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Electronic patient records are not a panacea

Large-scale electronic patient record (EPR) programmes promise much but sometimes deliver little, according to a new study by UCL researchers that reviewed findings from hundreds of previous studies from all over the world.

Dec 14, 2009
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Was the Arab Spring a false one?

he Arab Spring has turned to winter. A year after protests, demonstrations and uprisings rocked the Arab world, hopes for peaceful transitions and free elections are fading in Egypt, Libya, and especially Syria, while elsewhere ...

Dec 14, 2012
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Tuning in on cellular communication in the fruit fly

In their ongoing study of the processes involved in embryonic development in fruit flies, researchers at WPI's Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park have identified the function of a protein that sticks ...

Feb 18, 2009
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New center looks at how human systems function or fail

A new center called the National Resource for Network Biology (NRNB), based at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, will help clinicians analyze an ever-growing wealth of complex biological ...

Oct 29, 2010
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No catastrophes please, it's software modelling

(PhysOrg.com) -- European researchers have created a development platform that will enable applications to tackle the enormous and increasing complexity of modern computer science. It promises better quality at a lower price.

Jan 29, 2010
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Virtualizing succession and sustainability

How do we as a society imagine our future? With social and natural environments changing, often quickly, it's difficult to imagine how our society might look a generation or more into the future. How can we then develop robust ...

Feb 18, 2010
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Echoes of phlogiston in stem cell biology

Before it was learned that matter burns by taking up oxygen, most chemists sought to explain combustion as the release of a mysterious substance, which they named "phlogiston". Phlogiston theory was a conceptual breakthrough ...

Sep 21, 2009
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Tough times, complex systems -- a modernisation story

(PhysOrg.com) -- Tough economic times call for tough measures to remain competitive. That goes for software modernisation as well. A European project has just released a prototype of a software engineering platform that could ...

May 04, 2009
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