Eurekalert Press Releases for Q4 2008

by David Bradley

Public Release: 18-Dec-2008
International Journal of Arts and Technology
Gesture recognition
A system that can recognize human gestures could provide a new way for people with physical disabilities to interact with computers. A related system for the able bodied could also be used to make virtual worlds more realistic. The system is described in detail in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Arts and Technology.
 
Public Release: 9-Dec-2008
International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies
Instore web 3.0 scouting
Scientists at Toshiba's Corporate Research and Development Center in Japan have developed a system that offers shoppers advice on what to buy based on the product barcode and the current weblog buzz around the gadget. The team describes the system WOM Scouter this month in the International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies.
 
Public Release: 8-Dec-2008
International Journal of Internet Marketing
Search engine marketing for non-profits
Non-profit organizations should be exploiting the strategies of online marketers to gain traffic to their websites, raise awareness of their "brand" and its aims and convert visitors into donors, according to a study published in the first 2009 issue of the International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising.
 
Public Release: 24-Nov-2008
International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management
Putting a green cap on garbage dumps
Landfill sites produce the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide as putrescible waste decays. Growing plants and trees on top of a landfill, a process known as "phytocapping" could reduce the production and release of these gases, according to Australian scientists' writing in a forthcoming issue of International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management.
 
Public Release: 10-Nov-2008
International Journal of Vehicle Design
White vans go green
Research published in the International Journal of Vehicle Design, the team describes how a new vehicle spoiler design can improve fuel consumption as well as vehicle handling.
 
Public Release: 7-Nov-2008
International Journal of Low Radiation
Could vitamin D save us from radiation?
A form of vitamin D could protect us against damage from low levels of radiation according to new research to be published in the International Journal of Low Radiation.
 
Public Release: 5-Nov-2008
International Journal of Liability and Scientific Enquiry
Data revelations
Ongoing research to be published in the International Journal of Liability and Scientific Enquiry suggests that there is a huge amount of sensitive data still on redundant computer hard disks. These devices are often disposed of or sold into the secondhand market by corporations, organizations, and individuals with the data intact.
 
Public Release: 28-Oct-2008
International Journal of Environment and Health
Methylmercury warning
Recent studies hint that exposure to the toxic chemicals, such as methylmercury can cause harm at levels previously considered safe. A new analysis of the epidemiological evidence in the International Journal of Environment and Health, suggests that we should take a precautionary approach to this and similar compounds to protect unborn children from irreversible brain damage.
 
Public Release: 22-Oct-2008
International Journal of Environment and Health
Childhood environmental health
Children are exposed to a wide range of environmental threats that can affect their health and development early in life, throughout their youth and into adulthood. Writing in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Environmental Health scientists from the World Health Organization and Boston University suggest that it is time for both industrialized and developing countries to assess the environmental burden of childhood diseases with the aim of improving children's environments.
 
Public Release: 20-Oct-2008
International Journal of Environment and Pollution
Orange appeal to clean up dirty water
Highly colored industrial waste water is a serious environmental problem as it seriously discolors waterways as well as blocking sunlight for photosynthesizing plant species in the water. Now, researchers in Algeria have discovered that nothing more sophisticated than orange peel could be used to remove acidic dyes from industrial effluent. They describe their findings in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Environment and Pollution.
 
Public Release: 9-Oct-2008
International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organization
Breathing second life into language teaching
An international team has developed a wireless virtual reality environment that can help promote language learning and let students practice. The researchers have demonstrated their Collaborative Virtual Reality Environment with Mexican engineering students carrying out listening comprehension practice in English as a foreign language.
 
Public Release: 30-Sep-2008
International Journal of Environment and Pollution
Algal biomonitor
A paper published Oct. 1 in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution, explains how a DNA test can be used to detect harmful algal blooms across the globe.
 

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