Stelarc — Making Art out of the Human Body

From implanting a third ear on his arm to connecting his senses to the internet, Stelarc is an artist known for extreme performances that take the human body to the limit and blur the lines between technology and ourselves. On the inside of his left arm, Stelarc is in the process of ‘growing’ a third […]

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Amazon forests failing to keep up with climate change

Credit: Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, University of Leeds A team of more than 100 scientists has assessed the impact of global warming on thousands of tree species across the Amazon to discover the winners and losers from 30 years of climate change. Their analysis found the effects of climate change are altering the rainforest's composition of […]

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Dissecting digital cadavers

Credit: University of Houston With the click of a button, Vivien Coulson-Thomas removes the cadaver's skin. Another click and she removes muscle to reveal her target – blood vessels. All the while the assistant professor of optometry marvels at the one-touch dissection process. "You can control the table to have whatever you touch disappear to […]

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Watching nanoparticles

Credit: Michal Vadai When Michal Vadai's experiment worked for the first time, she jumped out of her seat. Vadai, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, had spent months designing and troubleshooting a new tool that could greatly expand the capability of an advanced microscope at the Stanford Nano Shared Facilities. Despite heavy skepticism from the […]

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Levitating particles could lift nuclear detective work

Credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory photo. LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Nov. 7, 2018–Laser-based 'optical tweezers' could levitate uranium and plutonium particles, thus allowing the measurement of nuclear recoil during radioactive decay. This technique, proposed by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, provides a new method for conducting the radioactive particle analysis essential to nuclear forensics. "Our […]

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US Advanced Battery Consortium funds extension of lithium-ion battery recycling process

Credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester, Mass. – With a $1.08 million contract award from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company, and General Motors, a materials engineering research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will extend development of its novel process to recycle spent […]

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The secret sulfate code that lets the bad Tau in

Credit: Sandi Jo Estill-Terpack, Barbara Stopschinsky Vampires can turn humans into vampires, but to enter a human's house, they must be invited in. Researchers at the UT Southwestern Medical Center, writing in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, have uncovered details of how cells invite inside corrupted proteins that can turn normal proteins corrupt, leading to […]

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