Air flows in mechanical device reveal secrets of speech pathology

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 22, 2010 — From a baby’s first blurted “bowl!'” for the word “ball” to the whispered goodbye of a beloved elder, the capacity for complex vocalizations is one of humankind’s most remarkable attributes — and perhaps one we…

A wiki for the biofuels research community

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have created a technoeconomic model that should help accelerate the development of a next generation of clean, green biofuels that can compete with gasoline in econo…

New theory links depression to chronic brain inflammation

Chronic depression is an adaptive, reparative neurobiological process gone wrong, say two University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers, positing in a new theory that the debilitating mental state originates from more ancient me…

Ancient Colorado river flowed backwards

Palo Alto, CA — Geologists have found evidence that some 55 million years ago a river as big as the modern Colorado flowed through Arizona into Utah in the opposite direction from the present-day river. Writing in the October issue of the journal G…

Ozone levels in S. Calif. smog may be higher than models predict

Current air-quality models used for predicting air pollution may be underestimating ozone levels in Southern California by as much as 10% of the national one-hour ozone standard, a UC Irvine study has found. Donald Dabdub, UCI professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and post-doctoral researcher Eladio Knipping reached this conclusion after making adjustments to a computer model that calculates pollution levels in the South Coast Air Basin of California.

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