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Wal-Mart plans to expand overseas

October 13, 2010 12:06 pm | by MAE ANDERSON - AP Retail Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores, known for its giant stores and global omnipresence, is shifting gears to think small: focusing on small and medium-size stores that it plans to open in small towns and urban markets as it seeks to jump-start sluggish U.S. sales.The world's largest retailer is bringing back...

Computer Sciences gets contract worth $95 million

October 13, 2010 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Computer Sciences Corp. said Wednesday it received a U.S. Department of Defense contract worth up to $95 million to support the agency's Pharmacy Data Transaction Service.The contract has a six month base and four option periods, for a total of 51 months, bringing the estimated total value to...

After Building an Audience, Twitter Turns to Ads

October 13, 2010 11:24 am | by New York Times | Comments

Google and Facebook are must-buys for advertisers online, and the ad industry is watching Twitter closely to see if it follows a similar path.

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Engineering for Humanity, Fun and Profit

October 13, 2010 11:21 am | by Duke University | Comments

Editor’s Note – On September 10, the biomedical engineering department celebrated its 40th University at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. Distinguished speakers from around the country gathered to commemorate the occasion with a day-long series of presentations and discussions at the...

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Getting from the Lab to the Bedside

October 13, 2010 11:21 am | by Duke University | Comments

The keys to success in biomedical entrepreneurship are perseverance, technical experience, market knowledge, lifelong learning, and professional networking. So said the participants on the biomedical translation panel at the 40th anniversary celebration of the biomedical engineering department.

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Chance Encounters Key to BME Beginning

October 13, 2010 11:21 am | by Duke University | Comments

“It is a story of chance encounters, faculty pushing, administrators balking, bold visions, turf wars, and some good old-fashioned luck. In other words, business as usual for a university.”

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FYI: Mint.com apologizes for mystery e-mails

October 13, 2010 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Users of the online budgeting site Mint.com got a scare when they opened their e-mail Wednesday morning.The site sent out a series of blank e-mails to users in the wee hours of the morning. There was no follow-up e-mail explaining the mysterious messages, raising concerns that the site was...

Evolutionarily Young Protein Helps Ancient RNA Get Into Shape

October 13, 2010 10:21 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

Scientists once believed that proteins govern most cellular activities. However in recent years scientists have found that a diverse group of RNA molecules regulate numerous biological activities. Despite their ancient origin, these RNA molecules have come to rely on younger protein...

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Electrified nano filter promises to cut costs for clean drinking water

October 13, 2010 9:22 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(American Chemical Society) With almost one billion people lacking access to clean, safe drinking water, scientists are reporting development and successful initial tests of an inexpensive new filtering technology that kills up to 98 percent of disease-causing bacteria in water in seconds...

IBM buys PSS Systems for undisclosed amount

October 13, 2010 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

IBM has acquired privately-held PSS Systems for an undisclosed amount, the company said Wednesday.PSS, based in Mountain View, Calif., makes software that helps organizations analyze, automate and implement information governance policies. IBM said the capabilities are "critical elements to...

Triple-mode transistors show potential

October 13, 2010 8:22 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Rice University) Rice University research that capitalizes on the wide-ranging capabilities of graphene could lead to circuit applications that are far more compact and versatile than what is now feasible with silicon-based technologies.

Researchers develop method for detailed imaging of fragile bone structures

October 13, 2010 8:21 am | by European Commission | Comments

Scientists working in Germany and Switzerland have developed a novel nano-tomography method, which uses X-rays to allow doctors to produce three-dimensional (3D) detailed imaging of fragile bone structures. This method could lead to the development of better therapeutic approaches to...

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$5 million gift to promote biochar research at CCSF

October 13, 2010 7:21 am | by Cornell University | Comments

The gift, from philanthropist Yossie Hollander and his family, will be used to support biomass and biochar research by a multidisciplinary team of scientists led by Johannes Lehmann.

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Wal-Mart CEO says he expects 'positive' 4Q sales

October 13, 2010 7:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The CEO of Wal-Mart Stores expects positive U.S. sales in the fourth quarter this year as it works to turn around several quarters of sluggish sales.CEO Mike Duke made the remark at an investor meeting in Rogers, Ark., on Wednesday.Executives from Wal-Mart's U.S., international, and Sam's Club...

Beyond the Nobel Prize, what's next for graphene?

October 13, 2010 6:22 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Arizona State University) What happens next for this revolutionary nanoscale material, graphene? Two social scientists -- team leaders with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University -- began a study earlier in 2010 to understand the as yet undeveloped pathway...

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