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The learning of birdsong resembles the learning of speech in humans. Crucial for the process are acoustic perception and the ability to produce sound. Social isolation leads to a disturbed vocal development both in humans and in birds. When children grow up without contact to other humans they ei...

2 genes influence social behavior, visual-spatial performance in people with Williams syndrome

SALT LAKE CITYUnraveling the genetics of social behavior and cognitive abilities, researchers at the University of Utah and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have traced the role of two genes,GTF2I and GTF2IRD, in a rare genetic disorder known as Williams Syndrome. Their results, publi...

High Performance, Low-Cost VoIP Chips Address Critical Performance Issues Such as Echo, Latency, and Packet Loss

Adaptive Digital Technologies announces the availability of its complete suite of application-specific VoIP chips for Texas Instruments TMS320C64x+(TM) high performance DSPs PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Adaptive Digital Technologies (Adaptive Digital), a leading provider of t...

NJIT sustainability expert to discuss high performance schools at seminar

NJIT sustainability expert Deane Evans will provide an introduction to the basics of building green, high performance primary and secondary schools at a free seminar, open to the public, at NJIT. The talk, set for Nov. 5, 2008, at 3 p.m. in Kupfrian Hall, will include a review of the status of ...

New Sony PC Delivers High Performance in Ultra-Portable Package

SAN DIEGO, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony today took the wraps off a new line of sleek, powerful, lightweight PCs -- the VAIO(R) Z Series notebooks. Weighing just over 3 pounds, the VAIO Z model incorporates a vivid 13.1-inch widescreen display with Sony's own XBRITE-DuraView(TM) LCD technolog...

Fujitsu Combines Capacity, Performance and Power Efficiency Into the Industry's First 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" Sata Hard Disk Drive

320GB Hard Disk Drive Sets the Standard for High Performance Laptops and Desktops SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals an...

Selexis Announces Advanced Approach to Maximize Power of Genetic Elements for Rapid Development of High Performance Cell Lines

Publication in September issue of Nature Methods Shows Application of Bioinformatics tools to Identify The Most Powerful Matrix Attachment Regions Applied to Boost Transgene Expression. GENEVA, Switzerland, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers at Selexis SA and The University of L...

New technique enables assessment of drought performance

Measurement of chlorophyll fluorescence is an effective way of determining how well plants can cope with low-water conditions. The technique described in the open access journal Plant Methods , published by BioMed Central, allows a quantitative and precise determination of viability in intact, dr...

Iowa State engineer works to clean and improve engine performance

AMES, Iowa The five engines in Song-Charng Kong's Iowa State University laboratory have come a long way since Karl Benz patented a two-stroke internal combustion engine in 1879. There are fuel injectors and turbochargers and electrical controls. There's more horsepower, better efficiency, clea...

Second Life a first for UH department of health and human performance

The University of Houston department of health and human performance is expanding into the virtual world of Second Life (SL) thanks to grants from the UH Faculty Development Initiative Program (FDIP) and the Network Culture Project of the University of Southern California-Annenberg School for Comm...

Extended wakefulness, combined with alcohol, severely impairs driving performance

WESTCHESTER, Ill. The combination of extended wakefulness and low-dose alcohol has significant adverse effects on a persons ability to drive, and elevates the risk of getting into a vehicular accident, according to a study published in the October 1 issue of the journal SLEEP. The study, autho...

Alcohol and sleep restriction can affect young men's alertness and driving performance

WESTCHESTER, Ill. Combining low-dose alcohol with moderate sleep restriction can have a significant adverse effect on young mens subjective alertness and performance behind the wheel, according to a study published in the October 1 issue of the journal SLEEP. The study, authored by Andrew Vaku...

Individual differences in a clock gene predict decline of performance during sleep deprivation

People are known to differ markedly in their response to sleep deprivation, but the biological underpinnings of these differences have remained difficult to identify. Researchers have now found that a genetic difference in a so-called clock gene, PERIOD3, makes some people particularly sensitive to...

Growth hormone to boost athletic performance risks diabetes

Use of growth hormone to boost athletic performance can lead to diabetes, reports a study published ahead of print in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study reports the case of a 36 year old professional body-builder who required emergency care for chest pain. He had lost 40 kg in...

Poor athletic performance linked to vitamin deficiency

Active individuals lacking in B-vitamins ?including college athletes and other elite competitors -- may perform worse during high-intensity exercise and have a decreased ability to repair and build muscle than counterparts with nutrient-rich diets, according to recent Oregon State University resear...

Viagra improves high altitude exercise performance up to 45% for some

Sildenafil (Viagra) significantly improved the cardiovascular and exercise performance measures of trained cyclists at high altitude, mostly because the drug helped some participants improve a lot -- up to 45% -- while others showed little change. Sildenafil provided no benefit at sea level. Ten ...

Confidence in memory performance helps older adults remember

Believing that you can retain a good memory even in your twilight years is the first step to achieving that goal. Those who believe they can control their memory are more likely to employ mnemonic strategies that help keep memory fit despite the march of time. These are the conclusions of a new Bra...

Weapon performance determines mating success in the collared lizard

In territorial species with polygynous mating systems, reproductive success reflects phenotypic variation. At the gross level, such phenotypic variation can include that of body size and weapon morphology, as well as of weapon function and performance. In a study published in the September issue ...

Kinovate Life Sciences Launches Nittophase?High Performance Solid Support For Oligonucleatide Synthesis

Kinovate Life Sciences, Inc, a provider of tools for oligonucleotide synthesis and gene delivery, announced today that it will officially launch its new NittoPhase?solid support for oligonucleotide synthesis at the TIDES meeting commencing in Boston on May 1st. The joint development of this solid p...

Plankton Power and RTDC announce proposed algae-to-biofuels pilot facility on Cape Cod

...al-scale development of algae biodiesel (a type of biofuel) that is cost-competitive with existing petroleum- and vegetable-based fuels, with improved performance characteristics. The planned biorefinery is proposed for construction on five acres of land on the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) in B...

Aware, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2009 Financial Results

...re applicable, excludes the effect of stock-based compensation expense. The company uses the non-GAAP information internally to evaluate its operating performance and believes these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors as they provide additional insight into the underlying operating results. However, non-GA...

Reducing risk of hospitalization in the elderly

... of sarcopenia today tend to focus on lean mass or muscle size, our study shows that is looking at the wrong factors. We found that muscle strength or performance were much better ways of measuring function." The researchers followed 3,011 healthy, non-disabled adults between the ages of 70 and 80, for an ave...

E-Noses: Testing their mettle against fly noses

...-noses) by developing a system for comparing their performance against the much-superior nose of the common house...air around them. This is a critical factor in the performance of all noses. We then compared it with the performance of odorant receptors from the common house fly, Dr...

Fujitsu Expands Support for Ethernet Networks With New Additions to XG Switch Product Line

...echnologies to cost-effectively maximize speed and performance in their storage environments." The Fujits... of our customers, who have come to appreciate the performance and outstanding quality of the Fujitsu 10GbE Switc...ts, our services, products, and their warranty and performance specifications. MEDIA CONTACTS: Yic...

University of Toronto helps to 'barcode' the world's plants

... for plants was delayed because of the complex nature of plant genetics and disagreements over the appropriate DNA regions to use. "We compared the performance of the seven leading candidate gene regions against three criteria: ease of obtaining DNA sequences; quality of the DNA sequences; and ability to tell...

DOE-funded research projects win 46 R&D 100 Awards for 2009

...dia_Center/News/2009/news090720.html High performance Software for Engineering and Science allows engin... Slick Coating (SSC) - The coating can improve the performance of all kinds of moving mechanical systems, includi...while minimizing their weaknesses, delivering high performance at competitive cost. (Jointly with Toronto-based H...

Ants more rational than humans

...? "It is hard to say. But it's at least worth entertaining the possibility that some strategic limitation on individual knowledge could improve the performance of a large and complex group that is trying to accomplish something collectively," Pratt says. ...

High-tech vehicle design boosts emergency rescue capacity

... support that can be installed in different vehicles. The box kit uses high performance materials and can be adapted to a range of vehicles while offering weight r...r design required totally new ideas and construction, including use of high performance aeronautics and aerospace materials, such as titanium and carbon fibre," ex...

Improved air quality during Beijing Olympics could inform pollution-curbing policies

...regulations. A similar standard was mandated starting in June 2008 for 20,000 buses and 66,000 taxies. The improved fuel quality probably enhanced the performance of engines and catalytic converters, the researchers reported. "We are showing what the city can do if they are determined to improve air quality,"...

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes MIRTEC With the 2009 Award for Automated Optical Inspection Product Innovation of the Year

...l and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, an...duct development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in ...

PRS And EmSense Partner To Integrate Bio-Sensory Measures In Packaging Research Studies

...obal marketplace. PRS is the recognized leader in packaging research and possesses the largest normative database for packaging research (PRS Package performance Index(TM)). PRS conducts over 600 studies annually, on a global basis, including primary qualitative and quantitative research focused on packaging gr...

Fujitsu PalmSecure Certified Under International Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 2

...ter Products of America, Inc. reserves the right to modify at any time without notice these statements, our services, products, and their warranty and performance specifications. MEDIA CONTACTS: Yichun Hsieh Dan Borgasano Fujitsu Computer Products of America,...

A 'heart healthy' diet and ongoing, moderate physical activity may protect against cognitive decline

...d that long-term strenuous activity was consistently associated with poorer performance on all eight of the tests; with statistically significant results on tests ...nitive Ability While the relationship of physical activity with cognitive performance as we age is a subject of considerable research, much less is known about h...

Results from trials of DHA in Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive decline

...ith memory complaints who took algal DHA capsules for six months had almost double the reduction in errors on a test that measures learning and memory performance versus those who took a placebo," Yurko-Mauro said. "The benefit is roughly equivalent to having the learning and memory skills of someone three years...

New technique can fast-track better ionic liquids for biomass pre-treatments

...st time to dynamically track solubilization during an ionic liquid pretreatment of a biomass sample, and to accurately and quickly assess the liquid's performance without the need of labor-intensive and time-consuming chemical and immunological labeling. "Working with switchgrass and using the ionic liquid kn...

Contaminated site remediation: Are nanomaterials the answer?

...tive for some current site cleanup practices, but potential risks remain poorly understood. According to Dr. Kuiken, "Despite the potentially high performance and low cost of nanoremediation, more research is needed to understand and prevent any potential adverse environmental impacts, particularly studies o...

Dietary supplements manufacturers gain new tool to help ensure quality products

...quality specifications include standards for identity, strength, purity and performance characteristics (e.g., dissolution, disintegration) of more than 500 dietar... appendices, and macro/microscopy, thin layer chromatography (TLC) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) full-color images that greatly simplify the an...

Clinical trial shows quadriplegics can operate powered wheelchair with tongue drive system

...ons was 1.8. Using continuous control, the average speed was 7.7 meters per minute and the average number of collisions was 2.5. While this initial performance trial only required six tongue commands, the Tongue Drive system can potentially capture a large number of tongue movements, each of which can represe...

A young brain for an old bee

...are studying how division of labour among honey bees affects their learning performance as they age. Surprisingly, they have found that, by switching their social ...ese foragers to revert to nursing tasks, they discovered that they learning performance improved again, demonstrating a remarkable plasticity in their brain circui...

University of Leicester researchers discover new fluorescent silicon nanoparticles

...and their surface properties. The method is extremely versatile and produces the fluorescent suspensions in one go. The findings may revolutionise the performance of electronic chips while satisfying the increasing demand for higher integration densities." The nanoparticles contain just a few hundred silicon...
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