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EU must take urgent action on invasive species, experts urge

The EU must take urgent action to halt the spread of invasive species that are threatening native plants and animals across Europe, according to scientists. The threats posed by these species cost an estimated €12 billion each year across Europe.

Net neutrality balancing act

Researchers have demonstrated that net neutrality benefits content creator and consumers without compromising provider innovation nor profits. There is a war raging online between those who wish to modulate, control and throttle the flow of information, usually the internet service providers and content creators and consumers who seek neutrality. Show More Summary

Creative activities outside work can improve job performance

SAN FRANCISCO -- Employees who pursue creative activities outside of work may find that these activities boost their performance on the job, according to a new study by San Francisco State University organizational psychologist Kevin...Show More Summary

At the origin of cell division: The features of living matter emerge from inanimate matter in simulation

Droplets of filamentous material enclosed in a lipid membrane: these are the models of a “simplified” cell used by physicists who simulated the spontaneous emergence of cell motility and division - that is, features of living material - in inanimate “objects”.

Environmentally compatible organic solar cells in the future

Environmentally compatible production methods for organic solar cells from novel materials are in the focus of “MatHero”. The new project aims at making organic photovoltaics competitive to their inorganic counterparts by enhancing the efficiency of organic solar cells, reducing their production costs and increasing their life-time.

Lemurs match scent of a friend to sound of her voice

Scientists report that ring-tailed lemurs respond more strongly to the scents and sounds of female lemurs when the scent they smell and the voice they hear belong to the same female -- even when she's nowhere in sight. Linking a particular female's call with her unique aroma gives the lemurs a way to figure out if she is nearby, since the scents tend to linger.

Self Healing Composites

Internal damage in fiber-reinforced composites, materials used in structures of modern airplanes and automobiles, is difficult to detect and nearly impossible to repair by conventional methods. A small, internal crack can quickly develop into irreversible damage from delamination, a process in which the layers separate. Show More Summary

the shifting landscape of elite american sociology

I was having dinner with a Team Fabio affiliate who was making the choice between two really excellent sociology programs. In discussing his choice, we got into the issue of who is now on top in terms of status. In Ye Olden Days, elite sociology meant the following: the Chicago/Columbia/Berkeley axis + massive public flagship […]

At least 1 in 20 adult outpatients misdiagnosed in US every year

At least one in 20 adults is misdiagnosed in outpatient clinics in the US every year, amounting to 12 million people nationwide, and posing a "substantial patient safety risk," finds research published online in BMJ Quality & Safety. Half...Show More Summary

Research shows that bacteria survive longer in contact lens cleaning solution than thought

Each year in the UK, bacterial infections cause around 6,000 cases of a severe eye condition known as microbial keratitis – an inflammation and ulceration of the cornea that can lead to loss of vision. The use of contact lenses has been identified as a particular risk factor for microbial keratitis. Show More Summary

The Lancet: Changing where a baby is held immediately after birth could lead to improved uptake of procedure that reduces infant

Changing where a newborn baby is held before its umbilical cord is clamped could lead to improved uptake in hospitals of delayed cord clamping, leading to a decreased risk of iron deficiency in infancy, according to new results published...Show More Summary

Simplicity is key to co-operative robots

A way of making hundreds - or even thousands - of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK. The team, working in the Sheffield...Show More Summary

Georgia city commemorates Confederate industrial complex

During the Civil War, Macon, Ga., was one of the South’s most active military industrial complexes, daily turning out huge amounts of small arms ammunition, artillery shells, rifle stocks and cannons, as well as soldier necessities such as caps, shoes and tents. Show More Summary

US Navy Christens USS Zumwalt

The US Navy (USN) has officially named the lead ship of its new class destroyer.Zumwalt (DDG 1000) was christened on 12 April 2014 at shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works' main shipyard in Bath, Maine.Named for the USN's 19th...Show More Summary

UN IPCC AR5 report infected with fatal technical and procedural flaws

UN report’s fatal flaws destroy credibility of WGII and WGIII findings Guest essay by Larry Hamlin The UN IPCC AR5 latest climate assessment process comprising WGI, WGII and WGIII reports is complete. This process includes many hundreds of authors and … Continue reading ?

W&L University President Responds to Student Concerns about Confederate Heritage

Late this afternoon President Ken Ruscio of Washington & Lee University responded to a group of Law School students, who are concerned about their school’s connection to Confederate heritage. The president used the opportunity to encourage open communication between students and the administration and to reinforce a few facts that seem to have been overlooked […]

It’s your own time you’re wasting

British teachers have voted to receive training in neuroscience ‘to improve classroom practice’ according to a report in the Times Educational Supplement and the debate sounded like a full-on serial head-desker. The idea of asking for neuroscience training at all sounds a little curious but the intro seemed like it could be quite reasonable: Members […]

People Like Their Music Served Medium Funky

For all but the shyest of wallflowers, moving to music is a natural human response. But what is it about a catchy tune that makes us groove? Scientists think they’ve figured out at least part of the recipe: just the right mix of regular rhythms and unexpected beats. The researchers came to this conclusion with […]

Chimpanzees prefer firm, stable beds

Chimpanzees may select a certain type of wood, Ugandan Ironwood, over other options for its firm, stable, and resilient properties to make their bed, according to a study published April 16, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by David Samson from the University of Nevada and Kevin Hunt from Indiana University. read more

In funk music, rhythmic complexity influences dancing desire

Rhythmic drum patterns with a balance of rhythmic predictability and complexity may influence our desire to dance and enjoy the music, according to a study published April 16, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Maria Witek from University of Oxford and colleagues from Aarhus University, Denmark and Oxford University. read more

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