Freezing Blueberries Improves Antioxidant Availability

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Blueberries pack a powerful antioxidant punch, whether eaten fresh or from the freezer, according to South Dakota State University graduate Marin Plumb. Anthocyanins, a group of antioxidant compounds, are responsible for the color in blueberries, she explains. Since most of the color is in the skin, freezing the blueberries actually improves the availability of the antioxidants.

– South Dakota State University|22-Jul-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Study Examines Presence of Uterine Cancers at the Time of Hysterectomy Using Morcellation

Among women undergoing a minimally invasive hysterectomy using electric power morcellation, uterine cancers were present in 27 per 10,000 women at the time of the procedure, according to a study published by JAMA. There has been concern that this procedure, in which the uterus is fragmented into smaller pieces, may result in the spread of undetected malignancies.

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association|22-Jul-2014 11:00 AM EDT

The Evolution of Airplanes

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In a new paper in the Journal of Applied Physics, researchers apply the Construcal Law to airplanes, showing "that we can witness evolution in our lifetime by documenting the evolution of a flow system that is a little more than a century old: the flying 'human-and-machine species'.

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)|22-Jul-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Fly-Inspired Sound Detector

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The fly can pinpoint the location of a chirping cricket with remarkable accuracy because of its freakishly acute hearing, which relies upon a sophisticated sound processing mechanism that really sets it apart from all other known insects. A team of researchers has developed a tiny prototype device that mimics the parasitic fly’s hearing mechanism, which may be useful for a new generation of hypersensitive hearing aids.

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)|22-Jul-2014 11:00 AM EDT

A New Multi-Bit 'Spin' for MRAM Storage

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Interest in magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is escalating, thanks to demand for fast, low-cost, nonvolatile, low-consumption, secure memory devices. MRAM boasts all of these advantages as an emerging technology, but so far it hasn't been able to match flash memory in terms of storage density. In Applied Physics Letters, a France-U.S. research team reports an intriguing new multi-bit MRAM storage paradigm with the potential to rival flash memory.

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)|22-Jul-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Mount Sinai Scientists and International Team Shed New Light on Schizophrenia in Largest Genomic Study Published to Date

As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, in the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date, conducted with 80,000 people. The findings, published online in Nature, point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia, and could lead to new approaches to treating the disorder, which has seen little innovation in drug development in more than 60 years.

– Mount Sinai Medical Center|22-Jul-2014 10:00 AM EDT

Study Compares Cost-Effectiveness of Weight-Loss Programs and Drugs

In a cost-effectiveness analysis of commercial diet programs and pills, the Weight Watchers program and the drug Qsymia showed the best value for the money. The Jenny Craig regimen generated the greatest weight loss, but was also the most expensive option tested, according to researchers at Duke-National University of Singapore (NUS) Graduate Medical School.

– Duke Medicine|22-Jul-2014 9:35 AM EDT

Business Ethics Professor Challenges Current Corporate Culture

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Diane Swanson's challenges the current corporate culture in a new book "Embedding CSR into Corporate Culture: Challenging the Executive Mind."

– Kansas State University|22-Jul-2014 9:30 AM EDT
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