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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Top Stories 11 Dec 2015; New Forensic Science Breakthroughs, Breast Cancer Treatment Difference by Age, Racial Disparities in Dialysis, and More...

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Cancer Research, Environment and Climate Change, Nutrition, and Mental Health - Upcoming Newswise Theme Wires

Newswise invites press release submissions from new and current members for inclusion in our Theme Wires on a variety of topics, including; Cancer Research, Environment and Climate Change, Nutrition, and Mental Health. Each wire is also open for sponsorships to promote your organization’s campaign, product, service, or news.

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Results of Medication Studies in Journals May be Misleading

Studies about medications published in the most influential medical journals are frequently designed in a way that yields misleading or confusing results. The journals are the NEJM, JAMA, The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, the British Medical Journal and the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Engineering New Weapons in the Fight Against Juvenile Diabetes

Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are combining automation techniques from oil refining and other diverse areas to help create a closed-loop artificial pancreas. The device will automatically monitor blood sugar levels and administer insulin to patients with Type 1 diabetes, and aims to remove much of the guesswork for those living with the chronic disease.

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Research Helps Exploit Data from New Radar

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Computer models used to forecast storms don't (yet) know how to take advantage of the additional capabilities that will be available from dual-polarimetric radars. Scientists at UAHuntsville are studying how forecast models can best use the enhanced information to improve storm forecasts.

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Sound Research at Acoustical Society Meeting

The latest news and discoveries from the science of sound will be featured at the 161st meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) held May 23-27, 2011, at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Wash. During the meeting, the world's foremost experts in acoustics will present research spanning a diverse array of disciplines, including medicine, music, psychology, engineering, speech communication, noise control, and marine biology.

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Geologists Gain New Insight on How the West Was Formed

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Researchers at four institutions, using data gathered from the USArray seismic observatory, have seen more than 200 miles below the surface, capturing evidence on how the Colorado Plateau, including the Grand Canyon, formed and continues to change even today.

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For a Less Biased Study, Try Randomization

A new review confirms that the so-called “gold standard” of medical research — the randomized controlled study — provides a safeguard against bias. Not all scientists agree, however.

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The Science of Sound: Acoustical Society Meets in Seattle, May 23-27

Sonic booms, the science of making music, the impact of noise on people and animals, and bursts of sound-induced light are just some of the intriguing topics that will be presented at the 161st Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).

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Students Use Infrared Cameras to Discover Artists' Working Processes

Thanks to a $500,000 grant, the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum has brought in more than 50 classes--both art-related and not--to use the museum for course projects, including students in a Molecular and Atomic Structure course who used infrared cameras to examine the underlayers of paintings.

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Math Meets Music

Geometry is the force that shapes both the sound of music and the novel research of Florida State University composer-theorist Clifton Callender, whose work explores and maps the mathematics of musical harmony.

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Research Practices Must be Changed to Minimize Fraud, Deception

in a commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association March 23, two U-M physicians call for changes throughout the research process to minimize fraud, deception.

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Commentary on Unique Contributions of Different Types of Evidence to Research Conclusions

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In a commentary titled “Statistical Association and Causation: Contributions of Different Types of Evidence,” FAU researcher Charles H. Hennekens, M.D. describes the unique contributions, as well as strengths and limitations, of different types of evidence to research conclusions.

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Scientist Studies Frogs and Fish for Answers to Human Hearing

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Andres Collazo, Ph.D., explores the molecules and tissues necessary for normal inner ear development in two different species that are model organisms for developmental biological studies: the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis and the zebrafish Danio rerio.

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Taking Mathematics to Heart

In an article to appear in the April 2011 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, John W. Cain, a mathematician at Virginia Commonwealth University, presents a survey of six ongoing Challenge Problems in mathematical cardiology.

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Broadening the Biological Lexicon to Bolster Translational Research

So-called model organisms have long been at the core of biomedical research, allowing scientists to study the ins and outs of human disorders in non-human subjects.

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The Science Behind the Cape

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What do you have when you line up a martial artist, acrobatic gymnast, police officer, firefighter, NASCAR driver, and NFL running back? “Watson,” the IBM super-computer on Jeopardy might have guessed the answer was “the Village People,” to which host Alex Trebek could have replied, “Sorry. The answer we were looking for is “Batman.”

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Scientists Probe the Role of Motor Protein in Hearing Loss

From grinding heavy metal to soothing ocean waves, the sounds we hear are all perceptible thanks to the vibrations felt by tiny molecular motors in the hair cells of the inner ear. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have now identified the mechanism by which a single amino acid change can disrupt the normal functioning of one of the critical components of that physiology -- a molecular motor protein called myo1c, which resides in the cochlea of the inner ear.

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New 'Thermometer' Helps Scientists Accurately Measure Rock Formation

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A University of Arkansas researcher and his colleagues have used magnesium isotopes to determine the temperature at which rocks form, which will allow scientists to better study the formation of the earth’s crust and mantle as well as the formation of meteorites.