Butterfly proboscis and galeal sliding

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Enjoy this research video of a butterfly's proboscis and its galeae sliding against one another. For more information visit: http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/butterflies-could-hold-key-t... http://www.clemson.edu/ces/kornevlab http://www.clemson.edu/cafls/departments/biosci/faculty_staff/adler_p.ht... http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1354956&HistoricalAwards...

NCAR study points to increase in unhealthy summertime ozone levels

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Local weather forecast warnings about unhealthy air could become much more common around the country. A recent scientific study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research warns of a whopping 70% increase in the number of days with unhealthy summertime ozone levels by the year 2050.

Harvard University researcher wants to fix faulty learning

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Susan Carey discusses her interest in studying abstract knowledge. Under a National Science Foundation-funded INSPIRE project, Harvard University psychologists Susan Carey and Deborah Zaitchik are studying how executive function influences the process of learning. Here, Carey discusses her interest in studying abstract knowledge. For more information visit: http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132270&org=NSF&from...

Alzheimer’s patients: A surprise finding in executive function

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Deborah Zaitchik says executive function measures for Alzheimer’s patients show staggering declines. Under a National Science Foundation-funded INSPIRE project, Harvard University psychologists Susan Carey and Deborah Zaitchik are studying how executive function influences the process of learning. Here, Zaitchik discusses differences between populations with strong and weak executive function. For more information visit:...

How tiger sharks affect Shark Bay’s ecosystem

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For the last two decades, Michael Heithaus has been studying how tiger sharks affect one particular ecosystem – Shark Bay, Australia, one of the world’s most pristine seagrass ecosystems. The Florida International University biologist explains how his team studies these top predators and their prey, and why tiger sharks are so important to the health of Shark Bay.

Saving our ecologically important coral reefs

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Coral reefs are dying. Harboring some of the most diverse species of marine life, corals are ecologically important. Paul Sikkel, a marine ecologist from Arkansas State University, explains why many coral reefs are dying and how we can save them. For more information, visit: http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129643 http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=124768 http://www.livescience.com/40687-gnathia-marleyi-controversy-nsf-ria.htm...

Helping health care technologies communicate

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Julian Goldman, a physician at Mass General Hospital, knows better than most the frustrations that doctors face when they're confronted with computer systems and devices that just won't communicate with each other. His lab has been a pioneer in developing open source tools and standards designed to integrate the various technologies used in homes and hospitals. The effort, in turn, led to the development of a community of likeminded researchers and manufacturers that would like to break...

Health care that follows you from home to hospital and back

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Professor Marjorie Skubic from the University of Missouri has created a suite of health care technologies that identify when an individual falls in their home or when their physical behavior changes over time. However, how does a physician at a hospital know about and use information gathered by devices like those designed by Skubic for the home? And likewise, how does information about a patient's condition in the hospital get incorporated into technologies like Skubic's when they return...

Fire ants spreading through southeast U.S. through landscape corridors

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Invasive fire ants. Crossing the border from South America to North America, they’re on-the-march across the U.S. Southeast and beyond. How does habitat – in particular, corridors that connect one place with another – help these ants spread? For more information visit: http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132165

Local 3D printing hubs bring manufacturing back to U.S.

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Imaginestics is a start-up out of West Lafayette, Indiana, founded by Nainesh Rathod. At the Smart America Expo, Rathod was part of a team that demonstrated the potential impact of "Smart Shape Technology" on 3D printing and local manufacturing hubs. The system lets you can take a picture of a part of a larger device with a mobile phone, and then identify a local retailer where this part can be found or instantly print it at a local neighborhood 3D printing service provider. The...