Explaining graphene mysteryNanoscale simulations and theoretical research performed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are bringing researchers closer to realizing graphene's potential in electronic applications.
A research team led by ORNL's Bobby Sumpter, Vincent Meunier and Eduardo Cruz-Silva has discovered how loops develop in graphene, an electrically conductive high-strength low-weight material that resembles an atomic-scale honeycomb.
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RestrepoAlthough neither New York-based journalist Sebastian Junger nor Liverpool-born photographer Tim Hetherington are strangers to combat zones, feature filmmaking was indeed a new war to be fought. In their brave and riveting documentary debut Restrepo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year"s Sundance, the two seasoned professionals used their fact-finding instincts to depict an experience I had never before felt with such heart-in-my-throat........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/8/2010 9:34:45 PM)
Lisa Cholodenkoby Jeffrey M. Anderso
Lisa Cholodenko"s well-received 1998 debut High Art was a major landmark for lesbian filmmaking in the "90s, even if the writer-director makes films more to please herself than to fill any LGBT niches. After moving from New York to Los Angeles (where she shot 2002"s titularly set ensemble drama Laurel Canyon-which, coincidentally, was centered around straight people), dealing with distribution troubles and working in........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 8/8/2010 9:34:27 PM)
Nanowick at heart of new systemScientists have shown that an advanced cooling technology being developed for high-power electronics in military and automotive systems is capable of handling roughly 10 times the heat generated by conventional computer chips.
The miniature, lightweight device uses tiny copper spheres and carbon nanotubes to passively wick a coolant toward hot electronics, said Suresh V. Garimella, the R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 7/23/2010 7:01:59 AM)
Unpeeling Atoms and Molecules from the Inside OutMenlo Park, Calif.-The first published scientific results from the world's most powerful hard X-ray laser, located at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, show its unique ability to control the behaviors of individual electrons within simple atoms and molecules by stripping them away, one by one-in some cases creating hollow atoms.
These early results-one published recently, the other last week-describe in great........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 7/1/2010 7:18:39 AM)
Translating Language of NanoporesNational Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) researchers have moved a step closer to developing the means for a rapid diagnostic blood test that can scan for thousands of disease markers and other chemical indicators of health. The team reports* it has learned how to decode the electrical signals generated by a nanopore-a "gate" less than 2 nanometers wide in an artificial cell membrane.
Nanopores are not new themselves; for more........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 6/24/2010 11:26:35 PM)
Which Digital Photo Editing Software?The site I have linked for this posting poses the question: "Should digital photographers use image editing software?"
Well, the quick answer is, yes, of course, and the article presents many reasons why digital photographers should post process their photo files for best effect.
When you consider all the variables in the picture taking process it's nigh on impossible to get every one of these parameters spot on every time.
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Sony PlayStation Move Motion ControllerGood news for video gaming fanatics of the Sony PlayStation 3: The PlayStation Move, a motion-sensing game controller for the platform, is slated for commercial release this September 2010. North America, however, seems to have gotten the short end of the stick. Sony Computer Entertainment executives have scheduled the release of the PlayStation Move in Europe and Asia a full five days ahead (September 15th) of North America (September 19th).
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Getting out before you want out© heathbrandon
There are entrepreneurs who are in it for the dream, who foster their business because they believe it's going to be the next big thing and want to rule the world. Those with the big dreams and the drive are important to our economy and our culture, and you have to give them props and stand back as they take off for the stars.
Then there are the rest of us, who think we have a good idea or two, a way to bring it to........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 6/19/2010 5:23:43 PM)
Beading-saliva mysteryScientists have discovered precisely why strands of some fluids containing long molecules called polymers form beads when stretched, findings that could be used to improve industrial processes and for administering drugs in "personalized medicine".
"Any kindergartner is familiar with this beading phenomenon, which you can demonstrate by stretching a glob of saliva between your thumb and forefinger," said Osman Basaran, Purdue's Burton and........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 6/9/2010 11:11:14 PM)
5 Tips for Efficient Employee RecognitionSo you had been thinking that the workforce in your firm have been working like robots for the bonuses right? Wrong! Recent surveys have concluded that the single crucial factor that drives employees in an organization towards betterment and increased productivity, apart from money, is recognition. We have always had this inherent instinct of being regarded as the better among the best, and employee recognition is one of the best ways to kill........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 3/18/2010 11:00:45 AM)
Latest Digital Photography NewsIf you're like me, when you really get into something, such as digital cameras and photography, you can't get enough of it.
Unfortunately, for me, that also includes food.
Well, I found a place on the net that has a plethora of digital photography information, and it's free and non-fattening.
Check out "Imaging Resource" and be prepared to spend lots of time there.
Take a camera with you whenever possible, and........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 2/18/2010 11:08:52 PM)
Transforming skin cells into stem cellsIn an effort to sidestep the ethical dilemma involved in using human embryonic stem cells to treat diseases, researchers are in the process of developing non-controversial alternatives: In particular, they are looking for drug-like chemical compounds that can transform adult skin cells into the stem cells now obtained from human embryos. That's the topic of a fascinating article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine.
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Hotel Booking: Most Hotels Are Coming Up With a Website to Cater To Online CustomersMost of must have experienced how to book a hotel online and it must have been quite an easy task. It gives you a sense of satisfaction when you are able to do such an uphill task at such a short time. This has become very popular trend and hence people prefer to do it themselves rather than going in for a middleman or a travel agent. In fact, to stay ahead in the world of competition, most hotels are coming up with a new website to cater to........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 2/12/2010 6:07:52 PM)
Bullying among adolescentsThe act and victimization of bullying continues to be a problem among today's youth. While a number of children are experiencing this form of violence, it is more prevalent in children that are different from the social norm. As medical professionals continue to further their understanding of bullying, research shows a high rate of sexual minority youth who experience this harmful activity.
A newly released study conducted by doctors at........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/28/2010 12:23:36 AM)
Driving hinders talking It is well known that having a conversation (for example on a cell phone) impairs one's driving. A newly released study indicates the reverse is also true: Driving reduces one's ability to comprehend and use language.
The findings, from scientists at the University of Illinois, appear in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
This is the first study to find that driving impairs language skills, said Gary Dell, a psycholinguist in the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/25/2010 8:09:31 AM)
Do Not Pass GoSorry I"m a little behind with my photocapping duties. Last week"s double episode of Jersey Shore was a lot for me to take in. Granted, it was sort of the usual stuff: fist fights, booty calls, wide-scale butchering of the English language. This time, however, we got the added bonus of an Israeli stalker, and let me tell you something: no one hunts down people better than the Israelis. You ever see Munich? Exactly........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/24/2010 10:04:22 PM)
Where to run for a fly ball?While baseball fans still rank "The Catch" by Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series as one of the greatest baseball moments of all times, researchers see the feat as more of a puzzle: How does an outfielder get to the right place at the right time to catch a fly ball? .
Thousands of fans (and hundreds of thousands of YouTube viewers) saw Mays turn his back on a fly ball, race to the center field fence and catch the ball over his shoulder,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/22/2010 8:08:17 AM)
Special Medical ExhibitI came across quite a special medical exhibit on BoingBoing featuring fascinating images and ancient medical gadgets
There’s a fascinating exhibit at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo right now called Medicine and Art: Imagining a Future for Life and Love. It showcases 150 works of art that represent our fascination with the human body, both as a living machine that we’re constantly trying to understand and as an artistic medium. The........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/17/2010 10:15:41 PM)
When work interferes with lifeAs a number of as 50 per cent of people bring their work home with them regularly, as per new research out of the University of Toronto that describes the stress linked to work-life balance and the factors that predict it.
Scientists measured the extent to which work was interfering with personal time using data from a national survey of 1,800 American workers. Sociology professor Scott Schieman (UofT) and his coauthors Melissa Milkie........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/13/2010 8:18:31 AM)
Building muscle doesn't require lifting heavy weightsCurrent gym dogma holds that to build muscle size you need to lift heavy weights. However, a newly released study conducted at McMaster University has shown that a similar degree of muscle building can be achieved by using lighter weights. The secret is to pump iron until you reach muscle fatigue.
The findings are published in PLoS ONE
"Rather than grunting and straining to lift heavy weights, you can grab something much lighter but you........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/11/2010 7:24:46 PM)
Interview with Victor AmbrosThere is an interesting interview with Victor Ambros in the latest edition of PLoS Genetics.Here"s his thoughts on his Lasker Award:And so it has very little to do, frankly, with the particular person getting the award. What the award represents is a process that involves interactions amongst many, many people. And the end, one person ends up getting the award. It"s really important to try to acknowledge that and understand the fact that really........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/8/2010 9:49:23 PM)
Butomus umbellatusThank you once again to Marianne, aka marcella2@Flickr, for contributing a photograph to Botany Photo of the Day (original image | Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool). Always glad to have an image from a vascular plant family that hasn"t yet been featured on BPotD
Butomus umbellatus is the sole member of the monotypic genus Butomus, itself in turn the sole member of the monotypic Butomaceae. The closest living relatives to this freshwater........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 8/8/2010 9:25:10 PM)
Designer Purses: Neighbor's Envy, Owner's PrideThe highlight of every Red Carpet event is the apparel and accessories flaunted by the celebrities. And no cocktail dress is complete without the perfect designer purse. Today, the popularity of designer handbags has reached such a level that all the top designers are vying for attention, from Loius Vuitton to Prada and Jimmy Choo.
The good news is that the rest of us, who are not invited for most of these red carpet events, can feel like a........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 7/15/2010 10:05:56 PM)
New Clue Into Cellular AgingThe ability to combat some age-related diseases, such as cancer and diabetes, may rest with researchers unlocking clues about the molecular and cellular processes governing aging. The underlying theory is that if the healthy portion of an individual's life span can be extended, it may delay the onset of certain age-related diseases. In the search to understand these molecular processes, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 7/8/2010 6:49:33 AM)
Robotic fish gives clues about group dynamicsTo gain insights into group dynamics for the study of collective animal behavior in moving groups, robots have a valuable role to play. Enter "Robofish", a computer-controlled replica stickleback that can be programmed to move around a tank. The brainchild of biologists from the University of Leeds in the UK, Robofish can both recruit and lead fish and shed light on what motivates fish in a shoal to change direction - in this case, the number........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 6/30/2010 7:12:59 AM)
Green, bio-based process for producing fuel additiveA new green, bio-based method for producing a much-used fuel additive and industrial chemical that is currently made from petroleum products has been developed by an Iowa State University researcher.
Thomas Bobik, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, invented a process for manufacturing isobutene (isobutylene) by identifying a new, natural enzyme that produces the fuel organically.
Bobik, along with David Gogerty,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 6/24/2010 10:39:22 PM)
Corruption problem in AfghanistanGee, nine years after the US first sent in its soldiers to Afghanistan, America suddenly realizes it has a problem with corruption and profiteering. Oh really?The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pentagon has set up a crack A team to investigate contractors who have been siphoning off cash and enriching Afghan power brokers. Of particular concern is the practice of construction firms using a string of sub-contractors to shift billions of........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 6/19/2010 5:41:34 PM)
What to Do When the Banks Say NoWorking capital is the lifeblood of every business no matter how large or small. This is the key to growth and expansion. Large businesses with well established credit histories have many options when they need a capital injection.
However, small or newly formed companies don't have it so easy. The lack of adequate working capital prevents many small businesses from taking advantage of lucrative opportunities that come along.
Take for........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 6/19/2010 5:41:14 PM)
New 'smart' roof reads the thermometerTop a building with a light-colored "cool roof," and it reflects sunlight, cutting air conditioning bills in summer, but increasing winter heating costs. Choose black shingles, and the roof soaks up sunlight to cut winter heating costs but makes the roof bake in the summer sun. One or the other. You can't have it both ways.
Researchers today reported the development of a "smart" roof coating, made from waste cooking oil from........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/22/2010 8:05:33 PM)
Kennedia nigricansIt"s early March, so it"s time for my mind to drift to thoughts of visiting California for wildflowers and gardens. This photograph is from my 2008 foray, when I visited the Arboretum at the University of California Santa Cruz
The UCSC Arboretum is famed for its extensive southern hemisphere collections. Accordingly, this vine / climber is a species from Western Australia, Kennedia nigricans, variously known as black kennedia, black........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/10/2010 3:45:55 AM)
Wireless Headsets: Advantage and UsesThe advancement of technology has resulted in an increased use of wireless headsets over the past several years. These help you in operating a radio, an Ipod, a cellular phone, and even a standard telephone. They simplify communication and also provide mobility. Convenience is one of their major advantages. With the elimination of the cords you can move about freely. Also they are incorporated with a wide signal range which is being increased........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 2/27/2010 9:48:17 PM)
LGBT Capital LaunchGalileo Capital Management has launched LGBT Capital, a specialist Corporate Advisory and Investment Management Unit focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) consumer market.
LGBT Capital provides corporate advisory and business development services for companies that serve the LGBT consumer sector. In addition, LGBT Capital is preparing to launch a fund that will invest in companies worldwide that provide products and........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 2/18/2010 10:34:00 PM)
Gene Associated With Endurance RunningA few minor variations in one gene may make a difference in athletic endurance, as per a newly released study from Physiological Genomics.
The study observed that elite endurance athletes were more likely to have variations of the NRF2 gene than elite sprinters. Non-elite endurance athletes were also more likely to have the genetic variations in comparison to sprinters, eventhough the difference was not as pronounced.
The study shows an........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 2/18/2010 9:17:17 PM)
magnetism's role in superconductorsNeutron scattering experiments performed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory give good evidence that, if superconductivity is correlation to a material's magnetic properties, the same mechanisms are behind both copper-based high-temperature superconductors and the newly discovered iron-based superconductors.
The work, published in a recent Nature Physics, waccording toformed at ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source (SNS)........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 2/3/2010 8:19:51 AM)
Your Desk Will Never Be Boring AgainJust when you think you've seen it all, a company called Pandigital has developed a digital picture frame that is always email connected. Photos are sent via ATT wireless network without the need of WiFi directly to the 8-inch LED frame. Since the unit has a dedicated e-mail address, anyone with the address can e-mail photos to the frame.
The device will come equipped with a capacity of 300 e-mailed photos and after that, additional........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/24/2010 11:22:50 PM)
Aniston in a raunchy photoshootAfter sparking rumours of revived romance, Hollywood star Jennifer Aniston and Scottish actor Gerard Butler have set tongues wagging with a raunchy photo-shoot together.The pair will appear on the cover of US fashion magazine W in its future edition. The pics, taken in the desert outside LA, reveal slender Aniston in skimpy underwear while burly Butler poses as a leather-clad New York policeman.The 40-year-old former Friends star and The Ugly........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/24/2010 11:06:41 PM)
Wine Resolutions for 2010© Stewar
Its a new year, I'm a year older (and hopefully wiser) and as I drank a cheap White Merlot in a Vegas hotel with a group of girl friends, I thought, "Maybe I should make some resolutions besides the old stand-bys." Every year we want to be better, look better and feel better. But what about drinking better?
It may say a lot about me, or at least a lot about me in Las Vegas, that I thought about this but I........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/17/2010 10:58:04 PM)
You and Your ResearchRichard Hamming is not a household name. As a long-time Bell Labs scientist, Hamming made lasting impacts on mathematics, computer science, and engineering. He also gave one of the best talks I have come across for anyone pursuing/interested in pursuing a career in science. This talk, titled "You and Your Research" was presented to the Bell Communications Research Colloquium Seminar on 7 March 1986. It could be titled "How to do Great........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/17/2010 10:15:27 PM)
Awesome free tool to check your Internet connectionThe new ICSI Netalyzr is an awesome new online service which runs a Java test of your Internet connection and feeds back all sorts of tech information, along with explanations. The results are also colour coded so you can tell which are serious and which not so much
It comes from Berkeley U., so you can be sure the tech is top slice and it’s a superb way to check if your connection is all it should be. A must-have tool to bookmark!........Go to the My-media-blog (Added on 1/17/2010 9:43:52 PM)