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China's reform of R&D budget management doesn't go far enough
(University of Nottingham) China's budget management is lagging behind countries which spend similar amounts on research and development, and recent reform has not gone far enough.That is the view of the University of Nottingham's Dr. Cong Cao, whose research is published on Aug. 29, 2014, in the prestigious academic journal, Science.

Quentin Bryce receives first Alliance honorary doctorate
(Monash University) The former Australian Governor-General the Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO has received the first joint honorary doctorate from the Monash Warwick Alliance.The honorary degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa, conferred by the Alliance yesterday, recognizes Ms. Bryce's contribution to advancing human rights and equality, the rights of women and children, and the welfare of the family.

Cellphone addiction 'an increasingly realistic possibility,' Baylor study finds
(Baylor University) Women college students average 10 hours a day on their cellphones and men students spend nearly eight. Excessive use poses potential risks for academic performance, according to a Baylor University study on cellphone activity.

A VA exit strategy
(The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth) As the federal government plans its exit strategy from the war, now may be the time for it to rethink its role in providing health care to veterans, says a Perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine. The VA incurs high fixed costs of a brick-and-mortar health care system, the largest salaried workforce in the federal government, and a large administration.

After Great Recession, Americans are unhappy, worried, pessimistic, Rutgers study finds
(Rutgers University) The protracted and uneven recovery from the Great Recession has led most Americans to conclude that the US economy has undergone a permanent change for the worse, according to a new national study at Rutgers. Seven in 10 now say the recession's impact is permanent, up from half in 2009 when the recession officially ended, according to the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

Mobile app makes ID of harmful plants, insects in Texas a snap
(University of Texas at Austin) A free mobile app from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center helps ID harmful organisms in Texas.

TGen receives approval for patient enrollment in brain cancer clinical trial
(The Translational Genomics Research Institute) In 2012, The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation awarded $10 million in grants for two groundbreaking brain cancer research projects at the Translational Genomics Research Institute. One of those projects has officially received the final regulatory approval from University of California, San Francisco, which means patient enrollment for the trial can begin.

Second-hand e-cig smoke compared to regular cigarette smoke
(University of Southern California) Second-hand e-cig smoke has 10 times less particulate matter than regular cigarette smoke; but higher levels of certain toxic metals.

Berkeley-Haas professor wins American Accounting Association Best Paper Award
(University of California - Berkeley Haas School of Business) Yaniv Konchitchki, assistant professor in the Accounting Group at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, has received a prestigious 2014 Best Paper Award from the American Accounting Association, the world's largest community of accountants in academia.

Informing NASA's Asteroid Initiative: A citizen forum
(Arizona State University) An innovative project between NASA (the US government's space agency) and a group led by Arizona State University called ECAST -- Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology -- is planning to hold citizen forums to engage ordinary citizens in active dialogue about NASA's Asteroid Initiative.

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