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The intravenous swim team

( Drexel University) Drexel University researchers, led by MinJun Kim, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Engineering, have successfully pulled off a feat that both sci-fi fans and Michael Phelps could appreciate. Using a rotating magnetic field they show how multiple chains of microscopic magnetic bead-based robots can link up to reach impressive speeds swimming through in a microfluidic environment. Their finding is the latest step toward using the so-called 'microswimmers' to deliver medicine and perform surgery inside the body.

New material could advance superconductivity

( Carnegie Institution for Science) Scientists have looked for different ways to force hydrogen into a metallic state for decades. Metallic hydrogen is a holy grail for materials science because it could be used for superconductors, materials that have no resistance to the flow of electrons, increasing efficiency many times over. For the first time researchers, led by Carnegie's Viktor Struzhkin, have experimentally produced a new class of materials blending hydrogen with sodium that could alter the superconductivity landscape.

Cycle for the Cure raises a record $248,725 for TGen cancer research

( The Translational Genomics Research Institute) This year's Cycle for the Cure already was on track to be one of the most successful in its six years of raising cancer research funds for the non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). But thanks to additional donations generated by Guarantee Trust Life of Glenview, Ill., the 6th annual Cycle for the Cure garnered a record $248,725 for TGen.

Carbon-financed cookstove fails to deliver hoped-for benefits in the field

( University of Washington) A study of the the first clean cookstove intervention in India financed through the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism found expected benefits from newer, more 'efficient' stoves -- based on their performance in lab tests -- did not materialize in the field.

Battery500 consortium to spark EV innovations

( DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) The PNNL-led Battery500 consortium aims to significantly improve upon the batteries that power today's electric vehicles by more nearly tripling the specific energy in lithium batteries.

Avoiding stumbles, from spacewalks to sidewalks

( Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Researchers from MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro) and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts are developing a new space boot with built-in sensors and tiny 'haptic' motors, whose vibrations can guide the wearer around or over obstacles. At the International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, the researchers presented the results of a preliminary study designed to determine what types of stimuli, administered to what parts of the foot, could provide the best navigation cues.

Videos reveal birds, bats and bugs near Ivanpah solar project power towers

( US Geological Survey) Video surveillance (videos available) is the most effective method for detecting animals flying around solar power towers, according to a study of various techniques used at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System facility in southeastern California.

Survey of 31 years of video games shows a decline in sexualized female characters

( Indiana University) At a time when the video game industry has come under scrutiny for its low level of female employment and how women are depicted in its products, a new Indiana University study finds that sexualization of female primary game characters actually may be less than before.

Satellite tracks the remnants of Tropical Storm Georgette

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Georgette faded fast in the Eastern Pacific and NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of the remnant clouds.

NASA sees compact Tropical Storm Frank weakening

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Infrared data from NASA showed that cloud top temperatures in Hurricane Frank were warming, an indication that Hurricane Frank was getting weaker.


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