Leaving the electrical grid in the Upper Peninsula

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While Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not the sunniest place in the world, solar energy is viable in the region. With new technologies, some people might be inclined to leave the electrical grid. A team of researchers looked into the economic viability of grid defection in the Upper Peninsula.

Algorithm could help detect, reduce power grid faults

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The power grid is aging, overburdened and seeing more faults than ever, according to many experts. Any of those breaks could easily lead to prolonged power outages or even equipment damage. Now researchers have demonstrated that the Singular Spectrum Analysis (SSA) algorithm may be the best tool to help authorities remotely detect and locate power grid faults.

Newly discovered gene regulates hyperglycemia-induced beta cell death in type 2 diabetes

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Elevated levels of blood glucose (hyperglycemia) can induce the death of the pancreatic beta cells over time. The death of these cells (responsible for the production of insulin) underlies much of the pathology of diabetes. Exactly how and why they die is not fully understood, but a new research report sheds light on the answer and a new therapeutic target.

Mantis shrimp inspires next generation of ultra-strong materials

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Researchers are one step closer to developing super strong composite materials, thanks to the mantis shrimp, a small, multicolored marine crustacean that crushes the shells of its prey using a fist-like appendage called a dactyl club. Their latest research describes for the first time a unique herringbone structure, not previously reported in nature, within the appendage’s outer layer.

‘Super Mario Brothers’ is harder than NP-hard

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Completing a game of ‘Super Mario Brothers’ can be hard — very, very hard. That’s the conclusion of a new paper that shows that the problem of solving a level in ‘Super Mario Brothers’ is as hard as the hardest problems in the ‘complexity class’ PSPACE.

Hydrothermal vents, methane seeps play enormous role in marine life, global climate

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The hydrothermal vents and methane seeps on the ocean floor that were once thought to be geologic and biological oddities are now emerging as a major force in ocean ecosystems, marine life and global climate. And through their methane consumption, the life forms living at these vents are helping to prevent potentially catastrophic greenhouse problems.