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Archive for March, 2010

At room temperature

Monday, March 29th, 2010 by SecureCare

“Researchers…have successfully developed a method to extract oil from algae using liquefied dimethyl ether (DME) at room temperature in high yield.

Because this method utilizes the unique nature of liquefied DME—its ability to mix easily with water and oil—and can dewater and extract oils from algae at room temperature concurrently, it can not only reduce the amount of energy required for dewatering and drying to a significant extent compared to conventional methods but also eliminate the organic solvents required for oil extraction….” Full Slice

95% confident I’m not sure.

Friday, March 19th, 2010 by Wadical Weft

Is gawd a statistician?

Not sure if I should be worried or wishin’

Unhealthy protein synthesis

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 by SecureCare

“…According to the researchers, when the cells in the body lose the ability to control mTOR activity, mTOR is considered “hyperactivated.” This hyperactivation causes protein synthesis rates to climb. Cells begin to proliferate without limits and simultaneously become immortal, all of which leads to tumor formation.

“Our findings show that for a cancer cell, normal cellular functions such as protein synthesis can be specifically hijacked for tumor growth,”…” Full Slice

Desktop dark matter

Monday, March 15th, 2010 by SecureCare

“…According to recent theoretical results, small blocks of matter on a tabletop could reveal elusive properties of the as-yet-unidentified dark matter particles that make up a quarter of the universe…[researcher] and his colleagues discovered that the electromagnetic behavior of topological insulators is described by the very same mathematical equations that describe the behavior of axions…As a result of this mathematical parallel, the theorists posit that experiments on topological insulators can reveal much about the axions that are predicted to pervade the universe….” Full Slice

It could significantly impact our theories and predictions

Monday, March 15th, 2010 by SecureCare

“An international team…has, for the first time, measured the mass of a type of supernova thought to belong to a unique subclass and confirmed that it surpasses what was believed to be an upper mass limit.…“Supernovae are being used to make statements about the fate of the universe and our theory of gravity,” Scalzo said. “If our understanding of supernovae changes, it could significantly impact of our theories and predictions.”” Full Slice

Thermopower waves

Sunday, March 7th, 2010 by SecureCare

“A team of scientists…have discovered a previously unknown phenomenon that can cause powerful waves of energy to shoot through minuscule wires known as carbon nanotubes. The discovery could lead to a new way of producing electricity, the researchers say.

The phenomenon, described as thermopower waves, “opens up a new area of energy research, which is rare,”…Like a collection of flotsam propelled along the surface by waves traveling across the ocean, it turns out that a thermal wave — a moving pulse of heat — traveling along a microscopic wire can drive electrons along, creating an electrical current.

The key ingredient in the recipe is carbon nanotubes — submicroscopic hollow tubes made of a chicken-wire-like lattice of carbon atoms….” Full Slice