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Artificial stingray developed using rat muscles

Artificial stingray developed using rat muscles

Using heart cells of a rat, researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have created an artificial stingray. The researchers believe that the development could lead to a better artificial heart. This stingray bot is made up of four different layers.

These four different layers include a silicone substrate that forms the body; a skeletal system made of gold wire, a second layer of silicone that insulates the skin and the fourth layer is of 200,000 genetically-engineered rat cells. These cells weighed around 10 grams and were 16 millimeters in length.

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Study Asserts Strong Link between Higher Education and Lower Death Rates

Study Asserts Strong Link between Higher Education and Lower Death Rates

A study published on Wednesday by researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveals the efficacy of higher education in averting a significant proportion of deaths in America. The researchers assert that a high school diploma can help to avert as many deaths as could be averted by all smokers quitting!

Virginia Chang, associate professor of public health and of population health at NYU and a co-author of the study stated that education levels have a stark impact on the health of an individual.

Development of Single-Molecule Diode Revolutionizes Nanotechnology

Development of Single-Molecule Diode Revolutionizes Nanotechnology

A paper published on May 25 in Nature Nanotechnology titled ‘Single-Molecule Diodes with High On-Off Ratios through Environmental Control’ reports the first ever attempt for the development of single-molecule diode that perform 50 times better than all the previous designs.

A team of Columbia Engineering researchers under the guidance of an Indian-American associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, Latha Venkataraman have designed this single-molecule electronic device which would revolutionize nanoscale devices.

Vancouver Boy Wins Prestigious Gordon E. Moore Award

Vancouver Boy Wins Prestigious Gordon E. Moore Award

A Student in Vancouver has recently invented new way to control the spread of global epidemics for his science project. 17-year-old Raymond Wang has won first prize at the world’s largest high school science fair in Pittsburgh.

Wang received prize money of US$75,000, for creating a new air circulation system to isolate and eliminate germs in aircraft cabins, in order to reduce travelers’ exposure to disease.

Obama Announces $240 Million in New STEM Pledges

Obama Announces $240 Million in New STEM Pledges

President Obama, while emphasizing on the need for science education, has pledged to support the science education with the announcement of quarter-billion dollars in this field.

Mainly its focus will be on Science, technology, engineering and math and will be jointly called as STEM.

The president, on 23rd March at the White House Science Fair, has stressed on the need of private sector efforts in order to encourage more children from underrepresented groups to go for science studies.

Anaheim Ducks Hockey Team nicknamed as San Diego Gulls

Anaheim Ducks Hockey Team nicknamed as San Diego Gulls

It has been reported that the American Hockey League (AHL) team that will be playing at Valley View Casino Center this fall will be named as the San Diego Gulls. The team has been named under a San Diego tradition of 1966.

The Anaheim Ducks on January 29 announced that their AHL affiliate would be moving to San Diego as part of a shift of five teams of California.

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Abortion-Rights Advocates Urge North Carolina Health Officials to concentrate on Science

Abortion-Rights Advocates Urge North Carolina Health Officials to concentrate on Science

On Friday, North Carolina health officials have been suggested by abortion-rights advocates to pay attention on science than politics as the rules for abortion clinics were updated.

For public comment, the updates have been given, including Friday's meeting in Raleigh. Nearly 60 people have been collected into a Department of Health and Human Services. Several of the people were wearing shirts that promote abortion rights.

Social Media Sites not Authentic Source to Gather Information on Human Behavior

Social Media Sites not Authentic Source to Gather Information on Human Behavior

Scientists through a study revealed that using social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to gather information on human behavior is not at all appropriate.

It has been found that behavioral scientists use social media in order to quickly and cost-friendly gather bulks of data about what people are thinking and doing.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US and McGill University in Canada have recently found that the massive datasets can even be misleading.

Alyssa Carson could be First Human on Mars

Alyssa Carson could be First Human on Mars

At the age of 13, Alyssa Carson is determined to be the first person to visit the Red Planet. It is her dream to be on Mars, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is taking her dream seriously. According to NASA, Alyssa has a chance to be a part of a Mars mission. The girl from Louisiana could be what NASA is looking for, as she has attended all three space camps of the space agency.

Alyssa has spent nine years of her life in training to become an astronaut in the hope to be the first person to blast her way off to Mars.

Americans do not believe much in Scientific Discoveries

Americans do not believe much in Scientific Discoveries

As per recent GfK Public Affairs & Corporate Communications survey, 30 percent of Americans believe that Big Bang actually happened with 51% questioning the theory. People raised their concern on the fact that universe was created 13.82 billion years ago and has been expanding rapidly ever since formation.

Survey involved online interviews of 1,012 adults with margin of sampling error of 3.4% points for all respondents. Science and Engineering Indicators Survey has been conducted for the past 34 years by the National Science Foundation.

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