NEWS RELEASES - via EurekAlert!
( Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Sexual risk behaviors such as casual sex, lack of condom use, and a high number of sexual partners have been linked to poor health outcomes, including an increased incidence of sexually transmitted infections. A systematic review of published studies that determined whether a relationship exists between pornography consumption and increased sexual risk behaviors in adults is presented in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
( Naval Research Laboratory) NRL researchers have taken inspiration from nature to design and develop novel underwater propulsion and control solutions for near-shore and littoral zone missions using autonomous underwater vehicles.
( Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced £40 million investment in UK synthetic biology at the Manchester Institute for Biotechnology.
( Biomedical Sciences Institutes (BMSI)) Finding out whether you have been infected with dengue may soon be as easy as spitting into a rapid test kit. The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of A*STAR has developed a paper-based disposable device that will allow dengue-specific antibodies to be detected easily from saliva within 20 minutes. This device is currently undergoing further development for commercialization.
( European Science Foundation) The scientific community represented by about 40 researchers and officials from research funding organizations gathered in Brussels on Jan. 23, 2015 to present the outcomes of the European Science Foundation's Foresight Activity on Research in Quantum Biology. This exercise was initiated as a part of a larger initiative on quantum information and has resulted in a Forward Look report that provides insights into the latest evidence of quantum phenomena in biological systems.
( Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) The study has analysed the use of information and communication technologies by secondary school students, by using a sample of 5,538 students from Catalonia. The study, based on surveys taken in the 2010/2011 academic year, finds links between school failure and an elevated use of computers at home. It also correlates an intensive use if ICTS with the consumption of toxic substances.
( Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) Carbon and glass fibers reinforce synthetics so that they can be used for vehicle body construction. But in this regard, there is an abundance of potential found in natural fibers -- obtained from hemp, cotton, or wood. If you combined bio-based textile and carbon fibers, you can obtain extremely light yet very sturdy components.
( Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) The range of uses for ultrasound is gigantic; the applied technologies are just as diverse. Researchers are now covering a wide range of applications with a new modular system: From sonar systems to medical ultrasound technologies and all the way to the high frequency range -- such as for materials testing.
( Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) A new kind of radio chip is intended to warn when windows are left open. This way, you can avoid having the heat go out the window on cold days. The sensor also detects break-in attempts early on. The key: This maintenance-free chip powers up with energy supplied by solar power.
( Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas (CNIO)) The team led by Alfonso Valencia gathers 29,000 biological chimeras from eight species, including humans, mice and yeast. The catalog is a very valuable source of information for cancer research, and it could reveal new markers and potential targets for the development of new cancer drugs.
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