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Research Identifies Barriers in Tracking Meals and What Foodies Want

Researchers studied how mobile-based food journals integrate into everyday life and specific challenges when using food journaling technology. Their research suggests how future designs might make it easier and more effective.

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"Body on a Chip" Project Update: Video of Mini Hearts and Livers

Video of engineered mini hearts and livers being developed for a "Body on a Chip" project has been released.

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High-Power Laser Spinoff Proves Versatility Is Strength

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Since lasers were invented in 1960, they have penetrated countless scientific, industrial and recreational fields: from eye surgery to DVD players, from cutting steel to triggering ignition in missile stages. That last use is a target market for Alfalight, a University of Wisconsin-Madison spinoff that set out in 1999 to use patented technology to make lasers for the telecommunications industry.

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New “Cool Roof Time Machine” Will Accelerate Cool Roof Deployment

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A collaboration led by Berkeley Lab scientists has established a method to simulate in the lab the soiling and weathering of roofing materials, reproducing in only a few days the solar reflectance of roofing products naturally aged for three years. Now this protocol has been approved by ASTM International, a widely referenced standards body, as a standard practice for the industry.

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UV Light Robot to Clean Hospital Rooms Could Help Stop Spread of ‘Superbugs’

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Can a robot clean a hospital room just as well as a person? A researcher at the Texas A&M College of Medicine is studying the effectiveness of a germ-zapping robot to clean hospital rooms, which could hold the key to preventing the spread of “superbugs” – in turn, saving lives.

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Increase Seen in Data Breaches of Health Information

Between 2010 and 2013, data breaches of protected health information reported by HIPAA-covered entities increased and involved approximately 29 million records, with most data breaches resulting from overt criminal activity, according to a study in the April 14 issue of JAMA.

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Detecting Cryptosporidium in China

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Recently, researchers at Fudan University's Institute of Biomedical Sciences in Shanghai developed a lab-on-a-chip device that can rapidly diagnose cryptosporidium infections from just a finger prick -- potentially bringing point-of-care diagnosis to at-risk areas in rural China in order to improve treatment outcomes.

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The Microscopic Topography of Ink on Paper

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A team of Finnish scientists has found a new way to examine the ancient art of putting ink to paper in unprecedented 3-D detail. The technique could improve scientists' understanding of how ink sticks to paper and ultimately lead to higher quality, less expensive and more environmentally-friendly printed products.

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Virginia Tech Assistant Professor Addresses Philosophical Questions of Machines, Research

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How might machines carry out scientific research on their own? A Virginia Tech assistant professor of philosophy has a solution, and the National Science Foundation is funding the research through a CAREER award.

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New Technology Provides Superior Ability to Rapidly Detect Volatile Organic Compounds

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The quick analysis of volatile organic compounds is required for applications in environmental monitoring, homeland security, biomedical diagnostics, and food processing. Virginia Tech electrical engineering faculty member Professor Masoud Agah has developed new technology that will improve the speed and accuracy of detecting dangerous compounds.