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Entrepreneurs to venture capitalists: Don't be a Scrooge
(Baylor University) A recently published study of more than 550 decisions and responses from 144 experienced entrepreneurs reveals that 'knowledge of explicit ethical or unethical behavior [by venture capitalists] profoundly shapes the entrepreneurs' willingness to partner.'

By any media necessary
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) By studying immigrants, book provides a new view on social media and political movements.

Virtual money: User's identity can be revealed much easier than thought
(University of Luxembourg) Bitcoin is the new money: minted and exchanged on the Internet. Faster and cheaper than a bank, the service is attracting attention from all over the world. But a big question remains: are the transactions really anonymous? Researchers at the University of Luxembourg have now demonstrated how the IP address behind each transaction can be revealed with only a few computers and about 1500.

International team reveals barriers to public health data-sharing; life-saving solutions
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Barriers to the sharing of public health data hamper decision-making efforts on local, national and global levels, and stymie attempts to contain emerging global health threats, an international team led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health announced today.

Policing Canada in the 21st century: New policing for new challenges
(Council of Canadian Academies) A new expert panel report, Policing Canada in the 21st Century: New Policing for New Challenges, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies, details the complexity and global nature of policing in the modern age. Overall, a 12-member Expert Panel determined that safety and security cannot just rest with Canada's policing services. Specialists, public and private security services, and other first responders all have a vital role to play in an interconnected safety and security web.

Blu-ray disc can be used to improve solar cell performance
(Northwestern University) Who knew about Blu-ray discs? One of the best ways to store high-definition movies and television shows because of their high-density data storage, Blu-ray discs also improve the performance of solar cells, according to a new Northwestern University study. Researchers have discovered that the pattern of information written on a Blu-ray disc -- and it doesn't matter if it's Jackie Chan's 'Supercop' or the cartoon 'Family Guy' -- works very well for improving light absorption across the solar spectrum.

CT scans of coral skeletons reveal ocean acidity increases reef erosion
(University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST) For coral reefs to persist, rates of reef construction must exceed reef breakdown. Prior research has largely focused on the negative impacts of ocean acidification on reef growth, but new research this week from scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, based at the University of Hawai'i - Mānoa, demonstrates that lower ocean pH also enhances reef breakdown: a double-whammy for coral reefs in a changing climate.

Biology trumps chemistry in open ocean
(Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences) Scientists laid out a new framework based on in situ observations that will allow them to describe and understand how phytoplankton assimilate limited concentrations of phosphorus, a key nutrient, in the ocean in ways that better reflect what is actually occurring in the marine environment. This is important because nutrient uptake is a property of ocean biogeochemistry, and in many regions controls carbon dioxide fixation, which ultimately can play a role in mitigating climate change.

How does the brain react to virtual reality? Study by UCLA neuroscientists provides answer
(University of California - Los Angeles) UCLA neurophysicists studying a key brain region where Alzheimer's disease begins have discovered how the brain processes virtual reality. 'The pattern of activity in a brain region involved in spatial learning in the virtual world is completely different than in the real world,' said Mayank Mehta, a UCLA professor of physics, neurology, and neurobiology and senior author. 'We should be cautious before proceeding rapidly with millions of people using virtual reality.'

University of Minnesota, Tufts University part of global workforce development against emerging pandemic threats
(Tufts University) Under a new five-year award of up to $50 million, the University of Minnesota and Tufts University will be part of an international partnership of universities to strengthen global workforce development against emerging pandemic threats. Called One Health Workforce, the work is part of a new United States Agency for International Development Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 program, focusing on disease surveillance, training and outbreak response.

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