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New open-source website features blueprints for lab-on-a-chip devices

https://m.phys.org/news/2017-06-open-source-website-features-blueprints-lab-on-a-chip.html A new MIT-designed open-source website might well be the Pinterest of microfluidics. The site, Metafluidics.org, is a free repository of designs for lab-on-a-chip devices, submitted by all sorts of inventors, including trained scientists and engineers, hobbyists, students, and amateur makers. The researchers modeled their Metafluidics site after popular open-source repositories such as GitHub—a free site

Europe joins forces to create largest ever shared data repository for researchers

https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/europe-joins-forces-create-largest-shared-data-folder-history_en.html World-leading research institutes have agreed to join forces with funding agencies and policymakers to create the European Open Science Cloud, the largest shared data repository in history. The idea is to give every scientific user access to the data resulting from research carried out with public funding, using a single login. ‘Science has outgrown

Scientists Have Discovered The First 2D Magnet | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/scientists-have-discovered-the-first-2d-magnet/ Researchers from the University of Washington and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a two-dimensional magnetized material for the first time. As reported in Nature, the material known as chromium triiodide (CrI3) is highly magnetic even when it’s in a 2D configuration (sheet with one atom thickness). In addition the construction of this monolayer

Fear is a killer: Nuclear expert reveals radiation’s real danger – energy

https://www.reddit.com/r/energy/comments/6av5ft/fear_is_a_killer_nuclear_expert_reveals/ Experience in Nagasaki, Chernobyl and Fukushima has taught Shunichi Yamashita that anxiety and disruption can hurt people far worse than radiation itself. “Many people thought even a tiny amount of radiation was dangerous” Mass screening done anywhere is bound to show up cancers that wouldn’t otherwise have been diagnosed. They have nothing to do

Alternative Facts Are The Norm In Public Understanding Of Science

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/05/29/527892222/in-public-understanding-of-science-alternative-facts-are-the-norm?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170529 The notion of alternative facts was roundly mocked on social media.  But there are many alternative facts that are just as absurd from an empirical point of view but widely endorsed nonetheless: that dinosaurs once coexisted with humans; that vaccines cause autism; that genetically modified foods are dangerous to eat; that humans are not responsible for

People with creative personalities really do see the world differently | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/brain/people-with-creative-personalities-really-do-see-the-world-differently/ As Pablo Picasso put it: Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. The idea that some people see more possibilities than others is central to the concept of creativity. Psychologists often measure creativity using divergent thinking tasks.  The aspect of our personality that appears

From Macro to Micro: A Visual Guide to the Brain – IEEE Spectrum

http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/imaging/from-macro-to-micro-a-visual-guide-to-the-brain This a short introduction to human brain: In the human brain, higher-level information processing occurs in the neocortex, neural tissue that forms the outer layer of the cerebral cortex. In its intricate folds, brain cells work together to interpret sensory information and to form thoughts and plans. 

Turn Any Surface Into A Touch Screen

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/this-spray-can-turn-any-surface-into-a-touch-screen/ This looks interesting. The technology, called Electrick, was developed by scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, with the findings published in an open access paper. The spray consists of an electrically conductive carbon-based material. By applying electrodes to the object, and then measuring the voltage at different points, the position of a person’s finger can

We may have accidentally formed a protective bubble around Earth | Popular Science

http://www.popsci.com/radio-wave-shield-space-weather?src=SOC&dom=fb This is interesting if true. This is not the first I have heard EM signals from earth affecting ionosphere.  When the Navy wants to send a message to an underwater submarine, it sometimes uses very low frequency (VLF) radio waves. Some end up in space and according to a new report, they may be forming a

A Circuit That Sees Radiation Strikes Could Keep Errors at Bay – IEEE Spectrum

http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/semiconductors/design/a-circuit-that-sees-radiation-strikes-could-keep-errors-at-bay For a short time, it looked like the worlds electronics would be safe (well, safer) from radiation. With the switch from planar transistors to FinFETs, ICs suddenly became naturally resistant (literally) to having their bits flipped by a neutron splashing into them and blasting lose a small cloud of charge.  But two things are now