Cosmic rays may be causing glitches in solar-storm monitoring satellite | Angle of impact that created moon may have led to strange tilt in orbit | Photos show limestone bed of Jesus' tomb
November 1, 2016
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Cosmic rays may be causing glitches in solar-storm monitoring satellite
Galactic cosmic rays may be behind a series of glitches experienced by the Deep Space Climate Observatory, which is meant to warn Earth about solar storm eruptions. The satellite has gone offline five times since beginning operations, and scientists are concerned it will fall offline during a significant solar event.
Nature (free content) (10/28) 
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Angle of impact that created moon may have led to strange tilt in orbit
The impact that nearly obliterated Earth and gave birth to the moon occurred at an oblique angle that, over time, caused the strange tilt in the moon's orbit, which has baffled scientists for years, according to a new study. The findings were published online in Nature. (10/31) 
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Photos show limestone bed of Jesus' tomb
The limestone bed where Jesus Christ's body is believed to have been placed after his crucifixion has been uncovered during a conservation project in Jerusalem. Photographs of the site were taken before conservation workers replaced the marble protecting the site at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. (10/31) 
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Spinach plants engineered to detect explosive materials
Researchers added nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes to spinach plants, making them able to detect chemicals used in landmines and other buried explosives, according to findings published in Nature Materials. The plants could be used for "defense applications, but also to monitor public spaces for terrorism-related activities, since we show both water and airborne detection," said Michael Strano, co-author of the study.
BBC (10/31) 
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Researchers turn glowing E. coli into lightbulb
UK researchers have created a lightbulb with genetically modified luminescent E. coli bacteria in a project for the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition. The E. coli glows when it comes into contact with a heat source or electrical current.
New Scientist (free content) (10/28) 
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Zika virus damages mouse testes, study suggests
Damage to reproductive cells in mouse testes due to the Zika virus has raised new concerns about how the virus could affect men. Researchers, whose work was published in Nature, say more study is needed to see if the findings are applicable to humans.
STAT (10/31) 
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"Perfect detergent molecule" developed by researchers
University of Minnesota researchers have created a detergent that withstands hard water and contains fewer chemicals. The detergent, created with oleo-furan surfactants, was developed from reusable biomass and could help limit the number of necessary ingredients in products, said Paul Dauenhauer, associate professor of chemical engineering.
KARE-TV (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (10/27),  Mother Nature Network (10/28) 
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Funding Watch
Facebook's Zuckerberg helps fund center to create directory of human cells
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has provided funding for BioHub, a $600 million center tasked with creating a human cell directory, or "cell atlas." BioHub is part of a global consortium looking to map all the cells in the human body in the hope of helping find new treatments for diseases.
MIT Technology Review online (free registration) (10/31) 
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Breast cancer recurrence study awarded $450,000 grant
Susan G. Komen has awarded a $450,000 grant to the University of Delaware to study breast cancer. Researcher April Kloxin is looking into recurrent breast cancer.
WDEL-AM/FM (Wilmington, Del.) (10/31) 
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