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Eclipse, Plants, Circadian, Circadian Rhythm, Solar Eclipse, Plant Biology

Does Eclipse Equal Night in Plant Life?

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As the August 21 eclipse approached, researchers prepared to understand plants' response to light and temperature. The varied results have left the researchers with interesting questions.

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Endocytosis, collective dynamics, single-cell patterns, Curvature, Bar, traveling waves, spiral waves, Synchronization, oscillations, positive feedback

Synchrony of Waves

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Researchers from the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore at the National University of Singapore, report that endocytosis, which was previously thought to be a random process, actually occurs in a coordinated manner through collective dynamics. The work, led by Assistant Professor Wu Min, showed how a major endocytic pathway mediated by the protein clathrin, was found to commence with periodic traveling waves of clathrin, which were coupled temporally and spatially to downstream cortical actin waves. Clathrin endocytic waves were identified here as the upstream initiator of cortical actin waves.

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Mining, Drilling, Exploration, Machine Learning, Geology

Data Tools Game-Changer for Mining and Exploration

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Australian research scientists and industry are joining together to develop and commercialise new tools using cutting-edge digital technologies including machine learning that they say will be a game-changer for mining and exploration.

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Antibacterial, Nanotechnology, nanotexturing, stainless steel, Electrochemical, mammalian cell, surface properties

Nanotexturing Creates Bacteria-Killing Spikes on Stainless Steel Surfaces

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By using an electrochemical etching process on a common stainless steel alloy, researchers have created a nanotextured surface that kills bacteria while not harming mammalian cells. If additional research supports early test results, the process might be used to attack microbial contamination on implantable medical devices and on food processing equipment made with the metal.

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HAPLS, ELI Beamlines, Lasers, Petawatt

LLNL-developed Petawatt Laser Installed at ELI Beamlines

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The L3-HAPLS advanced petawatt laser system was installed last week at the ELI Beamlines Research Center in Dolní Břežany, Czech Republic. L3-HAPLS – the world’s most advanced and highest average power, diode-pumped petawatt laser system -- was designed, developed and constructed in only three years by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) NIF and Photon Science (NIF&PS) Directorate and delivered to ELI Beamlines in June 2017.

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New Occupancy Detection Device Designed to Save Home Energy Use

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A Stony Brook University research team is developing a new type of PIR sensor that is equipped with an electronic shutter and other technologies that enable fast and accurate occupancy detection including individuals who are stationary.

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Graphene, Semiconductor, Physics, Materials Science, Nanofabrication, Condensed Matter, Chip Fabrication, 2D materials, Nanoscale

Columbia Engineers Create Artificial Graphene in a Nanofabricated Semiconductor Structure

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Researchers at Columbia Engineering, experts at manipulating matter at the nanoscale, have made an important breakthrough in physics and materials science, recently reported in Nature Nanotechnology. Working with colleagues from Princeton and Purdue Universities and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, the team has engineered “artificial graphene” by recreating, for the first time, the electronic structure of graphene in a semiconductor device.

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Perking Up and Crimping the ‘Bristles’ of Polyelectrolyte Brushes

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A molecular-sized brush that looks like a shoe brush has properties with great potential for the materials industry and medicine, but polyelectrolyte brushes can be sensitive, and getting them to work right tricky. New research shows what can make them break down, but also what can get them to systematically recover.

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UCLA Study Finds Link Between Breast Cancer Treatments and Cellular Markers of Aging

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A new study has found that women who had received chemotherapy and/or radiation to treat breast cancer were more likely to have high levels of DNA damage and reduced activity of an enzyme involved in chromosome healing, compared to women who underwent surgery alone. The results suggest that some breast cancer survivors may be more vulnerable to biological changes associated with accelerated aging because of their prior treatment.

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Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson 2018: Final Call for Abstracts - Due January 2, 2018

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The Science of Consciousness ('TSC') is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to all aspects of the study and understanding of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, language, biology, quantum physics, meditation, altered states, machine consciousness, the nature of reality, culture and experiential phenomenology.







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