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Governments, Private Investors Unveil Clean Energy Plans

Shepherds Flat wind farm in Oregon, one of the world’s largest (Caithness Energy, U.S. Department of Energy)

30 November 2015. Two separate but related initiatives from governments and private investors were unveiled today to boost investment in clean energy innovations for reducing the threat of climate change. Statements announcing the initiatives, expected to double . . . → Read More: Governments, Private Investors Unveil Clean Energy Plans

GMO Database Begun for European Regulators

(National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH)

30 November 2015. A database of DNA sequences found in genetically modified organisms or GMOs opened on Friday to help European regulators detect GMOs in food and feed products. The GMO-Amplicons database, available to the public, is run by the Joint Research Centre, the in-house science policy . . . → Read More: GMO Database Begun for European Regulators

A Thanksgiving Celebration

26 November 2015. It’s Thanksgiving in the United States, a day of family gatherings, feasting, football, and (for some) shopping. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the counterculture anthem for Thanksgiving, Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant, a song about Thanksgiving and a lot more. Here’s Arlo Guthrie singing Alice’s Restaurant 10 years ago at . . . → Read More: A Thanksgiving Celebration

FDA Approves Antibody Treatment for Lung Cancer

(National Cancer Institute)

25 November 2015. U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved necitumumab, an engineered antibody to treat squamous non-small cell lung cancer that spreads to other parts of the body. Necitumumab is marketed under the brand name Portrazza by Eli Lilly and Company.

Worldwide, lung cancer causes some 1.6 million deaths, according . . . → Read More: FDA Approves Antibody Treatment for Lung Cancer

Crop Disease Images Collected, Available Via Smartphones

PlantVillage images show a healthy tomato leaf, upper left, next to leaves with symptoms of disease. (David Hughes, Pennsylvania State University)

25 November 2015. A team in the U.S. and Switzerland is assembling a database of 50,000 images of plant diseases for a smartphone app to help farmers worldwide deal with those diseases. Entomologist . . . → Read More: Crop Disease Images Collected, Available Via Smartphones

Antibodies to Treat Staph Infections in Early Trial

MRSA bacteria ( National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

24 November 2015. A study testing the safety of antibodies to prevent and treat Staphylococcus aureus infections, including those contracted in hospitals, is underway in Vienna, Austria. The clinical trial is evaluating an experimental biologic drug for the prevention and treatment of S. aureus . . . → Read More: Antibodies to Treat Staph Infections in Early Trial

Trial Tests Vibrating Mattress to Prevent Infant Apnea

Stochastic resonance mattress for preterm babies (Wyss Institute, Harvard University)

24 November 2015. A mattress that provides occasional mild vibrations was shown in a clinical trial to prevent episodes of interrupted breathing in preterm babies, a condition known as infant apnea. Results of the study testing the device, developed at the Wyss Institute, a . . . → Read More: Trial Tests Vibrating Mattress to Prevent Infant Apnea

ARPA-E Funding 41 Energy Generation, Efficiency Projects

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaking at 1776 (A. Kotok)

23 November 2015. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, the agency funding riskier energy research and development initiatives in the U.S., announced funding for 41 new projects, including those at 19 private companies. The grants totaling $125 million were revealed today by Secretary of . . . → Read More: ARPA-E Funding 41 Energy Generation, Efficiency Projects

Chip Device Removes Nanoparticles from Plasma

Electrokinetic chip for isolating nanoparticles in blood (Univ of California, San Diego)

23 November 2015. A team from University of California in San Diego used a miniature electronic chip to quickly separate nanoparticles for delivering drugs from blood plasma. The process, with a technology developed in the engineering lab of Michael Heller at UC-San . . . → Read More: Chip Device Removes Nanoparticles from Plasma

FDA Approves Nasal Spray for Opioid Overdose

Narcan nasal spray (Adapt Pharma Ltd)

20 November 2015. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved the first formulation of a current drug to treat opioid overdose in nasal spray form. The Narcan nasal spray is made by Adapt Pharma Ltd., a company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

Opioids work by reducing the . . . → Read More: FDA Approves Nasal Spray for Opioid Overdose