Scientists investigate using Purpurin Plant Based Dye for making Lithium Ion Batteries

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(Best Syndication News) - Scientists from The City College of New York and Rice University used purpurin, a dye extracted from the rose madder root, to power an environmentally friendly battery. The goal is to develop a non-toxic and sustainable lithium-ion battery. On December 11, 2012, the researchers reported their results in Nature's online and open access publication, Scientific Reports.

The madder plant roots have been used as a natural fabric dye for over 3,500 years in Asia and in the Middle East. The plant dye was used to color fabrics a bright orange, red, and pink.

KODAK collaborates with On Demand Books

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(Best Syndication News) - Eastman Kodak Company announced in September, a new collaboration with On Demand Books and ReaderLink. The partnership will have in-store On Demand Books’ Espresso Book Machine deployed at retail locations that have the KODAK Picture Kiosks. The combination of services will offer consumers a full-service digital-to-print media. With the partnership, consumers will be able to get photo books and custom/local self-published titles, educational supplements, and more at retail locations.

Math Anxiety causes Brain to feel Physical Pain

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of Chicago found that anxiety experienced doing math can cause a person to feel physical pain. The researchers found that the brain areas that register a threat of bodily harm, and in some instances physical pain, are activated when people are stressed over math problems.

Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, said that the brain response of a person suffering from math anxiety is similar to someone feeling physical pain. Sian said that the pain could be similar to a burning sensation experienced on a stove.

San Bernardino City Branch Libraries face Closures

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(Best Syndication News) - Three library branches in the City of San Bernardino may be forced to close their doors. While the library locations currently remain open, the San Bernardino City Council proposed keeping the libraries open until March 17, 2013. The extension is to give library officials time to find a way to make the locations sustainable.

Library officials are seeking solutions that may help keep the Howard Rowe Branch, the Paul Villaseñor Branch, and the Dorothy Inghram Branch locations open.

Amazon kicks off Lightning Deals and 2012 Holiday Toy List

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(Best Syndication News) -, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced the start of their Lightning Deals program and made their 2012 Holiday Toy List available for shoppers to peruse. The traditional holiday sales do not kick off until Thanksgiving and the Cyber-Monday online sales will follow soon after that. In the meantime, shoppers can prepare for what they are going to buy and maybe even start to buy their gifts.

The Amazon Lightning Deals are promotions on products that have a limited time and availability. The daily offerings will begin on October 18 and run through November 18, 2012. To get to the Lightning Deals, click on the “Today’s Deal” link at the top of the Amazon website.

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