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Discovery of new drug targets for memory impairment in Alzheimer's disease

July 9, 2014 11:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common cause of dementia, is fatal and currently, there is no cure. In Alzheimer's disease, brain cells are damaged and destroyed, leading to devastating memory loss. It is reported that 1 in 8 Americans aged 65 or over have Alzheimer's disease....

Researchers led by Stanford engineer figure out how to make more efficient fuel cells

July 9, 2014 11:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Solar power and other sources of renewable energy can help combat global warming but they have a drawback: they don't produce energy as predictably as plants powered by oil, coal or natural gas. Solar panels only produce electricity when the sun is shining, and wind turbines are only productive when the wind is brisk....

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The Grim Reaper drone prank

July 9, 2014 11:30 am | Videos | Comments

Tom Mabe is a notorious internet prankster specializing in hidden camera pranks and telemarketer prank calls. In this video, he manages to scare the bejesus out of unwitting bystanders with what appears to be the Grim Reaper, the living embodiment of Death. How did he do it? Watch to find out....

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Neuroprotective effects of low concentration of lithium

July 9, 2014 11:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lithium, as a neuroprotective agent, benefits for neuronal survival. Recent cDNA array studies have demonstrated that mood stabilizer lithium exhibits neuroprotective effects through multiple targets. Dr. Riadh Nciri and his team, Purpan Medicine Faculty, Paul Sabatier University, France, exposed SH-SY5Y cells to 0.5 mmol/L lithium carbonate for 25-50 weeks....

Short circuit in the food web

July 9, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

They are amongst the most numerous inhabitants of the sea: tiny haptophytes of the type Emiliania huxleyi. Not visible to the naked eye, when they are in bloom in spring, they form square kilometer sized patches, they are even visible on satellite images....

DARPA selects Lawrence Livermore to develop world's first neural device to restore memory

July 9, 2014 11:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) up to $2.5 million to develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory, DARPA officials announced this week....

Two-way 90-degree power splitter suits CATV, broadband and FTTx applications

July 9, 2014 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (Lowell, MA) announced a new two-way 90-degree power splitter suited for CATV, Broadband and FTTx applications. The MAPD-011018 is both 260ºC reflow compatible and surface mountable.

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Scientists criticize Europe's $1.6B brain project

July 9, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union....

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Virgin Galactic partners with New Mexico hotel

July 9, 2014 11:04 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virgin Galactic appears to be getting closer to reaching its long-delayed goal of launching tourists into space. The company said Monday it has selected Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces as the preferred hotel for its elite roster of passengers, who will pay $200,000 a person to make the flights from Spaceport America....

Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy

July 9, 2014 11:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country. The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8 million grant....

Judge says ocean sound blasts need not be halted

July 9, 2014 11:01 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientific research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves can go ahead despite an effort by Gov. Chris Christie's administration to halt it, a judge ruled Tuesday. The project, years in the making, emerged suddenly last week as a major public issue in New Jersey....

Lighting control sensors available with Passive Infrared, Ultrasonic (US), and Dual Technology

July 9, 2014 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) announced today that Hubbell Building Automation (HBA) has enhanced its popular wall switch vacancy and occupancy sensor family with the introduction of the LightHAWK2. From conference rooms, offices, and hallways to storage areas, restrooms, and hotel guest rooms ...

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IR receivers promise simplified designs for data transmission

July 9, 2014 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology (Malvern, PA) has released two new miniaturized infrared (IR) receivers designed specifically for low-speed data transmission. The TSDP34138/56 and TSDP34338/56 are optimized for low-complexity, low-cost signaling.

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IEEE 802.3bt: Not all detection schemes are equal

July 9, 2014 10:21 am | by David Abramson, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Can you safely apply power to equipment connected to a PoE-enabled switch when performing detection on all four pairs in parallel? In order to answer that question, let’s look at some of the consequences of detecting PDs on all four pairs (also referred to as both alternatives) in parallel.

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Soldiers test changes to Army's mobile network that make it easier to use

July 9, 2014 10:20 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Covering over 1,250 miles a day in scorching desert heat, Soldiers successfully completed the second of two rigorous developmental tests to evaluate improvements to the Army's high capacity, mobile tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2....

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