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New quantum structures in super-chilled helium may mirror early days of universe  

Experimental proof of a decades-old prediction opens a pathway to recreate possible conditions of the early universe here on earth.

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2019-01-16 13:40:28



Clean Power Plan Replacement Could Lead to Increased Emissions  

The EPA’s proposed new rule could be worse than having no climate rule at all -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-01-16 13:07:35



Fukushima Residents Return Despite Radiation  

Eight years after the nuclear meltdown, wary citizens are moving back to contaminated homesteads—some not by choice -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-01-16 12:44:56



'Junk DNA' may help yeast survive stress  

Spare genetic sequences could help the fungi conserve resources in lean times

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2019-01-16 11:17:14



Evidence of changing seasons, rain on Saturn's moon Titan's north pole  

An image from the international Cassini spacecraft provides evidence of rainfall on the north pole of Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons. The rainfall would be the first indication of the start of a summer season in the moon's northern hemisphere.

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2019-01-16 11:12:32



Mosquito known to transmit malaria has been detected in Ethiopia for the first time  

A type of mosquito that transmits malaria has been detected in Ethiopia for the first time, and the discovery has implications for putting more people at risk for malaria in new regions.

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2019-01-16 09:59:06



Born to run: Just not on cocaine  

A study finds a surprising response to cocaine in a novel strain of mutant mice -- they failed to show hyperactivity seen in normal mice when given cocaine and didn't run around. In other tests, they still found cocaine appealing, but displayed an inability to shake the memory of cocaine's actions when the drug was no longer administered. The key change that blocks cocaine's stimulant effects in these mice is serotonin, not dopamine, which is responsible for producing a high.

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2019-01-16 08:46:05



Right green for crop, environment, wallet  

Researchers found an efficient approach to managing nitrogen in agriculture and reducing its environmental impact. It's all about being green.

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2019-01-16 08:25:22



Ketone body utilization decreases when blood flow to the heart is reduced  

Researchers have measured the ketone body utilization rate in the heart and confirmed that it decreases when the heart is in a state of reduced blood flow (myocardial ischemia).

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2019-01-16 08:19:48



The Rise of   

In an age of proliferating super-skyscrapers, especially in Asia, we know surprisingly little about vertical human mobility -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-01-16 08:12:11



High pesticide exposure among farmers linked to poor sense of smell later  

A new study has shown an association between unusually high pesticide exposure and poor sense of smell among aging farmers.

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2019-01-16 07:10:22



Neurofeedback helps to control learning success  

Those who regulate their brain rhythm themselves can release capacities to learn new things.

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2019-01-16 07:02:39



New insights into what Neolithic people ate in Southeastern Europe  

New research has shed new light on the eating habits of Neolithic people living in southeastern Europe using food residues from pottery extracts dating back more than 8,000 years.

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2019-01-16 06:54:20



Following heart health guidelines also reduces diabetes risk  

You've probably heard that things like staying active, eating healthy and keeping your blood pressure in check can help your heart, and a new study finds that following a set of seven lifestyle factors can also drastically reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

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2019-01-16 06:13:43



Ocean giant gets a health check: Combination blood, tissue test reveals whale shark diets  

Whale sharks, the world's largest fish, likely endure periods of starvation and may eat more plants than previously thought, according to the first results of a new health check. Ocean scientists now have a powerful, simple tool to discover the diets, migrations, and conservation needs of this endangered species.

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2019-01-16 05:28:24



Weird Star System's Planet-Forming Disk Goes Vertical Like a Ferris Wheel  

Worlds with off-kilter orbits may be much more common than previously believed -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-01-16 05:12:55



The pace at which the world's permafrost soils are warming  

Global warming is leaving more and more apparent scars in the world's permafrost regions. As the new global comparative study conducted by the international permafrost network GTN-P shows, in all regions with permafrost soils the temperature of the frozen ground at a depth of more than 10 meters rose by an average of 0.3 degrees Celsius between 2007 and 2016 -- in the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as the high mountain ranges of Europe and Central Asia.

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2019-01-16 05:09:48



To halt brain diseases, drugs take aim at protein traffic jams that kill neurons  

Compound that normalizes flow of proteins in cells will now be tested in a clinical trial for ALS

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2019-01-16 04:38:25



New AI can detect urinary tract infections  

New AI could identify and help reduce one of the top causes of hospitalization for people living with dementia: urinary tract infections (UTI).

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2019-01-16 03:52:49



Personality type could shape attitudes toward body weight of others, researchers say  

Researchers found that personality traits have significant bearing on a person's attitudes toward obesity, their implicit theories of weight and their willingness to engage in derisive fat talk or weight discrimination.

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2019-01-16 03:40:40



Russia to Complete Military Satellite Constellation Blagovest in April  

Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 15, 2019 The communications satellites will be spread out evenly to provide seamless global coverage. They are equipped with modern Ka and Q-band transponders and support high-speed Internet, telephony and other broadcasting services. The launch of the fourth and last military communications satellite of Russia's Blagovest constellation is tentatively planned for April, a source in the space indust

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2019-01-16 03:34:24



No pay. No retirement. No stink bugs by mail. The shutdown pain is spreading  

Historic spending impasse creating chaos for researchers

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2019-01-16 03:30:05



Australia's 'space city' hosts rising stars from around the globe  

Adelaide, Australia (SPX) Jan 16, 2019 Budding space industry professionals from around the world are gathering in Adelaide for the first Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program since the South Australian capital was announced as home of the national industry. From today (January 14), a record 54 participants from 11 countries will take part in the program conducted by the University of South Australia in partnership with the

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2019-01-16 03:18:58



Athletes should build neck strength to reduce concussion risk, researchers recommend  

Researchers have proposed a way to mitigate risk for football and soccer players and others at risk of concussion: Protect your head with neck-strengthening exercises in the pre-season. New research examines previous studies on the role that the neck's strength, size and posture play in reducing concussion risk.

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2019-01-16 03:02:32



Magnetic North's erratic behavior forces update to global navigation system  

Washington (UPI) Jan 14, 2019 Magnetic North is shifting rapidly, throwing off the World Magnetic Model that powers a variety of global navigational systems. Scientists were originally scheduled to release an updated model this week - a fix for the accumulating anomalies - but due to the government shutdown, the update's release has been delayed until the end of the month. Scientists with the British Geolog

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2019-01-16 03:01:04



Moon sees first cotton-seed sprout  

Beijing (XNA) Jan 16, 2019 One of the cotton seeds carried to the moon by China's Chang'e-4 probe is the first ever to sprout on the moon, according to scientists of a mini biosphere experiment Tuesday. After making the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon, China's Chang'e-4 mission pioneered the first mini biosphere experiment on the moon. Professor Xie Gengxin, of Chongqing University and chie

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2019-01-16 02:58:42



Beans to be next vegetable on astronauts' menu by 2021  

Oslo (XNA) Jan 16, 2019 Having successfully harvested fresh lettuce in space in 2015, astronauts are expected to see beans on their menu by 2021 thanks to high-tech planters developed by Norwegian researchers. A technical workshop at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) developed the model of the planter box for producing food in space, said Silje Wolff, a plant physiologist at the Center for

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2019-01-16 02:42:50



Renewed space rivalry between nations ignores a tradition of cooperation  

Bloomington IN (The Conversation) Jan 14, 2019 The annals of science fiction are full of visions of the future. Some are techno-utopian like "Star Trek" in which humanity has joined together in peace to explore the cosmos. Others are dystopian, like the World State in "Brave New World." But many of these stories share one thing in common - they envision a time in which humanity has moved past narrow ideas of tribe and nationalism. That assum

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2019-01-16 02:29:30



SLS liquid hydrogen tank test article loaded into test stand  

Huntsville AL (SPX) Jan 16, 2019 The largest piece of structural test hardware for America's new deep space rocket, the Space Launch System, was loaded into Test Stand 4693 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama Jan. 14, 2019. The liquid hydrogen tank is part of the rocket's core stage that is more than 200 feet tall with a diameter of 27.6 feet, and stores cryogenic liquid hydrogen and liquid oxyge

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2019-01-16 02:28:20



Genes reveal clues about people's potential life expectancy  

Scientists say they can predict whether a person can expect to live longer or die sooner than average, by looking at their DNA. Experts have analyzed the combined effect of genetic variations that influence lifespan to produce a scoring system. People who score in the top ten per cent of the population might expect to live up to five years longer than those who score in the lowest ten per cent, they say.

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2019-01-16 02:25:04



Aging Faster in Space to Age Better on Earth  

Houston TX (SPX) Jan 16, 2019 A new investigation heading to the International Space Station will provide space-flown samples to scientists from academia, industry and government agencies, who have agreed to share their data and results in an online database that is open to the public. Rodent Research-8 (RR-8) examines the physiology of aging and the effect of age on disease progression using groups of young and old mice flo

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2019-01-16 02:05:20



Dry-cured ham bones -- a source of heart-healthy peptides?  

Drinking bone broth is a recent diet fad that proponents claim fights inflammation, eases joint pain and promotes gut health. Simmering animal bones in water releases collagen and other proteins into the broth that may have health benefits, although more research is needed to validate these claims. Now, a new study has shown that ham bones contain peptides that could have cardioprotective effects.

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2019-01-16 01:58:41



Differences among brain neurons that coincide with psychiatric conditions  

It's no surprise to scientists that variety is the very essence of biology, not just the seasoning, but most previous studies of key brain cells have found little variability in a common cell process that involves how genetic information is read and acted on.

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2019-01-16 01:57:43



Dragon Back on Earth as Crew Revs Up Station Science  

Houston TX (SPX) Jan 16, 2019 The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is back on Earth after splashing down in the Pacific Ocean Sunday night loaded with critical space research and International Space Station hardware. Four spaceships remain parked at the orbital lab including Northrop Grumman's Cygnus resupply ship from the United States. Today, the three-member Expedition 58 crew is exploring a wide array of microgravity scie

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2019-01-16 01:55:52



A new era of global aircraft surveillance is on the horizon as Aireon completes system deployment  

McLean VA (SPX) Jan 14, 2019 Aireon has announced a successful eighth and final launch and deployment of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation hosting the Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads. At 7:31:33 AM PST (15:31:33 UTC) a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and placed the final 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low earth orbit (LEO).

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2019-01-16 01:38:09



Urbanization may hold key to tiger survival  

A new study says the future of tigers in Asia is linked the path of demographic transition -- for humans.

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2019-01-16 01:38:01



Human Gene Editing: Great Power, Great Responsibility  

Modifying the human germline has profound implications and must be approached with extraordinary care -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-01-16 01:29:17



Space dreams: Alum Frank Bunger's quest to make space tourism a reality  

Berkeley CA (SPX) Jan 16, 2019 Frank Bunger, MBA 18, dreamed of space as a child. Today, he's pursuing that dream as co-founder and CEO of Orion Span, a startup that plans to build the Aurora Space Station to launch travelers into space 200 miles above the earth's surface by 2021. Bunger, who started Orion Span as a Haas student, has a goal to raise $2 million by Feb. 5 on SeedInvest, an online investment service, so th

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2019-01-16 01:17:14



Big Bang query: Mapping how a mysterious liquid became all matter  

Bethlehem PA (SPX) Jan 16, 2019 The leading theory about how the universe began is the Big Bang, which says that 14 billion years ago the universe existed as a singularity, a one-dimensional point, with a vast array of fundamental particles contained within it. Extremely high heat and energy caused it to inflate and then expand into the cosmos as we know it?and, the expansion continues to this day. The initial result of

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2019-01-16 01:13:20



Using satellites to measure rates of ice mass loss in glaciers  

Researchers have investigated all glacial areas in South America in more detail than ever before, from the tropical areas to the subpolar regions. Their two major findings are that the highest rate of mass loss is in the Patagonian ice sheet, and that the glaciers in the tropics have lost considerably less mass than previously projected, although this is not the good news which it might appear at first sight.

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2019-01-16 01:07:23



NASA Astronaut Hague Who Failed to Reach ISS May Make One-Year Flight  

Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 15, 2019 NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who, together with Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, did not reach the International Space Station (ISS) in October due to the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle accident, may go for a year-long flight on the station in March, a Russian space industry source told Sputnik on Sunday. "An option for US astronaut Nick Hague to carry out a year-long flight to the ISS in 2019-20

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2019-01-16 01:05:36



Physicists find new ways to manipulate light, paving way for quantum tech  

Washington (UPI) Jan 14, 2019 Scientists at Britain's National Physical Laboratory in London have developed new techniques for manipulating light. The research, detailed in the journal Physical Review Letters, could pave the way for new quantum technologies and telecommunication systems. While experimenting with an optical ring resonator, a small device capable of storing large amounts of high-intensity light

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2019-01-16 01:01:41



New immune response regulators  

Researchers have discovered new proteins that regulate T cells in the human immune system. Some of these proteins can provide possible new targets for drug development in treating immune-mediated diseases.

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2019-01-15 21:57:49



Power stations driven by light  

The smallest building blocks within the power stations of organisms which get their energy directly from the sun are basically miniature reactors surrounded by collectors which capture photons and forward them to the center. The close correlation between structure and interaction of the components boosts productivity, a strategy which researchers are using for increasing the efficiency of solar technology.

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2019-01-15 21:47:03



How hagfish launch slime missiles that swell 10,000 times in size  

Drag forces in the water rapidly unfurl their slimy fibers, new study suggests

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2019-01-15 21:04:33



A microbial hot spring in your basement  

Microbes that thrive in some of the most extreme places on Earth have discovered another cozy place to live -- inside homes across the United States.

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2019-01-15 20:28:28



Mathematical model can improve our knowledge on cancer  

Researchers have developed a new mathematical tool, which can improve our understanding of what happens when cells lose their polarity (direction) in diseases such as cancer. The result is advancing our understanding of how the fertilized egg cell develops into a complete organism. Biological shapes, like individual organs or an entire body, can be reproduced or maintained with great accuracy, just like in the embryonic development or during the adult stage.

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2019-01-15 20:15:23



Assessing the performance of multiple influenza forecasting models  

In what the authors believe is the first documented comparison of several real-time infectious disease forecasting models by different teams across many seasons, five research groups report this week that a majority of models consistently showed higher accuracy than historical baseline models.

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2019-01-15 20:12:13



New zoning tool provides global topographic datasets in minutes  

With the increased availability of remote sensing technologies, scientists now have access to high-resolution datasets on Earth's surface properties at the global scale. As a result, an international team of scientists, has created the first comprehensive high resolution map of Earth's floodplains.

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2019-01-15 20:02:21



Vaccine-preventable infections in pediatric transplant patients  

Children who receive solid organ transplants are hospitalized due to vaccine-preventable infections at rates that are significantly higher than the general population.

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2019-01-15 19:40:44



Unraveling threads of bizarre hagfish's explosive slime  

Biologists have modeled the hagfish's gag-inducing defense mechanism mathematically.

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2019-01-15 19:35:16



Part-time working mothers with flexible schedules end up doing more work without pay  

Flexible schedules cause part-time working mothers to work longer without pay.

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2019-01-15 17:55:10



Idled farmland presents habitat restoration opportunities in San Joaquin Desert  

Most of the native habitat in California's San Joaquin Desert has been converted to row crops and orchards, leaving 35 threatened or endangered species confined to isolated patches of habitat. A new study looked at the conservation potential of marginal farmland in the San Joaquin Desert and found that restoration of fallowed farmland could play a crucial role in habitat protection and restoration strategies for the blunt-nosed leopard lizard and other endangered species.

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2019-01-15 16:43:25



Hollywood's Portrayals of Science and Scientists Are Ridiculous  

And Twitter is taking note -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-01-15 15:56:39



Mojave rattlesnakes' life-threatening venom is more widespread than expected  

It was thought that Mojave rattlesnakes with hemorrhagic venom only lived in Arizona, but new research documents hemorrhagic and neurotoxic venom types throughout the US and Mexico, and even hybrid venom in which one snake exhibits both types.

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2019-01-15 15:20:39



Pore size influences nature of complex nanostructures  

In new research that could help inform development of new materials, chemists have found that the empty space ('pores') present in two-dimensional molecular building blocks fundamentally changes the strength of these van der Waals forces, and can potentially alter the assembly of sophisticated nanostructures.

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2019-01-15 15:18:23



Pioneering surgery restores movement to children paralyzed by acute flaccid myelitis  

An innovative and complex surgery involving nerve transfers is restoring movement to young patients with paralysis caused by acute flaccid myelitis.

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2019-01-15 15:14:03



MANF identified as a rejuvenating factor in parabiosis  

Older mice who are surgically joined with young mice in order to share a common bloodstream get stronger and healthier, making parabiosis one of the hottest topics in age research. Researchers now report that MANF (mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor) is one of the factors responsible for rejuvenating the transfused older mice. Researchers also show the naturally occurring, evolutionarily conserved repair mechanism protects against liver damage in aging mice and extends lifespan

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2019-01-15 15:12:56



Scientists have identified a bone marrow backup system  

New research has identified a backup for an important biological system -- the hematopoietic system, whose adult stem cells constantly replenish the body's blood supply.

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2019-01-15 14:25:11



Brilliant glow of paint-on semiconductors comes from ornate quantum physics  

A new wave of semiconductors that can be painted on is on the horizon. It bears the promise of revolutionizing lighting all over again and of transforming solar energy. Ornate quantum particle action, revealed here, that drives the new material's properties defies the workings of established semiconductors.

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2019-01-15 13:57:59



Genome doubling, cell size and novelty  

Scientists have examined the effects of genome doubling on cell biology and the generation of novelty in plants.

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2019-01-15 13:42:45



How Candida albicans exploits lack of oxygen to cause disease  

Scientists have shown how the yeast Candida albicans can modulate and adapt to low oxygen levels in different body niches to cause infection and to harm the host. Studying adaption to hypoxic or anoxic niches is particularly fruitful, since it helps us to understand the pathogenicity of C. albicans and promotes the development of better therapy approaches.

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2019-01-15 13:31:45



For some multiple sclerosis patients, knocking out the immune system might work better than drugs  

Trial suggests patients' own stem cells could help in the relapsing form of the disease

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2019-01-15 13:20:57



Difficulties with audiovisual processing contributes to dyslexia in children  

A neuroimaging study could help develop tests for early identification of dyslexia.

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2019-01-15 13:17:37



Teen brain volume changes with small amount of cannabis use, study finds  

At a time when several states are moving to legalize recreational use of marijuana, new research shows that concerns about the drug's impact on teens may be warranted. The study shows that even a small amount of cannabis use by teenagers is linked to differences in their brains.

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2019-01-15 13:15:22



Is the fishing industry leaving enough food for Antarctica's top predators?  

Large international survey will assess status of krill

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2019-01-15 13:14:22



Poisons or medicines? Cyanobacteria toxins protect tiny lake dwellers from parasites  

The cyanobacteria blooms that plague western Lake Erie each summer are both an unsightly nuisance and a potential public health hazard, producing liver toxins that can be harmful to humans and their pets.

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2019-01-15 13:13:15



Gene expression study sheds new light on African Salmonella  

Scientists have completed one of the largest bacterial comparative gene expression studies to date and taken another step forward in understanding the African Salmonella strain that is currently killing around 400,000 people each year in sub-Saharan Africa.

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2019-01-15 13:01:14



Fever alters immune cells so they can better reach infections  

Fever is known to help power up our immune cells, and scientists have new evidence explaining how. They found in mice that fever alters surface proteins on immune cells like lymphocytes to make them better able to travel via blood vessels to reach the site of infection.

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2019-01-15 12:46:17



3,000-year-old eastern North American quinoa discovered in Ontario  

A mass of charred seeds found while clearing a home construction site in Brantford, Ontario, has been identified as ancient, domesticated goosefoot (C. berlandieri spp. jonesianum), a form of quinoa native to Eastern North America. The seeds date back to 900 B.C., and have never previously been found north of Kentucky this early in history.

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2019-01-15 12:27:35



B-group vitamins can improve concentration among people with first episode psychosis  

A new study explored the impact of increasing a person's intake of vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid [vitamin B9] after studies in people with schizophrenia revealed that increased intake of these vitamins could decrease patients' levels of an amino acid called homocysteine and improve their symptoms.

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2019-01-15 12:15:34



Back to the future with CD4 testing: Improving HIV care in low- and middle-income countries  

A practical resource-based public health approach for the rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected individuals living in low- and middle-income countries could save thousands of lives.

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2019-01-15 12:07:59



NEON ecological laboratory at risk, fired advisers warn NSF after shake-up   

Advisory panel needs to be reinstated and strengthened, letter argues

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2019-01-15 12:03:39



A new way by which the human brain marks time  

With a little help from HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' neurobiologists have uncovered a key component of how the human brain marks time.

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2019-01-15 11:55:05



'Outdated' management plan increases risks to Alaska's large carnivores  

Alaskan wildlife management that prioritizes reducing bear and wolf populations so hunters can kill more moose, caribou and deer is both backward and lacks scientific monitoring.

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2019-01-15 11:22:20



Sleeping less than six hours a night may increase cardiovascular risk  

People who sleep less than six hours a night may be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those who sleep between seven and eight hours, suggests a new study. Poor quality sleep increases the risk of atherosclerosis -- plaque buildup in the arteries throughout the body -- according to the study.

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2019-01-15 11:12:30



New conservation practice could reduce nitrogen pollution in agricultural drainage water  

In a new study, scientists have estimated that a new conservation practice known as saturated buffers could reduce nitrogen from agricultural drainage by 5 to 10 percent.

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2019-01-15 10:56:19



The Scourge of Sepsis  

It’s the leading cause of preventable death worldwide; migrant children are especially vulnerable; and time is of the essence in treating it -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-01-15 10:54:25



Health effects of metabolic 'magic bullet' protein  

Researchers have developed a new system that lets them study in more detail than ever exactly how, where and when the metabolic protein AMPK carries out its molecular and therapeutic functions.

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2019-01-15 09:57:48



Central Texas salamanders, including newly identified species, at risk of extinction  

Biologists have discovered three new species of groundwater salamander in Central Texas, including one living west of Austin that they say is critically endangered. They also determined that an already known salamander species near Georgetown is much more endangered than previously thought. They warn that more severe droughts caused by climate change and increasing water use in Central Texas have left groundwater salamanders 'highly vulnerable to extinction.'

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2019-01-15 09:52:25



Quality of life in adolescents recovering from sports-related concussion or fracture  

Researchers studied health-related quality of life in adolescents with sports-related concussion or extremity fracture during their recovery periods.

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2019-01-15 09:49:09



Einstein-de Haas effect has a central role in ultrafast demagnetization processes  

The Einstein-de Haas effect, first demonstrated more than a century ago, provides an intriguing link between magnetization and rotation in ferromagnetic materials. Researchers have now found that the effect has also a central role in ultrafast processes that happen at the sub-picosecond timescale -- and thus deliver fresh insight into materials that might form the basis for novel devices.

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2019-01-15 09:15:59



Genomic study finds Haida Gwaii's northern goshawks are highly distinct and at-risk  

Haida Gwaii's small population of northern goshawks -- already of great concern to conservationists -- are the last remnant of a highly distinct genetic cluster of the birds, according to a new genomic analysis.

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2019-01-15 09:01:07



Climate Concerns Are Pushing Oil Majors to Look Beyond Fossil Fuels  

Several companies are diversifying their businesses, from biofuels to electric vehicles -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-01-15 08:39:32



Light up logic: Engineers perform computational logic with light  

For the first time, researchers performed logic operations -- the basis of computation -- with a chemical device using electric fields and ultraviolet light. The device and the pioneering methods used open up research possibilities including low-power, high-performance computer chips.

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2019-01-15 08:38:26



How fasting can improve overall health  

Researchers found evidence that fasting affects circadian clocks in the liver and skeletal muscle, causing them to rewire their metabolism, which can ultimately lead to improved health and protection against aging-associated diseases.

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2019-01-15 08:14:22



Physicists Lay Out Plans for a New Supercollider  

The proposed facility would become the most powerful—and most expensive—collider ever built -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-01-15 08:11:50



How Fevers Help Our Immune System Hunt Down Infections  

It's an ironic fact of life that the symptoms of a cold or fever are actually our bodies' attempts at a cure. Runny noses, high temperatures and vomiting are all strategies aimed at forcing dangerous microbes from our bodies so we can feel better again. But, how the elevated temperatures that so often accompany an infection help us recuperate has been something of a mystery. "In spite of the fact that they are important to us, there remains very little understanding of what it is that...

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2019-01-15 07:52:21



For the First Time, Plants Have Been Grown On the Moon  

Lunar Plants There's life on the moon! Plant life, that is. Cotton seeds have reportedly just sprouted in an experiment aboard China's Chang'e 4 moon lander. The mission became the first to touch down on the surface of the far side of the moon earlier this month. The spacecraft carried with it a number of instruments designed to study the lunar surface and geology of the Von Karman crater where the craft made its soft landing. Along with a number of sophisticated scientific inst...

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2019-01-15 07:46:55



Engineered T cells promote long-term organ transplant acceptance  

Organ transplant rejection is a major problem in transplantation medicine. Suppressing the immune system to prevent organ rejection, however, opens the door to life-threatening infections. Researchers have now discovered a molecular approach preventing rejection of the transplanted graft while simultaneously maintaining the ability to fight against infections.

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2019-01-15 07:31:09



Bear necessities: New study highlights importance of water resources for Andean bears  

A new study highlights the importance of water for Andean bears living in the mountain forests of Peru. The study found that bears exhibit tree-rubbing behavior on shrubs and trees that are located on trails near water holes. The discovery that this behavior occurs near water holes could have implications for future conservation programs.

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2019-01-15 07:21:19



Serious problems with forensic software  

New research finds significant flaws in recently released forensic software designed to assess the age of individuals based on their skeletal remains. The researchers report that, on average, the software's age estimates are off by more than 14 years.

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2019-01-15 07:12:27



Surge protector: A novel approach to suppressing therapy-induced tumor growth and recurrence  

Dead and dying cancer cells killed by conventional cancer treatments paradoxically trigger inflammation that promotes tumor growth and metastasis. Researchers now describe a novel approach to suppressing chemotherapy-induced tumor growth in an ovarian cancer model.

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2019-01-15 07:03:18



Researchers raise bar for successful management of severe atopic dermatitis  

A team of investigators has identified comprehensive guidelines for managing severe atopic dermatitis (AD), the most common form of eczema.

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2019-01-15 06:57:02



History of North African date palm  

Genome analysis reveals that North African date palms are a hybrid between cultivated date palms from the Middle East and a different, wild species of palm that grows on the island of Crete and in small areas of Southern Turkey. These findings shed new light on the evolutionary history of one of the crop.

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2019-01-15 06:55:19



Spare a Thought for the Distant Future  

The actions we take today could have consequences for millions or even billions of years to come -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-01-15 06:48:42



Medical detection dogs help diabetes patients regulate insulin levels  

New research has found that the best trained alert dogs have the potential to vastly improve the quality of life of people living with Type 1 diabetes.

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2019-01-15 06:47:11



Protein alteration controls cell's response to stress, immunity and lifespan  

Scientists have revealed a key mechanism in worms that is involved in controlling the cell's response to stress, a study reports.

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2019-01-15 06:45:04



Breakthrough in ice-repelling materials  

Icy weather is blamed for multibillion dollar losses every year in the United States, including delays and damage related to air travel, infrastructure and power generation and transmission facilities. Now researchers have reported creating a durable silicone polymer coating capable of repelling ice from any surface.

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2019-01-15 06:25:13



Potential therapeutic target for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis  

New research has revealed that the protein TDP-43 regulates a gene called Stathmin2 (STMN2). STMN2 shows promise as a therapeutic target and could be the first biomarker ALS, which is extremely difficult to diagnose and treat.

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2019-01-15 06:24:08






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