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New computational model could design medications with fewer side effects

November 18, 2014 3:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Medications, such as chemotherapy, are often limited by their tendency to be detrimental to healthy cells as an unintended side effect. Now research in the November 18th issue of Cell Press's Biophysical Journal offers a new computational ...

Facebook games may actually do some good in your life

November 18, 2014 3:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The next time you berate yourself for wasting an evening playing Farmville on Facebook, think again. If you were playing with Mom, Dad or Aunt Carmen, you were actually helping to strengthen family bonds. New research from Concordia University ...

Computer model sets new precedent in drug discovery

November 18, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A major challenge faced by the pharmaceutical industry has been how to rationally design and select protein molecules to create effective biologic drug therapies while reducing unintended side effects - a challenge that has largely been addressed through ...

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New nanoparticles can perform both MRIs and fluorescent imaging

November 18, 2014 3:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

MIT chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescent imaging in living animals. Such particles could help scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor ...

A plug-and-play solution for microwave electron guns

November 18, 2014 3:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

On a quest to design an alternative to the two complex approaches currently used to produce electrons within microwave electron guns, a team of researchers from Euclid TechLabs and Argonne National Laboratory's Center for Nanoscale Materials have ...

Does 'brain training' work?

November 18, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Computer based 'brain training' can boost memory and thinking skills in older adults, but many programs promoted by the $1 billion brain training industry are ineffective, reveals new research by the University of Sydney. Published today in ...

Musicians show advantages in long-term memory

November 18, 2014 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A peek inside the brains of professional musicians has given University of Texas at Arlington psychology researchers what may be the first links between music expertise and advantages in long-term memory. Heekyeong Park, assistant professor of psychology ...

One mom's mission to encourage girls in science

November 18, 2014 12:12 pm | by JOSEPH B. FREDERICK, Associated Press | Comments

Kelly Mathews is on a mission - to get more girls interested in STEM. That's science, technology, engineering, and math. And for Mathews, it's a mission that begins at home with her 9-month old daughter, Marilyn. "I want her to look at things and ...

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NASA computer model provides a new portrait of carbon dioxide

November 18, 2014 11:23 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels around the globe. Plumes of carbon dioxide in the simulation swirl and shift as winds disperse the greenhouse ...

Gravity may have saved the universe after the Big Bang

November 18, 2014 11:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research by a team of European physicists could explain why the universe did not collapse immediately after the Big Bang. Studies of the Higgs particle - discovered at CERN in 2012 and responsible for giving mass to all particles - have ...

Physicists suggest new way to detect dark matter

November 18, 2014 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For years physicists have been looking for the universe's elusive dark matter, but so far no one has seen any trace of it. Maybe we are looking in the wrong place? Now physicists from University of Southern Denmark propose a new technique to detect ...

Huge solar plant lags in early production

November 18, 2014 11:00 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | Comments

The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected. Sprawling across ...

Feds say Web privacy firm deceived consumers

November 18, 2014 10:56 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Federal regulators said a respected Internet privacy company gave its seal of approval to commercial websites and mobile apps but failed to check whether they were indeed meeting standards for safeguarding customers' data. The company known ...

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NYC plan would replace pay phones with Wi-Fi hubs

November 18, 2014 10:51 am | by DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press | Comments

Pay phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan announced Monday that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging ...

Toyota to launch fuel cell car next month

November 18, 2014 10:46 am | by KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press | Comments

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles. The world's largest automaker announced Tuesday that it will begin ...

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