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Researchers Use Mobile Sensors to Collect Swath of Health Data at NIBIB-Funded MD2K Center

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The Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge—or MD2K—for tools to gather and interpret health data generated by wearable sensors. MD2K, headquartered at the University of Memphis, is a consortium of 12 universities and university medical centers—with 20 investigators whose research spans computing, engineering, and statistics and biomedical research.

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Msu Paleontologists Discover Evidence of New Types of Dinosaurs in Idaho Including Tyrannosaur Ancestors

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A team of Montana State University paleontologists have identified several new types of dinosaurs from fossil evidence discovered in eastern Idaho, demonstrating the presence of a much more diverse group of theropods in the area than was previously known.

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Poor Air Quality Kills 5.5 Million Worldwide Annually

New research shows that more than 5.5 million people die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution. More than half of deaths occur in two of the world's fastest growing economies, China and India.

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USciences Prof's Groundbreaking Research Earns Prestigious Science Honor

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University of the Sciences biology professor Christopher Janetopoulos, PhD, co-authored a groundbreaking study that has earned the 2014-15 Newcomb Cleveland Prize given by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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New Method for Bio-Designing Yeast Could Improve Biofuel Production

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An assistant research specialist at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has designed a new strain of yeast that could improve the efficiency of making fuel from cellulosic biomass such as switchgrass. Both the yeast strain and the method of its design could help overcome a significant bottleneck in the biofuels pipeline — namely, that the powerful solvents so good at breaking down biomass also sometimes hinder the next critical step of the process, fermentation.

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Long-Term Cancer Surviors Still Need Guidance About Screening, Side Effects, Lifestyle

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A team of researchers from Yale School of Public Health and Yale Cancer Center recently published a study in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship that addresses the needs of cancer survivors who are at least nine years beyond an initial diagnosis. In the Q &A below, authors Mary Playdon, Tara Sanft, and Brenda Cartmel, talk about how to better care for long-term survivors.

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UMD Researchers Assess Potential Public Health Impacts of Fracking in Maryland

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Following their release of a state-commissioned study on the potential public health impacts of fracking in Western Maryland, University of Maryland researchers are helping to inform the conversation about the potential risks associated with unconventional natural gas development and production.

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Pesticide-Induced Mosquito Death Outweighs Fitness Advantage of Survivors

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A common toxin used to kill yellow fever mosquito larvae – the most prevalent transmitter of dengue, chikungunya and zika viruses – is highly effective. While there are some fitness advantages to surviving adults, this is still an effective way to control the damaging health impacts of these mosquito-borne diseases, a new University of Florida study shows.

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Stem Cell Gene Therapy Could Be Key to Treating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

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Scientists at UCLA have developed a new approach that could eventually be used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The stem cell gene therapy could be applicable for 60 percent of people with Duchenne, which affects approximately 1 in 5,000 boys in the U.S. and is the most common fatal childhood genetic disease.

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New App Turns Smartphones Into Worldwide Seismic Network

MyShake Android app crowdsources ground shaking from smartphone accelerometers.

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On Darwin's Birthday, Tomato Genetics Study Sheds Light on Plant Evolution

On Charles Darwin's 207th birthday, a new study of evolution in a diverse group of wild tomatoes is shedding light on the importance of genetic variation in plants.

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Researchers Create ‘Mini-Brains’ in Lab to Study Neurological Diseases

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say they have developed tiny “mini-brains” made up of many of the neurons and cells of the human brain – and even some of its functionality – and which can be replicated on a large scale.

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New Study Confirms Giant Flightless Bird Wandered the Arctic 50 Million Years Ago

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A single toe bone found on Ellesmere Island in the 1970s is described for the first time.

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A New Way to Prevent Heart Disease

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Gut bacteria inhibitor may prevent diet-induced atherosclerosis.

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Six Myths of Gifted Education That Lead to Overlooking Talented Minority Students

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Inequality in American public education looms large in gifted education nationwide. While approximately 49 percent of public school students are minority students, they make up only about 40 percent of those in programs for gifted students.

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Using Glass to Improve Graphene’s Powerful Conductivity

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A team of scientists led by Matthew Eisaman, a physicist at Stony Brook University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, have developed a method using common glass for creating resilient, customized, and high-performance graphene.

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Same Gene Dictates Size of Two Sensory Brain Areas

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The discovery has implications for understanding how the human brain evolved and how it varies between people

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Mark Cuban, Sportswriter Bob Ryan, Fox Sports President Eric Shanks Headline IU's Sports Media Week

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The National Sports Journalism Center is welcoming Hall of Fame sports writer Bob Ryan, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Fox Sports President Eric Shanks to Indiana University next week as part of a special week of activities for students about the media and sports. The center, based in The Media School at IU, also is organizing a panel about careers in sports journalism featuring the editor of ESPN the Magazine, reporters for Sports Illustrated, WTTV-4 and other outlets, as well as demonstrating new advanced video technologies being used by students.