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Journal supplement details progress in African medical education
(NIH/Fogarty International Center) In the first substantial publication by participants of the $130 million Medical Education Partnership Initiative, more than 225 authors detailed progress made at African institutions in a 116-page supplement being published today by the journal Academic Medicine. The collection of 32 articles includes case studies of national strategies to increase numbers of doctors and health professionals trained; educational innovations such as e-learning; research capacity development; and partnerships that leverage advances across the MEPI network.

Watching Schrödinger's cat die (or come to life)
(University of California - Berkeley) Quantum mechanics holds that a system can be in more than one state at a time, only collapsing into a definite state when someone measures it. A cat is both dead and alive until someone opens the box. UC Berkeley scientists have for the first time followed the evolution of entangled quantum states to a classical state, showing that collapse is not instantaneous: you can watch the cat as it dies or comes to life.

NASA catches two tropical troublemakers in Northwestern Pacific: Halong and 96W
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) There are two tropical low pressure areas in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean today and they're close enough to each other to be captured in one image generated from data gathered by NASA's Aqua satellite.

NASA sees zombie Tropical Depression Genevieve reborn
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite helped confirm that the remnant low pressure area of former Tropical Storm Genevieve has become a zombie storm, and has been reborn as a tropical depression on July 30.

Dissolvable fabric loaded with medicine might offer faster protection against HIV
(University of Washington) University of Washington bioengineers have discovered a potentially faster way to deliver a topical drug that protects women from contracting HIV. Their method spins the drug into silk-like fibers that quickly dissolve when in contact with moisture, releasing higher doses of the drug than possible with other topical materials.

Study: Marine pest provides advances in maritime anti-fouling and biomedicine
(Clemson University) A team of biologists, led by Clemson University associate professor Andrew S. Mount, performed cutting-edge research on a marine pest that will pave the way for novel anti-fouling paint for ships and boats and also improve bio-adhesives for medical and industrial applications.The team's findings, published in Nature Communications, examined the last larval stage of barnacles that attaches to a wide variety of surfaces using highly versatile, natural, possibly polymeric material that acts as an underwater heavy-duty adhesive.

NSF grant to Wayne State supports new concept for manufacturing nanoscale devices
(Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research) According to the National Science Foundation, nanotechnology is the creation and utilization of functional materials, devices, and systems with novel properties and functions. A major bottleneck in scaling up nanotechnology is the lack of manufacturing methods that connect different functional materials into one device. A research team led by Dr. Guangzhao Mao, professor of chemical engineering and materials science at Wayne State University, is seeking answers to this problem.

F1000Research brings static research figures to life
(Faculty of 1000) F1000Research today published new research from Bjorn Brembs, professor of neurogenetics at the Institute of Zoology, Universitaet Regensburg, in Germany, with a proof-of-concept figure allowing readers and reviewers to run the underlying code within the online article. This represents an important leap forward for scientific publishing, by demonstrating a completely novel framework for assessing the quality of a scholarly output.

Across-the-board Impact Factor increases for Portland Press Limited
(Biochemical Society) Portland Press Limited today announced an across-the-board increase in Impact Factors for its molecular bioscience publications.

All-in-one energy system offers greener power for off-grid homes, farms
(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) An innovative 'trigeneration' system fueled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad.Developed by a consortium led by Newcastle University and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council through the RCUK Energy Programme, the small-scale combined cooling, heat and power system has been designed to provide dependable electricity without the need for a mains connection.

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