Archive: 08/17/2006

Racial misidentification causes distress

University of Iowa sociologists suggest routine racial misidentification causes high levels of emotional distress and might lead to suicide.

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Brain's cannabinoid system fights seizures

A German-led study shows the brain area that responds to the active chemical in marijuana also provides central "on-demand" protection against seizures.

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Brain cell potassium regulator is studied

U.S. scientists say proteins regulating brain-cell activity by controlling potassium ion flow behave more like volume controls than on-off switches.

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Probing Question: Does eating while watching TV harm kids?

Fixing a plate of animal crackers and a glass of milk for your little one to snack on while watching Dora the Explorer or Bob the Builder sounds harmless, doesn't it? After all, eating in front of the TV is ...

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Turbulent fibers

From car interiors to diapers – non-woven tissues are used every-where. Manufacturers are aiming to produce increasingly hard-wearing non-woven tissues from as little plastic as possible. A simulation model ...

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Energy from ceramics

Micro fuel cells are already being acclaimed as an alternative to batteries. However, producing them from hundreds of tiny separate parts is complex and expensive. An alternative is now available: ceramic fuel ...

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Snapdragons take the evolutionary high-road

Roses are red, violets are blue, but why aren't snapdragons orange? Norwich scientists from the John Innes Centre (JIC) and the University of East Anglia (UEA) in collaboration with the Université Paul Sabatier ...

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