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Time To Get Tough, Environmentalists Say

September 3, 2010 4:38 pm | Podcasts | Comments

With no climate change legislation coming out of the Senate, Sierra Club head Michael Brune says it's time to try a new strategy to fight global warming. Author Bill McKibben says it's time to get angry. Brune and McKibben discuss their ideas for curbing climate change.

Insomnia Means More Than A Bad Night's Sleep

September 3, 2010 4:38 pm | Podcasts | Comments

A new study says men who reported having insomnia and who slept less than 6 hours a night were four times more likely to die over a 14-year period when compared to men who reported sleeping well. Sleep researcher and psychiatrist Alexandros Vgontzas explains the finding.

Can Cognitive Exercise Speed Up Dementia?

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

New research suggests that seniors who did mentally stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles postponed the loss of thinking skills, but had an accelerated rate of decline once dementia set in later in life. Neuropsychologist Robert S. Wilson explains the finding.

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Stocky Dinosaur With Menacing Toes Unearthed

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers describe a new predatory dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period in Europe. Balaur bondoc (Romanian for "stocky dragon") is huskier than its relative the Velociraptor.

Is Organically Produced Food More Nutritious?

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Reporting in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers write that organically grown strawberries contain more antioxidants and vitamin C than conventional berries. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the findings, and whether the differences would have any meaningful impact on Americans' health.

Studying Computers To Learn About Ourselves

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Clifford Nass, a communications professor at Stanford University, has been studying the ways humans interact with computers to tease out some of the intricacies of how people relate to each other. He talks about those findings in his new book The Man Who Lied to His Laptop.

Older adults express anxiety in different ways

September 3, 2010 4:35 pm | by Baylor College of Medicine | News | Comments

While there are several factors that can cause anxiety in older adults, it can be difficult to identify because they express anxiety in unique ways, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine . Common types of anxiety disorders in older adults include generalized anxiety,...

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CDRH Touts Proposed 510(k) Changes as Good News for Device Industry

September 3, 2010 2:33 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

CDRH is trying to sell devicemakers on suggested changes to the 510(k) process, saying the changes would increase regulatory predictability.

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Device Industry Has Much at Stake as Court Takes Up Matrixx Case

September 3, 2010 2:32 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in a shareholder lawsuit against Matrixx Initiatives, the device industry is bracing itself for a ruling that could dramatically increase the amount of information companies must provide to the public and change the FDA’s role in...

<i>Blog: </i>Shire launches Facebook page for Gaucher disease month

September 3, 2010 9:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Shire plc has launched a Facebook page in honor of National Gaucher Awareness Month – a move designed to link the name of the company, and the name of the rare disease its drug, VPRIV, is treating.

Pfizer ends brain cancer vaccine deal with Celldex

September 3, 2010 9:33 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Celldex Therapeutics Inc. has said Pfizer Vaccines LLC terminated its agreement with the Needham-based biotechnology firm to develop a potential brain cancer vaccine.

Mitsumi Prototypes MEMS Mirror With 10mW Power Consumption

September 3, 2010 9:33 am | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

According to Nikkei Electronics, Mitsumi Electric Co Ltd prototyped a MEMS mirror for laser projectors. The mirror is driven by using piezoelectric devices (PZTs), and a laser light is scanned to project an image.

TI expects shipments of DLP 3D Ready chips to reach 2-3 million units in 2011

September 3, 2010 9:33 am | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

According an article from Digitimes, Texas Instruments (TI) vice president of DLP business Kent Novak at a conference has commented that the company's shipments of DLP 3D Ready chips will increase to 2-3 million units in 2011, and the company already shipped over 300,000 from the fourth...

Polymer carpets - a new class of nanomaterials for NEMS and MEMS

September 3, 2010 9:33 am | by I-Micronews | News | Comments

Unlike most biological membranes, polymeric, nanometer-thin membranes are very stable and can withstand considerable pressure. This is an essential requirements for separation processes such as in water purification and desalination. Because their ...

China-Biotics Announces September 20 Investor Day Schedule

September 3, 2010 9:33 am | by Bio-Medicine.Org | News | Comments

China-Biotics Announces September 20 Investor Day Schedule -- SHANGHAI, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ --

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