Bleeding Edge Science


Public Release: 10-Jul-2008
Nature Nanotechnology
Nano-sized electronic circuit promises bright view of early universe
A newly developed nano-sized electronic device is an important step toward helping astronomers see invisible light dating from the creation of the universe. This invisible light makes up 98 percent of the light emitted since the “big bang,” and may provide insights into the earliest stages of star and galaxy formation almost 14 billion years ago.
NASA, National Science Foundation

Public Release: 10-Jul-2008
Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Researchers design model for automated, wearable artificial kidney
Two researchers from UCLA and the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System have developed a design for an automated, wearable artificial kidney, or AWAK, that avoids the complications patients often suffer with traditional dialysis.–rdm071008.php
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Public Release: 10-Jul-2008
A colorful approach to solar energy
Revisiting a once-abandoned technique, engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully created a sophisticated, yet affordable, method to turn ordinary glass into a high-tech solar concentrator.
“The technology, which uses dye-coated glass to collect and channel photons otherwise lost from a solar panel’s surface, could eventually enable an office building to draw energy from its tinted windows as well as its roof.”

Public Release: 10-Jul-2008
Journal of Applied Meteorology
Projected California warming promises cycle of more heat waves, energy use for next century
As the 21st century progresses, major cities in heavily air-conditioned California can expect more frequent extreme-heat events because of climate change. This could mean increased electricity demand for the densely populated state, raising the risk of power shortages during heat waves, said Norman Miller, an earth scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and geography professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Katharine Hayhoe, a climate researcher at Texas Tech University.

Public Release: 10-Jul-2008
Good news about $4 gas? Fewer traffic deaths
An analysis of yearly vehicle deaths compared to gas prices found death rates drop significantly as people slow down and drive less. If gas remains at $4 a gallon or higher for a year or more, traffic fatalities could drop by more than 1,000 per month nationwide, according new findings by a University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
“For every 10 percent rise in gas prices, fatalities are reduced by 2.3 percent. The effects are even more dramatic for teen drivers.”

Public Release: 10-Jul-2008
Psychological Science
Age-old money matters: Positivity in older adults leads to balanced investments
The economic and psychological term known as “sunk-cost fallacy” is a bias that leads someone to make a decision based solely on a previous financial investment. For example, a baseball fan might attend every game of the season only because he already purchased the tickets. So who is more likely to commit or avoid the sunk-cost fallacy and why?


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