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Think the System for Paying U.S. Doctors Is Rigged to Favor Surgeons? New Study May Surprise You

A new study pulls back the curtain on one of the most contentious issues in health care: differences in payment between physicians who perform operations and those who don’t. Contrary to perception, the research indicates, the physician payment system is not inherently “rigged” to favor surgeons.

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Old Drug May Be Key to New Antibiotics

An anticonvulsant drug called lamotrigine is the first chemical inhibitor of the assembly of ribosomes in bacteria.

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Snail Shells Show High-Rise Plateau Is Much Lower Than It Used to Be

Geologists have long debated when and how the Tibetan Plateau reached a 14,000-foot-plus elevation, but new research shows it once was probably thousands of feet higher.

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University Film Project Leads Assault on Campus Sexual Assault

Student films support White House message to change behavior.

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Higher Risk of Heart Disease for South Asians in Canada

Findings emphasize the need to develop a standardized surveillance system for non-communicable diseases, such as CVD, cancer and lung diseases, by ethnic group in Canada

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140 Heads of State Gather for 69th UN General Assembly; American University Experts Available for Discussion & Analysis

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University of Utah Engineers Unlock Potential for Faster Computing

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University of Utah engineers discovered a way to create a special material – a metal layer on top of a silicon semiconductor – that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers that perform lightning-fast calculations but don’t overheat. This new “topological insulator” behaves like an insulator on the inside but conducts electricity on the outside.

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Firelight Talk of the Kalahari Bushmen

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A University of Utah study of Africa’s Kalahari Bushmen suggests that stories told over firelight helped human culture and thought evolve by reinforcing social traditions, promoting harmony and equality, and sparking the imagination to envision a broad sense of community, both with distant people and the spirit world.

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Looking Ahead: Whole Eye Transplant Under Development

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The concept of a whole eye transplant seems futuristic, if not impossible. But with a $1million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine hope to someday make implantation of an entire, functional eye a reality.

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