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Getting More Miles from Plug-In Hybrids

February 9, 2016 2:17 pm | by Univ. of California, Riverside | Comments

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) can reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to their gas-only counterparts. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have taken the technology one step further, demonstrating how to improve the efficiency of current PHEVs by almost 12 percent.

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FDA Investigating Suspicious Stem Cell Treatments

February 9, 2016 2:11 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Legislation like this would entail having corporate or independent entities offer supporting evidence that these drugs have a valid safety and efficacy profile.

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President Obama Wants $19B for Cybersecurity in 2017 Budget Proposal

February 9, 2016 1:11 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The digital world has brought humanity countless benefits. At the click of a mouse, one can be connected with someone on the other side of the globe, spend their afternoon online shopping, or learn about any number of obscure topics. It certainly seems like a boundless space with innumerable opportunities.

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LIGO Scientists Will Make Gravitational Waves Announcement Thursday

February 9, 2016 11:11 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration has invited journalists to Washington, D.C.’s The National Press Club for an update on the search for gravitational waves, which will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

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White House Unveils Strategy for Studying Zika Virus

February 9, 2016 10:31 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

There’s still more research needed to be done on the virus. Although there’s only been a few cases found in the U.S., the pathogen has expanded quickly throughout Brazil.

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New Autonomous Warship Designed to Search for Naval Mines

February 9, 2016 9:38 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Warships are going autonomous. Elbit Systems, an Israel-based defense technology company, recently unveiled their new unmanned surface vehicle system for maritime warfare missions.

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Art Project Plans to Transmit Messages to North Star

February 9, 2016 9:15 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The radio waves broadcasted to the North Star will reach their destination in 434 years. The project is a collaboration between the university, the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh, and the UK Astronomical Technology Centre, among others.

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Engineers 3-D-print a new lifelike liver tissue for drug screening

February 9, 2016 9:13 am | by Univ. of California, San Diego | Comments

A team of engineers has 3D-printed a tissue that closely mimics the human liver's sophisticated structure and function. The new model could be used for patient-specific drug screening and disease modeling.

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Muscles on-a-chip provide insight into cardiac stem cell therapies

February 9, 2016 9:02 am | by Rockefellar Univ. Press | Comments

Stem cell-derived heart muscle cells may fail to effectively replace damaged cardiac tissue because they don't contract strongly enough, according to a study. The study may help explain why stem cell-based therapies have so far shown limited benefits for heart attack patients in clinical trials.

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Ocean acidification makes coralline algae less robust

February 9, 2016 8:52 am | by Univ. of Bristol | Comments

Ocean acidification (the ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans, caused by the uptake of CO2 from the atmosphere), is affecting the formation of the skeleton of coralline algae which play an important part in marine biodiversity, new research has found.

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Clean energy from water

February 9, 2016 8:51 am | by Univ. of Basel | Comments

Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. To obtain clean energy, the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical. Researchers study how sunlight can be used for this purpose.

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Morocco Activates World's Largest Solar Plant

February 8, 2016 12:34 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The grid is supposed to help the North African country provide 580 megawatts of power to 1.1 million people as well as achieve its goal of generating 42 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

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Aspirin May Lower Staph Blood Infection Risk

February 8, 2016 11:20 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

 S. aureus is a bacterial strain that can cause a variety of skin and respiratory conditions.

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Malaria Found in American White-Tailed Deer

February 8, 2016 11:12 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A new study from the Univ. of Vermont published in Science Advances has found that malaria infects up to 25% of white-tailed deer along the United States’ eastern seaboard. Previously, it was thought that malaria was eradicated from the U.S. in the 1950s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Graphene is strong, but is it tough?

February 8, 2016 9:37 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

Graphene, a material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms, has been touted as the strongest material known to exist, 200 times stronger than steel, lighter than paper, and with extraordinary mechanical and electrical properties. But can it live up to its promise?

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