discoveryStrange creature provides crucial missing link
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Mar 14, 2013 – Christopher Cameron of the University of Montreal’s Department of Biological Sciences and his colleagues have unearthed a major scientific discovery – a strange phallus-shaped creature they found in Canada’s Burgess Shale fossil beds, located in Yoho National Park. The fossils were found in an area of shale beds that are 505 million years old. Their study, to be published online in the jou … more

Untangling life’s origins
Urbana IL (SPX) Mar 13, 2013 – Researchers in the Evolutionary Bioinformatics Laboratory at the University of Illinois in collaboration with German scientists have been using bioinformatics techniques to probe the world of proteins for answers to questions about the origins of life. Proteins are formed from chains of amino acids and fold into three-dimensional structures that determine their function. According to crop … more

New Technique Creates Stronger, Lightweight Magnesium Alloys
Raleigh NC (SPX) Mar 14, 2013 – Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating stronger, lightweight magnesium alloys that have potential structural applications in the automobile and aerospace industries. Engineers constantly seek strong, lightweight materials for use in cars and planes to improve fuel efficiency. Their goal is to develop structural materials with a high “sp … more

Breaking the final barrier: room-temperature electrically powered nanolasers
Tempe AZ (SPX) Mar 14, 2013 – A breakthrough in nanolaser technology has been made by Arizona State University researchers. Electrically powered nano-scale lasers have been able to operate effectively only in cold temperatures. Researchers in the field have been striving to enable them to perform reliably at room temperature, a step that would pave the way for their use in a variety of practical applications. The resea … more

Russian meteor million of years old
Moscow (UPI) Mar 14, 2013 – The meteor that exploded over Russia last month probably broke off an asteroid and collided with another space body millions of years ago, a scientist says. “It was formed within an asteroid, separated from it, and then, tens of millions of years ago, it suffered a collision, receiving multiple cracks as a result,” Erik Galimov of the Russian Academy of Sciences said Thursday. Th … more