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Older adults are at risk of financial abuse

July 30, 2014 11:25 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nearly one in every twenty elderly American adults is being financially exploited – often by their own family members. This burgeoning public health crisis especially affects poor and black people. It merits the scrutiny of clinicians, policy makers, researchers, and any citizen who cares about the dignity and well-being of older Americans, says Dr. Janey Peterson of Weill Cornell Medical College in the US....

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Spin-based electronics: New material successfully tested

July 30, 2014 11:19 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Spintronics is an emerging field of electronics, where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than the current generated by their motion. This field can offer significant advantages to computer technology. Controlling electron spin can be achieved with materials called 'topological insulators', which conduct electrons only across their surface but not through their interior....

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Rutgers study explores attitudes, preferences toward post-Sandy rebuilding

July 30, 2014 11:08 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A yearlong study funded by the New Jersey Recovery Fund and conducted by researchers at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University has found that individual property owners in Sandy-affected towns are skeptical about the likelihood of community-based rebuilding solutions....

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OKCupid and Facebook not alone in conducting studies of consumer behavior without consent

July 30, 2014 11:01 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Think you're in control? Think again. This week, OKCupid became the latest company to admit that it has manipulated customer data to see how users of its dating service would react to one another. The New York-based Internet company's revelation follows news earlier this month that Facebook let researchers change news feeds to see how it would affect users' moods....

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First grade reading suffers in segregated schools

July 30, 2014 10:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A groundbreaking study from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) has found that African-American students in first grade experience smaller gains in reading when they attend segregated schools—but the students' backgrounds likely are not the cause of the differences....

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Teen insomnia is linked with depression and anxiety

July 30, 2014 10:29 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A study of high school students by University of Adelaide psychology researchers has shed new light on the links between insomnia-related mental health conditions among teens. School of Psychology PhD student Pasquale Alvaro surveyed more than 300 Australian high school students aged 12-18 to better understand their sleep habits, mental health condition and the time of day they were most active (known as their "chronotype")....

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Brainwaves can predict audience reaction

July 30, 2014 10:26 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the general population to future products and messages. According to a study conducted at The City College of New York, it appears that the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor....

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'Right' defense contracts needed to support critical skill retention at Watervliet

July 30, 2014 10:20 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

In an era of declining defense budgets, the Watervliet Arsenal, New York, needs contracts to produce more than just revenue. It needs the "right kind" of contracts to retain a critical skill base that is required to support large caliber manufacturing for the Defense Department and to allied...

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Nintendo reports worse-than-expected quarterly loss as Wii U sales momentum picks up slowly

July 30, 2014 10:19 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

Nintendo Co. sank to a worse-than-expected loss for the fiscal first quarter on lagging Wii U and 3DS video-game machine sales. But the Japanese company behind Super Mario and Pokemon games stuck to its annual forecasts Wednesday for a 20 billion yen ($196 million) profit on 590 billion yen ($5.8 billion) sales....

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'Holy Grail' of battery design achieved: A stable lithium anode

July 30, 2014 10:04 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step....

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Book: 'The Beginning and the End'

July 30, 2014 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In this fascinating journey to the edge of science, Clément Vidal takes on big philosophical questions in his new book The Beginning and the End: Does our universe have a beginning and an end, or is it cyclic? Are we alone in the universe? What is the role of intelligent life, if any, in cosmic evolution?....

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Revolutionary microshutter technology hurdles significant challenges

July 30, 2014 9:48 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope. The team, led by Principal Investigator Harvey Moseley, a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays....

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Big data confirms climate extremes are here to stay

July 30, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a paper published online today in the journal Scientific Reports, published by Nature, Northeastern researchers Evan Kodra and Auroop Ganguly found that while global temperature is indeed increasing, so too is the variability in temperature extremes....

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App for headache sufferers shows success

July 30, 2014 9:29 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A unique app that helps headache sufferers to record the severity and regularity of their pain is being used as part of a Griffith research study. A new approach to the treatment of headaches, the ENHANCE project looks at coping with their triggers and is being led by Professor Paul Martin from Griffith Health Institute's Behavioral Basis of Health program....

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NASA sees developing Tropical Storm Halong causing warning

July 30, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

NASA infrared satellite data revealed that Tropical Storm Halong is surrounded by strong thunderstorms and an eye appears to be developing. When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Storm Halong on July 29 at 03:29 UTC (July 28 at 11:29 p.m. EDT) the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument captured data on the cloud cover....

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