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Secretary of State John Kerry Elevates Climate Change at UN General Assembly

New York, New York - Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in several high-level events to reinforce U.S. leadership on climate change action this coming week during the UN General Assembly in New York.

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When the French lost their heads for Napoleon

Los Angeles, California - In France, a well-known saying conveys just how intertwined politics and mental illness are in the national psyche: “Every madman thinks he’s Napoleon.”

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UC San Diego-led Team Discovers Scarab from Time of Biblical Pharaoh

San Diego, California - Archaeologists led by University of California, San Diego Anthropology Professor Thomas E. Levy have discovered a small Egyptian scarab bearing the name of Sheshonq I – the only historical figure mentioned in both the Hebrew Bible (as Shishak) and Egyptian monuments indirectly related to the Biblical King Solomon.

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Research links malnutrition and pollination

Stanford, California - A new study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggests the contribution of bees and other insects to human nutrition is potentially much higher than previously thought. The research is particularly important to individuals suffering from malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in Southeast Asia, India, central and southern Africa and Central America.

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Magnetic fields make the excitons go ’round

Cambridge, Massachusetts - A major limitation in the performance of solar cells happens within the photovoltaic material itself: When photons strike the molecules of a solar cell, they transfer their energy, producing quasi-particles called excitons - an energized state of molecules. That energized state can hop from one molecule to the next until it’s transferred to electrons in a wire, which can light up a bulb or turn a motor.

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Toward optical chips

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power - and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips’ transistor counts rise.

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Making the case for Keynes

Cambridge, Massachusetts - In 1919, when the victors of World War I were concluding their settlement against Germany - in the form of the Treaty of Versailles - one of the leading British representatives at the negotiations angrily resigned his position, believing the debt imposed on the losers would be too harsh. The official, John Maynard Keynes, argued that because Britain had benefitted from export-driven growth, forcing the Germans to spend their money paying back debt rather than buying British products would be counterproductive for everyone, and slow global growth.

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Neuroscientists identify key role of language gene

Cambridge, Massachusetts - Neuroscientists have found that a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be key to humans’ unique ability to produce and understand speech.

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