Archive: 06/23/2011

Lowering the color of crystals in sugar factories

Like diamonds, sugar crystals ideally are very pure and low in color. Now studies led by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) chemist Gillian Eggleston have provided a better understanding of the source of undesirable color ...

Jun 23, 2011
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Smartphone app helps you find friends in a crowd

Can a smartphone app enable meaningful, face-to-face conversation? Engineers are trying to find out, with software that helps people locate their friends in a crowd – and make new friends who share similar interests.

Jun 23, 2011
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Chemist solves riddle of killer diseases

Anthrax, septicemia and meningitis are some of the planet's most deadly infections. In part because doctors lack basic insights to prevent and cure diseases caused by so called Gram-positive bacteria. Now, ...

Jun 23, 2011
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Youth cybercrime linked to friends' influence

Peer influence and low self-control appear to be the major factors fueling juvenile cybercrime such as computer hacking and online bullying, according to a new study led by a Michigan State University criminologist.

Jun 23, 2011
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American Express checks in with Foursquare

American Express and Foursquare announced a partnership on Thursday to provide discounts to AmEx cardholders who use the location-based service to "check in" from participating shops and restaurants.

Jun 23, 2011
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Cybercrime networks impacted 1M computer users

(AP) -- Law enforcement officers in the U.S. and seven other nations have seized dozens of computers, servers and bank accounts in an international probe of cybercrime rings responsible for $74 million in losses to more ...

Jun 23, 2011
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'Language tests being misused': new study

A seminal article on language testing, co-authored by Dr Glenn Fulcher, a Reader in Education at the University of Leicester, argues that some agencies are using unsuitable language tests to achieve policy ends.

Jun 23, 2011
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Scientists uncover an unhealthy herds hypothesis

Biologists worldwide subscribe to the healthy herds hypothesis, the idea that predators can keep packs of prey healthy by removing the weak and the sick. This reduces the chance disease will wipe out the whole ...

Jun 23, 2011
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