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Float Like a Mosquito, Sting Like a…Mosquito

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By examining the forces that the segments of mosquito legs generate against a water surface, researchers at the China University of Petroleum (Huadong) and Liaoning University of Technology have unraveled the mechanical logic that allows the mosquitoes to walk on water, which may help in the design of biomimetic structures, such as aquatic robots and small boats.

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Modeling Chimp Behavior? Try Using Laws That Govern Matter

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To simulate chimp behavior, the scientists created a computer model based on equations normally used to describe the movement of atoms and molecules in a confined space.

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Computer Simulator Will Improve Radiation Therapy for Cancer Patients

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A University of Arkansas researcher helped spearhead a project to develop a computer simulator of dual foil scattering systems used in radiation therapy.

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Giant Virus Revealed in 3-D Using X-ray Laser

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For the first time, researchers have produced a 3-D image revealing part of the inner structure of an intact, infectious virus, using a unique X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The virus, called Mimivirus, is in a curious class of “giant viruses” discovered just over a decade ago.

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Researchers Find 3-D Printed Parts Provide Low-Cost, Custom Alternatives for Lab Equipment

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Article describes experiments showing suitability of 3-D printed parts for laboratory work.

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SLAC-led Research Team Bends Highly Energetic Electron Beam with Crystal

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An international team of researchers working at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has demonstrated that a bent silicon crystal can bend the paths of focused, very energetic electron beams much more than magnets used today. The method could be of interest for particle accelerator applications such as next-generation X-ray lasers that will help scientists unravel atomic structures and motions in unprecedented detail.

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Why a Latte Is Less Likely to Spill Than a Coffee

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Carrying a cup of coffee can be precarious for a sleepy-eyed caffeine addict who might accidentally send a wave of java sloshing over the rim, but add some foam and the trip becomes easier. New research shows that just a few layers of bubbles can significantly dampen the sloshing motion of liquid, and it may have applications far beyond breakfast beverages, including the safer transport of liquefied gas in trucks and propellants in rocket engines.

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Ultra-Thin Nanowires Can Trap Electron ‘Twisters’ That Disrupt Superconductors

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Superconductor materials are prized for their ability to carry an electric current without resistance, a valuable trait crippled or lost when electrons swirl into tiny tornado-like formations called vortices. To keep supercurrents flowing at top speed, scientists have figured out how to constrain troublesome vortices by trapping them within extremely short, ultra-thin nanowires.

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Searching for Signs of a Force from the 'Dark Side' in Particle Collisions at RHIC

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Scientists searching for signs of elusive “dark photons” as an explanation for an anomaly in a groundbreaking physics experiment have nearly ruled out their role.

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Physics Pioneer and Anti-Nuclear Activist Ernest Sternglass Dies at 91

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Ernest Sternglass, whose correspondence as a young physicist with Albert Einstein led to an electron amplification discovery that – two decades later – allowed hundreds of millions to watch live video of Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the moon, died of heart failure Feb. 12 in Ithaca. He was 91.