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Triangles in the Sky Tell the Story of the Universe’s Birth

Once upon a time, about 13.8 billion years ago, our universe sprang from a quantum speck, ballooning to one million trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion times its initial volume (by some estimates) in less than a billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second. It then continued ...

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How skeletal stem cells form the blueprint of the face

Timing is everything when it comes to the development of the vertebrate face. In a new study published in PLoS Genetics, USC Stem Cell researcher Lindsey Barske from the laboratory of Gage Crump and her colleagues identify the roles of key molecular signals that control this critical timing. Previous work ...

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New Maps Make Aftershocks Look Scarier Than the Main Quake

Aftershocks continue shaking the cities of Kumamoto, Japan and Muisne, Ecuador, almost a week after earthquakes rocked the two cities, frightening residents still reeling from the devastation and hampering relief efforts. A 7.0 temblor shook the island city of Kumamoto on April 15, killing at least two people. One day later, a magnitude 7.8 ...

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30 years after Chernobyl, camera study reveals wildlife abundance in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Thirty years ago, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, became the site of the world’s largest nuclear accident. While humans are now scarce in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, continued studies–including a just-published camera study conducted by researchers from the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory–validate findings that ...

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Glowing nanomaterial to drive new generation of solar cells

Physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial which opens new possibilities for highly efficient thermophotovoltaic cells, which could one day harvest heat in the dark and turn it into electricity. The research team from the Australian National University (ARC Centre of Excellence CUDOS) and the University of California ...

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Ultrathin organic material enhances e-skin display

University of Tokyo researchers have developed an ultrathin, ultraflexible, protective layer and demonstrated its use by creating an air-stable, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. This technology will enable creation of electronic skin (e-skin) displays of blood oxygen level, e-skin heart rate sensors for athletes and many other applications. Integrating electronic ...

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Oh Good: Congress Can’t Even Agree to Protect the US From Zika

Mosquitoes don’t wait for Congress. But mosquito control programs? Public health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? They do have to wait for Congress, where Republicans are currently holding up  emergency funding for Zika. As the weather warms, ever more Aedes aegypti mosquitoes will hatch along the Gulf Coast, ...

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