NASA Makes Longer, Straighter Piezoelectric Nanowires in Microgravity

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Microgravity provides nano solutions.

Piezoelectric nanowires are the stuff that make power-generating pants a possibility, and that prodigious potential has drawn the attention of NASA. You see, self-powered spacesuits are awfully attractive to our nation’s space agency, and a few of its finest student researchers have discovered that the current-creating strands of zinc oxide can be made longer and straighter — and therefore more powerful — when freed from gravity’s unrelenting pull. That means nanowires grown in microgravity could lead to higher capacity batteries and the aforementioned juice-generating interstellar garb…

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Joy of Parenting a Fantasy: Cost of Children Forces Parents to Convince Themselves It’s Worthwhile

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Bringing up a child in the 21st century is so expensive parents have no option but to tell themselves it is all worthwhile.

Most parents say they wouldn’t have it any other way. Children cause them financial hardship, eat up their time and cause untold worry… but mums and dads insist they are worth every penny, wrinkle and grey hair.

 

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Primary Source of News for Young Adults is Now the Internet

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Web is no longer playing catch-up among young adults

Television has long been the primary source of news for all Americans, but for the first time, young adults have changed that trend. Consumers ages 18 to 29 now say that the internet is their primary source of national and international news, according to The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

 

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Alzheimer’s Therapy Allows Patient Anything They Want, Even Chocolate

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Comforting food improves patients’ behavior and mood because it “sends messages they can still understand.

Margaret Nance was, to put it mildly, a difficult case. Agitated, combative, often reluctant to eat, she would hit staff members and fellow residents at nursing homes, several of which kicked her out. But when Beatitudes nursing home agreed to an urgent plea to accept her, all that changed.

 

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Botanists Create a List of Every Plant Known to Man

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The list to end all lists?

A team of botanists have unveiled a new research tool which aims to settle one of the field’s most basic of complications; there are some 375,000 plant species on Earth, but they’re known by a whopping 1.25 million names. To help ease the taxonomic disparity and consolidate the world of botanical studies, an international team of researchers have compiled an extensive ‘Plant List’ — containing every species known to man, and the various names they’re known by.

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Scientific Secrets That Predict the Success of a Marriage

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Scientists have suggested numerous reasons for why marriages last or fail.

From whether you smiled in childhood photographs to your job title, an author has trawled decades of scientific research to identify the factors said to predict a marriage’s success.  While diamond wedding anniversary celebrants might cite trust, loyalty and retaining a romantic spark as the secrets to matrimonial bliss, scientists have claimed the formula is far more complicated.

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DARPA’s Latest Pursuit – Helmets That Can Control Soldiers’ Brain Activity With Ultrasound

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The helmets are supposed to enhance the soldier’s cognitive abilities.

One of DARPA’s latest pursuits of cutting-edge research involves a neurotechnology lab at Arizona State University that specializes in ultrasonic brain stimulation. By implementing the technology in soldiers’ helmets, DARPA hopes to provide advantages to US troops by enhancing cognitive abilities; improving long-term alertness; and reducing stress, anxiety, and pain.

 

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Teaching Robots to Deceive Humans

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A group of roboticists at the Georgia Institute of Technology are teaching robots to deceive.

A group of roboticists at the Georgia Institute of Technology are teaching robots to do something you wouldn’t normally peg as a good thing: deceiving others. Why would a robot need to do that? It’s a fine line, the researchers say, but it could be very beneficial.

 

 

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Researchers Discover Gene Pattern That Predicts Who Will Live the Longest

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Researchers discover the possibility of predicting who might live longer.

Researchers have found a pattern of genes that predicts with more accuracy than ever before who might live to be 100 or older — even if they have other genes linked with disease.

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