Important Press Releases

Eight MIT researchers win 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships

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Faculty from six MIT departments among 126 selected from across the U.S. and Canada.

NPR's news magazines expand hosting teams with the addition of Planet Money's Ailsa Chang and Noel King.

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February 15, 2018; Washington, D.C. – Starting soon Ailsa Chang will host All Things Considered along with Audie Cornish, Mary Louise Kelly and Ari Shapiro; and Noel King will join David Greene, Steve Inskeep and Rachel Martin as the fourth host of Morning Edition and the Up First podcast.

Atlantic Health System Earns Spot for 10th Year on Fortunes 100 Best Companies To Work For List

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February 15, 2018, Morristown, NJ – Atlantic Health System, a leading provider of health care in New Jersey, today celebrated a decade of excellence after it was recognized among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®,” ranking number 74 in its tenth consecutive year on the prestigious annual list.

Disaster Recovery Centers Close For Presidents Day

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AUSTIN, Texas –All State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be closed Presidents Day, Monday, Feb.

Air Force demonstrating hydrogen as alternate fuel source

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This 25 passenger crew bus is one of the vehicles powered by a hydrogen fuel cell used at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in a demonstration of hydrogen as an alternative fuel source.

UCL cancer trials to get 9m funding boost

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Cancer Research UK is planning to invest nearly £9m over the next five years into research at the Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre.

MSU team to empower Latino farmers

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Armed with a $600,000 grant, Michigan State University researchers will work alongside Latino migrant farmers to reshape how Michigan harvests fruit – and cultivate a new workforce.

We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again

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Walls Work. When it comes to stopping drugs and illegal aliens across our borders, border walls have proven to be extremely effective. Border security relies on a combination of border infrastructure, technology, personnel and partnerships with law enforcement at the state, local, tribal, and federal level.

Striking Discoveries in Health Disparities

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This article originally appeared in the Breakthroughs newsletter.

Do social media pose a threat to democracy?

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Kofi Annan urges the students to engage in political debate.

Cristiano Ronaldo Shares Unifying Message to Urge World to Help Rohingya Refugee Children

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Feb. 15, 2018) — Cristiano Ronaldo is supporting Save the Children’s Rohingya humanitarian response by urging people to help refugee children who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State and are now living in camps and makeshift settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Yemen: Huthi court sentences three to death after enforced disappearance and alleged torture

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A woman and two men were forcibly disappeared, ill-treated and given a patently unfair trial before being sentenced to death by a court in the Huthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sana’a for allegedly aiding an enemy country, Amnesty International’s research has found.The organization said the case was the latest example of the Huthis using the judiciary to settle political scores amid the ongoing armed conflict with the Saudi Arabia-led coalition supporting the UN-recognized government of Yemen.On 30 January, the Huthi-aligned Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) in Sana’a, which handles ‘terrorism’ and ‘state security’ cases, sentenced Asmaa al-Omeissy, Saeed al-Ruwaished, and Ahmed Bawazeer to death. A fourth defendant, Asmaa’s father Matir al-Omeissy, was handed a 15-year prison sentence after being convicted of an ‘indecent act’ charge related to the case.

UPMC Performs 1,000th Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Repair Procedure

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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 15, 2018 – Surgeons and interventional cardiologists at the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute recently performed their 1,000th transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), making them the first heart program in the region to reach this clinical milestone.

Disaster Recovery Centers Closed Monday to Observe Presidents Day

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ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) throughout the territory will be closed Monday, Feb.

Report estimates Pennsylvania oil and gas methane emissions nearly five times higher than states figures

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Feb. 15, 2018) – Methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas sites may be more than five times higher than what oil and gas companies report to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), according to a new analysis from Environmental Defense Fund.

UFU launch Farming through the century schools competition

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The competition is open to all nursery, primary, and special schools across Northern Ireland. This year pupils have been asked to put their creative skills to the test around the theme, ‘Farming through the century’. This theme has been chosen to help the Ulster Farmers’ Union celebrate its centenary year.

Five UW scientists awarded Sloan Fellowships for early-career research

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Five faculty members at the University of Washington have been awarded early-career fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The new Sloan Fellows, announced Feb. 15, include Maya Cakmak, assistant professor of computer science and engineering; Jiun-Haw Chu, assistant professor of clean energy and physics; Arka Majumdar, assistant professor of electrical engineering and physics; Jessica Werk, assistant professor of astronomy; and Chelsea Wood, assistant professor of aquatic and fishery sciences.

Baker Institute study: Harris Countys large uninsured population limits TMC spending on community health improvement

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HOUSTON — (Feb. 15, 2018) — The large uninsured population in Harris County may be limiting the ability of Texas Medical Center (TMC) institutions to spend funds on community health improvement or subsidized health services, according to a new issue brief by experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

TSA announces new checkpoint security process at Norfolk International Airport

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NORFOLK, Va. —  To ensure the security of airline passengers and the nation’s airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun to implement new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items at airports across the country with the procedures now in place at Norfolk International Airport.

Department of Energy to Invest $6.5 Million for Large-Scale Pilot Fossil Fuel Projects

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have selected nine projects to receive approximately $6.5 million in federal funding for Phase I of the Fossil Fuel Large-Scale Pilots funding opportunity announcement (FOA).

Builder Confidence Stays at Strong Level in February

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Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes remained unchanged at a healthy 72 level in February on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).

MS-13 gang member in Indianapolis sentenced to a year in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm

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This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler, Southern District of Indiana.  This 18-month investigation was conducted by the following agencies: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FBI, Columbus (Indiana) Police Department; and Franklin County (Indiana) Sheriff’s Office.

Amyloid protein may have been passed on through brain surgery

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A study published by UK researchers suggests that the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein, amyloid, may have been passed to a small number of people during childhood brain surgery.

Dissecting the Molecular Mechanisms of Vocal Learning and Spoken Language

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Scientists have pieced together a molecular process that is disrupted in a rare genetic disorder called ICF syndrome, short for immunodeficiency-centromeric instability-facial anomalies. The condition is marked by an impaired immune system, distinctive facial features, and abnormal chromosomes. In a new study, researchers in Hironori Funabiki’s lab and colleagues elsewhere…...

Beckwiths continue to lead with personal campaign of giving to Penn State

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Long-time Penn State supporters Iris and Edward Beckwith have partnered with the University to create a scholarship to benefit students with financial need reach their academic goals.

New Tax Refund Scam Its Not What Youd Expect

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The Delaware Division of Revenue would like to alert taxpayers to a new and growing scam involving fraudulent tax refunds being deposited into real taxpayer bank accounts. After the money is deposited, the crooks use various tactics to con taxpayers into turning over those funds.

The American Heart Association applauds McDonalds commitment to healthier kids meals

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DALLAS, February 15, 2017 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on new commitments from McDonald’s and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, promotes strategies based on the best science to improve nutrition and increase physical activity for people of all ages.

SFMO, Red Cross Join Clarksville Fire Department to Install Free Smoke Alarms

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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO), the American Red Cross of Tennessee River, and the Clarksville Fire Department will install free smoke alarms in homes throughout the north Clarksville area on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Self-sampling identifies twice as many women at risk of cervical cancer

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Using self-sampling followed by HPV testing, more than twice as many women at risk of developing cervical cancer could be identified and offered preventive treatment. This is shown by researchers at Uppsala University in the first randomised study in the world comparing two ways of identifying cervical cancer, published today in the British Journal of Cancer.

"Whale Cam" Attached to Minke in a World-first

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For the first time ever, scientists in Antarctica have attached a camera to a minke – one of the most poorly understood of all the whale species.

Leading research charity sees strong steps in Dementia Action Plan for Wales

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The Welsh government has revealed their Dementia Action Plan for Wales 2018-2022.

Montana man sentenced to 7 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

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BILLINGS, Mont. — A Montana man was sentenced Thursday to seven years in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

Rice bioscientist Chappell awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

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James Chappell, assistant professor of biosciences at Rice, has been selected as a 2018 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in Computational and Evolutionary Molecular Biology.

Fecal Transplantation, Molecular Testing Among New Recommendations in Clostridium Difficile Guidelines

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Revised Clostridium difficile(C. diff.) guidelines released by IDSA and SHEA recommend new methods of treatment, including fecal transplantation.

Wyndham Worldwide Announces Agreement to Sell its European Vacation Rental Business to Platinum Equity

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In conjunction with the sale, the European vacation rental business has entered into a 20-year agreement under which it will pay a royalty fee of 1% of net revenue to Wyndham’s hotel business for the right to use the by Wyndham Vacation Rentals® endorser brand.  The European vacation rentals operations will also participate as a redemption partner in the award-winning Wyndham Rewards® loyalty program.

Space weather: havoc caused by the sun

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Space weather affects snowplow drivers carving through Thompson Pass in a whiteout, Iowa farmers dropping seeds of corn, and wedding planners who release white doves during the ceremony.

Blood thinners may raise stroke risk in over-65s with kidney disease

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People over 65 years old may be increasing their stroke risk by taking anticoagulants for an irregular heartbeat if they also have chronic kidney disease, finds a new study led by UCL, St George’s, University of London and the University of Surrey.

Maximizing the environmental benefits of autonomous vehicles

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A specially equipped Lincoln MKZ, based at Mcity, is an open-source connected and automated research vehicle available to U-M faculty and students, startups and others to help accelerate innovation.

Enabling works get underway to prepare for the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus

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Enabling works have now started to prepare for the demolition of the former Royal Mail sorting office on Cattle Market Road, next to Temple Meads station to make way for the new University of Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

Usdaw in talks with Asda over their proposed unfair pension cuts, with nearly 2,000 Northern Irish staff signing a petition

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Shopworkers trade union Usdaw is meeting Asda today urging them to listen to the 1,928 staff in Northern Ireland that have signed a petition opposing the company’s cuts to the pension scheme.