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2013-10-11 13:09:04

NSF grant will help University of Houston researchers measure data more quickly A 10-fold leap forward in Internet bandwidth connectivity will allow researchers at the University of Houston to more quickly upload and crunch data. Online classes could become far more engaging and interactive. Deniz Gurkan, associate professor of computer engineering technology in the College of Technology, has received a $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to upgrade campus cyber...

Retro Reflector Technology Could Aid In Bioterrorism Detection
2013-04-11 14:06:03

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Most bicycles and many running shoes today are sold with reflective technology that can help ensure that riders/runners are seen at night, but tiny versions of those retro-reflectors could be used to detect bioterrorism threats and even diagnose everyday infectious diseases. Researchers have found that retro-reflector technology could be capable of detecting pathogens, effectively making the reflectors a mini lab-on-a-chip....

2013-02-15 10:13:51

The benefits of human breast milk as a food for infants is frequently touted, but why it is so beneficial is not well understood. Part of the answer may begin with short, single-stranded RNA molecules microRNAs--that fine-tune the activity of genes and their associated proteins to regulate metabolism and the immune system, said a consortium of researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Agricultural Research Service/U.S. Department of Agriculture Children´s Nutrition Research Center at...

Study Finds Bacteria Delay Survival Decisions
2012-11-26 14:57:56

Rice University Like a homeowner prepping for a hurricane, the bacterium Bacillus subtilis uses a long checklist to prepare for survival in hard times. In a new study, scientists at Rice University and the University of Houston uncovered an elaborate mechanism that allows B. subtilis to begin preparing for survival, even as it delays the ultimate decision of whether to “hunker down” and withdraw into a hardened spore. The new study by computational biologists at Rice and...

2012-08-13 14:52:05

Nanoparticle coating makes it easier to keep solar panel clean, which reduces maintenance and operations costs A University of Houston researcher has developed a nanoparticle coating for solar panels that makes it easier to keep the panels clean, maintaining their efficiency for longer and reducing the maintenance and operations costs. The patent-pending coating developed by physics professor Seamus "Shay" Curran, director of UH's Institute for NanoEnergy, has successfully undergone...

2012-07-31 10:31:14

Batterers improve communication skills in experiment A new UH experiment takes an unconventional look at the treatment for domestic violence, otherwise known as intimate partner violence (IPV), by focusing on changing the perpetrators' psychological abuse during arguments rather than addressing his sexist beliefs. "There is a lot of research that studies the victim of intimate partner violence, but not the perpetrator," said Julia Babcock, department of psychology and co-director of the...

2012-07-16 13:22:31

'EITM' focuses on transparent relations between theory and test Physical and social sciences share students and classroom space, but part ways, oftentimes, in the approach to research. For example, social sciences don't generally have topics that can be studied in a laboratory setting. Physical sciences can't use a petri dish to explain low voter turnout in off-year elections. Still, the next generation of researchers in physical and social sciences will need newer research skills that...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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