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New role for Twitter: Early warning system for bad drug interactions

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 5:25pm
A new technique for discovering potentially dangerous drug interactions--before they show up in medical databases like PubMed-- has been developed by researchers. It includes the searching millions of tweets on Twitter.
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Physicists shatter stubborn mystery of how glass forms

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 5:25pm
Scientists have described how glasses form at the molecular level and provided a possible solution to a problem that has stumped scientists for decades.
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Scoring system can help trauma centers improve care during surges in trauma cases

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 5:24pm
A scoring system that can identify periods of high activity and increased trauma patient deaths in hospital emergency rooms may help hospitals better prepare for surges in trauma patient volume that come with catastrophic events like the Boston Marathon bombing (April 2013) or disasters like the Amtrak train crash (May 2015) in Philadelphia, according to a study.
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New knowledge on bone tissue, its role in bone strength or weakness

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 5:24pm
Leading experts in the field present the latest research on material properties of bone and how these can impart resilience or fragility to the skeleton. This new knowledge will aide in understanding both the hierarchical structure of bone and its importance to overall bone health.
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Up, up and away, in the name of science education

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 5:24pm
The virtues of high-altitude balloons for science education in a new research paper have been outlined in a new research paper. High altitude balloons are ripe for exploitation in science education and beyond, the author says, noting that there is a need for a formal design framework for high-altitude ballooning. There is also a need for a framework to make this technology more effective in undergraduate university courses, for instance, through a standard approach to improving payload design.
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Aerodynamic effects can save tens of seconds in cycling time trials

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 5:24pm
Will the Tour de France prologue in Utrecht get the winner it deserves? New aerodynamic research shows that riders in a time trial can save vital seconds by riding closer to the following team car. Over a short distance like the prologue of the Tour de France, that can save as much as 6 seconds: enough to make the difference between winning and losing.
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Scientists develop more accurate whole genome variant discovery, interpretation

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 5:24pm
Conventional next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques are able to accurately detect certain types of variation, such as single nucleotide variants and small insertions or deletions, but miss many large or complex forms of genomic variation that are associated with human disease. Now, a new approach to build nearly complete genomes by combining high-throughput DNA sequencing with genome mapping has been developed by researchers.
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Wait times for health care services differ greatly throughout US

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 5:24pm
Tremendous variability in wait times for health care appointments exists throughout the United States, ranging from same day service to several months, says a new report.
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Automatic computer bug repair

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 5:24pm
Researchers have developed a new system that repairs dangerous software bugs by automatically importing functionality from other, more secure applications.
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Tamper-resistant opioids will not solve opioid addiction problem, study suggests

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 5:24pm
Governments in Canada and the United States are promoting tamper-resistant drugs, which are more difficult to crush, snort or inject, to prevent addiction and other harms. Opioid users may tamper with prescribed tablets, capsules or patches for a faster "high." However, a research group argues, tamper-resistant formulations of drugs will not solve the problems of opioid addiction and overdose.
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New nanogenerator harvests power from rolling tires

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:46pm
Engineers have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction.
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The fear you experience playing video games is real, and you enjoy it

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:45pm
With the advent of video games, a frequently asked question has been whether we get as engrossed in them emotionally as we do when we see a scary movie. The answer is yes and in new ways, according to new research.
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Predicting which glioblastoma patients may benefit from drug treatment

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:45pm
Clinicians testing the drug dasatinib, approved for several blood cancers, had hoped it would slow the aggressive growth of the deadly brain cancer glioblastoma; however, clinical trials to date have not found any benefit. Researchers who conducted one of those clinical trials, believe they know why dasatinib failed — and what to do about it.
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Muscial classification system: Computers get with the beat

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:42pm
As yet another music streaming service comes online to rival the countless available outlets for so many different genres, a new approach to classifying music to make archiving, sorting and music discovery easier.
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Is Facebook the next frontier for online learning?

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:42pm
Social-networking sites such as Facebook can help students learn scientific literacy and other complex subjects that often receive short shrift in today's time-strapped classrooms.
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Food for thought: Use more forages in livestock farming

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:41pm
Small-scale livestock farming in the tropics can become more intensive yet sustainable if more and better forage is used to feed the animals being reared. This could benefit farming endeavors in rural South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America and the Caribbean, and see a move away from the increased reliance on grain-based feeds, say scientists.
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Freshwater and ocean acidification stunts growth of developing pink salmon

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:34pm
Pink salmon that begin life in freshwater with high concentrations of carbon dioxide, which causes acidification, are smaller and may be less likely to survive, according to a new study.
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More than a third of children were physically assault in the last year

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:34pm
More than a third of children and teens 17 and younger experienced a physical assault in the last year, primarily at the hands of siblings and peers, according to a new article.
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Neighborhood environments and risk for type 2 diabetes

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:34pm
Neighborhood resources to support greater physical activity and, to a lesser extent, healthy diets appear to be associated with a lower incidence of type 2 diabetes, although the results vary by the method of measurement used, according to a new article.
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Indonesian mud volcano likely human-caused, study suggests

Mon, 29/06/2015 - 4:34pm
New research hopes to close the debate on whether a major mud volcano disaster in Indonesia was triggered by an earthquake or had human-made origins.
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