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'Psychedelic' maize may help increase crop and biofuel yields

June 7, 2010 10:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists have identified new genes in maize which promote carbohydrate export from leaves. These genes are called psychedelic because of the yellow and green streaks they cause in the plant's leaves. Manipulating these genes may increase crop yields and the amount of biofuel that can be...

New Yeast can Ferment More Sugar, Speed Ethanol Production

June 7, 2010 10:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists have improved a strain of yeast that can produce more biofuel from cellulosic plant material by fermenting all five types of the plant's sugars.

No Place To Hide

June 7, 2010 9:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( US Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology ) The US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate new Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance is as detailed as 50 full-HDTV movies playing at once, with optical detail to spare.

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Planes, Trains And Automobiles: Traffic Noise Disturbs Sleep, Affects Morning Performance

June 7, 2010 9:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Academy of Sleep Medicine ) Mean reaction time on a morning psychomotor vigilance task slowed significantly by 3.6 ms after exposure to recorded traffic noise during sleep, and slowed reactions were directly and significantly related to increases in both the frequency and...

RWJF And Pew Award 6 Grants To Examine The Impact Of Policy On People's Health

June 7, 2010 8:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Burness Communications ) The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, today announced more than $1 million in grants to six projects that will conduct health impact assessments at the state and local levels.

U.S. says BP aims to double the oil captured in Gulf

June 7, 2010 5:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON/VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Energy giant BP Plc seeks to double the amount of oil it captures from its ruptured Gulf of Mexico well, while the U.S. Gulf Coast will be struggling with the environmental mess from the huge spill for years, the Coast Guard said on Monday.

Earth and Moon formed later than previously thought, new research suggests

June 7, 2010 5:24 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Astronomers have theorized that the planet Earth and the Moon were created as the result of a giant collision between two planets the size of Mars and Venus. Until now, the collision was thought to have happened when the solar system was 30 million years old, or approximately 4,537...

Researchers Develop Cotton-Polymer Filter for Oil Cleanup

June 7, 2010 1:38 pm | Comments

A University of Pittsburgh engineering professor has developed a technique for separating oil from water using a filter that blocks oil while allowing water to pass through.

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Wireless Sensor Startup Wins UC San Diego $80K Entrepreneur Challenge

June 7, 2010 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of California - San Diego ) Wireless sensors that monitor your heart even though they do not actually touch your skin are at the center of UC San Diego electrical engineering PhD student Yu Mike Chi's dissertation. This technology -- and the plan for commercializing it...

The Relevancy of an Industry – Why Manufacturing is Cool!

June 7, 2010 12:25 pm | by Society of Manufacturing Engineers | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich., June 7, 2010 — American actor and humorist, Will Rogers (1879-1935) said, “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading and the other by association with smarter people.” And so, the SME Education Foundation has polished up its award-winning Manufacturing is Cool...

Working Toward The Next Battery Breakthrough

June 7, 2010 11:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University at Buffalo ) If battery-making is an art, then University at Buffalo scientist Esther Takeuchi is among its most prolific masters, with more than 140 US patents, all in energy storage.

AIAA To Present Awards At June Conference In Chicago

June 7, 2010 11:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ) The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will present six prestigious awards at an awards luncheon at noon on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago.

China Mobile 4G Standard Seeks Global Adoption

June 7, 2010 10:26 am | by InformationWeek | Comments

Nokia-Siemens says it will develop TD-LTE dual-use equipment, but the mobile broadband technology's overseas success is a long shot.

CMS Awards $24 Million For IT Services

June 7, 2010 10:24 am | by InformationWeek | Comments

Companion Data Services received a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contract to host the National Level Repository, which will track healthcare providers' meaningful use of technology.

Coast Guard Seeks Tech Solutions To Oil Spill

June 7, 2010 9:27 am | by InformationWeek | Comments

To support the British Petroleum oil spill cleanup, white papers on technologies for oil-sensing and oil wellhead control are sought.

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