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Study: Many cancer survivors smoke years after diagnosis

August 6, 2014 9:31 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nearly one in ten cancer survivors reports smoking many years after a diagnosis, according to a new study by American Cancer Society researchers. Further, among ten cancer sites included in the analysis, the highest rates of smoking were in bladder and lung cancers, two sites strongly associated with smoking. The study appears early online in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention....

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Butterflies could hold key to probes that repair genes

August 6, 2014 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes that siphon liquid out of single cells for a wide range of medical tests and treatments, according to Clemson University researchers. The National Science Foundation recently awarded the project $696,514. It was the foundation's third grant to the project, bringing the total since 2009 to more than $3 million....

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The next graphene?

August 6, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Three University of California, Riverside engineers are part of team recently awarded a nearly $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to characterize, analyze and synthesize a new class of ultra-thin film materials that could improve the performance of personal electronics, optoelectronic devices and energy conversion systems....

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Triangulum galaxy snapped by VST

August 6, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Messier 33, otherwise known as NGC 598, is located about three million light-years away in the small northern constellation of Triangulum (The Triangle). Often known as the Triangulum Galaxy it was observed by the French comet hunter Charles Messier in August 1764, who listed it as number 33 in his famous list of prominent nebulae and star clusters....

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NASA sees Tropical Storm Julio as part of a heated Eastern Pacific

August 6, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Eastern Pacific Ocean has been warm this springtime, and those warmer waters have contributed to the development of storms like Tropical Storm Julio and Hurricane Iselle. "Ocean temperatures in the Eastern Tropical Pacific were heated up because of the strong Kelvin wave activity this spring. Although the initial excitement of an impending El Nino has quieted down, these warmer waters have caused an early and active hurricane....

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Biology made simpler with clear tissues

August 6, 2014 8:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In general, our knowledge of biology—and much of science in general—is limited by our ability to actually see things. Researchers who study developmental problems and disease, in particular, are often limited by their inability to look inside an organism to figure out exactly what went wrong and when....

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A breath reveals a hidden image in anti-counterfeit drug labels

August 6, 2014 8:48 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An outline of Marilyn Monroe's iconic face appeared on the clear, plastic film when a researcher fogs it with her breath. Terry Shyu, a doctoral student in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan, was demonstrating a new high-tech label for fighting drug counterfeiting. While the researchers don't envision movie stars on medicine bottles, but they used Monroe's image to prove their concept....

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Healthy diet set early in life

August 6, 2014 8:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Promoting a healthy diet from infancy is important to prevent childhood obesity and the onset of chronic disease. This is the finding from a study published in the latest issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.  Led by Rebecca Byrne from QUT, the study described quantity and diversity of food and drinks consumed by children aged 12-16 months....

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Crime Victims' Institute tracks the state of stalking in Texas

August 6, 2014 8:40 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

According to a 2010 survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 1.4 million women in Texas experience stalking during their lifetimes. Despite recent laws adopted in the state to protect stalking victims, little information is available about the crime or policies and procedures to aid the criminal justice system, according to a report from the Crime Victims' Institute (CVI)....

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Enhancing biofuel yields from biomass with novel new method

August 5, 2014 4:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to convert raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter....

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U.S. Department of Energy increases access to results of DOE-funded scientific research

August 5, 2014 4:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy is introducing new measures to increase access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from Department-funded research. The Energy Department has launched the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science....

No-power Wi-Fi connectivity could fuel internet of things reality

August 5, 2014 4:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it – all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home ...

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Bottling up sound waves

August 5, 2014 3:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

There's a new wave of sound on the horizon carrying with it a broad scope of tantalizing potential applications, including advanced ultrasonic imaging and therapy, acoustic cloaking, and levitation and particle manipulation. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory....

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Minuscule chips for NMR spectroscopy promise portability, parallelization

August 5, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of engineers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Schlumberger-Doll Research Center in Cambridge, Mass., and the University of Texas, Austin, have created a truly portable device for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy....

Learning how things fall apart

August 5, 2014 3:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Materials that are firmly bonded together with epoxy and other tough adhesives are ubiquitous in modern life — from crowns on teeth to modern composites used in construction. Yet it has proved remarkably difficult to study how these bonds fracture and fail....

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