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Business/Economics
01.11.2014
NAPLAN scores predict University entry
A Year 9 student's NAPLAN score is a strong predictor of the likeliness of attending University, more so than the student's socio-economic status, University of Melbourne research has found.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Literature/Linguistics
31.10.2014
Is it sorcery or sugar that ails you after Halloween?
UCLA The Clark Library's collection of books includes old treatises on witchcraft. This image comes from such a manuscript published in 1793.
Astronomy
31.10.2014
Spooky Space Station
Space Station at night The International Space Station at night taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.
Literature/Linguistics
31.10.2014
Symposium to focus on posthumanities Nov. 5-6
The emerging field of posthumanities will be explored at Cornell in an international symposium Nov. 5-6 in Kroch Library.
Agronomy/Food Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
31.10.2014
Salt levels in restaurant meals "alarmingly high" - legislation needed, says researcher
"There is an urgent need for legislation that requires both calorie and sodium information on restaurant menus," says Mary L'Abbé University of Toronto researchers have found that a large majority
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
31.10.2014
Study puts price tag on informal caregiving for elderly in the USA
Study puts price tag on informal caregiving for elderly in the USA
Study puts price tag on informal caregiving for elderly in the USA The price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the United States comes to $522 billion a year, according to a new study led by a University of Sussex economist.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
31.10.2014
Obituary: John Postgate
Obituary: John Postgate
Obituary: John Postgate Responding to the death of Professor John R. Postgate FRS at the age of 92 on 22 October, Professor Hermann Bothe of Cologne University aptly noted: “We have
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
31.10.2014
Prof Michele Dougherty talks about space missions and her first telescope
Prof Michele Dougherty talks about space missions and her first telescope
An Imperial scientist who is leading missions to Saturn and Jupiter has been awarded a prestigious Research Professorship by the Royal Society.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
31.10.2014
Nanotubes that Insert Themselves into Cell Membranes
Nanotubes that Insert Themselves into Cell Membranes
The artificial channels could be used for more robust DNA sequencing, drug delivery, and novel biosensors, say Berkeley Lab scientists. Berkeley Lab researchers have helped show that short carbon nanotubes can make excellent artificial pores within cell membranes. Moreover, these nanotubes, which are far more rugged than their biological counterparts, can self-insert into a cell membrane or other lipid bilayers.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
31.10.2014
Comment: Scared out of your mind: Halloween, fear and the brain
Kira Shaw, PhD Researcher in Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield, comments on how the mind, mental threats and fear.
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
31.10.2014
Consumer sentiment in October highest in seven years
Consumer sentiment in October highest in seven years
Contact Diane Swanbrow, (734) 647-9069, swanbrow [a] umich (p) edu or Surveys of Consumers, (734) 763-5224 or Thomson Reuters PR Hotline: (646) 223-7222, ext.1 ANN ARBOR-Consumer confidence posted its third consecutive monthly gain in October, rising to its highest level since July 2007, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers.
Life Sciences
31.10.2014
Manchester graphene paper among top 100 citations of all time
Our structure (research) Impact of our research Postgraduate research 31 Oct 2014 The groundbreaking Science paper that laid out foundations of graphene research is one of the most cited publications of all time. Despite only being brought out in 2004, the seminal work has been cited more than 15,000 times and is at number 65 in the top 100 list, produced by the journal Nature to mark the 50th anniversary of the citation system.
Medicine/Pharmacology
31.10.2014
The power of the moustache at Manchester Science Festival
Our structure (research) Impact of our research Postgraduate research 31 Oct 2014 Manchester scientists joined a former Manchester City footballer and the founder of Movember this week to celebrate the power of the moustache in transforming prostate cancer research.
Pedagogy/Education Science - Careers/Employment
31.10.2014
Many popular teaching practices are ineffective, warns new report
Many popular teaching practices are ineffective, warns new report
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Earth Sciences - Environmental Sciences
31.10.2014
Weeping Taranaki
Title Egmont National Park, New Zealand Released 31/10/2014 10:00 am Copyright KARI/ESA Description Egmont National Park on New Zealand's North Island is pictured in this satellite image.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
31.10.2014
The man with a thousand brains
Forty million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer's and this is only set to increase. But tiny brains grown in culture could help scientists learn more about this mysterious disease - and test new drugs.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
31.10.2014
When thawing glaciers release pollutants
When thawing glaciers release pollutants
Media Releases Energy and Environment Environment As glaciers increasingly melt in the wake of climate change, it is not only the landscape that is affected. Thawing glaciers also release many industrial pollutants stored in the ice into the environment. Now, within the scope of a Swiss National Science Foundation project, researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), Empa, ETH Zurich and the University of Berne have measured the concentrations of a class of these pollutants – polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) – in the ice of an Alpine glacier accurately for the first time.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
31.10.2014
Ebola outbreak unlikely in Australia but no room for error, experts warn
Ebola outbreak unlikely in Australia but no room for error, experts warn 31 October 2014 The Ebola virus is unlikely to reach Australia but we must remain "vigilant" to manage and control it
Administration/Government
31.10.2014
UQ among best of the best in new global ranking
UQ among best of the best in new global ranking
The University of Queensland is among the world's 50 best universities, according to a new ranking published this week.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
31.10.2014
Environmental Sciences
30.10.2014
Does it help conservation to put a price on nature?
Assigning an economic value to the benefits which nature provides might not always promote the conservation of biodiversity, and in some cases may lead to species loss and conflict, argues a University of Cambridge researcher.
Medicine/Pharmacology
30.10.2014
European salamanders and newts vulnerable to fungal disease from Asia
European salamanders and newts vulnerable to fungal disease from Asia
A skin-eating fungal disease brought to Europe by humans now poses a major threat to native salamanders and newts, scientists have warned. The previously unknown fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans was discovered last year by researchers investigating a huge crash in the population of fire salamanders in the Netherlands.
Business/Economics - Astronomy
30.10.2014
Bringing space research closer to home: a roundup from Imperial’s SpaceLab 2014
A comet-chasing mission, space vehicle design, space weather and more were all on show at Imperial's SpaceLab2014.
Business/Economics - Social Sciences
30.10.2014
Q&A with U-M Ford School dean: Economy and midterm election campaigns
ANN ARBOR-In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, economic issues such as tax and immigration reform are largely absent.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Architecture
30.10.2014
Edie & Lew Wasserman Building opens in Stein Plaza at UCLA
Reed Hutchinson/UCLA Casey Wasserman, the grandson of UCLA philanthropists Edie and Lew Wasserman, welcomes guests at the official opening of the new landmark research and patient-care building named for his grandparents, whose generosity made it possible.
Environmental Sciences - Astronomy
30.10.2014
They know the drill: UW leads the league in boring through ice sheets
Kristina Slawny (left) and Jay Johnson (right) stand next to the Deep Ice Sheet Coring Drill, designed and managed by the Ice Drilling Design and Operations group at the University of Wisconsin-Madis
Physics/Materials Science - Computer Science/Telecom
30.10.2014
Lord of the Microrings
Lord of the Microrings
A significant breakthrough in laser technology has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley.
Social Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
30.10.2014
From pro-anorexia sites: 'dangerous stigma escalation'
Like most other mental illnesses, anorexia nervosa has helpful social networks of supportive communities online - where individuals on the verge of relapsing or facing temptations can find positive feedback and encouragement on their journey toward recovery.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
30.10.2014
Newly found fungus is threat to salamanders worldwide
Newly found fungus is threat to salamanders worldwide
Millions of Chinese fire-bellied newts ( Cynops orientalis ) are being imported into the U.S. and Europe for the pet market. This species is infected and survives with the pathogen and thus may serve as a vector that spreads the disease. Notopthalmus viridescens , the red-spotted newt is a North American species highly susceptible to B. salamandrivorans , and their populations will be highly impacted if the pathogen invades the continent.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
30.10.2014
Treating Ebola patients in Liberia: A Stanford physician’s story
Colin Bucks, MD, who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Liberia, said the local caregivers were his heroes because of their determination in the face of daily threat of disease.
Social Sciences
30.10.2014
Halloween reflects re-enchantment with the world, Stanford anthropologist says
Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann says that Halloween's most remarkable feature is that it suggests just how safe the supernatural has become.
History/Archeology
30.10.2014
Major new history project will investigate the 'Tudors of Central Europe'
In 1500, when the Tudors sat on the English throne, a dynasty called the Jagiellonians controlled half of continental Europe.
Arts and Design - History/Archeology
30.10.2014
Cornell plaster casts: 'embraced, defaced and dethroned'
Cornell plaster casts: 'embraced, defaced and dethroned'
Cornell used to have one of the largest collections of plaster casts in North America. But casts fell out of favor, and the collection deteriorated.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Chemistry
30.10.2014
First human clinical trial of 'C dots' highlights their safety
Nanoparticles designed to adhere to and light up cancer cells have reached a major milestone in their bench-to-bedside journey.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
30.10.2014
Penn Medicine: Study Identifies Potential Treatment Target for Cocaine Addiction
A study led by investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a potential target for therapies to treat cocaine addiction.
Life Sciences
30.10.2014
U of M seeks public input on aquatic invasive species research
The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) is seeking input from the public to help guide its future research. Lakeshore property owners, anglers, watershed district board members and other concerned citizens are encouraged to submit their thoughts on the most pressing research needs for preventing or reversing the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) throughout the state.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
30.10.2014
The Coming of Age of Stem Cell Therapy
With first clinical trials, UC San Diego pushes stem cell therapies into a new era of real-world application In 2004, the therapeutic potential of stem cells persuaded more than 7 million Californ
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
30.10.2014
New research centre to focus on the function of the human mind
A new Centre of Excellence has been unveiled by the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham, a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and The University of Nottingham.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
30.10.2014
Synthetic Biology Research Centre creates new jobs
The University of Nottingham is looking for 23 talented scientists to work at its new Synthetic Biology Research Centre.
Agronomy/Food Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
30.10.2014
Researchers probe link between newborn health and vitamin A
Libo Tan, postdoctoral fellow (left) with A. Catharine Ross, Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair (right) study levels of vitamin A in rat pups to help determine dietary recommendations for children. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. The impact vitamin A has on newborns is virtually unknown, but Penn State nutrition researchers have published two papers that may provide a framework for future investigations of the vitamin and neonatal health.
Business/Economics - Life Sciences
30.10.2014
Fiber science research helps small businesses
Fiber science research helps small businesses
For the past few years, Rochester, New York-based SensGard has been expanding its market share for lightweight hearing protection.
Astronomy
30.10.2014
Steering ESA satellites clear of space debris
30 October 2014 Improved collision warnings for its Earth observation missions means ESA controllers can now take more efficient evasive action when satellites are threatened by space junk.
Social Sciences - Administration/Government
30.10.2014
New U-M institute to measure impact of university research
ANN ARBOR-Government, industry and foundations spend more than $65 billion each year on research at the nation's universities. The University of Michigan has launched a new initiative at the U-M Institute for Social Research that will coordinate efforts from across the country to provide rigorous measures of the impact of this investment on the economy as well as on scientific progress.
Social Sciences
30.10.2014
Self-driving vehicles generate enthusiasm, concerns worldwide
ANN ARBOR-Despite safety concerns about equipment failure, a majority of drivers on three continents have high expectations for autonomous vehicles.
Social Sciences - Environmental Sciences
30.10.2014
Report to Congress: Penn Researchers Find Homelessness Is Declining
Report to Congress: Penn Researchers Find Homelessness Is Declining
Embargo: This information is embargoed until 11 a.m. October, 30, 2014. Homelessness across the United States continues to decline, according to a new report to Congress co-authored by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. The 2014 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report shows a decline in the number of homeless people in the U.S. across all groups, including women and children, veterans and the chronically homeless.
Medicine/Pharmacology
30.10.2014
The Huffington Post: Biggest Ever Dataset on Causes of Death in Africa and Asia
A landmark dataset on causes of death in Africa and Asia has been published by the INDEPTH Network.
Literature/Linguistics
30.10.2014
Travellers under open skies: writers, artists and gypsies
In her new book Representations of the Gypsy in the Romantic Period , Sarah Houghton-Walker provides a fascinating insight into writers' and artists' portrayals of wanderers.
Life Sciences - Environmental Sciences
30.10.2014
Philanthropy takes researchers to new depths
University of Queensland marine neuroscientists are plunging to new depths in submersibles on the Great Barrier Reef and in the Coral Sea.
Business/Economics
30.10.2014
The 100-member rule may be gone, but shareholder activism is here to stay
By UQ's Julie Walker. Originally published on The Conversation As part of its program to cut red tape and bureaucracy, the Australian government is set to repeal the 100-member rule.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
30.10.2014
Top honours for researcher working on stroke rehabilitation
The dream to help develop new and innovative rehabilitation strategies for people after stroke has secured a UQ researcher the prestigious 2014 UQ American Australian Association Fellowship.
Medicine/Pharmacology
30.10.2014
Training program simulates first-response
Frontline health staff will now be better equipped to manage deteriorating patients thanks to a new online simulation-based learning program.
Computer Science/Telecom - Mathematics
30.10.2014
Harnessing error-prone chips
As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption.
Mathematics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
30.10.2014
Raising cryptography’s standards
Most modern cryptographic schemes rely on computational complexity for their security. In principle, they can be cracked, but that would take a prohibitively long time, even with enormous computational resources.
Social Sciences - Environmental Sciences
30.10.2014
Anthropology exposes how miners shape our world and our views of it
By UQ Senior Lecturer in Anthropology Sally Babidge. Originally published on The Conversation Miners do much more than extract minerals and make profits.
Environmental Sciences - Agronomy/Food Science
30.10.2014
Like eating fish? It’s time to start caring where it comes from
By postdoctoral research fellow in conservation biology at The University of Queensland , Carissa Klein.
Business/Economics
30.10.2014
Greater inequality within UK and USA than some developing countries, trade ’footprint’ shows
Greater inequality within UK and USA than some developing countries, trade 'footprint' shows 30 October 2014 Australia, with a comparable level of international trade activity, still maintains greater internal equality than the trading nations that 42 percent of our consumption depends on. Only nine percent of countries that we trade with have more egalitarian economies.
Social Sciences - Psychology
30.10.2014
Social ties matter Beyond Bushfires
In the first major release of findings from the Beyond Bushfires study of the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires, researchers from the University of Melbourne have been able to show the social element of disasters. Speaking at a Beyond Bushfires research symposium, a lead researcher Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs reported that social ties matter.
Law/Forensics - Social Sciences
30.10.2014
Protecting the rights of bad guys
The human rights of corrupt politicians, terrorists and organised criminals are the topic of debate in a new book by University of Queensland academic Dr Radha Ivory.
Environmental Sciences - Business/Economics
30.10.2014
Palmer deal gives green light to Direct Action - experts react
By Australian National University Centre for Climate Economics and Policy Director Frank Jotzo, Southern Cross University Associate Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy, School of Environm
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
30.10.2014
Fire safety expert named academy fellow
Fire safety expert named academy fellow
A lifetime of fire safety and civil engineering research has led to a fellowship with the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering for The University of Queensland's Professor José Torero.
Environmental Sciences - Agronomy/Food Science
30.10.2014
Dam hard: water storage is a historic headache for Australia
Dam hard: water storage is a historic headache for Australia
By UQ School of Geography Planning and Environmental Management Lecturer Joshua Larsen , School of Civil Engineering Lecturer Badin Gibbes and School of Economics Professor John Quiggin.
Life Sciences - Environmental Sciences
29.10.2014
Europe’s leading plant scientists call for urgent action to defend research
More than twenty of Europe's most prominent plant scientists today signed a joint letter warning that Europe may lose its research lead unless plant science is adequately funded, GM (genetically mo
Astronomy - Physics/Materials Science
29.10.2014
Yale finds a low-density planet that won’t stick to a schedule
For their latest discovery, Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunter program have found a low-mass, low-density planet with a punctuality problem. The new planet, called PH3c, is located 2,300 light years from Earth and has an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium. It is described in the Oct. 29 online edition of The Astrophysical Journal.
Event - Physics/Materials Science
29.10.2014
Top engineering award for Lancaster academic and his team
Top engineering award for Lancaster academic and his team
Research into ground-breaking, cost effective and faster techniques for decommissioning nuclear plants has earned a Lancaster University professor and his team a national industry award.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
29.10.2014
The ’ultimate’ stem cell
In the earliest moments of a mammal's life, the developing ball of cells formed shortly after fertilisation 'does as mother says' - it follows a course that has been pre-programmed in the egg by the mother. Extraordinary as this is, what happens then is even more remarkable.
Astronomy
29.10.2014
Laser node on track
29 October 2014 The first component of Europe's space data highway passed several critical tests this summer replicating the harsh launch and space conditions it will soon have to endure.
Life Sciences - Environmental Sciences
29.10.2014
Plump turtles swim better: First models of swimming animals
Scientists studied newborn leatherback sea turtles to create the first models of a swimming animal. Challenges to measuring forces like drag and thrust made this difficult before, but the research team overcame these, offering the opportunity for many more to benefit from their findings. Photo courtesy of Jeanette Wyneken, Florida Atlantic University Bigger is better, if you're a leatherback sea turtle.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Psychology
29.10.2014
Speech and language therapist to trial new technology for stroke rehabilitation
Our structure (research) Impact of our research Postgraduate research 29 Oct 2014 A speech and language therapist from The University of Manchester has won a prestigious National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship to trial a new web-based app for stroke rehabilitation patients.
Social Sciences
29.10.2014
Gandhi's nonviolent approach offers lessons for peace movements, Stanford scholar says
Gandhi’s nonviolent approach offers lessons for peace movements, Stanford scholar says
Stanford's Saumitra Jha suggests that new evidence calls for a reinterpretation of Gandhi's nonviolent movement for independence in India.
Computer Science/Telecom - Literature/Linguistics
29.10.2014
Stanford system combines software with human intelligence to improve translation
Using software to suggest word choices makes professional translators more productive in the $34-billion-a-year market for foreign language translation. Computer scientists at Stanford have created a language translation system that allows bilingual humans to translate text faster and more accurately than is currently possible.
Literature/Linguistics - Physics/Materials Science
29.10.2014
Stanford Libraries unearths the earliest U.S. website
Stanford Libraries unearths the earliest U.S. website
A piece of web history is made available again for the first time since its debut in the early 1990s.
Astronomy
29.10.2014
3 Questions: Richard Binzel on NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission
By the end of this decade, NASA hopes to lasso a space rock: The space agency is actively pursuing proposals for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) - a mission that aims to identify, capture, and redirect an asteroid into lunar orbit.
Life Sciences - Chemistry
29.10.2014
New Lab Startup Afingen Uses Precision Method to Enhance Plants
New Lab Startup Afingen Uses Precision Method to Enhance Plants
Imagine being able to precisely control specific tissues of a plant to enhance desired traits without affecting the plant's overall function.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
29.10.2014
Francis Collins: Scientists must engage with the world
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins yesterday urged an MIT audience to "reflect on what our role is as scientists and citizens of the world." "What we're engaged in is a noble enterprise," Collins told attendees at the Karl Taylor Compton Lecture, who filled Room 10-250.
Environmental Sciences - Administration/Government
29.10.2014
University signs Shanghai agreement for carbon capture research
The University of Nottingham has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI) to jointly undertake groundbreaking research into carbon capture.
Medicine/Pharmacology
29.10.2014
"Abandoned" stroke survivors need better longer-term care
Stroke patients need better long-term support to ensure their health and social care needs are met and prevent them feeling "abandoned", a University of Leeds expert says.
Arts and Design
29.10.2014
Cornell VP talks shop with local teen actors
Cornell VP talks shop with local teen actors
Twenty-six years ago, Joel Malina walked down a red carpet for the opening night of the world premiere of "Fame: The Musical," in which he starred as "gifted yet tortured" violinist Schlomo Metzenbaum.
Administration/Government - Social Sciences
29.10.2014
Welfare reform reinforces growing class prejudice reminiscent of Victorian era
Home > News > News releases > Welfare reform reinforces growing class prejudice reminiscent of Victorian era o Study finds people believe work is plentiful and unemployment is a lifestyle choice o Evidence of an alarming intolerance towards disabled people, with questions over legitimacy of benefits o Government rhetoric on 'scroungers' likely to reinforce these attitudes British society is becoming increasingly intolerant of unemployed people and other disadvantaged groups, according to academics at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).
Life Sciences - Chemistry
29.10.2014
Artificial cell with multiple compartments could improve drug delivery
Artificial cell with multiple compartments could improve drug delivery
Imperial scientists have made a new artificial cell that can compartmentalise its contents and set off a sequence of key biological processes. The new artificial cell replicates how nature splits the contents of living cells for the first time by storing cell contents in separate compartments. All cells have compartments, which each hold different contents and carry out diverse functions.
Business/Economics
29.10.2014
Green technology saves energy and boosts profits, productivity in factories
Green technology saves energy and boosts profits, productivity in factories
Contact Mandira Banerjee (734) 764-4251, mandirab [a] umich (p) edu or Terry Kosdrosky, (734) 936-2502, terrykos [a] umich (p) edu ANN ARBOR-Switching to LED lights in factories not only saves energy, it boosts productivity and increases profits, a new study shows. LEDs-or light-emitting diodes-create less heat than traditional lights, so they help keep factory floors cooler.
Civil Engineering/Traffic Engineering - Business/Economics
29.10.2014
Will the new industrial city work?
The renewal of manufacturing is not an abstract economic issue: It is very much an urban issue. American manufacturing, for instance, rose in cities, and those cities grew around industries from automakers to steelmakers to textiles.
Medicine/Pharmacology
29.10.2014
UCL-Lancet Commission argues that
UCL-Lancet Commission argues that "health is as much about caring as it is about curing"
The systematic neglect of culture is the single biggest barrier to advancing the highest attainable standard of health worldwide, say the authors of a major new report on culture and health, led by Professor David Napier, a leading medical anthropologist from UCL and published in The Lancet .
Medicine/Pharmacology
29.10.2014
Unlocking Epilepsy wins Prime Minister’s award
For their contribution to the study of epilepsy, its diagnosis, management and treatment, they have been awarded the $300,000, 2014 Prime Minister's Prize for Science. Laureate Professor Sam Berkovic AC and Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO from the University of Melbourne Departments of Medicine at Austin Hospital and the Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health have contributed to worldwide efforts to explore and map inherited epilepsy.
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
29.10.2014
New book offers frank views on Australia-China ties
New book offers frank views on Australia-China ties
In a global world, it is the relationship that looms largest for our nation. Now a new book on Australia's links with China brings together new voices and fresh thinking on the shared future of the two nations.
Medicine/Pharmacology
29.10.2014
Breathlessness support leads to better quality of life and survival
A low-cost Breathlessness Support Service (BSS) led to better quality of life and survival rates for patients with lung disease and cancer, according to a study by a team of researchers at King's College London and clinicians from King's College Hospital. BSS, which integrates palliative care, respiratory medicine, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, improved quality of life and the way patients managed their breathlessness, with BSS patients scoring 16 per cent higher in a measure of breathlessness mastery.
Literature/Linguistics
29.10.2014
While old Indigenous languages disappear, new ones evolve
While old Indigenous languages disappear, new ones evolve
By University of Queensland ARC Research Fellow (DECRA) in Linguistics Felicity Meakins. Originally published on The Conversation By now we know that traditional Indigenous languages are losing speakers rapidly and tragically.
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
29.10.2014
Team develops aerosol optical tweezers
Press release issued: 29 October 2014 A device which allows users to hold airborne particles - aerosols - for extended periods has been developed by a team at the University of Bristol and Portishead-based firm Biral. The AOT-100 Aerosol Optical Tweezers, which is capable of holding and manipulating single or multiple particles for indefinite lengths of time using light, is the result of a project funded by an Impact Acceleration Award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Computer Science/Telecom
29.10.2014
Projecting a robot’s intentions
In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT's Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind. Standing in its path is an obstacle - a human pedestrian who's pacing back and forth. To get to the other side of the room, the robot has to first determine where the pedestrian is, then choose the optimal route to avoid a close encounter.
Literature/Linguistics - Event
29.10.2014
Arts and Design
29.10.2014
Reflecting on tragedy through music
Reflecting on tragedy through music
As Remembrance Day approaches on November 11, The University of Queensland will reflect on the tragedies of the Great War through music.
Medicine/Pharmacology
29.10.2014
Mailman School Ebola Expert Models the Likely Spread of the Disease
Since the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in New York City on Oct. 23, there has been a daily barrage of news reports about the deadly disease.
Life Sciences - Administration/Government
28.10.2014
New flagship imaging centre
  Construction is underway on a state-of-the-art research centre at Cardiff University, set to become one of Europe's top facilities for brain imaging.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
28.10.2014
Pumpkins can ward off more than evil spirits
They ward off evil spirits on Halloween, their juice is much loved by Harry Potter and his wizard friends, and one turned into a golden carriage to take Cinderella to the ball.
Astronomy
28.10.2014
Environmental Sciences - Life Sciences
28.10.2014
Comment: Stormy outlook for long-term ecology studies
Professor Tim Birkhead, from the University's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, warns how the closure of a 40-year project to understand and protect seabirds shows the false priorities of funders. Stormy outlook for long-term ecology studies by Professor Tim Birkhead, 28 October 2014, posted in Nature In the early months of this year, a series of fierce storms battered Europe's western seaboard.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
28.10.2014
Heat can transmit data
Heat can transmit data
Prototype technology that uses bursts of heat to transmit information over short distances has been developed by a team of engineers. The researchers from Imperial College London have created a low-cost, wireless communications technology that exploits infrared heat, called black-body radiation, currently used for thermal imaging.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
28.10.2014
Leading dementia research
Leading dementia research
Lancaster University is leading two research projects worth a total of £1.5m aimed at improving the detection and diagnosis of dementia.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
28.10.2014
Politics can interact with evolution to shape human destiny
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Politics can have unintentional evolutionary consequences that may cause hastily issued policies to cascade into global, multigenerational problems, according to political scientists. "Most western democracies look at policies as if they are bandages, we fix what we can and then move on," said Pete Hatemi , associate professor of political science , Penn State.
Physics/Materials Science - Astronomy
28.10.2014
Creating the Coldest Cubic Meter in the Universe
Creating the Coldest Cubic Meter in the Universe
In an underground laboratory in Italy, an international team of scientists has created the coldest cubic meter in the universe.
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
28.10.2014
New Swedberg book urges creative theorizing
A new book, "The Art of Social Theory," written by Richard Swedberg, professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers practical tips and exercises to encourage creative theorizing that could lead to better and bolder theories. Swedberg recommends adding a new phase at the beginning of a project before the research design is drawn - what he calls the pre-study, a time when early theorizing occurs by observing a topic intensely and discovering something interesting or surprising to develop and explain.
28.10.2014
Vega launch of ESA spaceplane postponed
28 October 2014 The Vega launch of ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle, due on 18 November from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, has been postponed to allow for additional analyses of the Vega flight trajectory.
Astronomy - Administration/Government
28.10.2014
Copernicus operations secured until 2021
28 October 2014 In a landmark agreement for Europe's Copernicus programme, the European Commission and ESA have signed an Agreement of over ¤3 billion to manage and implement the Copernicus 'space component' between 2014 and 2021.
Computer Science/Telecom - Administration/Government
28.10.2014
Landmark archive of 10 million Gaelic words launched
Researchers have completed the first phase of the world's most extensive digital archive of Scottish Gaelic texts as part of a landmark project to revolutionise access and understanding of the language to public around the world.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
28.10.2014
Researchers to highlight new visual technologies
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Penn State researchers are hosting an event Nov. 10 to showcase innovative technologies developed as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Medicine/Pharmacology
28.10.2014
Lessons from Liberia: Targeted patient isolation could stem Ebola epidemic
Lessons from Liberia: Targeted patient isolation could stem Ebola epidemic
Isolating the most severely ill Ebola patients before the fifth day of their illness may be the most effective way to reduce transmission of the virus, new research led by the Yale School of Public Health suggests. A team of scientists from Yale and Liberia created a disease transmission model that uses epidemiological and clinical data from Liberia, the country hardest hit by the current outbreak.
History/Archeology
28.10.2014
Researcher explores the truths behind myths of ancient Amazons
A battle between Amazons and Greek warriors is depicted in a marble sarcophagus on display at the Pio Clementino museum in the Vatican.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
28.10.2014
MRI-PET scanner will enable new insights into dementia
MRI-PET scanner will enable new insights into dementia
Imperial will install a new MRI-PET scanner in collaboration with Imanova, as part of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Dementias Platform UK (DPUK).
Administration/Government - Business/Economics
28.10.2014
New ideas for a new time: Scotland’s place in a new union
Related links: Policy Scotland Ken Gibb Duncan Maclennan Des McNulty Policy Scotland, a hub for policy research based at the University of Glasgow, has launched a working pape
Astronomy
28.10.2014
Sculpting solar systems: Magnetic fields seen for first time
Sculpting solar systems: Magnetic fields seen for first time
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Astronomers have caught their first glimpse of the invisible magnetic fields that sculpt solar systems.
Life Sciences - Law/Forensics
28.10.2014
Immorality and invention: the "great stem cell debate"
Human stem cell research holds promise for combating some of the most recalcitrant of diseases and for regenerating damaged bodies.
Business/Economics - Medicine/Pharmacology
28.10.2014
Novartis delivered solid sales growth with strong margin expansion and major innovation in the third quarter
Net sales up 4% (+5% cc) in Q3, with operating margin increase across Q3 and 9M Net sales of USD 14.7 billion grew 4% (+5% cc ) in Q3 Strong operating income growth in Q3 of 14% (+18% cc) Core
Event - Medicine/Pharmacology
28.10.2014
Business/Economics - Environmental Sciences
28.10.2014
Shifting up to higher octane
If the majority of light-duty vehicles in the United States ran on higher-octane gasoline, the automotive industry as a whole would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 35 million tons per year, saving up to $6 billion in fuel costs, according to a new analysis by MIT researchers. In a study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology , the team considered a scenario in which fuel is manufactured under a redefined octane rating - the measure of a gasoline's ability to resist engine knocking during combustion.
Business/Economics - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
28.10.2014
Beating battery drain
Stream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you'll probably see the battery drain significantly.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Psychology
28.10.2014
Puberty blues - are hormones really to blame?
Puberty blues - are hormones really to blame? 28 October 2014 A world-first study that is unraveling the effects of puberty hormones on teenage mood, behaviour and social well-being will be
Media Sciences/Political Sciences - Philosophy
27.10.2014
Stanford Responds to Election Mailer
Stanford University is investigating the facts behind an academic research study independently undertaken by political science researchers at Stanford and Dartmouth that involved election mailers sent to voters. As it investigates, Stanford is also cooperating with an inquiry undertaken by election officials in the State of Montana.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
27.10.2014
Device developed at UCLA simultaneously sends and receives broadcast signals while maintaining quality
Device developed at UCLA simultaneously sends and receives broadcast signals while maintaining quality
The technology, which could be used in future smartphones and other wireless devices, would reduce demand on the radio spectrum Matthew Chin A team of researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli Sch
Environmental Sciences - Life Sciences
27.10.2014
Digging deep to reach for the STARS
The University of Nottingham is part of a new consortia charged with the task of training the scientists of the future to improve our limited understanding of soils.
Medicine/Pharmacology
27.10.2014
When cancer meets fashion
Our structure (research) Impact of our research Postgraduate research 27 Oct 2014 A Manchester-based scientist has teamed up with a Pennsylvanian fashion designer to create a dress showing how prostate cancer spreads in the body.
Medicine/Pharmacology
27.10.2014
Wonder drug roadshow highlights need for greater safety with medicines
Our structure (research) Impact of our research Postgraduate research 27 Oct 2014 Researchers from The University of Manchester are taking to the streets to talk directly to people about medication safety.
Arts and Design
27.10.2014
Masterpieces ’marooned’ by the Russian Revolution finally go on show
Lost Russian masterpieces from an art exhibition interrupted by the First World War are being revisited a century on with the help of expertise from the University of Leeds.
Environmental Sciences - Business/Economics
27.10.2014
A conversation about climate
The 2014 Roundtable at Stanford, 'The Climate Conversation You Haven't Heard,' took place at Maples Pavilion on Friday.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
27.10.2014
What makes a tumor switch from dormant to malignant?
What makes a tumor switch from dormant to malignant?
What makes a tumor switch from dormant to malignant? Posted October 27, 2014; 03:10 p.m. by Tien Nguyen, Department of Chemistry Cancer constantly wages war on the human body. Battles are won, lost or sometimes end in a stalemate. This stalemate, known as tumor dormancy, is extremely difficult to study in both cellular and animal models.
Business/Economics
27.10.2014
3D printed guitars hit road with Klaxons
3D printed guitars hit road with Klaxons
3D printed guitars are on the road for the first time as part of the Klaxons tour which kicked off on Saturday.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Event
27.10.2014
Outstanding Achievement Award
A joint University study which investigated new approaches to treating cancers of the abdomen has secured worldwide recognition.
Administration/Government - Social Sciences
27.10.2014
Pioneering surgeon leads ’quiet revolution’ for better services
A pioneering surgeon who uses A&E data to fight crime is using his passion for research to change the way UK Government works. Professor Jonathan Shepherd is leading a 'quiet revolution' - helping policy makers design systems to deliver better services, from health and social care to education and ageing.
Earth Sciences - Astronomy
27.10.2014
Chaos in Atlantis basin
Title Chaos in Atlantis basin Released 27/10/2014 12:30 pm Copyright ESA/DLR/FU Berlin Description Mars is peppered with craters.
Business/Economics
27.10.2014
Stanford economist finds meaning in North Korea's night lights
Stanford economist finds meaning in North Korea’s night lights
Stanford economist Yong Suk Lee found that North Korea's dictatorship counters the effects of international economic sanctions by reallocating resources to urban centers and away from poor, rural areas. The research involved the use of satellite lights data to determine economic activity. The North Korean regime has adjusted to international sanctions by shifting that economic pain away from cities to the countryside, new Stanford research using satellite night lights data shows.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Careers/Employment
27.10.2014
Making educated choices about health care during Open Enrollment at Stanford
Thorough information about medical, dental and vision plans for 2015 is available online to help Stanford employees make decisions.
Physics/Materials Science - Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
27.10.2014
Lena Kourkoutis wins Packard fellowship
Lena Kourkoutis, assistant professor of applied and engineering physics, has received a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Social Sciences - Administration/Government
27.10.2014
Letter regarding MIT’s steps to minimize sexual assault on campus
The following email was sent today to the MIT community by President L. Rafael Reif. To the members of the MIT community, In February, I charged Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart to assess and address the problem of sexual assault at MIT.
Careers/Employment - Business/Economics
27.10.2014
U of’T Cities podcast final episode: future cities
It's been a long road to election day in Toronto. But – regardless of which candidates come out on top – all the ideas brought to life through debates, platforms, opinion pieces and public discussion will result in a new city and set its citizens on a new path.
Social Sciences - Administration/Government
27.10.2014
MIT announces steps intended to minimize unwanted sexual behavior
After surveying all of its undergraduate and graduate students, MIT has concluded that the incidence of sexual assault on its campus is not unlike that found by research on the nation's residential c
Physics/Materials Science - Chemistry
27.10.2014
Watching the hidden life of materials
Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the "smart material" vanadium dioxide (VO2) from a semiconductor into a metal - in a timeframe a trillion times faster than the blink of an eye.
Careers/Employment
27.10.2014
Berkeley Lab Makes Major Push to Diversify Workforce
Berkeley Lab Makes Major Push to Diversify Workforce
The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has launched a major initiative to foster a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
Life Sciences - Physics/Materials Science
27.10.2014
Figuring Out How We Get the Nitrogen We Need
Figuring Out How We Get the Nitrogen We Need
Nitrogen is an essential component of all living systems, playing important roles in everything from proteins and nucleic acids to vitamins.
Social Sciences
27.10.2014
Can I be excused? Finding out how the nation really feels about PE
A nation-wide survey, launched today, will use our memories of PE at school to identify how our experiences of sports days, shared showers and plimsolls have influenced our relationship with physical activity as adults.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Life Sciences
27.10.2014
Study of Religions - Law/Forensics
27.10.2014
Spotlight on religious freedom
Spotlight on religious freedom
An influential group of academics, lawyers and religious leaders will gather at the University of Queensland this month to explore issues associated with religious freedom.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
27.10.2014
New projects to improve dementia detection
Our structure (research) Impact of our research Postgraduate research 27 Oct 2014 The University of Manchester is to lead a new project to detect dementia earlier and in greater detail than ever before with improvements to MRI scanning. Dementia is estimated to account for 1% of global GDP with 35 million sufferers around the world.
Business/Economics
27.10.2014
German parliamentary head speaks at UQ
The President of the German Bundestag, Professor Norbert Lammert , will give a public address at The University of Queensland tonight.
Philosophy - History/Archeology
27.10.2014
The Birth of Hedonism
27 October 2014 A new book exploring hedonism and the Cyrenaic philosophers by Dr Kurt Lampe of the Department of Classics and Ancient History is published this week. The Birth of Hedonism: The Cyrenaic Philosophers and Pleasure as a Way of Life reconstructs the doctrines and practices of the Cyrenaics, an ultra-hedonist Greek school of philosophy supposedly founded by Aristippus of Cyrene in the fourth century BCE.
Arts and Design
27.10.2014
Stairway to hell: life and death in the pop music industry
Stairway to hell: life and death in the pop music industry By Professor Dianna Kenny, first published in The Conversation 27 October 2014 Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg , like many gifted artists throughout history, suffered for his art.
Astronomy
27.10.2014
First time-lapse images of exploding fireball from a ’nova’ star
First time-lapse images of exploding fireball from a 'nova' star 27 October 2014 Astronomers at the University of Sydney are part of a team that has taken images of the thermonuclear fireball from a 'nova star' for the first time tracking the explosion as it expands.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
26.10.2014
Novartis announces divestiture of influenza vaccines business to CSL for USD 275 million
CSL to acquire Novartis influenza vaccines business, including development pipeline, for USD 275 million Announcement follows a transaction announced on April 22, 2014 to divest the non-influen
Environmental Sciences - Business/Economics
26.10.2014
Stanford Roundtable panelists discuss how to improve public understanding of climate change
The 2014 Roundtable at Stanford, 'The Climate Conversation You Haven't Heard,' took place at Maples Pavilion on Friday.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
26.10.2014
Faster switching helps ferroelectrics become viable replacement for transistors
Ferroelectric materials - commonly used in transit cards, gas grill igniters, video game memory and more - could become strong candidates for use in next-generation computers, thanks to new research led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
26.10.2014
Microbes build a powerful antibiotic
From left, University of Illinois graduate research assistant Manuel A. Ortega, chemistry professor Wilfred van der Donk, graduate student Yue Hao, biochemistry professor Satish Nair, and postd
History/Archeology - Event
24.10.2014
Newly elected president of the Stanford Historical Society talks about the group and its mission
Each October, Stanford holds a Founders' Celebration, in honor of Jane and Leland Stanford.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Astronomy
24.10.2014
Sharing ideas on health and the universe at Liverpool TEDx
TEDx is a programme of public events to help communities share ideas Scientists at the University of Liverpool have taken part in TEDx, a programme of public events designed to help communities di
Medicine/Pharmacology
24.10.2014
Welsh experts unite in new bid to tackle cancer
The Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan and the Chair of Velindre NHS Trust, Rosemary Kennedy, have today (Friday 24 th October) signed an agreement that sets out the basis for closer collaboration between the two organisations. The Agreement will bring together some of Wales's leading experts in a renewed bid to tackle cancer.
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
24.10.2014
UCLA and UCI awarded $8 million grant to launch collaborative stem cell clinic
The joint effort will accelerate the implementation of clinical trials and delivery of stem cell therapies Peter Bracke The UCLA Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cel
Event
24.10.2014
Astronomy - Event
24.10.2014
Rosetta: the ambition to turn science fiction into science fact
24 October 2014 Imagine: with a wasteland as their canvas, a Master and his young Apprentice set about turning rubble into planets and moons, asteroids and comets.
Astronomy
24.10.2014
Hinode Satellite Captures X-ray Footage of Solar Eclipse
Hinode Satellite Captures X-ray Footage of Solar Eclipse
The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred miles above the North Pole.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Social Sciences
24.10.2014
In Malaysian prison, Aishwarya Vijay gains greater insight into the problem of addiction
Recent Yale College graduate Aishwarya Vijay '14 had never set foot in a prison until she traveled to Malaysia, where her work this summer allowed her to learn about the sometimes subtle connections between stigma and treatment-seeking behavior in injection-drug-using prisoners.
Microtechnics/Electroengineering - Physics/Materials Science
24.10.2014
Penn’s Celebration of Innovation Features Silfen Forum With Amy Gutmann and Walter Isaacson
Ferroelectric materials, commonly used in transit cards, gas grill igniters, video game memory and more, could become strong candidates for use in next-generation computers, thanks to new research led by scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Business/Economics
24.10.2014
How effective are we in tackling water security?
A new paper published in Science has examined how regions around the world are coping with variable and unpredictable freshwater resources caused through drought or floods, and how this affects economic output. The analysis compares low and high income countries and their ability to cope with changes in freshwater supply and quality.
Computer Science/Telecom - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
24.10.2014
'Eye in the sky' will bypass Internet traffic jams
When you're driving to work you wish you knew where the traffic jams will be. The same is true on the Internet, but network operators today can't observe or control the paths that carry data beyond the borders of their own networks. For end users this sometimes means poor performance and service outages.
Study of Religions - Social Sciences
24.10.2014
Return of the new gods: Jedis, auras and online witch schools
Research by a digital anthropologist is looking at how new religious movements are harnessing online platforms.
Life Sciences - Environmental Sciences
24.10.2014
Gene that once aided survival in the Arctic is found to have negative impact on health today
Millennia-old genetic variant that once provided advantages for survival in cold climates increases risk of hypoglycemia and infant mortality.
Business/Economics - Pedagogy/Education Science
24.10.2014
Becker Friedman Institute announces two new research fellows
The Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics has appointed two new research fellows as part of the institute's commitment to bringing the world's most promising economists to Chicago to pursue original research.
Administration/Government
24.10.2014
Password refresh campaign to launch this fall
The University of Chicago is launching a CNet password refresh campaign this fall as part of IT Services ' efforts to protect the University's network, computing and data.
Study of Religions
24.10.2014
CofE clergy concerned with protecting the welfare budget
Anglican clergy are very concerned with maintaining a high level of welfare spending, and see it as a way of protecting the weak and the poor – a left-leaning political stance out of step with most of the general population and most Anglicans.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Business/Economics
24.10.2014
New Health at Work Policy Unit launched by Lancaster University’s Work Foundation
A new policy unit says the Government must reassess its strategy to achieve real improvements in health and wellbeing in the workplace.
Arts and Design - Pedagogy/Education Science
24.10.2014
Stanford family objects tell the story of tragic loss and a lasting institution
Stanford family objects tell the story of tragic loss and a lasting institution
Palo Alto Spring by Thomas Hill, which is among the works in the Stanford Family Galleries, portrays members of the Stanford family on the Palo Alto Stock Farm, the future site of the university.
Earth Sciences
24.10.2014
Mumbai
Title Mumbai, India Released 24/10/2014 10:00 am Copyright JAXA/ESA Description The western Indian city of Mumbai is pictured in this image from Japan's ALOS satellite.
Medicine/Pharmacology
24.10.2014
New support method improves health of kidney disease patients
Our structure (research) Impact of our research Postgraduate research 24 Oct 2014 A healthcare intervention developed by researchers at the University of Manchester and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester has been shown to have significant health benefits for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
24.10.2014
Government appoints infectious disease expert to aid Australia’s response to Ebola
Government appoints infectious disease expert to aid Australia's response to Ebola 24 October 2014 The Federal Government has appointed Professor Lyn Gilbert to advise hospital based clinic
Chemistry - Life Sciences
24.10.2014
Scientists help unlock the secrets of photosynthesis
Scientists help unlock the secrets of photosynthesis
Queensland scientists will play a key role in a new Australian research centre working to increase major food crop yields.
Social Sciences - Business/Economics
24.10.2014
ANU experts on Brazil's presidential elections
ANU experts on Brazil’s presidential elections
Around 100 million Brazilians head to the polls on Sunday 26 October as the world's fourth largest democracy decides on its next president.
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanics
24.10.2014
A bumper crop you shouldn’t bump
From pies to lattes, this time of year is dominated by pumpkins. But few are as beautiful as the blown-glass pumpkins of all shapes, colors, and sizes that covered Kresge Lawn one recent Saturday.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Administration/Government
24.10.2014
Life Sciences - Administration/Government
24.10.2014
New research centre set to secure food for the future
New research centre set to secure food for the future
A research centre exploring new technologies for improving crop yields to secure food supply has been launched at the Research School of Biology.
Business/Economics - Careers/Employment
24.10.2014
Workplace safety improves business productivity
A new University of Melbourne report has identified links between workplace health and safety measures and better business performance, including increased productivity, lower costs, greater innovation and higher profitability.
Physics/Materials Science - Microtechnics/Electroengineering
23.10.2014
Transistor developed at UCLA significantly outperforms existing models
Transistor developed at UCLA significantly outperforms existing models
With their special electronic and optical properties, nanomaterials such as graphene and molybdenum sulfide have created excitement among scientists for their potential to revolutionize transistors and circuits. Research is underway that could vastly increase the efficiency and capabilities of the two-dimensional layered semiconductors used in high-speed, flexible electronic devices.
Administration/Government - Study of Religions
23.10.2014
Journalist takes audience inside Putin's war on West
Journalist takes audience inside Putin's war on West
Describing her experience writing the 2012 book "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin," Russian-American journalist and LGBTQ activist Masha Gessen recalled feeling optimism while writing the book's epilogue during protests against Russian government corruption.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Chemistry
23.10.2014
Giant £132m investment in cancer research at Oxford University
o £110m Precision Cancer Medicine Institute to be established, with £35m Hefce grant o New institute will include research on the use of proton beam therapy o £22m Centre for Molecular Medicine to f
Medicine/Pharmacology
23.10.2014
Researchers to study Ebola survivors’ blood as potential treatment
The University of Liverpool is part of an international research team that will assess whether the blood or plasma of Ebola survivors can be used to treat Ebola patients in West Africa.
Agronomy/Food Science - Medicine/Pharmacology
23.10.2014
School meals made healthier with new planning tool
School meals made healthier with new planning tool
An innovative free School Meals Planner developed at Imperial College London is improving the nutritional intake of millions of schoolchildren.
Careers/Employment - Medicine/Pharmacology
23.10.2014
Book details epidemic of alcohol abuse among retirees
Book details epidemic of alcohol abuse among retirees
After studying 1,100 retirement-age blue collar workers, Peter Bamberger urges Baby Boomers to "anticipate things happening unexpectedly so that you are more psychologically prepared...
Life Sciences - Chemistry
23.10.2014
Team creates designer ‘barrel’ proteins
Press release issued: 23 October 2014 Designer proteins that expand on nature's own repertoire, created by a team of chemists and biochemists from the University of Bristol, are described in a paper published this week in Science.
Environmental Sciences - Earth Sciences
23.10.2014
How ferns adapted to one of Earth’s most extreme environments
Press release issued: 23 October 2014 How ferns adapted to the extreme environmental conditions found in the high Andean mountains of South America is the focus of new research by the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield, published today in PLOS ONE. Ferns are believed to be ‘old' plant species – some of them lived alongside the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago.
Medicine/Pharmacology
23.10.2014
£7m funding boost for clinical research in Birmingham
A state-of-the-art facility for research into immune-mediated inflammatory diseases and blood cancers at the University of Birmingham was announced by Rt Hon George Osborne MP today.
Medicine/Pharmacology
23.10.2014
UCL awarded £13.5 million to advance medical research facilities
UCL awarded £13.5 million to advance medical research facilities
As part of the Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative, UCL has been awarded £13.5 million for a number of projects to help advance clinical research.
Chemistry - Physics/Materials Science
23.10.2014
Molecular Structure of Water at Gold Electrodes
Molecular Structure of Water at Gold Electrodes
When a solid material is immersed in a liquid, the liquid immediately next to its surface differs from that of the bulk liquid at the molecular level.  This interfacial layer is critical to our understanding of a diverse set of phenomena from biology to materials science. When the solid surface is charged, just like an electrode in a working battery, it can drive further changes in the interfacial liquid.
Psychology - Literature/Linguistics
23.10.2014
Tom Gilovich on the keys to improving everyday wisdom
Tom Gilovich on the keys to improving everyday wisdom
There are many different forms of wisdom, but apparently only one class of smarts can also qualify a person as being wise: "You can be smart in a whole bunch of different ways, but if you're not smar
Life Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
23.10.2014
A fast track for data between Ithaca and New York City
Data from Cornell travels via fiber optic link to Syracuse, and from there via the NYSERNET dedicated research network to Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell Tech in New York City. Even at 10 gigabits per second, the trip can be slow if there's too much competition. A new system will give special service to large research datasets.
Medicine/Pharmacology - Environmental Sciences
23.10.2014
Transatlantic Science Week 2014 at U of T
As the world grapples with the question of how best to address climate change, many scientists are looking to some of the coldest places on Earth for answers.
Social Sciences - Medicine/Pharmacology
23.10.2014
Childhood Sports Participation Influences Adult Creativity
AUSTIN, Texas — The kind of sports participation you engage in during childhood influences your level of creativity later in life, according to research findings from The University of Texas at Austin's College of Education. In a study published last month in Creativity Research Journal , assistant professor Matt Bowers found a significant negative relationship between overall creativity and hours spent playing organized sports and a significant positive relationship between overall creativity and hours spent on unstructured sports activities.
Life Sciences
23.10.2014
Florida Lizards Evolve Rapidly, Within 15 Years and 20 Generations
Florida Lizards Evolve Rapidly, Within 15 Years and 20 Generations
AUSTIN, Texas - Scientists working on islands in Florida have documented the rapid evolution of a native lizard species - in as little as 15 years - as a result of pressure from an invading lizard species, introduced from Cuba.
Medicine/Pharmacology
23.10.2014
Boost for lung infection research with new UK-Brazil partnership
Our structure (research) Impact of our research Postgraduate research 23 Oct 2014 The University of Manchester has begun a new partnership with a Brazilian university to carry out more
Environmental Sciences - Life Sciences
23.10.2014
DOE Secretary Helps Usher in New Era of Energy Research at Berkeley Lab
DOE Secretary Helps Usher in New Era of Energy Research at Berkeley Lab
While it has a humble name-Building 33 or the General Purpose Laboratory- a new facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will house game-changing aspirations, especially in the areas of energy storage and renewable energy.
Medicine/Pharmacology
23.10.2014
Benefits open enrollment period begins Nov. 1
The benefits open enrollment period for endowed faculty and staff is Nov. 1-21.