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UTSA to research environmental comfort at the San Antonio Missions

( University of Texas at San Antonio) UTSA Center for Cultural Sustainability (CCS) has formed a partnership with local architecture firm to conduct a 12-month assessment of indoor climate management and make recommendations for energy-efficient upgrades at Mission Concepcion. The UTSA researchers anticipate that the results will serve as a model for other historic stone structures in hot-humid climates and become pioneers in the use of energy-efficient upgrades at the national cultural heritage resources.

Remote-controlled drug delivery implant size of grape may help chronic disease management

( Houston Methodist) People with chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes and heart disease may one day forego the daily regimen of pills and, instead, receive a scheduled dosage of medication through a grape-sized implant that is remotely controlled.

Elevated air pollution could diminish health benefits of living in walkable communities

( St. Michael's Hospital) The benefits of living in a walkable neighborhood could be diminished by increased exposure to traffic-related air pollution, suggests a study led by St. Michael's Hospital and ICES, a non-profit research institute that uses population-based health information to produce knowledge on a broad range of health care issues.

Tapping into the way cells communicate

( University of Connecticut) For the first time, scientists can record cells communicating in real time, opening the floodgates for new developments in cell therapy and other areas within cell biology.

A new theory for trapping light particles aims to advance development of quantum computers

( Advanced Science Research Center, GC/CUNY) Researchers have developed a new protocol for ensuring the stability of data when photons are stored for extended periods of time. The theory could advance development of quantum computers.

Researchers create multi-junction solar cells from off-the-shelf components

( North Carolina State University) In a proof-of-concept paper, researchers from North Carolina State University detail a new approach for creating multi-junction solar cells using off-the-shelf components, resulting in lower cost, high-efficiency solar cells for use in multiple applications.

Researchers explain visible light from 2D lead halide perovskites

( University of Houston) Researchers led by an electrical engineer from the University of Houston have reported solving a lingering question about how a two-dimensional crystal composed of cesium, lead and bromine emitted a strong green light, opening the door to designing better light-emitting and diagnostic devices.

Stanford researchers teach robots what humans want

( Stanford University) Researchers are developing better, faster ways of providing human guidance to autonomous robots.

Big data says food is too sweet

( Monell Chemical Senses Center) New research from the Monell Center analyzed nearly 400,000 food reviews posted by Amazon customers to gain real-world insight into the food choices that people make. The findings reveal that many people find the foods in today's marketplace to be too sweet.

Broad Institute researchers use novel field-ready CRISPR platform to detect plant genes

( Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) SHERLOCK technology is a new CRISPR-based platform that is rapid and portable and enables detection and quantitation of plant genes to support a variety of agricultural applications. Additional advantages, including the ability to process crude plant extracts with minimal nucleic acid sample preparation required are described in a research article published in The CRISPR Journal, a new peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

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