A simple act of cash changing hands could become a lot less private. U.S. researchers have developed a new way of embedding traceable chips within “smart” paper—raising the possibility of banks and governments guarding against counterfeiting and even tracking the usage of paper money.
The new method of embedding radio frequency identification chips (RFID) in paper came from North Dakota State University in Fargo. Researchers used a patent-pending technology—called Laser Enabled Advanced [...]
Dr Ranjan Batra investigated what happened after the film’s conclusion
State had not filed paperwork – despite voting ‘yes’ in 1995
Mississippi has finally abolished slavery 148 years after the 13th Amendment was first passed by the Senate – thanks to movie-goers at the University of Mississippi.
Dr Ranjan Batra, an associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, saw the Oscar-nominated Steven Spielberg movie Lincoln in [...]
Beneath the streets of Boston is an aging network of natural gas pipelines that delivers fuel to heat homes and power appliances but also threatens to feed fires and even cause explosions. Highlighting the need for repairs, a new study detected more than 3,300 natural gas leaks throughout the city.
Researchers from Boston University and Duke logged 785 road miles (1,263 kilometers) in the city, driving around in a GPS-equipped car [...]
Barack Obama won a second term but no mandate. Thanks in part to his own small-bore and brutish campaign, victory guarantees the president nothing more than the headache of building consensus in a gridlocked capital on behalf of a polarized public.
If the president begins his second term under any delusion that voters rubber-stamped his agenda on Tuesday night, he is doomed to fail.
Mandates are rarely won on election night. They [...]
Few emigrants from China cite politics, but it underlies many of their concerns. They talk about a development-at-all-costs strategy that has ruined the environment, as well as a deteriorating social and moral fabric that makes China feel like a chillier place than when they were growing up. Over all, there is a sense that despite all the gains in recent decades, China’s political and social trajectory is still highly [...]
Genetic mutations have been found in three generations of butterflies from near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, scientists said Tuesday, raising fears radiation could affect other species.
Around 12 percent of pale grass blue butterflies that were exposed to nuclear fallout as larvae immediately after the tsunami-sparked disaster had abnormalities, including smaller wings and damaged eyes, researchers said.
The insects were mated in a laboratory well outside the fallout zone and 18 [...]
It is often said that it is better to forgive and forget.
But psychologists say actually getting angry can be the best way to solve relationship problems.
James McNulty, associate professor at the University of Tennessee, found that forgiving may actually build up resentment.
The key to a happy marriage: It is not always best to forgive and forget, say Florida researchers
He said the ‘short-term discomfort of an angry but honest conversation’ can [...]
People across the world are falling so far short on exercise that the problem has become a global pandemic, causing nearly a tenth of deaths worldwide and killing roughly as many people as smoking, researchers warned this week as an alarming series of studies was published in the Lancet.
Eight out of 10 youngsters age 13 to 15 don’t get enough exercise, according to one of the Lancet studies released Tuesday, [...]
A freezer malfunction at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital has severely damaged one-third of the world’s largest collection of autism brain samples, potentially setting back research on the disorder by years, scientists say.
An official at the renowned brain bank in Belmont discovered that the freezer had shut down in late May, without triggering two alarms. Inside, they found 150 thawed brains that had turned dark from decay; about a third of them [...]
The severe shortage of viable organs for transplantation in the U.S. has led a transplant surgeon to propose harvesting kidneys from people who are not dead yet.
Dr. Paul Morrissey, an associate professor of surgery at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, wrote in The American Journal of Bioethics that the protocol known as donation after cardiac death — meaning death as a result of irreversible damage to the cardiovascular system — [...]
How Fukushima May Show Up in Your Sushi
May 28, 2012
Those looking for evidence of the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan may need search no further than their next plate of sushi, Stanford University researchers report.
The researchers tested 15 Pacific bluefin tuna that had migrated from Japan to the California coast and found that the levels of radioactive cesium in these fish were 10 times higher [...]
By: The Daily Telegraph
SYDNEY – Children are being lumbered with hours of school homework every week — but the extra slog does not do them any good, according to an Australian study.
Research reveals elementary school homework offers no real benefit — and only limited results in junior high school.
Only senior students in grades 11 and 12 benefit from after-school work, said associate professor Richard Walker, from Sydney University’s Education Faculty.
KU News – Tax lobbying provides 22,000 percent return to firms, KU reseachers find
“LAWRENCE — Three professors at the University of Kansas have found that a one-time tax break allowed several multinational corporations to receive a 22,000 percent return on lobbying expenditures.
The study was conducted by Raquel Meyer Alexander, assistant professor of accounting; Stephen Mazza, associate dean of the School of Law; and Susan Scholz,
associate professor of accounting and Harper [...]
Newt Gingrich isn’t exactly chasing the gay vote.
The Republican presidential candidate told a homosexual Iowa man at a campaign event on Tuesday to vote for President Obama.
Scott Arnold, a Democrat and associate professor of writing at William Penn University, approached the ex-House speaker in Oskaloosa wanting to know how Gingrich would represent him as President, according to the Des Moines Register.
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1,000,000 Economists Can Be Wrong: The Free Trade Fallacies
Steve Keen, Debtwatch | Sep. 30, 2011, 6:02 AM | 261 | 1
Steve Keen an Associate Professor of Economics& Finance at the University of Western Sydney
Not only did the global financial crisis catch the vast majority of economists completely unawares, they instead expected tranquil and even buoyant times just as the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression began. [...]
Western Massachusetts’ poorest residents have less buying power now than they had in 1979, according to a study released Monday by the University of Massachusetts.
In 1979, the poorest 20 percent of Pioneer Valley residents earned $20,983 once figures are adjusted for inflation to represent 2009 dollars, according MassBenchmarks, a study of the state’s economy prepared by the University of Massachusetts’ Donahue Institute and the [...]
Look at the numbers for Richmond. Then they pulled the plug on the monitors.
Vancouver seaweed almost 400% above international limit for iodine-131 in food… by March 28
seaweed samples were still showing increasing iodine-131 as of March 28, according to data provided by [Krzystof Starosta, a nuclear chemist and physicist and associate professor at Simon Fraser University]. In samples of dehydrated seaweed taken on March 15 [...]
NPR is now reporting that the oil spill could be 70,000 barrels of oil a day, which is considerably greater than the estimate of 5,000 barrels per day currently being reported. What is the view of Oil Drum readers regarding the likelihood of the higher estimate being accurate? According to the story: The analysis was conducted by Steve Werely, an associate professor at Purdue University, [...]