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To teach kids math, researcher devises ‘brain games’

The world often breaks down into numbers and regular patterns that form predictable cycles. And the sooner children can inherently grasp these patterns, the more confident and comfortable they will be with the world of math. That’s the discerning approach of experts who have spent decades teaching teachers and watching how students learn.

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Gulf coast residents say BP oil spill changed their environmental views

Researchers have found that residents of Louisiana and Florida most acutely and directly affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster — the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history — said they have changed their views on other environmental issues as a result of the spill.

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New method for continuous production of carbon nanotubes

A new method is capable of reducing the price of carbon nanotubes from $100 – $700 US to just $15 to $35 US for each gram, much lower than world market prices.

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Tsunami risk reduction in the age of Twitter

In theory, national governments should issue tsunami watches and warnings. For sure, they should be the only ones issuing evacuation orders. But social media are much quicker to inform.

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Nanomaterials: Making a bluer light

A new design for nanoparticles that absorb low-energy light and emit high-energy light may find use in biological imaging.

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Electronics: Low-temperature method could ‘grow’ transparent zinc oxide films for displays and solar cells

A low-temperature method could be used to ‘grow’ transparent zinc oxide films for use in displays and solar cells.

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Nanomaterials: Surrounding effects

The dissipation of energy from a vibrating gold nanoparticle is strongly influenced by the surrounding environment, new research shows.

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Novel coding technique holds promise for next-generation computers

A pioneering error correction technique holds promise for the development of next-generation computers.

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Top 25 fabless IC companies in 2011

The top 25 fabless IC suppliers captured 80% of a total $64.9 billion fabless IC market in 2011, according to IC Insights. Sales topped $1 billion at 12 fabless companies; Qualcomm topped the list with nearly $10 billion in sales. US-based suppliers captured 8 of the top 10 rankings.

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Top 25 fabless IC companies in 2011

The top 25 fabless IC suppliers captured 80% of a total $64.9 billion fabless IC market in 2011, according to IC Insights. Sales topped $1 billion at 12 fabless companies; Qualcomm topped the list with nearly $10 billion in sales. US-based suppliers captured 8 of the top 10 rankings.

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