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Image of the Day: Adhesion in Action


September 30th, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

Model of vesicle adhesion, rupture, and island dynamics during the formation of a supported lipid bilayer Continue reading ...

TS Picks: September 30, 2014


September 30th, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

Restoring sight with bionic eyes; schizophrenia analysis questioned; an “ark for the Anthropocene” Continue reading ...

Digital divide opening in UK schools


September 30th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Half of secondary schools and a third of primary schools say that they have inadequate broadband and wi-fi. Continue reading ...

Threat posed by voice activation


September 30th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Voice-activation functions on smartphones and other devices can be a significant security risk, warn researchers. Continue reading ...

eBay to split off PayPal business


September 30th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

The online auction site eBay is planning to split off its payments system PayPal into a separate company next year. Continue reading ...

Ireland gave ‘state aid’ to Apple


September 30th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

The European Commission publishes a letter it sent to Ireland accusing the country of giving Apple illegal state aid through special tax arrangements. Continue reading ...

Google Glass used by airport staff


September 30th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Staff at Edinburgh Airport are using Google Glass headsets to help them deal with customer inquiries. Continue reading ...

VIDEO: Bomb-makers tracked via sewers


September 30th, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

New technology allows security services to analyse the contents of the sewers to discover where people are making home-made bombs. Continue reading ...

New .wales web addresses go live


September 30th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Web addresses ending with .wales and .cymru are going live online after years of campaigns for a Welsh internet domain. Continue reading ...

Netflix to release full-length film


September 29th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

The video streaming site Netflix will release its first feature-length film in 2015, after striking a deal with the Weinstein Company. Continue reading ...

Thousands flock to ‘anti-Facebook’


September 29th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Ad-free social media platform Ello overcomes a technical setback to continue its rapid growth, but one expert questions its business model. Continue reading ...

VIDEO: Web inventor ‘pays his way’ online


September 29th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee's concerns for the internet Continue reading ...

Sewer sensors to sniff out bombs


September 29th, 2014         by BBC News - Science & Environment

Sewer sensors to sniff out bombs Continue reading ...

VIDEO: Could VR help build better cities?


September 29th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

How virtual reality is helping build better cities Continue reading ...

Coding for cannabis cash


September 29th, 2014         by BBC News - Technology

The startups hoping to transform the marijuana industry Continue reading ...

An apple a day could keep obesity away


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Nondigestible compounds in apples -- specifically, Granny Smith apples -- may help prevent disorders associated with obesity, scientists have concluded. "We know that, in general, apples are a good source of these nondigestible compounds but there are differences in varieties," said the study's lead researcher. "Results from this study will help consumers to discriminate between apple varieties that can aid in the fight against obesity." Continue reading ...

CRISPR Knock-in Mouse Debuts


September 29th, 2014         by The Scientist RSS

Researchers have created a line of model mice that naturally express Cas9, paving the way for rapid precision gene-editing. Continue reading ...

Brief depression questionnaires could lead to unnecessary antidepressant prescriptions


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Short questionnaires used to identify patients at risk for depression are linked with antidepressant medications being prescribed when they may not be needed, according to new research. Known as "brief depression symptom measures," the self-administered questionnaires are used in primary care settings to determine the frequency and severity of depression symptoms among patients. Continue reading ...

Higher nurse-to-patient standard improves staff safety, study shows


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

A 2004 California law mandating specific nurse-to-patient staffing standards in acute care hospitals significantly lowered job-related injuries and illnesses for both registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, according to research. Continue reading ...

‘Deadly diarrhea’ rates nearly doubled in 10 years: Study


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Infections with the intestinal superbug C. difficile nearly doubled from 2001 to 2010 in US hospitals without noticeable improvement in patient mortality rates or hospital lengths of stay, according to a study of 2.2 million C. difficile infection cases. Continue reading ...

New transparent nanoscintillators for radiation detection developed


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Tadiation detection properties have been identified in a light-emitting nanostructure made in a new way from two of the least expensive rare earth elements. The new material is made from two of the least expensive rare earth elements, so it is cost-effective, estimated at a little over $7 per cm3. Continue reading ...

Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Parents with children at home should use ventilation when cooking with a gas stove, researchers are recommending, after a new study showed an association between gas kitchen stove ventilation and asthma, asthma symptoms and chronic bronchitis. Continue reading ...

Adding uncertainty to improve mathematical models


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Mathematicians have introduced a new element of uncertainty into an equation used to describe the behavior of fluid flows. While being as certain as possible is generally the stock and trade of mathematics, the researchers hope this new formulation might ultimately lead to mathematical models that better reflect the inherent uncertainties of the natural world. Continue reading ...

Chefs at schools can increase school meal participation, vegetable intake among students


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Gourmet pizza in school? According to a new pilot study, chef-made meals can increase participation in the National School Lunch Program by 9 percent and overall selection and consumption of vegetables by 16 percent. Continue reading ...

Self-compassion key to positive body image, coping


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index and are better able to handle personal disappointments and setbacks in their daily lives. Research has found that this self-compassion might be an important means to increase positive body image and protect girls and young women against unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders. Continue reading ...

Software for automated sorting of genomes of individual microbial species through metagenomes


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Microbes -- the single-celled organisms that dominate every ecosystem on Earth -- have an amazing ability to feed on plant biomass and convert it into other chemical products. Tapping into this talent has the potential to revolutionize energy, medicine, environmental remediation and many other fields. The success of this effort hinges in part on metagenomics, the emerging technology that enables researchers to read all the individual genomes of a sample microbial community at once. However, given that even a teaspoon of soil can contain billions of microbes, there is a great need to be able to cull the genomes of individual microbial species from a metagenomic sequence. Enter MaxBin. MaxBin is an automated software program for binning the genomes of individual microbial species from metagenomic sequences. Continue reading ...

At the interface of math and science: Using mathematics to advance problems in the sciences


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

In popular culture, mathematics is often deemed inaccessible or esoteric. Yet in the modern world, it plays an ever more important role in our daily lives and a decisive role in the discovery and development of new ideas -- often behind the scenes. Continue reading ...

Sweat-eating bacteria may improve skin health


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Bacteria that metabolize ammonia, a major component of sweat, may improve skin health and some day could be used for the treatment of skin disorders, such as acne or chronic wounds. Human volunteers using the bacteria reported better skin condition and appearance compared with a placebo control group. Continue reading ...

Healthy fats help diseased heart muscle process, use fuel


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Oleate, a common dietary fat found in olive oil, restored proper metabolism of fuel in an animal model of heart failure, researchers report. Heart failure affects nearly 5 million Americans, and more than half a million new cases are diagnosed each year. Heart failure is not the same as having a heart attack -- it is a chronic disease state where the heart becomes enlarged, or hypertrophic, in response to chronic high blood pressure which requires it to work harder to pump blood. Continue reading ...

Plants prepackage beneficial microbes in their seeds


September 29th, 2014         by Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Plants have a symbiotic relationship with certain bacteria. These 'commensal' bacteria help the plants extract nutrients and defend against invaders -- an important step in preventing pathogens from contaminating fruits and vegetables. Now, scientists have discovered that plants may package their commensal bacteria inside of seeds; thus ensuring that sprouting plants are colonized from the beginning. Continue reading ...