Imperial Valley News
Berkeley, California - Scientists have found an abrupt change about 6,000 years ago in how terrestrial plant and animal species coexisted, right about the time human populations were ballooning and agriculture was spreading around the world.
Berkeley, California - Berkeley anthropologist Alexei Yurchak has received the 2015 Prosvetitel (Enlightener) Prize, Russia’s most prestigious award for the best nonfiction book of the year in the humanities. The award was given for a Russian version of his Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation (Princeton University Press 2006), which focuses on the last decades of the Soviet Union and its sudden collapse.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Microelectromechanical systems - or MEMS - were a $12 billion business in 2014. But that market is dominated by just a handful of devices, such as the accelerometers that reorient the screens of most smartphones.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - It may sound unusual, but it’s true: In recent years a growing number of people have been hooking their heads up to electrodes, in an attempt to stimulate their brains using a direct electrical current. Some of them do this via homemade devices; others may be using a new direct-to-consumer kit that just hit the market.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Scientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have discovered how cancer cells latch onto blood vessels and invade tissues to form new tumors - a finding that could help them develop drugs that inhibit this process and prevent cancers from metastasizing.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Advances in wireless technology continue to pave the way for better consumer devices. In the future, however, wireless devices could also benefit the automotive industry, by helping diesel engines use less fuel while curbing soot and ash emissions.