Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fwd: Futurity Today: February 10, 2010

I like how Duke's contribution to Futurity has to do with basketball.


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U.K. public leery of military action with U.S.


Seven in 10 respondents to a recent survey in the U.K. were opposed to military action as partners of the United States. However, a similar number felt such action would be acceptable if it were part of a United Nations operation, and just over two-thirds agreed with joining engagements led by NATO. (Courtesy: University of Leeds)

U. LEEDS (UK)—The majority of the British public prefer military coalitions and are opposed to taking military action either alone or alongside the USA and its partners, according to a major [...]

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Hoop fans hang on to happy memories


Struggling to find a way to measure a person's brain while subjecting them to powerful emotions, Duke University scientists hit on the idea of using basketball fans who live and die with each three-pointer. Using game film gives researchers a way to see the brain deal with powerful, rapid-fire positive and negative emotions, without creating any ethical concerns. (Courtesy: Duke)

DUKE (US)—In a novel study that used historical tape of a thrilling overtime basketball game between Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, brain [...]

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Waves of electrons on the verge


On the brink of the metal-insulator transition, the electrons in a manganese-doped gallium arsenide semiconductor are distributed across the surface of the material in complex, fractal-like patterns. In this image, the fractal-like probability map of electrons is superimposed on the atomic crystal structure of the material, imaged at the same time. (Credit: Roushan/Yazdani Research Group)

PRINCETON (US)—For the first time, scientists have observed electrons in a semiconductor on the brink of transitioning from a metal to an insulator—a phenomenon shrouded in mystery despite decades of examination. Caught in [...]

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Fighting viruses with physics


Pictured above is a 3-D reconstruction of bacteriophage lambda with (left) and without (right) DNA. Many viruses, whether they infect bacteria, plants or animals, are adept at packing long stretches of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) within their nanometer-sized protein shells. Researchers are studying the thermal energy released when DNA is being shot out of the virus. (Courtesy: Carnegie Mellon University)

CARNEGIE MELLON (US)—The energy associated with the expulsion of viral DNA has been measured for the first time in what is believed to be a pivotal [...]

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Caterpillars 'lost' in space without gravity


Without ordinary gravity, the caterpillars chose unpredictable surfaces for pupation and then curled into tight "C" shapes with the head of the caterpillar brought close to the abdomen, rather than assuming the normal "J" shape. The microgravity environment appeared to influence the insects increasingly as their development progressed. (Credit: Jim Lovett/Monarch Watch)

U. KANSAS (US)—A recent trip into low-Earth orbit has shown just how much monarch butterflies depend on gravity. A trio of caterpillars from the University of Kansas spent more than 25 days at the [...]

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