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U.S. should revisit media policy on China in light of growing Chinese digital media industry, experts urge

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 8:52pm
Chinese protectionism in the digital media sphere has created a major underdiscussed trade gap between China and the United States, and the US government must place more pressure on the Chinese government to open up the nation's media to foreign competition, according to a new article.
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Diamond film possible without the pressure: Rules for ultrathin 'diamane' devised

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 8:52pm
Theoreticians map a phase diagram for diamane, an atomically thin film of perfect diamond that might be created through chemical means with little or no pressure.
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New toolkit developed to help communities evaluate open streets initiatives

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 8:50pm
Open Streets Initiatives -- the opening of streets normally reserved for vehicle traffic to temporarily allow cycling, walking, dancing and socializing -- are growing in the United States. Now a toolkit is in place to help communities and organizers measure their positive impact.
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New understanding could result in more efficient organic solar cells

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 8:50pm
The goal of making cheap organic solar cells may have gotten a little more approachable with a new understanding of the basic science of charge separation presented in a new paper. The research suggests design rules for making more efficient solar cells in the future.
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Stock price movements are predictable during a short window

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 8:50pm
A new study shows evidence that stock price movements are, in fact, predictable for up to 30 minutes after the stock leaves the confines of its bid-ask spread.
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Solving a physics mystery: Those 'solitons' are really vortex rings

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 8:49pm
The same physics that gives tornadoes their ferocious stability lies at the heart of new research, and could lead to a better understanding of nuclear dynamics in studying fission, superconductors and the workings of neutron stars.
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In the brain: Number of neurons in a network may not matter

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 8:49pm
A study has found that the time it takes neural networks in the brain to make decisions is remarkably stable regardless of size.
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Mosquito sperm have 'sense of smell,' make sperm swim harder

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 8:49pm
Biologists have discovered that mosquito sperm have a "sense of smell" and that some of same chemicals that the mosquito can smell cause the sperm to swim harder.
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Fiery-red coral species discovered in the Peruvian Pacific

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 6:36pm
A new coral species, Psammogorgia hookeri, has been collected by scuba divers from rocky ledges at depths to 25 meters in Peru's Paracas National Reserve.
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Perceived personal control reduces mortality risk at low, not high, education levels

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 6:36pm
Personality researchers find having a sense of control over one's life can reduce mortality rates in people who have little education, but a sense of control does not influence mortality rates in people with higher levels of education.
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New technique makes 'biogasoline' from plant waste

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 6:36pm
Gasoline-like fuels can be made from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process. The process could open up new markets for plant-based fuels, beyond existing diesel substitutes.
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Mood-stabilizing drug could treat inherited liver disease, study shows

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 6:36pm
Opening up a can of worms is a good way to start hunting for new drugs. In a study published, researchers demonstrate how they used a primitive worm model to show that a drug typically used to treat agitation in schizophrenia and dementia has potential as a treatment for ±-1 antitrypsin deficiency.
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Biostatistics approach to genetics yields new clues to roots of autism

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 6:35pm
Researchers have developed a statistical method for genetic screens that improves the classic genome-wide association screen, and, applying to autism, have uncovered genes related to the disorder that had not been suggested in previous analyses. The scientists offer evidence that beginning treatment in infants at the first symptoms could change the course of the disease, possibly preventing the permanent “pruning” of neurons, which occurs during the first two years of life, from cementing autistic symptoms in place.
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Gene mutation defines brain tumors that benefit from aggressive surgery

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 6:15pm
A new study has found that malignant astrocytoma patients whose tumors carry a specific genetic mutation benefit greatly from surgical removal of the largest possible amount of tumor.
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Finding Israel's first camels: Archaeologists pinpoint the date when domesticated camels arrived in Israel

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 6:15pm
Using radiocarbon dating, archaeologists can pinpoint the moment when domesticated camels arrived in the southern Levant. Their findings further emphasize the disagreements between Biblical texts and verifiable history, and define a turning point in Israel's engagement with the rest of the world.
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Private exchanges may drive more informed investors to public markets

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 6:15pm
A new paper suggests private exchanges actually increase the ratio of well-informed investors participating in public markets.
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Helping young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 6:15pm
In a new study, researchers address shortcomings in transitional care in the Canadian healthcare system. The team identified important challenges in the transition from pediatric to adult health care, especially among youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities (such as autism spectrum disorders, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and cerebral palsy).
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Cancer screening is only a phone call away: Phone messages can promote cancer prevention measures

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 6:13pm
It may be the simple telephone that helps save lives. Researchers have found that personalized cancer screening messages over the phone can better help promote preventive cancer measures.
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Genetic function of tumor suppressor gene discovered; could offer new avenue to cancer therapies

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 5:28pm
Researchers have discovered a genetic function that helps one of the most important "tumor suppressor" genes to do its job and prevent cancer. Finding ways to maintain or increase the effectiveness of this gene could offer an important new avenue for human cancer therapies.
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New method to restore skull after brain surgery appears to reduce complication rates

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 5:28pm
Surgeons report they have devised a better, safer method to replace bone removed from the skull after lifesaving brain surgery. The new technique, they say, appears to result in fewer complications than standard restoration, which has changed little since its development in the 1890s.
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