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Finding leaks while they're easy to fix

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) An MIT-developed system can inspect water or gas pipes from the inside and find even tiny leaks. The robotic device enters the pipes via a fire hydrant, avoiding the need to dig up streets.

Fused imaging reveals 16th-century writing hidden inside bookbinding

(Northwestern University) By fusing visible hyperspectral imaging with X-ray fluorescence, Northwestern University researchers safely reveal Roman law code hidden inside of a 16th century bookbinding.

Madoff rip-off shattered trust, changed investment behavior

(Cornell University) Notorious financier Bernie Madoff bilked more than 10,000 investors out of billions of dollars in the 1990s and 2000s in the largest financial fraud in US history. After the fraud was discovered, people who knewShow More Summary

Estrogen therapy may prevent gum disease in women over 50

(University at Buffalo) Treatment for osteoporosis may also help prevent gum disease, according to new University at Buffalo research that examined the prevalence of periodontitis in postmenopausal women.

ethnic and racial studies covers black lives matter

Ethnic and Racial Studies has a special issue on Black Lives Matter. From the lead article, an analysis of counter-protest and collective identity: Recent events related to police brutality and the evolution of #BlackLivesMatter provides an empirical case to explore the vitality of social media data for social movements and the evolution of collective identities. […]

Working at 'breastaurants' damaging to women's mental health

(University of Tennessee at Knoxville) Women who work in restaurants that require their bodies to be on display through revealing uniforms may experience higher levels of anxiety and disordered eating, according to a new University of Tennessee, Knoxville, study.

Sharing the wealth

(University of California - Santa Barbara) Economic redistribution has been a core political dispute around the world for centuries. And while intuitively fairness seems a natural explanation for why people support redistribution, researchers at UC Santa Barbara find that fairness doesn't really explain who supports redistribution or why.

Gun violence prevention groups strike middle ground to meet goals

(Oregon State University) A study led by Oregon State University researchers found that American organizations identifying as gun violence prevention groups advocate for the right to bear arms and for some gun purchase and ownership conditions, which they argue will curb gun-related injuries and deaths.

Giant Steps - by Jerome Kern

July 17, 2017 Posted by Jay Livingston John Coltrane died fifty years ago today. (The rest of this post is a bit technical. My apologies.)The “Giant Steps” album of 1959 was a turning point in jazz. The title tune represented a new idea in chord sequences. Show More Summary

Knowledge management pioneer Ikujiro Nonaka to receive Berkeley-Haas' Achievement Award

(University of California - Berkeley Haas School of Business) Knowledge management pioneer Ikujiro Nonaka of Hitotsubashi University to receive Lifetime Achievement Award from Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, at the University of California, Berkeley, on Nov. Show More Summary

DOE funds Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL to accelerate biofuels, bioproducts research

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) The DOE has announced funding for new research centers to accelerate the development of specialty plants and processes for a new generation of biofuels and bioproducts.

New light on the secret life of badgers

(University of Oxford) Badgers are more sociable than often thought, with implications for how they transmit disease, new Oxford University research reveals. Using security tracking technology more commonly used to protect museum artwork, the Oxford research has revealed fresh insights into the animals' social behavior.

New study shows how exposure to a foreign language ignites infants' learning

(University of Washington) A new study by the University of Washington, published July 17 in Mind, Brain, and Education, is among the first to investigate how babies can learn a second language outside of the home. The researchers sought...Show More Summary

O2 and hyperbaric oxygen therapy reverses brain damage in drowned toddler

(Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center) Dr. Paul Harch, Clinical Professor and Director of Hyperbaric Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, and Dr. Edward Fogarty, at the University of North Dakota School...Show More Summary

Brief interactions spur lasting waves of gene activity in the brain

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) A five-minute encounter with an outsider spurs a cascade of changes in gene activity in the brain that can last for hours, researchers report in a study of stickleback fish.

New discovery in MND and dementia could pave the way to novel treatments

(University of Sheffield) A new discovery by scientists at the University of Sheffield could help slow down the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as motor neurone disease (MND), dementia and neurological decline associated with ageing.

Humans hardwired to lean to the right while kissing the world over

(University of Bath) New research that looked into people's kissing bias could have wider implications for cognitive and neuroscience.

Bacteria found in Alzheimer's brains

(Frontiers) Researchers in the UK have used DNA sequencing to examine bacteria in post-mortem brains from patients with Alzheimer's disease. Their findings suggest increased bacterial populations and different proportions of specific bacteria in Alzheimer's, compared with healthy brains. Show More Summary

New study of brain circuits finds key links to symptoms of depression

(University of California - San Diego) Scientists have linked specific wiring in the brain to distinct behavioral symptoms of depression. In a study published in Cell, researchers at UC San Diego found brain circuits tied to feelings of despair and helplessness and were able to alleviate and even reverse such symptoms in mice studies. Show More Summary

The Breivik terrorist attacks in Norway led to mental illness in Denmark

(Aarhus University) A new study shows that the number of Danes diagnosed with trauma -- and stressor-related disorders (such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)) increased substantially following the terrorist attacks carried out by Anders Breivik in Oslo and on the nearby island of Utøya in Norway in the summer of 2011. Show More Summary

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