Observation and Measurement of a 59 million light year long Dark Matter Filament

Nature – A ‘finger’ of the Universe’s dark-matter skeleton, which ultimately dictates where galaxies form, has been observed for the first time. Researchers have directly detected a slim bridge of dark matter joining two clusters of galaxies, using a technique that could eventually help astrophysicists to understand the structure of the Universe and identify what …

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China approves new nuclear safety plan

China has approved a nuclear safety plan and says its nuclear power plants meet the latest international safety standards, though some plants need to improve their ability to cope with flooding and earthquakes. State media have said China will likely scale down its 2020 nuclear power generation capacity target to 60-70 gigawatts (GW) compared with …

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Leaked ad shows Black Friday sale discounts for iPad 2 and other Apple products

9to5mac – Details on Apple’s Black Friday (November 25th) 2011 sale are revealed. The sale is very similar to Apple’s offerings in past years, but does give better discounts to higher capacities of the iPads and iPods. * iPad 2 will go from $41-$61 discounts depending on capacity (16GB, 32GB, 64GB) * iMacs will be …

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Proteins injected into heart can induce heart tissue regeneration

Injecting proteins similar to insulin directly into the heart can cause damaged cells to repair themselves and begin regenerating again. Tests on pigs showed that the dormant cells could begin regrowth following a “regenerative medicine” treatment using certain growth factors – naturally occurring proteins which cells use to communicate with their environment. The findings, produced …

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Saving 950,000 lives each year with clean birth kits a part of 3.6 million from trained and equiped midwives

Up to 3.6 million lives could be saved every year if midwifery services were upgraded in 58 developing countries by 2015, according to a major new report released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in partnership with the University of Southampton and 28 other organisations worldwide. 19 page document that describes essential competencies for …

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Tuning laser-induced band gaps in graphene

Applied Physics Letters – Tuning laser-induced band gaps in graphene Could a laser field lead to the much sought-after tunable band gaps in graphene? By using Floquet theory combined with Green’s functions techniques, we predict that a laser field in the mid-infrared range can produce observable band gaps in the electronic structure of graphene. Furthermore, …

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