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Study shows new technology may improve management of leading causes of blindness
(Oregon Health & Science University) Research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrates that technology invented by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University's Casey Eye Institute can improve the clinical management of the leading causes of blindness. Optical coherence tomography angiography could largely replace current dye-based angiography in the management of these diseases.

Better battery imaging paves way for renewable energy future
(University of Wisconsin-Madison) In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical reactions in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries containing a new type of material, iron fluoride.

Expert offers advice on how to 'pitch' a good research idea
(Wiley) For many students or junior academics -- and even for senior investigators -- initiating a new piece of research can be a daunting experience, and they often do not know where or how to begin. A recent Accounting and Finance article offers a simple new research tool that can act as a template designed for pitching research ideas to mentors or other experts.

A better grasp of primate grip
(Yale University) Scientists are coming to grips with the superior grasping ability of humans and other primates throughout history. In a new study, a research team led by Yale University found that even the oldest known human ancestors may have had precision grip capabilities comparable to modern humans. This includes Australopithecus afarensis, which appears in the fossil record a million years before the first evidence of stone tools.

9th IBRO World Congress: The most promising data from neuroscience research
(D'Or Institute for Research and Education) The 9th IBRO World Congress on Neuroscience will take place for the first time in a Latin American country, Brazil. The event will be held from July 7-11, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro. With more than 150 speakers from 23 countries and over 1,600 participants already registered from all over the world, the IBRO World Congress stands out for its diversity, bringing the newest discussions about neuroscience and results from research conducted all over the globe on a vast set of different themes.

OSU innovation boosts Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold
(Oregon State University) Researchers have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of Wi-Fi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information. It could be integrated with existing Wi-Fi systems to reduce bandwidth problems in crowded locations, such as airport terminals or coffee shops, and in homes where several people have multiple Wi-Fi devices.

Clemson, international team crack genetic code of Upland cotton
(Clemson University) In a groundbreaking achievement led by an international team that includes Clemson scientist Chris Saski, the intricately woven genetic makeup of Upland cotton has been decoded for the first time in the ancient plant's history.

Happily ever after: Scientists arrange protein-nanoparticle marriage
(University at Buffalo) University at Buffalo researchers have discovered a way to easily and effectively fasten proteins to nanoparticles -- essentially an arranged marriage -- by simply mixing them together. The biotechnology, described April 20 online in the journal Nature Chemistry, is in its infancy. But it already has shown promise for developing an HIV vaccine and as a way to target cancer cells.

Carnegie Mellon, Disney researchers develop acoustically driven controls for smartphones
(Carnegie Mellon University) Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have developed an inexpensive alternative to a smartphone's touchscreen -- a toolbox of physical knobs, sliders and other acoustically driven mechanisms that can be readily added to any device.

Drugs that activate brain stem cells may reverse multiple sclerosis
(NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) Two drugs already on the market -- an antifungal and a steroid -- may potentially take on new roles as treatments for multiple sclerosis. According to a study published in Nature today, researchers discovered that these drugs may activate stem cells in the brain to stimulate myelin-producing cells and repair white matter, which is damaged in multiple sclerosis. The study was partially funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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