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Blueberries Don't Help You See in the Dark

November 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

Blueberries are super stars among health food advocates, who tout the fruit for not only promoting heart health, better memory and digestion, but also for improving night vision. Scientists have taken a closer look at this latter claim and have found reason to doubt that the popular berry helps most healthy people see better in the dark.

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Cleaner Heating Can Prevent Winter Health Problems

November 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

With temperatures dipping, homeowners are firing up their heaters. But systems that require heating oil release fine particles outside that could have harmful health effects. Regulations to curb these emissions in New York City could save hundreds of lives, a new study has found.

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Number of Exchange Students in U.S. Sets New Record

November 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press, Kimberly Hefling | News | Comments

The number of foreign exchange students studying at U.S. colleges and universities is at a record high, with nearly one-third coming from China. A report says nearly 900,000 international students were studying in the U.S. during the 2013-14 school year, up 8 percent from a year earlier.

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Professor Sues Caltech Over Whistleblowing

November 19, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press, Christopher Weber | News | Comments

A physics professor at the California Institute of Technology is suing the school, claiming she faced a "merciless campaign" of retaliation for telling the FBI that she suspected illegal activities at the university-managed NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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NY Schools Try Out Security Tech

November 19, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new security and safety technology system is being tested in 20 public schools in New York state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the schools in Oneida and Rockland counties will be the first to launch the program, called Mutualink K-12.

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Emphasis on Student-centered Learning Hits 25-year High

November 19, 2014 10:21 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

Online teaching has generated plenty of discussion in higher education, but it’s still used by a relatively small percentage of professors. A new study notes a more pronounced trend in teaching at colleges and universities lately: a greater move toward student-focused teaching practices such as class discussions and group learning, and a corresponding move away from lectures and other teacher-centered styles.

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Texas Fails to OK New Textbooks

November 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press, Will Weissert | News | Comments

The Texas Board of Education couldn't muster the votes late yesterday to grant preliminary approval for new history and social studies textbooks for classrooms across the nation's second-largest state, failing to act amid stinging criticism of the proposed books from both the right and left.

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Hewlett Foundation Funds Academic Cyber Initiative

November 19, 2014 9:58 am | by MIT | News | Comments

MIT has received $15 million in funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to establish an initiative aimed at laying the foundations for a smart, sustainable cybersecurity policy to deal with the growing cyber threats faced by governments, businesses and individuals. The project is one of three new academic endeavors to receive a total of $45 million in support through the Hewlett Foundation’s Cyber Initiative.

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Three Ways to Improve Kids’ Reading Skills

November 19, 2014 9:48 am | by The Conversation, Ryan Spencer | News | Comments

It’s little wonder that we often feel as though our kids aren’t as successful with reading as we’d like them to be. The “reading wars”— the battle between sounding out words and using the sentence as context for understanding— have seemed only to add unnecessary stress and anxiety for parents, caregivers and teachers alike. The feelings in regard to reading often translate into less-than-productive reading experiences for kids.

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No Vote for Keystone Pipeline, Republicans Vow it Will Be Back

November 19, 2014 8:06 am | by Associated Press, Dina Cappiello | News | Comments

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. Democratic divisions were on vivid display in a bill that pitted environmentalists against energy advocates.

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Breakfast of Champions: Turmeric

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Monash Univ. | News | Comments

Adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment. The finding has particular significance given the world’s aging population.

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Nanoparticles Create Two Sensors in One

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Anne Trafton | News | Comments

Chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging and fluorescent imaging in living animals. Such particles could help scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor a tumor’s environment or determine whether drugs have successfully reached their targets.

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Solution Simplifies Microwave Electron Guns

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

On a quest to design an alternative to the two complex approaches currently used to produce electrons within microwave electron guns, a team of researchers has demonstrated a plug-and-play solution capable of operating in this high-electric-field environment with a high-quality electron beam.

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Dental Drugs Linked to Heart Risks

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione | News | Comments

Curbing the routine use of preventive antibiotics before dental work may have contributed to a rise in heart valve infections in England, a new study suggests. In the U.S., the highest-risk patients still get these drugs and no similar trend has been seen.

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Antibiotics During Pregnancy Up Offspring's Obesity Risk

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Columbia Univ.'s Mailman School of Public Health | News | Comments

A study has found that children who were exposed to antibiotics in the second or third trimester of pregnancy had a higher risk of childhood obesity at age seven. The research also showed that, for mothers who delivered their babies by a Caesarean section— whether elective or non-elective— there was a higher risk for obesity in their offspring.

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