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Obesity is associated with brain's neurotransmitters

March 4, 2015 10:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered functioning of brain's opioid system....

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Twitter helps smokers kick the habit, UCI-Stanford study finds

March 4, 2015 10:40 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When subjects in a smoking cessation program tweet each other regularly, they're more successful at kicking the habit, according to a study by UC Irvine and Stanford University researchers. Specifically, daily "automessages" that encourage and direct the social media ...

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Army Research Laboratory lays out science and technology priorities through 2019

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, director Dr. Thomas Russell approved the final technical implementation plan that will guide the laboratory's technical strategy through 2019. The implementation plan is the final element of ARL's technical strategy....

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Smart garments could change how we interact

March 3, 2015 10:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

As wearables become more common, consumers also want them to be smaller and less obtrusive. Smartwatches are in their heyday now, but the consumer of the future might be looking for a device that is not only more useful, but more invisible....

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United Airlines won't accept rechargeable battery shipments

March 3, 2015 10:46 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

Some of the world's largest airlines are banning bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries in the face of mounting evidence of their potential to cause catastrophic in-flight fires. Citing safety concerns, United Airlines on Monday became the second major ...

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UC research partnership explores how to best harness solar power

March 2, 2015 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make solar cells stronger, lighter, more flexible and less expensive when compared with the current silicon or germanium technology on the market. Yan Jin, a UC doctoral student ...

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Supersonic electrons could produce future solar fuel

March 2, 2015 4:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from institutions including Lund University have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. In a new study, they have successfully tracked the electrons' rapid transit through a light-converting molecule....

Flightless jet engine to keep 900-year-old city warm

March 2, 2015 3:54 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

The picturesque Romanian city of Oradea dates back at least 900 years. Some locals joke their heating system is just as old. Large portions of the city, which sits near Romania’s western border with Hungary, have relied on a district heating plant that opened ...

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Google Glass shows promising uses in plastic surgery

March 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery--with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special paper in the March 2015 issue....

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The brain's GPS never stops working-even during sleep

March 2, 2015 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that navigational brain cells that help sense direction are as electrically active during deep sleep as they are during wake time -- and have visual and vestibular cues to guide them.

An important step towards quantum computing: Metals at atomic scale

March 2, 2015 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

German Scientist from RWTH Aachen, Research Center Jülich, TU Dresden and of the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden report that the current flow on the surface of a topological insulator is channeled along tiny paths....

An old-looking galaxy in a young universe

March 2, 2015 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of astronomers, led by Darach Watson, from the University of Copenhagen used the Very Large Telescope's X-shooter instrument along with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array to observe one of the ...

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Forbidden quantum leaps possible with high-res spectroscopy

March 2, 2015 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new twist on an old tool lets scientists use light to study and control matter with 1,000 times better resolution and precision than previously possible. Physicists at the University of Michigan have demonstrated "ponderomotive spectroscopy," an advanced form ...

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Black phosphorus is new 'wonder material' for improving optical communication

March 2, 2015 3:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets, and fertilizers, can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota used an ultrathin black phosphorus film ...

Pens filled with high-tech inks for do-it-yourself sensors

March 2, 2015 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new simple tool developed by nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, is opening the door to an era when anyone will be able to build sensors, anywhere, including physicians in the clinic, patients in their home and soldiers in the field....

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