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Perfect NCAA Bracket? Near Impossible: DePaul University Mathematician

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The odds of picking a perfect bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball March Madness championship tournament are a staggering less than one in 9.2 quintillion (that’s 9,223,372,036,854,775,808), according to Jeff Bergen, mathematics professor at DePaul University.

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Disease, Evolution, Neurology, and Drugs: Fruit Fly Research Continues to Teach Us About Human Biology

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Over 1,500 scientists from 30 countries and 46 states will attend next week's 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference organized by the Genetics Society of America (GSA), March 4–8 in Chicago, IL. The conference will feature close to 1,000 presentations (including 170 talks) describing cutting-edge research on genetics, developmental biology, cancer, stem cells, neurology, epigenetics, genetic disease, aging, immunity, behavior, drug discovery, and technology. It is the largest meeting in the world that brings together researchers who use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to study biology.

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ALS Patient, Husband, and Father Voices ‘I Love You’ for the First Time in 15 Years

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Don Moir, an ALS patient, wrote a love letter to his wife and was able to audibly say “I love you, Lorraine” for the first time in 15 years, thanks to a digital solution by the Not Impossible team, Speak Your Mind Foundation and HP’s #BendTheRules.

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UC San Diego Health System Designated as Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s Disease

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The Movement Disorder Center at UC San Diego Health System has been designated the 41st Center of Excellence in the National Parkinson Foundation’s (NPF) global network.

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Changing Climate Impacts Food Production

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First Direct Observation of Carbon Dioxide’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth’s Surface

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Scientists have observed an increase in carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface for the first time. They measured atmospheric carbon dioxide’s increasing capacity to absorb thermal radiation emitted from the Earth’s surface over an eleven-year period at two locations in North America. They attributed this upward trend to rising CO2 levels from fossil fuel emissions.

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New Flow Battery to Keep Big Cities Lit, Green & Safe

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The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery uses an electrolyte that has more than two times the energy density of the next-best flow battery used to store renewable energy and support the power grid. It’s high energy density, and resulting lower cost, make it ideal for large cities where space is at a premium.

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Cherenkov Effect Improves Radiation Therapy for Patients with Cancer

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The complex parts of the blue light known as the Cherenkov Effect can be measured and used in dosimetry to make therapies safer and more effective.

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Texas Crop, Weather for Feb. 24, 2015

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Weekly summary of crop, livestock and weather conditions throughout Texas.

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How Sensor-Packed Smartphones Can Read Your Mood, Guard Your Data — and Wreak Havoc in the Wrong Hands

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Smartphones have replaced nearly every conceivable gadget, but UAB computer scientists are teaching them some new tricks. The researchers are adapting accelerometers, GPS chips, gyroscopes and other sensors to make phones that can read a user's mood, eliminate passwords, protect financial transactions and more.