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2011-12-23 08:53:41

The flu shot, typically the first line of defense against seasonal influenza, could better treat the U.S. population, thanks to University of Pittsburgh researchers. New research that focuses on the composition and timing of the shot design was published in the September-October issue of Operations Research by Pitt Swanson School of Engineering faculty members Oleg Prokopyev, an assistant professor, and Professor Andrew Schaefer, both in the Department of Industrial Engineering, and...

2011-12-19 15:10:02

Pitt physicists able to obtain higher-precision measurements with “single-electrons in-diamond” approach Quantum computing–considered the powerhouse of computational tasks–may have applications in areas outside of pure electronics, according to a University of Pittsburgh researcher and his collaborators. Working at the interface of quantum measurement and nanotechnology, Gurudev Dutt, assistant professor in Pitt´s Department of Physics and Astronomy in the...

2011-12-15 14:36:38

The association between the inflammatory bowel disease ulcerative colitis and a gene that makes certain cell surface proteins has been pinpointed to a variant amino acid in a crucial binding site that profoundly influences immune response to antigens, including gut bacteria, reports a team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Cleveland Clinic, Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard Medical School. They published the findings today in the online version of Genes & Immunity....

2011-12-02 01:40:40

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have invented a new type of electronic switch that performs electronic logic functions within a single molecule.  The incorporation of such single-molecule elements could enable smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient electronics. The research findings, supported by a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, were published online in the Nov. 14 issue of Nano Letters. “This new switch is superior to existing single-molecule...

Fish Consumption May Offer Critical Protection Against Alzheimer’s
2011-11-30 15:15:06

According to a recent study presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), scientists have uncovered yet another salubrious effect of consuming fish. This time, American researchers say that a recent study indicates that people who consume baked or grilled fish at least once a week are at a significantly lower risk of developing Alzheimer´s disease in old age. Not surprisingly, scientists say the explanation for fish´s protective...

2011-11-18 03:46:07

Fatigue and poor sleep quality, which affect many emergency medical services (EMS) workers, are linked to higher reported rates of injuries, medical errors and safety-compromising behaviors, according to a study by University of Pittsburgh researchers that is now available online in Prehospital Emergency Care and appearing in the January-March 2012 print edition. "Emergency medical technicians and paramedics work long hours in a demanding occupation with an unpredictable workload, which...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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