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2014-01-20 09:42:42

A new class of molecules called acyldepsipeptides — ADEPs — may provide a new way to attack bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics. Researchers at Brown and MIT have discovered a way to increase the potency of ADEPs by up to 1,200 times. Their findings appear in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. As concerns about bacterial resistance to antibiotics grow, researchers are racing to find new kinds of drugs to replace ones that are no longer effective. One...

2014-01-14 23:30:11

Depth of Expertise in Digital Conversion, Understanding of STM Publishing Cited as Reasons for Partnering with DCL New York, NY (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), an industry leader in organizing, converting and enhancing content into digital formats, announced today at Digital Book World that it is helping The MIT Press convert computer science textbooks into reflowable eBooks, making it easier to view the many highly complex charts, graphs and tables on digital...

2014-01-14 12:20:54

-- OEM Members include Honda, Subaru and Jaguar Land Rover -- SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading a new effort to address the continuing challenge of driver distraction, global automotive supplier DENSO, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab and Touchstone Evaluations have founded a consortium, Advanced Human Factors Evaluator for Automotive Distraction (AHEAD), that aims to develop new perspectives and methodologies for a holistic and objective...

2014-01-09 08:33:32

TradingScreen, MIT Club of New York, MIT Enterprise Forum NYC, and NYCPromise Launch $50,000 Contest to Promote Programmer Creativity, Diversity, and Literacy NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TradingScreen Inc. (TradingScreen), The MIT Club of New York, The MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC, and NYCPromise are proud to announce the launch of "Dream it. Code it. Win it.," a competition for student programmers. Dream It. Code It Win It. will award more than $50,000 in committed...

Ocean Ecosystem Affected By Powerful Internal Waves: Study
2014-01-09 06:08:08

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research on the ocean’s hidden waves was conducted in a lab and in the South China Sea. According to a January 8 report from MIT news, internal waves can be hundreds of feet tall and produce damaging effects to the climate and the ocean’s ecosystem. Experiments in laboratories and in the ocean have scientists claiming to have solved the mystery of what causes the largest internal waves in the world. The new findings,...

2014-01-07 16:23:21

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the latest issue of MIT Technology Review hits newsstands in the U.S. and worldwide. Leading an exceptional set of feature stories is the cover story: "Why We Will Need Genetically Modified Foods." In it, editor David Rotman examines the essential role of GMOs in ensuring that we can feed a growing population in a world whose climate continues to change. Genetically altered potatoes (video: http://techre.vu/18TcbE0),...

2013-12-16 12:22:25

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Writing in the New York Times in her 2005 Op-Ed, All the Right Moves, 2-time United States chess champion Jennifer Shahade discussed the difficulty facing chess education in America. 10 years later, the U.S. chess champion has teamed up with a group of math educators and engineers from MIT, Caltech, Stanford and Vanderbilt University, to create a math learning aid that will inspire kids to excel in both math and chess education. That new STEM...

Technique Accelerates Gene Discovery
2013-12-13 08:05:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers working to decipher the role of genes since the completion of the Human Genome Project may see their efforts accelerated by a new approach that lets them permanently and selectively delete genes from a cell's DNA. The new system, known as CRISPR, was developed by researchers at MIT, the Broad Institute, and the Whitehead Institute, and should allow scientists to study the entire genome at once. In two new papers...

Standard Testing_TS_121113
2013-12-11 14:49:25

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from researchers at MIT slated to appear in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science has shown a distinct disconnect between performances on standardized tests and students’ cognitive abilities. Standardized tests, a measure of so-called crystallized intelligence, have been shown to be an accurate predictor of students’ future educational achievement, as well as their employment and income prospects as...

2013-12-10 10:27:32

Shifts in zinc's location could be exploited for early diagnosis of prostate cancer Zinc, an essential nutrient, is found in every tissue in the body. The vast majority of the metal ion is tightly bound to proteins, helping them to perform biological reactions. Tiny amounts of zinc, however, are only loosely bound, or "mobile," and thought to be critical for proper function in organs such as the brain, pancreas, and prostate gland. Yet the exact roles the ion plays in biological systems...