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February 7, 2016

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February 7, 2016

Biophysics: Partitioning by Collision

Feb. 5, 2016 — An ensemble consisting of a binary mixture of particles of equal size can partition itself into its component fractions – provided that the two species differ in their diffusion ... read more

Smart Thermostat Puts Energy Money Saving at Household Fingertips

Feb. 5, 2016 — Researchers are aiming to develop a 'smart' thermostat to help UK households save money on their energy bills. The prototype autonomous device allows users to control their heating based on ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — Cells are not uniform spheres; they generally come in a variety of disparate shapes. In the broadest sense, this variation in shapes is known as cell polarity, and it is an essential property for a ... read more

Feb. 5, 2016 — The way to better wearable electronics is dotted with iron steppingstones. Check out how nanotubes bridge the gap with quantum ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — 'Mass Uncertainty' is the third and latest adventure from the League of SI Superheroes, the animated online series from NIST. The episode touches upon a topic -- how to redefine the basic ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The technology that charges batteries for electronic devices could provide fresh water from salty seas, says a new study. Electricity running through a salt water-filled battery draws the salt ions ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Until recently, being paralyzed from the waist down meant using a wheelchair to get around. And although daily life is more accessible to wheelchair users, they still face physical and social ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium. The study is an early signal that ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Using bundled strands of DNA to build Tinkertoy-like tetrahedral cages, scientists have devised a way to trap and arrange nanoparticles in a way that mimics the crystalline structure of diamond. The ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Scientists have discovered a new option to control properties of the interface between the two layers, for instance the amount of charge transferred from one layer to the other or the emergence of ... read more

Senior Doctors Expose 'Scandal' of Pacemaker Battery Life

Feb. 4, 2016 — The battery life of implantable heart monitors must be improved to reduce the need for replacement and the risks this carries for patients, argue two senior doctors in a new ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — It is possible to design and construct interfaces between materials with different structures by making a bridge between them, scientists have ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — A process has been uncovered by researchers that uses pressure to deliver chemical probes in a fine-tuned manner into living ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Diabetes patients traditionally monitor their daily blood glucose levels by using a conventional meter which requires blood sampling from the finger tips. The discomfort of pain and risk of infection ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — A new model helps understand for example defects formed in metal ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — By changing the microstructure in magnesium alloys, researchers have succeeded in improving possibilities for the transport sector to use these materials to decrease the weight of ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Scientists have shown from detailed measurements that in atomically flat areas of a nitrogen-doped graphite surface in the absence of external magnetic fields, Landau levels manifest corresponding to ... read more

Chip Enables Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired

Feb. 4, 2016 — A low-power chip for processing 3-D camera data has been developed that could help visually impaired people navigate their environments. The chip consumes only one-thousandth as much power as a ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — By creating and using the first optical attosecond pulse, scientists measured the time it takes electrons inside atoms to respond to the electromagnetic forces of ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — A new chip has been designed specifically to implement neural networks. It is 10 times as efficient as a mobile GPU, so it could enable mobile devices to run powerful artificial-intelligence ... read more

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