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Would Passenger Planes Sans Pilots Be Safer?

April 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Scott Mayerowitz | News | Comments

To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets is resurfacing.

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This Week @ NASA, April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015 12:00 pm | Podcasts | Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Another Dragon launches to the ISS

Doctors: Remove Dr. Oz from Columbia Univ.’s Faculty

April 17, 2015 8:17 am | by Associated Press, Verena Dobnik | News | Comments

Columbia Univ. has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a group of top doctors has demanded. They have cited his "egregious lack of integrity" for promoting what they call "quack treatments." The doctors allege Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine.

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E-cigs Hinder Quitting

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

The rapid increase in use of e-cigarettes has led to heated debates between opponents who question the safety of these devices and proponents who claim the battery-operated products are a useful cessation tool. A new study suggests proponents are in error.

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Yeast’s Reaction to Heat Key to Better Beer

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Aberystwyth Univ. | News | Comments

Beer brewers face a tricky problem. The high level of activity in the yeast used to produce beer generates a lot of heat during the brewing process, raising the temperature at the bottom of brewing vats. Unfortunately, yeast often suffers damage to their structure at these high temperatures, and this damage gives the beer a bad taste.

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Infographic: BPA Exposure Has Impact Three Generations Later

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

When scientists exposed pregnant mice to levels of bisphenol A equivalent to those considered safe in humans, three generations of female mouse offspring experienced significant reproductive problems, including declines in fertility, sexual maturity and pregnancy success.  

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Today in Lab History: Woman Flies Solo Around the World

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock became the first woman to fly around the Earth solo when she landed in Columbus, Ohio on April 17, 1964 after taking off, from the same city, 29 days before. For her achievement, she was awarded the Louis Blériot medal from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

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Bubbles Can Keep Rivers Moving

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

Researchers have shown how air bubbles could keep sediments from obstructing bends in river waterways such as the Rhine River, which has to be dredged regularly to stay open for freight ships.

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Sensor Spots Spoiled Meat, Enables ‘Smart Packaging’

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by MIT, Anne Trafton | News | Comments

Chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat.

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Gas Filter Allows Maximum Air Flow

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | Qosina | Product Releases | Comments

Qosina’s gas filter (No. 28248) has an internal rib design that enables maximum airflow, while the clear, acrylic, hermetically sealed housing provides easy inspection of media.

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Flow Meters Offer Multi-gas Functionality

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aalborg Instruments’ ZFM Mass Flow Meters combine meter intelligence, user convenience and flow performance.

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Glass Vial Storage Plate Designed for UHPLC

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Porvair Sciences’ glass vial storage plate combines 96 borosilicate glass vials of 700 µL into a rigid polypropylene carrier microplate to provide an enhanced product for storage and transportation applications.

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Engineering Defensibility in the Gas Industry

April 17, 2015 7:00 am | by Jeanne Mensingh, President and Founder of Labtopia Solutions, Houston | Articles | Comments

Laboratory data is critical to every part of the liquefied national gas (LNG) industry. From soil sample data for upstream exploration to purity data used downstream to ensure product quality, LNG professionals rely heavily on timely, accurate and well-organized sample data. An integrated LIMS solution helps ensure accurate, traceable data.

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Researchers Discover New Stem Cells

April 16, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Missouri | News | Comments

Researchers, in an effort to grow placenta cells to better study the causes of pre-eclampsia, serendipitously discovered a previously unknown form of human embryonic stem cell. They say these new stem cells can help advance research on pre-eclampsia and a number of other areas of the human reproductive process.

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Pencils Let Doctors 'Draw' Their Own Conclusions

April 16, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Conversation, Mark Lorch | News | Comments

If you’ve ever sat opposite a doctor and wondered what she was scribbling on her notepad, the answer may soon not only be medical notes on your condition, but real-time chemical preparations for an instant diagnostic test. Thanks to new work, chemicals formed into pencils can be made to react with one another by simply drawing with them on paper.

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