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Flag Smut Infecting Kansas Wheat for First Time Since 1930s

June 26, 2015 12:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A fungal infection not seen on Midwestern wheat since the Great Depression is now reported to be spreading, according to reports. Flag smut has infested 39 fields in western and central Kansas– the first time it’s been spotted in the state since the 1930s.

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Solar Storms Continue, as Power Grid Braces Itself

June 26, 2015 12:07 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A third solar storm flared up Thursday, and power-grid operators are again bracing themselves for a potentially damaging geomagnetic storm. The moderate storm conditions are expected to arrive on Earth Saturday and continue until Sunday.

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This Week @ NASA, June 26, 2015

June 26, 2015 10:58 am | Podcasts | Comments

Looking for human landing sites on Mars, Mars Odyssey: 60,000 orbits and more ...

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California Vaccine Bill Clears Legislative Hurdle

June 26, 2015 10:08 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A split California Assembly has approved a bill that would require nearly all public school kids to get basic vaccines. The bill passed on a bipartisan 46 to 30 vote and, if signed by the governor, would give California one of the strictest vaccine requirements, by eliminating the “personal belief” exemption used by anti-vaccine parents.

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ICYMI: Failed GM Wheat, Urine in the Pool, Nike Raises $1 B for Cancer Research

June 26, 2015 8:17 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's new Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week. A failed, costly GM wheat project from the UK, unhealthy pool conditions, and a huge donation for early cancer detection research are on the menu this week. 

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Serotonin May Reduce Dementia Related-impulsiveness

June 26, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

Restoring the low levels of the chemical serotonin may help improve brain function and reduce impulsiveness in some dementia patients, according researchers. Their study suggests a potential new treatment for people affected by frontotemporal dementia.

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Today in Lab History: Chinese Emperor Patents Toothbrush

June 26, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On June 26, 1498, the Chinese Emperor patented the first toothbrush. It was made from hogback bristles attached to bone or bamboo. While that might sound unhygienic to people with electric toothbrushes, floss and mouthwash, the emperor’s toothbrush was— compared to what came before it— highly advanced.

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Researchers Watch How Anthrax Spores Grow in Cultured Human Tissues

June 26, 2015 7:00 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Cultured human lung cells infected with a benign version of anthrax spores have yielded insights into how anthrax grows and spreads in exposed people. The study will help provide credible data for human health related to anthrax exposure and help officials better understand risks related to a potential anthrax attack.

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Disabled People Pilot Robot with Thoughts

June 26, 2015 7:00 am | by EPFL | Videos | Comments

Using a telepresence system, 19 people– including nine quadriplegics– were able to remotely control a robot located in a university laboratory. This multi-year research project aims to give a measure of independence to paralyzed people.

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Baboon Troops Make Democratic Decisions

June 25, 2015 3:17 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Baboons make group decisions based more on a democratic spirit than the power of the alpha males, according to a new study. The primates made decisions together where to go and what to do.

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PCR Systems Connect to the Cloud

June 25, 2015 3:00 pm | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for low- to mid-throughput laboratories conducting real-time PCR experiments, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s QuantStudio 3 and 5 qPCR systems are the first to connect to the Thermo Fisher Cloud computing platform, allowing applied and clinical researchers to learn, analyze, share, collaborate and obtain support within a single platform.

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Highly Customizable Lab Management Solutions

June 25, 2015 3:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sampleminded develops customer-specific LIMS alternatives that are scalable and easily adapt to process changes.

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Rugged, Lightweight Camera for Scientific Imaging

June 25, 2015 3:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Photron’s high-definition FASTCAM Mini WX100 is compact at only 4.7 x 4.7 x 3.9”.

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USB Modules Ideal for Data Logging Apps

June 25, 2015 3:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The D8000 series USB interface data acquisition modules from Omega Engineering are ideal for process monitoring and control and data logging applications.

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Software Measures Spectra Changes Over Time

June 25, 2015 3:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CRAIC Technologies’ CRAIC TimePro kinetic spectroscopy software package is designed to be used with proprietary microspectrophotometers and their controlling Lambdafire software.

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