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Breakthrough: Newest atomic clocks may resolve Earth’s internal structures

Ultraprecise portable atomic clocks are on the verge of a breakthrough. An international team lead by scientists from the University of Zurich shows that it may be possible to use the latest generation of atomic clocks to resolve structures within the Earth. An international team headed by astrophysicists Philippe Jetzer and Ruxandra Bondarescu from the University of Zurich is convinced that ultraprecise portable atomic clocks will make identifying mineral deposits or concealed water resources within the Earth using clocks a reality in the next decade. They say that such clocks will provide the most direct measurement of the geoid – the […]

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Portable, 20-minute RNA Detection

A new power-free microfluidic chip developed by researchers at the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute (ASI) enables detection of microRNA from extremely small sample volume in only 20 minutes. By drastically reducing the time and quantity of sample required for detection, the chip lays the groundwork for early-stage point-of-care diagnosis of diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, non-coding RNA molecules that regulate gene expression in a wide range of biological processes including development, cell proliferation, differentiation and cell death (apoptosis). Concentration of certain miRNA in body fluids increases with the progression of diseases such as cancer and […]

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Virus-size Plasmon Nanolaser

A Northwestern University research team developed a process to manufacture single laser devices the size of a virus particle which operate at room temperature. These plasmonic nanolasers may readily integrate into silicon-based photonic devices, all-optical circuits and nanoscale biosensors. Size reduction of photonic and electronic elements is critical piece in future development of ultra-fast data processing and ultra-dense information storage. The miniaturization of a such a key, workhorse instrument — the laser — is a major step. “Coherent light sources at the nanometer scale are important not only for exploring phenomena in small dimensions but also for realizing optical devices […]

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Butterfly Wings Inspire New High-Tech Surfaces

A South American butterfly flapped its wings, and caused a flurry of nanotechnology research to happen in Ohio and may lead to new high-tech surfaces for aircraft and watercraft, pipelines, and medical equipments. For example, researchers were able to clean up to 85% of dust off a coated plastic surface that mimicked the texture of a butterfly wing, compared to only 70% off a flat surface. Ohio State University engineers report that textures enhance fluid flow and prevent surfaces from getting dirty. “Nature has evolved many surfaces that are self-cleaning or reduce drag,” said Bharat Bhushan, Ohio Eminent Scholar and Howard D. […]

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Inside the $485-Million Airbus A380 Flying Palace

What’s 239 feet long, flies at 647mph, and has three floors that include a grand staircase, four giant full suites, boardroom with hologram projector, a full spa, concert hall, car garage, and a space-age lift that drops onto the runway? Apparently, it may be Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud‘s new specially retro-fitted A380. As you may remember, the arabian Prince shone his genie lamp and bought an Airbus A380—the biggest passenger plane in the world—for his personal use. British company Design Q is now making the plans for its interior, three floors with every luxurious detail you […]

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Ark Hotel in China by Remistudio

Russian architectural firm Remistudio has taken the concept of a man-made biosphere and gone to sea with its vision for the floating “Ark Hotel.“ Designed to withstand floods, tidal waves and rising ocean levels as well as earthquakes and other natural disasters, the hotel concept would float and function independently on the surface of a body of water, providing a green, self-sustaining environment for guests who presumably, would never have to leave. The shell-inspired Ark design has a load-bearing system of arches and cables which maintain an even weight distribution to withstand earthquakes, whilst the prefabricated frame allows for a fast […]