The downside -- and surprising upside - of microcredit
UCSB physicists apply Einstein's theory to superconducting circuits
Microcredit, which involves giving small loans to very small businesses in an effort to promote entrepreneurship, has been widely touted as a way to reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth. But in a new study, researchers find that the practice may not be an efficient tool in promoting business growth or improving the lives of its beneficiaries, but could instead have just the opposite...
UGA researcher leads discovery of a new driving force for chemical reactions
Using Einstein's general theory of relativity, UC Santa Barbara scientists have demonstrated that the Josephson junction could be reproduced.
Ultracold neutrons for science: UCNs will help to solve mysteries of astrophysics
New research just published in the journal Science by a team of chemists at the University of Georgia and colleagues in Germany shows for the first time that a mechanism called tunneling control may drive chemical reactions in directions unexpected from traditional theories.
Unprecedented international meeting releases preliminary vision for our energy future
Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany have built what is currently the strongest source of ultracold neutrons. Ultracold neutrons were first generated here five years ago. They are much slower than thermal neutrons and are characterized by the fact that they can be stored in special containers. This property makes them important tools for experiments to investigate why...
UT Southwestern research uncovers genetic link between emphysema, lung cancer
A unique, international summit of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and future leaders from around the world has concluded with the release of the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 Communiqué. The event's preliminary report includes visionary proposals for transformative action to reduce the electricity-related emissions that drive global warming.
UW-Madison chemists devise better way to prepare workhorse molecules
A gene linked to emphysema also can be a factor for developing lung cancer unrelated to cigarette smoking, UT Southwestern Medical Center research indicates. Smoking was the only known risk factor previously associated with both diseases.
Want better math teachers? Train them better, says MSU scholar
Writing in the current online issue (June 9) of the journal Science, a team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Shannon Stahl reports a new, environmentally friendly way to make substituted aromatic molecules that can be customized for different industrial needs.
Why animals don't have infrared vision
It's time for the United States to consider establishing higher standards for math teachers if the nation is going to break its "vicious cycle" of mediocrity, a Michigan State University education scholar argues in Science magazine.
1st hurricane of season forms in eastern Pacific
On rare occasion, the light-sensing photoreceptor cells in the eye misfire and signal to the brain as if they have captured photons, when in reality they haven't. For years this phenomenon remained a mystery. Reporting in the June 10 issue of Science, neuroscientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered that a light-capturing pigment molecule in photoreceptors can be...
The Periodic Table Expands Once Again
AP - Hurricane Adrian formed in the eastern Pacific on Wednesday, making it the first of the 2011...
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Elements 114 and 116 were made by scientists smashing atoms of other elements together.
Haitians clean up after deadly storm; deaths at 25
Audio slideshow of the hazardous work of volcanology researchers
Adrian first hurricane of 2011 Pacific season
AP - Haitians cleaned up homes and streets Wednesday as rains let up and rivers receded following an early summer storm that caused flooding, wrecked homes and killed more than two dozen...
Republicans accused of undermining US environment
Reuters - Tropical Storm Adrian strengthened to a hurricane off Mexico's Pacific coast, becoming the first hurricane of the 2011 Pacific season, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
Nubian Mummies Had 'Modern' Disease
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Record-breaking heat grips much of eastern US
LiveScience.com - A "modern" disease of humans may have been what sickened ancient Nubian cultures, research on more than 200 mummies has found. The mummies were infected by a parasitic worm associated with irrigation ditches.
Urinating chimp 'replays fable'
AP - The mercury climbed into the 90s across half the country Wednesday in a record-breaking blast of August-like heat, forcing schools with no air conditioning to let kids go home early and cities to open cooling centers. And scientists say we had better get used to...
UN chief calls for global action to end AIDS
Spitting and urinating chimps have been able to "replay" one of Aesop's ancient fables, scientists report.
Wolf killed after escaping Minnesota Zoo enclosure
AP - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for global action Wednesday to put an end to AIDS by 2020 and relegate the killer disease to the history books.
B-cell lymphoma: New research provides breakthrough in understanding common cancer
AP - Minnesota Zoo officials are investigating how a Mexican wolf escaped from its enclosure, prompting zoo staff to fatally shoot the animal.
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Heart attacks over 20 years over 20 years, but rising BMIs may reverse trend, UK study finds
Researchers have discovered valuable insight into how people develop B-cell lymphoma, one of the most common cancers. The team found that a mechanism different to that previously thought to be the cause of lymphoma may be responsible for the development of the disease.
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A double-satellite NASA-style view of the first tropical storm in eastern Pacific: Adrian
Better control of cholesterol levels and blood pressure and a decline in smoking have contributed to a 74 percent drop in the risk of heart attack among 10,000 London civil servants over a 20-year period, according to new research. However, the reduction would have been even greater were it not for the fact that more people became fatter during this time; the rise in body mass index accounted for...
Audit: Mars mission faces hurdles before launch
The first tropical depression in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is now the first tropical storm, and two satellites are providing NASA insights into its thunderstorms, rainfall, and intensity. NASA satellite data on newly born Tropical Storm Adrian shows high cloud tops and moderate rainfall, indications that the storm is getting stronger, triggering a tropical storm watch in Mexico.
Facebook under fire for photo tagging feature
(AP) -- NASA's next-generation rover to the surface of Mars, which is already overbudget and behind schedule, faces significant hurdles as it races to the launch pad for a November liftoff, an internal audit released Wednesday found.
Facebook is coming under fire for a feature that uses facial recognition software to allow members to tag pictures of their friends on the social network.