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.
– Washington University in St. Louis|29-Aug-2014 2:15 PM EDT
Despite US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for screening and treating obesity, there are many barriers, several of which may be ameliorated through technological approaches according to a new study by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center published online August 21, 2014 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM).
– NYU Langone Medical Center|29-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT
If you visit the Smithsonian Castle this Labor Day weekend, you’ll be seeing red—yarn, that is. The entrance gate to the Haupt Garden, light poles, benches and guide ropes leading to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have been “yarnbombed,” or swathed under layers of yarn, to highlight a new Sackler Gallery exhibition, “Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota.”
– Smithsonian Institution|29-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT
New research led by Charles Shoemaker, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, shows that gene therapy may offer significant advantages in prevention and treatment of botulism exposure over current methods. The findings of the National Institutes of Health funded study appear in the August 29 issue of PLOS ONE.
– Tufts University|29-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT
A study published today in Science reports provides a detailed analysis of the microbes that live in houses and apartments.
– Argonne National Laboratory|29-Aug-2014 2:00 PM EDT
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.
– McGill University|29-Aug-2014 11:00 AM EDT
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.
– American Physiological Society (APS)|29-Aug-2014 11:00 AM EDT
Chemical properties play a powerful role in the development of flavors.
– University of Alabama at Birmingham|29-Aug-2014 10:00 AM EDT
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