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Engineers Develop New Sensor to Detect Tiny Individual Nanoparticles

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A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a new sensor that can detect and count nanoparticles, at sizes as small as 10 nanometers, one at a time. The researchers say the sensor could potentially detect much smaller particles, viruses and small molecules.

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Training Your Brain to Prefer Healthy Foods

It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research from Tufts University and Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Rocket Team Soars Again at NIWeek

For its innovative and efficient application of National Instruments products, the Lee College of Engineering’s Rocket Team won a chance to travel to Austin, Texas, to present at the 20th annual NIWeek. Out of 3,250 student projects submitted from 25 countries for the Student Design Competition, National Instruments selected the 49er team as one of three finalists.

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Balloon Rise Over Fort Sumner

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In a few days, a balloon-borne telescope sensitive to the polarization of high-energy “hard” X rays will ascend to the edge of the atmosphere above Fort Sumner, N.M., to stare fixedly at black holes and other exotic astronomical objects. It will be carried aloft by a stratospheric balloon that will expand to a sphere large enough to hold a 747 jetliner the float height of 120,000 feet, three times the height at which commercial aircraft fly and on the edge of Earth’s atmosphere. Launching the balloon is not child’s play.

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Home Is Where the Microbes Are

A study published today in Science reports provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments.

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Reducing Water Scarcity Possible by 2050

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It is possible to significantly reduce water scarcity in just over 35 years, according to researchers from McGill University and Utrecht University. They outline strategies in six key areas that they believe can be combined in different ways in different parts of the world to effectively reduce water stress by 2050.

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Intense Exercise during Long Space Flights Helps Astronauts Protect Aerobic Capacity

Many astronauts experience a dip in aerobic capacity during long space flights which can impair their ability to perform complex and demanding routine tasks. In an article published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, NASA researchers find that regular, intense in-flight exercise helps preserve cardiovascular stamina. The article is highlighted as part of the APSselect program.

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Acoustical Society of America Names James F. Lynch as Editor-in-Chief

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James F. (Jim) Lynch has been selected to be the next Editor-in-Chief of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). He began his service with the ASA as Editor-in-Chief Designate on 15 August 2014 and will assume the title of Editor-in-Chief on 1 November 2014.

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The Science of Beer and Coffee According to a UAB Chemist

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Chemical properties play a powerful role in the development of flavors.

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Simpler Process to Grow Germanium Nanowires Could Improve Lithium-Ion Batteries

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Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed what they call “a simple, one-step method” to grow nanowires of germanium from an aqueous solution. Their process could make it more feasible to use germanium in lithium-ion batteries.

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