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Article ID: 711183

DIY Gravitational Waves with 'BlackHoles@Home'

American Physical Society (APS)

Researchers hoping to better interpret data from the detection of gravitational waves generated by the collision of binary black holes are turning to the public for help. West Virginia University assistant professor Zachariah Etienne is leading what will soon become a global volunteer computing effort. The public will be invited to lend their own computers to help the scientific community unlock the secrets contained in gravitational waves observed when black holes smash together.

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11-Apr-2019 3:40 PM EDT
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Article ID: 711200

Travel Through Wormholes is Possible, But Slow

American Physical Society (APS)

A Harvard physicist has shown that wormholes can exist: tunnels in curved space-time, connecting two distant places, through which travel is possible. But don’t pack your bags for a trip to other side of the galaxy yet; although it’s theoretically possible, it’s not useful for humans to travel through, said the author of the study, Daniel Jafferis, from Harvard University, written in collaboration with Ping Gao, also from Harvard and Aron Wall from Stanford University.

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13-Apr-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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    9-Apr-2019 1:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 710783

Physics Tip Sheet: APS April Meeting

American Physical Society (APS)

This tip sheet highlights interesting presentations from the upcoming 2019 APS April Meeting in Denver -- a major international meeting that features talks and presentations about discoveries in astrophysics, particle physics, energy research and many other areas of modern physics. The meeting runs from Saturday, April 13 through Tuesday, April 16 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, located at 1550 Court Place in downtown Denver.

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4-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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    3-Apr-2019 5:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 708943

Transparent Wood Can Store and Release Heat (Video)

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Wood may seem more at home in log cabins than modern architecture, but a specially treated type of timber could be tomorrow’s trendy building material. Today, scientists report a new kind of transparent wood that not only transmits light, but also absorbs and releases heat, potentially saving on energy costs.

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19-Mar-2019 8:00 AM EDT
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    3-Apr-2019 5:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 709004

Nanomaterials Give Plants ‘Super’ Abilities (Video)

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Science-fiction writers have long envisioned human–machine hybrids that wield extraordinary powers. However, “super plants” with integrated nanomaterials may be much closer to reality than cyborgs.

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19-Mar-2019 8:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 710651

How to Make Self-Driving Cars Safer on Roads

University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

At USC, researchers have published a new study that tackles a long-standing problem for autonomous vehicle developers: testing the system’s perception algorithms, which allow the car to “understand” what it “sees.”

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2-Apr-2019 4:20 PM EDT
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    2-Apr-2019 5:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 708945

Hands Spread Flame Retardants, Plasticizers Throughout Homes

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Hundreds of everyday items contain organophosphate ester (OPE) flame retardants and plasticizers. Some of these compounds make their way into the air, onto surfaces and even inside our bodies, with uncertain health effects.

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19-Mar-2019 8:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 709005

Minimizing Fuel Explosions and Fires From Accidents and Terrorist Acts with Polymers

American Chemical Society (ACS)

When an act of terrorism or a vehicle or industrial accident ignites fuel, the resulting fire or explosion can be devastating. Today, scientists will describe how lengthy but microscopic chains of polymers could be added to fuel to significantly reduce the damage from these terrifying incidents without impacting performance.

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19-Mar-2019 8:00 AM EDT
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    2-Apr-2019 5:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 709042

Bacterial Factories Could Manufacture High-Performance Proteins for Space Missions

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Nature has evolved protein-based substances with mechanical properties that rival even the best synthetic materials. Pound for pound, spider silk is stronger and tougher than steel. But unlike steel, the natural fiber cannot be mass-produced.

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19-Mar-2019 8:00 AM EDT

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