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A new ultrasensitive test for peanut allergies
(University of Connecticut) UConn chemists have developed a new test for peanut allergies that can not only tell whether someone is allergic, it can also determine how intense their allergic reaction will be.

New approach to assessing effectiveness of anti-cancer drugs
(University of Manchester) Manchester scientists have a developed a new method to monitor the effect of anti-cancer drugs on very rare leukaemia stem cells. The approach potentially allows doctors to screen patients and personalise their treatment.

Synthetic biology breakthrough leads to cheaper statin production
(University of Manchester) University of Manchester researchers, together with industrial partner DSM, have developed a single-step fermentative method for the production of leading cholesterol-lowering drug, pravastatin, which will facilitate industrial-scale statin drug production.

Shake it off? Not so easy for people with depression, new brain research suggests
(University of Michigan Health System) Rejected by a person you like? Just 'shake it off' and move on, as music star Taylor Swift says. But while that might work for many people, it may not be so easy for those with untreated depression, a new brain study finds.

Top-precision optical atomic clock starts ticking
(Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw) A state-of-the-art optical atomic clock, collaboratively developed by scientists from the University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University, and Nicolaus Copernicus University, is now 'ticking away' at the National Laboratory of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics in Toru, Poland. As the first of its kind in Poland and one of just a handful of clocks of this caliber in the world, the new clock will keep track of the passage of time with extraordinary precision.

Economic models provide insights into global sustainability challenges
(Purdue University) Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes.

EARTH Magazine: Hazard lingers after South Napa earthquake
(American Geosciences Institute) After the Aug. 24, 2014, Napa Valley earthquake, movement continued along the principal fault to the north of the epicenter, according to a report released by the US Geological Survey. Such 'afterslip' is known from previous quakes, but this is the first time that strong afterslip has been observed in a populated residential community.

Looking into the light
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Jon Schuller, professor of electrical and computer engineering, receives an NSF CAREER award to investigate the interactions between light and organic materials.

Social circles
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) An MIT study details the degree to which urban movement is linked to social activity.

'Ecosystem services' help assess ocean energy development
(Brown University) In a new paper, Brown University environmental scientists suggest that the way to fill vast gaps in knowledge about the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of ocean energy development is to consider how the benefits provided by ocean ecosystems change before and after the placement of ocean energy infrastructure. The authors examine the case of Muskeget Channel in Massachusetts as an example.

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