Category: New Scientist

Japanese paper cuts make graphene extra stretchy

August 6th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Harold Park, New Scientist, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Harold Park, College of Engineering

The world’s strongest material becomes a softie when cut in just the right places. Computer simulations show that making patterned cuts in superstrong graphene yields flexible sheets that stretch to more than 160 per cent of their original size…

Expert quote:

“It’s very counter-intuitive. Graphene is the thinnest possible material, but it’s the strongest material.”

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Google Streetview cars sniff out gas leaks in cities

July 16th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Nathan Phillips, New Scientist, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

Now Google StreetView cars can do more than let you explore places you have never visited. Sensors strapped to the top of the cars have mapped hundreds of methane leaks around Boston, New York’s Staten Island and Indianapolis…

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Bionic pancreas frees people from shackles of diabetes

June 15th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Edward Damiano, New Scientist, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Edward Damiano, College of Engineering

Ed Damiano’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2000. He was 11 months old. Damiano, a biomedical engineer, decided to create a device that would help his child and millions of others better manage their disease. He set a goal of having it ready by the time his son went to college…

Expert quote:

“The device performed beyond our expectations, it did a wonderful job of controlling their blood sugar.”

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Methane leak? Robot sniffer dog is on the case

June 5th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Nathan Phillips, New Scientist, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

A lone robot trundles through an old landfill in central Sweden, shooting out a laser beam…

Expert quote:

“This would be a good solution, especially for unknown and potentially hazardous environments or terrain.”

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Superbug crisis: Global push to save antibiotics begins

May 20th, 2014 in 2014, Kevin Outterson, New Scientist, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Kevin Outterson, School of Law

“A post-antibiotics era in which common infections and minor injuries can kill, far from being an apocalyptic fantasy, is instead a very real possibility for the 21st century.” That was the warning last month from the World Health Organization in its first global report on the growing ability of bacteria to resist antibiotics…

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‘Iron Man’ plants are supercharged by nanotech power

March 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, James Collins, New Scientist, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Collins, College of Engineering

The story of Iron Man, in which a person gains spectacular abilities by infusing their body with technology, is still just fantasy. But the first Iron Plants have been made. A team of biologists and engineers has made bionic plants that have been upgraded with an injection of nanotechnology…

Expert quote:

“This is a marvellous demonstration of how nanotechnology can be coupled with synthetic biology to modify and enhance the function of living organisms. The authors show that self-assembling nanoparticles can be used to enhance the photosynthetic capacity of plants.”

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Soaring drug deaths turn focus on anti-overdose drug

March 8th, 2014 in 2014, Alexander Walley, New Scientist, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Alexander Walley, School of Medicine

In 1992 Tracey Helton, a long-time heroin addict, shot up. Only this time was different: she had been clean for a month and her body couldn’t handle the opiate surge. The overdose would have killed her, she says, had she not been brought back from the dead by a drug that researchers call miraculous, but that the public largely hasn’t heard of…

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Brain damage in American football linked to head trauma

October 18th, 2013 in 2013, Ann McKee, Centers & Institutes in the News, New Scientist, Newsmakers, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Ann McKee, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

American Football is a rough game, but the toll it takes on players’ grey matter is only now becoming clear…

Expert quote:

“[Hampshire's team] has found very impressive abnormalities that mirror the areas of the brain that are damaged in early CTE.”

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1 in 13 people have bendy chimp-like feet

May 30th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy DeSilva, New Scientist, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU 0 comments

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Jeremy DeSilva, College of Arts & Sciences

You may be walking on chimp-like feet without knowing it…

Expert quote:

“My guess is that we are getting more variation than ever before, perhaps because shoes have impacted foot anatomy.”

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Prague gas explosion highlights ageing pipeline danger

April 29th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Nathan Phillips, New Scientist, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Nathan Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences

A powerful explosion in Prague, Czech Republic, has damaged an office building, leaving up to 40 people injured…

Expert quote:

“For older cities it’s a systemic problem and it needs attention.”

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