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Water Forms ‘Spine of Hydration’ Around DNA

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How water relates to and interacts with biological systems – like DNA, the building block of all living things – is of critical importance, and a Cornell University group has used a relatively new form of spectroscopy to observe a previously unknown characteristic of water.

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Berkeley Lab Helps California Get to Zero Net Energy Homes

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California has established ambitious goals to reduce energy consumption in buildings, including a policy goal for all new residential buildings to be zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020. Now the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has launched two projects to help the state meet its ZNE building goals.

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The Big Star That Couldn’t Become a Supernova

For the first time in history, astronomers have been able to watch as a dying star was reborn as a black hole. It went out with a whimper instead of a bang.

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Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), and NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to go looking for remnants of the vanquished star, only to find that it disappeared out of sight.

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New Sally Ride Science Lecture Series Explores Importance of STEAM Education

The Sally Ride Science STEAM Series is a quarterly program that will explore the importance of STEAM – short for science, technology, engineering, arts and math – education in preparing students for the jobs of the future. The upcoming panel will explore how design thinking – a big buzzword in corporate America – can help transform the classroom by delving into what design thinking entails and how it can help students learn how to solve complex problems.

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In Fruit Fly and Human Genetics, Timing Is Everything

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Every animal starts as a clump of cells, which over time multiply and mature into many different types of cells, tissues, and organs. This is fundamental biology. Yet, the details of this process remain largely mysterious. Now, scientists have begun to unravel an important part of that mystery.

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Joins Energy-Focused National Science Foundation Research Center

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is joining a National Science Foundation-backed research center that will develop new technologies for storing, controlling and distributing energy that could ward off cybersecurity threats and lower energy bills.

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Concrete for Taller Wind Turbine Towers Passes Tests, Could Help Expand Wind Energy Nationwide

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A research team led by Iowa State's Sri Sritharan has just finished an 18-month, $1 million study of concrete technology for taller wind turbine towers. Sritharan said the taller towers could enable wind energy production in all 50 states.

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OICR Launches Five Large-Scale Ontario Research Initiatives to Combat Some of the Most Deadly Cancers

Funding announcement from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research







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