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Monday, February 2, 2015

ScienceDaily: Top Technology News

ScienceDaily: Top Technology News

'Live fast, die young' galaxies lose the gas that keeps them alive

Posted: 01 Feb 2015 05:32 PM PST

Galaxies can die early because the gas they need to make new stars is suddenly ejected, new research suggests. Most galaxies age slowly as they run out of raw materials needed for growth over billions of years. But a pilot study looking at galaxies that die young has found some might shoot out this gas early on, causing them to redden and kick the bucket prematurely.

Researchers develop new instrument to monitor atmospheric mercury

Posted: 30 Jan 2015 06:14 PM PST

A new instrument to monitor atmospheric mercury in the atmosphere has been developed and tested by scientists. The measurement approach is called sequential two-photon laser induced fluorescence (2P-LIF) and uses two different laser beams to excite mercury atoms and monitor blue shifted atomic fluorescence.

Renewable biofuel production avoids competition with food resources

Posted: 29 Jan 2015 05:41 PM PST

The efficient production of both biofuel and animal feed from one crop is now possible, and can be done on a farm without the need for off-site processes. The research demonstrates the practical potential of an alternative to fossil fuels that does not compete with food resources.

Ocean waves used to monitor offshore oil and gas fields

Posted: 28 Jan 2015 12:22 PM PST

An ew technique exploits naturally occurring seismic waves to probe seafloor at less expense, and with fewer ill effects on marine life, scientists report.

Systematic testing of deimmunized biotherapeutic agents conducted

Posted: 28 Jan 2015 12:22 PM PST

By establishing protein design algorithms that simultaneously optimize drug candidates for both decreased immunogenic epitope content and high level stability and activity, researchers have established a novel testing platform. The work guides biotechnologists toward protein designs that function appropriately using sophisticated design algorithms.

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