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Twitter Can Be Early Warning System for Drug Interactions

June 30, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Vermont | News | Comments

Scientists have invented a technique for discovering potentially dangerous drug interactions and unknown side-effects— before they show up in medical databases. The far-seeing tool? A computer program that can efficiently search millions of tweets on Twitter for the names of many drugs and medicines— and build a map of how they’re connected, using the hashtags that link them.

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Chemistry Makes Your 4th of July BBQ Great

June 30, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

If you're firing up the barbecue this week for an Independence Day cookout, you don't want to miss this week's Reactions video. They've got chemistry knowledge that will impress your guests around the grill.

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Today in Lab History: A Tragedy in Space

June 30, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On June 30, 1971, after a successful mission to space, the capsule of the Soyuz 11 came back to earth. The Russian mission had been a success and the three cosmonauts manning the mission were to be hailed as heroes. But, they were already dead.

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Sugary Beverages Kill 184,000 Globally Each Year, Study Says

June 29, 2015 4:45 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Sugar-sweetened beverages cause an estimated 184,000 deaths each year across the globe, according to a new study. The analysis was compiled using death and disability statistics factoring in rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancers from 2010.

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Applicator Enables Easy Component Connection

June 29, 2015 4:36 pm | News | Comments

The Bio Tube Applicator (BTA) from BioPure Technology, part of Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group, features a tube-to-hose barb assembly machine that allows easy insertion of single-use fluid path connectors into a wide variety of tubing, including silicone and thermoplastic elastomers.

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Thermal Cycler Maximizes Value of PCR

June 29, 2015 4:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Alpha Cycler 4 from PCRmax is a thermal cycler that offers four totally independent blocks.

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Heating Block System is Faster, Safer

June 29, 2015 4:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Compatible with all previous models, Asynt’s 2015 DrySyn Classic Heating Block range offers heat transfer performance up to 300 C, faster heating rates and stronger coupling for magnetic stirring, all in a compact footprint.

Peristaltic Pump is Highly Customizable

June 29, 2015 4:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Clark Solutions’ M500 Peristaltic Pump is lightweight, compact and features flow rates up to 700 mL/min.

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The Search for Knowledge is Over

June 29, 2015 3:04 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Learning from mistakes is a vital lesson in life, be it your own mistakes or someone else’s. We use this inherited knowledge every day to make important life decisions and shape the future. A new open-access protocols repository gives researchers the ability to share and discover knowledge quickly.

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SCOTUS Rules Against EPA

June 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Sam Hananel | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators. The justices split 5 to 4 along ideological lines to rule that the EPA failed to take cost into account when it first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.

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Research Sheds Light on Sprite Formation

June 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Florida Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new study has improved our understanding of a spectacular phenomena, called sprites, which are fireworks-like electrical discharges, sometimes preceded by halos of light, in earth's upper atmosphere. It has been long thought that atmospheric gravity waves play an important role in the initiation of sprites but no previous studies provided convincing arguments to support that idea.

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Forgetfulness and Errors Can Signal Alzheimer’s Decades Before Diagnosis

June 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

More than 2,000 people from Chicago without Alzheimer’s were cognitively tested every three years for 18 years. The study found that mistakes on memory and thought tests may give an indication of the future onset of Alzheimer’s, up to 18 years before diagnosis, according to a new study.

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Don’t Blame Earthquake for Mud Volcano Disaster

June 29, 2015 12:43 pm | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

New research hopes to close the debate on whether a major mud volcano disaster in Indonesia was triggered by an earthquake or had man-made origins.

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Study: Whooping Cough Comeback Caused by Those Vaccinated?

June 29, 2015 12:26 pm | by Santa Fe Institute | News | Comments

The dramatic resurgence of whooping cough has puzzled public health officials, who have pointed to the waning effectiveness of the current vaccine and growing anti-vaccine sentiment as the most likely culprits. But that might not be the whole story.

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Secret Behind Glass Formation is Shattered

June 29, 2015 12:19 pm | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

Scientists have described how glasses form at the molecular level and provided a possible solution to a problem that has stumped scientists for decades.

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