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Toyota says Chinese regulators looking at Lexus

August 8, 2014 3:15 am | by Joe Mcdonald - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that Chinese anti-monopoly regulators are looking at its Lexus luxury unit in a spreading investigation of foreign automakers. The company is "cooperating fully with the queries from the authorities on Lexus," said Toyota spokesman Naoki Sumino in Tokyo. He declined...

How do you feed a hungry quasar? With a ‘super boost,’ scientists say

August 7, 2014 5:21 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

The universe’s oldest, brightest beacons may have gorged themselves in the dense, cold, gas flows of the early cosmos — creating a kind of energy drink for infant black holes in the young universe — according to new research by scientists at Yale University and the Weizmann Institute in Israel.

New CompactRIO software-designed controller simplifies control systems

August 7, 2014 10:05 am | Comments

National Instruments (NI) announced the CompactRIO performance controller on August 6th. This software-designed controller integrates the latest embedded technologies from Intel and Xilinx to deliver performance and flexibility, and is fully supported by LabVIEW 2014 and NI Linux Real-Time....

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Defying expectations, global LCD TV market rises in first half

August 7, 2014 9:37 am | Comments

Liquid-crystal-display television (LCD TV) panels enjoyed unexpected growth in the first half of this year, tied to enthusiastic TV viewing because of the World Cup and other factors that benefited the market, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

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History of fire and drought shapes the ecology of California, past and future

August 7, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Fire season has arrived in California with vengeance in this third year of extended drought for the state. A series of large fires east of Redding and Fresno, in Yosemite, and on the Oregon border prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency on Sunday, August 3rd....

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How critically ill infants can benefit most from human milk

August 7, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Human milk is infant food, but for sick, hospitalized babies, it's also medicine. That's the central premise of a series of articles in a neonatal nursing journal's special issue focused on human milk for sick newborns. The articles are being published during World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1-7, 2014....

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NIST ion duet offers tunable module for quantum simulator

August 7, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a pas de deux of atomic ions that combines the fine choreography of dance with precise individual control.NIST's ion duet, described in the August 7 issue of Nature, is a component for a flexible quantum simulator that could be scaled up in size and configured to model quantum systems of a complexity that overwhelms traditional computer simulations....

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Acute psychological stress promotes skin healing in mice

August 7, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Brief, acute psychological stress promoted healing in mouse models of three different types of skin irritations, in a study led by UC San Francisco researchers. The scientists found that healing was brought about by the anti-inflammatory effects of glucocorticoids – steroid hormones – produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress....

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Pancreatic survival rates at standstill for 4 decades

August 7, 2014 9:01 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Long-term survival from pancreatic cancer has failed to improve in 40 years – with the outlook remaining the lowest of the 21 most common cancers, according to new figures published by Cancer Research UK today. Today just over three per cent of pancreatic cancer patients survive for at least five years, only a fraction more than the two per cent who survived that long in the early 1970s....

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A new way to model cancer

August 7, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of mutations associated with cancer. One way to discover the role of these mutations is to breed a strain of mice that carry the genetic flaw — but breeding such mice is an expensive, time-consuming process....

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Wounded veteran finds new way to serve by training for career in 3D printing

August 7, 2014 8:24 am | Comments

While 26-year-old wounded veteran Joseph Grabianowski has inspired Americans with his harrowing war story, someday he may be nationally known for building highly efficient exhaust systems for cars and trucks using 3D printing technology....

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Photos of the Day: The world’s first 3D-printed saxophone

August 6, 2014 12:53 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

A saxophone is an incredibly complex compilation of materials and design. This prototype includes 41 components, plus the springs for all the keys, which were added by hand along with any screws. This prototype includes 41 components, plus the springs for all the keys....

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New hand-held device uses lasers, sound waves for deeper melanoma imaging

August 6, 2014 11:55 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new hand-held device that uses lasers and sound waves may change the way doctors treat and diagnose melanoma, according to a team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis. The instrument, described in a paper published today in The Optical Society's (OSA) journal Optics Letters, is the first that can be used directly on a patient and accurately measure how deep a melanoma tumor extends into the skin....

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Older adults have morning brains!

August 6, 2014 11:51 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Older adults who are tested at their optimal time of day (the morning), not only perform better on demanding cognitive tasks but also activate the same brain networks responsible for paying attention and suppressing distraction as younger adults, according to Canadian researchers....

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New research debunks the family myth as primary reason for gender gap in politics

August 6, 2014 11:48 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Female candidates for elected office do as well as male candidates in terms of raising money and winning votes, so why do women only occupy 19 percent of congressional seats and approximately 25 percent of statewide offices and hold fewer governorships and mayorships? The traditional wisdom has been family obligations and responsibilities prevent women from running for office....

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