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Enhanced Genome Data Management SystemAs interest in the rising number of newly characterized microbial genomes mounts, powerful computational tools become critical for the management and analysis of these data to enable strategies for such challenges as harvesting the potential of carbon-neutral bioenergy sources and coping with global climate change.
The Integrated Microbial Genomes (IMG) data management system developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/15/2007 9:17:04 PM)
Accounting Shortage Leading to OutsourcingShortage of skilled accounting staff is leading the companies towards outsourcing. Some state that bringing down costs is one of the reasons behind finance and accounting outsourcing followed by the shortage of accounting staff. A number of companies have started to move towards accounting outsourcing. Some of them even state that they are outsourcing for improving the quality of the financial and accounting services.
Due to this a number........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/15/2007 7:04:41 PM)
Does God answer prayer? Does God or some other type of transcendent entity answer prayer?
The answer, as per a new Arizona State University study reported in the March journal Research on Social Work Practice, is yes.
David R. Hodge, an assistant professor of social work in the College of Human Services at Arizona State University, conducted a comprehensive analysis of 17 major studies on the effects of intercessory prayer or prayer that is offered for the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/14/2007 10:24:26 PM)
Nintendo Gameboy Advance: Ultimate DistractionNintendo had launched this remarkable print advertisement in the year 2003 to promote its Gameboy Advance. The campaign aims at establishing that the game is so engrossing and compelling that their minds are not diverted in extreme cases while they are playing game. The advertisement has depicted some height moments of life like second coming of Jesus, blowing half body in a mine, fishes eating boy’s leg and all these incidents were........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/13/2007 8:48:22 PM)
US Authorities Charge Three Indian Nationals in Stock Manipulation Scheme The US authorities have charged three Indian nationals for a highly structured pump-and-dump scam that used hijacked brokerage accounts to manipulate the prices of 14 securities including Sun Microsystems and Google. The men were charged in a 23-count indictment for conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and computer fraud. In addition to it, they were also sued in civil court in connection with the alleged........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/13/2007 8:48:20 PM)
Investing In Carbon Capture ResearchThe Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, along with partners from Innoventures Canada (I-CAN), today announced funding for a project correlation to the initial development of the I-CAN Centre for the Conversion of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), at the Economic Club in Calgary.
Under the leadership of the Alberta Research Council, the Saskatchewan Research Council, Manitobas Industrial Technology Centre and a Quebec industrial research........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/12/2007 9:41:48 PM)
Fermions do not travel togetherFermions tend to avoid each other and cannot "travel" in close proximity. Demonstrated by a team at the Institut d'optique (CNRS/Universit Paris 11, Orsay-Palaiseau), this result is described in detail in the January 25, 2007 issue of Nature. It marks a major advance in our understanding of phenomena at a quantum scale.
For a number of years, the theory of quantum mechanics stipulated that certain particles, the fermions , were incapable of........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/11/2007 8:46:14 PM)
Retirement of BoomersAmericans in their early to mid-50s today report poorer health, more pain and more trouble doing everyday physical tasks than their older peers reported at the same age in years past, a recent analysis has shown. The research, published in print and online this week by the nonprofit National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), was supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a component of the National Institutes of Health.
The study........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/8/2007 8:08:26 AM)
Light-activated compound silences nervesBrain activity has been compared to a light bulb turning on in the head. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have reversed this notion, creating a drug that stops brain activity when a light shines on it.
The unexpected result, reported online in Nature Neuroscience, turned several lights on in researchers' heads.
"This is daydreaming at this point, but we might one day combine this drug with a small........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/6/2007 3:49:33 PM)
Designs For Clean WaterAn MIT engineer working toward clean drinking water in Nepal describes in a recent issue of the Journal of International Development how people from developed and developing countries can work together to solve key humanitarian problems, ultimately meeting the basic human needs for security, broadly defined.
Such a collaboration "begins with a relationship among partners in the global village, taking into consideration the specific........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/5/2007 4:40:00 PM)
Conflicting Signals For Rescue RobotsSensor-laden robots capable of vital search and rescue missions at disaster sites are no figment of a science fiction writer's imagination. Prototypes and commercial models of urban search and rescue (US&R) robots will soon begin to work rubble piles across the country. Too a number of of these lifesaving robots, however, could be too much of a good thing, as per scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), who........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/5/2007 4:12:11 PM)
Aurora Alienware mALX NotebookI'm in love with this notebook. Yes, you can say I'm shallow.... I fell in love with "him" because of his looks:
"Color-Shifting On The Go
Adding a product touch that will undoubtedly make it stand out in a crowd, the Aurora mALX also features exotically stylish, airbrushed custom paint artwork that boldly implies power and strength,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/3/2007 7:47:21 PM)
AA-powered emergency cell phone chargerso it looks like a pepper spray gone (or trying to be) funkadelic, but you''ll be thankful for this little baby when it jumpstarts your cell phone on one of those road-warrior days when you''re not near a power outlet long enough to recharge it properly. The functionally-named Emergency Phone Charger just needs one AA battery and it can boost a phone to run for up to an additional two hours. And since it''s only a bit larger than the AA battery........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/3/2007 7:47:19 PM)
Atomic Processes In NanomaterialsScientists from MIT, Georgia Institute of Technology and Ohio State University have developed a new computer modeling approach to study how materials behave under stress at the atomic level, offering insights that could help engineers design materials with an ideal balance between strength and resistance to failure.
When designing materials, there is often a tradeoff between strength and ductility (resistance to breaking)--properties that........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/1/2007 10:03:19 PM)
A frenzy of fruit fly methodsFor the past century, fruit fliesor Drosophilahave provided innumerable insights into the genetics and biology of development, learning and memory, behavior, vision, and other processes. But for researchers who conduct these studies, the logistics of housing and feeding the hundreds or thousands of flies needed for experiments can be daunting. To address this concern, the current issue of Cold Spring Harbor Protocolsreleased........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/1/2007 9:48:46 PM)
Fruit juice can make you fatIf you stopped drinking sodas and switched to fruit juices, watch your intake, most of fruit juices contain more carbs (sugars) and calories then you think.
Although 100 percent fruit juice contains tons of vitamins, minerals and other healthy stuff, women tend to forget that these drinks contain calories and sugars as well. For instance,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/1/2007 9:21:24 PM)
Driverless Taxis at Heathrow Airport
Londons Heathrow Airport will soon boast of driverless taxis carrying passengers.
These automatic taxis will be used to link Heathrows Terminal 5 with parking lot.
This technology has been developed by a British firm named ATS and is named ULTra.
These machines can pick up passengers once they are instructed and transport them to their desired........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 2/28/2007 8:41:51 PM)
Clean up your deskAlthough our nation thinks that girls are cleaner than boys, this simple truth ceases when we grow up and get our own offices and desks.
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UK Fellowships for Women in ScienceThe L'Oreal UK Fellowships For Women In Science, organised in partnership between L'Oreal UK, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the UK National Commission for UNESCO, are designed to celebrate and support the contribution of UK women scientists in the life and physical sciences.
Three fellowships, each valued at £10,000, will be offered to outstanding female researchers and are tenable at any UK university or research institution to........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 2/27/2007 8:42:12 PM)
It's not for the fruitWhy do some birds fly thousands of miles back and forth between breeding and non-breeding areas every year whereas others never travel at all? One textbook explanation suggests that eating fruit or living in nonforested environments were the precursors needed to evolve migratory behavior. Not so, report ecologists W. Alice Boyle and Courtney J. Conway of the University of Arizona, Tucson, in the recent issue of the American Naturalist. Conway........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 2/27/2007 7:58:29 PM)
Water Quantity Around Mars South PoleThe amount of water trapped in frozen layers over Mars' south polar region is equivalent to a liquid layer about 11 metres deep covering the planet.
This new estimate comes from mapping the thickness of the dusty ice by the Mars Express radar instrument that has made more than 300 virtual slices through layered deposits covering the pole. The radar sees through icy layers to the lower boundary, which in places is as deep as 3.7 kilometres........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 3/15/2007 9:15:38 PM)
OPEC Likarget with Oil Close to $60
Speculations are high that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries may urge its members to comply with production limits when it meets today in Vienna to maintain crude prices around $60 a barrel. However, the organization’s ministerial monitoring committee has been seeking compliance with agreements at the group’s last two meetings to lower supplies by 1.7 million barrels a day. In the meanwhile, ahead of the meeting,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/15/2007 7:04:43 PM)
Providing Poorest With Basic SanitationWorldwide, billions of people lack access to a reliable source of safe drinking water and basic sanitation facilities. To address the problem, the United Nations established the Target 10 initiative, which aims to halve the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015.
Target 10 was launched in 2000 as part of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals initiative, a global effort by member........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/15/2007 6:13:33 PM)
Be ProudWhat are you going to put on your social networking page today? Will you be proud of it after you post it? Next week? Next year? In 5 years
My point is that whatever you put out there on the Net will probably still be there for years to come, unless you delete it. You may think it's funny now but if you come across it on your site 5 years from now, will you be embarrassed? What about if your family or future spouse are browsing through........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/13/2007 10:36:32 PM)
Halliburton’s Decision to Shift Headquarter Triggers Political Firestorm in USHalliburton Co.’s recent decision to move its headquarter to Dubai from Texas has triggered a political firestorm as Senator Hillary Clinton and other top Democrats expressed outrage at the oil services giant. US Democrats now planning to seek a congressional review of the decision, saying it is motivated by greed. However, Dick Cheney, who earlier headed Halliburton prior to become US vice-president, said the move was to capitalize on........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/13/2007 8:48:21 PM)
Online Real Estate Marketing is Growing Like Never Before
Online real estate marketing is catching up. Though it is still in its infancy but it is presenting a lot of potential for the future. This new method is another initiative by the real estate market to get closer to its customers. Marketing choices are getting complex as a larger number of websites are trying to promote property listing
Offline business strategies are getting replaced by online strategies in a bid to woo customers and for........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/12/2007 8:48:41 PM)
Japan’s Current Account Surplus Expands on Export Surge Japan’s current account surplus expanded more than projected in January as exports swelled considerably, boosting growth in the world’s second-largest economy. The current account surplus grew 49.8 percent from a year earlier in January, the Finance Ministry said Monday, staging an impressive comeback from the previous month. The surplus shot up to 1.19 trillion yen ($10.1 billion) against expected 1.04 trillion yen
The recent........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/12/2007 8:34:45 PM)
Can Luxury Homes Be Eco-friendly?Luxury homes can be eco-friendly too. Scottish construction company, Stewart Milne Group plans to build UK’s first five-star near-zero carbon (carbon neutral) house state-of-the-art environmental house
The house being built by Stewart Milne is aiming to achieve a five star rating, but within a commercially viable design for volume produced housing, developed with PRP architects, which responds to the issues facing house builders and........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/11/2007 12:35:16 PM)
LED name badgeBecause a handwritten "Hi, my name is. " nametag is so last century. The Infrared LED Name Badge lets you program up to 8 different messages, each with its own customisable appearance like scrolling direction or font size. You can have your name flashing in lights or, if it's used in a work environment, maybe some kind of message of the day.
The badge comes packaged with its own message input software, so adding or updating new messages (via........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/6/2007 4:50:25 AM)
Reconstructing Migration Of Avian Flu VirusUC Irvine scientists have combined genetic and geographic data of the H5N1 avian flu virus to reconstruct its history over the past decade. They observed that multiple strains of the virus originated in the Chinese province of Guangdong, and they identified a number of of the migration routes through which the strains spread regionally and internationally.
By knowing where H5N1 strains develop and migrate, health officials can better limit........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/5/2007 9:56:17 PM)
New Nanoelectronic SwitchScientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a prototype nanoscale electronic switch that works like lightning-except for the speed. Their proof-of-concept experiments reported last week* demonstrate that nanoscale electrical switches can be built from self-assembled layers of organic molecules on silver wires. Potential applications range from a replacement technology for magnetic data storage to........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 3/5/2007 4:26:51 PM)
Lamborghini Readies Gallardo Superleggera for GenevaThe new frivolous high-performance edition of the Gallardo dubbed Superleggera will be exhibited at the Geneva Auto Show. The new Lamborghini Superleggera grandeur has been bestowed with additional 10 hp and 154 pounds for the American market, which gets the hyper car to get to 60 in 3.8 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds less than the regular Gallardo. The car weighs a mere 3,152 pounds. It runs on latest version of Lamborghini........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/3/2007 7:47:23 PM)
The Ultimate Toothpaste Dispenser
Never again another fight about "Who left the toothpaste open??"Now you have "The Ultimate Toothpaste Dispenser"!
This cool gadget goes attached to the wall. You put your toothpaste tube in it, and voilá! When you are going to brush your teeth, stick the toothbrush in it, and it will dispense the exact amount of toothpaste. It takes every........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/2/2007 8:13:39 PM)
Heatwave on the top of the worldThe French Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC, or GIEC in French) has just announced the conclusions of its 4th report, which restates that global warming has increased the average temperature by 0.74C over the last century. However, there is very little information about some parts of the planet, such as central Asia. A new study by French researchers from the Laboratory of Glaciology and Geophysics of the Environment (LGGE, CNRS........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 3/2/2007 5:03:37 AM)
An Ever Changing Display of Light Trapped in Time
This is just amazing!
Your own personal tar Showers, to illuminate the bed or that cozy place on your living room.
This light device is romantic and magical at the same time; who wouldn't be happy to have one of these?
"Within this........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/1/2007 9:22:44 PM)
Unhealthful Weight Control Behaviors among AdolescentsParticipation by adolescents, particularly males, in sports emphasizing weight, such as ballet, gymnastics and wrestling, is strongly linked to both unhealthful weight-control behaviors and steroid use, as per scientists at the University of Minnesota.
The scientists studied more than 4,500 adolescents from 31 public middle and high schools in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. The students were asked if in the past week or the past year they........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 3/1/2007 4:43:08 AM)
Through Precariously Balanced RocksA seismological research team from the University of Nevada, Reno is finding ways to make precariously balanced rocks talk. In so doing, they are unlocking valuable scientific information in assessing seismic hazards in areas throughout the West.
Their findings are shared in the January-recent issue of American Scientist magazine. Scientists believe that zones of precarious rocks rocks that have come close but haven't tipped over in the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 2/28/2007 9:50:17 PM)
Brain maps onlineDigital atlases of the brains of humans, monkeys, dogs, cats, mice, birds and other animals have been created and posted online by researchers at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience.
BrainMaps.org features the highest resolution whole-brain atlases ever constructed, with over 50 terabytes of brain image data directly accessible online. Users can explore the brains of humans and a variety of other species at an unprecedented level of detail,........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 2/27/2007 9:24:57 PM)
About The ExtrasolarsSo far, astronomers have discovered about 200 planets outside our solar system, known as "extrasolar" planets. Very little is known about most of them, but for the first time, researchers have obtained new information about the atmospheres of two such planets by splitting apart the light emitted from them.
Sara Seager, MIT associate professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, is part of a research group based at Goddard Space........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 2/27/2007 8:00:50 PM)
how marine turtles return to the same beach?Marine turtles almost always return to the same beach to lay their eggs. The egg-laying sites are often far from the feeding areas and the females cross several hundred kilometers of ocean with no visual landmarks. How do they manage to return to the same spot? A study by Simon Benhamou of the Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology at Montpellier1, France, together with other groups (CNRS, IRD, IFREMER, CEDTM2, University of Pisa),........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 2/26/2007 8:55:15 PM)