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NASA gathers wind, rain, cloud data on major Tropical Cyclone Eunice
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's RapidScat, GPM and Terra satellite have been actively providing wind, rain and cloud data to forecasters about Tropical Cyclone Eunice. The storm reached Category 5 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale on Jan. 30.

Evidence mounts for quantum criticality theory
(Rice University) A new study from Rice University, Zhejiang University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Florida State University and the Max Planck Institute adds to the growing evidence supporting a theory that strange electronic behaviors -- including high-temperature superconductivity and heavy fermion physics -- arise from quantum fluctuations of strongly correlated electrons.

New method allows for greater variation in band gap tunability
(Northwestern University) By manipulating the ordered arrangement of atoms in layered complex oxide materials, Northwestern University's James Rondinelli has found a way to control their electronic band gaps, which determines the electrical behavior of the material and how it interacts with light.

UT Arlington awarded DOE grant to develop sensors for real-time evaluation of boilers
(University of Texas at Arlington) A University of Texas at Arlington engineering professor is developing a distributed wireless antenna sensor system to monitor conditions of coal-fired boilers that will lead to making the units safer, more efficient and eventually producing better designed units.

Research uncovers connection between Craigslist personals, HIV trends
(University of Minnesota) Craigslist's entry into a market results in a 15.9 percent increase in reported HIV cases, according to research from the University of Minnesota published in the December issue of MIS Quarterly.

Parallelizing common algorithms
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Researchers revamp a common 'data structure' so that it will work with multicore chips.

DNA nanoswitches reveal how life's molecules connect
(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) 'Bio-molecular interaction analysis, a cornerstone of biomedical research, is traditionally accomplished using equipment that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars,' said Wyss Associate Faculty member Wesley P. Wong, Ph.D., senior author of study. 'Rather than develop a new instrument, we've created a nanoscale tool made from strands of DNA that can detect and report how molecules behave, enabling biological measurements to be made by almost anyone, using only common and inexpensive laboratory reagents.'

VG Life Sciences secures patent covering treatment of IDB with CLIP-inducing agent
(Viral Genetics, Inc.) VG Life Sciences, a biotechnology company developing therapies for autoimmune and infectious diseases, today announced the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued US Patent No. 8906846, covering a method of treating inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) through the administration of a CLIP-inducing agent.

New software analyzes human genomes faster than other available technologies
(Nationwide Children's Hospital) Investigators have developed an analysis 'pipeline' that slashes the time it takes to search a person's genome for disease-causing variations from weeks to hours. An article describing the ultra-fast, highly scalable software was published in the latest issue of Genome Biology.

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation grants fellowship, Breakthrough Scientist awards
(Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation) The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting innovative early career researchers, named 15 new Damon Runyon Fellows at its fall Fellowship Award Committee review. The recipients of this prestigious, four-year award are outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting basic and translational cancer research in the laboratories of leading senior investigators across the country. The Committee also named six new recipients of the Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists.

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