A new report, sponsored by the DOE and undertaken by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, argues that a domestic electron ion collider could unlock the scientific mysteries of atomic nuclei and maintain US leadership in accelerator science.
Month: July 2018
Hawaiian Researchers Choose Cryogen-free MRI to Study Kidney Disease
MR Solutions has installed a cryocooler-based, and thus cryogen-free, preclinical MRI imaging system at the University of Hawaii to help researchers improve the rate of kidney disease detection. One in seven residents on the island has chronic kidney disease, a figure far higher than normal among its residents of Japanese, Filipino and Native Hawaiian descent.
Health Officials in NY County Ban Liquid Nitrogen Treats
The Clinton County Board of Health has banned the sale of food products adulterated by liquid nitrogen. The move followed a study of Dragon's Breath, a dessert composed of cereal puffs frozen with liquid nitrogen, discussed on a New York State Association of County Health Officials conference call.
The Rise and Rise of Cryogenic Electron Microscopy
Speaking at the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting in Germany, biophysicist Joachim Frank says that the field of structural biology is entering a new era with a bright future thanks to advances in cryogenic electron microscopy. Cryo-EM rapidly freezes molecular samples in solution and images them with an electron beam to reveal the molecular structure. Today, resolutions of 3 to 4 Å are routinely achievable, while at its upper limits, the technique can achieve atomic resolutions of 2 Å.
DARPA Completes Engine Tests for Experimental Spaceplane Program
DARPA engineers have completed a test series on the AR-22 engine, advancing toward the agency's goal of developing an experimental spaceplane (XSP) capable of rapid turnaround and on-demand launches.
State Senator Writing Bill to Protect Embryos Stored in Cryo Systems
Ohio State Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D) is working on a bill to establish both guidelines and penalties for fertility clinics responsible for storing embryos at low temperature. More than 100 lawsuits have been filed against University Hospitals in Ohio after a failure of the group's liquid nitrogen systems in March resulted in damage to 4,000 eggs and embryos.
General Atomics Awarded Contract for Cryofracture Munitions Destruction System
The US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center has awarded General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems a contract to upgrade its portable prototype cryofracture system and perform additional design and procurement to interface the system with a rotary kiln incinerator.
Microscopic Trampoline Absorbs Energy and Bounces Light in Quantum Systems
Researchers from JILA, a joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and NIST, have developed a device that uses a small plate to absorb microwave energy and bounce it into laser light, calling this microscopic trampoline a crucial step for sending quantum signals over long distances.
Dearman Expands Liquid Nitrogen Engine Options in US and Europe
Dearman has expanded its Hubbard zero emission transport refrigeration unit with a nosemount option that allows a slimmer fit of the engine and closer integration with the refrigeration system.
Scientists Report Control of Electron Spins Connected to Superconductor
Scientists from the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen have, for the first time, succeeded in producing, controlling and understanding complex quantum states based on two electron spins connected to a superconductor. The samples, according to the study published in Nature Communications, were mounted in a dilution refrigerator with a base temperature near 30 mK and measured with standard techniques.