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Rebecca Newberger Goldstein Named 2014 National Humanities Medal Recipient

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of “The Mind-Body Problem” and “Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away”, has been named a recipient of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, the White House announced today.

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Earth Observations Show How Nitrogen May Be Detected on Exoplanets, Aiding Search for Life

Observations of nitrogen in Earth's atmosphere by a NASA spacecraft 17 million miles away are giving astronomers fresh clues to how that gas might reveal itself on faraway planets, thus aiding in the search for life.

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Journal of Medical Regulation Highlights Latest Trends in U.S. Physician Workforce

The Journal of Medical Regulation has published the “Census of Actively Licensed Physicians in the United States, 2014,” which provides an analysis of the most recent physician licensure data collected from each of the state medical boards in the United States by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB).

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How Kidney Injury During Combat Affects the Long-Term Health of Today’s Soldiers

• Among 51 military service members who experienced severe acute kidney injury during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, 88% of the injuries were due to blasts or projectiles. • Twenty-two percent of the patients died within 60 days. Although still high, this mortality rate is significantly less than might be expected historically. • The majority of survivors completely recovered their kidney function

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"The process of problem-solving & becoming a medical detective was a natural to me," Jeffrey Band, M.D. former #CDCinvestigator @BeaumontHealth division chief, #LegionnairesPioneer

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UN General Assembly Opens Sept. 15; GW Experts Available to Comment

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Rapid Testing for TB Aims to Reduce Drug Resistance, Lower Mortality Rate

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the accuracies of three new tests for more rapidly diagnosing drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis (TB), which are much harder and more expensive to treat and which, experts say, represent a major threat to global public health.

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‘Democratic Peace’ May Not Prevent International Conflict

Using a new technique to analyze 52 years of international conflict, researchers suggest that there may be no such thing as a “democratic peace.”

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DHS S&T Awards $10.4M in Mobile Security Research Contracts

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S&T today announced $10.4 million in cybersecurity Mobile Technology Security (MTS) research and development (R&D) awards to enhance the security of mobile devices for the federal government.

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Researchers See 'Spin Current' in Motion for the First Time

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have for the first time seen a spin current – an inherent magnetic property common to all electrons – as it travels across materials. The result, which revealed a surprising loss of current along the way, is an important step toward realizing a next-generation breed of electronics known as “spintronics.”

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Cotton and Fiber Symposium Announced

Impact of climate change, need for genetic diversity, important to $25 billion US industry

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Expert: Nine Tips To Help You Break Away From Your Smartphone

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You’ve tried to escape it. You really have. But, the constant stream of dings and buzzes from incoming texts and emails are just too much to take. And, before you know it, you’re scanning your smartphone. Again. Can the cycle be broken? Can people really put down their smartphones?

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The Science of Stereotyping: Challenging the Validity of ‘Gaydar’

“Gaydar” — the purported ability to infer whether people are gay or straight based on their appearance — seemed to get a scientific boost from a 2008 study that concluded people could accurately guess someone’s sexual orientation based on photographs of their faces. In a new paper published in the Journal of Sex Research, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison challenge what they call “the gaydar myth.”

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Airline Quality Rating Researcher to Give Holiday Travel Forecast

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Dean Headley, Airline Quality Rating co-author from Wichita State University, will announce this year's holiday forecast for air travelers at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 10. Find out how you can participate in the virtual news conference.

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Free e-Book Offers Tips for Reducing Breast Cancer Risk at Nearly Any Age​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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A free e-book provides practical, science-based advice for lowering breast cancer risk at every stage of life. Written for a lay audience, “Together — Every Woman’s Guide to Preventing Breast Cancer” aims to help women improve their breast health and the breast health of their loved ones.