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Team maps the nuclear landscape

An Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee team has used the Department of Energy's Jaguar supercomputer to calculate the number of isotopes allowed by the laws of physics.

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FDA OKs first new weight-loss pill in 13 years

Federal Food and Drug Administration officials approved a new weight-loss pill Wednesday, giving the nod to Belviq used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise to combat obesity.

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Melanin considered for bio-friendly electronics

(Phys.org) -- Melanin – the pigment that colours skin, eyes and hair – could soon be the face of a new generation of biologically friendly electronic devices used in applications such as medical sensors and tissue stimulation treatments.

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Brewing the world’s hottest Guinness

(Phys.org) -- The positive and sometimes unexpected impact of particle physics is well documented, from physicists inventing the World Wide Web to engineering the technology underlying life-saving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) devices. But sometimes the raw power of huge experiments and scientific ambition draw the recognition of those seeking only the most extreme achievements on Earth.

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First 3D nanoscale optical cavities from metamaterials hold promise for nanolasers, photonic communications

(Phys.org) -- The world’s smallest three-dimensional optical cavities with the potential to generate the world’s most intense nanolaser beams have been created by a scientific team led by researchers with the DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley.

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Low-carb diets may burn the most calories

Researchers found that overweight people burned 350 more calories a day, on average, when they ate a low-carbohydrate diet, than when they ate a low-fat diet.

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Study: Photos of treats may spark cravings

Just glancing at a photo of a rich and gooey chocolate cake can set your brain circuits sparking, switching on cravings and revving up your appetite, a new study shows.

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Yarsagumba: Aphrodisiac Fungus Faces Extinction in Nepal

Climate change and overharvesting have put a Himalayan fungus valued for its purported aphrodisiac qualities at risk of extinction. Known variously as yarsagumba, yarchagumba, yartsa gunba, yatsa gunbu and, more colloquially, “Himalayan Viagra,” the parasitic caterpillar fungus Cordyceps ( Ophiocordyceps sinensis ) grows on and kills Tibetan ghost moths during their larval phase underground

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Apple Unveils Future Products, Including iOS 6 with Tighter Facebook Ties

Apple introduced a number of improvements to its mobile and desktop operating systems as well as its MacBook Pro and Air computers Monday at the company’s annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. The conference is primarily aimed at programmers who will develop software and apps that run on Apple’s products but also provides a glimpse of what’s in store for some of its most popular electronics in the near future

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Statins Are Linked With Fatigue

Image courtesy of iStockphoto/OtmarW Cholesterol-lowering statins have been credited with preventing countless heart attacks among at-risk adults.

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