, this led to interferences and rendered the information carriers difficult to program and read. The group has solved this problem by utilizing electron holes as qubits, rather than electrons. The team published their report in the journal Nature Materials. (2016-07-26)

Tide-triggered tremors give clues for earthquake prediction
The triggering of small, deep earthquakes along California's San Andreas Fault reveals depth-dependent frictional behavior that may provide insight into patterns signaling when a major quake could be on the horizon, according to a paper released this week by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2016-07-21)

Mars rover's laser can now target rocks all by itself
New software is enabling ChemCam, the laser spectrometer on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, to select rock targets autonomously -- the first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of this kind on any robotic planetary mission. (2016-07-21)

The 80th CSH Symposium Proceedings addresses 21st Century Genetics: Genes at Work
'21st Century Genetics: Genes at Work,' the 80th Cold Spring Harbor Symposium Proceedings, provides a current synthesis of genetic mechanisms and genome/chromosome biology. This volume spans a broad range of topics that reflect our current understanding of genetic mechanisms in humans and other organisms. Themes include chromosome biology and nuclear structure, topologically associating domains, gene-enhancer interactions, chromatin and epigenetics, gene regulation and control, developmental regulation, RNA controlling elements, maintenance of genome stability, nuclear receptors, circadian clocks and aging, and genome editing. (2016-07-19)

Elderly Japanese most resilient in wake of triple disaster, study finds
Older people in Japan are more resistant to the impacts of disasters on their health than younger generations, a study suggests. (2016-07-19)

Multi-million dollar grant to support waste cleanup
Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have received a four-year, multimillion dollar grant from the US Department of Energy to study the chemical reactions that cause nuclear waste to change over time. The grant establishes the IDREAM center, one of four newly minted DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers intended to play a major role in expediting the cleanup of Hanford and other sites contaminated by decades of nuclear weapons production. (2016-07-18)

'Dream Team' chosen to study basic science of nuclear waste
PNNL's 'Dream Team' has been selected to lead one of four new Energy Frontier Research Centers to accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to support the Department of Energy's cleanup mission. (2016-07-18)

FSU gets $10 million for nuclear research center
Florida State University will receive $10 million from the US Department of Energy to create a new Energy Frontier Research Center that will focus on accelerating scientific efforts needed to support nuclear waste cleanup. (2016-07-18)

New method can identify chemical warfare agents more easily
A new method for extracting, enriching and identifying chemical warfare agents from oils and other organic liquids could help government officials and homeland security protect civilians more effectively from their deadly effects. The method, published in Journal of Chromatography A, uses nanoparticles to capture the chemicals. (2016-07-13)

PET/MRI: A one-stop imaging test to detect prostate cancer?
A University of Michigan study published in the July issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine reports that the addition of molecular imaging based on F-18-choline positron emission tomography (PET) improves the identification of significant prostate cancer over multi-parametric prostate magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) alone for targeted transrectal prostate biopsies. (2016-07-11)

Physicists couple distant nuclear spins using a single electron
For the first time, researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have coupled the nuclear spins of distant atoms using just a single electron. Three research groups took part in this complex experiment, the results of which have now been published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. (2016-07-11)

Flipping crystals improves solar-cell performance
In a step that could bring perovskite crystals closer to use in the burgeoning solar power industry, researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University and Rice University have tweaked their crystal production method and developed a new type of two-dimensional layered perovskite with outstanding stability and more than triple the material's previous power conversion efficiency. (2016-07-06)

The interaction between our 2 genomes, nuclear and mitochondrial, is the key to healthy aging
Spanish scientists show that non-pathogenic mitochondrial DNA variants impact metabolism and the way that individuals age. (2016-07-06)

Radiocarbon dating suggests joint cartilage can't renew
Using radiocarbon dating as a forensic tool, researchers have found that human cartilage rarely renews in adulthood, suggesting that joint diseases may be harder to treat than previously thought. (2016-07-06)

Fukushima and the oceans: What do we know, 5 years on?
A major international review of the state of the oceans five years after the Fukushima disaster shows that radiation levels are decreasing rapidly except in the harbor area close to the nuclear plant itself where ongoing releases remain a concern. This work is presented at the Goldschmidt conference in Japan. (2016-06-30)

No need in supercomputers
A group of physicists from the Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics, the Lomonosov Moscow State University, has learned to use personal computer for calculations of complex equations of quantum mechanics, usually solved with help of supercomputers. This PC does the job much faster. (2016-06-28)

Clemson University researchers working on sensor that could help keep nation safe
A sensor in development at Clemson University could help search for some of the globe's most potentially destructive weapons to keep them out of the hands of terrorists and rogue nations. (2016-06-28)

New model predicts once-mysterious chemical reactions
A team of researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Curtin University in Australia developed a theoretical model to forecast the fundamental chemical reactions involving molecular hydrogen. (2016-06-28)

Laser uranium enrichment technology may create new proliferation risks
A new laser-based uranium enrichment technology may provide a hard-to-detect pathway to nuclear weapons production, according to a forthcoming paper in the journal Science & Global Security by Ryan Snyder, a physicist with Princeton University's Program on Science and Global Security. (2016-06-27)

ChemCam findings hint at oxygen-rich past on Mars
The discovery of manganese oxides in Martian rocks might tell us that the Red Planet was once more Earth-like than previously believed. (2016-06-27)

Sweden's 100 percent carbon-free emissions challenge
The Swedish power supply is largely free of carbon emissions. Indeed, it is mainly based on a combination of hydroelectric and nuclear power combined with power exchange with neighboring Scandinavian countries. A study published in EPJ Plus investigates the possibility of replacing nuclear power with wind power, which is by nature intermittent. According to the study, this would finally lead to a reduction in the use of hydroelectricity if the annual consumption remained constant. (2016-06-21)

Loyola study reveals how HIV enters cell nucleus
Loyola University Chicago scientists have solved a mystery that has long baffled HIV researchers: How does HIV manage to enter the nucleus of immune system cells? The discovery, reported in the journal PLOS Pathogens, could lead to effective new drugs to treat HIV/AIDS. (2016-06-21)

£4.5m 'Lab in a bubble' project could improve cancer care
A £4.5million University of Strathclyde project to produce bubble-sized 'laboratories' could boost cancer treatment, medical imaging and industrial processes. (2016-06-21)

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