Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

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According to MIT scientists a new power plant design could provide enhanced safety, easier siting, and centralized construction. When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination.

For Cells, Internal Stress Leads to Unique Shapes

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From far away, the top of a leaf looks like one seamless surface; however, up close, that smooth exterior is actually made up of a patchwork of cells in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Electronic systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality

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Inexpensive computers, cell phones and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality, according to a new research report. The paper describes a new proposal for overcoming a major obstacle to the development of such plastic devices—the large amount of energy required to read stored information.

FNDC5 variant irisin links exercise to brain health and may slow Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

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A new finding suggests that the protein FNDC5 or its variant irisin is imporatant in brain health following exercise and may slow the progression of neurogenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.  

God Particle Higgs Boson Wins Big

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The Nobel committee awarded this year's Nobel Physics Price for the scientists who proposed the existence of particles with near-zero mass called God Particles or Higgs Boson.  The God Particle concept was proposed in the 1960s by Peter W. Higgs and François Englert.

Vesicle transport gets Nobel Prize for Medicine.

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The work of three scientists, Randy W. Schekman, Thomas C. Südhof and James E. Rothman,  gave us insight into the role of vesicles and vesicular transport in health and disease.

iPhone Siri immortalizes the voice of Susan Bennett

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You might have heard about the HeLa cell line that made Henrietta Lacks immortal.

Lifespan Extension by Red Wine Ingredient Resveratrol Linked to Methylation Following Action on SirT1

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A new research suggests that the protein target of the red wine ingredient resveratrol may be extending lifespan by a new mechanism.  The protein target of resveratrol in mammals is the enzyme called SirT1, which belongs to a family of proteins called sirtuins.