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September 12, 2012
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  • Higgs boson discovery is published in peer-reviewed journal
    The discovery of the Higgs boson was published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Letters B, a benchmark in one of the biggest scientific discoveries this year. "The discovery reported in these papers is a momentous step forward in fundamental knowledge," said Fabiola Gianotti, an Atlas spokeswoman. "It is the culmination of more than 20 years of effort of the worldwide high-energy physics community to build and operate instruments of unprecedented technology, complexity and performance." Google/Agence France-Presse (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Physicists will test big bang theory using supercomputer
    A project led by Katrin Heitmann and Salman Habib, physicists from Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, is set to use the Mira supercomputer to recreate the universe from its origin around 13.7 billion years ago. The program, which will use hundreds of millions of elements for the computer simulation, aims to examine the big bang theory and compare the structure depicted in the computer model with the best telescope sightings of the universe's structure. (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nuclear fusion shows promise in powering ultra-fast spaceships
    Researchers predict that nuclear-fusion reactions produced by antimatter beams could be used to power ultra-fast spaceships one day. A NASA report has offered insight on the possibility that such spacecraft could reach Jupiter in four months' time. "The energy from these reactions could be used to heat a propellant or provide thrust through magnetic confinement and a magnetic nozzle," according to the report. (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • World's smallest fossil footprints found in Canada
    The smallest fossil footprints in the world have been discovered by amateur paleontologist Gloria Melanson at the Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia, Canada. Researchers say the footprints were left behind by an amphibian, similar to a salamander, 315 million years ago. (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Human remains found in church said to be king's grave site
    Archaeologists searching for the grave of King Richard III have found human remains at a medieval church excavated under a parking lot in Leicester, England. The church is said to be the king's final resting place but there is no confirmation yet whether the remains belong to the monarch. Archaeologists from University of Leicester will reveal the details of the discovery today. (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Climate and travel drive increase in zoonotic diseases
    Better detection methods, global warming, global travel, and an increase in the number of infectious agents moving from animals into humans are all factors that have contributed to the emergence of human infectious diseases. According to 2008 research reported in Nature, wild animals were the source of more than half of newly discovered infectious diseases between 1990 and 2000. Three-quarters of all human infectious diseases pass between humans and other species or were found to have recently originated in animals, said veterinarian Tony Goldberg of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine. Discovery/MyHealthNews Daily (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Funding Watch 
  • Researchers assessing effect of bioenergy projects land $4.8M grant
    A group of researchers has received a $4.81 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a five-year project to evaluate the socioeconomic and environmental effects of selected bioenergy projects in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. In the U.S., the study will focus on Mascoma and J.M. Longyear's proposed cellulosic-ethanol plant in Michigan. The project's objective is to supply decision-makers with data needed to better understand the impacts of bioenergy projects. (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $3.7M from NHLBI to support trials of Babesia blood test
    The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has awarded Immunetics a two-year research contract worth $3.7 million for clinical studies of a blood test for Babesia infection. The trials, which will be conducted in collaboration with Blood Systems Research Institute and Creative Testing Solutions, are necessary for the blood test to obtain FDA approval. Mass High Tech (Boston) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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