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Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star's outburst

July 9, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun's mass and made it the second-brightest star in the sky. Now, a team of astronomers has used extensive new observations....

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NASA's SDO spots a summer solar flare

July 9, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 12:20 p.m. EDT on July 8, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground....

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New app widens opportunities for dementia assessments

July 9, 2014 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of clinicians from Plymouth, UK, and Sydney, Australia, have today (Wednesday 9th July 2014 UK, Thursday 10th July Australia) launched ACEmobile - a free-to-use app to support the assessment of dementia, worldwide. ACEmobile is the first of its kind....

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Nearly 50 percent of grade 12 students in Ontario report texting while driving

July 9, 2014 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An ongoing survey of Ontario students in grades 7 to 12 conducted for Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) reveals a number of significant behavioural trends, including an alarming number of young people who are texting while driving....

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

July 9, 2014 11:39 am | by EurekAlert! | 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! | 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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Neuroprotective effects of low concentration of lithium

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

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

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

Scientists criticize Europe's $1.6B brain project

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

Virgin Galactic partners with New Mexico hotel

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

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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 | 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....

New supercomputer accelerates pace of health research across North of England

July 9, 2014 6:16 am | by The University of Manchester | Comments

The Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), a research partnership led by The University of Manchester, has advanced Northern England’s computing power by financing a new computer system that can analyse bigger and more complex sets of information than was previously possible....

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