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Nuclear, Isomer, Isotope, Spectrometry, mass, Penning, ion, trap, Georg, Bollen, NSCL

Mass Measurement Technique Uncovers New Iron Isomer

In a paper that will be published in Physical Review Letters, researchers at Michigan State University's National Superconducting Laboratory (NSCL) report the first ever discovery of a nuclear isomer by Penning trap mass spectrometry.

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Supernova, Light Echo, X Ray

Action Replay of Powerful Stellar Explosion

Astronomers have made the best ever determination of the power of a supernova explosion that was visible from Earth long ago using two methods together for the first time -- X-ray observations of a supernova remnant and optical observations of the expanding light echoes from the explosion. These results establish the validity of an important new method for studying supernovas.

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Robot, Robotics, Healthcare Robotics, El E, ALS, Georgia Tech, Emory University

Robot Fetches Objects with Just a Point and a Click

Researchers at Georgia Tech and Emory University have created a robot, designed to help users with limited mobility with everyday tasks, that moves autonomously to an item selected with a green laser pointer, picks up the item and then delivers it to the user, another person or a selected location such as a table. The new robotic communication method may help robots find their way into the home sooner.

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Coyote, White Tailed Deer, Wildlife Ecology, Animal Behavior, GPS

Coyotes Make Themselves at Home in Eastern U.S.

Researchers from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry are tracking coyotes using GPS and sorting through coyote scat to determine what the animals eat and how they affect deer populations.

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Stress, Hormones, Learning, Cortisol, Rocky Mountain Squirrels

Squirrels Provide Clues on Hormone's Role in Human Learning

Tests on the influence that a stress-related hormone has on learning in ground squirrels could have an impact on understanding how it influences human learning. Researchers have found that when they perform normal survival tasks, ground squirrels learn more quickly if they have a modest amount of cortisol, a hormone produced in response to stress.

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FSU, Florida State University, Daniel Pullen, Pullen, Classics, Anthropology, Archaeology, Mycenaean Town

Classics Professor Exploring a "˜Lost' City of the Mycenaeans

Along an isolated, rocky stretch of Greek shoreline, a Florida State University researcher and his students are unlocking the secrets of a partially submerged, "lost" harbor town believed to have been built by the ancient Mycenaeans nearly 3,500 years ago.

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Biofuel, Ethanol, Energy Saving, Gasoline Alternative

Trash Today, Ethanol Tomorrow: Invention Promises Major Advance in BioFuel Production

University of Maryland research that started with bacteria from the Chesapeake Bay has led to a process that may be able to convert large volumes of all kinds of plant products, from leftover brewer's mash to paper trash, into ethanol and other biofuel alternatives to gasoline.

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Microscope, Orthogonal, Nanotechnology

All Done With Mirrors: NIST Microscope Tracks Nanoparticles in 3-D

A new microscope design allows nanotechnology researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to track the motions of nanoparticles in solution as they dart around in three dimensions. The researchers hope the technology, which NIST plans to patent, will lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of nanoparticles in fluids and, ultimately, process control techniques to optimize the assembly of nanotech devices.

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Hubble Space Telescope, Walters Art Museum, Mapping The Cosmos, Images From The Hubble Space Telescope

The Aesthetics of Hubble Images Showcased at Walters Art Museum

"Mapping the Cosmos: Images from the Hubble Space Telescope," brings together over 20 Hubble images as part of the Walters Art Museum exhibit "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World."

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Teenagers, Cliques, Social Networking, Sociology

Mean Girls, Bullies, Study Sheds Light on School Cliques

New study reveals that high school cliques are racially divided by the 12th grade and that gossiping and spreading rumors boosts students' perceived popularity.







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