Jef Akst

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Kartik Chandran: Chemistry Kid

By | September 1, 2012

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Age: 38

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Glass Shape Speeds Drinking

By | August 31, 2012

The shape of the glass holding your favorite brew can affect how quickly you get drunk.

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Shark Cafés

By | August 30, 2012

Stanford University’s Barbara Block and colleagues set up acoustic receivers to track sharks throughout the northern Pacific. Fixed buoy receivers and mobile Wave Gliders alert the researchers—and users of the new iPhone/iPad app Shark Net—when a tag

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Stalking Sharks

By | August 30, 2012

Researchers monitor the movement of the Pacific’s largest predators and share the information with the world in real time.

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Green Cities Reduce Pollution

By | August 30, 2012

Trees and bushes growing in the world’s metropolises reduce air pollutants by 8 times more than previously realized.

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Second Victim of Hantavirus

By | August 28, 2012

Another person has died from the rodent-borne disease after visiting Yosemite National Park.

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Better Forensic Science Needed

By | August 24, 2012

Speakers at the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in Philadelphia this week call for researchers to help improve forensic practices.

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Review of NIH’s Big Hitters

By | August 23, 2012

Proposals from researchers receiving more than $1 million a year in NIH funding will be carefully picked over to avoid overlap with ongoing research.

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Cephalopod-Inspired Robot

By | August 17, 2012

A color-changing machine mimics the rubbery body and flexible movements of octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish.

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Eco-friendly Flush

By | August 17, 2012

A solar-powered toilet that converts human waste into electricity snags first place—and $100,000—at the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

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