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Going to Pittcon? Check Out These New Orleans Sights

February 27, 2015 7:00 am | by Bea Riemschneider, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Visitors to New Orleans who have some pre-convention or post-convention time to spare will want to dive in to sample the iconic sights and sounds of this exciting city. Here’s a selection of must-see sights, restaurants and attractions to consider.

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Pollution Drives Nuisance Algae Growth

February 27, 2015 7:00 am | by McGill Univ. | News | Comments

The organisms commonly known as blue-green algae have proliferated much more rapidly than other algae in lakes across North America and Europe over the past two centuries– and in many cases the rate of increase has sharply accelerated since the mid-20th century.

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Flow Meters Provide Fast Environmental Validation

February 27, 2015 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

With up to 18 hours of continuous operation on a single charge and +/-0.8% of reading accuracy, Alicat Scientific’s handheld rechargeable flow meters bring laboratory-class accuracy to field flow verification and validation applications in the environmental, manufacturing and metrology industries.

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Bottle Analyzer Performs Within Seconds

February 27, 2015 7:00 am | ABB Analytical Business Unit | Product Releases | Comments

The MB3600-CH80 PET Bottle Analyzer is a rugged industrial FT/NIR spectrometer for fast quality analysis of PET bottles and preforms. It is intended for R&D centers, QA/QC laboratories or production lines of companies that perform a large number of daily measurements for determination of key characteristics of PET preforms or blown bottles.

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Series Serves As Alternative to Mechanical Pipettes

February 27, 2015 7:00 am | A&D Weighing | Product Releases | Comments

A&D Weighing’s MPA Single Channel Electronic Pipette Series is an alternative to mechanical pipettes. With an good price/performance ratio, the series features four micropipette models up to 1200 uL that ensure accuracy with the user self-calibration (adjustment) function.

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FCC Imposes Stricter Rules for Internet Providers

February 26, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Anne Flaherty | News | Comments

Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved today by a divided FCC. The plan, which puts the Internet in the same regulatory camp as the telephone, represents the biggest regulatory shakeup to the industry in almost two decades.

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Lager, Stout Yeast Share DNA

February 26, 2015 3:00 pm | by Trinity College Dublin | News | Comments

There are few drinks as iconic as a pint of Guinness. It might, therefore, surprise beer connoisseurs to learn that the DNA of the all-important brewing yeast– the building blocks of the perfect stout– is the same as that which encodes the yeast required to brew a clean, crisp lager.

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African Lakes to Answer Human Evolution Questions

February 26, 2015 3:00 pm | by Aberystwyth Univ. | News | Comments

How was human evolution and migration influenced by past changes in climate? This question has led researchers to drill day and night to great depths in a dried up lake in east Africa. The Chew Bahir Drilling Project, in a remote part of south Ethiopia, will provide a sedimentary record of changes in rainfall, temperature and vegetation, spanning the last 500,000 years of human evolution.

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Belief is as Powerful as Nicotine in Brain

February 26, 2015 3:00 pm | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Two identical cigarettes led to a discovery by scientists. Study participants inhaled nicotine, yet they showed significantly different brain activity. Why the difference? Some subjects were told their cigarettes were nicotine free.

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Quarantines Should Be Based on Science

February 26, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

Attempts to quarantine health workers returning from Ebola-stricken West Africa were a mistake, the president's bioethics advisers said today. The panel concluded that the nation must improve its health infrastructure and emergency response to be ready to respond quickly to next major disease outbreak.

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One Million Men Used to Study Effects of Blocking Inflammation

February 26, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

Inflammation— the body’s response to damaging stimuli— may have a protective effect against cardiovascular disease, according to a study. The finding is one of the outcomes of research using a powerful new genetic tool— containing data from over a million individuals— that mimics the behavior of certain anti-inflammatory drugs.

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How Eyelash Length Protects Health

February 26, 2015 3:00 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A team has discovered that 22 species of mammals– from humans, to hedgehogs to giraffes­– are the same: their eyelash length is one-third the width of their eye. Anything shorter or longer, including the fake eyelashes that are popular in Hollywood and make-up aisles, increases airflow around the eye and leads to more dust hitting the surface.

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Another Helmet Leaks During Spacewalk

February 26, 2015 8:04 am | by Associated Press, Marcia Dunn | News | Comments

A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station. The leak was scarily reminiscent of a near-drowning outside the orbiting complex nearly two years ago.

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Computers Best Humans at ‘Space Invaders’

February 26, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

Computers already have bested human champions in "Jeopardy!" and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: "Space Invaders." Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans on dozens of Atari video games from the 1980s but not "Ms. Pac Man."

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Today in Lab History: John Harvey Kellogg

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

John Harvey Kellogg, born Feb. 26, 1852, was an American medical doctor who ran a sanitarium using holistic methods, with a particular focus on nutrition, enemas and exercise. Kellogg was an advocate of vegetarianism who advised low calorie diets and developed peanut butter, corn flakes and granola.

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