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Magnifying Smartphone Screen Apps For Visually Impaired, Online Anti-Bullying Programs, A One Atom Engine and more in the Technology News Source

Magnifying Smartphone Screen Apps For Visually Impaired, Online Anti-Bullying Programs, A One Atom Engine and more in the Technology News Source

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Ocean Currents Push Phytoplankton and Pollution Around the Globe, Snowmobiling Could Be Hard Hit by Climate Change, Which Trees Face Death in Drought? More Stories in the Climate Change Channel

Ocean Currents Push Phytoplankton and Pollution Around the Globe, Snowmobiling Could Be Hard Hit by Climate Change, Which Trees Face Death in Drought? More Stories in the Climate Change Channel

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Graduated Driver Licensing Laws Need to Be Expanded Throughout the U.S.

Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens. In 2012, 184,000 young drivers were injured in MVCs, and 23 percent of young drivers (15 - 20 years old) involved in fatal MVCs had consumed alcohol. One policy that may reduce alcohol-use behaviors and impaired driving among young people at a population level is graduated driver licensing (GDL), which increases the driving privileges of young novice drivers as they age and gain more driving experience. This research seeks to determine the effects of GDLs on risky driving behaviors of youth and to assess whether GDLs have an unintended effect on underage drinking behaviors.

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First-of-Its-Kind Driving Simulator Lab at UAB Powered by Donation From Honda Manufacturing of Alabama and ALDOT

The facility will enable new distracted-driving research, addressing the major public health issue of highway and traffic-related injuries and death.

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Royal Navy Uses Pilotless Aircraft to Navigate Through Ice

A tiny pilotless aircraft, built by the University of Southampton, has launched from the Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship HMS Protector for the first time to assist with navigating through the Antarctic.

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Study Says Alaska Could Lose Massive Icefield by 2200

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The massive icefield that feeds Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier may be gone by 2200 if warming trend predictions hold true, according to University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers.

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Engine Design Takes a Major Leap at Argonne

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A team with Argonne's Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI) announce that they have completed development of engineering simulation code and workflows that will allow as many as 10,000 engine simulations to be conducted simultaneously on the Mira supercomputer.

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@UCSDHealth expert available to talk "Take Action Against Distraction" for Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Texas A&M Study Shows Saturated Fats “Jet Lag” Body Clocks, Triggering Inflammation and Metabolic Disorders

New research from the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Texas A&M AgriLife parses out why saturated fats are “bad”—and suggests that it may all be in the timing.

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Airline Quality Rating: 2015 Airline Performance Improves Slightly; Virgin America Narrowly Retains Top Spot

As Virgin America claimed the top spot for the fourth consecutive year, overall U.S. airline performance improved slightly in 2015, according to the 26th annual Airline Quality Rating (AQR), released today (Monday, April 4) at the National Press Club in Washington.

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ORNL Surges Forward with 20-Kilowatt Wireless Charging for Vehicles

A 20-kilowatt wireless charging system demonstrated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has achieved 90 percent efficiency and at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used for electric vehicles today.

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The Non-Driving Millennial? Not So Simple, Says New Research

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A recently published study shows that the popular notion that millennials are choosing not drive may be oversimplified. In a suburban community with low density and no public transportation, teens obtained their drivers' licenses on average within a month of their 16th birthday.

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Who’s No. 1? Airline Quality Rating Report to Reveal Top Carriers of 2015

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The results of the 26th annual national Airline Quality Rating (AQR) will be announced at 9:30 a.m. EDT, Monday, April 4, at a news conference at the National Press Club, Zenger Room, in Washington. The rating is conducted annually by researchers Dean Headley at the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University and Brent Bowen, dean of the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Ariz., campus.

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29th Annual DRI Nevada Medal to Honor Duke University Professor and Former U.S. Navy Fighter Pilot Dr. Mary Cummings

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The Desert Research Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Mary “Missy” Cummings, Ph.D., has been selected as the Institute’s 2016 DRI Nevada Medalist. Next month, the DRI Foundation will present Dr. Cummings with the 29th DRI Nevada Medal during special events planned in Reno and Las Vegas.

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Truck Drivers with Sleep Apnea Who Do Not Follow Treatment Plan Have Greater Crash Risk

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Truck drivers who have obstructive sleep apnea and who do not attempt to adhere to a mandated treatment program have a fivefold increase in the risk of a severe crash.

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Communicating Vehicles Could Ease Through Intersections More Efficiently

Imagine a scenario where sensor-laden vehicles pass through intersections by communicating with each other, rather than grinding to a halt at traffic lights. A newly published study co-authored by MIT researchers claims this kind of traffic-light-free transportation design, if it ever arrives, could allow twice as much traffic to use the roads.

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Alternative Fuels Need More Than Hype to Drive Transportation Market

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1. 30 years of alternative fuel hype have failed to deliver sales; 2. Public attention has jumped from one alternative fuel to the next since the 1980s; 3. To decarbonize transportation, policymakers need better ways to assess technologies.

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U.S. Administration Must Do More to Facilitate Travel to Cuba

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Argonne and Marathon Join Forces to Optimize Fuels and Engines

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Argonne National Laboratory is partnering with Marathon Petroleum Corporation to look at engines and fuels holistically, optimizing both areas simultaneously in search of greater efficiency. By advancing on both fronts, the researchers hope to make substantial gains that would not be possible by working on engines and fuels individually.

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Online Reviews Only Reveal Part of What Hotel Customers Really Think

Customers in the hotel industry are writing online reviews more than ever via social networks and travel websites. But their comments are so numerous and hard to analyze using traditional statistical methods that it has been difficult for managers to use reviews to improve operations.