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30 Mar

This Week in Science! March 26th to March 30th

Sadly, this will be the second to last newsletter I'll be doing. My contract with Science is coming to an end and, as a result, I won't be able to provide you with awesome info in science. Thanks for reading and it was a ton of fun!


Coral Garden CREDIT Ricahrd LingViral Disease -- Particularly from Herpes -- Gaining Interest as Possible Cause of Coral DeclineAs corals continue to decline in abundance around the world, researchers are turning their attention to a possible cause that's almost totally unexplored -- viral disease. [Link]

Oscillating Gel Acts Like Artificial Skin, Giving Robots Potential Ability to 'Feel'—Sooner than later, robots may have the ability to "feel." In a paper published online March 26 in Advanced Functional Materials, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) demonstrated that a nonoscillating gel can be resuscitated in a fashion similar to a medical cardiopulmonary resuscitation. [Link]

Electricity and Carbon Dioxide Used to Generate Alternative Fuel—Imagine being able to use electricity to power your car -- even if it's not an electric vehicle. Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have for the first time demonstrated a method for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel isobutanol using electricity. [Link]

Most Extensive Full Face Transplant to Date—The University of Maryland released details today of the most extensive full face transplant completed to date, including both jaws, teeth, and tongue. The 36-hour operation occurred on March 19-20, 2012 at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center and involved a multi-disciplinary team of faculty physicians from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a team of over 150 nurses and professional staff. [Link]

New Dimension for Solar Energy: Innovative 3-D Designs More Than Double the Solar Power Generated Per Area—Intensive research around the world has focused on improving the performance of solar photovoltaic cells and bringing down their cost. But very little attention has been paid to the best ways of arranging those cells, which are typically placed flat on a rooftop or other surface, or sometimes attached to motorized structures that keep the cells pointed toward the sun as it crosses the sky. [Link]

Regular Chocolate Eaters Are Thinner, Evidence Suggests—Katherine Hepburn famously said of her slim physique: "What you see before you is the result of a lifetime of chocolate." New evidence suggests she may have been right. [Link]

Smiling Through the Tears: Study Shows How Tearjerkers Make People Happier—People enjoy watching tragedy movies like "Titanic" because they deliver what may seem to be an unlikely benefit: tragedies actually make people happier in the short-term. [Link]

James Cameron Makes First Ever Successful Solo Dive to Mariana Trench -- Ocean's Deepest Point—Filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron descended 35,756 feet (6.77 miles/10.89 km) to reach the "Challenger Deep," the ocean's deepest point located in the Mariana Trench, in his specially designed submersible DEEPSEA CHALLENGER. The attempt was part of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, a joint scientific expedition by Cameron, National Geographic and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research and exploration. Cameron is the only individual ever to complete the dive in a solo vehicle and the first person since 1960 to reach the very bottom of the world in a manned submersible. During the dive, he conducted the first manned scientific exploration of the "Challenger Deep." [Link]

Physicists Find Patterns in New State of Matter—Physicists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered patterns which underlie the properties of a new state of matter. [Link]

First the Smart Phone, Now the Smart Home: Technology Anticipates, Meets Our Needs for Health, Efficiency—We have all heard of the smartphone and, any day now, most of us will have one. Not far behind: the smart home. [Link]

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