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Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins

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France: Wolves to be 'educated' not to kill sheep

With French farmers and environmentalists at odds over increasing numbers of wolves killing more sheep, a plan to capture and tag problem predators, 'educating' the beasts into avoidance or identifying them for quicker elimination, is up for discussion.

Study: Timing of when you eat just as important as what you eat

Efforts to lose weight often focus on balancing calorie consumption and expenditure day by day. But the timing of daily nutritious main meals could be another important key to weight loss success, an international team of researchers suggested recently.

Study: Red ink makes students anxious

Two University of Colorado professors claimed they have demonstrated that teachers' customary use of red pens in marking corrections and grading papers often impacts students negatively and erodes teacher-student relationships, decreasing learning.

'Brain pacemakers' eyed in fight against Alzheimer's

The first human clinical trials of deep brain stimulation (DBS) to treat Alzheimer's Disease using a surgically implanted device many scientists have nicknamed a "brain pacemaker" are underway at research centers in the United States and Canada.

Physicists: Earth may be breaking through dark matter walls

University of Victoria physicists concluded earth may be traveling through dark matter walls, on its way through a universe of force fields dividing dark matter bubbles created after the big bang, and detecting this should be possible with today's tools.

Review: Pretty news e-mag app Flipboard available for Android mobiles

Tech bloggers and reporters spread word that Flipboard for Android, a magazine-style news reader officially only available with the new Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, was leaked out and linked up for download by XDA-Dev forum user Valcho on Wednesday.

Study: Belief in God increases as people age

International surveys by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago indicated higher percentages of older people worldwide believe in God and the researchers speculated the difference may be due to more contemplation of death.

Robot created with real muscles to help scientists study humans

The expectation that robots and humans will interact closely is common, but predictions about how robots and people will relate and experiments testing the shapes future bots might take continue to proliferate. Will mechanical helpers look like ECCERobot?

NASA captures new images of Saturn's moon Rhea

NASA displayed new raw, unedited images of Saturn's moon Rhea, captured by the Cassini spacecraft on a close-approach of 42,000 kilometers (26,000 miles), a relatively distant pass suitable for geologic mapping.

Op-Ed: New iPad maybe worth it for AT&T, Verizon customers

Because AT&T and Verizon are creating new LTE 4G networks, and because tablets might be the new laptops, ordering one of Apple's third generation LTE-enabled, graphically-advanced iPads might seem a tech-savvy move, or even a must.

Viral Video: Astrophysicist deGrasse Tyson's most amazing fact

When a Time magazine reader asked astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to share "the most astounding fact about the Universe," he answered in a video. The vividly illustrated presentation has gone viral, receiving hundreds of thousands of hits.

Titanic app coming to iPad

The Titanic app for iPad is a portable documentary of the Titanic sinking on April 14, 1912, and adds to the list of 100-year anniversary commemorations happening in 2012, including the release of a 3D version of James Cameron's Oscar-winning 1997 film.

Study: Higher BPA levels lead to future heart disease

New research has provided more evidence that higher urine concentrations in healthy people of the estrogen-like chemical bisphenol A (BPA), used widely in plastics manufacturing and known to disrupt endocrine system functioning, raises heart disease risk.

Tohoku mega-quake displaced deep-sea microbes

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck March 11, 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku, Japan shifted the ocean floor of the region, triggering the release of a giant methane plume that carried away microbes living in the Earth's crust.

ESA's ATVs named to tell space science history while stocking ISS

The European Space Agency announced its fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle has been named Georges Lemaître, after the Belgian scientist who provided the first observational estimation of the Hubble constant, which was later called the Big Bang theory.

Freeze-dried heart valve structures to store, transplant

The biological scaffolds of heart valves with cellular materials removed can be freeze-dried and stored for transplanting later as tissue-engineered replacement valves, Leibniz University and Hannover Medical School researchers claimed.

Study: Drug based on curcumin effective on 'Alzheimer's flies'

Curcumin, a turmeric plant root extract and key spice in curry blends, boosts activity and prolongs life for experimental fruit flies genetically engineered to develop an Alzheimer's-like brain disorder, Linköping University researchers have claimed.

Apple suing Samsung over patent infringement

Apple sought a preliminary injunction against sales of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus smartphone powered by Google's Android 4.0 ("Ice Cream Sandwich") operating system, citing four new patents, part of a federal lawsuit that involves more patent claims.

Study: Pot smokers twice as likely to have car accidents

A new study at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada has provided evidence that drivers who smoke pot even hours before operating a motor vehicle are twice as likely to cause crashes as drivers not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Scientist creates $50 artifical leg

Research scientist Jan Andrysek of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto designed a low-cost artificial knee, winning a $100,000 grant from Grand Challenges Canada, one of 15 awarded to Canada's "rising stars in global health."
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