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University of Alberta discovers MS breakthrough
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Increasing steroids in the brains of multiple sclerosis patients may regress and possibly even cure the disease, researchers at the University of Alberta said. "We discovered that the genes that were responsible for making neurosteroids were suppressed (in MS patients)," said Dr. Chris Power, neurologist and researcher at the U of A. MS attacks the brain and spinal cord, causing inflammation and damage that can lead to paralysis and sometimes blindness. More

Turning university research into results
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President Barack Obama is not the only one who recognizes the need to create more jobs to repair our anemic economy. Bolstered by the help of dozens of universities across the country, Obama's new America Invents Act could potentially help businesses bring their inventions to the market sooner, creating new businesses and new jobs. There has been very little good news regarding unemployment numbers since the recession struck in early 2008. More

Self-cleaning cotton breaks down pesticides, bacteria    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The University of California, Davis scientists have developed a self-cleaning cotton fabric that can kill bacteria and break down toxic chemicals such as pesticide residues when exposed to light. "The new fabric has potential applications in biological and chemical protective clothing for healthcare, food processing and farmworkers, as well as military personnel," said Ning Liu, who conducted the work as a doctoral student in Professor Gang Sun's group in the UC Davis Division of Textiles of Clothing. More

Technology uses solar UV to disinfect drinking water
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A team of Purdue University researchers has invented a prototype water-disinfection system that could help the world's 800 million people who lack safe drinking water. The system uses the sun's ultraviolet radiation to inactivate waterborne pathogens. Sunlight is captured by a parabolic reflector and focused onto a UV-transparent pipe though which water flows continuously. "We've been working on UV disinfection for about 20 years," said Ernest "Chip" R. Blatchley III, a professor of civil engineering. "All of our work up until a couple years ago dealt with UV systems based on an artificial UV source. What we are working on more recently is using ultraviolet radiation from the sun." Motivating the research is the need to develop practical, inexpensive water-treatment technologies for a large segment of the world's population in developing nations. More

Researchers use carbon nanotubes to make solar cells affordable, flexible
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Researchers from Northwestern University in Illinois have developed a carbon-based material that could revolutionize the way solar power is harvested. The new solar cell material — a transparent conductor made of carbon nanotubes — provides an alternative to current technology, which is mechanically brittle and reliant on a relatively rare mineral. More

Modified vaccine shows promise in preventing malaria
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Continuing a global effort to prevent malaria infections, Michigan State University researchers have created a new malaria vaccine — one that combines the use of a disabled cold virus with an immune system-stimulating gene — that appears to increase the immune response against the parasite that causes the deadly disease. More

Affordable solar power from Cambridge spinout
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University of Cambridge spinout Eight19 has launched IndiGo — a pay-as-you-go personal solar electricity system. It combines solar and mobile phone technology to offer solar power as a service — doing away with any high up-front costs which are beyond the reach of many potential users. The system allows users to light their homes and charge mobile phones, and pay by putting credit on the device using a scratchcard, which is validated via text message. More

Is copyright enforcement censorship?
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While Congress is considering the PROTECT IP Act (Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011), there is a philosophical divide regarding the best way to deal with online piracy. More

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