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Fatal Bat Disease Spreads to Half of U.S.

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, John Flesher, Todd Richmond | News | Comments

A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and has now been detected in half of the U.S.

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Fruit Flies have Latent Bioluminescence

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Massachusetts Med School | News | Comments

New research shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark— otherwise known as bioluminescence.

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Body Heat Charges Generator

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by KAIST | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a glass fabric-based thermoelectric generator that is extremely light and flexible and produces electricity from the heat of the human body.

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'Body Hack' App Lets You Shortcut Jet-Lag

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

A different kind of jet-lag mobile app, released by mathematicians, reveals previously unknown shortcuts that can help travelers snap their internal clocks to new time zones as efficiently as possible.

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Sunlight Generates Hydrogen in Silicon

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Penn State Univ. | News | Comments

Porous silicon, manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy, can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material.

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U.N. to Consider Geoengineering

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Karl Ritter | News | Comments

The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is under pressure this week as it considers whether geoengineering, a controversial idea, should be part of the tool kit that governments use to keep global warming in check.

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Mechanical Forces Affect T-Cell Functions

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

T-cells use a complex process to recognize foreign pathogens and diseased cells. Researchers have added a new level of understanding to that process by describing how the T-cell receptors use mechanical contact– the forces involved in their binding to the antigens– to make decisions about whether or not the cells they encounter are threats.

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Filter Recovers 80 Percent of Gold in Cell Phone Scrap

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

Cell phone scrap can contain precious metals, such as gold and copper. Now, researchers have developed a biological filter, made of mushroom mycelium mats, enabling recovery of as much as 80 percent of the gold in electronic scrap.

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Climate Drove Evolution of Ice Age Predators

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County | Videos | Comments

Researchers, working at the famous La Brea Tar Pits, are probing the link between climate warming and the evolution of Ice Age predators, attempting to predict how animals will respond to climate change today.

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Ancestral Grass May Save Modern Wheat

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Agricultural Research Service | News | Comments

Scientists have pinpointed the location of a gene in a little-known ancient grass that could help save one of the world's most important cereal crops from an unrelenting fungus.

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FDA: Sweetened Honey Isn't Honey

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure that shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued this week would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

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Fruits, Veggies Increase Healthiness Even in Small Amounts

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Amanda Avery | News | Comments

Not many people achieve the recommendation of five portions of fruits and vegetables per day – the current average intake is just under four. But, the reduced risk of dying from cancer and heart disease is associated with any increased intake of vegetables and fruit over and above one portion per day. So the more you eat, the more you reduce your risk.

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Fracking Discussed at Alcohol Summit

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Josefa Velasquez | News | Comments

New York's alcoholic beverage industry was on display at a summit this week organized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to focus on bolstering the business. Local winery owners took the opportunity to call for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, saying the gas drilling technology could contaminate the water crucial for alcohol production and destroy the industry.

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Fatigue Linked to Junk Food Diet

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new psychology study using mice provides evidence that being overweight makes people tired and sedentary— not the other way around.

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IC Systems Increase Flexibility, Confidence

April 10, 2014 5:05 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Video Technician | Videos | Comments

Stuart Proctor talks to Laboratory Equipment about Metrohm's 900 Series IC systems.                                                

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