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February 22, 2013
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  • Ruins of possible wine press discovered in Tel Aviv
    The ruins of what is possible a 1,500-year-old wine making factory has been found in Tel Aviv, Israel. Researchers say the press is small and was probably used to make wine from pomegranates or figs sometime in the sixth or early seventh century A.D. "This is the first important building from the Byzantine period to be uncovered in this part of the city," said Yoav Arbel, director of the excavations for the Israel Antiquities Authority. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High-alcohol environment may help fruit fly larvae survive
    Researchers have discovered that female fruit flies will lay their eggs in an alcohol-rich environment to ward off parasitic wasps. The high level of alcohol doesn't affect the fruit fly larvae, but can be deadly to parasitic wasp eggs often inside them. "Who survives is totally dependent on the fly strain and the wasp strain," said Emory University biologist Todd Schlenke. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Magnetic field of dying stars is recreated in the lab
    Researchers have recreated how matter behaves in the powerful magnetic fields of dying stars. Phosphorus-laced silicon, similar to a computer microchip, was used to simulate the behavior of white dwarf stars. "By applying a 30-tesla field available at several labs around the world, the same physics as in a white dwarf can be reproduced. We have managed to recreate some of the most extreme conditions in our galaxy," said Ellis Bowyer, author of the study, which was published in Nature Communications. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Researchers develop way to capture "rainbow" of light
    A "hyperbolic metamaterial waveguide" developed by researchers at the University of Buffalo may aid advances in solar energy and stealth technology. The waveguide works like a microchip and absorbs each frequency of light to capture a "rainbow" of wavelengths. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Researchers debate how to make global disease data accessible
    Data on health and mortality trends around the world are set to be released by the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 consortium. However, concerns remain over how the data can be best accessed and used. The biggest concern, says Jane Halton, Australia's Department of Health secretary, is how to "get the data out of the academic context and into the world so that it's used in a meaningful way and helps the people we are trying to reach out to." (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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