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2010-06-23 07:33:59

Work to augment efforts to clean and protect lake and drinking water from harmful algae blooms A team of scientists from the University of Nevada, Reno, DRI, Arizona State University and University of California, Davis has returned from a two-week expedition to Guatemala's tropical high-mountain Lake Atitlan, where they are working to find solutions to the algae blooms that have assailed the ecosystem and the drinking water source for local residents. The lake's water is contaminated with...

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2010-06-17 08:06:51

Third experiment in University of Nevada, Reno series uses innovative materials and construction After a succession of eight separate earthquake simulations, a 110-foot long, 200-ton concrete bridge model at the University of Nevada, Reno withstood a powerful jolting, three times the acceleration of the disastrous 1994 magnitude 6.9 Northridge, Calif. earthquake, and survived in good condition. "This is very satisfying to see how well the design and components worked," Saiid Saiidi, principal...

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2010-05-31 07:26:59

Exergames takes first steps to accessibility VI Fit, a project at the University of Nevada, Reno, helps children who are blind become more physically active and healthy through video games. The human-computer interaction research team in the computer science and engineering department has developed a motion-sensing-based tennis and bowling exergame that can be downloaded for free at www.vifit.org. "Lack of vision forms a significant barrier to participation in physical activity and...

2010-03-29 17:45:00

Plasma spectroscopy course popular with scientists RENO, Nev., March 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists and students in the highly specialized world of plasma physics virtually attend the University of Nevada, Reno from around the world to learn the latest in plasma spectroscopy from Roberto Mancini, professor and chair of the physics department, through an interactive, real-time, web-based classroom. Mancini's expertise in the subject, from over 20 years of research and teaching,...

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2010-01-06 10:38:31

Renewable energy methods hold hope for terminus lake water quality worldwide Ecosystems of terminus lakes around the world could benefit from a new system being developed at the University of Nevada, Reno to desalinate water using a specialized low-cost solar pond and patented membrane distillation system powered by renewable energy. "These lakes "“ hundreds worldwide "“ such as the Great Salt Lake, the Salton Sea, the Aral Sea and Walker Lake here in Nevada, see a decline in...

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2009-12-07 08:18:14

University of Nevada, Reno, scientists working with SONY and Forest Guard on new system Graham Kent, Nevada Seismological Laboratory director at the University of Nevada, Reno is leading the installation, testing and maintenance of a novel way to monitor forests fires and other environmental data with the prototype of a new camera system developed by Sony-Europe. The new 360-degree, solar-powered camera and wi-fi system was installed at Tahoe City, Calif. in anticipation of its debut Dec. 12...

2009-11-06 13:46:30

University of Nevada, Reno researcher collaborates with local health community to look for answers to elevated incidence rate Results of an investigation conducted by University of Nevada, Reno researchers, public health officials and area physicians published this week in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, indicate that Washoe County experienced a cluster of a particular birth defect, gastroschisis, during the period April 2007 "“ April 2008. Subsequent review of...

2009-09-19 09:21:04

Most of us are familiar with the term, Body Mass Index, or BMI, as an index to determine healthy body weight. But, calculating BMI involves a complex formula: weight in pounds is multiplied by 703, and then divided by height in inches squared. Charts or online calculators are then used to show a "healthy weight range" given an individual's height that corresponds to the "healthy range BMI." For example, a BMI chart indicates that a healthy range BMI of 19 to 24 translates to a "healthy weight...

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2009-09-02 23:45:00

Experiment to shed light on high-energy plasma's role in astrophysics, energy production and X-rays Using one of the greatest sources of radiation energy created by man, University of Nevada, Reno researcher and faculty member Roberto Mancini is studying ultra-high temperature and non-equilibrium plasmas to mimic what happens to matter in accretion disks around black holes. Physics department professor and chair Mancini has received a $690,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to...

2009-06-23 16:52:00

Data Compiled by Center for Business and Economic Research Forecasts Slow Recovery in Business, Tourism and Construction Sectors LAS VEGAS, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The business, tourism and construction industries of Southern Nevada are expected to make slow economic recoveries within the next two years, according to data compiled by economists at the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At its mid-year economic outlook conference...