Imperial Valley News Center
- Written by Sarah Yang
Berkeley, California - Taking a deep breath might be a bit harder for children exposed early in life to a widely used class of pesticides in agriculture, according to a new paper by UC Berkeley researchers.
- Written by Jennifer Chu
Cambridge, Massachusetts - MIT engineers have designed what may be the Band-Aid of the future: a sticky, stretchy, gel-like material that can incorporate temperature sensors, LED lights, and other electronics, as well as tiny, drug-delivering reservoirs and channels. The “smart wound dressing” releases medicine in response to changes in skin temperature and can be designed to light up if, say, medicine is running low.
- Written by Rob Matheson
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Synthetic biology - which involves engineering biological systems for new uses - has become an increasingly prominent, and promising, field of study in colleges and universities worldwide.
- Written by Peter Dizikes
Cambridge, Massachusetts - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, in a 1932 opinion, wrote that a state could be a “laboratory” for policy, and “try novel social and economic experiments” on its own. We have since turned those words into today’s common political phrase that the 50 U.S. states are “laboratories of democracy.”
- Written by Larry Hardesty
Cambridge, Massachusetts - MIT researchers have shown that by exploiting the polarization of light - the physical phenomenon behind polarized sunglasses and most 3-D movie systems - they can increase the resolution of conventional 3-D imaging devices as much as 1,000 times.
- Written by Anne Trafton
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Male zebra finches, small songbirds native to central Australia, learn their songs by copying what they hear from their fathers. These songs, often used as mating calls, develop early in life as juvenile birds experiment with mimicking the sounds they hear.
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