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Better use of electronic health records makes clinical trials less expensive

July 14, 2014 12:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using electronic health records to understand the best available treatment for patients, from a range of possible options, is more efficient and less costly for taxpayers than the existing clinical trial process, a new study shows. Research led by Professor van Staa, carried out while he was a member of the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) ...

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Getting a charge out of water droplets

July 14, 2014 12:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same team has demonstrated that this process can generate small amounts of electricity that might be used to power electronic devices....

New professorship in tissue engineering links molecular engineering, marine biology

July 14, 2014 12:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The University of Chicago is creating a new professorship in tissue engineering to promote innovative work at the University's Institute for Molecular Engineering and the Marine Biological Laboratory, supported by a $3.5 million donation from the Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation....

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Drone lighting

July 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lighting is crucial to the art of photography. But lights are cumbersome and time-consuming to set up, and outside the studio, it can be prohibitively difficult to position them where, ideally, they ought to go. Researchers at MIT and Cornell University hope to change that by providing photographers with squadrons of small, light-equipped autonomous robots....

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NASA's high-flying laser altimeter to check out summer sea ice and more

July 14, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Sea ice in summer looks dramatically different than sea ice in winter, even in the polar Arctic. Summer snowmelt, pools of water on thinning ice and exposed ocean replace vast winter expanses of white snow-covered ice – and this weekend NASA's high-flying laser altimeter begins a campaign to investigate these features....

Fuel efficiency, biofuels, climate change to be explored by world's leading combustion scientists

July 14, 2014 11:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nearly 1,500 of the world's foremost fuels and combustion scientists and engineers will gather in San Francisco on Aug. 3-8 for the 35th International Symposium on Combustion, a biennial event sponsored by the Combustion Institute and with Sandia National Laboratories leading the local organization this year....

The world's first photonic router

July 14, 2014 11:01 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This achievement, as reported in Science magazine, is another step toward overcoming the difficulties in building quantum computers....

Samsung faces fresh child labor claim in China

July 14, 2014 10:59 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor....

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Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones

July 14, 2014 10:57 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer | Comments

Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The news sent shares of the nation's largest e-commerce company up nearly 6 percent on Friday....

AETI launches subsidiary in Brazil

July 14, 2014 10:50 am | Comments

American Electric Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of a new company subsidiary, M&I Electric Brazil. M&I Electric provides a full range of turnkey power delivery solutions including power distribution, power conversion, power control/automation systems, and power construction and

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Solar expectations rise for Brazil as auctions announced

July 14, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

Brazil’s plan to auction 3.5 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic (PV) capacity through 2018 comes as welcome news for the global solar industry as the ambitious plan is expected to catalyze solar growth in Latin America, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). The Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) announced a so-called...

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ORNL wins eight R&D 100s

July 14, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received eight R&D 100 awards, presented by R&D Magazine in recognition of the year's top technological innovations. "These awards recognize the tremendous value of our National Labs," said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz....

Out of an hours-long explosion, a stand-in for the first stars

July 14, 2014 9:32 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers analyzing a long-lasting blast of high-energy light observed in 2013 report finding features strikingly similar to those expected from an explosion from the universe's earliest stars. If this interpretation is correct, the outburst validates ideas about a recently identified class of gamma-ray burst....

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Deep within spinach leaves, vibrations enhance efficiency of photosynthesis

July 14, 2014 9:29 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Biophysics researchers at the University of Michigan have used short pulses of light to peer into the mechanics of photosynthesis and illuminate the role that molecule vibrations play in the energy conversion process that powers life on our planet....

Researchers discover boron 'buckyball'

July 14, 2014 9:27 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The discovery 30 years ago of soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules called buckyballs helped to spur an explosion of nanotechnology research. Now, there appears to be a new ball on the pitch. Researchers from Brown University, Shanxi University and Tsinghua University in China have shown that a cluster of 40 boron atoms forms a hollow molecular cage....

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