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Hubble delivers first hints of possible water content of TRAPPIST-1 planets

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An international team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to estimate whether there might be water on the seven earth-sized planets orbiting the nearby dwarf star TRAPPIST-1. The results suggest that the outer planets of the system might still harbour substantial amounts of water. This includes the three planets within the habitable zone of the star, lending further weight to the possibility that they may indeed be habitable.On 22 February 2017 astronomers announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, 40 light-years away [1]....Powered by WPeMatico

Insect eyes inspire new solar cell design from Stanford

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Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, say Stanford University scientists.In a new study, the Stanford team used the insect-inspired design to protect a fragile photovoltaic material called perovskite from deteriorating when exposed...Powered by WPeMatico

Reconstructing life at its beginning, cell by cell

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In a technological tour de force, Berlin scientists have created a virtual model of an early fly embryo. Its interactive interface allows researchers to explore the blueprint that underlies development at unprecedented spatial resolution and predict which cells express which genes.After 13 rapid divisions a fertilized fly egg consists of about 6,000 cells. They all look alike under the microscope. However, each cell of a Drosophila...Powered by WPeMatico

Life-long implants – vision and state of the art

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Fraunhofer Institutes FEP and IWU have merged their expertise in order to advance a new generation of medical implants.Implants are routinely employed in hospitals and dental practices daily. They are technologically mature and offer support for people in many different ways....Powered by WPeMatico

Is the world on the brink of a computing revolution? – Quantum computing at the 5th HLF

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Panel of experts will address the practical applications of quantum computing and what could impede its development.Rapid development in quantum computing over the past few years has brought it from an exotic theoretical possibility to a technology with tangible prototypes....Powered by WPeMatico

Discovery of drug combination: Overcoming resistance to targeted drugs for liver cancer

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A KAIST research team presented a novel method for improving medication treatment for liver cancer using Systems Biology, combining research from information technology and the life sciences.Professor Kwang-Hyun Cho in the Department of Bio and Brain Engineering at KAIST conducted the research in collaboration with Professor Jung-Hwan Yoon in the...Powered by WPeMatico

UMass Amherst environmental chemist flashes warning light on new nanoparticle

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In a cover story in Small, Baoshan Xing of UMass Amherst and colleagues report on toxicity for layered BP in three cell lines. They found disruption of cell membrane integrity related to particle size, concentration- and cell-type-dependent cytotoxicityWhen environmental and soil chemist Baoshan Xing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst began reading in 2014 that a new, two-dimensional material known as...Powered by WPeMatico

Tracking down the whale-shark highway

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Did you know that August 30 was International Whale Shark Day? Whale sharks are the largest fishes on Earth, growing up to 18 meters (60 feet) long, but they feed mostly on tiny drifting animals such as copepods and, occasionally, small fish such as anchovies. To satisfy their immense appetites, whale sharks travel long distances to find dense swarms of prey.MBARI biological oceanographer John Ryan recently worked with biologists who have been tracking whale sharks in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean. They...Powered by WPeMatico