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University of Houston receives $3.3 million grant to promote women in STEM fields

August 21, 2014 4:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The University of Houston has received a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, as well as to ensure they have opportunities to move into leadership roles....

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Laser device may end pin pricks, improve quality of life for diabetics

August 21, 2014 4:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood....

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ORNL scientists uncover clues to role of magnetism in iron-based superconductors

August 21, 2014 4:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are challenging conventional wisdom about superconductivity and magnetism....

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New CloudLab will help researchers test new cloud architectures

August 21, 2014 4:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Computer systems engineers Michael Zink and David Irwin at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a three-year, $390,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to help create a new instrument for the national research community known as a "cloud laboratory"....

Water leads to chemical that gunks up biofuels production

August 21, 2014 4:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions. The study, which was reported online ...

Cirrus Logic completes acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics

August 21, 2014 3:31 pm | Comments

Cirrus Logic, Inc. today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Wolfson Microelectronics. Cirrus Logic believes that the acquisition will strengthen its position as a market leader with a highly differentiated global customer base and end-to-end signal processing solutions....

Five impacts of Chinese telecom carriers decision to cut subsidies

August 21, 2014 12:21 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

China Mobile, the country’s biggest telecom carrier, recently announced that it would cut subsidies for smartphone purchases, driven by a directive from the Chinese government to telecom carriers to cut their management and marketing expenses by 20% over the next three years....

Tropical Storm Karina looks like a giant 'number 9' from space

August 21, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Despite being the eleventh tropical cyclone of the Eastern Pacific Ocean Hurricane Season, Karina looked like a giant number nine from NASA's Aqua satellite. Tropical Storm Karina was weakening on August 20 when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead....

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Conclusive evidence on role of circulating mesenchymal stem cells in organ injury

August 21, 2014 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are present in virtually every type of human tissue and may help in organ regeneration after injury. But the theory that MSCs are released from the bone marrow into the blood stream following organ damage, and migrate to the site of injury, has long been debated....

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Delivery by drone

August 21, 2014 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve as autonomous messengers that shuttle packages to customers within 30 minutes of an order....

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Feeling bad at work can be a good thing (and vice versa)

August 21, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Research by the University of Liverpool suggests that, contrary to popular opinion, it can be good to feel bad at work, whilst feeling good in the workplace can also lead to negative outcomes. In a Special Issue published in Human Relations, Dr Dirk Lindebaum from the University's Management School, together with his co-author Professor Peter Jordan, developed a new line of study, and commissioned research to further explore the role....

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ADHD children make poor decisions due to less differentiated learning processes

August 21, 2014 11:25 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Which shirt do we put on in the morning? Do we drive to work or take the train? From which takeaway joint do we want to buy lunch? We make hundreds of different decisions every day. Even if these often only have a minimal impact, it is extremely important for our long-term personal development to make decisions that are as optimal as possible....

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Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits

August 21, 2014 11:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A mindfulness-based therapy for depression has the added benefit of reducing health-care visits among patients who often see their family doctors, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)....

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Impending cut in investment tax credit likely to have less impact if the IRS treats solar PV like wind

August 21, 2014 11:20 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

In early August 2014, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice related to the production tax credit (PTC) for certain types of non-solar renewable energy facilities. In essence, this notice confirmed previous rulings that projects under construction, and meeting a minimum percentage of ...

Water window imaging opportunity

August 21, 2014 11:19 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ever heard of the water window? It consists of radiations in the 3.3 to 4.4 nanometre range, which are not absorbed by the water in biological tissues. New theoretical findings show that it is possible to develop coherent radiations within the water window....

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