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Johns Hopkins APL’s ‘Dragonfly’ Dual-Quadcopter Aims to Explore Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon

The Dragonfly mission concept would use an instrumented, radioisotope-powered, dual-quadcopter to explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan, one of our solar system’s “ocean worlds.”

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Making the Case for Declaring the U.S. Opioid Epidemic a National Public Health Emergency

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President Trump has announced his intention to declare the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency and a new JAMA Viewpoint written by public health and law experts decisively makes the case for why and how the declaration would work.

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Press Conference Schedule: 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, Aug. 20-24, 2017

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Fifty U.S. Schools of Nursing Awarded Funding to Host White Coat Ceremonies that Champion Compassionate Care

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced that 50 schools of nursing across the nation were selected to receive funding to host White Coat Ceremonies, which underscore the importance of humanistic patient care.

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Fusion, fusion energy, Fusion Energy Sciences, Nuclear Science, plasma physics, Plasma, Physics of Plasmas, Advanced Scientific Computing Research, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, ASCR, NERSC, PPPL , Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Tokamak, tokamaks, plasma diagnostics, National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgade, Modeling & Simul

Avoiding Disruptions that Halt Fusion Reactions

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New supercomputing capabilities help understand how to cope with large-scale instabilities in tokamaks.

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Spinning Plant Waste Into Carbon Fiber for Cars, Planes

Using plants and trees to make products such as paper or ethanol leaves behind a residue called lignin, a component of plant cell walls. That leftover lignin isn’t good for much and often gets burned or tossed into landfills. Now, researchers report transforming lignin into carbon fiber to produce a lower-cost material strong enough to build car or aircraft parts.

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Mosquitoes Fatally Attracted to Deadly, Sweet-Smelling Potion

Mosquitoes aren’t just blood thirsty. They also have a sweet tooth, relying on plant nectar to get the sugar they need to survive. Exploiting this weakness, scientists have developed an environmentally friendly eradication method. The new, inexpensive technique tricks these annoying pests into gorging themselves on insecticides laced with a concoction that mimics the sweet-smelling scents and aromas that they find irresistible. It could bolster efforts to suppress malaria, Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases worldwide.

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What the World’s Tiniest ‘Monster Truck’ Reveals

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The world’s shortest race by distance — a fraction of the width of a human hair — was run on gold and silver tracks, and took a whopping 30 hours. Given that the vehicles were invisible to the naked eye, your typical racing fan might have missed it. But the April “nanorace” was a huge success for scientists working at the nanoscale. It spurred interest in molecular machines and led to a surprising new discovery, reports the team that entered a nano-sized “monster truck.”

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Apoptosis, biogenesis, energetics, Genetics Inflammation, Ion Homeostasis, Kinase Signaling, Mito Dynamics, Mitophagy, Mitochondria, Oxidative Stress, Protein Import, Scaffolds, Physiology, American Physiological Soceity

Researchers Convene to Explore the Clinical, Translational Applications of Mitochondria

Cross-disciplinary experts who study the mitochondria will convene at the APS “Physiological Bioenergetics: Mitochondria from Bench to Bedside” conference August 27–30 in San Diego. “While mitochondria are traditionally known as the powerhouse of the cell, accumulating studies demonstrate that the shape, movement and function of these organelles control much more in the cell beyond energy levels,” said Sruti Shiva, PhD, researcher at the University of Pittsburgh and chair of the conference organizing committee.







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