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UT Austin to Lead $58 Million Effort to Study Potential New Energy Source

A research team led by The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded approximately $58 million to analyze deposits of frozen methane under the Gulf of Mexico that hold enormous potential to increase the world’s energy supply.

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Highly Effective New Anti-Cancer Drug Shows Few Side Effects in Mice

A new drug, OTS964, can eradicate aggressive human lung cancers transplanted into mice. It inhibits the action of a protein that is overproduced by several tumor types but is rarely expressed in healthy adult tissues. Without it, cancer cells fail to complete the cell-division process and die.

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Adaptive Zoom Riflescope Prototype Has Push-Button Magnification

Sandia National Laboratories has developed a prototype Rapid Adaptive Zoom for Assault Rifles (RAZAR). At the push of a button, RAZAR can toggle between high and low magnifications, enabling users to zoom in without having to remove their eyes from their targets or their hands from their rifles. The RAZAR prototype uses a patented active optical zoom system, called “adaptive zoom.” Adaptive zoom changes the focal lengths of two or more lenses by varying the curvature of the lenses’ surfaces to provide optical zoom without changing their overall positions relative to one another, allowing the user to view either a wide-angle image or zoom in on an area of interest with a compact, low-power system.

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Expert Explains the Hows and Whys of Pesticides

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Overweight Women Lose in the Labor Market: Vanderbilt Study Finds

Overweight women are more likely to work in lower-paying and more physically demanding jobs; less likely to get higher-wage positions that include interaction with the public; and make less money in either case compared to average size women and all men, according to a new Vanderbilt study.

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Kansas Grocer Forms Unique Relationship with Local Farmers

Knowing that their county had rank toward the bottom of healthy counties in Kansas, citizens got together to enhance access to more healthy foods, specifically produce. Now a rural grocer partners with a local farmers' market to provide more fresh produce to people and promises to buy leftover produce from market night to sell in his store.

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Findings Point to an “Off Switch” for Drug Resistance in Cancer

Salk research indicates a potential mechanism for cancer cells’ adaptability.

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Binghamton University Engineering Program Boasts 50 Percent Female Representation

Bucking the national and historic trend of disproportionately low female enrollment in STEM disciplines, Binghamton University announced this week that its new Executive Master of Science in Health Systems program based in Manhattan has so far enjoyed a consistent 50 percent female enrollment as it moves into building for its third year of operation. By comparison to national averages, this is more than double the available figures for STEM overall and specifically higher than the roughly 24 percent of female students reported in engineering coursework nationwide.

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Will My Child Get Ebola?

For many months, the world has witnessed the Ebola virus spread and claim more than 4,400 lives in West African countries. On Oct. 8, the first confirmed adult Ebola patient identified in the United States died. The constant news coverage has heightened concern among parents who fear their children will become infected.

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Digital Archaeology Changes Exploration of the Past

Derek Counts, professor and chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is studying new ways of documenting and sharing artifacts.

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