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Why blinking doesn't dim the lights

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Brooks HaysJan. 20 (UPI) -- New research suggests the brain works overtime to stabilize our vision, to readjust our eyes after each blink.

Rolls-Royce to provide search-and-rescue vessel engines for Turkey

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Ryan MaassJan. 20 (UPI) -- Rolls-Royce has been contracted to provide MTU diesel engines for the Turkish coast guard's six new search-and-rescue vessels.

Ultrafast Camera Captures 'Sonic Booms' of Light for First Time

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Just as aircraft flying at supersonic speeds create cone-shaped sonic booms, pulses of light can leave behind cone-shaped wakes of light. Now, a superfast camera has captured the first-ever video...

B-52 bomber drops unarmed nuclear cruise missiles in demo

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Richard TomkinsJan. 20 (UPI) -- The nuclear capability of U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers was demonstrated recently with the launch of three unarmed AGM-86B cruise missiles.

Adam Sandler's talent agent character tries to drum up business in trailer for 'Sandy Wexler'

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Karen Butler Netflix says "Sandy Wexler" -- its next, original comedy movie starring Adam Sandler -- will be available for streaming on April 14.

New, old science combine to make faster medical test

6 hours ago from Science Daily

Magnetic nanoparticles are coated with an antibody, then aligned in formation within a magnetic field and tallied under laser optics. The result could lead to speedy diagnoses for infectious diseases.

Kristen Stewart to direct first feature-length film

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Annie MartinJan. 20 (UPI) -- Kristen Stewart said she's working on a full-length movie following her directorial debut with the short film "Come Swim" at the Sundance Film Festival.

BAE Systems to perform depot maintenance for USS Roosevelt

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Ryan MaassJan. 20 (UPI) -- BAE Systems has received a $51 million contract to perform depot maintenance for the U.S. Navy's Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

New Low-Cost Technique Converts Bulk Alloys to Oxide Nanowires

8 hours ago from Science Blog

A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures. That could open the door for a broad...

Statoil finds faults after safety review

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Daniel J. Graeber Norwegian energy company Statoil revealed Friday that operational and maintenance oversight could be stronger in a review of offshore incidents last year.

Dwayne Johnson to star in solo Black Adam film

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Wade SheridanJan. 20 (UPI) -- Dwayne Johnson has been granted a solo film as DC Comics villain Black Adam as part of Warner Bros.' DC extended universe.

Brazilian judge heading corruption probe dies in plane crash

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Stephen FellerJan. 20 (UPI) -- A Brazilian Supreme Court justice died Thursday in a plane crash, with some suggesting it was not an accident because of his role in a...

Gecko-inspired adhesion controlled by light

23 hours ago from C&EN

Adhesive grips and releases objects thanks to UV-triggered azobenzene chemistry

Chemists Cook Up New Nanomaterial and Imaging Method

1 day ago from Newswise - Scinews

A team of chemists led by Northwestern University's William Dichtel has cooked up something big: The scientists created an entirely new type of nanomaterial and watched it form in real...

Motorcyclist crashes into car at high speed, ends up sitting on the trunk

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Ben HooperJan. 19 (UPI) -- A motorcyclist who crashed into the back of a car on a Washington state highway had a lucky escape from injury when he ended up...

Neutrons and a 'Bit of Gold' Uncover New Type of Quantum Phase Transition

1 day ago from Newswise - Scinews

In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, a team of researchers led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory reports the discovery of a new type of...

Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water

1 day ago from Science Daily

Scientists have developed inexpensive, oxidized carbon particles that extract radioactive metals from water. They said their materials may help purify contaminated waters stored after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.

[New Products] New Products

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[Report] Scaling carbon nanotube complementary transistors to 5-nm gate lengths

1 day ago from Science NOW

High-performance top-gated carbon nanotube field-effect transistors (CNT FETs) with a gate length of 5 nanometers can be fabricated that perform better than silicon complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) FETs at the...

[Report] Time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy with a water window high-harmonic source

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Time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy (TR-XAS) has so far practically been limited to large-scale facilities, to subpicosecond temporal resolution, and to the condensed phase. We report the realization of TR-XAS with a temporal resolution...

[Perspective] Enzymes at work are enzymes in motion

1 day ago from Science NOW

Enzymes provide the necessary impetus for chemical reactions to occur at a rate that can support biological life. They do so by forming a unique enzyme-substrate complex and thus lowering...

[Perspective] Unlocking the nucleosome

1 day ago from Science NOW

Almost all eukaryotic genomes are packaged as nucleosomal building blocks that are assembled from an octameric core of histone proteins around which nearly two turns of DNA are wrapped. The...

[In Depth] Unique free electron laser laboratory opens in China

1 day ago from Science NOW

China has become the latest country making a free electron laser available to its scientists. Researchers around the world want access to these lasers because they are an advance on...

[Research Article] The role of dimer asymmetry and protomer dynamics in enzyme catalysis

1 day ago from Science NOW

Freeze-trapping x-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance, and computational techniques reveal the distribution of states and their interconversion rates along the reaction pathway of a bacterial homodimeric enzyme, fluoroacetate dehalogenase (FAcD). The crystal structure of...

Nigerian air force, Comp Air Aviation to develop light utility aircraft

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Ryan MaassJan. 19 (UPI) -- The Nigerian air force has signed a memorandum of understanding with Florida-based contractor Comp Air Aviation to develop light utility aircraft.

Paris Jackson channels Madonna for new modeling gig

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Annie MartinJan. 19 (UPI) -- Paris Jackson, the only daughter of late singer Michael Jackson, was spotted shooting in Paris reportedly landing a campaign with Chanel.

On-demand pain relief, triggered by light

1 day ago from C&EN

Injectable material can be repeatedly stimulated with near-infrared light to release painkillers

Theorists propose new class of topological metals with exotic electronic properties

1 day ago from Science Daily

Researchers have proposed a theory-based approach to characterize a class of metals that possess exotic electronic properties that could help scientists find other, similarly-endowed materials.