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New China and US studies back use of pulse oximeters for assessing blood pressure

( University of British Columbia) Fast and easy blood pressure monitoring could soon be at your fingertips -- literally -- thanks to new University of British Columbia research that showed BP can be assessed by a fingertip oximeter, a tool not generally used for that purpose.

Removing toxic mercury from contaminated water

( Chalmers University of Technology) Water which has been contaminated with mercury and other toxic heavy metals is a major cause of environmental damage and health problems worldwide. Now, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, present a totally new way to clean contaminated water, through an electrochemical process. The results are published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

The shifting role of cities in addressing global climate change

( Wiley) In recent years, cities have asserted themselves as relevant actors in efforts to address global climate change. The announcement by the United States of their intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement has generated more attention than ever for what cities and other subnational authorities can do in this field.

How Chile accomplished its renewable energy boom

( Wiley) Chile is currently undergoing a renewable energy boom. Today, it's the second largest market for renewable energies in Latin America, and in 2016 Chile was the top-scoring renewable energy producer in the Americas and second in the world, beaten only by China. Two decades ago, when this process started, this transformation was unthinkable.

NASA sees Tropical Depression Man-yi, warnings triggered

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) ropical depression Man-yi for med in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and NASA captured an image of the storm. Yap state is already under watches and warnings.

NASA sees Tropical Depression 33W affecting Philippines

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Visible imagery from NASA's Terra satellite revealed the extent of Tropical Depression 33W showed the tropical low pressure system moving into the central part of the Philippines on Nov. 20.

NASA tracks Tropical Depression Toraji in the Gulf of Thailand

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Visible from NASA's Terra satellite revealed the extent of Tropical Depression Toraji as it continued moving through the Gulf of Thailand and affecting southern Thailand and Malaysia.

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Bouchra being blown apart

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone Bouchra may have been re-born over the weekend of Nov. 17 and 18 but by Nov. 20 it was blown apart by wind shear and NASA's Aqua satellite confirmed that.

Bots actually target and pursue individual influencers

( University of Southern California) New research co-authored by assistant research professor and associate director of Informatics at the University of Southern California Department of Computer Science, Emilio Ferrara, looks at 'social hacking' over social networks that can increase violent commentary and can affect voting behavior.

Neuroimaging study reveals 'hot spot' for cue-reactivity in substance-dependent population

( Medical University of South Carolina) Medical University of South Carolina neuroscientists have identified a region of brain that may be a new clinical target to treat addiction. In a Translational Psychiatry article, they report locating a 'hot spot' in brain activity associated with substance use disorder that could potentially be targeted by brain stimulation therapies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). These findings have led to a clinical trial of TMS in patients with cocaine and alcohol use disorder.

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