Research Stash Weekly Review #8

3D printing doubles the strength of stainless steel


3D printing has taken the world by storm, but it currently works best with plastic and porous steel—materials too weak for hard-core applications. Now, researchers have come up with a way to 3D print tough and flexible stainless steel, an advance that could lead to faster and cheaper ways to make everything from rocket engines to parts for nuclear reactors and oil rigs. Read More

Subset Of Stem Cells Identified As Source For All Cells In Blood And Immune Systems


Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have identified a specific subset of adult blood stem cells that is exclusively responsible for repopulating the entire blood and immune system after a transplant. Read More

Neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explain how creativity works


What makes humans special? Some credit should go to the opposable thumb and the larynx, says neuroscientist David Eagleman, but a lot of it has to do with our ability to be creative and constantly think up new ideas. Read More

Penn study shows link between fertility and overall mortality


New research from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine has found that women who have experienced infertility are at an increased risk of death. Read More

Study identifies bottlenecks in early seagrass growth


Findings may help improve seed-based restoration Seagrass meadows, key nursery and feeding grounds for many kinds of marine life, are being lost worldwide to nutrient pollution, warming waters, and other ills. Read More

Inside Giza’s Great Pyramid, Scientists Discover a Void


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The Great Pyramid of Giza has towered over Egypt for more than 4,500 years. Built during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu, the monument was a testament to the ruler’s architectural prowess and is thought to have been a home for his mummified remains. Read More

Getting on cancer’s nerves: A surprising way to thwart tumors


DAVID MARTINEZ lives with excruciating pain. He has pancreatitis, a condition in which the pancreas becomes severely inflamed. Over the past five months, he has received three injections of a local anesthetic into nerves in his abdomen to help ease the agony. Read More

The Closest Star to Our Own Solar System Just Got a Lot More Interesting


Astronomers have announced they’ve discovered a ring of cold cosmic dust surrounding the closest star to our Solar System – the faint red dwarf Proxima Centauri. Read More

Is tinkering with time bad for your health?


Feeling your time zone doesn’t fit quite right? Turns out you’re not alone. Whether it’s farmers in India, office workers in Spain or stock brokers in California, people are tinkering with time. Read More

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