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Computational method simplifies gene selection for drug development

July 24, 2012 5:58 pm | Comments

Researchers have developed a new computational method that will make it easier for scientists to identify and prioritize genes, drug targets, and strategies for repositioning drugs that are already on the market. By mining large datasets more simply and efficiently, researchers will be able to better understand genomic and proteomics interactions, as well as identify fellow researchers with whom they can collaborate.

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European regulators eye Google antitrust truce

July 24, 2012 5:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

European regulators say they are encouraged by recent negotiations with Google aimed at settling an antitrust investigation into the company's business practices.Tuesday's statement from the European Commission comes three weeks after Google Inc. submitted a list of changes that it's willing to...

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“Control-Alt-Hack” game lets players try their hand at computer security

July 24, 2012 5:28 pm | by Hannah Hickey | Comments

Do you have what it takes to be an ethical hacker? Can you step into the shoes of a professional paid to outsmart supposedly locked-down systems? "Control-Alt-Hack", a new card game developed by University of Washington computer scientists, gives teenage and young-adult players a taste of what it means to be a computer-security professional defending against an ever-expanding range of digital threats.

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AA ending leaves for 400 flight attendants

July 24, 2012 3:43 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Earlier this year, American Airlines allowed 400 flight attendants to take voluntary leaves rather than layoffs, but now it needs them back on the job.The airline is cutting the attendants' 1-year leaves in half and ordering them back to active duty by Aug. 15.American had planned to furlough...

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Congress eyes probe into Army program

July 24, 2012 3:40 pm | Comments

Congress is poised to launch an investigation into why Army leaders have resisted requests to provide battlefield units with a specific computer program that helps troops locate and clear roadside bombs.The software program, the Palantir System, is being used by some units in Afghanistan, but...

NASA: Strange and sudden massive melt in Greenland

July 24, 2012 3:36 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer, and Maria-José Viñas, NASA Earth Science News Team | Comments

Not long after news of a major iceberg break near the massive Petermann Glacier broke, scientists with NASA say there's been a freak event in Greenland this month: Nearly every part of the massive ice sheet that blankets the island suddenly started melting. The melting area went from 40% of the ice sheet to 97%. Until now, the most extensive melt seen by satellites in the past 30 years was about 55%.

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GM pledges $833M investment in Canada through 2016

July 24, 2012 1:40 pm | by TOM KRISHER - AP Auto Writer - Associated Press | Comments

General Motors says it plans to invest $833 million in Canada for research and development.The company says it began spending the money in 2009 and will continue to invest until 2016. Much of the money will go to a research center in Oshawa, Ontario.GM didn't say how many jobs the investment...

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Engineers model the threat of avalanches

July 24, 2012 12:52 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

Using theoretical modeling, researchers have uncovered clues to the physical laws that govern how snow avalanches start, grow and move.

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Seeing certain foods prompts kids to eat healthier

July 24, 2012 12:52 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

A study suggests that the presence of green beans and bananas on the school lunch line inspired children to eat healthy foods, while applesauce and fruit cocktail sent them to seek out sugary snacks.

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Scientists use microbes to make 'clean' methane

July 24, 2012 12:49 pm | Comments

Most methane comes from natural gas, a fossil fuel. Stanford University and Penn State University scientists are taking a greener approach using microbes that can convert renewable electricity into carbon-neutral methane.

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GM Canada to spend $832 million in R & D in Ontario

July 24, 2012 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

General Motors Canada says it will invest $850 million Canadian ($832 million) in Canadian research and development at its complex in Ontario as part of its obligations under the 2009 auto industry bailout.The investment will focus on environmental technologies and reducing vehicle weight, GM...

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NH expands testing in hepatitis C outbreak case

July 24, 2012 11:40 am | by HOLLY RAMER - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Health officials said Tuesday that they are casting a wider net as they look for people who might have contracted hepatitis C from a traveling medical technician accused of causing an outbreak that has infected 30 patients.Public health director Dr. Jose Montero said testing now is being...

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Calif. county makes industry pay to toss Rx pills

July 24, 2012 11:40 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A Northern California county voted Tuesday to make the pharmaceutical industry pay to dispose of unused prescription drugs.The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously 5-0 to approve an ordinance that requires drug makers to set up programs to dispose of expired and unused drugs,...

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General Motors of Canada Invests in Canadian Research and Development

July 24, 2012 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release.General Motors of Canada today outlined its commitment to significantly invest in research and development (R&D) activities in Canada. Between 2009 and 2016, GM is making investments totaling $850 million in R&D in Canada, which will...

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Panetta approves plan to lift F-22 flight limits

July 24, 2012 11:40 am | by LOLITA C. BALDOR - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved an Air Force plan to begin lifting flight restrictions on the F-22 stealth fighter jet, following the ongoing correction of oxygen deficit problems that grounded and restricted the fleet for months.Pentagon press secretary George Little said Tuesday...

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