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The Science of Survival in Game of Thrones
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This is the world's first peer-reviewed journal article to investigate survival and mortality in Game of Thrones.

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Customer testimonial XUV Optics: Empyrean - the answer to challenge
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The industrial focus group XUV Optics, part of the MESA+ Institute for nanotechnology, is located in a new high-tech lab at the University of Twente (the Netherlands). XUV Optics performs top research in the field of nanotechnology. They specialize in developing multilayer mirrors (e.g. used in space telescopes) and in advanced forms of lithography to generate new computer chips. In the video, lab manager Prof. Dr. Fred Bijkerk and assistant professor Dr. Ir. Robbert van der Kruis explain how Malvern Panalytical's Empyrean X-ray diffractometer contributes to their research.

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Toward Novel Computing and Fraud Detection Technologies With On-demand Polymers
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A group is developing ultra-high precision synthetic polymers with precisely controlled chain lengths and monomer sequences. The resulting information-containing macromolecules can be deployed for data storage, anti-counterfeiting and traceability technologies.

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New Human Species Found in the Philippines
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Scientists have found a few bones and seven teeth belonging to a previously unknown species of human. They've named the new species Homo luzonensis, after the island of Luzon in the Philippines where it was found. The bones are tiny, suggesting that Homo luzonensis was under 4 feet tall. That would make it the second species of diminutive human to be found in south-east Asia; in 2007 scientists announced the discovery of Homo floresiensis, found on the island of Flores in Indonesia and nicknamed the hobbit. Both species lived around 50,000 years ago, at a time when Asia was also home to our species, the Neanderthals and a group called the Denisovans. The new species raises many questions, including who were its ancestors and how did it move?

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Is White Chocolate Actually Chocolate?
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White chocolate may lack the rich flavor of milk chocolate and the glossy brown color of dark chocolate. Many people even argue it’s not really chocolate at all. What is it about this creamy candy that sets it apart from the darker chocolates we know and love so well?

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The Chemistry Behind Different Tea Flavors
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We’re going to debunk a couple of myths behind the healthful and flavorful compounds found in different types of tea.

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Killing Airborne Bacteria and Viruses in Pig Barns With Plasma Device
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Researchers at the University of Michigan are testing a prototype device designed to filter the air of a pig barn at a pork production farm by using nonthermal plasma to inactivate airborne pathogens to prevent the spread of disease.

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Nutrition: Dietary Reference Values
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Humans need many different food nutrients if they are to stay healthy and reduce the risk of diet-related disease. Dietary Reference Values are the amounts of nutrients that people need to stay healthy -- but how are they calculated? This video explains.

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Nanomaterials Give Plants "Super" Abilities
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Plants have been developed that can make nanomaterials called metal-organic frameworks. The augmented plants could potentially perform useful new functions, such as sensing chemicals or harvesting light more efficiently.

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Making Lead Pipes Safe
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Lead leaching from pipes into the water supply is a serious public health concern. And if water sources or treatment regimens are changed, the new chemistry can cause water distribution systems that were previously safe to begin releasing toxic lead. Scientists will describe a cost- effective and quick method that could overcome these problems and make lead pipes safe for carrying drinking water.

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