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Smallest possible diamonds form ultra-thin nanothreads
(Penn State) For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin 'diamond nanothreads' that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymers. The threads have a structure that has never been seen before.

Stanford researchers create 'evolved' protein that may stop cancer from spreading
(Stanford School of Engineering) Stanford researchers have created a decoy protein designed to interrupt the signaling pathway that triggers the breakaway of cancerous cells; in other words the signal that initiates metastasis. Preliminary tests showed this strategy effective in mice models; infusion with this decoy protein greatly reduced metastasis in mice with aggressive breast and ovarian cancers when compared to a control group. Years of tests lie ahead but it's a promising start for an alternative to chemotherapy.

Engineered proteins stick like glue -- even in water
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) MIT researchers find new adhesives based on mussel proteins could be useful for naval or medical applications.

Magnetic fields make the excitons go 'round
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Magnetic fields help excitons avoid getting trapped.

Uncovering the forbidden side of molecules
(University of Basel) Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have succeeded in observing the 'forbidden' infrared spectrum of a charged molecule for the first time. These extremely weak spectra offer perspectives for extremely precise measurements of molecular properties and may also contribute to the development of molecular clocks and quantum technology. The results were published in the scientific journal Nature Physics.

Battling superbugs
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Two new technologies from researchers at MIT could enable novel strategies for combating drug-resistant bacteria.

NASA eyes Tropical Storm Fung-Wong move through Northwestern Pacific
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Fung-Wong continued to affect the Philippines while moving north through the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. NASA's Aqua satellite provided infrared data on the storm's clouds that showed some high, strong thunderstorms with the potential for heavy rainfall over the northern and central regions of the country. The storm is now expected to affect three more countries over the next several days.

NASA sees Tropical Storm playing polo with western Mexico
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Polo is riding along the coast of western Mexico like horses in the game of his namesake. NASA's Aqua satellite saw Polo about 300 miles south-southeast of Baja California on its track north.

NASA, NOAA satellites show Odile's remnant romp through southern US
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Former Hurricane Odile may be a bad memory for Baja California, but the remnants have moved over New Mexico and Texas where they are expected to bring rainfall there. NASA's TRMM satellite measured Odile's heavy rainfall rates on Sept. 18, and NOAA's GOES-West satellite saw the clouds associated with the former storm continue to linger over the US Southwest on Sept. 19.

NASA catches a weaker Edouard, headed toward Azores
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Atlantic Ocean and captured a picture of Tropical Storm Edouard as it continues to weaken.

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