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American Science News for 24 Mar 2017

Researchers grow a versatileFriedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg (FAU) researchers have come a step closer to their goal of providing large diamond foils for practical applications. In a test reactor, they have... succeeded in producing the world's largest diamond foil with a diameter of 28 centimetres. Diamond foils can be used as ultimate wear protection in industrial applications and for research into thermoelectric power generation - an emerging market.
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Inventing a new kind of matter

Phys.org - 24 Mar 2017 11:44
Inventing a new kind of matterImagine a liquid that could move on its own. No need for human effort or the pull of gravity. You could put it in a container flat on a table, not touch it in any way, and it would still flow.
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The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a one-billion solar mass black hole fleeing its galaxy, showing supermassive black holes can probably merge
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A tumbler that makes water look and taste like lemonade using LED lights and electrodes could allow people to share drinks on social media
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In a quantum race everyone isOur understanding of the world is mostly built on basic perceptions, such as that events follow each other in a well-defined order. Such definite orders are required in the macroscopic world, for... which the laws of classical physics apply. The current work by a team of physicists from the University of Vienna is the first experimental quantification of such a superposition. It will be published in an upcoming issue of Science Advances.
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A model that takes into account sudden U-turns and other random behaviour by individuals in a crowd could be used to help prevent stampedes
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Saturn's icy moon spews water and heat into space, but only from its south pole. A new model suggests that's because it suffered a hit-and-run long ago
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Female Cockroaches Sync Up Their Virgin Births

Live Science - 24 Mar 2017 18:07
Female Cockroaches Sync UpFemale roaches are quicker to give virgin birth, or birth without sex, when in the company of other females.
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King Tut's Grandmom? HugeA statue carved in alabaster that possibly represents King Tut's grandmother ― Queen Tiye ― has been unearthed on the west bank of Luxor along the Nile River.
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Americans Are Having Less Sex: By the Numbers

Live Science - 24 Mar 2017 17:14
Americans Are Having Less Sex:Something's up in bedrooms across America that's driving sexual activity down.
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The Weird World of Cyborg Animals Is Here

Singularity Hub - 24 Mar 2017 17:00
The Weird World of CyborgRoboticists frequently turn to nature for inspiration for their inventions, reverse engineering the traits that evolution has developed over millennia. Others are taking a shortcut by simply... integrating modern technology with living animals. The idea may seem crazy, but animals and machines are not so different. Just as a network of wires carry electrical signals […]
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New Striped Rain-Frog SpeciesThe species was discovered during an expedition to study a similar rainfrog.
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Parallel computation providesUnlike experimental neuroscientists who deal with real-life neurons, computational neuroscientists use model simulations to investigate how the brain functions. While many computational... neuroscientists use simplified mathematical models of neurons, researchers in the Computational Neuroscience Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) develop software that models neurons to the detail of molecular interactions with the goal of eliciting new insights into neuronal function. Applications of the software were limited in scope up until now because of the intense computational power required for such detailed neuronal models, but recently Dr. Weiliang Chen, Dr. Iain Hepburn, and Professor Erik De Schutter published two related papers in which they...
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NY Court Hears 'Personhood'A New York appeals court considers whether chimpanzees are entitled to a human's legal rights.
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Wrasse help remove lice from salmon, enabling farmers to use fewer pesticides. But escalating demand for these fish could be disrupting important wild ecosystems
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Wrasse help remove lice from salmon, enabling farmers to use fewer pesticides. But escalating demand for these fish could be disrupting important wild ecosystems
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A new gem inside the CMS detector

Symmetry Magazine - 24 Mar 2017 15:00
This month scientists embedded sophisticated new instruments in the heart of a Large Hadron Collider experiment. Sometimes big questions require big tools. That's why a global community of scientists... designed and built gigantic detectors to monitor the high-energy particle collisions generated by CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. From these collisions, scientists can retrace the footsteps of the Big Bang and search for new properties of nature. The CMS experiment is one such detector. In 2012, it co-discovered the elusive Higgs boson with its sister experiment, ATLAS. Now, scientists want CMS to push beyond the known laws of physics and search for new phenomena that could help answer fundamental questions about our universe. But to do this, the CMS detector needed an...
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The physics that stops aYou don't need to stand in front of a rifle to see the same physics of resistance in action - you can see it through everyday activities like riding your bike, or hopping in your car, or less everyday... activities like going on a return trip to space.
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Many cancers are still preventable despite more research highlighting the role of unavoidable random DNA damage, says biologist Darren Saunders
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3 Rivers Just Became Legal 'Persons'

Live Science - 24 Mar 2017 13:42
3 Rivers Just Became LegalNew Zealand's Whanganui River and the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers in India have been given the right to "sue" over issues like pollution. The challenge now is to ensure these legal rights are enforced.
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Upgrading the CERN LHC's CMSSometimes big questions require big tools. That's why a global community of scientists designed and built gigantic detectors to monitor the high-energy particle collisions generated by CERN's Large... Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. From these collisions, scientists can retrace the footsteps of the Big Bang and search for new properties of nature.
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Millions of people in South-East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa get income from online jobs. But as more get online, competition will spark a race to the bottom
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The State Dept. Rewrote Its Climate Change Page

Live Science - 24 Mar 2017 13:24
The State Dept. Rewrote ItsNew website language provides clues for how the State Department will address climate change.
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British WWI Stash Uncovered:Hundreds of World War I-era liquor bottles have been uncovered at a buried British barracks in Israel. A glass expert says the bottles once held wine, beer and soda.
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Ancient Rock CarvingsThe newly discovered rock carvings date back around 6,000 years, before there were any pharaohs.
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