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‘The Blob’ in the Pacific Lurches Toward Seattle

August 3, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“The blob,” stretching thousands of miles like something from a bad sci-fi movie, is lurching across the Pacific Ocean. The collection of warm water, first noticed in the Gulf of Alaska two years ago, now stretches 2,000 miles and 500 miles across– and is beginning to affect the Pacific’s ocean life.

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First 3-D-printed Drug Approved by FDA

August 3, 2015 5:00 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An epilepsy drug that is manufactured with 3-D printing was approved by the FDA, the drugmaker announced. Spritam, an epilepsy drug which is produced with the technology to make a porous formulation that disintegrates quickly with a sip of liquid.


Hitchcock’s Suspense Causes ‘Tunnel Vision’ that is Focus of U.S. Military Program

August 3, 2015 2:18 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Alfred Hitchcock knew how to keep an audience on the edge of its seat. The Master of Suspense’s scenes are the basis of new findings that the tension of a good story draws the watcher in, creating “tunnel vision” to what they see and sense, according to a psychology team.


Visualizing Trust: Mimicking Someone’s Pupils Leads to Increased Trust

August 3, 2015 2:05 pm | by Association for Psychological Science | News | Comments

People often mimic each other’s facial expressions or postures without even knowing it, but new research shows that they also mimic the size of each other’s pupils, which can lead to increased trust. The research showed that participants who mimicked the dilated pupils of a partner were more likely to trust that partner in an investment game, but only when the partner was part of the same ethnic group.


565 Million-year-old Fossils Show Earliest Evidence of Reproduction

August 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new study of 565 million-year-old fossils has identified how some of the first complex organisms on Earth– possibly some of the first animals to exist– reproduced, revealing the origins of our modern marine environment.


Cattle Movement Sheds Light on Disease Risk

August 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Kansas State Univ. | News | Comments

Highly accurate risk assessment or predictions of disease spread depend on knowing how cattle move through the central U.S. A new technique, based on aggregated data from the USDA, helps estimate the movement of beef cattle to determine the risk of disease.


Yo-yo Dieting Not Linked to Cancer Risk

August 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by American Cancer Society | News | Comments

The first comprehensive study of its kind has found weight cycling, repeated cycles of intentional weight loss followed by regain, are not associated with overall risk of cancer in men or women. The study is the largest to date to investigate weight cycling and cancer risk.


App May Aid Memory, Daily Functioning in Schizophrenic Patients

August 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

Schizophrenia’s psychotic symptoms are reasonably well treated by current medications; however, patients are still left with debilitating cognitive impairments, including to their memory. . A new “brain training” iPad app may improve the memories of patients with schizophrenia, helping them to live independently and function appropriately at work.


Larger Pan Offers Greater Weighing Flexibility

August 3, 2015 12:00 pm | Mettler Toledo | Product Releases | Comments

METTLER TOLEDO’s compact, battery-operated ML-T balance line gives operators the room they need to carry out weighing tasks confidently.


Fast Pipettor Supports Breast Cancer Research

August 3, 2015 12:00 pm | INTEGRA Biosciences | Product Releases | Comments

INTEGRA Biosciences’ PIPETGIRL is a pink version of its popular PIPETBOY acu 2 pipette controller.


Valves Perform in a Range of Temps, Pressures

August 3, 2015 12:00 pm | Sierra Instruments, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sierra Instruments’ SmartVO line of control valves feature robust and direct-acting electromagnetic proportional control valve technology to perform over a wide variety of temperature and pressure variations in the gas stream.


Pressure Transmitters Suited for Hazardous Locations

August 3, 2015 12:00 pm | Omega Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OMEGA Engineering offers intrinsically safe pressure and load products, FM-rated for use in hazardous locations.


Whiskey in Space Could Offer Clues to Better Booze

August 3, 2015 11:56 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Suntory, Japanese maker of award-winning whiskeys, is heading into orbit to conduct experiments that may benefit drinkers back on Earth. The whiskey maker is sending alcohol aboard a rocket to the International Space Station on Aug. 16, to conduct experiments on how “mellowness” is developed in its finest booze.


Wearable Technology Helps Keep Cows Healthy

August 3, 2015 8:55 am | by Inside Science News Service, Brian Owens | News | Comments

Wearable fitness monitors are all the rage among humans right now, but they are also spreading among farm animals. Researchers hope the devices can help keep herds of beef cows healthy.


NASA to Display Challenger, Columbia for First Time

August 3, 2015 8:44 am | by Associated Press, Marcia Dunn | News | Comments

NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades. It is an unprecedented collection of artifacts— the first time, in fact, that any Challenger or Columbia remains have been openly displayed.


President Mandates Steeper-than-expected Power Plant Limits

August 3, 2015 8:30 am | by Associated Press, Josh Lederman | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. The tweaks to Obama's unprecedented emissions limits on power plants, to be unveiled at the White House on Monday, aim to address a bevy of concerns raised by both environmentalist and the energy industry.



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