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Shopping online, privacy, data protection

Shopping online, privacy, data protection
In the wake of yet another e-commerce data breach in which the names and email addresses of millions of online shoppers and credit card users have been accessed illegally, scientists in the US suggest that privacy discussions, and ultimately legislation must urgently focus on the expanding roles of third-parties handling pervasive online customer profiles. Nancy King of the College of Business, at Oregon State University, in Corvallis,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 4/7/2011 8:42:38 AM)


Leap to whole-cell simulations

Leap to whole-cell simulations
Scientists have built a computer model of the crowded interior of a bacterial cell that � in a test of its response to sugar in its environment � accurately simulates the behavior of living cells. The new "in silico cells" are the result of a collaboration between experimental researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biology in Gera number of and theoretical researchers at the University of Illinois using the newest GPU (graphics........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/31/2011 7:11:07 AM)


Will we hear the light?

Will we hear the light?
University of Utah researchers used invisible infrared light to make rat heart cells contract and toadfish inner-ear cells send signals to the brain. The discovery someday might improve cochlear implants for deafness and lead to devices to restore vision, maintain balance and treat movement disorders like Parkinson's. "We're going to talk to the brain with optical infrared pulses instead of electrical pulses," which now are used in........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/28/2011 7:16:12 AM)


FDA hitting milestones in tobacco law

FDA hitting milestones in tobacco law
Since the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act in 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has met the ambitious implementation deadlines set forth in the law, the agency said Wednesday at a congressional briefing hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research. Lawrence Deyton, M.S.P.H., M.D., director of FDA Center for Tobacco Products, evaluated the a number of important steps the FDA has taken........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/18/2011 6:21:26 PM)


Are the wealthiest countries the smartest?

Are the wealthiest countries the smartest?
It's not just how free the market is. Some economists are looking at another factor that determines how much a country's economy flourishes: how smart its people are. For a study published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, scientists analyzed test scores from 90 countries and observed that the intelligence of the people, especially the smartest 5 percent, made a big contribution to the strength of their economies. In the last 50........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/17/2011 10:47:16 PM)


Hubble Rules Out One Alternative to Dark Energy

Hubble Rules Out One Alternative to Dark Energy
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have ruled out an alternate theory on the nature of dark energy after recalculating the expansion rate of the universe to unprecedented accuracy. The universe may be expanding at an increasing rate. Some think that is because the universe is filled with a dark energy that works in the opposite way of gravity. One alternative to that hypothesis is that an enormous bubble of relatively empty........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 3/15/2011 7:35:43 AM)


Alcoholic drinks to induce superconductivity

Alcoholic drinks to induce superconductivity
Japanese scientists have been immersing iron-based compounds in hot alcoholic beverages such as red wine, sake and shochu to induce superconductivity. Researchers from the National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, observed that immersing pellets of an iron-based compound in heated alcoholic beverages for 24 hours greatly increase their superconducting ability. Iron-based compounds commonly become superconductive after being exposed........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/7/2011 7:02:54 AM)


What"s up with Brad and Angelina"s twins?

What
Well, according to the latest issue of Star magazine, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie"s twins Knox and Vivienne have Down Syndrome, which is quite a ballsy claim on their part. I wouldn"t be surprised at all if Brangelina"s lawyers file some kind of lawsuit over this story! The cover suggests a nanny is blowing the lid off the truth about the twins, which seems like total bullshit to me. Don"t celeb nannies sign a non-disclosure agreement?! I know........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 2/3/2011 7:12:12 AM)


Faculty on Facebook Will Not Ask Students To Be Friends

Faculty on Facebook Will Not Ask Students To Be Friends
In a recent survey of pharmacy professors, 100 percent of the respondents who had Facebook profiles said they would not send friend requests to their current students. Just fewer than half of the responding faculty members had a Facebook profile, and of those, most said they also ignored friend requests from students - particularly current students. It was a small study, with 95 faculty members from colleges of pharmacy at four Ohio........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/25/2011 7:45:56 AM)


Tractors rolling over

Tractors rolling over
The people in Spain at greatest risk of suffering farming accidents are those aged over 65, followed by people under 16 and people from outside the agricultural sector. These are the results of a study by the Public University of Navarre (UPNA), which shows that most of these deaths are due to people being crushed by tractors. "Aside from recognised farming workers, other employees die in this sector and these deaths are not recorded. Our........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/16/2011 9:16:43 PM)


Putting the Dead to Work

Putting the Dead to Work
Conservation paleobiologists--researchers who use the fossil record to understand the evolutionary and ecological responses of present-day species to changes in their environment--are putting the dead to work. A new review of the research in this emerging field provides examples of how the fossil record can help assess environmental impacts, predict which species will be most vulnerable to environmental changes, and provide guidelines for........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/16/2011 10:41:17 AM)


Debunking Solar Energy Efficiency Measurements

Debunking Solar Energy Efficiency Measurements
In recent years, developers have been investigating light-harvesting thin film solar panels made from nanotechnology - and promoting efficiency metrics to make the technology marketable. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher is providing new evidence to challenge recent "charge" measurements for increasing solar panel efficiency. Offering a less expensive, smaller solution than traditional panels, Prof. Eran Rabani of Tel Aviv University's........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/11/2011 6:52:10 AM)


Geastrum saccatum

Geastrum saccatum
Thanks once again to Robert Klips (Orthotrichum@Flickr) for sharing one of his photograph with BPotD (original via the BPotD Flickr Pool). Much appreciated Though these may appear to be acorns rapidly fired into small bits of cookie dough, they are actually the fruiting bodies of the rounded earthstar, Geastrum saccatum. Geastrum literally translates to earth star, and the genus has a cosmopolitan temperate and tropical distribution.........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/9/2011 9:30:51 PM)


Protein helps parasite survive in host cells

Protein helps parasite survive in host cells
Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned why changes in a single gene, ROP18, contribute substantially to dangerous forms of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. The answer has likely moved science a step closer to new ways to beat Toxoplasma and a number of other parasites. As per a research findings published in Cell Host & Microbe, researchers show that the ROP18 protein disables host cell proteins that........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/29/2010 6:11:43 AM)


Nnew cell biological mechanism

Nnew cell biological mechanism
The cell signaling pathway known as Wnt, usually activated in cancers, causes internal membranes within a healthy cell to imprison an enzyme that is vital in degrading proteins, preventing the enzyme from doing its job and affecting the stability of a number of proteins within the cell, scientists at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have found. The finding is important because sequestering the enzyme, Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/24/2010 1:36:52 PM)


Soft substrate promotes pluripotent stem cell culture

Soft substrate promotes pluripotent stem cell culture
University of Illinois scientists have found a key to keeping stem cells in their neutral state: It takes a soft touch. In a paper reported in the journal PLoS One, the scientists demonstrated that culturing mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) on a soft gel rather than on a hard plate or dish keeps them in their pluripotent state, a ground state with the ability to become any type of tissue. The soft substrate maintains homogeneous........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/16/2010 8:03:48 AM)


Tiny channels carry big information

Tiny channels carry big information
They say it's the little things that count, and that certainly holds true for the channels in transmembrane proteins, which are small enough to allow ions or molecules of a certain size to pass through, while keeping out larger objects. Artificial fluidic nanochannels that mimic the capabilities of transmembrane proteins are highly prized for many advanced technologies. However, it has been difficult to make individual artificial channels of........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/15/2010 7:18:48 AM)


What your reaction to someone's eye movements

What your reaction to someone's eye movements
It goes without saying that conservatives and liberals don't see the world in the same way. Now, research from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests that is exactly, and quite literally, the case. In a newly released study, UNL scientists measured both liberals' and conservatives' reaction to "gaze cues" a person's tendency to shift attention in a direction consistent with another person's eye movements, even if it's irrelevant to........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/9/2010 7:08:49 AM)


Good grades in high school lead to better health

Good grades in high school lead to better health
MADISON The "A" grades that high schoolers earn aren't just good for making the honor roll they also make them healthier as adults, too. Studies have long shown that education is associated with better health, but new research by Pamela Herd, an associate professor of public affairs and sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shows that higher academic performance in high school plays a critical role in better health throughout........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/8/2010 7:02:23 AM)


Imitating Someone's Accent

Imitating Someone's Accent
In conversation, we often imitate each other's speech style and may even change our accent to fit that of the person we're talking to. A recent study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that imitating someone who speaks with a regional or foreign accent may actually help you understand them better. "If people are talking to each other, they tend to sort of move their speech toward each........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/7/2010 7:42:24 AM)


Women Less Likely to Take Financial Risks

Women Less Likely to Take Financial Risks
Last year Nicholas Kristof declared in his New York Times column what banks need to fix their problems: Not just a bailout, but also "women, women, and women." Women are generally believed to be less willing to take risks than men, so he speculated that the banks could balance out risky men by employing more women. Stereotypes like this about women actually influence how women make financial decisions, making them more wary of risk, as per a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/18/2010 7:51:59 AM)


Tightwads and spendthrifts

Tightwads and spendthrifts
Every year about this time, on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that traditionally begins the holiday shopping season, early-morning consumers stand in long lines eager to purchase some sought after prize. From the outside, it looks as if these holiday shoppers can't wait to plunk down their cash, but University of Michigan Marketing Professor Scott Rick says consumers often behave differently than they would ideally like to behave. ........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/18/2010 7:30:33 AM)


Rural library outreach a new initiative

Rural library outreach a new initiative
Rural and small town libraries are one of the newest forces being tapped to improve the science literacy of Americans through lifelong, "free-choice learning" opportunities in which people learn scientific, engineering and technical information somewhere other than school. A new initiative, supported by a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, will help rural librarians tap into scientific expertise in their local........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/10/2010 7:40:48 AM)


The smartest man I ever knew

The smartest man I ever knew
Bye Daddy Earl Triplett Brow Earl Triplett Brown, 81, passed away at home on July 22, 2008, following a courageous fight against a long illness. He was born April 21, 1927, in Buncombe County, the youngest son of the late David Worth Brown and Mae Triplett Brown Cole. He was also preceded in death by his older brother, Douglas He served in the U.S. Navy, and has both a bachelors and doctoral degree from the School of Pharmacy of........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/10/2010 6:48:32 AM)


Sephora's Little Black Eyeliner Kit

Sephora's Little Black Eyeliner Kit
This guest post is courtesy of Thefind.com In the grand scheme of beauty buys, it"s hard to pick one favorite product. Not like I"d ever realistically be faced with the dilemma of choosing just one beauty product (believe me -- I"ll always find a way to buy makeup, even if it"s the last dime I spend), if I had to hypothetically pick one, it would definitely be black eyeliner. Even if I"m completely makeup-starved otherwise, eyeliner at least........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/5/2010 7:07:48 AM)


Skeet Shooter

Skeet Shooter
This indoor Skeet Shooter game promises to deliver all the fun of its big shotgun toting brother, without all that ’sorry did I shoot your leg off?‘ anxiety. The thing works using infrared pistols, which ‘break’ the plastic targets if your aim is true. Sounds like clean harmless fun right? Until the gerbil gets caught in the crossfire, that is. $49.95. Annoying video........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/24/2010 11:12:59 PM)


How to Choose The Right Water Filter?

How to Choose The Right Water Filter?
Looking to buy a water filter? Here are some of the things you must know to before spending your hard earned cash on investing in your family's health and wellbeing. You are of course concerned about your tap water and looking to filter it. This article will give you the basic run down to choosing a water filter that is suitable for your family needs. Our government is responsible for treating our water, but can we trust the age-old........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/19/2010 10:46:04 PM)


Voters to hash out ballot initiatives

Voters to hash out ballot initiatives
Voters across the country are entering the season of ballot measures. In Washington, this fall's nine statewide ballot measures include two competing liquor initiatives, a bond measure for school upgrades, and a much-debated push for the state's first income tax since the 1930s. Into this fray enters an online experiment created by the University of Washington in partnership with the Seattle civic nonprofit CityClub. The Living Voters Guide........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 10/5/2010 7:26:23 AM)


Parts in Labor

Parts in Labor
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Trapping antihydrogen atoms

Trapping antihydrogen atoms
Trapping antihydrogen atoms at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has become so routine that physicists are confident that they can soon begin experiments on this rare antimatter equivalent of the hydrogen atom, as per scientists at the University of California, Berkeley. "We've trapped antihydrogen atoms for as long as 1,000 seconds, which is forever" in the world of high-energy particle physics, said Joel Fajans, UC........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 6/5/2011 8:56:21 PM)


Overscheduled children and adolescents

Overscheduled children and adolescents
opular books and media reports have perpetuated the belief that children and adolescents are overscheduled in their extracurricular activities, and that this can disrupt how families function and undermine young people's opportunities for success. Eventhough there is little empirical research to support this idea, some studies suggest a threshold effect in which the benefits of involvement stabilize or drop slightly after a certain point. But........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/31/2011 6:58:58 AM)


More Efficient Solar Panels

More Efficient Solar Panels
Studies done by Mark Lusk and his colleagues at the Colorado School of Mines could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. Their latest work describes how the size of light-absorbing particles--quantum dots--affects the particles' ability to transfer energy to electrons to generate electricity. The results are reported in the recent issue of the journal ACS Nano. The advance provides evidence to support a controversial idea,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/26/2011 10:19:31 PM)


Ecologists use 70-year-old pressed plants

Ecologists use 70-year-old pressed plants
More than half of the world's population now lives in cities, yet we know little about how urbanization affects biodiversity. In one the first studies of its kind, ecologists in Indianapolis, USA have used 70 year-old dried plant specimens to track the impact of increasing urbanization on plants. The results are published this week in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Ecology Lead by Dr Rebecca Dolan, director of the Friesner........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/18/2011 10:15:51 PM)


Tying the knot with computer-generated holograms

Tying the knot with computer-generated holograms
In the latest twist on optical knots, New York University (NYU) physicists have discovered a new method to create extended and knotted optical traps in three dimensions. This method, which the NYU researchers describe in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express, produces "bright" knots, where the maximum of the light intensity traces out a knotted trajectory in space, for the first time allowing microscopic objects to be........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/15/2011 10:36:17 PM)


Key to immune response

Key to immune response
Researchers from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute have identified the key immune cell population responsible for regulating the body's immune response. The finding could have wide-ranging repercussions for the therapy of autoimmune diseases, organ transplantation and cancer, and change how the efficacy of newly developed drugs is measured. The discovery was made by Dr Erika Cretney, Dr Axel Kallies and Dr Stephen Nutt from the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/7/2011 7:05:00 AM)


The Freshest laptop designs

The Freshest laptop designs
With aesthetics becoming almost as important a factor in usability and performance when it comes to buying a laptop these days, manufacturers are using teams of consultants to get the design just right for a particular market before they even start putting the parts together. Business users will be looking for something that projects a corporate image of sleek efficiency, often in matt black, whereas teenagers will be more interested in bright........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/6/2011 10:03:19 AM)


Averrhoa bilimbi

Averrhoa bilimbi
Today"s entry was written by Claire 3Point141@Flickr provided us with this photograph via the BPotD Flickr Pool of the fruit and flowers of Averrhoa bilimbi, a tropical tree belonging to Oxalidaceae (taken in Pinellas Park, Florida). Much appreciated 3Point141 Oxalidaceae, or the wood sorrels, is a small family of 6 genera and 770 species distributed in temperate to tropical regions. Common to the family, and also visible with the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/30/2011 11:07:14 AM)


Air laser may sniff bombs, pollutants from a distance

Air laser may sniff bombs, pollutants from a distance
Princeton University engineers have developed a new laser sensing technology that may allow soldiers to detect hidden bombs from a distance and researchers to better measure airborne environmental pollutants and greenhouse gasses. "We are able to send a laser pulse out and get another pulse back from the air itself," said Richard Miles, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton, the research group leader and co-author........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/28/2011 8:12:16 PM)


ScentScape brings smells to your movies

ScentScape brings smells to your movies
Have you ever gone to a movie and wanted to feel like you were really there? As if all the smells and sounds were real? This year at CES, ScentSciences released a bread loaf sized product that appeals to your nose�of all things. Movies that have been created with their ScentEditor software can make you smell all the smells that you would imagine to be on screen. It�s kind of a creepy way to put you more into the movie, but hey, smells are a........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 1/16/2011 6:40:16 PM)


Gay Carrington

Gay Carrington
Gay Carrington, the most glamorous out-of-work mannequin actress on YouTube, now has her own "micro audio blog," where she offers little observations and stories. No big commitment, just the way we like it! ........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/14/2011 8:45:37 PM)


Dutch Winter

Dutch Winter
Winter in the Netherlands. Kasper Bak put on his ice skates and filmed this. The music is Ice Dance by Paul Reeves........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/9/2011 10:06:14 PM)


The Solar System in a Shirt

The Solar System in a Shirt
Hi, Grasshoppers - Long time no see!Since we last spoke, I turned 21 (a few weeks ago), bought a really cute pair of ankle boots (my old ones tragically started disintegrating on the inside - yuck!), had a horrible case of the stomach flu, and finished up a semester of school. I hope you"ve all been well!I"ve been super busy, but I thought I"d pop by and say hello. I also thought I"d show you the shirt I just ordered on Amazon. $13.65 (youth XL........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/9/2011 9:54:46 PM)


Dead Poets Society

Dead Poets Society
by Steve Dolla Dead men tell no tales, yet through the magic of the moving image they find a new kind of life, not in the flesh but the flickering resurrection of their own archives.........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/6/2011 6:37:06 AM)


How cells running on empty trigger fuel recycling?

How cells running on empty trigger fuel recycling?
Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered how AMPK, a metabolic master switch that springs into gear when cells run low on energy, revs up a cellular recycling program to free up essential molecular building blocks in times of need. In a paper reported in the Dec. 23, 2010 edition of Science Express, a team led by Reuben Shaw, PhD., Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist and Hearst Endowment........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/25/2010 10:37:08 AM)


Global rivers emit greenhouse gas nitrous oxide

Global rivers emit greenhouse gas nitrous oxide
What goes in must come out, a truism that now may be applied to global river networks. Human-caused nitrogen loading to river networks is a potentially important source of nitrous oxide emission to the atmosphere. Nitrous oxide is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change and stratospheric ozone destruction. It happens via a microbial process called denitrification, which converts nitrogen to nitrous oxide and an inert........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/21/2010 6:36:52 AM)


Carey Mulligan was told to get Botox at 25

Carey Mulligan was told to get Botox at 25
Carey Mulligan has revealed that a Los Angeles dermatologist had told her to get Botox at the age of 25."I said, I have some lines here under my eye and they"re annoying, what can you do? He looked at my face and said, We"ll just drop some Botox in here and here"," the Telegraph quoted her as saying."I said, "What the ----? I"m only 25, are you joking? So I can"t move my face? Isn"t that, well, the antithesis of what I"m trying to do as an........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/16/2010 7:16:26 AM)


Deals on Electronics, Watches, Family Products

Deals on Electronics, Watches, Family Products
New York (12/10/2010)-For perpetual bargain hunters and other shoppers looking to get a great deal on the latest electronics, brand name watches, wireless accessories, jewelry and more, 1SaleaDay.com is the lowest-priced deal-of-the-day website offering unheard-of exclusive deals on just a single item and only for 24 hours. To keep customers coming back for more, 1SaleaDay.com even offers surprise free products once or twice a week. As the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/10/2010 11:34:48 PM)


Marc by Marc Jacobs Zip Pull Earrings

Marc by Marc Jacobs Zip Pull Earrings
I"ve gotta admit I"m impressed with Marc by Marc Jacobs" ability to find a way to put their brand name on even the tiniest earrings! These Zip-Pull Brass Stud Earrings ($58) come in a few color options and from what I can tell thus far, they"ve been pretty popular. I"ve seen two people in the last week alone sporting them (one women opted for them in gold and one girl who appeared to be about 12 was wearing a fluorescent pink pair). The price........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/8/2010 7:46:04 AM)


Disney's Defectors and the Pixar-phonic Sound System

Disney's Defectors and the Pixar-phonic Sound System
by Vadim Rizo Let"s start with silence. 2009"s Up, like most Pixar movies, takes place in a landscape that"s recognizably part of the real world (a South American plateau), yet not really (a carefully unnamed plateau, one "Paradise Falls" of the imagination). The air is silent and dry, charged with the menace of potential swooping predators. Cranky old Carl Frederickson (voiced by Ed Asner) is here, having attempted to follow all his life........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/7/2010 8:07:55 AM)


Exposure to more diverse objects speeds word learning

Exposure to more diverse objects speeds word learning
Two toddlers are learning the word "cup." One sees three nearly identical cups; the other sees a tea cup, a sippy cup and a Styrofoam cup. Chances are, the second child will have a better sense of what a cup is and -- as per a new University of Iowa study -- may even have an advantage as he learns new words. Published this month in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, the research showed that........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/7/2010 7:13:55 AM)


Multiple Fathers Prevalent in Amazonian Cultures

Multiple Fathers Prevalent in Amazonian Cultures
In modern culture, it is not considered socially acceptable for married people to have extramarital sexual partners. However, in some Amazonian cultures, extramarital sexual affairs were common, and people believed that when a woman became pregnant, each of her sexual partners would be considered part-biological father. Now, a new University of Missouri study reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has observed........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/11/2010 7:57:58 AM)


College days: more sedentary days

College days: more sedentary days
During college years, students become more sedentary and as their physical activity levels decrease, Body Mass Index and weight increase. "Basically, students came out of college significantly less active and heavier in comparison to the start of their freshman year," said Jeanne Johnston, assistant professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. "But it is a gradual process." She and her colleagues conducted a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/10/2010 7:29:48 AM)


Sick at work and surfing the net?

Sick at work and surfing the net?
Some scholars estimate that presenteeism, a relatively recent buzzword that applies to people who are less productive at work because of health issues, costs employers as much as three times the dollar amount as absenteeism in terms of lost productivity. But scientists at University of Michigan believe those numbers appears to be inaccurate. A new opinion paper suggests that the tools for measuring and quantifying hours of lost productivity........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 11/9/2010 10:50:39 PM)


Taming thermonuclear plasma with a snowflake

Taming thermonuclear plasma with a snowflake
Physicists working on the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX) at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are now one step closer to solving one of the grand challenges of magnetic fusion researchhow to reduce the effect that the hot plasma has on fusion machine walls (or how to tame the plasma-material interface). Some heat from the hot plasma core of a fusion energy device escapes the plasma and can interact with reactor vessel walls.........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 11/8/2010 7:26:52 AM)


Curving 3D nanostructures

Curving 3D nanostructures
Twisting spires, concentric rings, and gracefully bending petals are a few of the new three-dimensional shapes that University of Michigan engineers can make from carbon nanotubes using a new manufacturing process. The process is called "capillary forming," and it takes advantage of capillary action, the phenomenon at work when liquids seem to defy gravity and travel up a drinking straw of their own accord. The new miniature shapes, which........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 10/20/2010 7:37:57 AM)


Novel approach to food safety

Novel approach to food safety
Technologies for rapid detection of bacterial pathogens are crucial to maintaining a secure food supply. Scientists from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the Bindley Bioscience Center at Purdue University have developed a novel approach to automated detection and classification of harmful bacteria in food. The researchers have designed and implemented a sophisticated statistical approach........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/18/2010 7:53:32 AM)


Electrified nano filter for clean drinking water

Electrified nano filter  for clean drinking water
With almost one billion people lacking access to clean, safe drinking water, researchers are reporting development and successful initial tests of an inexpensive new filtering technology that kills up to 98 percent of disease-causing bacteria in water in seconds without clogging. A report on the technology appears in Nano Letters, a monthly American Chemical Society journal. Yi Cui and his colleagues explain that most water purifiers work by........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 10/14/2010 7:51:10 AM)


Black motorcyclist in crashes

Black motorcyclist in crashes
African-American victims of motorcycle crashes were 1.5 times more likely to die from their injuries than similarly injured whites, even though a number of more of the African-American victims were wearing helmets at the time of injury, as per a newly released study by Johns Hopkins researchers. Results of the research revealing these racial disparities, reported in the recent issue of the American Journal of Surgery, suggest that........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/25/2010 8:37:01 AM)


 

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