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Why Google’s Cancer-Detecting Pill is More Than Just Hype

Prior to beginning work on a cancer-detecting pill, Google consulted with Professor Sam Gambhir. Gambhir is the director of Stanford University’s Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection. Gambhir has consulted with Google on it’s cancer detecting pill  that  will have magnetic nanoparticles that have the ability to latch onto certain cancer-related molecules in the bloodstream,…

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Lunar Eclipse- October 8, 2014

The second lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur on October 8, 2014.  The eclipse will begin at 6:25 am EDT and end at 7:24 am EDT. The best viewing in the US and Canada will be in the western part of those countries. This eclipse is the second of 4 consecutive lunar eclipses, the first…

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ARM Builds an OS for the Internet of Things

Chip design company ARM, has developed a new operating system called mbed OS, that could play a large role in the development of the Internet of Things. This OS aims to provide a common software layer to secure and connect the wide array of devices expected to be networked together in the near future. Mbed…

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Google Science Fair Winners Take on World Hunger, Other Global Problems

This year’s Google Science Fair winners were 3 girls from Ireland. Their grand prize winning project examined whether a naturally occurring bacteria could make some crops more productive and increase food yields. Emer Hickey, one of the girls involved in the project, described the simple concept.  Many seeds rot in the soil prior to germination.…

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Modern Research Borne on a relic – Airships That Carry Science Into the Stratosphere

Engineers and scientists are designing sleek new airships, with the capability to fly through the stratosphere, over 65,000 feet over the ground, more than twice the capability of jetliners. These ships could potentially be equipped with telescopes to look far into space or to gather coastal oceanic information. “Stratospheric airships could give us spacelike conditions…

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“Sharkfinder” Brings Science Excitement to Classrooms

Jason Osborne, a mechanical engineer and Aaron Alford, a public health researcher co-founded a citizen science group, Paleo Quest, which includes the program “Sharkfinder” as a way to bring field research into the classroom. The scientists break up field samples, put them through a sifter, then bring what remains to the classroom. Students then look…

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Thermal Materials Drive Professional Apparel Line

At an early age, Gihan Amarasiriwardena was fascinated by performance materials. Living in the American Northeast, he experienced vast weather changes, which required different types of outdoor gear. As a result, he turned to making his own gear. As a teenager, Amarasiriwardena along with his fellow boyscout pals, would explore construction sites and take home…

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NASA’s Psychedelic Gravity Map of the Moon’s Surface

NASA’s gravity map of the moon is the most detailed gravity map ever created of any body in the solar system.  The map was created using data from twin probes flying around the moon in 2012. A completely smooth surface would have a spherical gravity field, but all planets and moons have varied densities and…

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Scientists Discover First New Polymers in 20 Years

Scientists recently discovered 2 new polymers, one rigid and one gel-like. They are codenamed Titan and Hydro and both came from the same reaction. IBM researcher Jeannette M. Garcia, along with several other researchers and scientists worked for over a year on this project. Polymers have been created by humans for almost 100 years, most…

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Teachers fly into stratosphere in name of science

Teachers Lynne Zielinski  and Marcella Linahan, were  recently passengers and participants  on  two flights of SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a NASA jet equipped with an infrared telescope.   NASA has selected 54 teachers nationwide to participate in these flights, taken place since 2010. The aircraft has the ability to see certain infrared wavelengths,…

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