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  • NASA'S OSIRIS-REx spacecraft slingshots past Earth
    NASA's asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth's gravity on Friday to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August.... Read more »
  • Mechanism that underlies age-associated bone loss
    A major health problem in older people is age-associated osteoporosis -- the thinning of bone and the loss of bone density that increases the risk of fractures. Researchers have now detailed an underlying mechanism leading to that osteoporosis. When this mechanism malfunctions, progenitor cells stop creating bone-producing cells, and instead... Read more »
  • Two Group A Streptococcus genes linked to 'flesh-eating' bacterial infections
    Group A Streptococcus bacteria cause illnesses ranging from mild nuisances like strep throat to life-threatening conditions such as flesh-eating disease, also known as necrotizing fasciitis. Life-threatening infections occur when the bacteria spread underneath the surface of the skin or throat and invade the underlying soft tissue. Researchers have found two... Read more »
  • Enhancing the sensing capabilities of diamonds with quantum properties
    When a nitrogen atom is next to the space vacated by a carbon atom, it forms what is called a nitrogen-vacancy center. Now, researchers have shown how they can create more NV centers, which makes sensing magnetic fields easier, using a relatively simple method that can be done in many... Read more »
  • 700 years old saint myth has been proven (almost) true
    Scientists confirm that the age and content of an old sack is in accordance with a medieval myth about Saint Francis of Assisi.... Read more »
  • A global perspective: Can humans mitigate risks associated with natural disasters?
    (World Scientific) 'The Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction & Management' explores climate change and its association with socio-economic development and cultures, particularly in vulnerable communities, and investigates how resilience to disasters can be built. As its title suggests, the focus is on mitigation strategies and policies to reduce and manage... Read more »
  • Lehigh's Srinivas Rangarajan awarded ACS investigator grant
    (Lehigh University) Srinivas Rangarajan, assistant professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering, received a research grant from The American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) in September 2017.... Read more »
  • The Graphene Flagship takes technology innovation to the Tallinn Digital Summit
    (Graphene Flagship) The Graphene Flagship will exhibit key technological advances at the Tallinn Digital Summit on Sept. 29, 2017. This event is a forum for Heads of State and Government from across Europe to discuss digital innovation and Europe's digital future.... Read more »
  • 700-year-old saint myth has been proven (almost) true
    (University of Southern Denmark) Scientists confirm that the age and content of an old sack is in accordance with a medieval myth about Saint Francis of Assisi.... Read more »
  • Winter cold extremes linked to high-altitude polar vortex weakening
    (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)) When the strong winds that circle the Arctic slacken, cold polar air can escape and cause extreme winter chills in parts of the Northern hemisphere. A new study finds that these weak states have become more persistent over the past four decades and... Read more »