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May 6, 2015

Ethanol Refining May Release More of Some Pollutants Than Previously Thought

May 5, 2015 — Ethanol fuel refineries could be releasing much larger amounts of some ozone-forming compounds into the atmosphere than current assessments suggest, a new study finds. Airborne measurements downwind ... read more

Redesigned Systems May Increase Access to MRI for Patients With Implanted Medical Devices

May 5, 2015 — New technology may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited. A redesign of the wire at the core of the leads that carry signals ... read more

Simulating Seasons: Researchers Use Supercomputing to Assess Impact of Climate Change on Malawi's Growing Season

May 5, 2015 — Malawi, a small landlocked country in southeast Africa, is home to 13 million people and is one of the least-developed countries in the world. Its security is highly dependent on rain-fed ... read more

Online Training Can Teach Psychotherapists Evidence-Based Treatments, Study Finds

May 5, 2015 — Psychotherapy treatments can lag years behind what research has shown to be effective because there simply are not enough clinicians trained in new methods. A new study proposes one solution to the ... read more

Model Approach for Sustainable Phosphorus Recovery from Wastewater

May 5, 2015 — A new study has examined methods for recovering phosphorus from wastewater using mathematical modeling. The study showed that a typical wastewater treatment plant could reclaim approximately 490 tons ... read more

May 5, 2015 — Scientists have developed a novel chest strap device for the long-term monitoring of patients with heart and circulatory problems. What is special about the new system is that it records an ... read more

Nonstop Shopping: Impact of Mobile Technology on Purchasing Patterns

May 5, 2015 — Customers who adopted mobile technology for their grocery shopping shopped more often and placed larger orders, research shows. The data was collected between 2011 and 2013 from an Internet-only ... read more

May 5, 2015 — The effectiveness of cancer vaccines could be dramatically boosted by first loading the cancer antigens into silicon microparticles, report scientists. Model studies showed that microparticles loaded ... read more

Shedding Light on Rods: Novel Technique to Investigate the Activity of These Retinal Cells

May 5, 2015 — By using 'unusual' optic fibres in a novel fashion, an international team of researchers scrutinized the response to light of rods, the light-sensitive cells of the retina, and demonstrated ... read more

May 5, 2015 — The Sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only we knew how to harvest and save it. ... read more

May 5, 2015 — Scientists have built a low-cost centimeter-accurate GPS system that reduces location errors from the size of a large car to the size of a nickel -- a more than 100 times increase in accuracy. The ... read more

May 5, 2015 — The surface of rendered objects in computer games often looks unrealistic. A new method creates much more realistic images, imitating the complex scattering processes under the ... read more

May 5, 2015 — Electronics is based on the manipulation of electrons and other charge carriers, but in addition to charge, electrons possess a property known as spin. When spin is manipulated with magnetic and ... read more

May 5, 2015 — With the aid of extremely short and highly intense pulses of laser light, scientists have made great strides in their efforts to observe and control particle motions outside the confines of atomic ... read more

May 5, 2015 — There are a growing number of wearable devices featuring a touchscreen, such as smart watches, smart glasses or digital jewellery. These devices can receive notifications in many forms but usually ... read more

May 5, 2015 — Engineers have developed a shotcrete which is much more robust than traditional concrete. It can render tunnels, bridges and other constructions more resistant against fires and explosions. The new ... read more

Can Biodiesel Damage Your Car in Colder Climates?

May 5, 2015 — The oil industry believes biodiesel is not to blame for problems that some car owners are experiencing. But the nature of the fuel means that it has to be handled differently than regular ... read more

Real Stereotypes Continue to Exist in Virtual Worlds

May 4, 2015 — Stereotypes related to gender and appearance that burden women in the real world could follow them into virtual ones, according to researchers. In a study of how people interacted with avatars in an ... read more

Double-Digit Growth for Firms Creating Own Online Communities

May 4, 2015 — Double-digit revenue growth has been observed for firms that create their own brand-specific online communities. Engaging consumers through online social networks is an increasingly mission-critical ... read more

May 4, 2015 — Computer scientists have combined sophisticated computer vision algorithms and a brain-computer interface to find mines in sonar images of the ocean floor. The study shows that the new method speeds ... read more

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