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HP DreamScreen Turns Picture Frame Into Computer

Like a sidekick supporting a hero, a peripheral used to need a computer. Now peripherals are becoming more like the computer, a development that may make sidekicks everywhere rejoice. The latest peripheral-as-computer incarnation is the HP DreamScreen, a wireless display that can surf the Web, connect to Facebook, or present photos, music and video. Announced Thursday, the DreamScreen is a...

Why Flamingos Stand on One Leg (LiveScience.com)

LiveScience.com - The brilliant pink feathers, gangly neck and upside-down eating are enough to make flamingos a spectacle at any zoo and generate a barrage of questions from curious children. But one stumper for scientists has always been: Why do flamingos stand on one leg?

EU officials to press US on bonuses (AP)

AP - The U.S. is set to face renewed pressure from the EU on Thursday as the bloc's 27 leaders meet to draft a strategy to push President Barack Obama to cap bankers' bonuses and make a bigger effort on an ambitious climate change pact.

Chemobrain -- the flip side of surviving cancer

One of the most problematic side effects of cancer treatment, chemobrain - a range of symptoms including memory loss, inability to concentrate, difficulty thinking and other subtle cognitive changes following chemotherapy - seriously diminishes women's quality of life and daily functioning. As a result, they have to adopt a range of coping strategies to manage their restricted social and...

Galaxy-Sized Observatory for Gravitational Waves

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers are making plans to create a galaxy-sized observatory to look for gravitational waves. The project is part of a joint effort with astronomers from Australia and Europe, who also aim to try to detect gravitational waves.

Medical interpreters break language barriers in health care

Language barriers in health care settings can decrease access to quality care and diminish comprehension for limited English proficient patients (LEP). These barriers compromise quality of care, and increase costs and inefficiencies. Now, the University of Missouri Institute of Public Policy, Center for Health Policy and Missouri Telehealth Network are partnering with the Language Access Metro...

Out of darkness, sight: How the brain learns to see

(PhysOrg.com) -- Cases of restored vision after a lifetime of blindness, though exceedingly rare, provide a unique opportunity to address several fundamental questions regarding brain function. After being deprived of visual input, the brain needs to learn to make sense of the new flood of visual information. Very little is known about how this learning takes place, but a new study by MIT...

Taiwan scientists develop sperm 'efficiency' kit

Scientists in Taiwan said Thursday they have invented a male fertility home test kit that breaks new ground by measuring the efficiency of sperm cells -- a key factor in determining men's ability to father children.

Vaginal Orgasm is Best According to New Study

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study by Stuart Brody and Petr Weiss suggests vaginal orgasm is best and that sex education and medical approaches might undervalue its benefits. It also asserted the major factors in achieving vaginal orgasm were sex education focusing on its benefits, and being mentally tuned into vaginal sensations during intercourse.

Google Will Buy reCAPTCHA To Help Scan Books

On Wednesday, Google announced plans to acquire a startup that helps Web sites combat spam and fraud. Google is investing an undisclosed amount to bring reCAPTCHA into its technology fold to address scanning challenges in the Google Books project. reCAPTCHA is a free anti-bot service that helps digitize books. The company also provides CAPTCHAs to help protect more than 100,000 Web sites. A...

Endothelin-1 inhibitors in chronic pancreatitis

Fibrosis is a key feature of chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. The extensive deposition of extracellular matrix proteins fosters the development of an exocrine and endocrine organ insufficiency, and accelerates progression of the tumour. Pancreatic stellate cells (PSC) are the principal effector cells in pancreatic fibrosis. They are activated by profibrogenic mediators, which include,...

Scientists illuminate how microRNAs drive tumor progression

(PhysOrg.com) -- UCSF researchers have identified collections of tiny molecules known as microRNAs that affect distinct processes critical for the progression of cancer. The findings, they say, expand researchers' understanding of the important regulatory function of microRNAs in tumor biology and point to new directions for future study and potential treatments.

Taiwan lab develops panda robot

The world's first panda robot is taking shape at a cutting-edge lab in Taiwan where an ambitious group of scientists hope to add new dimensions to the island's reputation as a high-tech power.

Teenage birth rates higher in more religious states

Rates of births to teenage mothers are strongly predicted by conservative religious beliefs, even after controlling for differences in income and rates of abortion. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Reproductive Health have found a strong association between teenage birth rates and state-level measures of religiosity in the U.S.

Website offers emails from beyond the grave

The fear of dying suddenly, without the chance to mend wrongs or say goodbye, has prompted an Australian entrepreneur to start a website where people can contact loved ones from beyond the grave.