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2014-02-14 04:22:53

MIT's H@cking Medicine Program Will Deliver Technology Platform for Global Genes(TM) to Provide Novel Tools to Help Physicians Speed Diagnosis of Rare Disease Patients CHICAGO, Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Diagnosis is one of the most challenging problems faced by rare disease patients and caregivers. The Shire Rare Disease Impact Report found that it takes an average of 7.6 years for rare disease patients in the US to receive a proper diagnosis, with 2-3 misdiagnoses...

MIT Develops Unprecedented System That Lets Robots Work Together
2014-02-13 08:59:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at MIT have developed a new system that combines simple control programs to enable fleets of robots or other “multiagent systems” to collaborate in extraordinary ways. Due to the difficulty of designing control programs for “multiagent systems” – groups of robots or networks of devices with different functions – engineers have typically restricted themselves to scenarios in which reliable information about...

Curly Hair Physics
2014-02-13 08:08:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In animated films, the heroes and villains tend to be on opposite ends of the moral spectrum. Their hair, however, tends to be remarkably similar. It is usually rigid, or — if it moves at all — it is straight and swings to and fro, according to MIT researchers. An animated character with bouncy, curly hair is rare because computer animators don't have a simple mathematical means for describing it. You may soon notice a change in...

2014-02-12 08:35:36

Equity-based Crowdfunding Firm, PeoplesVC, levels the investment playing field by opening deals that have been exclusively the domain of high net-worth investors to the general public PETERBOROUGH, N.H., Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For decades the MIT Enterprise Forum, the preeminent organization of entrepreneurs in the global innovation economy, has been nurturing emerging technology startups. And for the past 80 years, 99% of Americans have been forbidden from investing in early...

Robot Can Help Speed Up Clinical Stroke Drug Trials
2014-02-12 06:55:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new robot developed by engineers at MIT could drastically reduce the time and cost associated with Phase III trials for stroke-related medications by approximately 70 percent, according to research appearing in a recent edition of the American Heart Association journal Stroke. “The development of drugs to treat acute stroke or aid in stroke recovery is a multibillion-dollar endeavor that only rarely pays off in the form of...

2014-02-11 08:28:50

New Attivio unified information access modules give more control to non-technical business users; simplify fine-precision content searches NEWTON, Mass., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Predictive analytics is not reaching its full potential because companies are struggling to rapidly bring information sources together to make meaningful predictions. Today, Attivio eliminates the source integration challenge through the newest version of Active Intelligence Engine® (AIE®), the leading unified...

Permian Mass Extinction May Have Happened In The Blink Of An Eye
2014-02-11 05:07:01

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Approximately 252 million years ago, the largest mass extinction event in the history of animal life on Earth occurred — wiping out more than 96 percent of marine species and 70 percent of terrestrial species. This included the largest insects known to have inhabited the planet. Scientists have explored many theories to explain the cause of the end-Permian extinction, as it came to be known. Those theories include an asteroid...

2014-02-10 11:15:53

Optogenetics is a technique that allows scientists to control neurons' electrical activity with light by engineering them to express light-sensitive proteins. Within the past decade, it has become a very powerful tool for discovering the functions of different types of cells in the brain. Most of these light-sensitive proteins, known as opsins, respond to light in the blue-green range. Now, a team led by MIT has discovered an opsin that is sensitive to red light, which allows researchers...

2014-02-07 12:44:41

Topological insulators could exist in 6 new types not seen before Topological insulators — materials whose surfaces can freely conduct electrons even though their interiors are electrical insulators — have been of great interest to physicists in recent years because of unusual properties that may provide insights into quantum physics. But most analysis of such materials has had to rely on highly simplified models. Now, a team of researchers at MIT has performed a more detailed...

Endometriosis Analysis Could Help Diagnosis And Treatment
2014-02-06 08:30:55

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Affecting at least 10 percent of women, endometriosis is a disease characterized by endometrial-like tissue found in places other than the lining of the womb, resulting in chronic pelvic pain, infertility and organ dysfunction. Endometriosis is often misdiagnosed, and little is known about how it arises, even though it can cause severe pain and even infertility. In 2009, the Center for Gynepathology Research was launched at MIT by...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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