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Video Games May Streamline Education Research

September 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Washington State Univ. | News | Comments

A professor has figured out a dramatically easier and more cost-effective way to do research on science curriculum in the classroom– and it could include playing video games. Called computational modeling, it involves a computer “learning” student behavior and then “thinking” as students would.

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Understanding Teachers Help Shy Kids Learn

September 24, 2014 7:00 am | by New York Univ. | News | Comments

A program that helps teachers modify their interactions with students, based on an individual’s temperament, helps shy children to become more engaged in their class work, and in turn, improves their math and critical thinking skills.

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University Coalition Tackles Non-communicable Diseases

September 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Yale Univ. | News | Comments

A coalition of U.S. universities has joined forces to convene a national network of investigators whose research focuses on global non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

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LEGO-like Parts Make Building 3-D Labs-on-a-chip a Snap

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Southern California | News | Comments

Thanks to new LEGO-like components, it is now possible to build a 3-D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand.

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Modern Humans Weren't Wimps, They Braved the Cold

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

Recent finds at Willendorf in Austria reveal that modern humans were living in cool steppe-like conditions some 43,500 years ago– and that their presence overlapped with that of Neanderthals for far longer than we thought.

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Mown Grass Sends SOS for Help

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Texas A&M AgriLife Research | News | Comments

The smell of cut grass in recent years has been identified as the plant’s way of signaling distress, but new research says the aroma also summons beneficial insects to the rescue.

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Gov't Hackers Try to Break HealthCare.gov

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar | News | Comments

The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability— but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features. Those are among the conclusions of a report released today.

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App to Bring Voices Back to Phones

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Michael Liedtke | News | Comments

Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. Microsoft's former chief software architect hopes to orchestrate voice's comeback through Talko, a mobile application being released today for the iPhone. A version for Android phones is expected in a few months.

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FDA: Beware of Fake Drug Distributors

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

U.S. health regulators are trying to help doctors spot counterfeit and unapproved drugs by raising awareness of illegal operations that peddle bogus drugs to health professionals.

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Four Lessons Learned from Ebola Outbreak

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Maria Cheng | News | Comments

Six months into the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, scientists say they know more about how the deadly virus behaves. The first cases were reported in Guinea by the World Health Organization on March 23— before spreading to Sierra Leone, Liberia and elsewhere. Here's a look at what scientists have learned so far.

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Obesity, Stress Pack a Double Punch for Health

September 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Brandeis Univ. | News | Comments

If you're overweight, you may be at greater risk for stress-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to a new study. The researchers observed that overweight and obese individuals have higher levels of stress-induced inflammation than those within a healthy weight range.

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Researchers Make Complicated Star-shaped Molecule

September 23, 2014 7:00 am | by The Univ. of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created. Known as a “Star of David” molecule, scientists have been trying to create one for over a quarter of a century.

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Arctic Seas' Ice Shrinks to Sixth-lowest Recorded

September 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

Ice in Arctic seas shrank this summer to the sixth lowest level in 36 years of monitoring. The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported this week that the ice reached its seasonal minimum on Sept. 17 of 1.94 million square miles.

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Roasted Peanuts Are More Dangerous than Raw

September 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Oxford | News | Comments

Dry roasted peanuts are more likely to trigger an allergic reaction than raw peanuts, suggests a study involving mice. The researchers say that specific chemical changes caused by the high temperatures of the dry roasting process are recognized by the body's immune system, “priming” the body to set off an allergic immune response the next time it sees any peanuts.

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Graphene Flaws Key to Better Electronic Nose

September 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets. The imperfections have unique electronic properties that the researchers were able to exploit to increase sensitivity to absorbed gas molecules by 300 times.

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