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New Measurements May Lead to Rearrangement of Periodic Table

New Measurements May Lead to Rearrangement of Periodic Table

  To many students of chemistry, the Periodic Table of Elements seems to be a monolithic, unchanging pillar of the discipline. However, a recent measurement of the properties of lawrencium (element 103) has rekindled an old controversy regarding its position on the table (1). According to William Jensen, a chemistry […]

Moon Mystery May be Resolved

Moon Mystery May be Resolved

An Israeli-French team of scientists studying the moon at the University of Bordeaux may have at last uncovered the story behind its formation. Previously, most academic circles supported the “giant impact” hypothesis, which conjectured that the moon formed from one of several collisions between asteroids and Earth roughly 4.5 billion […]

DNA is Not the Source of All Inherited Traits

DNA is Not the Source of All Inherited Traits

Although the common knowledge for decades established DNA as the genetic code of life, recent research in the field of epigenetics demonstrates that our DNA sequence does not strictly determine our inherited traits (1). Epigenetics (the study of how external and environmental factors affect the genome) investigates the methylation of […]

Exoskeletons: Reducing the Energy Costs of Human Walking

Exoskeletons: Reducing the Energy Costs of Human Walking

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently developed a wearable exoskeleton that reduces the energy used in walking.   The researchers describe this exoskeleton as a “lightweight elastic device that acts in parallel with the user’s calf muscles” […]

New Biosensing Platform to be used in Disease Detection

New Biosensing Platform to be used in Disease Detection

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University, Stanford University, and Harvard University have developed a new biosensing platform that can be used to remotely detect and determine treatment options for HIV, E. coli, Staphylococcus, and other bacteria (1). The materials the researchers developed are thin and flexible and can be made and […]

  • New Measurements May Lead to Rearrangement of Periodic Table
  • Moon Mystery May be Resolved
  • DNA is Not the Source of All Inherited Traits
  • Exoskeletons: Reducing the Energy Costs of Human Walking
  • New Biosensing Platform to be used in Disease Detection
  • Neuroprosthetic Hand Allows Amputee to Grasp Objects Using Thoughts
  • Surprises Help Babies Learn
New Measurements May Lead to Rearrangement of Periodic Table

New Measurements May Lead to Rearrangement of Periodic Table

  To many students of chemistry, the Periodic Table of Elements seems to be a monolithic, unchanging pillar of the discipline. However, a recent measurement of the properties of lawrencium (element 103) has rekindled an old controversy regarding its position on the table (1). According to William Jensen, a chemistry […]

Moon Mystery May be Resolved

Moon Mystery May be Resolved

An Israeli-French team of scientists studying the moon at the University of Bordeaux may have at last uncovered the story behind its formation. Previously, most academic circles supported the “giant impact” hypothesis, which conjectured that the moon formed from one of several collisions between asteroids and Earth roughly 4.5 billion […]

DNA is Not the Source of All Inherited Traits

DNA is Not the Source of All Inherited Traits

Although the common knowledge for decades established DNA as the genetic code of life, recent research in the field of epigenetics demonstrates that our DNA sequence does not strictly determine our inherited traits (1). Epigenetics (the study of how external and environmental factors affect the genome) investigates the methylation of […]

Exoskeletons: Reducing the Energy Costs of Human Walking

Exoskeletons: Reducing the Energy Costs of Human Walking

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently developed a wearable exoskeleton that reduces the energy used in walking.   The researchers describe this exoskeleton as a “lightweight elastic device that acts in parallel with the user’s calf muscles” […]

New Biosensing Platform to be used in Disease Detection

New Biosensing Platform to be used in Disease Detection

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University, Stanford University, and Harvard University have developed a new biosensing platform that can be used to remotely detect and determine treatment options for HIV, E. coli, Staphylococcus, and other bacteria (1). The materials the researchers developed are thin and flexible and can be made and […]

Neuroprosthetic Hand Allows Amputee to Grasp Objects Using Thoughts

Neuroprosthetic Hand Allows Amputee to Grasp Objects Using Thoughts

A team of researchers from the University of Houston has developed an algorithm that allowed a 56 year-old man whose right hand had been amputated to grasp objects with a high-tech bionic hand powered by his thoughts. The innocuous technique monitors the activity in the brain to determine the regions involved […]

Surprises Help Babies Learn

Surprises Help Babies Learn

In a paper recently published in Science, psychologists Aimee E. Stahl and Lisa Feigenson from the Johns Hopkins University found that surprises help engage babies to learn new information more effectively. The study involved 4 experiments showing 11-month old babies events that did not behave the way they expected them […]

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