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When a cancer study is published in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal, the implication is the findings are robust, replicable, and point the way toward eventual treatments. Consequently, researchers scour their colleagues' work for clues about promising avenues to explore. Doctors pore over the pages, dreaming of new therapies coming down the pike. Which makes a new finding that nine out of 10 preclinical peer-reviewed cancer research studies cannot be replicated all the more shocking and discouraging.
The scientific journal Nature just published a disturbing commentary claiming that in the area of preclinical research– which involves experiments done on rodents or cells in petri dishes with the goal of identifying possible targets for new treatments in people– independent researchers doing the same experiment cannot get the same result as reporte...
With more than 150 solar and hot water heating panels on the roof and a high-tech security system featuring live video feeds of all public spaces, the formerly homeless and low-income residents of The Crossings, the new SRO, or "single room occupancy," will experience plenty of impressive residential gadgets. But the most significant technology at the 60-unit complex at the corner of Fourth Street and Preston Avenue will give those living there one priceless advantage over even most mansion dwellers: they're less likely to experience a fatal fire at home, thanks to a multi-faceted fire-suppression system and the use of smoke-savvy photoelectric smoke detectors.
"We use them because they eliminate nuisance alarms," says Skip Hannan of Mechums River Security Concepts, the company that installed the fire protection system at the $6.6-million-dollar development.
Avoiding false alarms is only one benefit of photoelectrics. As longtime readers of the Hook know, there are two types of smoke detectors, and they're not created equal. Ionization detectors, the kind found in the vast majority of American homes, use a small amount of radioactive material to detect the large particles released by live flames. They're prone to false alarms, leading residents to disab...
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After serving for nine years as the editor of Virginia Quarterly Review, Ted Genoways has stepped down to "concentrate on his own writing," according to a midnight UVA press release. Recently appointed deputy editor Donovan Webster will serve as interim editor until a national search for a new editor is launched in July.
"Ted has been an outstanding editor," said Thomas Skalak, UVA vice president for research, who took over operation of the magazine following an internal investigation in 2010. "Under his direction, VQR built a devoted following and an unparalleled record of recognition."
"I look back on my nine years as editor with pride, but I also hope that the new staff will not feel in any way encumbered by that legacy," said Genoways. "VQR is theirs to steward and re-imagine now, and I hope they will be able to build on and exceed past successes."
Judging from the UVA press release, Genoways single-handedly transformed VQR from an obscure college literary magazine to one that could compete with the likes of National Geographic and the New Yorker.
"Under Ted Genoways, Virginia Quarterly Review has become one of the most widely-admired...