Material will allow ships to shake off scum

Buildup of bacteria, barnacles and seaweed on the bottom of boats may soon become a problem of the past thanks to a paint-like material that shakes off scum with the flick of a switch, according to engineers working on the novel coating. Buildup of bacteria, barnacles and seaweed on the bottom of boats may soon become a problem of the past thanks to a paint-like material that shakes off scum with the flick of a switch, according to engineers working on the novel coating.






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New device traps particulates, kills airborne pathogens

A new device called a soft X-ray electrostatic precipitator protected immunocompromised mice from airborne pathogenic bacteria, viruses, ultrafine particles, and allergens, according to a paper published online ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. This device, known for short as a SXC ESP, is highly versatile, with multiple potential uses, and Washington University is working on licensing the technology.

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Mutant gene responsible for pigeons’ head crests

University of Utah researchers decoded the genetic blueprint of the rock pigeon, unlocking secrets about pigeons’ Middle East origins, feral pigeons’ kinship with escaped racing birds, and how mutations give pigeons traits like a fancy feather hairdo known as a head crest.

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VIDEO: Meet the Author: Jared Diamond

In this week’s Meet the Author Nick Higham talks to Jared Diamond about his latest book, The World Until Yesterday, about what the modern world can learn from traditional societies.

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ hits stores Sept. 17

Get ready to run wild in the streets of Los Santos all over again. Rockstar Games will once again be returning to the streets of the fictional criminal city with the long-awaited "Grand Theft Auto V" for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The company officially unveiled a street date for the sequel Thursday, and it's set to hit stores Sept. 17 —  a bit outside Rockstar's usual May releases (like last year's "Max Payne 3"), but likely to be worth the wait.Get ready to run wild in the streets of Los Santos all over again. Rockstar Games will once again be returning to the streets of the fictional criminal city with the long-awaited “Grand Theft Auto V” for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The company officially unveiled a street date for the sequel Thursday, and it’s set to hit stores Sept. 17 —  a bit outside Rockstar’s usual May releases (like last year’s “Max Payne 3”), but likely to be worth the wait.






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NYU physicists shine a light on particle assembly

New York University physicists have developed a method for moving microscopic particles with the flick of a light switch. Their work, reported in the journal Science, relies on a blue light to prompt colloids to move and then assemble — much like birds flock and move together in flight.

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Owl mystery unravelled: Scientists explain how bird can rotate its head without cutting off blood

Medical illustrators and neurological imaging experts at Johns Hopkins have figured out how night-hunting owls can almost fully rotate their heads — by as much as 270 degrees in either direction — without damaging the delicate blood vessels in their necks and heads, and without cutting off blood supply to their brains.

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