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2010-10-26 00:35:27

The development and first use of a high-density SNP array for the malaria vector mosquito have established 400,000 genetic markers capable of revealing new insights into how the insect adapts to outsmart insecticides and other preventive measures, according to findings published in the current edition of the journal Science. The SNP array's snapshot of the Anopheles gambiae genome can be used by scientists worldwide to advance public health efforts to contain and eliminate the deadly disease,...

2010-08-26 09:00:00

BLOOMINGTON, Ill., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- State Farm® Insurance Companies kicks off Friday Night Feats, a national high school football video contest to find the biggest moments of the season, this Friday. Players, parents, and fans can win up to $17,500 for their high school. The contest begins Aug. 27 with first, second and third place winners - as voted by the fans - being named Dec. 13. "In 2009, we saw hundreds of great plays and community support that led to big...

2010-08-17 17:32:43

students aren't the only ones learning online. so are their teachers. English and math teachers who took professional development courses online improved their instructional practices and boosted their subject knowledge scores, producing modest performance gains for their students, report Boston College researchers in one of the first large-scale randomized experiments to study the impact of online professional development for educators. As teacher performance comes under increased scrutiny,...

2010-06-29 02:30:58

A cluster of carbon nanotubes coated with a thin layer of protein-recognizing polymer form a biosensor capable of using electrochemical signals to detect minute amounts of proteins, which could provide a crucial new diagnostic tool for the detection of a range of illnesses, a team of Boston College researchers report in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. The nanotube biosensor proved capable of detecting human ferritin, the primary iron-storing protein of cells, and E7 oncoprotein derived...

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2010-06-08 07:59:15

Boston College researchers report nanotech thin film advance A nano-scale solar cell inspired by the coaxial cable offers greater efficiency than any previously designed nanotech thin film solar cell by resolving the "thick & thin" challenge inherent to capturing light and extracting current for solar power, Boston College researchers report in the current online edition of the journal Physica Status Solidi. The quest for high power conversion efficiency in most thin film solar cells has...

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2010-04-16 12:38:03

An increase in the release of monocytes from bone marrow into the bloodstream predicts how rapidly AIDS develops in monkeys and the magnitude of monocyte turnover correlates with the severity of brain disease in AIDS, Boston College researchers report in the current edition of the online journal PLoS Pathogens. The researchers report the first observation within AIDS of a marker in blood or plasma exclusive to monocytes, which underscores the relationship between innate immune response and...

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2010-04-08 14:02:25

Super-thin material advances toward next generation applications The single-atom thick material graphene maintains its high thermal conductivity when supported by a substrate, a critical step to advancing the material from a laboratory phenomenon to a useful component in a range of nano-electronic devices, researchers report in the April 9 issue of the journal Science. The team of engineers and theoretical physicists from the University of Texas at Austin, Boston College, and France's...

2010-02-16 09:52:53

Unique nanotech structure demonstrates higher speed, capacity and longevity A tiny scaffold-like titanium structure of Nanonets coated with silicon particles could pave the way for faster, lighter and longer-lasting Lithium-ion batteries, according to a team of Boston College chemists who developed the new anode material using nanotechnology. The web-like Nanonets developed in the lab of Boston College Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dunwei Wang offer a unique structural strength, more...

2009-12-11 14:58:05

Shrinking cells snares charges in less than one-trillionth of a second Boston College researchers have observed the "hot electron" effect in a solar cell for the first time and successfully harvested the elusive charges using ultra-thin solar cells, opening a potential avenue to improved solar power efficiency, the authors report in the current online edition of Applied Physics Letters. When light is captured in solar cells, it generates free electrons in a range of energy states. But in...

2009-11-24 17:41:03

Boston College researchers provide new view of myelin structure and stability New findings from an international team of researchers probing the nerve-insulating myelin sheath were bolstered by the work of Boston College biologists, who used x-rays to uncover how mutations affect the structure of myelin, a focal point of research in multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders. The findings were central to the group's broader conclusion that a set of protein processes required in the...