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Quantum Turbulence Key to Unlocking Physics Mysteries

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by New York Univ. | News | Comments

The recent discovery of the Higgs boson has confirmed theories about the origin of mass and, with it, offered the potential to explain other scientific mysteries. But, scientists are continually studying other, less-understood forces— including quantum turbulence— that may also shed light on matters not yet uncovered.

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Hawaii is Flash Point of Debate on GE Crops

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Audrey McAvoy | News | Comments

Hawaii is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms there, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits, like insect and drought resistance. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture.

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Mitochondrial Problem Saps Muscle Strength in Alcoholism, Disease

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Thomas Jefferson Univ. | News | Comments

Muscle weakness is a common symptom of both long-time alcoholics and patients with mitochondrial disease. Now, researchers have found a common link: mitochondria that are unable to self-repair.

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Healthcare Site Vulnerable to Heartbleed

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Julie Pace | News | Comments

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

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Corn Biofuels No Better than Gas for Global Warming

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Dina Cappiello | News | Comments

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

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NY Agency Sponsors Weeklong Earth Day Events

April 21, 2014 8:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Department of Environmental Conservation of New York is commemorating the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day with a weeklong series of events around the state.

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Pain Tolerance Linked to Genetics

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

Researchers may have identified key genes linked to why some people have a higher tolerance for pain than others, according to a study released.

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Peru Flooded with Counterfeit Contraceptives

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all.

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Animal Study Improves Immunity in Preemies

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

A new animal study sheds light on immunology in newborns by revealing how gut microbes play a crucial role in fostering the rapid production of infection-fighting white blood cells, called granulocytes.

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Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) | News | Comments

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is taking place April 20-26, 2014. MLPW provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel.

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Under Some LEDs, Different Whites May Appear Uniform

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Penn State Univ. | News | Comments

For years, companies have been adding whiteners to laundry detergent, paints, plastics, paper and fabrics to make whites look "whiter than white." But now, with a switch away from incandescent and fluorescent lighting, different degrees of whites may all look the same.

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‘Impact Glass’ Stores Ancient Bio-data

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Brown Univ. | News | Comments

Asteroid and comet impacts can cause widespread ecological havoc, killing off plants and animals on regional or even global scales. But, new research shows that impacts can also preserve the signatures of ancient life at the time of an impact.

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Camera System Lights Cancer Path

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Cornell Univ. | Videos | Comments

With a new, commercially available camera system using nanoparticles that make cancer cells glow, the way is lit for surgeons to diagnose and remove tumors.

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Gecko-inspired Adhesive Now Has Real World Uses

April 18, 2014 1:18 pm | by Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst | News | Comments

A team of inventors has created a new, more versatile version of their creation, Geckskin, which can adhere strongly to a wider range of surfaces, yet releases easily, like a gecko’s feet.

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'Dressed' Laser May Induce Rain, Lightning

April 18, 2014 1:03 pm | by Univ. of Central Florida | News | Comments

Researchers are developing a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning.

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