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A tiny Big Deal: Inserting DNA into a single cell

Once in a while it’s important to remind ourselves that not all important advances in science and technology are big (think of the Large Hadron Collider), wide ranging (like stem cell medicine), or controversial (global warming). Sometimes the advances are tiny (physically), quiet (taking place in research centers not in the media mainstream), and incremental […]
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Micro-endoscope: A visual probe as thin as hair

A schematic of the micro-endoscope….Credit: Joseph Kahn, Stanford University The endoscope, a thinish, flexible tube with a light and image sensor or lenses at the probe end, is an indispensable tool of medicine, especially surgery. Endoscopy, the technique of using the endoscope, is the driving force behind minimally invasive surgery, which is radically changing the […]
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Big Telescopes: ALMA already on the job

Some of the ALMA antenna array at Atacama….Credit: ESO Today, March 13, 2013 marks the official ‘opening’ of the world’s largest telescope, ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter-submillimeter Array). As the biggest and most complex telescope project in history, astronomers hope it will open a new chapter in the observations of the cosmos. Located near San Pedro […]
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3-D Printing of living tissues – Synthetic Biology | Perhaps you’ve heard of three-dimensional (3-D) printing. The printing devices lay down one thin layer of a material (usually a plastic) at a time, and guided by computer they can build-up a fully three-dimensional object. This technology is already used commercially. It’s not a stretch of […]
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New telescope technologies, new visions

Looking at the sky with telescopes sitting on the Earth is like looking through a somewhat primitive and dirty window. That hasn’t stopped astronomers from wanting and sometimes getting bigger and better optical telescopes. Even a somewhat distorted window on the universe is far better than human eyesight. Then along came rockets and eventually it […]
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Hubble on the bubble

What do you call it when the best of what you’ve got now really makes you want the better thing that’s coming? Technological progress. This seem to be the case with the Hubble Space Telescope, which after its latest retrofitting is beginning to produce new and better results. Just now the various Hubble teams are […]
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Atomic motion pictures

Often advances in science go hand-in-hand with advances in scientific instrumentation. The ability to capture atoms in motion, that is, images at the atomic level over a period of time, is a major advancement. The achievement required combining the power of a conventional three-dimensional electron microscope with the ability to capture the images in an […]
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The absolutely coolest thermometer

There’s nothing colder than absolute zero. In various scales that’s (in degrees): 0 Kelvin, -273.15 Celsius, -459.57 Fahrenheit. It’s so cold that the rest of the universe would have to reach that temperature to attain it, which is called absolute entropy, or the death of everything. So it’s not even theoretically possible to reach absolute […]
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New telescope finds planet near Sun-like star

The search for planets other than those in our own solar system (exoplanets) has been going on since the early 1990’s. Most of the searches and discovery of planets have been done by indirect means, for example, catching the shadow of a planet as it transits the local star, or detecting the perturbation in the […]
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Milestone mobile brain microscope

Better tools, better science: Being able to monitor the brain cells of an animal while it freely moves around and interacts with its environment, now that’s doing science the right way. No more tying the subject down inside a massive device and showing it pictures of changing scenery while scanning its brain. Well, actually there […]
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