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July 8, 2015

July 7, 2015 — Planting bioenergy crops like willows or switchgrass in rows where commodity crops are having difficulty growing could both provide biomass feedstock and also limit the runoff of nitrogen fertilizer ... read more

Fewer Women Than Men Are Shown Online Ads Related to High-Paying Jobs

July 7, 2015 — Significantly fewer women than men were shown online ads promising them help getting jobs paying more than $200,000, raising questions about the fairness of targeting ads online, new research ... read more

July 7, 2015 — In an effort to further the commercial viability of cellulosic ethanol, a team of scientists used the Titan supercomputer to model the interaction of lignin and hemicellulose in the plant cell wall ... read more

Timber and Construction: A Well-Matched Couple

July 7, 2015 — For the last 10 years, scientists have been conducting research into building structures and materials (concrete, steel and timber). According to their latest piece of research, timber is a very ... read more

Magnetic Hyperthermia, an Auxiliary Tool in Cancer Treatments

July 7, 2015 — Hyperthermia (increase in body temperature) has been used for centuries to combat tumors and reduce their effects. New research aims to use a different system (magnetic nanoparticles) to increase ... read more

July 7, 2015 — With the successful restart of the Large Hadron Collider, now operating at nearly twice its former collision energy, comes an enormous increase in the volume of data physicists must sift through to ... read more

Normal Headphone Use Unlikely to Interfere With Settings of Programmable Shunt Valves

July 7, 2015 — Three magnetically programmable shunt valves have been examined to see if the magnetic field emissions of headphones can cause unintentional changes in shunt valve settings. Based on their findings, ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Converting large tracts of the Midwest's marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, ... read more

Ion Channel Mechanics Yield Insights Into Optogenetics Experiments

July 6, 2015 — Optogenetics techniques, which allow scientists to map and control nerve cells using light stimulation, are being used to study neural circuits in the brain with unprecedented precision. This ... read more

July 6, 2015 — A ring of dust 200 light years across and a loop covering a third of the sky: two of the results in a new map from the Planck ... read more

Faster Detection of Hidden Objects by Terahertz Sensor

July 6, 2015 — A new type of sensor, that is much faster than competing technologies used to detect and identify hidden objects, has been developed by ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Ultrafast terahertz spectroscopy allows direct insight into the building block of modern magnetic ... read more

Producing Biodegradable Plastic Just Got Cheaper, Greener

July 6, 2015 — Biodegradable drinking cups or vegetable wrapping foil: the bioplastic known as polylactic acid (PLA) is already a part of our everyday lives. And yet, PLA is not yet considered a full alternative to ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Imagine a fleet of driverless taxis roaming your city, ready to pick you up and take you to your destination at a moment's notice. While this may seem fantastical, it may be only a matter of ... read more

July 6, 2015 — A satellite experiment to study cosmic rays and the solar wind that was devised by school students is now successfully collecting data in space. LUCID, the Langton Ultimate Cosmic ray Intensity ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Researchers have designed EYES, a new system for smartphones and tablets –now in the prototype phase– which aims to make overtaking manoeuvres safer on highways. EYES provides visual help to the ... read more

Does That 'Green' Plasticizer Make My PVC Flexible Enough for You?

July 6, 2015 — A study of an eco-friendly solvent helping to make PVC plastic more flexible reveals the molecular-level interaction of hydrogen bonds between the two ingredients. What gives plastic objects their ... read more

Structural Shift Elucidated With Large-Scale Atomic Simulations

July 6, 2015 — Iron-nickel alloys are ubiquitous: they are found at the earth's core and in meteorites. What is fascinating about such alloys is that their inner structure can change with rapid temperature ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Coronal mass ejections (CME), billion-ton solar plasma eruptions moving towards Earth at up to 2500 kilometers per second, can cause extensive and expensive disruption by damaging power, satellite ... read more

July 6, 2015 — Engineers, imagers and anatomists are helping Art historians to try to understand how the two mysterious Renaissance bronzes were made and why they look the way they do by making accurate replicas of ... read more

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