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Electric Grid, You Have Software Updates Available

May 20th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Newsmakers, Pablo Ruiz, Scientific American 0 comments

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Pablo Ruiz, College of Engineering

The electric grid was designed as a one-way highway, with power cascading out from big power plants to cities and towns at the end of the line. But because of changes to how we consume and generate electricity, managing power flows on the grid is becoming more complex—and will be more so in the future…

Expert quote:

“Under most conditions, regional grid operators cannot dispatch the lowest-cost resource because of transmission congestion. The transmission system often becomes the limiting factor.”

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In a Foreign Language, “Killing 1 to Save 5” May Be More Permissible

May 20th, 2014 in 2014, Catherine Caldwell-Harris, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Scientific American 0 comments

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By Catherine Caldwell-Harris, College of Arts & Sciences

In Eva Hoffman’s memoir of being a bilingual and bicultural immigrant to America from Poland, she describes two languages competing and commanding in her head:…

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The Riddle of What Is Killing Thousands of Central American Cane Workers

February 12th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Daniel Brooks, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Scientific American 0 comments

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

“Why the Silence Comandante Ortega?”

That paraphrasing of a headline from the great Spanish daily El Pais introduced a story in the paper on the difficulties that Nicaragua has  faced in coming to grips with the death and disability wrought by a still-unexplained kidney disease epidemic…

Expert quote:

“Pre-symptomatic diagnosis is actually not that difficult. A blood test for serum creatinine is a very good screening measure and a number of companies in the region employ it.”

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The End of Bad Meds

November 19th, 2013 in 2013, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, Scientific American 0 comments

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Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Up to 30 percent of the medications in the developing world are poor in quality because either they are improperly manufactured, degraded because of age or poor storage, or produced as counterfeits in rogue factories…

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NIH Feels Multiplying Effects of Government Shutdown

October 2nd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Robinson Fulweiler, Scientific American 0 comments

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Robinson “Wally” Fulweiler, College of Arts & Sciences

Tuesday 1 October should have been an exciting day for David Johnson…

Expert quote:

“Those of us doing molecular work are at a standstill.”

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Wired Forest May Reveal How New England Forests Respond to Climate Change

July 2nd, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Pamela Templer, Scientific American 0 comments

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Pamela Templer, College of Arts & Sciences

Monitoring a forest in New Hampshire provides clues to how important trees, such as maples, respond to changed conditions due to global warming…

Expert quote:

“It’s somewhat counterintuitive, but snow actually acts like a blanket. And so if you have a sufficient snowpack on the ground, all the organisms that live under that snowpack are snuggly warm. It’s like being inside of an igloo.”

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Silver Makes Antibiotics Thousands of Times More Effective

June 20th, 2013 in 2013, College of Engineering, James Collins, Newsmakers, RESEARCH @ BU, Scientific American 0 comments

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James Collins, College of Engineering

Like werewolves and vampires, bacteria have a weakness: silver…

Expert quote:

“Resistance is growing, while the number of new antibiotics in development is dropping. We wanted to find a way to make what we have work better.”

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Elections Have Consequences: Fungal Meningitis and Compounding Pharmacies

November 15th, 2012 in 2012, Kevin Outterson, Newsmakers, School of Law, Scientific American 0 comments

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Kevin Outterson, School of Law

32 deaths. 461 cases…and counting…

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The Hazards of Being an Athletic Ape

October 17th, 2012 in 2012, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Jeremy DeSilva, Newsmakers, Scientific American 0 comments

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Jeremy DeSilva, College of Arts & Sciences

With a single bad step as he ran untouched across a field this September, one of the best cornerbacks in the National Football League removed himself from the game for a whole season…

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Early HIV Treatment Might Save Livelihoods as Well as Lives

July 26th, 2012 in 2012, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Scientific American, Sydney Rosen 0 comments

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Sydney Rosen, School of Public Health

People can work more when their ailments are treated. And HIV is no exception…

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