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UMD researchers develop tool to better visualize, analyze human genomic data

August 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the University of Maryland have developed a new, web-based tool that enables researchers to quickly and easily visualize and compare large amounts of genomic information resulting from high-throughput sequencing experiments. The free tool, called Epiviz ...

Scientists unveil unique approach to the basic concepts of solid state physics

August 4, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Modern technology is based heavily on solid state devices such as semiconductors and lasers. It is important for future development to have an understanding of the basic physics underlying these types of devices. In their latest book "Crystal Symmetry, Lattice Vibrations ...

How science sizzles in the modern kitchen

August 4, 2014 12:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Some of the world's finest chemists don't wear lab coats. Instead, they don aprons and toques, and masterfully meld their passion for cooking with a growing awareness of the science behind the culinary arts. The results are driving an extraordinary expansion....


Creating buzz about science to help solve pressing global challenges

August 4, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Leading science communicators will share their latest strategies on how to capture the coveted attention of young students, the public and policymakers to strengthen the scientific enterprise. They will speak at the 248th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS)....

Research institutions announce collaboration for sharing, standardizing neuroscience data

August 4, 2014 12:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Allen Institute for Brain Science, California Institute of Technology, New York University School of Medicine, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) are collaborating on a project aimed at making database....

Short-term environmental enrichment exposure induces maturity of newborn neurons

August 4, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Many studies have shown that exposure to environmental enrichment can induce neurogenesis of the hippocampal region, thus improving learning and memory. Previous studies have demonstrated that doublecortin-positive immature neurons exist predominantly in the superficial layer....

Functional electrical stimulation improves neuronal regeneration after cerebral infarction

August 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Previous studies have shown that proliferation of endogenous neural precursor cells cannot alone compensate for the damage to neurons and axons. From the perspective of neural plasticity, Dr. Yun Xiang and co-workers from Sun Yat-sen University in China observed the effects....

Fruit flies going high-tech: How touchscreen technology helps to understand eating habits

August 4, 2014 9:38 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new study reveals surprising similarities between the way mammals and flies eat. What and how we eat is a crucial determinant of health and well-being. Model organisms such as fruit flies have provided crucial insights into how our brain decides what and how much to eat....


Nanoscale details of electrochemical reactions in electric vehicle battery materials

August 4, 2014 9:36 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using a new method to track the electrochemical reactions in a common electric vehicle battery material under operating conditions, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have revealed new insight into why fast charging inhibits this material's performance....

Photos of the Day: eVe — Australia's record-breaking solar-powered car

August 4, 2014 8:31 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The eVe, from the Sunswift project, a group of students from the University of New South Wales, Australia, has officially broken the world speed record for an electric vehicle. The Sunswift vehicle averaged 62 mph over 311 miles at the Australian Automotive research Center in Victoria....


"Wetting" a battery's appetite for renewable energy storage

August 4, 2014 8:17 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Sun, wind and other renewable energy sources could make up a larger portion of the electricity America consumes if better batteries could be built to store the intermittent energy for cloudy, windless days. Now a new material could allow more utilities to store large amounts of renewable....

Key to aging immune system is discovered

July 31, 2014 11:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

There's a good reason people over 60 are not donor candidates for bone marrow transplantation. The immune system ages and weakens with time, making the elderly prone to life-threatening infection and other maladies, and a UC San Francisco research team now has discovered a reason why....


Research reveals pervasive implicit hierarchies for race, religion, and age

July 31, 2014 11:17 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As much as social equality is advocated in the United States, a new study suggests that besides evaluating their own race and religion most favorably, people share implicit hierarchies for racial, religious, and age groups that may be different from their conscious, explicit attitudes and values....


Misinformation diffusing online

July 31, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The spread of misinformation through online social networks is becoming an increasingly worrying problem. Researchers in India have now modeled how such fictions and diffuse through those networks. They described details of their research and the taxonomy that could help those who run, regulate and use online social networks better understand how to slow or even prevent the spread of misinformation to the wider public....


The Rim Fire 1 year later: A natural experiment in fire ecology and management

July 31, 2014 11:09 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The enormous conflagration known as the Rim Fire was in full fury, raging swiftly from crown to crown among mature trees, when it entered the backcountry of Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada in late August 2013. But inside the park, the battle began to turn, enacting a case study in the way management decisions and drought can combine to fuel large, severe fires....



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