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Below are selected scientific achievements from the public press all over the world:

Can life-saving gadgets be made in garages?

October 12, 2013

Archimedes did it in the bath, Tesla with a walking stick and the father of the sticky note had his flash of inspiration while singing in church - or so legend has it. Yet today we expect new inventions to be born in anonymous laboratories after the submission of several grant proposals. But the age of the home-grown inventor may not be over. David Williams and John Dingley are consultant anaesthetists at Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

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Young Kyiv Entrepreneurs Mean Business

October 8, 2013

The most stressful times in life include moving house, getting married, the first time in a marshrutka and starting your own business. Despite the latter though, many shrewd young people with new ideas are trying to establish themselves in Kyiv, hoping to produce the next big thing. What’s On meets three budding business people to discuss their inspirations, successes and challenges in business and looks at where you can turn for business mentoring and education.

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Nuclear fusion milestone passed at US lab

October 7, 2013

Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. Harnessing fusion - the process that powers the Sun - could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy. But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive. Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion.

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Monty Hall problem: The probability puzzle that makes your head melt

September 13, 2013

A reference in a recent Magazine article to the Monty Hall problem - where a contestant has to pick one of three boxes - left readers scratching their heads. Why does this probability scenario hurt everyone's brain so much, asks maths lecturer Dr John Moriarty.

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How FreshDirect Got People To Do The Unthinkable — Buy Fish Over The Internet

October 8, 2013

FreshDirect, the online-only grocery company, has become a staple in New York's tri-state area. But when the retail brand launched some 11 years ago, consumers were still skeptical about buying anything over the Internet – let alone fish or any kind of perishables. Founder and CEO Jason Ackerman and his team had to also navigate a new type of delivery service that was a novelty back in the day.

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Siemens, J&J, Glatt to participate in projects of biomedical concern in Odesa region

October 8, 2013

International companies plan to build a medicine plant in Odesa region.
Odesa, October 2 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Siemens, Johnson & Johnson and Glatt (Germany), Novo Nordisk (Denmark) will take part in the projects of BITEC Limited, a biomedical innovation and technological concern in Teplodar (Odesa region), and the total size of investment in the projects is estimated at Hr 10 billion.

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Atomic Goal: 800 Years of Power From Waste

September 24, 2013

BELLEVUE, Wash. — In a drab one-story building here, set between an indoor tennis club and a home appliance showroom, dozens of engineers, physicists and nuclear experts are chasing a radical dream of Bill Gates. The quest is for a new kind of nuclear reactor that would be fueled by today’s nuclear waste, supply all the electricity in the United States for the next 800 years and, possibly, cut the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation around the world.

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Study: Lack of breast screening leads to more cancer deaths

September 13, 2013

September 9, 2013 -- A new study published online September 9 in the journal Cancer has found that more than 70% of deaths from breast cancer in a group of more than 7,000 women occurred in individuals who did not receive regular screening mammograms. The findings indicate that breast screening saves lives -- particularly for women in their 40s, the researchers believe.

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