3 Cool Things to Know About Algae

(DGIwire) – Everyone has a rough idea of what algae are—but few may appreciate their true versatility. Here, courtesy of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, a division of the US Department of Energy, are three cool insights about this fascinating form of plant life: Algae is ubiquitous: There are thousands of different […]

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The Endocannabinoid System: A Key to New Medical Treatments?

  (DGIwire) – The “endocannabinoid system” refers to a specific, endogenous collection of cell receptors and corresponding molecules in the brain. As noted in the journal Cerebrum, endocannabinoids are responsible for a huge array of day-to-day bodily functions—they help to regulate everything from neurological functions, cognition and memory, pain, sleep and appetite to mood and […]

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3 Top Revisionist Novels: Telling the Tale a Different Way

(DGIwire) – Famous novels present a particular point of view: readers and audiences quickly become familiar with the protagonist and antagonist and how they interact. In recent years, it has become something of a trend to re-envision classic works from the perspective of a different character—sometimes one who was maligned in the original. Here are […]

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Career Advancement: 3 Questions to Ask

(DGIwire) – Recent college graduates in their first entry-level positions face a slew of decisions about their future—especially after they have been on the job for several months. There are no hard and fast answers, of course, but pondering these issues can prepare them for their next all-important step up the corporate ladder. Here are […]

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Professional Power Tool Users: Time to Look Beyond Lithium-Ion

(DGIwire) – Reliable power tools are crucial to maintaining the reputations of electrical, cable and telecom companies. However, as recently reported in Utility Products magazine, engineers and field technicians are bound by the technical limitations of Lithium-ion battery packs, which present a series of drawbacks. For example, if there has been insufficient time to recharge […]

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Insider Threats: How Businesses Can Protect Themselves

(DGIwire) – How can businesses protect against the ongoing risk that one or more of their existing employees will use insider access—wittingly or unwittingly—to do harm to the security of the places where they work. The potential threats can include espionage, terrorism, unauthorized disclosure of corporate proprietary information, loss or degradation of capabilities and more. […]

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Localized Scleroderma: What’s the Way Forward?

(DGIwire) – A large number of medical conditions have names rooted in Latin terms. One example is “scleroderma”— “sclero” means “hard” and “derma” means “skin.” But hardening skin is just one of many symptoms of localized scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease, which has no known cause and no cure. Stiff joints, digestive issues, lung scarring, […]

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Bay State Booming: Massachusetts Public Companies Grow Headcount

(DGIwire) – It’s a good time to be operating a business headquartered in the Bay State. More than two-thirds of the 188 public companies based in Massachusetts grew their total headcount in 2016, according to Boston Business Journal. Year-end filings for that year indicate that overall, public companies based in the state—which account for about […]

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Beyond Lithium-Ion: What’s Next for Battery Technology?

(DGIwire) – Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are the current industry standard—but it’s starting to look as if they might not be around forever. Although they are capable of holding a charge for a relatively long time, Li-ion batteries are expensive and—as several recent high-profile news items have shown the world—they have a tendency explode and put […]

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Coping with Chronic Pain? 4 Tips for Relief

(DGIwire) – Those experiencing chronic pain have an array of sources of information at their disposal. One such resource is WebMD’s Chronic Pain Assessment tool. Although its specific recommendations depend on the exact nature and duration of the pain being felt, the tool provides several general tips to get started on the road to improved […]

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Faith-Based Organizations Under Threat: How Preparedness Pays

(DGIwire) – Faith-based organizations (FBOs)—namely any religious institutions and houses of worship—are intended to serve as sanctuaries for their members from all the evil that happens in the outside world. Yet, many of these same FBOs have become targets for a spectrum of threats such as hate crimes, active shooters, workplace violence and even terrorism. […]

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Butterfly Babies: The Youngest Victims of a Life-Threatening Skin Disorder

(DGIwire) – A newborn baby is a cause for joy. But for some parents, that joy is tempered by sadness—when the child is born with a rare disorder called epidermolysis bullosa (EB). As recently profiled in The Washington Post, the littlest victims of this disorder have bodies that are covered in blisters and wounds. Babies […]

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A Down-to-Earth Solution to an Aerial Threat

(DGIwire) – With the threat of enemy drones on the rise, increasing attention is turning to the ideal countermeasures. As recently reported by Business Insider, one Maryland-based company has found a way to take control of an unwanted drone while in flight—without the use of jamming the radio signal that keeps it airborne. Started in […]

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RNA Interference (RNAi) Technology: Cutting-Edge Technology for Immuno-Oncology

(DGIwire) – Sometimes a significant advancement in medicine results from the application of a proven technology in a novel area. In the field of immuno-oncology, as recently reported in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), a potential path forward could be the use of self-delivering RNAi compounds to treat cancer. RNAi is a naturally occurring […]

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