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Your Car Might Not Let You Drink and Drive

March 20, 2015 8:35 am | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

If every new car made in the U.S. had a built-in blood alcohol level tester that prevented impaired drivers from driving the vehicle, how many lives could be saved, injuries prevented and injury-related dollars left unspent? According to researchers, estimates of injury prevention and cost savings are significant.  

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Rare Total Eclipse over Svalbard Islands in Arctic

March 20, 2015 8:35 am | by Martin Benedyk, Catherine Gaschka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sky-gazers in the Arctic were treated to a perfect view of a total solar eclipse Friday as the moon completely blocked out the sun in a clear sky, casting a shadow over Norway's remote archipelago of Svalbard.

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UN: 40% Water Shortage by 2030

March 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Katy Daigle, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world could suffer a 40 percent shortfall in water in just 15 years unless countries dramatically change their use of the resource, a U.N. report warned Friday.

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Birds Strategize to Cross Great Lakes

March 20, 2015 8:29 am | by Michigan Technological Univ. | News | Comments

The Great Lakes are named for their size. And for migrating forest birds, navigating their long shores and big, open waters is an annual obstacle course that makes the Iron Man triathlon look easy.

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Today in Lab History: FDA Approved AZT

March 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On March 20, 1987, the FDA approved AZT, the first government sanctioned HIV drug. AZT reduces the replication of the HIV virus in patients and has led to clinical and immunologic improvements.

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Automation System Boasts Liquid Handling Versatility

March 20, 2015 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tecan’s Fluent Laboratory Automation Solution is designed to offer greater throughput and flexibility for compound management workflows. This application-oriented system introduces a number of new hardware and software options that simplify and improve the productivity of compound management and assay plate generation activities.

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Systems Ensure Precise Fluid Dispensing

March 20, 2015 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD’s PRO series of automated fluid dispensing systems combine precise dispensing with fast and easy programming, and are easily integrated into any manufacturing operation. These closed-loop systems ensure that the dispensing process stays in control.

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Metering Pumps Handle Aggressive, Corrosive Liquids

March 20, 2015 7:00 am | KNF Neuberger, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KNF Neuberger’s enhanced SIMDOS 10 line of diaphragm liquid metering pumps is available with four head material options. The line affords laboratory personnel with simple operation, thanks to a user-friendly display and adjustable transfer parameters from a touch-control knob.

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Infographic: 20 Amazing Water Facts

March 19, 2015 4:40 pm | by Able Skills | News | Comments

Sunday, March 22 is World Water Day. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water-related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. Check out this infographic for 20 amazing facts about water. 

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Scientists Invent New Way to Control Light

March 19, 2015 3:03 pm | by University of Central Florida | News | Comments

A device resembling a plastic honeycomb yet infinitely smaller than a bee's stinger can steer light beams around tighter curves than ever before possible, while keeping the integrity and intensity of the beam intact. The work introduces a more effective way to transmit data rapidly on electronic circuit boards by using light.

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Study Sharpens Nanoscale Microscopy Even More

March 19, 2015 2:58 pm | by Joint Quantum Institute | News | Comments

A new study has shown how to sharpen nanoscale microscopy (nanoscopy) even more by better locating the exact position of the light source.

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Age-old Problem Meets High-tech Rival

March 19, 2015 2:55 pm | by Univ. of California, Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Acne, a scourge of adolescence, may be about to meet its ultra high-tech match. By using a combination of ultrasound, gold-covered particles and lasers, researchers have developed a targeted therapy that could potentially lessen the frequency and intensity of breakouts, relieving acne sufferers the discomfort and stress of dealing with severe and recurring pimples.

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Human Parasites in Medieval Latrines Link Middle East, Europe

March 19, 2015 2:15 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new analysis of a medieval cesspit in the Christian quarter of the old city of Jerusalem has revealed the presence of a number of ancient parasite eggs, providing a window into the nature and spread of infectious diseases in the Middle East during the 15th century.

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Sense of Smell May Reveal Weight Bias

March 19, 2015 2:09 pm | by Rebecca Kendall, UCLA | News | Comments

Could our reaction to an image of an overweight or obese person affect how we perceive odor? A trio of researchers says yes.

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Scientists Grow 'Mini Lungs' for Cystic Fibrosis Research

March 19, 2015 2:05 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Scientists have successfully created "mini lungs" using stem cells derived from skin cells of patients with cystic fibrosis, and have shown that these can be used to test potential new drugs for this debilitating lung disease.

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