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May 16, 2012
WPI research team to conduct tests aimed at better understanding post-earthquake fires
A team of researchers from the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will conduct groundbreaking fire tests May 23-25 aimed at better understanding the effects of earthquakes on building systems designed to suppress or prevent the spread of fires.

Raising HDL not a sure route to countering heart disease
A team led by researchers from the Broad Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital explored naturally occurring genetic variations in humans to test the connection between HDL levels and heart attack.

Why do consumers dislike corporate brands that get too familiar?
Although it is tempting to use the word

Jefferson receives $2.6M NIH grant to study noninvasive imaging method to stage prostate cancer
Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center and the Department of Radiology at Thomas Jefferson University received a five-year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate a potentially revolutionary method that can stage prostate cancers and detect recurrent disease so accurately, it would significantly reduce the number of confirmation biopsies.

Experimental agent may help older people with chronic leukemia
The experimental drug ibrutinib shows great promise for the treatment of elderly patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), according to interim findings from a clinical trial.

Fox Chase researchers find no disparities in imaging before breast cancer surgery
If racial and ethnic disparities in breast cancer exist, they are not due to differences in the use of imaging to assess the extent of tumors before surgery, according to new findings that will be presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology on Monday, June 4.

Clergy can fight HIV on faith-friendly terms
In the United States, where blacks bear a disproportionate burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, black religious institutions could help turn the tide.

Delivery of gene-therapy for heart disease boosted 100-fold; now in 100-patient trial
Researchers at Emory University used a standard balloon angioplasty catheter to induced transient ischemia, which when coupled with the vasodilator nitroglycerin, boosts the cell transfection of an adenovector gene construct into heart cells.

When does planning interfere with achieving our goals?
It seems really simple: If you want to achieve something, set a goal and then make specific plans to implement it.

Blood test could show women at risk of postnatal depression
Researchers at Warwick Medical School have discovered a way of identifying which women are most at risk of postnatal depression by checking for specific genetic variants.

ARL-led program enables new manufacturing processes for ballistic protection
The US Army Research Laboratory Weapons and Materials Research Directorate have developed a new generation of advanced Soldier head protection through the Army Man Tech program, in collaboration with US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center and Program Executive Office Soldier.

Internationality still important in research training groups program
To further strengthen early career support for researchers in Germany, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft has approved the establishment of a new Research Training Group.

Study underscores canned foods' importance to help address IOM Weight of the Nation recommendations
The IOM issued its obesity-prevention report at the Weight of the Nation conference hosted by the CDC.

Separate species, shared genomes
A landmark effort to sequence the genome of the butterfly Heliconius melpomene has revealed that it shares genes that control color patterns with two other species that closely mimic its appearance -- Heliconius timareta and Heliconius elevatus -- suggesting that all three exchange genes as a result of occasional hybridization.

Colorful butterflies increase their odds of survival by sharing traits
Bright black-and-red butterflies that flit across the sunlit edges of Amazonian rain forests are natural hedonists, and it does them good, according to genetic data published today in the journal Nature.

New, inexpensive paper-based diabetes test ideal for developing countries
With epidemics of Type 2 diabetes looming in rural India, China and other areas of the world where poverty limits the availability of health care, scientists are reporting development of an inexpensive and easy-to-use urine test ideally suited for such areas.

Accelerated chemotherapy given before surgery benefits patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer
For some patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer, treatment may begin before they undergo cystectomy, or surgical removal of the bladder.

Premier issue of BioResearch Open Access launched by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. publishers
The inaugural issue of BioResearch Open Access, a new bimonthly peer-reviewed open-access journal, was released today by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. publishers.

Scientists uncover potential treatment for painful side effect of diabetes
Research published in the journal Nature Medicine reveals that a multinational collaboration between scientists from Warwick Medical School in the UK, and universities in Germany, New York, Australia and Eastern Europe, has discovered key information around one of the most distressing side effects of diabetes.

Study combines lapatinib with cetuximab to overcome resistance in EGFR-driven tumors
Targeted therapies have been studied for years, but recent laboratory research is providing robust clues about drugs that might work better in combination, particularly in treating cancers that have become resistant to therapy.

Predicting cancer relapse: Study finds high-throughput sequencing bests flow cytometry
A study led by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has found that a next-generation, high-speed DNA-decoding technology called high-throughput sequencing can detect the earliest signs of potential relapse in nearly twice the number of leukemia patients as compared to flow cytometry, the current gold standard for detecting minimal residual disease.

UC San Diego biologists produce potential malarial vaccine from algae
Biologists at the University of California, San Diego, have succeeded in engineering algae to produce potential candidates for a vaccine that would prevent transmission of the parasite that causes malaria, an achievement that could pave the way for the development of an inexpensive way to protect billions of people from one of the world's most prevalent and debilitating diseases.

Zebrafish study isolates gene related to autism, schizophrenia and obesity
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center transplanted a set of human genes into a zebrafish and then used it to identify genes responsible for head size at birth.

Genes may hold the key to a life of success, study suggests
Genes play a greater role in forming character traits -- such as self-control, decision making or sociability -- than was previously thought, new research suggests.

Vanderbilt researchers find common antibiotic carries heart risk
Vanderbilt researchers have discovered a rare, but important risk posed by the antibiotic azithromycin, commonly called a

Trusting Tiger Woods: How do facial cues affect preference and trust?
People respond to facial cues and this affects their level of trust, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research that looks at the way consumers react to morphed photo images.

In drug-approval race, US FDA ahead of Canada, Europe
The US Food and Drug Administration generally approves drug therapies faster and earlier than its counterparts in Canada and Europe, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers.

More cutting-edge cancer research supported by industry
Nearly half of the research presented at ASCO's annual meeting last year came from researchers with ties to companies, and the amount appears to be increasing every year, according to new findings from Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Astronomers discovered ancient Egyptian observations of a variable star
Astronomers of University of Helsinki can now explain why the period of Algol has increased by about 0.017 days.

Study finds head impacts in contact sports may reduce learning in college athletes
A new study suggests that head impacts experienced during contact sports such as football and hockey may worsen some college athletes' ability to acquire new information.

New advice on medication disposal: Trash beats take-back, new study suggests
Returning extra medicine to the pharmacy for disposal might not be worth the extra time, money or greenhouse gas emissions, according to a University of Michigan study that is the first to look at the net effects of so-called take-back programs.

Committee on Publication Ethics receives top award from Council of Science Editors
COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics, has been awarded the Council of Science Editors highest honor for its significant contribution to improving scientific communication by promoting high editorial standards.

Dennis Dirkmaat publishes new book on forensic anthropology
The new book,

The millennium-old olive trees of the Iberian Peninsula are younger than expected
Northeast Spain is home to olive trees so old that they are known as

Plant growth without light control
Plants are dependent on the sun. Sunlight does not only supply them with energy, but also controls their development steps.

US, Great Britain share risk factors for child behavior problems
New research from North Carolina State University shows that the United States and Great Britain share common risk factors that increase the likelihood of behavioral problems in children -- and that Britain's broader social welfare programs don't appear to mitigate those risks.

Children in US, Great Britain share risk factors for behavioral problems
Children in the United States and Great Britain share a number of common risk factors that increase the likelihood that they will have behavioral problems -- and Britain's broader social welfare programs don't appear to mitigate those risks, according to a new study in the June issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Make or break for cellular tissues
In a study about to be published in EPJ E, French physicists from the Curie Institute in Paris have demonstrated that the behavior of a thin layer of cells in contact with an unfavorable substrate is akin to that of thin fluid or elastic films.

Phase I study of temsirolimus, capecitabine proves safe; positive survival trend seen
A Phase I clinical trial examining the safety of combining temsirolimus and capecitabine in advanced malignancies suggests the two agents can be given safely to patients.

'Gaydar' automatic and more accurate for women's faces, psychologists find
After seeing faces for less than a blink of an eye, college students have accuracy greater than mere chance in judging others' sexual orientation.

Study shows first case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in blast-exposed military personnel
Investigators from Boston University and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System have shown evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in brain tissue from blast-exposed military service personnel.

Testing for mutations identified in squamous cell lung cancer tumors helps personalize treatment
Researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have begun testing for three new genetic targets and found that together they occur in approximately 50 percent of patients with squamous cell carcinomas of the lung, which affects 40,000 Americans each year.

Children with rare, incurable brain disease improve after gene therapy
Taiwanese doctors have restored some movement in four children bedridden with a rare, life-threatening neurological disease using gene transfer techniques pioneered by University of Florida faculty.

UCLA researchers map damaged connections in Phineas Gage's brain
In 1848, Phineas Gage survived an accident that drove an iron rod through his head.

BC mathematician J. Elisenda Grigsby receives NSF CAREER award
A Boston College mathematics professor has been recognized by the NSF with a CAREER award in support of her knot theory research.

Internationally known expert in ovarian cancer to be honored at the ASCO Annual Meeting
Each year, through its Special Awards Program, the American Society of Clinical Oncology recognizes researchers, patient advocates, and leaders of the global oncology community who, through their work, have made significant contributions to enhancing cancer care.

1,000 years of climate data confirms Australia's warming
In the first study of its kind in Australasia, scientists have used 27 natural climate records to create the first large-scale temperature reconstruction for the region over the last 1,000 years.

How the worm knows where its nose is
A new Harvard study suggests that the nervous system of C. elegans -- tiny, transparent worms -- is much more capable and complex than previously thought, and has a way to monitor its own motion, a model that one day could serve to develop treatments for disorders like schizophrenia.

Can consumers 'fit in' yet remain unique?
Most consumers want to fit in while still asserting their individuality -- and they balance these conflicting desires when choosing products, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

ASCO releases studies from upcoming annual meeting
The American Society of Clinical Oncology today highlighted five studies in a press briefing from among more than 4,500 abstracts publicly posted online at abstract.asco.org in advance of ASCO's 47th Annual Meeting.

Movement patterns of endangered turtle vary from Pacific to Atlantic
The movement patterns of critically endangered leatherback turtles vary greatly depending on whether the animals live in the North Atlantic or the Eastern Pacific, with implications for feeding behavior and population recovery, according to research published May 16 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.

Nottingham researchers lead world's largest study into pre-eclampsia
Researchers from the University of Nottingham are leading the largest ever international research project into the genetics of the potentially fatal condition pre-eclampsia.

FDA-approved drug makes established cancer vaccine work better
A team from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania found that the FDA-approved drug daclizumab improved the survival of breast cancer patients taking a cancer vaccine by 30 percent, compared to those patients not taking daclizumab.

Alzheimer's gene causes brain's blood vessels to leak, die
ApoE4, a well-known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease triggers a cascade of signaling that ultimately results in leaky blood vessels in the brain, allowing toxic substances to pour into brain tissue in large amounts, scientists report in the journal Nature.

USF study: Common fungicide wreaks havoc on freshwater ecosystems
A new University of South Florida study on chlorothalonil, one of the world's most common fungicides, shows it was lethal to a wide variety of freshwater organisms.

Children with cancer have complete responses in a Children's Oncology Group phase 1 trial
A pill designed to zero in on abnormal genes that drive specific cancers has produced encouraging early results in children with an uncommon but aggressive type of lymphoma, as well as in children with a rare form of neuroblastoma.

New findings challenge established view raising 'good' HDL cholesterol reduces heart attack risk
New genetic research fails to support a causal association between higher concentrations of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and a lower risk of heart attack.

University of Minnesota startup to treat challenging bacterial infection
A live biological preparation developed by University of Minnesota researchers could put a stop to an increasingly prevalent, and sometimes deadly, infection caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile.

Modeling neurological damage of a traumatic brain injury survivor
Injured 1800's railroad worker and contemporary subjects provide insight into source of behavioral changes

OMG! Texting ups truthfulness, new iPhone study suggests
Text messaging is a surprisingly good way to get candid responses to sensitive questions, according to a new study to be presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

Research4Life greatly expands peer-reviewed research available to developing world
Research4Life partners announced today that content available through its collaborative public-private partnership has dramatically increased since 2011 to reach 17,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals, books and databases.

Health experts narrow the hunt for Ebola
Response efforts to outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Africa can benefit from a standardized sampling strategy that focuses on the carcasses of gorillas, chimpanzees and other species known to succumb to the virus, according to a consortium of wildlife health experts.

How blind can 'read' shown in Hebrew University research
A method developed at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for training blind persons to

You are what you eat: Why do male consumers avoid vegetarian options?
Why are men generally more reluctant to try vegetarian products?

Revised glioblastoma classification should improve patient care
Radiation oncology researchers have revised the system used by doctors since the 1990s to determine the prognosis of people with glioblastoma, the most devastating of brain tumors.

Cyber partners help you go the distance
A new study, testing the benefits of a virtual exercise partner, shows that the presence of a moderately more capable cycling partner boosts motivation to stick to an exercise program.

Online application and tools expand access to critical data for assessing water availability
A new online tool for western water managers and the public to help increase accessibility of science-based information and understanding of how climate variations will impact the availability of water to communities is now available.

Sumatra faces yet another risk -- major volcanic eruptions
The early April earthquake of magnitude 8.6 that shook Sumatra was a grim reminder of the devastating earthquakes and tsunami that killed tens of thousands of people in 2004 and 2005.

NIH-funded research provides new clues on how ApoE4 affects Alzheimer's risk
Common variants of the ApoE gene are strongly associated with the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease, but the gene's role in the disease has been unclear.

Protective molecule, ACE2, also proving its worth in diabetic patients
ACE2, a molecule that has been shown to prevent damage in the heart, is now proving to be protective of the major organs that are often damaged in diabetic patients.

Research findings show brain injury to soldiers can arise from exposure to a single explosion
A team of investigators have shown evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in brain tissue from blast-exposed military service personnel.

Heliconius butterfly genome explains wing pattern diversity
Pooling funds and putting their heads together, more than 70 scientists from 9 institutions including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, sequenced the entire genome of the butterfly genus Heliconius, a brightly colored favorite of collectors and scientists since the Victorian era.

Navy pilot training enhanced by AEMASE 'smart machine' developed at Sandia Labs
Navy pilots and other flight specialists soon will have a new

Muslim consumers: How do global brands become 'infidels'?
Among Islamists, certain global brands can be considered threats to Muslim identity, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Potential new drugs for fox tapeworm infection in humans
Scientists are reporting development and testing of a new series of drugs that could finally stop the fox tapeworm -- which causes a rare but life-threatening disease in humans -- dead in its tracks.

Biologists produce potential malarial vaccine from algae
Biologists at the University of California - San Diego have succeeded in engineering algae to produce potential candidates for a vaccine that would prevent transmission of the parasite that causes malaria

USGS details effects of climate change on water availability in 14 local basins nationwide
New USGS modeling studies project changes in water availability due to climate change at the local level.

How do consumers achieve self-affirmation when purchasing products?
People who feel good about themselves are less likely to choose an attractive product than a functional one, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.

Does time exist? Perimeter's public lecture
What if time didn't exist? What if we lived in a world free of alarm clocks, appointment times, and calendars?

Similar outcomes of surgical vs. nonsurgical treatment for cervical spine fracture
For older adults with

Ancient tree-ring records from Southwest US suggest today's megafires are truly unusual
Today's mega forest fires of the southwestern US are truly unusual and exceptional in the long-term record, suggests an unprecedented study that examined 1,500 years of ancient tree ring and fire data from two distinct climate periods.

Regional Mental Health Care St. Thomas hosts afternoon of research excellence
Today, local scientists and students are sharing leading research in mental health.

People with paralysis control robotic arms to reach and grasp using brain computer interface
A new study in Nature reports that two people with tetraplegia were able to reach for and grasp objects in three-dimensional space with robotic arms that they controlled directly with brain activity.

Manmade pollutants may be driving Earth's tropical belt expansion
Research led by the University of California, Riverside, shows that black carbon aerosols (tiny carbon particles produced from biomass burning and incomplete combustion of fossil fuels) and tropospheric ozone, both manmade pollutants emitted predominantly in the Northern Hemisphere's low- to mid-latitudes, are most likely pushing the boundary of the tropics further poleward in that hemisphere.

Want to avoid ED following prostate cancer surgery? Find an experienced, gentle surgeon
A new study suggests that men undergoing robotic-assisted surgery for prostate cancer should look for a doctor who has performed at least 1,000 surgeries and who actively seeks to improve and enhance his/her surgical skills to help ensure a successful post-surgery recovery of erectile function.

Autism Speaks plays key roles at 2012 International Meeting for Autism Research
Autism Speaks is a major sponsor and participant in IMFAR 2012.

Don't dodge the difficult conversation, says new report
Palliative care for cancer patients in the UK is well established -- but the situation is starkly different for those suffering from heart failure.

Collaborative study looks for clues on hard-to-treat breast cancer
Some types of breast cancer can be successfully treated with drugs such as tamoxifen, but treatment for a type of breast cancer more common in young and black women is still limited to radiation and general chemotherapy.

Chocolate and diamonds: Why volcanoes could be a girl's best friend
Scientists from the University of Southampton have discovered a previously unrecognized volcanic process, similar to one that is used in chocolate manufacturing, which gives important new insights into the dynamics of volcanic eruptions.

The downside of corporate dominance
We've said farewell to Friendster. Netscape Navigator is nevermore. As an Internet service provider, AOL is AWOL.

Hormone-depleting drug shows promise against localized high-risk prostate tumors
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers and colleagues have demonstrated that a hormone-depleting drug approved for the treatment of metastatic prostate cancer can help eliminate or nearly eliminate tumors in many patients with aggressive cancers that have yet to spread beyond the prostate, according to a clinical study to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology June 1-5 in Chicago.

Nature: Microscope looks into cells of living fish
Microscopes provide valuable insights in the structure and dynamics of cells, in particular when the latter remain in their natural environment.

Life-saving primary PCI rising in Stent for Life countries
Life-saving primary percutaneous coronary intervention treatment is increasing in countries participating in the Stent for Life Initiative.

Trashing old, unused medications best for reducing environmental impact
A new study suggests that dumping old or unneeded medications in the trash can may be the best way to reduce the environmental impact of the 200 million pounds of pharmaceuticals that go unused in the US each year.

Johns Hopkins experts say psychiatry's diagnostic manual needs overhaul
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), long the master reference work in psychiatry, is seriously flawed and needs radical change from its current

Geoscience Currents 59 quantifies students' attitudes toward pursuing geoscience
In continuation of the Geoscience Academic Provenance research series conducted by Houlton, Geoscience Currents 59 presents quantitative data collected from participants through a Likert-based survey.

Let's get moving: Unraveling how locomotion starts
Scientists at the University of Bristol have shed new light on one of the great unanswered questions of neuroscience: how the brain initiates rhythmic movements like walking, running and swimming.

Understanding breast cancer
In a study led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, researchers have identified nine new genes that drive the development of breast cancer.

Ben-Gurion U. and Cincinnati Children's Hospital to develop pediatric-specific medical technologies
Under the collaborative structure, CCH physicians will provide detailed insight on specific medical device challenges and development opportunities.

Paralyzed individuals use thought-controlled robotic arm to reach and grasp
In an ongoing clinical trial, a paralyzed woman was able to reach for and sip from a drink on her own -- for the first time in nearly 15 years -- by using her thoughts to direct a robotic arm.

Mount Sinai presents treatment trends, vaccine research, prognosis data at ASCO
Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers will present several landmark studies, including data on treatment trends in late-stage cancer, a promising multiple myeloma vaccine, and predictive models of soft tissue sarcomas, prostate and bladder cancer, at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.

Freshwater crayfish found to have substance covering teeth astonishingly similar to human enamel
A team of Israeli and German scientists from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have found an enamel-like layer in the mandibles of freshwater crayfish, according to an article in Nature Communications.

University of Miami study shows delays in siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders
A new University of Miami study shows that one in three children who have an older sibling with an autism related disorder fall into a group characterized by higher levels of autism-related behaviors or lower levels of developmental progress.

Humanist funerals
Funeral directors need to be aware of the needs of nonreligious people.

Full control of plastic transistors
Transistors made of plastic can be controlled with great precision, according to an article in the highly ranked interdisciplinary journal PNAS, by Loig Kergoat, a researcher at Linkoping University.

EuroPCR 2012 press release for Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Highlights from May 16 at the EuroPCR 2012 conference include several presentations on recent clinical trials.

Bright future for solar power in space
Solar power gathered in space could be set to provide the renewable energy of the future thanks to innovative research being carried out by engineers at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

At outset of careers, medical students already concerned about workloads, U-M study shows
Medical students around the country are graduating this month, and preparing for the milestone that culminates four years of hard training -- their first job as a doctor.

Psychiatric units safer as in-patient suicide falls
Suicides by psychiatric in-patients have fallen to a new low, research published May 17, 2012, has found.

Researchers make promising discovery in pursuit of effective lymphoma treatments
Researchers at NYU School of Medicine have identified a target for slowing the progression of multiple myeloma by using currently available drugs.

McLean Hospital study finds herbal extract may curb binge drinking
An extract of the Chinese herb kudzu dramatically reduces drinking and may be useful in the treatment of alcoholism and curbing binge drinking, according to a new study by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School researchers.

Van Andel Research Institute and Dako sign agreement to license cancer diagnostic tool
Van Andel Research Institute and Dako, the Danish-based, worldwide supplier of cancer diagnostic tools today announce an agreement to license, manufacture and distribute cancer diagnostics utilizing the MET4 Antibody.

'Mixed' family moms ensure minority culture continues in the home
The mothers of Britain's

Meta-analysis confirms benefit of statins in those with no previous history of vascular disease and calls for guidelines to be reviewed
Statin therapy safely reduces the risk of major vascular events (non-fatal heart attacks, strokes, and revascularization surgery) by about a fifth in a wide range of individuals, including those with no previous history of vascular disease, both men and women, and the old and young, according to results of a new meta-analysis published online first in the Lancet.

UW plant breeders develop an even heart-healthier oat
University of Wisconsin-Madison plant breeders have developed a new oat variety that's significantly higher in the compound that makes this grain so cardio-friendly.

Simple, low-cost checklist dramatically improves practices of health workers during childbirth
A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) found that a simple checklist-based childbirth safety program dramatically improved adherence to essential childbirth care practices at a pilot hospital in south India.

EuroPCR 2012 press release from Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Highlights from EuroPCR 2012 include the keynote lecture,

Agricultural expert outlines path for developing nations to double food production, meet 2050 demand
At a meeting today in New York with Malaysia's Prime Minister and other senior leaders, a renowned international agricultural scientist from the Netherlands says meeting the daunting challenge of doubling its current food is possible but results will be gradual and efforts must begin now.

Graphite enters different states of matter in ultrafast experiment
For the first time, scientists have seen an X-ray-irradiated mineral go to two different states of matter in about 40 femtoseconds.

AmericanEHR partners welcomes AMA as newest member
AmericanEHR Partners today welcomed the nation's largest medical society, the American Medical Association (AMA), as its newest member.

Science reporters win ASM Public Communications Award
The 2012 winners of the ASM Public Communications Award are Jon Cohen and Martin Enserink from Science.

Smartphones a big help to visually impaired
iPhones and other smartphones can be a huge help to the visually impaired, but few vision doctors are recommending them to patients, according to a study presented at the 2012 ARVO Annual Meeting.

Laboratory scientists win 4 Office of Science Early Career Research Program awards
Four Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have earned $10 million in funding through the Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Research Program (ECRP).

European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology 28th Annual Meeting -- Istanbul
The world's leading event in reproductive medicine is less than two months away.

'Last resort' antibiotics increasingly used to fight multidrug-resistant bugs
Multidrug-resistant pathogens are becoming more frequent, and the few

A deeper look at Centaurus A
The strange galaxy Centaurus A is pictured in a new image from the European Southern Observatory.

Lawson researcher receives 1 of first-ever Pfizer Psychiatry Research Awards
A scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute has been honored in Pfizer Canada's first-ever Psychiatry Research Awards Program.

Early substance use linked to lower educational achievement
Researchers have found evidence that early drug and alcohol use is associated with lower levels of educational achievement.

Research boom on ingredients for 'enhanced cosmetics'
Growing demand among baby boomers and others for

Baby galaxies grew up quickly
Baby galaxies from the young universe more than 12 billion years ago evolved faster than previously thought, shows new research from the Niels Bohr Institute.

Geolocating soccer players
GPS isn't just for guiding confused drivers, it can also be used by soccer managers who are a little lost when it comes to assessing their players' performance.

Grand Challenges Explorations grant to investigate whitefly-resistant plants
The John Innes Centre announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Psychological Science convention in Chicago: Music in the mind, mental health, learning and more
More than 4,000 psychological scientists, academics, clinicians, researchers, teachers, and administrators from 85 countries will gather in Chicago for the Association for Psychological Science's 24th annual convention May 23-27, 2012, at the Sheraton Chicago.

UC Santa Barbara's Craig Hawker wins Centenary Prize for Chemistry
Craig Hawker, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of materials at UC Santa Barbara, and director of the campus's Materials Research Laboratory, has received the 2012 Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Pioneering US program creates spike in student success; Malaysia becomes first country to adopt ideas at national level
Malaysia is preparing national level education reforms based on tactics pioneered in the US that are successfully raising student success throughout the school system, from very early childhood through completion of university or college.

Finnish researchers identified the cause for LGL leukemia
Researchers of the University of Helsinki, Helsinki University Central Hospital and Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, have discovered that a mutation in the STAT3 gene is an underlying cause for LGL leukemia.

Girl child marriages decline in south Asia, but only among youngest
Each year, more than 10 million girls under the age of 18 marry, usually under force of local tradition and social custom.
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