Archive: 08/11/2010

Workers say 'green' buildings boost productivity

(PhysOrg.com) -- Workers who moved from conventional office buildings to environmentally friendly “green” buildings said they called in sick less often and were more productive, according to a study by a team of Michigan ...

Aug 11, 2010
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Lithium shows no benefit for people with ALS

A new study has found that the drug lithium is not effective in treating people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. The research is published in the August 11, 2010, online issue ...

Aug 11, 2010
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Timber with antennas

In the future, wood-based radio tags will optimize logistics processes in the forestry. These RFID transponders consist of paper and lignin, an integral part of plants. Thus, they do not disrupt the processing of logs and ...

Aug 11, 2010
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Digital helpers for the hearing impaired

Every fifth German is hearing impaired. In their private and in their work lives, they are restricted - such as when making a telephone call. Researchers are now ready with a digital solution, one that can partially compensate ...

Aug 11, 2010
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Hydrogen causes metal to break

Hydrogen is considered the fuel of the future. Yet this lightest of the chemical elements can embrittle the metals used in vehicle engineering. The result: components suddenly malfunction and break. A new special laboratory ...

Aug 11, 2010
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Open software platform helps to save energy

Starting 2011, energy suppliers will be obligated to offer variable power prices. A new energy management software platform will enable customers in future to opt for fl exible electricity rates, so that they can purchase ...

Aug 11, 2010
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Making vehicles safer

A car’s crash components can spell the difference between life and death. Their job is to absorb energy in a collision in order to protect the driver inside. Researchers have now found a way for the automotive industry ...

Aug 11, 2010
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Paving slabs that clean the air

The concentrations of toxic nitrogen oxide that are present in German cities regularly exceed the maximum permitted levels. That’s now about to change, as innovative paving slabs that will help protect the ...

Aug 11, 2010
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