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Use of pocket-sized ultrasound device reduces need for further testing in clinical settings Saturday April 25th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(European Association for the Study of the Liver) Results from a study presented today at The International Liver Congress™ 2015 demonstrate that the use of a pocket-sized ultrasound device helps to reduce the need for further testing in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Cell phones take parents' attention away from kids on playgrounds Saturday April 25th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(American Academy of Pediatrics) Parents who take their kids to the playground may be tempted to pull out their cell phone to send a quick text or check Facebook. It may be more prudent, however, to stay focused on their child to ensure he or she plays safely, according to two studies to be presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in San Diego.

Northwestern scientists develop first liquid nanolaser Friday April 24th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(Northwestern University) Northwestern University scientists have developed the first liquid nanoscale laser. And it's tunable in real time, meaning you can quickly and simply produce different colors, a unique and useful feature. The laser technology could lead to practical applications, such as a new form of a 'lab on a chip' for medical diagnostics. In addition to changing color in real time, the liquid nanolaser has additional advantages: it is simple to make, inexpensive to produce and operates at room ...

Team develops faster, higher quality 3-D camera Friday April 24th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(Northwestern University) Inspired by the Microsoft Kinect and the human eye, Northwestern University professor Oliver Cossairt and his team developed an inexpensive 3-D camera that can be used in any environment to produce high-quality images.

Dead feeder cells support stem cell growth Friday April 24th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(The University of Texas at El Paso) Stem cells naturally cling to feeder cells as they grow in petri dishes. Scientists have thought for years that this attachment occurs because feeder cells serve as a support system, providing stems cells with essential nutrients. But a new study that successfully grew stem cells with dead, or fixed, feeder cells suggests otherwise.

York's anti-malarial plant given Chinese approval Friday April 24th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(University of York) A new hybrid plant used in anti-malarial drug production, developed by scientists at the University of York's Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, is now registered as a new variety in China.

The appeal of being anti-GMO Friday April 24th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(Cell Press) A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture. In Trends in Plant Science, they argue that the human mind is highly susceptible to the negative and often emotional representations put out by certain environmental groups and other opponents of GMOs.

Micro fingers for arranging single cells Friday April 24th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(Toyohashi University of Technology) Toyohashi Tech researchers have developed a cell manipulation tool to trap and release single cells in a parallel arrangement in open-top microwells. Using microfabrication techniques, the researchers developed a hollow microprobe array with designed parameters. Single cells were trapped by suction and released by a flow generated through the probes. In the future, this tool will enable the reconstruction of microenvironments of stem cells, which can be employed to investigate ...

NTU Singapore and TUM design world's first electric taxi for the tropics Friday April 24th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(Nanyang Technological University) The world's first electric taxi for tropical megacities has been launched. Named EVA, the electric taxi is built by TUM CREATE, a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University Singapore and Germany's Technische Universität München.

3-D printing is so last year! We're onto 4-D printing now Friday April 24th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science) In 4-D printing, the fourth dimension is time, shape shifting in fact, and Australian researchers are helping to set the pace in the next revolution in additive manufacturing.Just as the extraordinary capabilities of 3-D printing have begun to infiltrate industry and the family home, researchers have started to develop 3-D printed materials that morph into new structures, post production, under the influence of external stimuli such as water or heat -- ...

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