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Want to exercise more? Get yourself some competition

( University of Pennsylvania) New research from the Annenberg School for Communication at Penn compared different ways that exercise programs motivate people to hit the gym. It found that competition was by far the most effective motivator.

UH receives $1.45 million boost to prepare STEM teachers

( University of Houston) Answering the call for more high school math and science teachers, the University of Houston is using a $1.45 million National Science Foundation grant to bolster its teachHOUSTON math and science teacher preparation program in a big way. Bestowed by the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, the funds are being used for scholarships, professional development and mentoring.

IU researchers receive $1.8 million NSF grant to advance 'internet of things' security

( Indiana University) Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing researchers have received $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation to ensure that door locks, lightbulbs, cameras and other common household items, which are increasingly connected to the internet, remain secure.

'Brainprint' researchers get $900K in funding

( Binghamton University) The National Science Foundation has awarded $900,000 in grant funding to researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York to continue investigations into the next-generation of brain biometric technology.The project, "Brain Hacking: Assessing Psychological and Computational Vulnerabilities in Brain-based Biometrics," will investigate security vulnerabilities of brainprint biometrics and particularly evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of brain biometrics.

NASA follows Tropical Cyclone Kyant through Bay of Bengal

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone 3B, now named Kyant continued to move in a westerly direction across the Bay of Bengal, Northern Indian Ocean, as NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of the storm.

Univeristy at Buffalo to build one-of-a-kind advanced materials data research lab

( University at Buffalo) The University at Buffalo will transform the traditional role of a materials research database as a repository for information into an automated computer laboratory that rapidly collects, interprets and learns from massive amounts of information.

How nanoscience will improve our health and lives in the coming years

( University of California - Los Angeles) Nanoscience research involves molecules 100 times smaller than cancer cells with the potential to profoundly improve the quality of our health and our lives. Now nine prominent nanoscientists look ahead to what we can expect in the coming decade, and conclude that nanoscience is poised to make important contributions in many areas, including health care, electronics, energy, food and water.

PPPL inventors honored for device to create isotope vital for diagnosing diseases

( DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) Scientists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory have received the 2016 Edison Patent Award for their invention of an on-demand method to create a badly needed isotope used in medical imaging devices to diagnose diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Connecting research and policy may improve educational equity

( Rice University) Better communication about how educational research can impact public policy may improve educational equity, according to a new paper from Rice University.

Making a new pitch for coal

( University of Utah) Engineers from the University of Utah are launching a $1.6 million project to research cost-effective, carbon-friendly methods of turning coal-derived pitch into carbon-fiber composite material.

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