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Texas Fails to OK New Textbooks

November 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press, Will Weissert | News | Comments

The Texas Board of Education couldn't muster the votes late yesterday to grant preliminary approval for new history and social studies textbooks for classrooms across the nation's second-largest state, failing to act amid stinging criticism of the proposed books from both the right and left.

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Hewlett Foundation Funds Academic Cyber Initiative

November 19, 2014 9:58 am | by MIT | News | Comments

MIT has received $15 million in funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to establish an initiative aimed at laying the foundations for a smart, sustainable cybersecurity policy to deal with the growing cyber threats faced by governments, businesses and individuals. The project is one of three new academic endeavors to receive a total of $45 million in support through the Hewlett Foundation’s Cyber Initiative.

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Three Ways to Improve Kids’ Reading Skills

November 19, 2014 9:48 am | by The Conversation, Ryan Spencer | News | Comments

It’s little wonder that we often feel as though our kids aren’t as successful with reading as we’d like them to be. The “reading wars”— the battle between sounding out words and using the sentence as context for understanding— have seemed only to add unnecessary stress and anxiety for parents, caregivers and teachers alike. The feelings in regard to reading often translate into less-than-productive reading experiences for kids.

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No Vote for Keystone Pipeline, Republicans Vow it Will Be Back

November 19, 2014 8:06 am | by Associated Press, Dina Cappiello | News | Comments

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. Democratic divisions were on vivid display in a bill that pitted environmentalists against energy advocates.

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Breakfast of Champions: Turmeric

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Monash Univ. | News | Comments

Adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment. The finding has particular significance given the world’s aging population.

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Nanoparticles Create Two Sensors in One

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Anne Trafton | News | Comments

Chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging and fluorescent imaging in living animals. Such particles could help scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor a tumor’s environment or determine whether drugs have successfully reached their targets.

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Solution Simplifies Microwave Electron Guns

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

On a quest to design an alternative to the two complex approaches currently used to produce electrons within microwave electron guns, a team of researchers has demonstrated a plug-and-play solution capable of operating in this high-electric-field environment with a high-quality electron beam.

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Dental Drugs Linked to Heart Risks

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione | News | Comments

Curbing the routine use of preventive antibiotics before dental work may have contributed to a rise in heart valve infections in England, a new study suggests. In the U.S., the highest-risk patients still get these drugs and no similar trend has been seen.

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Antibiotics During Pregnancy Up Offspring's Obesity Risk

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Columbia Univ.'s Mailman School of Public Health | News | Comments

A study has found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of childhood obesity at age seven. The research also showed that, for mothers who delivered their babies by a Caesarean section— whether elective or non-elective— there was a higher risk for obesity in their offspring.

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Parents Say Unvaccinated Kids Should Be Excluded from Daycare

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Michigan Health System | Videos | Comments

Seventy-four percent of parents would consider removing their kids from daycare if other children were unvaccinated, while 41 percent of parents say under-vaccinated kids should be excluded from daycare.

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Fossils Cast Doubt on Climate Change Predictions

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Oregon | News | Comments

Leave it to long-dead short-tailed shrew and flying squirrels to outfox climate modelers trying to predict future habitats. Evidence from the fossil record shows that a gluttonous insect-eating shrew didn't live where a species distribution technique, drawn by biologists, put it 20,000 years ago to survive the reach of glaciers.

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Report IDs Info that Should Be Recorded in EHRs

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by National Academies Press | News | Comments

Determinants of health have traditionally been the concern of public health and have not been linked closely to clinical practice. However, if standardized social and behavioral data can be incorporated into patient electronic health records (EHRs), those data can provide crucial information about factors that influence health and the effectiveness of treatment.

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Aircraft Regulations Apply to Drones

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Joan Lowy | News | Comments

The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled today in a setback to small drone operators chafing under FAA restrictions.

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Chemists Develop Nanoreactor for Discovering Reactions

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Stanford Univ. | News | Comments

A new computer model can identify unknown chemical mechanisms that could improve energy production and storage, or the development of new medicines.

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Neanderthals Not a Subspecies of Humans

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by SUNY Downstate Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers have identified new evidence supporting the growing belief that Neanderthals were a distinct species separate from modern humans, and not a subspecies of modern humans. The research also indicates that the Neanderthals' extinction was likely because of competition from modern humans and not an inability to process a colder and drier climate.

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