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Team delivers development aid via cell phone animations

CHAMPAIGN, lll. -- A farmer in Niger learns how to protect his crops from insects. A resident of Port-au-Prince or a rural Haitian village learns how to avoid exposure to cholera. An entrepreneur in Mali gets step-by-step instructions on extra...

JCI table of contents: Feb. 21, 2011

EDITOR'S PICK: Common congenital defect a prickly problem for the kidney One of the most common congenital defects in humans -- it is detected in approximately 0.5% of fetuses analyzed by routine antenatal sonography -- is a kidney abnormalit...

Cell-phone use not related to increased brain cancer risk

Radio frequency exposure from cell phone use does not appear to increase the risk of developing brain cancers by any significant amount, a study by University of Manchester scientists suggests. The researchers used publically available data from t...

Consumer beware: Rejecting an option may make you more likely to...

People make purchasing decisions by choosing between alternatives or by rejecting certain options. But a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research finds that focusing on ruling out an option can lead consumers to reverse their preferences. "C...

New gift from Mother Nature’s medicine chest may help prevent and...

One of Mother Nature's latest gifts to medical science is stirring excitement with the discovery that the substance -- obtained from a coral-reef inhabiting cyanobacterium -- appears to be an ideal blueprint for developing new drugs for serious ...

More than 25 percent of teenagers have suffered cyber bullying in...

Cyber bullying is an emerging phenomenon that is becoming increasingly common among teenagers. Research by the University of Valencia (UV), based on a study carried out in the region, shows that between 25% and 29% of all teenagers have been bul...

Contact with dads drops when women ovulate

Through an innovative use of cell phone records, researchers at UCLA, the University of Miami and Cal State, Fullerton, have found that women appear to avoid contact with their fathers during ovulation. "Women call their dads less frequently on ...

New software brings facial-recognition technology to mobile phones

Scientists at The University of Manchester have developed software for mobile phones that can track your facial features in real-time. Eventually it will be able to tell who the user is, where they are looking and even how they are feeling. The m...

Culturally inspired mobile phone games help Chinese children learn language characters

Mobile phone-based games could provide a new way to teach basic knowledge of Chinese language characters that might be particularly helpful in underdeveloped rural areas of China, say researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Mobile & Immersive Le...

If you don’t hear directions, you can feel them

If drivers are yakking on cell phones and don't hear spoken instructions to turn left or right from a passenger or navigation ...

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