Hurricane Sandy deals blow to medical research, wiping out NYU lab mice

Researchers at NYU worry the mice they use to study human disease may have perished in the flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy.

It has been reported that the New York University Hospital has lost thousands of laboratory mice to Hurricane Sandy  This will setback research that could take years to correct, according to scientists.

 

 

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New silicon battery technology could store 9x as much energy as lithium ion batteries

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Washington State University Professor Grant Norton

Most batteries today are lithium ion batteries, and employ carbon as the anode. Other materials perform much better than carbon, and could substantially increase battery capacity. Tin anodes could potentially triple energy density, and silicon anodes might be able to hold 9 times as much charge as carbon. Such advances could lead to tablet computers and laptops that run for days before battery depletion, and to miniature, battery powered UAVs able to remain aloft for up to an hour.

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Your brain on diet soda: How artificial sweeteners trick your brain

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Sugar substitutes used in diet beverages actually change how our brains’ reward areas work.

There are some major loopholes in the New York soda ban measure that critics have pointed out. For example, convenience stores would still be free to sell large, sugary drinks. Also exempt from the bill are sweetened alcoholic beverages. Researchers that Mayor Bloomberg cited think the whole thing might backfire. But the biggest omission in the New York soda ban has to do with an entirely other class of fizzy, sweetened drink: diet sodas.

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Research: People aren’t smart enough for democracy to flourish

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Incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people.

The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies.

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7 principles to make a marriage work

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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work helps couples strengthen their relationships.

Renowned clinical psychologist and marriage researcher John Gottman, Ph.D, reveals what successful relationships look like and features valuable activities to help couples strengthen their relationships in The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, written with Nan Silver.

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Bus/Tram combo charges battery as it picks up passengers

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Behold the AutoTram.

German researchers are testing a unique form of public transportation that borrows the best from busses, electric cars, trains and trams without contributing emissions. The vehicle, named AutoTram, is fully electric, but instead of running on a single charge, it charges when it stops, gaining enough power in 30 seconds to move another mile.

The project comes from the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI in Dresden and aims to offer the convenience, routing flexibility and affordability of a bus, minus the noise and exhaust. It also addresses the problem of lengthy battery charging cycles. While most cars are only in use for a few hours per day, public transportation vehicles can be in action around the clock, offering nearly no battery charging opportunities…

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CoKnown – first online collaborative research platform

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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2011

CoKnown is the first online collaborative research platform. CoKnown allows users to automatically organize, save and share knowledge gained from online research. These dynamic research libraries are available on any Internet connected device.

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Ecstasy could be used to treat cancer

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A modified form of ecstasy could help treat certain types of cancers.

“Researchers from Birmingham University claimed the designer drug, also known as MDMA, could be used to treat leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma after making it 100 times more effective at suppressing growth. Ecstasy was already known to be effective against more than half of white blood cell cancers, but previously the large dose required to treat a tumour would also have killed the patient.

 

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Is it too late to turn the tides on rising sea levels?

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If sea levels rose to where they were during the Last Interglacial Period, large parts of the Gulf of Mexico would be under water (red areas),

Melting ice sheets contributed much more to rising sea levels than thermal expansion of warming ocean waters during the Last Interglacial Period, a UA-led team of researchers has found. The results further suggest that ocean levels continue to rise long after warming of the atmosphere has leveled off.

 

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Ownership of e-readers doubles in six months

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Ownership of e-readers is exploding.

E-reader ownership is exploding, according to a survey by Pew Internet Research. Ownership of e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook has grown from 6% to 12% of U.S. adults over the last six months. E-readers are more popular than tablets devices such as the iPad or various Android slates like the Samsung Galaxy Tab which are owned by 8% of U.S. adults.

 

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