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Nurses Are Abused at high rateThese figures are horrifying. Almost a third of the nurses who took part in a large-scale study reported that they had been subjected to both physical and verbal abuse in the last 4 working weeks and a quarter had considered resigning as a result, according to research in the latest issue of the UK-based Journal of Advanced Nursing.
Two-thirds of the 2,407 nurses who took part in the survey, led by the University of Tasmania and supported by........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/7/2006 5:19:11 AM)
State Health Department Web SitesMany Web sites are written well above the comprehension level of the average American and are inaccessible to people with disabilities and non-English speakers, concludes a new report by Brown University researchers Darrell M. West and Edward Alan Miller published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (available online in html and pdf).
"Inaccessible Web sites hurt the underprivileged and make it difficult to justify the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/7/2006 5:09:14 AM)
Dark Matter Proof in doubtWhen Douglas Clowe of the University of Arizona in Tucson announced on 21 August that his team had "direct proof of dark matter's existence", it seemed the issue had been settled. Now proponents of the so-called modified theories of gravity, who explain the motion of stars and galaxies without resorting to dark matter, have hit back and are suggesting that Clowe's team has jumped the gun.
"One should not draw premature conclusions about the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 9/6/2006 9:57:26 PM)
Frozen Methane BubblesA study co-authored by a Florida State University scientist and published in the Sept. 7 issue of the journal Nature has found that as the permafrost melts in North Siberia due to climate change, carbon sequestered and buried there since the Pleistocene era is bubbling up to the surface of Siberian thaw lakes and into the atmosphere as methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
In turn, that bubbling methane held........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/6/2006 7:47:53 PM)
Antarctica getting warmerDespite recent indications that Antarctica cooled considerably during the 1990s, new research suggests that the world's iciest continent has been getting gradually warmer for the last 150 years, a trend not identifiable in the short meteorological records and masked at the end of the 20th century by large temperature variations.
Numerous ice cores collected from five areas allowed scientists to reconstruct a temperature record that shows........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/6/2006 4:56:54 AM)
Life Beyond GasolineIf all nations burned gasoline for transportation at the same rate as the United States, world gasoline consumption would rise nearly ten-fold, with a corresponding hike in the concentration of greenhouse gases.
That's just one reason why it is imperative that nations work to create a more sustainable transportation system, says John Heywood, director of MIT's Sloan Automotive Lab and the Sun Jae Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
"As........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/5/2006 9:15:44 PM)
The Terrascope Egg DropThe Terrascope Egg Drop was everything it was cracked up to be.
About 50 participants teamed up in small groups on Aug. 28 to find a way to protect a raw egg dropped from the roof of the 18-story Green Building, the tallest building on MIT's main campus.
Most teams concentrated on padding the egg for landing and easing its descent.
Parachutes were a popular design element, but proved a hindrance to targeting, as per Debra Gross Aczel........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/5/2006 9:01:56 PM)
Injured children at U.S. military hospitalMilitary hospitals are likely to encounter injured children as wars move away from the battlefield and into civilian territories, according to background information in the article. Children sometimes serve as soldiers or are used as human shields. In addition, because war disrupts medical facilities in the affected area, children with other injuries or illnesses may seek medical care at U.S. military hospitals as well. When U.S. and........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/5/2006 4:53:37 AM)
Memories Of Disturbing Emotional EventsPsychologists have long known that memories of disturbing emotional events - such as an act of violence or the unexpected death of a loved one - are more vivid and deeply imprinted in the brain than mundane recollections of everyday matters.
Probing deeper into how such memories form, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that the mere anticipation of a fearful situation can fire up two memory-forming regions of the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/4/2006 10:17:42 PM)
British Soldiers' Wives Are ToughSeptember sees the deployment of more British troops to Afghanistan, but what is the impact on the wives and families left behind? Research from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) discovers that the wives of British soldiers on active duty are more resilient then their husbands might imagine.
These women may have their dissatisfactions, but the work-life tensions of military life are outweighed by the financial security provided........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/3/2006 8:22:14 AM)
Genomic technologies might solve world hungerGenomic technologies may have the potential to alleviate food insecurity and food shortages around the world. Scientists think that biotechnology has the potential to improve the nutritional content of food crops and, crucially, resistance to insects and disease. This could lead to improved yields of food crops for both human and animal consumption. Scientists are also working on 'molecular farming' production of pharmaceutical products in........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/3/2006 6:39:19 AM)
Remembering KatrinaIn the year since Hurricane Katrina struck the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, researchers and engineers have examined the full breadth of the storm's aftermath--from levee failures and ecosystem damage to weather predictions and human responses in the midst of catastrophe.
As per a FEMA report, more than 1,300 people lost their lives in Louisiana and Mississippi alone; 450,000 were displaced. Total economic losses........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/2/2006 9:34:20 PM)
High-flying balloons track hurricane formationThe eastern tropical Atlantic Ocean is out of range for U.S. hurricane-hunter aircraft, and forecasters have little skill predicting which systems brewing there will develop into hurricanes, atmospheric scientists say. So, to find out how some of the most dangerous hurricanes form, U.S. and French researchers are launching large, specialized balloons carrying nearly 300 instruments over wide swaths of Africa and the Atlantic Ocean.
The first........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 9/2/2006 9:11:13 PM)
Fashion Designers via TechnologyThat's right, Angelo Russica has decided to take fashion design to the web. Using a web-based design school that is dedicated to teaching all aspects of design including the basic skills needed, history of design and the aesthetics of Italian fashion, www.fashioncampus.it is born.
A number of students had apparently complained about the fact that they had spent thousands of dollars learning the trade yet never had a job that correlation to........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 4:17:29 PM)
Bluetooth Headset X-Sport BTH-11Looks like we have a possible winner of the best Bluetooth Headsets on the market category, the X-Sport BTH-11 made by Teiling Technology is the latest addition to their product line and as per the company, it is the one and only headset in the market with wireless range for approximately 20 to 30 meters, the device also marks the difference by the design that uses a tube to capture the best of your beautiful voice! There are still more........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 4:07:57 PM)
African American chemist Percy JulianThe American Chemical Society is hosting a symposium honoring pioneering African American chemist Percy Julian, Ph.D., at its 232nd National Meeting in San Francisco on Sept. 11. The symposium is part of the celebration of Julian, whose life story is the subject of a two-hour PBS/NOVA documentary scheduled to be broadcast on Feb. 6, 2007, during Black History month.
One of the sessions at the symposium -- "Dr. Percy L. Julian Scientist,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 5:30:08 AM)
Orange Juice To Keep Kidney Stones AwayA daily glass of orange juice can help prevent the recurrence of kidney stones better than other citrus fruit juices such as lemonade, scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered.
The findings indicate that eventhough a number of people assume that all citrus fruit juices help prevent the formation of kidney stones, not all have the same effect. The study is available online and is scheduled would be reported in the Oct. 26........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 4:39:58 AM)
Malpractice Concerns Deter ResidentsThe survey results were announced earlier this month at the Florida Obstetric and Gynecological Society (FOGS) annual meeting in West Palm Beach. Aaron Deutsch, MD, lead author of the study and chief resident in the USF Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, presented the findings. The paper received the 2006 first-place resident research award from FOGS.
"Florida is already a state without enough obstetrician/gynecologists to meet the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 9:48:35 PM)
Biodegradable dinnerwareIt's true, I don't host a number of brunches or entertain a lot from home, but if I did, I would definitely get these biodegradable dinnerware sets, not just because they are attractive (call me boring, but I hate paper plates with designs on them, particularly seasonal and holiday themes), but because they are made of 100% biodegradable, compostable sugar cane fiber, and the utensils are made of 80% potato starch and 20% vegetable oil.
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Sparganium ErectumThanks again to marcella2@Flickr for sharing a photograph (original image | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). The last time a photograph from marcella2@Flickr was featured on BPotD, over three dozen images of plants were available by clicking on the marcella2@Flickr link - now there's over five dozen, so you might like to revisit them.
I should first of all note that I've changed the name of the plant posted by marcella2 from Sparganium ramosum to........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 5:58:57 PM)
showing off the Laser NanoantennaScientists from Harvard University is showing off a new photonic device with a wide range of potential commercial applications, including dramatically higher capacity for optical data storage. This device is termed a plasmonic laser antenna, and the design consists of a metallic nanostructure, known as an optical antenna, integrated onto the facet of a commercial semiconductor laser.
This research, which is spearheaded by two research........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 9/7/2006 5:13:58 AM)
Our Ancestor's Sense Of Their World?How did our evolutionary ancestors make sense of their world? What strategies did they use, for example, to find food? Fossils do not preserve thoughts, so we have so far been unable to glean any insights into the cognitive structure of our ancestors. However, in a study recently published in Current Biology (September 5, 2006), researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and their colleagues at the Max Planck Institute for........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/7/2006 5:05:53 AM)
Migraine among WomenMigraines are more common in the United States than diabetes, osteoarthritis or asthma. Of the 28 million people who experience migraines in this country, 18 million are women. Eventhough prevention is very effective in managing this disorder, only 3 percent to 5 percent of women seek preventive treatment.
To better understand this issue and provide guidance for physicians treating female migraine patients, Mayo Clinic in Arizona Women's........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/7/2006 4:51:18 AM)
How safe is drinking water?Are disinfection by-products (DBPs) in drinking water harmful to an unborn fetus? According to a study in the recent issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology (available online September 5), a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health headed by David A. Savitz, Ph.D., Director of the Center of Excellence in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Disease Prevention at MSSM, and formerly Chair of the Department........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/6/2006 9:49:41 PM)
New Kind Of Cosmic ExplosionFor the first time a star has been observed in real-time as it goes supernova a mind bogglingly powerful explosion as the star ends its life, the resulting cosmic eruption briefly outshining an entire galaxy. UK scientists, in collaboration with international colleagues, used NASA's Swift satellite and a combination of orbiting and ground-based observatories to catch a supernova in the act of exploding. The results, including an associated and........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 9/5/2006 9:48:33 PM)
New Era Of Urban MapmakingReal Time Rome, a pioneering MIT project that promises to usher in a new era of urban mapmaking, will have its worldwide debut at the Venice Biennale, the prestigious biannual exhibition of contemporary art, from Sept. 10 to Nov. 19.
The project utilizes data gathered, in real time and at an unprecedented scale, from cell phones and other wireless technologies, to better understand the patterns of daily life in Rome, and to illustrate what........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/5/2006 9:09:35 PM)
Clash Of MediaThe exploding complexity of the media in today's society has set up a clash between traditional media -- print, broadcast television, the recording industry and the corporate giants that own and sponsor them -- and the constantly mutating world of new media -- the Internet, "game worlds" and ever more powerful mobile devices and software.
As MIT's Henry Jenkins explains in his new book, "Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide"........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/5/2006 8:01:28 PM)
Dinosaur Discovery More To ComeThe golden age of dinosaur discovery is yet upon us, as per Peter Dodson at the University of Pennsylvania. In a forthcoming issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Dodson revises his groundbreaking 1990 census on the diversity of discoverable dinosaurs upward by 50%, offering a brighter outlook about the number of dinosaurs waiting to be found. His findings also add evidence that dinosaur populations were stable, and........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/5/2006 5:11:49 AM)
Global Changes Affect PlantsAny gardener knows--different plant species mature at different times. Scientists studying plant communities in natural habitats call this phenomenon "complementarity." It allows many species to co-exist because it reduces overlap in the time period when species compete for limited resources. Now, in a study posted online the week of Sept. 4 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ecologists working at Stanford's Jasper Ridge........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/5/2006 4:49:01 AM)
SMART-1 swan songRight up to its final orbits, SMART-1 continued delivering valuable data, extending the mission's legacy as a technology and scientific success. Researchers and engineers met today at ESOC to review mission achievements including final AMIE camera images.
At a press event held today at ESA's Spacecraft Operations Centre (ESOC), SMART-1 engineers, operations experts and researchers are presenting data and preliminary results obtained by the........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 9/4/2006 10:11:22 PM)
Atlantis would be Launched on Sept 6The six Atlantis crew members flew Saturday morning from their home base in Houston to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where they will begin final launch preparations for mission STS-115.
The countdown officially begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, at the T-43 hour mark, which includes over 30 hours of built-in hold time prior to a targeted 12:29 p.m. EDT launch on Wednesday. The launch time is the middle point in the launch window that extends........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 9/3/2006 7:04:12 AM)
The Mysterious NanocosmosThere is an amazing and mysterious nanocosmos out there largely unexplored. How viruses infect a cell, how nerve cells transport signals or how proteins work - the nanocosmos of nature remains hidden to the human eye. However, in order to still be able to perceive the seemingly invisible, we need to enlarge the object - for example, with a fluorescence microscope. Fluorescent markers are attached to proteins and other biomolecules so that........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/3/2006 5:45:45 AM)
Info From Plant DestroyersAn international team of researchers has published the first two genome sequences from a destructive group of plant pathogens called Phytophthora--a name that literally means "plant destroyer." The more than 80 species of fungus-like Phytophthora (pronounced "fy-TOFF-thor-uh") attack a broad range of plants and together cost the agriculture, forestry and nursery industries hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
Even though Phytophthora........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 9/2/2006 9:23:41 PM)
Hispanic Buying PowerHispanic buying power in the United States will draw even with African-American buying power in 2006 -- at just under $800 billion -- and is projected to exceed it in 2007, as per a report on minority buying power released Friday by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.
Hispanics actually surpassed blacks as the nation's largest minority group five years ago, based on population........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 9/1/2006 4:58:54 AM)
A New Water TestWater is essential for life. Nevertheless, even small amounts of water in the wrong places such as fuels, lubricants, or organic solvents can cause motors to sputter, metal parts to rust, or chemical reactions to go awry. That's why one of the most common lab tests performed in industry is one that looks for traces of water in other substances, even though the test itself is complicated and time-consuming.
A new method for detection and........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 5:39:47 AM)
Threat of nuclear terrorism?Nuclear terrorism is the gravest international security challenge today. Is the United States prepared to cope with this very real threat? Is nuclear terrorism preventable? What steps has the U.S. already taken to avoid this catastrophe and what steps should be taken in the future?
Esteemed scholars, scientists, and policymakers address these crucial questions in the September volume of SAGE Publications' The ANNALS of The American Academy........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/31/2006 5:20:01 AM)
Aspirin Might Prevent Prostate EnlargementScientists at Mayo clinic have observed that taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin or ibuprofen may prevent or delay non-malignant prostatic hyperplasia, an enlarged prostate which can cause urinary symptoms in men as they age such as frequent urination, trouble starting urination, awakening frequently at night to urinate, weak urine stream and an urgent need to urinate.
"This study suggests that men's urinary........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 8/30/2006 4:52:23 AM)
Ancient Raptors Likely Feasted On Early ManA new study suggests that prehistoric birds of prey made meals out of some of our earliest human ancestors.
Researchers drew this conclusion after studying more than 600 bones from modern-day monkeys. They had collected the bones from beneath the nests of African crowned eagles in the Ivory Coast's Tai rainforest. A full-grown African crowned eagle is roughly the size of an American bald eagle, which typically weighs about 10 to 12 pounds.
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Acer e310 GPSAcer showed off its new e310 GPS system today at the IFA 2006 Germany. The e310 is a portable handheld GPS device that runs on the Microsoft Windows CE. NET 5,0 software and boasts a 2.8-inch large 320 x 240 QVGA Touchscreen display with insight angle. The GPS is powered by a Samsung S3C2442XL processor that runs at a clock speed of 300MHz and also incorporates an integrated SiRF star iii LP government inspection department antenna.
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Acoustic data may reveal hidden oil suppliesJust as doctors use ultrasound to image internal organs and unborn babies, MIT Earth Resources Laboratory scientists listen to the echoing language of rocks to map what's going on tens of thousands of feet below the Earth's surface.
With the help of a new $580,000 US Department of Energy (DOE) grant, the earth researchers will use their skills at interpreting underground sound to seek out "sweet spots"--pockets of natural gas and oil........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 8/29/2006 5:15:25 AM)