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Science Press Releases

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 27-May-2005
Physical Review Letters
Physicists control the flip of electron spin in new study
Today's computers and other technological gizmos operate on electronic charges, but researchers predict that a new generation of smaller, faster, more efficient devices could be developed based on another scientific concept – electronic "spin." The problem, however, is that researchers have found it challenging to control or predict spin – which keeps practical applications out of reach. But physicists now have found a way to manipulate the spin of an electron with voltage from a battery.

Public Release: 26-May-2005
New haptics systems challenge stroke patients to grasp, pinch, squeeze their way to recovery
Stroke patients who face months of tedious rehabilitation to regain the use of impaired limbs may benefit from some new haptics systems -- interfaces that allow them to touch and feel objects in immersive computer environments -- that are being designed at USC's Integrated Media Systems Center (IMSC).
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 26-May-2005
Experimental Biology 2005
Preliminary data suggest that soda and sweet drinks are the main source of calories in American diet
Tufts researchers recently reported that while the leading source of calories in the average American diet used to be from white bread, that may have changed. Now, according to preliminary research conducted by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Americans are drinking these calories instead.

Public Release: 26-May-2005
American Psychological Society 17th Annual Convention
Grasping metaphors: UC San Diego research ties brain area to figures of speech
A region of the brain known as the angular gyrus is partly responsible for the human ability to understand metaphor, according to research led by V. S. Ramachandran, director of the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University of California, San Diego.
Kavli Foundation, Mind-Brain Foundation, R. Geckler
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