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Increasing cigarette taxes shifts consumers to more dangerous products: INFORMS journal study
Increasing cigarette exercise taxes may have the unintended consequence of encouraging consumers to seek higher nicotine content and more dangerous cigarette products, according to a study published in Marketing Science, a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.
Scientists call for unified initiative to advance microbiome research
A group of leading scientists representing a wide range of disciplines has formed a unified initiative to support basic research, technological development and commercial applications to better understand and harness the capabilities of Earth's vast systems of microorganisms.
Next-gen pacemakers may be powered by unlikely source: the heart
Researchers are developing technology to make pacemakers battery-free. The advancement is based upon a piezoelectric system that converts vibrational energy -- created inside the chest by each heartbeat -- into electricity to power the pacemaker.
Swifts' migratory behavior may have conservation implications
Swifts have unique migratory behavior, roosting for days at a time in chimneys or hollow trees along their migratory route in groups of hundreds or thousands of individuals.
Making heads and tails of embryo development: lessons from the humble fly
Proteins usually responsible for the destruction of virally infected or cancerous cells in our immune system have been found to control the release from cells of a critical growth factor governing head and tail development in fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster).
Electric eel: Most remarkable predator in animal kingdom
Recent research on the electric eel by Vanderbilt University biologist Ken Catania has revealed that it is not the primitive creature it has been portrayed.
Guidelines on sharing individual genomic research findings with family
A blue-ribbon project group funded by the National Institutes of Health has published the first consensus guidelines on how researchers should share genomic findings in research on adults and children with other family members.
E-cigarettes connected to problematic drinking, study finds
Using e-cigarettes is related to problematic drinking, according to new research published in Addictive Behaviors.
The 1st Annual International Conference on Applied Econometrics in Hawaii
More than 7 years have passed since the onset of the world financial crisis, but the world economy still seems to be in a rather unstable condition.
Early humans linked to ancient Australian extinction
New data presented at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meetings in Dallas, Texas, implicates early humans in the extinction of large mammals, birds and lizards in Australia.
Land-facing, southwest Greenland Ice Sheet movement decreasing
In the face of decades of increasing temperatures and surface melting, the movement of the southwest portion of the Greenland Ice Sheet that terminates on land has been slowing down, according to a new study being published by the journal Nature on Oct.
Scientists call for national effort to understand and harness Earth's microbes
To understand and harness the capabilities of Earth's microbial ecosystems, nearly fifty scientists from Department of Energy national laboratories, universities, and research institutions propose a national effort called the Unified Microbiome Initiative.
New study sheds light on racial differences in trust of physicians
A new Emory University study could help provide a clearer understanding of why black and Latino patients are less likely to trust their physicians than white patients.
Context critical to understand schooling of children with autism in India
Inclusive education of children with disabilities is a concept well established in the West.
Preshistoric plumage patterns
An undergraduate University of Alberta paleontology student has discovered an Ornithomimus dinosaur with preserved tail feathers and soft tissue.
A study of weaning age in fossil elephants gives hints about the cause of their extinction
The extinctions of many giant mammals, like mammoths, at the end of the Ice Ages is a story that most people know about.
Can we make people think broccoli tastes like chocolate?
The Neurogastronomy Symposium will bring together internationally-renowned chefs, neuroscientists, bench scientists and food technologists to discuss how to manipulate the way the brain perceives flavor so that people with neurologically related taste impairments can enjoy food again.
The first 'molecular labels' that predict the organs where metastases will form, discovered
Researchers have discovered that primary tumors send messenger 'bubbles' capable of transforming the environments in metastatic organs, in a way that makes them more welcoming for tumor cells.
Researchers compare 'natural' mosquito repellents to DEET
Researchers at New Mexico State University tested 10 commercially available products for their effectiveness at repelling mosquitoes.
New technology can mine data from Instagram to monitor teenage drinking patterns
Instagram could offer a novel way of monitoring the drinking habits of teenagers.
Radiotherapeutic bandage shows potential as treatment for skin cancer
A radiotherapeutic bandage is being evaluated by researchers for efficacy against squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in an animal model.
This week from AGU: Glaciers in Iceland and the Tropical Andes, & 3 new research papers
An international program strengthens glaciological studies in the tropical Andes, promotes collaborative projects, and develops educational programs with local universities.
Signs point to imminent public health workforce exit
New studies of the public health workforce reveal signs of unprecedented change ahead.
Alerting the immune system's watchmen to improve vaccines
As the days get colder and shorter, we carve jack-o-lanterns and drink pumpkin spice lattes.
Scientists identify main component of brain repair after stroke
Looking at brain tissue from mice, monkeys and humans, scientists have found that a molecule known as growth and differentiation factor 10 is a key player in repair mechanisms following stroke.
Retroviral RNA may play a part in liver cancer
Researchers have found that retroviral long-terminal-repeat (LTR) promoters -- a type of repetitive element that are widely distributed in the human genome -- are highly activated in hepatocellular carcinomas, the most common type of liver cancer.
Meet the first Iberian lynx on the Iberian Peninsula
The remains of an Iberian lynx specimen which lived 1.6 million years ago -- the oldest ever discovered -- were found resting in a cave in Barcelona.
Researchers examine how a face comes to represent a whole person in the brain
The sight of a face offers more than a collection of features; it can provide critical information about the whole individual.
Physicists mimic quantum entanglement with laser pointer to double data speeds
In a classic eureka moment, a team of physicists led by The City College of New York and including Herriot-Watt University and Corning Incorporated is showing how beams from ordinary laser pointers mimic quantum entanglement with the potential of doubling the data speed of laser communication.
Hawaii's rarest birds may lose range to rising air temperatures, disease
Rare birds living in Hawaii's higher elevation forests may lose more than 50 percent of their habitat under climate shifts projected by the end of the century, according to a study published Oct.
Predicting the human genome using evolution
By observing evolution's 'greatest hits' (and misses) and the history of the major themes and patterns of genome conservation (and divergence) across many species, Temple University professor Sudhir Kumar's approach predicts probable mutations that will be found among people and the fate of human variation.
UCI study finds jet lag-like sleep disruptions spur Alzheimer's memory, learning loss
Chemical changes in brain cells caused by disturbances in the body's day-night cycle may be a key underlying cause of the learning and memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to a University of California, Irvine study.
Manipulating cell signaling for better muscle function in muscular dystrophy
Scientists discover the link between loss of the protein dystrophin and the faulty cell signalling that leads to muscular dystrophy.
Memory complaints in older women may signal thinking problems decades later
New research suggests that older women who complain of memory problems may be at higher risk for experiencing diagnosed memory and thinking impairment decades later.
Autophagy works in cell nucleus to guard against start of cancer
Autophagy, the degradation of unwanted cellular bits and pieces by the cell itself, has been shown for the first time to also work in the cell nucleus.
Three deadly bacteria families responsible for nearly 60 percent of meningococcal cases
Scientists at Oxford University have identified the key groups of bacteria responsible for the majority of meningococcal disease cases in England and Wales over the past 20 years.
EARTH: Owl pellets bridge ancient and modern ecosystems
In a Utah cave, paleontologists are exploring the fossil record preserved in owl pellets since the Pleistocene glaciation.
NASA's Webb Telescope science instruments begin final super cold test
An engineering team lifted and lowered the heart of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope into the giant thermal vacuum chamber at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Electric eels curl up to deliver even more powerful shocks
Electric eels temporarily paralyze their prey by shocking them with electricity using a series of brief, high-voltage pulses, much as a Taser would do.
Scientists use exhaled breath to detect hypoxia
Researchers working in the United States have demonstrated a technique that may enable real-time, in-flight detection of hypoxia in pilots.
Adults with schizophrenia more likely to die; high cardiovascular death rates
Adults with schizophrenia were more than 3.5 times as likely to die as adults in the general US population, particularly from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and that implicates tobacco as a modifiable risk factor, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry.
Franziska Michor receives NYSCF -- Robertson Stem Cell Prize
The New York Stem Cell Foundation announced today that Franziska Michor, PhD, is the 2015 recipient of the NYSCF -- Robertson Stem Cell Prize for her work pioneering new approaches to study the growth, spread, and treatment of cancer.
VTT's project supports the future human missions to Mars
The international UNISONO project has developed a communication solution that can allow orbiting space station in outer space to maintain uninterrupted contact with robots working on the surface of a planet.
Place could impact health disparities more than race
African American and white men who live in racially integrated communities and who have comparable incomes have far fewer differences when it comes to behaviors that contribute to poor health -- such as physical inactivity, smoking and drinking -- compared to African American and white men overall in the US, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The sun is brightening -- but not in China
Haze due to weak winds and air pollution is reducing surface solar radiation in China, which has major consequences for the climate, the environment and the economy.
Oldest DNA sequences may reveal secrets of ancient animal ancestors
Researchers at the universities of Leicester and Warwick discovered early conserved DNA sequences from almost 700 million years ago.
Language, immigrant status tied to toxic exposure
New research finds that economically disadvantaged immigrant neighborhoods of non-English speaking Latinos are more likely to be exposed to cancer-causing air toxins than comparable communities of any other racial group in the United States.
Seaweed extract benefits petunia, tomato transplants
A study investigated the effects of two seaweed extract application methods (foliar spray or substrate drench) and rate on growth and postharvest drought tolerance of petunia and tomato transplants.
Being married linked to better outcomes following surgery
Among more than 1,500 adults who underwent cardiac surgery, those who were divorced, separated, or widowed were more likely to have died or develop a new functional disability after the surgery compared with the married participants, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery.
How common is sexting among married couples?
Married couples do report sexting, but it is much less common than in young adult relationships and consists more of intimate talk with their partners than sending nude or nearly nude photos via mobile phones, according to a new study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
USF team finds new way of computing with interaction-dependent state change of nanomagnets
Researchers from the University of South Florida have proposed a new form of computing that uses circular nanomagnets to solve quadratic optimization problems orders of magnitude faster than that of a conventional computer.
Nordic seas cooled 500,000 years before global oceans
The cooling of the Nordic seas towards modern temperatures started in the early Pliocene, half a million years before the global oceans cooled.
Study shows chronic fatigue associated with abnormal brain connectivity at rest
Patients with chronic fatigue have decreased signaling and communication between specific brain regions when the brain is at rest, and less effective connectivity between these regions strongly correlates with greater fatigue, according to the results of a new study published in Brain Connectivity.
Race starts could give some athletes an unfair advantage
The alerting effect means competitors who have longer start processes finish slower, affecting standings aggregated across more than one heat.
Bipolar patients' brain cells predict response to lithium
A new Salk study, among the first to show how bipolar disorder affects neurons in the brain, also discovered fundamental differences in patient cells
Greater support needed for pregnant transgender men
Many transgender men who have the capacity to bear children are faced with barriers in the health-care system as a result of a lack of training, argue Juno Obedin-Maliver and Harvey Makadon in a commentary published in SAGE journal Obstetric Medicine.
'Virtual Week' brain game has potential to help older adults remain independent longer
An international team of scientists has demonstrated that just one month of training on a 'Virtual Week' computer brain game helps older adults significantly strengthen prospective memory -- a type of memory that is crucial for planning, everyday functioning and independent living.
Entrepreneurial spirit can help communities better withstand trade shock
Communities with more self-employed workers can better withstand economic shifts caused by imports than communities that have fewer self-employed people, according to Penn State economists.
SAGE publishes vital statistics on American politics 2015-2016
Ahead of an important election year, many are turning to political data for insight on the American political system--data that is vast and at times, complex.
Mount Sinai scientists deploy data analysis to identify subtypes of common disease
Large-scale network analysis uses electronic medical records, genotype data to reveal three patient subtypes of type 2 diabetes; possibility for targeted care in future.
Researchers have the chemistry to make a star: ANU media release
Chemists have created a star-shaped molecule previously thought to be too unstable to be made.
New York Stem Cell Foundation announces $7.5 million to five new NYSCF -- Robertson Investigators
The New York Stem Cell Foundation announced the 2015 class of NYSCF -- Robertson Investigators, selecting five of the most talented scientists.
New guidelines aim to enhance accuracy of medical tests
Seeking to improve the reliability of medical testing, an international team of top experts is releasing new guidelines for doctors and scientists on how to best report their assessments of new and existing diagnostic tests.
Prevent stroke and disability with healthy lifestyle
Prevent stroke and disability with a healthy lifestyle, Europe's top heart doctors urged on World Stroke Day today.
To meet urgent need, UMass Amherst biologist will develop new liver model for research
At present, medical researchers lack experimental models and urgently need new ways to study liver function and mechanisms, especially because liver disease is on the rise due to the obesity crisis, and late-stage disease often requires an organ transplant.
UNH-led study solves mysteries of Voyager 1's journey into interstellar space
In a study published today in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, scientists from the University of New Hampshire and colleagues answer the question of why NASA's Voyager 1, when it became the first probe to enter interstellar space in mid-2012, observed a magnetic field that was inconsistent with that derived from other spacecraft observations.
FDA approves cancer-killing cold sore virus as therapy for late-stage melanoma
The US Food and Drug Administration announced on Oct. 27 that it has approved, for the first time, an oncolytic (cancer-killing) viral therapy in the United States.
NASA's GRACE satellites evaluate drought in southeast Brazil
Empty water reservoirs, severe water rationing, and electrical blackouts are the new status quo in major cities across southeastern Brazil where the worst drought in 35 years has desiccated the region.
Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibiotic
Bacteria have many methods of adapting to resist antibiotics, but a new class of spiral polypeptides targets one thing no bacterium can live without: an outer membrane.
Elsevier announces the launch of NanoImpact, a new multidisciplinary journal
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announces the launch of NanoImpact, a new multidisciplinary journal that is devoted to publishing cutting edge research addressing the behavior and impact of nanomaterials on human health and environmental systems.
Hazards of old natural-gas pipes spur upgrades
Millions of residents across the US rely on natural gas to heat their homes, stoves and showers.
Could your job be making you obese?
Your job could be having an effect on your waistline, suggests new research published in Social Science & Medicine -- and it could be bad or good news depending on the sort of control you have over your work.
Can we unconsciously 'hear' distance?
Because sound travels much more slowly than light, we can often see distant events before we hear them.
In this month's Physics World: Extremes...
There's something intrinsically appealing about pushing boundaries to break records and establish new limits for what's physically possible.
Cover leading social and personality psychologists in San Diego
The Society for Personality and Social Psychology's Annual Convention is the premier international event for more than 3,500 social and personality psychologists.
Adolescent T. rex unraveling controversy about growth changes in Tyrannosaurus
A much-anticipated study of an adolescent Tyrannosaurus rex is poised to help resolve long-standing controversies over the growth of tyrannosaurid dinosaurs.
Bioengineers cut in half time needed to make high-tech flexible sensors
Bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a method that cuts down by half the time needed to make high-tech flexible sensors for medical applications.
Scientists call for ambitious program to unlock the power of Earth's microbial communities
A consortium of 48 scientists from 50 institutions in the United States has called for an ambitious research effort to understand and harness microbiomes -- the communities of microorganisms that inhabit ecosystems as varied as the human gut and the ocean, to improve human health, agriculture, bioenergy, and the environment.
'One size fits all' when it comes to unravelling how stars form
Observations led by astronomers at the University of Leeds have shown for the first time that a massive star, 25 times the mass of the sun, is forming in a similar way to low-mass stars.
SLU hepatologist: Babies benefit from a little food in their tummies
AJay Jain, M.D., medical director of the pediatric liver transplant program at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center and a SLUCare pediatric hepatologist and gastroenterologist, received a $150,000 grant from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition to study preventative strategies for total parenteral nutrition associated disorders.
VISTA discovers new component of Milky Way
Astronomers using the VISTA telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory have discovered a previously unknown component of the Milky Way.
Life cycle assessment approach combines environmental with economic factors to determine greenhouse gas reductions for varying forms of bioenergy
A study published in the journal Biomass & Bioenergy sets out to calculate the true costs and benefits associated with replacing fossil fuels with bioenergy in varying forms for numerous s applications.
Do hospitals tell patients about charity care options? Study finds room for improvement
If you don't have health insurance, or your insurance coverage still leaves you with big bills, hospitals are supposed to let you know if you qualify for free or reduced-price care, and to charge you fairly even if you don't.
Amazonian natives had little impact on land, new research finds
New research led by Florida Institute of Technology finds that natives of Amazonia had limited impact on the forests and land surrounding them.
Elsevier selected to publish open-access journal: SA Journal of Chemical Engineering
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and solutions, is pleased to announce it has been selected to publish open-access journal: South African Journal of Chemical Engineering.
Marital status linked to better functional outcomes following surgery, Penn Medicine study finds
Patients who are divorced, separated or widowed had an approximately 40 percent greater chance of dying or developing a new functional disability in the first two years following cardiac surgery than their married peers, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania published in this week's JAMA Surgery.
Denis Mukwege to receive Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women's Health
Decorated humanitarian and outspoken advocate for women's rights, Dr. Denis Mukwege, will receive the 2016 Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women's Health for his work in treating and highlighting the plight of women in the war-torn eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Twitter offers valuable insights into the experience of MRI patients
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be a stressful experience for many people, but clinicians have few ways to track the thoughts and feelings of their patients regarding this procedure.
Older beats younger when it comes to correcting mistakes
Findings from a new study challenge the notion that older adults always lag behind their younger counterparts when it comes to learning new things.
The Lancet Oncology: Commission shows good progress in cancer care in Latin America
Following the success of the 2013 Lancet Oncology Commission on cancer care in Latin America, The Lancet Oncology today launches a second Commission on cancer in this region, highlighting the promising progress that has been made in just two years, but also the substantial barriers that remain to ensure all those that need cancer treatment and care receive optimal clinical management.
New study compares mothers, fathers who kill their children
A recognized expert on homicide and a longtime member of Canada's first Domestic Violence Death Review Committee has conducted one of the most extensive reviews of filicide (the killing of a child under age 18 by a parent) to date based on Statistics Canada data.
Opioid overdoses linked to higher prescription rates in British Columbia
Strong painkillers known as prescription opioids appear to be overprescribed in some regions of British Columbia, resulting in higher rates of overdose and death, according to a new study from UBC.
Microbiomes could hold keys to improving life as we know it
A consortium of 48 scientists from 50 institutions in the United States -- including Pamela Silver, Ph.D., a Core Faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University -- are calling for a Unified Microbiome Initiative that would span national cross-institutional and cross-governmental agency support.
Hot processor speeds up UK genome analysis
The Genome Analysis Centre is the first Institute in the UK to deploy a new bioinformatics processor called DRAGEN, which dramatically reduces genomic pipeline run times from hours to minutes.
Birds require multiple sperm to penetrate eggs to ensure normal embryo development
Unlike humans, birds require multiple sperm to penetrate an egg to enable their chicks to develop normally.
Three-quarters of stroke patients in China have hypertension
Three-quarters of stroke patients in China have hypertension, reveals research presented at the 26th Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology by Dr.
Factors in breast milk may play a role in transmission of obesity
A new study suggests the road to obesity may be paved with non-nutritious carbohydrates in breast milk, shifting popular notions about how and why children grow to become overweight adults.
Queen's researchers link crayfish decline in Algonquin Park lakes to lack of calcium
Researchers from Queen's University have linked the localized near-extinction of a native crayfish species in four lakes in Algonquin Park to declining calcium levels.
Northern climes make a difference with growth hormone treatment
The rate of growth in children varies with the season while higher latitude and greater summer daylight exposure makes a significant difference in results for children treated with growth hormone, according to new research from the University of Manchester.
NASA sees post-Patricia moisture, winds stalking the Mid-Atlantic
The remnant moisture from what was once Hurricane Patricia and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico were being transported north by a trough of low pressure over Wisconsin.
SHSU collaborates with fire marshals on forensic death investigations
One of only two fire death investigation courses in the country using human case studies recently was made possible by property access and logistical support at Sam Houston State University, with lectures and research provided by the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility and other professional and academic leaders.
Monolithic perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell achieves record efficiency
Teams from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, have been the first to successfully combine a silicon heterojunction solar cell with a perovskite solar cell monolithically into a tandem device.
A potential downside to the beaver's comeback (video)
The Eurasian beaver was brought back from near extinction and now thrives across Europe.
Paper-based test could diagnose hepatitis B and assess male fertility at low cost
Scientists have developed a new paper device that analyzes DNA and could rapidly and inexpensively assess disparate conditions including hepatitis B and male infertility, which together affect millions of people around the world.
Increasing soldiers' physical performance: Researchers share updates
Researchers from around the world are working to improve soldiers' health and physical performance and health -- with the goal of increasing military readiness and effectiveness, according to the November special issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, official research journal of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Often decried, polygyny may sometimes have advantages
A new study of polygyny finds that the practice of sharing a husband may, in some circumstances, lead to greater health and wealth for women and their children.
Change the shape, change the sound
In creating what looks to be a simple children's musical instrument -- a xylophone with keys in the shape of zoo animals -- computer scientists at Columbia Engineering, Harvard, and MIT have demonstrated that sound can be controlled by 3-D-printing shapes.
Alaskan trout choose early retirement over risky ocean-going career
A new study in Ecology shows that Alaskan Dolly Varden trout, once they reach about 12 inches in length, can retire permanently from going to sea.
Dinosaurs used nasal passages to keep brains cool
Dinosaur nasal passages were certainly nothing to sneeze at. Possessing among the largest and most complex nasal passages seen in animals, their function has puzzled paleontologists.
Some commercial coffees contain high levels of mycotoxins
An analysis of 100 coffees sold in Spain has confirmed the presence of mycotoxins -- toxic metabolites produced by fungi.
Brain imaging can predict the success of large public health campaigns
In a new study, brain activity in 50 smokers in Michigan was able to predict the outcome of an anti-smoking advertising campaign sent to 800,000 in New York, demonstrating the promise of neuroscience to inform and improve public health campaigns.
Homeowners like money-saving benefits of smart irrigation controllers
A survey of homeowners in a pilot study who use evapotranspiration-based and soil moisture sensor-based smart controllers showed that a majority were satisfied with their controllers and planned to continue using them.
Frequently monitoring progress toward goals increases chance of success
If you are trying to achieve a goal, the more often that you monitor your progress, the greater the likelihood that you will succeed, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
15-year-old daughter races to honor mother's battle with cancer
Laurie's Fund, Accelerating the Cure for Cancer at TGen, has raised more than $111,000 thanks to the generous support from family, friends, business associates.
On the rise: Painkiller abusers who also use heroin
Drug abusers are not completely abandoning prescription opioids for heroin, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.
Researchers find vulnerabilities in use of certificates for Web security
A new study offers the first end-to-end evaluation of the Web's certificate revocation ecosystem, which includes website administrators that obtain and revoke certificates, certificate authorities that publish a list of revoked certificates, and browsers that check the revocation list to authenticate a website.
New NASA study reveals origin of organic matter in Apollo lunar samples
A team of NASA-funded scientists has solved an enduring mystery from the Apollo missions to the moon -- the origin of organic matter found in lunar samples returned to Earth.
Landmark clinical trial shows gene-targeted drug can treat prostate cancer
A pioneering drug developed to treat women with inherited cancers can also benefit men with advanced prostate cancer, a major new clinical trial concludes.
DARPA awards $1.8 million for 'near-zero' power sensors at UC Davis
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a $1.8 million grant to UC Davis engineers and Invensense to develop new acoustic and acceleration sensors that can remain 'always on' with very low power needs.
Testing for secondhand marijuana exposure
With increased legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, interest is growing in the potential health effects of its secondhand smoke.

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