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Oregon plague victim loses fingers and toes

September 19, 2012 5:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An Oregon man who nearly died from the plague in June has now lost his withered fingers and toes to the disease known as the Black Death.Doctors amputated the blackened extremities of Paul "Steve" Gaylord in an operation that lasted 2 1/2 hours Monday at the St. Charles Medical Center in...

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Research gives insight into graphene-metal junctions

September 19, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

The next step in building graphene-based electronic devices requires creating junctions that connect graphene to the external world through at least two metal wires. A two-terminal junction is a graphene ribbon with two metal contacts. A team of researchers have developed a better understanding of how these graphene-metal interfaces affect the movement of electrons through two-terminal junctions.

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Computer model identifies candidate refrigerants to combat global warming

September 19, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

Researchers at NIST have developed a new computational method for identifying candidate refrigerant fluids with low global warming potential—the tendency to trap heat in the atmosphere for many decades—as well as other desirable performance and safety features. The NIST effort is the most extensive systematic search for a new class of refrigerants that meet the latest concerns about climate change.

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New technology for at-home diagnoses of ear infections

September 19, 2012 5:11 am | Comments

A new pediatric medical devices being developed by Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University could make life easier for parents who have rushed to the doctor with a child screaming from an ear infection. Soon, parents may be able to skip the doctor's visit and receive a diagnosis without leaving home by using Remotoscope, a clip-on attachment and software app that turns an iPhone into an otoscope.

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Researchers brew up organics on ice

September 19, 2012 4:52 am | Comments

Would you like icy organics with that? Maybe not in your coffee, but researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are creating concoctions of organics, or carbon-bearing molecules, on ice in the laboratory, then zapping them with lasers. Their goal: to better understand how life arose on Earth.

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Technique takes tedium out of analyzing single-walled carbon nanotubes

September 19, 2012 4:46 am | by Mike Williams | Comments

Until now, the only practical method for measuring carbon nanotubes was by imaging with an expensive atomic force microscope. A Rice University laboratory has recently come up with a one-size-fits-almost-all way to measure batches of single-walled nanotubes in solution. The technique is highly automated and can analyze batches of about 800 nanotubes in two hours.

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2 of 3 Americans Are Concerned With Toxins Found in Common Household Products, Study Shows

September 19, 2012 4:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Nearly two-thirds of all Americans (64%) say they are "concerned" or "very concerned" about potentially harmful chemicals and petroleum-based ingredients found in everyday personal care, household cleaning, laundry and baby care products, according to a study released today. Top concerns of...

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Smart fluids could allow chips to assemble themselves

September 19, 2012 4:38 am | by Karen B. Roberts | Comments

A University of Delaware research team’s exploration of paramagnetic colloids—microscopic particles that are mere hundredths the diameter of a human hair—has produced the possibility that computer chips could one day build themselves in a scalable fashion. By applying a magnetic field to the colloids, the team build organized crystalline lattices from random solids.

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Insight into snake venom evolution could aid drug discovery

September 19, 2012 3:50 am | Comments

U.K.-led scientists have made a discovery about snake venom that could lead to the development of new drugs to treat a range of life-threatening conditions. The researchers have discovered that the toxins that make snake and lizard venom deadly can evolve back into completely harmless molecules, raising the possibility that they could be developed into drugs.

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Porsche Boxster Production Begins at Osnabruck Plant

September 19, 2012 3:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Today, Porsche officially begun producing its Boxster model at Volkswagen Osnabruck GmbH. This step will assist Porsche's main factory in Stuttgart in meeting the rising demand for its products. In Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, the new Porsche 911 and the new Boxster continue to be made in a...

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VF looks to increase Asia Pacific revenue

September 19, 2012 3:40 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Clothing company VF Corp. says it is looking to increase revenue from its Asia Pacific business by $1.1 billion over the next five years.VF said during an investor meeting in Shanghai on Wednesday that its goal is to reach $2 billion in revenue by 2017 mostly by growing brands such as...

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Researchers develop printable lasers

September 19, 2012 3:35 am | Comments

Scientists have designed a process to print a type of organic laser on any surface using everyday inkjet technology. The process involves developing lasers based on chiral nematic liquid crystals. These liquid crystals are a unique class photonic materials that, under the right conditions, can be stimulated to produce laser emissions.

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CFIA/Warning: Allergy Alert-Undeclared Sesame in Certain El Camino Real Bakery Brand First Grain Bars

September 18, 2012 6:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/direct/media/. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Costco Wholesale Canada Inc. are warning people with allergies to sesame not to consume certain El Camino Real Bakery brand First Grain Bars. The affected product contains...

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Canadian auto union makes progress with GM

September 18, 2012 6:40 pm | by ROB GILLIES - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The head of the Canadian Auto Workers said late Tuesday there has been significant progress toward a new labor deal with General Motors and said the Detroit automaker is waiting for a counter-proposal from the union.CAW President Ken Lewenza said they will make the offer Wednesday. He also said...

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W & T Offshore buys Newfield Gulf assets for $228M

September 18, 2012 2:40 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Oil and gas producer W&T Offshore Inc. said Tuesday that it is buying Newfield Exploration Co.'s exploration and production properties in the Gulf of Mexico for $228 million.W&T said the deal gives it new oilfields with proved reserves of 6.6 million barrels of oil equivalent and 1.2 billion...

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