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One minute of running per day associated with better bone health in womenA single minute of exercise each day is linked to better bone health in women, new research shows.
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Scientists 'resurrect' ancient proteins to provide clues about molecular innovationA growing body of research on the use of ancestral protein resurrection has been published in recent years to address a variety of issues on protein evolution and protein engineering. Scientists have demonstrated the high potential of this evolutionary approach to endow new activities into ancient enzymes. Specifically, the study suggests a mechanism for the emergence of primordial enzymes and sho
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Ways in which cells feel their surroundingsResearchers used computer modeling to show how cells can feel their way through their surroundings, for example, when a tumor cell invades a new tissue or organ.
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Scientists hone in on genetics behind chicken weight adaptationPrized for their plumpness, poultry farmers have made incredible gains through agricultural breeding programs to maximize chicken size and weight to benefit worldwide consumption, where demand continues to grow the most for any meat.
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Pre-pregnancy obesity increases risk for neurocognitive problems in premature babiesA new study has found that children born extremely premature to women who are overweight or obese before the pregnancy are at an increased risk for low scores on tests of intelligence and cognitive processes that influence self-regulation and control, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
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Internal medicine physicians pleased with proposed rule to improve medicare paymentsThe American College of Physicians (ACP) today noted they are pleased with the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule released last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
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How to Stop LinkedIn App Notifications in Windows 10 Image credit: Drew Angerer/ Getty Since Microsoft acquired LinkedIn , I’ve been dreading the day notifications to add someone I’ve never met to my professional network pop up in my screen. Turns out that day is here, with LinkedIn announcing its Windows 10 app that comes complete with notifications about whatever professional bullshit you don’t care about. Luckily, you can change what apps demand
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How Your Emotions Affect Sickness and Depression In How Emotions Are Made psychology professor Lisa Fedlman Barrett considers the role of emotions in health. Read More
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Congressman asks scientists if they’ve found ancient civilizations on Mars Enlarge / US Rep Dana Rohrabacher, left, in a photo with Neil Armstrong a few years ago. (credit: Dana Rohrabacher ) On Thursday, the space subcommittee of the House Science Committee held a hearing to look into NASA's forthcoming big-ticket planetary exploration missions. Those missions include a Mars 2020 rover, a Europa flyby mission, and potentially a follow-up lander to the Jovian moon Europ
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No, Congressman, There's No Evidence of an Ancient Mars CivilizationIn case you were wondering, there's no evidence that Mars hosted an alien civilization thousands of years ago, or at any time, for that matter.
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Language development starts in the wombA month before they are born, fetuses carried by American mothers-to-be can distinguish between someone speaking to them in English and Japanese. Using non-invasive sensing technology for the first time for this purpose, a group of researchers has shown this in-utero language discrimination. Their study has implications for fetal research in other fields.
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Replacing a palatable high-fat diet with low fat food causes withdrawal-like symptoms in miceResearchers have found that mice fed a palatable high-fat diet experience stress responses that resemble drug withdrawal when their food is switched to a low-fat diet. A study has identified brain changes in the dopamine neurotransmitter system caused by stress when the palatable diet was removed.
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Scientists unlock planthoppers' potential to control future crop disease outbreaksResearchers have discovered how a severe rice virus reproduces inside the small brown planthopper, a major carrier of the virus.
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How Dungeons & Dragons' New App Will Make Role-Playing Easier Than Ever Image: Wizards of the Coast/Curse Dungeons & Dragons is, intrinsically, a very physical experience: You’re surrounded by pens, stacks of paper, and rulebooks, rolling dice, talking to your friends. But Wizards of the Coast is planning to help modernize the way fans play the game with the introduction of Beyond , a new app that wants to help balance the physical experience of role-playing D&D with
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Neurophysiologist, Ethnographer, and World Explorer DiesS. Allen Counter pursued scientific questions within various cultures throughout the world.
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Repeal, Replace, or Delay? Obamacare repeal is dead. Long live Obamacare repeal. Senate Republicans’ Better Care Reconciliation Act fell apart in spectacular—and perhaps definitive—fashion this week. The defections of Senators Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, and Susan Collins—who’d each announced opposition to the bill by Monday night—all but killed the party’s plan to replace Obamacare. In his statement late Monday nigh
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New gel coatings may lead to better catheters and condomsCatheters, intravenous lines, and other types of surgical tubing are a medical necessity for managing a wide range of diseases. But a patient's experience with such devices is rarely a comfortable one. MIT engineers have designed a gel-like material that can be coated onto standard plastic or rubber devices, providing a softer, more slippery exterior that can significantly ease a patient's discomf
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Rude customers linked to workers' shopping bingesService workers who face verbal abuse from customers during the workday are more likely to go on unnecessary shopping sprees in the evening, indicates new research co-authored by a Michigan State University business expert.
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Making data-driven 3-D modeling easierA new computational method, to be demonstrated at SIGGRAPH 2017, is addressing a well-known bottleneck in computer graphics: 3-D content creation. GRASS, a new generative model based on deep neural networks enables the automatic creation of plausible, novel 3-D shapes, giving graphic artists in video games, virtual reality (VR) and film the ability to more quickly and effortlessly create and explo
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FCC refuses to release text of more than 40,000 net neutrality complaints Enlarge (credit: loonyhiker ) The Federal Communications Commission has denied a request to extend the deadline for filing public comments on its plan to overturn net neutrality rules, and the FCC is refusing to release the text of more than 40,000 net neutrality complaints that it has received since June 2015. The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FoIA)
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Recipe unearthed for mystery clouds ‘Cotton wool’ clouds above sub-tropical shores unmasked as formations caused by humidity variations high in the sky The weather forecast had predicted a cloudless day, but when Ilan Koren, an atmospheric scientist, looked up he saw small “cotton wool” clouds dotted across the bright blue sky over Israel. Related: Stunning 'new' cloud formations captured in updated atlas – in pictures Continue rea
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Ancient genomes heat up dog domestication debate Results point to a single origin for modern canines and push back the timing by thousands of years. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22320
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Why Is Fusion Energy Promising? Why Is Fusion Energy Promising? The boundless benefits of fusion energy. Why Is Fusion Energy Promising? Video of Why Is Fusion Energy Promising? Physics Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:00 Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor (Inside Science) -- Dennis Whyte of Massachusetts Institute of Technology explains the benefits of fusion energy. “So why is this promising? It’s because the fuel is essentially -- it’s
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Fear of arrest stops some needed calls to 911 after opioid overdose is administeredFear of being arrested still undercuts an Indiana law that shields anyone who administers naloxone from criminal charges, according to a survey. Naloxone is a lifesaving emergency antidote for opioid overdose.
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When sizing up potential friends and mates, the eyes of men and women move differentlyWhere do your eyes linger when judging a person for potential friendship? New research shows that people observe the body differently when assessing friends versus mates.
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At the cellular level, a child's loss of a father is associated with increased stressThe absence of a father -- due to incarceration, death, separation or divorce -- has adverse physical and behavioral consequences for a growing child. But little is known about the biological processes that underlie this link between father loss and child well-being. In a new study, a team of researchers reports that the loss of a father has a significant adverse effect on telomeres, the protectiv
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Does exercise facilitate body weight control? The answer may depend on sexHealthcare practitioners regularly prescribe diet and exercise as a method for patients to lose weight. But exercise might not be equally effective in males and females, according to new research. In a study conducted in rats, researchers fed both male and female rats a high fat diet and then trained half of them to run on a treadmill.
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Estrogen in the brain prevents obesity and glucose intolerance during menopause in lab animal studyResearchers have found that adding estrogen in the brain may improve health in obese females after menopause.
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'No solid evidence' for biopesticide-diarrhea linkA report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhea in humans, an expert says.
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Video: How to Make a Solar Eclipse ViewerThe moon will pass directly between the sun and the Earth on Monday, Aug. 21, causing a total solar eclipse. If you want to see it happen, learn how to build a simple eclipse viewer out of a shoe box.
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How to Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer (Photos)Watch the upcoming solar eclipse indirectly with this home-made viewer.
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Investments in conservation easements reap benefits for ColoradoA new analysis from Colorado State University found that each dollar invested by the state for these easements produced benefits of between $4 and $12 for Coloradans.
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It's (Still) Never Trump's Fault It’s a typically hot and sticky July in Washington, but in some ways it feels just like late March all over again . A health-care bill backed by President Trump has collapsed in dramatic fashion, and Trump knows just who to blame: anyone but himself. The latest failures, first of a Senate Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and then the expected defeat of a subsequent, l
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Large-scale study of adaptation in yeast could help explain the evolution of cancerA genome sequencing approach has been used to reveal the 'drivers' of adaptation in laboratory-evolved yeast. This work uncovers roles of genetic hitchhiking and interaction in determining which mutations succeed or fail in rapidly-evolving microbial population and may hold clues to the dynamics of cancer evolution.
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The glass transition caught in the actChanges in a liquid as it becomes a glass are related to repulsion between atoms as they are crowded together. Although scientists have long believed the poorly understood glass transition must have atomic underpinnings, this is the first time they have been demonstrated experimentally.
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New combination of anti-obesity drugs may have beneficial effectsNew research has revealed that a unique combination of hormone-based drugs can produce enhanced weight loss in laboratory tests with obese animals.
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What the Hell Is This Sponge-Like Crap Washing Up on France’s Shores? Image courtesy Sea-Mer Association Late last week, strange sponge-like clumps began washing ashore in northern France. By the weekend, thousands of the foamy yellow balls were seen along nearly 20 miles of the coastline. Local authorities aren’t sure where the unsightly stuff is coming from, and an investigation is currently underway. As reported in The Local , this mysterious substance has washe
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What patients value about access to their visit notesNew findings from researchers at OpenNotes and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center shed light on what patients value about having access to their visit notes and being invited to participate more actively in the safety of their care.
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Ready-to-cook meals from Amazon in bid to expand groceriesAmazon has begun selling ready-to-cook meal packages for busy households in a bid to expand its groceries business.
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Google Glass reborn for the workplaceAfter spending two years on the sidelines, Google Glass internet-linked eyewear is back in the game, this time aimed at helping workers do their jobs.
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You might be able to outrun a T. rex, but only in a sprint Science Which is really just a brisk walk for the dino. It turns out a many-ton ancient reptile could still catch up to you. Surprise, surprise.
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Did life begin on land rather than in the sea?A new discovery pushes back the time for the emergence of microbial life on land by 580 million years and also bolsters a paradigm-shifting hypothesis that life began, not in the sea, but on land.
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3-D models help scientists gauge flood impactUsing one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, a research team performed one of the first highly resolved, 3-D, volume-of-fluid Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulations of a dam break in a natural environment. The simulation allowed the team to map precise water levels for actual flood events over time.
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Bornean orangutans' canopy movements flag conservation targetsBornean orangutans living in forests impacted by human commerce seek areas of denser canopy enclosure, taller trees, and sections with trees of uniform height, according to new research. These orangutans are critically endangered, and despite intense conservation efforts, their numbers continue to decline. Additional habitat management strategies that account for their presence in forests affected
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New test distinguishes Zika from similar viral infectionsA new test is the best-to-date in differentiating Zika virus infections from infections caused by similar viruses. The assay is currently in the licensing process and researchers hope it will be available to the medical community soon.
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More Evidence Mars' Shitty Moons Might Have Formed After Giant Asteroid Image: NASA Mars’ two moons, Phobos and Deimos, are not so good. They are quite small and abundantly unremarkable. In fact, Mars’ bigger moon, Phobos, is slowly crumbling apart due to stress, which is perhaps its only relatable quality. So how did Mars—a nice, round planet—give rise to such garbage moons? The answer may lie in its turbulent youth, when it was possibly pelted with a large asteroid
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Chill Out With 10 Full Hours of Relaxing Planet Earth Mountain Footage GIF When shooting a documentary, the vast majority of what you film gets edited out of the final production. But instead of letting thousands of hours of breathtaking footage go to waste, the creators of Planet Earth II have re-purposed hundreds of breathtaking mountaintop shots into this 10-hour-long relaxation tool. All of the footage included in this lengthy montage was captured by the BBC’s f
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PSA: You Can Now Buy Snapchat Spectacles On Amazon, Prime Shipping and All Snapchat Spectacles , $130 This isn’t a deal per se, but if you don’t live in a city that had a Snapchat Spectacle vending machine, or couldn’t be bothered to wait in line , they’re now available on Amazon with Prime shipping , in three different colors.
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Study: Health insurance costs threaten farm viabilityAccording to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study, lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the most significant concerns facing American farmers, an overlooked risk factor that affects their ability to run a successful enterprise.
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Book looks at quality-of-life concerns associated with urban sprawlA new book, co-authored by a UTA researcher, empirically shows how badly sprawl affects health and other quality-of-life outcomes.
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The chemistry of fried chicken (video)Battered and deep-fried chicken might be one of the most delicious foods ever. But what makes this summer picnic staple so tasty? It all comes down to the chemistry of frying. In the latest Reactions video, learn how the delicate dance of fat at high temperatures leads to a crispy, savory summer snack.
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Video: The chemistry of fried chickenBattered and deep-fried chicken might be one of the most delicious foods ever. But what makes this summer picnic staple so tasty?
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Genetic influence on aging into the 90s but not beyondVariants of a gene thought to be linked to longevity appear to influence aging into the 90s, but do not appear to affect exceptional longevity, or aging over 100, a new study has found.
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Blueprint for adult visual system is present at birthResearch reveals the presence of a blueprint for the complex visual system already present at birth. The observations shed light on a long-standing mystery about how and when certain cardinal features of the visual system develop.
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Using omega 3 fatty acids to treat Alzheimer's and other diseases?Understanding how dietary essential fatty acids work may lead to effective treatments for diseases and conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, age-related macular degeneration, Parkinson's disease and other retinal and neurodegenerative diseases. The key is to be able to intervene during the early stages of the disease.
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LISA Pathfinder: Time called on Europe's gravity probeThe European Space Agency turns off one of its most successful ever missions - LISA Pathfinder.
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In Mexico, type of work is tied to mobility disparities as people ageIn middle-income countries like Mexico, people who work in physically demanding occupations suffer more mobility limitations as they grow older, contributing to income-based disparities in disability.
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Study: Health insurance costs threaten farm viabilityA new USDA funded study found that 64 percent of American farmers have preexisting conditions. Lack of access to affordable health insurance is a major worry and a significant risk factor for farmers, the study found.
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Sequencing reveals how Porphyra thrives in a tough environmentIn the intertidal zone, one of the most physically stressful habitats on Earth, Porphyra umbilicalis -- laver or Atlantic nori -- and its ancestors have survived and thrived. Now the sequencing of the P. umbilicalis genome has revealed the unexpected reasons for its ability to successfully compete.
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Evaluating low-dose toxicity from endocrine active chemicalsA new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine proposes a strategy that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should use to evaluate the evidence of adverse human health effects from low doses of exposure to chemicals that can disrupt the endocrine system.
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A Podcast 160 Years in the Making Each week, The Atlantic's top editors—Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief; Matt Thompson, executive editor; and Alex Wagner, contributing editor and CBS anchor—sit down with leading voices to explore what's happening in the world, how things became the way they are, and where they're going next.
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Months needed for additional study of Dakota Access pipelineAdditional environmental review of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline is likely to take the rest of the year to complete, U.S. officials said in court documents in which they also advocate for keeping the line operating during the study.
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Target CEO unfazed by Amazon-Whole Foods dealUS retail giant Target's chief executive Brian Cornell on Tuesday played down Amazon's massive deal to acquire grocery chain Whole Foods, arguing that it "validates" his company's business model.
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Republicans and Democrats tend to follow news in similar waysRepublicans and Democrats are very much alike in the ways they follow the news despite their differing opinions of the media, according to a report released today by the Media Insight Project, a collaboration of the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
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Making lab equipment on the cheapLaboratory equipment is one of the largest cost factors in neuroscience. However, many experiments can be performed with good results using self-assembled setups involving 3-D printed components and self-programmed electronics. Researchers have now created 'FlyPi' -- a low-cost imaging and microscope system for research, training and teaching.
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Testosterone prescribing in VA varies by provider's age, experience, specialty and regionProviders in the Veterans Health Administration (VA) system vary in their testosterone prescribing practices, according to a new study.
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Could aggressive blood pressure treatments lead to kidney damage?Aggressive combination treatments for high blood pressure that are intended to protect the kidneys may actually be damaging the organs, new research suggests.
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Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoidsChemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions that convert omega-3 fatty acids into canna
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Antibiotic-releasing polymer may help eradicate joint implant infectionInvestigators have developed an antibiotic-releasing polymer that may greatly simplify the treatment of prosthetic joint infection.
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Failures in stethoscope hygiene can lead to patient infectionsYou can lead a doctor to disinfection, but how do you get them to clean ... or wipe ... or swab a stethoscope? That's the question raised by a new quality improvement project. It is the latest report to find that healthcare providers rarely perform stethoscope hygiene between patient encounters, despite its importance for infection prevention.
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Human-made aerosols identified as driver in shifting global rainfall patternsScientists found that aerosol particles released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels are a primary driver of changes in rainfall patterns across the globe.
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Identification of PTPRZ as a drug target for cancer stem cells in glioblastomaScientists have shown that the enzymatic activity of PTPRZ is requisite for the maintenance of stem cell properties and tumorigenicity in glioblastoma cells.
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Empowering robots for ethical behaviorScientists have developed a concept called Empowerment to help robots to protect and serve humans, while keeping themselves safe. Rather than trying to make a machine understand complex ethical questions, the concept is based on robots always seeking to keep their options open, and doing the same for the humans around them.
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Transform Customer Experiences by Harnessing the Power of AI in CRMCompanies are using AI to build personalized and dynamic experiences to engage both internal and external audiences.
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MRI device could bridge neuro-technologies for medical diagnostics, increase safetyA technology being developed at Purdue University could provide an affordable, smart, self-learning device that, when placed into existing MRI machines could allow medical professionals to monitor patients more effectively and safely, by performing concurrent medical imaging and recording for diagnostic purposes.
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Gamma-ray telescopes reveal a high-energy trap in our galaxy's centerA combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the highest-energy cosmic rays, among the fastest particles in the galaxy.
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What are the best ways to diagnose and manage asthma?A team of experts from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston examined the current information available from many different sources on diagnosing and managing mild to moderate asthma in adults and summarized them. They determined that essential, effective treatment must involve a physical and breathing exam, a comprehensive health history of the patient and ask questions that may ans
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Republicans and Democrats tend to follow news in similar waysRepublicans and Democrats are very much alike in the ways they follow the news despite their differing opinions of the media, according to a report released today by the Media Insight Project, a collaboration of the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
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Satellite image captures development of Tropical Storm Depression 8EAs Hurricane Fernanda moves toward the Central Pacific, and Tropical Storm Greg moves away from the Mexican coast, a new tropical depression formed in between the two tropical cyclones. NOAA's GOES-West satellite saw the development of Tropical Depression 8E in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on July 18.
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Scientists Journey to the World's 'Lost' 8th ContinentA new scientific expedition to the world's eighth continent, Zealandia, could reveal secrets about the submerged continents formation.
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'Golden Hour' study details earliest changes to the immune system after traumaScientists are aiming to improve outcomes for patients who have suffered a traumatic injury.
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Sibling bonding is stronger when dad's around: Animal studyFor many female mammals, mothers and maternal sisters dominate all aspects of an individual's social life. Now researchers argue fathers might play a significant role, as well. A new study highlights how social bonds develop between paternal half-siblings when their shared father is in the vicinity.
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WhatsApp Becomes the Latest Victim of China's New Wave of Internet Censorship GIF Facebook is desperate to do business in China, but authorities in the country are increasingly comfortable with shutting out foreign companies and tightening restrictions on internet communications. On Tuesday, Facebook’s only major product that is still permitted by authorities fell victim to the “Great Firewall” and all signs indicate that we’re entering a new age of censorship. According t
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Common drugs help reverse signs of fetal alcohol syndrome in ratsA thyroid hormone and a blood sugar drug affect levels of a hormone needed for brain development, study in rats shows.
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Netflix surges to record high as company adds non-US subscribers Christmas came early for Netflix investors this year. (credit: macappsaddict via Flickr ) Netflix posted its quarterly financial results (PDF) yesterday, and it is just about dominating Wall Street expectations. The streaming media company's stock jumped 10 percent after it revealed that it added 5.2 million memberships , far above the expectation that it would add 3.23 million during the quarter
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UKs Brexit Team Lacks a Science AdvisorAdvocacy groups call for the role to be filled.
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Finding leaks while they're easy to fixAn MIT-developed system can inspect water or gas pipes from the inside and find even tiny leaks. The robotic device enters the pipes via a fire hydrant, avoiding the need to dig up streets.
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Fear of arrest stops some needed calls to 911 after opioid overdose is administeredFear of being arrested still undercuts an Indiana law that shields anyone who administers naloxone from criminal charges, according to a survey conducted by two researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Naloxone is a lifesaving emergency antidote for opioid overdose.
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At the cellular level, a child's loss of a father is associated with increased stressThe absence of a father -- due to incarceration, death, separation or divorce -- has adverse physical and behavioral consequences for a growing child. But little is known about the biological processes that underlie this link between father loss and child well-being. In a study published July 18 in the journal Pediatrics, a team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, report tha
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Turning Baker’s Yeast Into a Disease Sensor For millennia, the baker’s yeast —a humble fungus—has helped humans to bake bread and brew alcoholic drinks. In recent decades, it has also become a darling of laboratory science—it is easy to grow, study, and genetically manipulate, and it provides scientists with important clues about how our own cells work. Now, thanks to Nili Ostrov and colleagues at Columbia University, baker’s yeast is abou
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Charles Dickens's belief in spontaneous combustion sparked Victorian London's hottest debate Entertainment Excerpt: Caesar's Last Breath. It seemed logical at the time. Read on.
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Pressure mounting for US government to examine Amazon-Whole Foods accord Enlarge (credit: www.glynlowe.com ) It's been a month since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced that he is buying the upscale Whole Foods Market grocery chain for $13.7 billion, or $42 a share, in an all-cash transaction. Now, opposition is mounting against the pending purchase . Proposed federal class-action shareholder lawsuits have been lodged to block the deal, arguing that it isn't good for Amaz
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Senior doctors call for public inquiry into use of vaginal mesh surgery in UK Experts draw comparisons with the thalidomide scandal as they reveal that traumatic complications are more common than official figures suggest Senior doctors have called for a public inquiry into the use of vaginal mesh surgery amid mounting concerns that a significant proportion of patients have been left with traumatic complications. Speaking at a meeting in parliament, Carl Heneghan, professo
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World's 1st Laser Weapon Is Ready to Blast Rogue DronesThe world's first laser weapon — one that can "kill" threatening, airborne drones — is ready for action, according to news sources.
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Did life begin on land rather than in the sea?UC Santa Cruz astrobiologists David Deamer and Bruce Damer hypothesize that life began not in the sea, but on land.
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Testosterone prescribing in VA varies by provider's age, experience, specialty and regionProviders in the Veterans Health Administration (VA) system vary in their testosterone prescribing practices, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. This is the first study to examine provider and site predictors of testosterone prescribing in the VA.
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'Golden Hour' study details earliest changes to the immune system after traumaScientists from the University of Birmingham are carrying out pioneering research as part of a major £10 million study aimed at improving outcomes for patients who have suffered a traumatic injury.
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Scientists develop new supplement that can repair, rejuvenate muscles in older adultsWhey protein supplements aren't just for gym buffs according to new research from McMaster University. When taken on a regular basis, a combination of these and other ingredients in a ready-to-drink formula have been found to greatly improve the physical strength of a growing cohort: senior citizens.
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Complex immune system changes are observed within the first hour after traumatic injuryWithin the first hour after a person experiences a traumatic injury, their immune system undergoes a series of complex, dynamic changes, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine by Jon Hazeldine, of the University of Birmingham, UK, and colleagues.
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Making lab equipment on the cheapLaboratory equipment is one of the largest cost factors in neuroscience. However, many experiments can be performed with good results using self-assembled setups involving 3-D printed components and self-programmed electronics. In a study publishing July 18 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, André Maia Chagas and Tom Baden from the Universities of Tübingen and Sussex present 'FlyPi' -- a low
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From Gypsy to The Sopranos, what do real psychotherapists think of TV shrinks? The Sopranos put a mobster through analysis. Now Gypsy is making a psychotherapist the star of the show. Does TV get it right – or is gross malpractice just dramatically inevitable? This is the age of the fictional psych, instantly canonised in the person of Tony Soprano’s analyst, Jennifer Melfi, beautifully developed by Gabriel Byrne with In Treatment , and given a shonky Netflix-over by Naomi
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Frozen Couple Unearthed By Climate Change (and a Ski Lift Company) Image: Björn S /Flickr It’s not often that you’ll hear someone thank climate change for something. But today, it seems to have offered some closure on a 75-year-old mystery. So, thanks climate change, at least for this. Workers at a Swiss ski resort recently found a pair of corpses frozen in the Tsanfleuron glacier in Switzerland, according to the BBC. Some think they belong to Marcelin and Franc
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Bosch took us for a ride in its level 3 autonomous car Bosch provided flights to Frankfurt and three nights' accommodation for this trip to the Bosch Mobility Experience. Video edited by Jennifer Hahn. (video link) BOXBERG, GERMANY—Are autonomous cars like buses? In one way, yes. You wait ages for a ride in one, and then all of a sudden several show up in short succession. In late June, we went for a spin in Jack , Audi's level 3 autonomous test vehi
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How to make new friends as an adult DIY 11 apps to build your real-world social network. Banish loneliness and get out of the house with these apps, which connect you to like-minded people nearby and far away.
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New findings suggest a genetic influence on aging into the 90s but not beyondVariants of a gene thought to be linked to longevity appear to influence aging into the 90s, but do not appear to affect exceptional longevity, or aging over 100, a new study has found.
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Partnering cells turn off immune attack on pancreatic tumorsTwo cell types work together to protect pancreatic tumors from destruction by the immune system. But, blocking this partnership may restore the system's ability to attack these same tumor cells.
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Study: Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoidsChemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions that convert omega-3 fatty acids into canna
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Satellite image captures development of Tropical Storm Depression 8EAs Hurricane Fernanda moves toward the Central Pacific, and Tropical Storm Greg moves away from the Mexican coast, a new tropical depression formed in between the two tropical cyclones. NOAA's GOES-West satellite saw the development of Tropical Depression 8E in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on July 18.
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Gamma-ray telescopes reveal a high-energy trap in our galaxy's centerA combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a 'trap' that concentrates some of the highest-energy cosmic rays, among the fastest particles in the galaxy.
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Making lab equipment on the cheapLaboratory equipment is one of the largest cost factors in neuroscience. However, many experiments can be performed with good results using self-assembled setups involving 3-D printed components and self-programmed electronics. In a study publishing July 18 in the open access journal PLOS Biology, André Maia Chagas and Tom Baden from the Universities of Tübingen and Sussex present "FlyPi"—a low-co
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The Mysterious Origins of Mars’s Trailing Asteroids In 1990, astronomers detected an asteroid, about one mile wide, trailing Mars. In the spirit of discovery, they named it Eureka. Over the next few years, they found a few more, six near Eureka, and two in other locations in Mars’s orbit. The rocky bodies are known as Trojans, the name given to asteroids that exist in stable spots around their parent planet and share its orbit around the sun. The
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Mass Effect veteran Casey Hudson returns to BioWare as GM Enlarge / Hudson returns to BioWare as the company pivots to Anthem , its first new IP in over a decade. BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn unexpectedly announced today that he'll be leaving the company after a 17-year stint. His replacement as general manager will be Casey Hudson, the former Mass Effect series project director who left the company three years ago for a position as creative dire
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Preorder To Grab A Rare Discount On The Simplest Men's Skincare System [Exclusive] One of our favorite shaving creams, Mavericks , typically retails for $25, but by taking advantage of their Indiegogo campaign and our exclusive perk, you can grab it for just 19 bucks , plus a free tube of face cleanser. You’re probably moisturizing too little (never), not wearing sunscreen, exfoliating too much, and using bad shaving creams and face washes, so take this opportunity to dip your
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Reducing hospital readmissions does not increase mortality ratesRecent advances in reducing hospital readmission rates for three key medical conditions occurred without causing an increase in death rates, according to a new study.
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Watch this spider pretend to be an ant To avoid being eaten, some jumping spiders pretend to be ants, new research suggests. Ants are aggressive at defending themselves: They are well-armed with bites, stings, and formic acid. Ant-mimicking jumping spiders— Myrmarachne formicaria —in contrast, can’t do much more than run on their eight legs when attacked. Not surprisingly, insect predators tend to prefer spiders over ants, so appearin
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Dog domestication happened just once, ancient DNA study suggestsDNA of ancient canines counters idea that dogs were domesticated twice, in Europe and Asia.
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Crash Bandicoot remaster cut corners on the freaking jump button Enlarge / Recovered 3D meshes help, but pretty much everything about this Crash remaster image had to be rebuilt from scratch. (credit: Activision ) I was happy to offer reluctant praise for the content-loaded Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy earlier this month, but I am admittedly not a Bandi-cologist. I have been watching how more hardcore fans, such as speedrunners, might react to this antholog
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Eero's Latest Router Is So Easy I Don't Care How Much It Costs All photos: Adam Clark Estes Let me make one thing brutally clear: I love Eero’s wi-fi routers . I love how the company brought mesh networking into the mainstream. I love how the hardware’s designed. I love how elegant the software is. But Eero’s promise isn’t new any more. So when it came time to test out the company second-generation tech, I wanted one thing. I wanted Eero to impress me again.
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Could aggressive blood pressure treatments lead to kidney damage?Aggressive combination treatments for high blood pressure that are intended to protect the kidneys may actually be damaging the organs, new research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests.
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Comcast accuses net neutrality advocates of not “living in the real world” (credit: Comcast) Comcast yesterday claimed that "the threat of Title II regulation" started harming broadband network investment in 2011—years before the US government decided to apply Title II regulations to broadband. Moreover, Comcast said that net neutrality proponents who claim that investment wasn't hurt by the Title II rules "aren't living in the real world." This comes less than a week a
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Dogs Have a Single Genetic Origin: StudyA new genetic analysis contradicts a 2016 study proposing that our canine companions were domesticated from two distinct populations.
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Emily Balskus Pins Down the Chemistry and Metabolism of Human MicrobiomesAt Harvard University the chemical biologist looks for new metabolic pathways to investigate how gut bacteria interact with one another and their hosts.
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Wildfires Across Southern Europe Recent high temperatures and dry, windy conditions across southern Europe have resulted in thousands of small wildfires and a few large large blazes in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, France, Portugal, and more. Although thousands have been evacuated, and tens of thousands of acres have burned, authorities claim to have most fires under control at the moment. Collected here are images of the situatio
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Security Company Is Replacing a Mall Robot That Fell Into a Fountain to the Internet’s DelightThe K5 has a passing resemblance to R2-D2 — and a dash of Paul Blart, mall cop. Its creators took the online mockery in stride.
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Titan simulations show importance of close two-way coupling between human and Earth systemsBy using supercomputers such as the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's Titan, a large multidisciplinary team of scientists developed a new integrated climate model designed to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions as it bridges Earth systems with energy and economic models and large-scale human impact data.
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Pause to read the traffic sign: Regulation of DNA transcription in bacteriaThe survival of the cell is -- apart from other important aspects -- a question of timing. Scientists have now identified the different parts of this mechanism and introduced a model of the process.
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Daimler to recall 3 million vehicles to ease diesel doubtsGerman automaker Daimler will voluntarily recall 3 million Mercedes-Benz brand cars with diesel engines in Europe to improve their emissions performance, the company said Tuesday, in the wake of widespread public debate over the future of diesel.
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First half of 2017 ranks 2nd hottest globally, behind 2016The first half of 2017 was the second warmest on record for Earth, only behind last year.
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Study throws dog domestication theories to the wolvesFrom the tiny chihuahua to the massive Saint Bernard, domestic dogs today trace their roots to a single group of wolves that crossed the path of humans as long as 40,000 years ago, researchers said Tuesday.
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Bornean orangutans' canopy movements flag conservation targetsBornean orangutans living in forests impacted by human commerce seek areas of denser canopy enclosure, taller trees, and sections with trees of uniform height, according to new research from Carnegie's Andrew Davies and Greg Asner published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Security experts from Google, Facebook, Crowdstrike want to save US elections Enlarge / Eric Rosenbach, who served as the chief of staff to the secretary of defense from 2015 until 2017, seen here in 2014. (credit: Center for Strategic & International Studies ) A new group at Harvard University staffed by the former campaign managers of the Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney campaigns, along with other top security experts, have banded together to help mitigate various types
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Why Do We Sleep?Researchers who study sleep now have a few theories about why we spend one-third of our lives in dreamland.
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UN-backed initiative greatly improves the health of women, children, adolescentsGlobally, the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents are improving faster than at any point in history, even in the poorest nations. The transformation is due in great measure to the interventions promoted by one of the most successful global multi-stakeholder partnerships in history, Every Woman Every Child.
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'Superbugs' study reveals complex picture of E. coli bloodstream infectionsThe first large-scale genetic study of Escherichia coli (E. coli) cultured from patients with bloodstream infections in England showed that drug resistant 'superbugs' don't always out-compete other strains. Research by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators showed that new types of E. coli occur frequently, but unlike in some other infections, drug-resistant strains do not bec
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Manmade aerosols identified as driver in shifting global rainfall patternsIn a new study, scientists found that aerosol particles released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels are a primary driver of changes in rainfall patterns across the globe.
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3-D models help scientists gauge flood impactHeavy rainfall can cause rivers and drainage systems to overflow or dams to break, leading to flood events that bring damage to property and road systems as well potential loss of human life.
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Disdainful of H-1Bs, Trump expands a different foreign worker visa (credit: John Barker via Flickr ) President Donald Trump has said he's going to set more limits on the H-1B visa program, which allows tens of thousands of technology workers into the US each year. But yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security moved to expand another type of visa, the H-2B, which allows lower-skilled workers in on a seasonal basis. The Department of Homeland Security said ye
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Watch a Master Magician Slice an Olive by Throwing a Playing Card GIF Ninjas are stereotypically known for their expertise with shuriken, also known as throwing stars. But while Rick Smith Jr. spends his days as a professional magician, we’re going to assume his nights are spent as a crime-fighting ninja who uses throwing cards instead of pointy stars. Rick recently spent some time with the folks from Dude Perfect and showed off his amazing card-throwing skills
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Titan simulations show importance of close two-way coupling between human and Earth systemsA new integrated computational climate model developed to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions marks the first successful attempt to bridge Earth systems with energy and economic models and large-scale human impact data. The integrated Earth System Model, or iESM, is being used to explore interactions among the physical climate system, biological components of the Earth system, and h
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Young adult obesity: A neglected, yet essential focus to reverse the obesity epidemicThe overall burden of the US obesity epidemic continues to require new thinking, argues an expert in a new report.
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Fused imaging reveals 16th-century writing hidden inside bookbindingBy fusing visible hyperspectral imaging with X-ray fluorescence, researchers have safely revealed Roman law code hidden inside of a 16th century bookbinding.
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Environmental pollution exposure during pregnancy increases asthma risk for three generationsExposure to environmental pollutants during pregnancy may increase the risk of asthma for as many as three consecutive generations, according to new research.
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New insights into complex processesThe blood-brain barrier is a crucial protection mechanism: it is a highly selective physical barrier that prevents pathogens and toxins in the circulatory system from entering the central nervous system where they could create havoc. At the same time, however, it prevents many therapeutic drugs from reaching the brain, making it much more difficult to treat medical conditions such as stroke, brain
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Virtual laboratory: Fast, flexible and exactDuring the forming process, sheet metal materials are often stressed to their limits. Computer simulations are used to test how far it is possible to go in production. However, the simulation is only ever as exact as the data on which it is based. Scientists have now developed a virtual test laboratory that allows them to examine different load states for metal materials and determine precise mech
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How Google Is Stopping Phishing Attacks from Unverified Apps Photo: AP Google is stepping up its effort to block phishing attempts that use app permissions to gain access to users’ Gmail accounts. These phishing attacks invite users to grant an app permission to manage their Google account—which lots of safe apps do, too—and then exploit those permissions to take over an account or send spam. To stop these kinds of attacks, Google is adding a screen to the
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Large-scale study of adaptation in yeast could help explain the evolution of cancerGenes provide instructions to cells in the body telling them what to do and not do in order to function optimally. Small changes in genes, called mutations, can have major consequences. Similar to a glitch in a computer's coding, a glitch in gene coding can cause a cell's system to go haywire. Not all mutations are bad, however. The process of adaptive evolution selects for mutations that promote
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Forskere: Børn kan genkende deres modersmål - inden fødslenNy undersøgelse tyder på, at vores sprogudvikling starter allerede mens vi er fostre i mors mave.
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'On the Wrong Side of Five-and-Thirty': How Jane Austen Grew Up Every year, I try to read a book by an author who was my age when the book was published. This year, that book was Sense and Sensibility . It’s not a perfect match: Jane Austen had not yet turned 36 (my age) when it was published in 1811. But given the occasion—this month marks the 200th anniversary of her death —I figured I’d cheat the rules this once. It turned out to be an appropriate choice.
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South Korea's President May Be Just the Man to Solve the North Korea Crisis Moon Jae In, the new president of South Korea, was supposed to be a liberal dove. After his election victory in May, many observers called him “ softer ” on North Korea than his predecessor, the conservative, “ more hawkish ” Park Geun Hye. He was also expected to clash with U.S. President Donald Trump, as committed a hawk as Moon was supposedly a dove. Pundits feared that Moon would try to resur
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New study suggests blueprint for adult visual system is present at birthHarvard Medical School research reveals the presence of a blueprint for the complex visual system already present at birth. The observations shed light on a long-standing mystery about how and when certain cardinal features of the visual system develop.
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3-D models help scientists gauge flood impactUsing one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, a University of Iowa team performed one of the first highly resolved, 3-D, volume-of-fluid Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulations of a dam break in a natural environment. The simulation allowed the team to map precise water levels for actual flood events over time.
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Super-Earths May Explain Curious Gaps in Planet-Forming DisksNew study suggests the middleweight worlds can create delicate ring-like features around other stars -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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New Model Could Solve a Huge Problem With Tornado Forecasting Image: Screengrab via Basehunters Chasing Tornadoes aren’t hurricanes. Hurricanes are long-lasting, low-pressure swirls that follow somewhat predictable paths. But tornadoes can pop up and disappear in just a few minutes. It hasn’t been easy to give people fair warning about tornadoes, especially those folks caught in the crosshairs of violently-rotating columns of damaging, high-speed winds. But
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Wildfires Roar Across Southern EuropeThe blaze season is in full swing along the Mediterranean coast, fed by a mixture of strong winds, dry weather and high heat.
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Distributed energy sources can reduce cost of electricity up to 50%, study says Enlarge (credit: 100% Campaign ) Dramatic changes are coming to the old power grid. As infrastructure ages and policy dictates a move away from fossil fuels, utilities and governments are looking at Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) as potential alternatives to continually building out a centralized grid. DERs include all kinds of hardware that the utility may not necessarily own directly— sola
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Watching the Eclipse? Why Sunglasses Won't Cut ItEven though both look like tinted shades, eclipse viewers are very different from ordinary sunglasses, because they filter out far more light.
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How Experiments in Space Can Lead to Better Treatments for Nerve-Gas PoisoningScientists are hoping to develop better treatments for nerve-gas poisoning by sending their experiments into space. Here's how this helps.
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You're probably terrible at spotting faked photos Science Seeing isn't believing. A new study finds that we're really bad at picking out doctored images. Read on.
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Community land titles alone will not protect forests [Social Sciences]Blackman et al. (1) assess the forest cover impacts of providing indigenous Peruvian communities with formal title to land they have long inhabited. We applaud the authors’ use of high-quality forest change data and rigorous causal methods; both are critical gaps in the land tenure and forest change literature (2)....
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Reply to Robinson et al.: Building the evidence base on the forest cover effects of community titling [Social Sciences]We thank Robinson et al. (1) for their thoughtful comments on our article (2). We agree with their main point, which is that our findings about the link between titling and forest cover change are context- and time-specific, and do not necessarily generalize to other countries and other periods. However,...
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Structure of the C1 complex of complement [Biological Sciences]In PNAS, Mortensen et al. (1) propose a model of the C1 complex of complement derived from small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and electron microscopy (EM) analyses that contradicts previously published models and suggests an intermolecular activation process. This proposal is largely derived from a conjectural structure of C1r2C1s2, the catalytic...
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Reply to Arlaud et al.: Structure of the C1 complex and the unbound C1r2s2 tetramer [Biological Sciences]Arlaud et al. (1) raised concerns regarding our small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and EM models of the unbound C1r2s2 tetramer (2). They reference studies supporting an interaction of two C1rs dimers via C1r CCP1–serine protease (SP) interactions. In response, we conducted refinements against our SAXS data by imposing distance restraints...
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Cross-talk between topological defects in different fields revealed by nematic microfluidics [Applied Physical Sciences]Topological defects are singularities in material fields that play a vital role across a range of systems: from cosmic microwave background polarization to superconductors and biological materials. Although topological defects and their mutual interactions have been extensively studied, little is known about the interplay between defects in different fields—especially when...
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Glacial/interglacial wetland, biomass burning, and geologic methane emissions constrained by dual stable isotopic CH4 ice core records [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]Atmospheric methane (CH4) records reconstructed from polar ice cores represent an integrated view on processes predominantly taking place in the terrestrial biogeosphere. Here, we present dual stable isotopic methane records [δ13CH4 and δD(CH4)] from four Antarctic ice cores, which provide improved constraints on past changes in natural methane sources. Our...
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Rapid phenotypic antimicrobial susceptibility testing using nanoliter arrays [Engineering]Antibiotic resistance is a major global health concern that requires action across all sectors of society. In particular, to allow conservative and effective use of antibiotics clinical settings require better diagnostic tools that provide rapid determination of antimicrobial susceptibility. We present a method for rapid and scalable antimicrobial susceptibility testing...
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Quadrupling efficiency in production of genetically modified pigs through improved oocyte maturation [Agricultural Sciences]Assisted reproductive technologies in all mammals are critically dependent on the quality of the oocytes used to produce embryos. For reasons not fully clear, oocytes matured in vitro tend to be much less competent to become fertilized, advance to the blastocyst stage, and give rise to live young than their...
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Hepatic ZIP14-mediated zinc transport is required for adaptation to endoplasmic reticulum stress [Applied Biological Sciences]Extensive endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress damages the liver, causing apoptosis and steatosis despite the activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR). Restriction of zinc from cells can induce ER stress, indicating that zinc is essential to maintain normal ER function. However, a role for zinc during hepatic ER stress is...
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Distinct VASP tetramers synergize in the processive elongation of individual actin filaments from clustered arrays [Biochemistry]Ena/VASP proteins act as actin polymerases that drive the processive elongation of filament barbed ends in membrane protrusions or at the surface of bacterial pathogens. Based on previous analyses of fast and slow elongating VASP proteins by in vitro total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy (TIRFM) and kinetic and thermodynamic measurements,...
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Hidden electrostatic basis of dynamic allostery in a PDZ domain [Biophysics and Computational Biology]Allosteric effect implies ligand binding at one site leading to structural and/or dynamical changes at a distant site. PDZ domains are classic examples of dynamic allostery without conformational changes, where distal side-chain dynamics is modulated on ligand binding and the origin has been attributed to entropic effects. In this work,...
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Changes in E-cadherin rigidity sensing regulate cell adhesion [Cell Biology]Mechanical cues are sensed and transduced by cell adhesion complexes to regulate diverse cell behaviors. Extracellular matrix (ECM) rigidity sensing by integrin adhesions has been well studied, but rigidity sensing by cadherins during cell adhesion is largely unexplored. Using mechanically tunable polyacrylamide (PA) gels functionalized with the extracellular domain of...
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E-cadherin and LGN align epithelial cell divisions with tissue tension independently of cell shape [Cell Biology]Tissue morphogenesis requires the coordinated regulation of cellular behavior, which includes the orientation of cell division that defines the position of daughter cells in the tissue. Cell division orientation is instructed by biochemical and mechanical signals from the local tissue environment, but how those signals control mitotic spindle orientation is...
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Myosin-independent cytokinesis in Giardia utilizes flagella to coordinate force generation and direct membrane trafficking [Cell Biology]Devoid of all known canonical actin-binding proteins, the prevalent parasite Giardia lamblia uses an alternative mechanism for cytokinesis. Unique aspects of this mechanism can potentially be leveraged for therapeutic development. Here, live-cell imaging methods were developed for Giardia to establish division kinetics and the core division machinery. Surprisingly, Giardia cytokinesis...
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Phylogenomics reveals rapid, simultaneous diversification of three maȷor clades of Gondwanan frogs at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary [Evolution]Frogs (Anura) are one of the most diverse groups of vertebrates and comprise nearly 90% of living amphibian species. Their worldwide distribution and diverse biology make them well-suited for assessing fundamental questions in evolution, ecology, and conservation. However, despite their scientific importance, the evolutionary history and tempo of frog diversification...
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Disruption of a horizontally transferred phytoene desaturase abolishes carotenoid accumulation and diapause in Tetranychus urticae [Genetics]Carotenoids underlie many of the vibrant yellow, orange, and red colors in animals, and are involved in processes ranging from vision to protection from stresses. Most animals acquire carotenoids from their diets because de novo synthesis of carotenoids is primarily limited to plants and some bacteria and fungi. Recently, sequencing...
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Inhibition of acute lethal pulmonary inflammation by the IDO-AhR pathway [Immunology and Inflammation]The lung is a prototypic organ that was evolved to reduce immunopathology during the immune response to potentially hazardous endogenous and exogenous antigens. In this study, we show that donor CD4+ T cells transiently induced expression of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) in lung parenchyma in an IFN-γ–dependent manner early after allogeneic...
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Ionic CD3-Lck interaction regulates the initiation of T-cell receptor signaling [Immunology and Inflammation]Antigen-triggered T-cell receptor (TCR) phosphorylation is the first signaling event in T cells to elicit adaptive immunity against invading pathogens and tumor cells. Despite its physiological importance, the underlying mechanism of TCR phosphorylation remains elusive. Here, we report a key mechanism regulating the initiation of TCR phosphorylation. The major TCR...
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Delineation of an immunosuppressive gradient in hepatocellular carcinoma using high-dimensional proteomic and transcriptomic analyses [Immunology and Inflammation]The recent development of immunotherapy as a cancer treatment has proved effective over recent years, but the precise dynamics between the tumor microenvironment (TME), nontumor microenvironment (NTME), and the systemic immune system remain elusive. Here, we interrogated these compartments in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using high-dimensional proteomic and transcriptomic analyses. By...
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Sec61 blockade by mycolactone inhibits antigen cross-presentation independently of endosome-to-cytosol export [Immunology and Inflammation]Although antigen cross-presentation in dendritic cells (DCs) is critical to the initiation of most cytotoxic immune responses, the intracellular mechanisms and traffic pathways involved are still unclear. One of the most critical steps in this process, the export of internalized antigen to the cytosol, has been suggested to be mediated...
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Synergistic effects of treating the spinal cord and brain in CLN1 disease [Medical Sciences]Infantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (INCL, or CLN1 disease) is an inherited neurodegenerative storage disorder caused by a deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme palmitoyl protein thioesterase 1 (PPT1). It was widely believed that the pathology associated with INCL was limited to the brain, but we have now found unexpectedly profound pathology...
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BRAFV600 inhibition alters the microRNA cargo in the vesicular secretome of malignant melanoma cells [Medical Sciences]The BRAF inhibitors vemurafenib and dabrafenib can be used to treat patients with metastatic melanomas harboring BRAFV600 mutations. Initial antitumoral responses are often seen, but drug-resistant clones with reactivation of the MEK–ERK pathway soon appear. Recently, the secretome of tumor-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) has been ascribed important functions in cancers....
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FANCM, BRCA1, and BLM cooperatively resolve the replication stress at the ALT telomeres [Medical Sciences]In the mammalian genome, certain genomic loci/regions pose greater challenges to the DNA replication machinery (i.e., the replisome) than others. Such known genomic loci/regions include centromeres, common fragile sites, subtelomeres, and telomeres. However, the detailed mechanism of how mammalian cells cope with the replication stress at these loci/regions is largely...
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Four-stranded mini microtubules formed by Prosthecobacter BtubAB show dynamic instability [Microbiology]Microtubules, the dynamic, yet stiff hollow tubes built from αβ-tubulin protein heterodimers, are thought to be present only in eukaryotic cells. Here, we report a 3.6-Å helical reconstruction electron cryomicroscopy structure of four-stranded mini microtubules formed by bacterial tubulin-like Prosthecobacter dejongeii BtubAB proteins. Despite their much smaller diameter, mini microtubules...
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Chromosome segregation drives division site selection in Streptococcus pneumoniae [Microbiology]Accurate spatial and temporal positioning of the tubulin-like protein FtsZ is key for proper bacterial cell division. Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is an oval-shaped, symmetrically dividing opportunistic human pathogen lacking the canonical systems for division site control (nucleoid occlusion and the Min-system). Recently, the early division protein MapZ was identified and...
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Genome-wide screen for genes involved in eDNA release during biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus [Microbiology]Staphylococcus aureus is a leading cause of both nosocomial and community-acquired infection. Biofilm formation at the site of infection reduces antimicrobial susceptibility and can lead to chronic infection. During biofilm formation, a subset of cells liberate cytoplasmic proteins and DNA, which are repurposed to form the extracellular matrix that binds...
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Coherent alpha oscillations link current and future receptive fields during saccades [Neuroscience]Oscillations are ubiquitous in the brain, and they can powerfully influence neural coding. In particular, when oscillations at distinct sites are coherent, they provide a means of gating the flow of neural signals between different cortical regions. Coherent oscillations also occur within individual brain regions, although the purpose of this...
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Highly selective inhibition of IMPDH2 provides the basis of antineuroinflammation therapy [Pharmacology]Inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH) of human is an attractive target for immunosuppressive agents. Currently, small-molecule inhibitors do not show good selectivity for different IMPDH isoforms (IMPDH1 and IMPDH2), resulting in some adverse effects, which limit their use. Herein, we used a small-molecule probe specifically targeting IMPDH2 and identified Cysteine residue...
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Cytokinin induces genome-wide binding of the type-B response regulator ARR10 to regulate growth and development in Arabidopsis [Plant Biology]The plant hormone cytokinin affects a diverse array of growth and development processes and responses to the environment. How a signaling molecule mediates such a diverse array of outputs and how these response pathways are integrated with other inputs remain fundamental questions in plant biology. To this end, we characterized...
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Unearthing a sesterterpene biosynthetic repertoire in the Brassicaceae through genome mining reveals convergent evolution [Plant Biology]Sesterterpenoids are a rare terpene class harboring untapped chemodiversity and bioactivities. Their structural diversity originates primarily from the scaffold-generating sesterterpene synthases (STSs). In fungi, all six known STSs are bifunctional, containing C-terminal trans-prenyltransferase (PT) and N-terminal terpene synthase (TPS) domains. In plants, two colocalized PT and TPS gene pairs fr
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Diatom centromeres suggest a mechanism for nuclear DNA acquisition [Plant Biology]Centromeres are essential for cell division and growth in all eukaryotes, and knowledge of their sequence and structure guides the development of artificial chromosomes for functional cellular biology studies. Centromeric proteins are conserved among eukaryotes; however, centromeric DNA sequences are highly variable. We combined forward and reverse genetic approaches with...
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Starch granule evidence for the earliest potato use in North America [Anthropology]The prehistory of wild potato use, leading to its domestication and diversification, has been well-documented in, and confined to, South America. At least 20 tuber-bearing, wild species of Solanum are known from North and Central America, yet their importance in ancient diets has never been assessed from the archaeological record....
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Social and physical environments early in development predict DNA methylation of inflammatory genes in young adulthood [Anthropology]Chronic inflammation contributes to a wide range of human diseases, and environments in infancy and childhood are important determinants of inflammatory phenotypes. The underlying biological mechanisms connecting early environments with the regulation of inflammation in adulthood are not known, but epigenetic processes are plausible candidates. We tested the hypothesis that...
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Host-mediated impairment of parasite maturation during blood-stage Plasmodium infection [Applied Mathematics]Severe malaria and associated high parasite burdens occur more frequently in humans lacking robust adaptive immunity to Plasmodium falciparum. Nevertheless, the host may partly control blood-stage parasite numbers while adaptive immunity is gradually established. Parasite control has typically been attributed to enhanced removal of parasites by the host, although in...
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Mechanism-based inactivator of isocitrate lyases 1 and 2 from Mycobacterium tuberculosis [Biochemistry]Isocitrate lyase (ICL, types 1 and 2) is the first enzyme of the glyoxylate shunt, an essential pathway for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) during the persistent phase of human TB infection. Here, we report 2-vinyl-d-isocitrate (2-VIC) as a mechanism-based inactivator of Mtb ICL1 and ICL2. The enzyme-catalyzed retro-aldol cleavage of 2-VIC...
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Mutant p53 potentiates the oncogenic effects of insulin by inhibiting the tumor suppressor DAB2IP [Cell Biology]Obesity and type 2 diabetes are significant risk factors for malignancies, being associated with chronic inflammation and hyperinsulinemia. In this context, insulin can synergize with inflammation to promote proliferation, survival, and dissemination of cancer cells. Point mutation of p53 is a frequent event and a significant factor in cancer development...
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BAK {alpha}6 permits activation by BH3-only proteins and homooligomerization via the canonical hydrophobic groove [Cell Biology]BAK and BAX are the essential effectors of apoptosis because without them a cell is resistant to most apoptotic stimuli. BAK and BAX undergo conformation changes to homooligomerize then permeabilize the mitochondrial outer membrane during apoptosis. How BCL-2 homology 3 (BH3)-only proteins bind to activate BAK and BAX is unclear....
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Insight into the mechanism of nonenzymatic RNA primer extension from the structure of an RNA-GpppG complex [Chemistry]The nonenzymatic copying of RNA templates with imidazole-activated nucleotides is a well-studied model for the emergence of RNA self-replication during the origin of life. We have recently discovered that this reaction can proceed through the formation of an imidazolium-bridged dinucleotide intermediate that reacts rapidly with the primer. To gain insight...
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Computer vision uncovers predictors of physical urban change [Computer Sciences]Which neighborhoods experience physical improvements? In this paper, we introduce a computer vision method to measure changes in the physical appearances of neighborhoods from time-series street-level imagery. We connect changes in the physical appearance of five US cities with economic and demographic data and find three factors that predict neighborhood...
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Network analysis reveals strongly localized impacts of El Nino [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]Climatic conditions influence the culture and economy of societies and the performance of economies. Specifically, El Niño as an extreme climate event is known to have notable effects on health, agriculture, industry, and conflict. Here, we construct directed and weighted climate networks based on near-surface air temperature to investigate the...
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Annual mass drownings of the Serengeti wildebeest migration influence nutrient cycling and storage in the Mara River [Ecology]The annual migration of ∼1.2 million wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) through the Serengeti Mara Ecosystem is the largest remaining overland migration in the world. One of the most iconic portions of their migration is crossing of the Mara River, during which thousands drown annually. These mass drownings have been noted, but...
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Traffic is a major source of atmospheric nanocluster aerosol [Environmental Sciences]In densely populated areas, traffic is a significant source of atmospheric aerosol particles. Owing to their small size and complicated chemical and physical characteristics, atmospheric particles resulting from traffic emissions pose a significant risk to human health and also contribute to anthropogenic forcing of climate. Previous research has established that...
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ATM loss leads to synthetic lethality in BRCA1 BRCT mutant mice associated with exacerbated defects in homology-directed repair [Genetics]BRCA1 is essential for homology-directed repair (HDR) of DNA double-strand breaks in part through antagonism of the nonhomologous end-joining factor 53BP1. The ATM kinase is involved in various aspects of DNA damage signaling and repair, but how ATM participates in HDR and genetically interacts with BRCA1 in this process is...
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MRG15-mediated tethering of PALB2 to unperturbed chromatin protects active genes from genotoxic stress [Genetics]The partner and localiser of BRCA2 (PALB2) plays important roles in the maintenance of genome integrity and protection against cancer. Although PALB2 is commonly described as a repair factor recruited to sites of DNA breaks, recent studies provide evidence that PALB2 also associates with unperturbed chromatin. Here, we investigated the...
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Genome sequence of a diabetes-prone rodent reveals a mutation hotspot around the ParaHox gene cluster [Genetics]The sand rat Psammomys obesus is a gerbil species native to deserts of North Africa and the Middle East, and is constrained in its ecology because high carbohydrate diets induce obesity and type II diabetes that, in extreme cases, can lead to pancreatic failure and death. We report the sequencing...
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FSIP1 binds HER2 directly to regulate breast cancer growth and invasiveness [Medical Sciences]Fibrous sheath interacting protein 1 (FSIP1), a spermatogenesis-related testicular antigen, is expressed in abundance in breast cancers, particularly in those overexpressing human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2); however, little is known about its role in regulating the growth and metastasis of breast cancer cells. We and others have shown...
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Identification of pathogenic gene mutations in LMNA and MYBPC3 that alter RNA splicing [Medical Sciences]Genetic variants that cause haploinsufficiency account for many autosomal dominant (AD) disorders. Gene-based diagnosis classifies variants that alter canonical splice signals as pathogenic, but due to imperfect understanding of RNA splice signals other variants that may create or eliminate splice sites are often clinically classified as variants of unknown significance...
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High serum serotonin in sudden infant death syndrome [Medical Sciences]Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of postneonatal infant mortality, likely comprises heterogeneous disorders with the common phenotype of sudden death without explanation upon postmortem investigation. Previously, we reported that ∼40% of SIDS deaths are associated with abnormalities in serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) in regions of the brainstem critical...
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RsmA and AmrZ orchestrate the assembly of all three type VI secretion systems in Pseudomonas aeruginosa [Microbiology]The type VI secretion system (T6SS) is a weapon of bacterial warfare and host cell subversion. The Gram-negative pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa has three T6SSs involved in colonization, competition, and full virulence. H1-T6SS is a molecular gun firing seven toxins, Tse1–Tse7, challenging survival of other bacteria and helping P. aeruginosa to...
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Endogenous orienting in the archer fish [Neuroscience]The literature has long emphasized the neocortex’s role in volitional processes. In this work, we examined endogenous orienting in an evolutionarily older species, the archer fish, which lacks neocortex-like cells. We used Posner’s classic endogenous cuing task, in which a centrally presented, spatially informative cue is followed by a target....
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Improved color constancy in honey bees enabled by parallel visual projections from dorsal ocelli [Neuroscience]How can a pollinator, like the honey bee, perceive the same colors on visited flowers, despite continuous and rapid changes in ambient illumination and background color? A hundred years ago, von Kries proposed an elegant solution to this problem, color constancy, which is currently incorporated in many imaging and technological...
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LGI1 tunes intrinsic excitability by regulating the density of axonal Kv1 channels [Neuroscience]Autosomal dominant epilepsy with auditory features results from mutations in leucine-rich glioma-inactivated 1 (LGI1), a soluble glycoprotein secreted by neurons. Animal models of LGI1 depletion display spontaneous seizures, however, the function of LGI1 and the mechanisms by which deficiency leads to epilepsy are unknown. We investigated the effects of pure...
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Elucidating reaction mechanisms on quantum computers [Physics]With rapid recent advances in quantum technology, we are close to the threshold of quantum devices whose computational powers can exceed those of classical supercomputers. Here, we show that a quantum computer can be used to elucidate reaction mechanisms in complex chemical systems, using the open problem of biological nitrogen...
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Observing a quantum Maxwell demon at work [Physics]In apparent contradiction to the laws of thermodynamics, Maxwell’s demon is able to cyclically extract work from a system in contact with a thermal bath, exploiting the information about its microstate. The resolution of this paradox required the insight that an intimate relationship exists between information and thermodynamics. Here, we...
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Spontaneous fine-tuning to environment in many-species chemical reaction networks [Physics]A chemical mixture that continually absorbs work from its environment may exhibit steady-state chemical concentrations that deviate from their equilibrium values. Such behavior is particularly interesting in a scenario where the environmental work sources are relatively difficult to access, so that only the proper orchestration of many distinct catalytic actors...
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Redox-dependent interaction between thaumatin-like protein and {beta}-glucan influences malting quality of barley [Plant Biology]Barley is the cornerstone of the malting and brewing industry. It is known that 250 quantitative trait loci (QTLs) of the grain are associated with 19 malting-quality phenotypes. However, only a few of the contributing genetic components have been identified. One of these, on chromosome 4H, contains a major malting...
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Changes in ventromedial prefrontal and insular cortex support the development of metamemory from childhood into adolescence [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]Metamemory monitoring, or the ability to introspect on the accuracy of one’s memories, improves considerably during childhood, but the underlying neural changes and implications for intellectual development are largely unknown. The present study examined whether cortical changes in key brain areas hypothesized to support metacognition contribute to the development of...
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Brain regions and functional interactions supporting early word recognition in the face of input variability [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]Perception and cognition in infants have been traditionally investigated using habituation paradigms, assuming that babies’ memories in laboratory contexts are best constructed after numerous repetitions of the very same stimulus in the absence of interference. A crucial, yet open, question regards how babies deal with stimuli experienced in a fashion...
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Self-affirmation facilitates minority middle schoolers' progress along college trajectories [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]Small but timely experiences can have long-term benefits when their psychological effects interact with institutional processes. In a follow-up of two randomized field experiments, a brief values affirmation intervention designed to buffer minority middle schoolers against the threat of negative stereotypes had long-term benefits on college-relevant outcomes. In study 1,...
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Last name analysis of mobility, gender imbalance, and nepotism across academic systems [Statistics]In biology, last names have been used as proxy for genetic relatedness in pioneering studies of neutral theory and human migrations. More recently, analyzing the last name distribution of Italian academics has raised the suspicion of nepotism, with faculty hiring their relatives for academic posts. Here, we analyze three large...
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Quantification of habitat fragmentation reveals extinction risk in terrestrial mammals [Sustainability Science]Although habitat fragmentation is often assumed to be a primary driver of extinction, global patterns of fragmentation and its relationship to extinction risk have not been consistently quantified for any major animal taxon. We developed high-resolution habitat fragmentation models and used phylogenetic comparative methods to quantify the effects of habitat...
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Global priorities for conservation across multiple dimensions of mammalian diversity [Sustainability Science]Conservation priorities that are based on species distribution, endemism, and vulnerability may underrepresent biologically unique species as well as their functional roles and evolutionary histories. To ensure that priorities are biologically comprehensive, multiple dimensions of diversity must be considered. Further, understanding how the different dimensions relate to one another spatially...
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Limits of Brazil’s Forest Code as a means to end illegal deforestation [Sustainability Science]The 2012 Brazilian Forest Code governs the fate of forests and savannas on Brazil’s 394 Mha of privately owned lands. The government claims that a new national land registry (SICAR), introduced under the revised law, could end illegal deforestation by greatly reducing the cost of monitoring, enforcement, and compliance. This...
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Correction for Kang et al., Identification and characterization of high methane-emitting abandoned oil and gas wells [Correction]ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES, SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE Correction for “Identification and characterization of high methane-emitting abandoned oil and gas wells,” by Mary Kang, Shanna Christian, Michael A. Celia, Denise L. Mauzerall, Markus Bill, Alana R. Miller, Yuheng Chen, Mark E. Conrad, Thomas H. Darrah, and Robert B. Jackson, which was first published November...
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Correction for Bahari-Javan et al., HDAC1 links early life stress to schizophrenia-like phenotypes [Correction]NEUROSCIENCE Correction for “HDAC1 links early life stress to schizophrenia-like phenotypes,” by Sanaz Bahari-Javan, Hristo Varbanov, Rashi Halder, Eva Benito, Lalit Kaurani, Susanne Burkhardt, Heike Anderson-Schmidt, Ion Anghelescu, Monika Budde, Roman M. Stilling, Joan Costa, Juan Medina, Detlef E. Dietrich, Christian Figge, Here Folkerts, Katrin Gade, Urs Heilbronner, Manfred Koller,...
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In This Issue [This Week in PNAS]Barley gene might hold a key to improving beer quality Altering redox conditions might improve beer quality. Image courtesy of iStockphoto/Givaga. Malting, which involves the enzymatic breakdown of proteins and starch found in barley grains during beer production, is known to be under genetic control, but few of the underlying...
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Mildred S. Dresselhaus (1930-2017): A fierce force of harmony [Retrospectives]Prof. Mildred S. Dresselhaus, fondly known as “Millie” and “Queen of Carbon Science,” passed away at age 86 on February 20, 2017. She was a pioneer in the research of carbon nanomaterials, a giant in experimental condensed matter physics, a fine musician, a compassionate mentor and role model to young...
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Energetic redistribution in allostery to execute protein function [Biophysics and Computational Biology]A perturbation at one site of the protein could cause an effect at a distant site. This important biological phenomenon, termed the “allosteric effect,” is essential for protein regulation and cell signaling, playing an important role in cellular function. Its fundamental functional significance has inspired numerous works aiming to understand...
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Quinolines block every step of malaria heme crystal growth [Chemistry]Malaria is a lethal zoonotic disease that has impacted human survival and indeed, the history of human civilizations worldwide. The first effective treatment for malaria was reported in 1632 with the use of quinine extracts from the bark of the cinchona tree. Since that time, quinoline compounds have been used...
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Advancing values affirmation as a scalable strategy for mitigating identity threats and narrowing national achievement gaps [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]Since the publication of the landmark “Coleman Report,” Equality of Educational Opportunity, in 1966 (1) through more than 40 y of historical trend data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) (2), the academic performance gaps separating black and Latino students from their white counterparts have remained substantial and...
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How large herbivores subsidize aquatic food webs in African savannas [Ecology]Mass migration—the periodic, synchronized movement of large numbers of animals from one place to another—is an important part of the life cycle of many species. Such migrations are variously a means of avoiding climatic stress, escaping food and water scarcity, and satiating predators (thereby reducing individuals’ risk of being eaten)....
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Effective temperature concept evaluated in an active colloid mixture [Applied Physical Sciences]Thermal energy agitates all matter, and its competition with ordering tendencies is a fundamental organizing principle in the physical world; this observation suggests that an effective temperature might emerge when external energy input enhances agitation. However, despite the repeated proposal of this concept based on kinetics for various nonequilibrium systems,...
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Origin of long lifetime of band-edge charge carriers in organic-inorganic lead iodide perovskites [Applied Physical Sciences]Long carrier lifetime is what makes hybrid organic–inorganic perovskites high-performance photovoltaic materials. Several microscopic mechanisms behind the unusually long carrier lifetime have been proposed, such as formation of large polarons, Rashba effect, ferroelectric domains, and photon recycling. Here, we show that the screening of band-edge charge carriers by rotation of...
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Inner Workings: Networks of cameras are tracking meteorites with unprecedented precision [Astronomy]Around the globe, networks of camera lenses are trained upward. They scan the night skies, aiming to catch streaks of bright light: meteorites as they fall to Earth. Searching for these space rocks is not new. But the precision and resolution with which increasingly expansive networks of Earth-bound cameras are...
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Clusters of calcium release channels harness the Ising phase transition to confine their elementary intracellular signals [Biophysics and Computational Biology]Intracellular Ca signals represent a universal mechanism of cell function. Messages carried by Ca are local, rapid, and powerful enough to be delivered over the thermal noise. A higher signal-to-noise ratio is achieved by a cooperative action of Ca release channels such as IP3 receptors or ryanodine receptors arranged in...
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Antimalarials inhibit hematin crystallization by unique drug-surface site interactions [Chemistry]In malaria pathophysiology, divergent hypotheses on the inhibition of hematin crystallization posit that drugs act either by the sequestration of soluble hematin or their interaction with crystal surfaces. We use physiologically relevant, time-resolved in situ surface observations and show that quinoline antimalarials inhibit β-hematin crystal surfaces by three distinct modes...
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Trends in mica-mica adhesion reflect the influence of molecular details on long-range dispersion forces underlying aggregation and coalignment [Chemistry]Oriented attachment of nanocrystalline subunits is recognized as a common crystallization pathway that is closely related to formation of nanoparticle superlattices, mesocrystals, and other kinetically stabilized structures. Approaching particles have been observed to rotate to achieve coalignment while separated by nanometer-scale solvent layers. Little is known about the forces that...
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MinE conformational dynamics regulate membrane binding, MinD interaction, and Min oscillation [Microbiology]In Escherichia coli MinE induces MinC/MinD to oscillate between the ends of the cell, contributing to the precise placement of the Z ring at midcell. To do this, MinE undergoes a remarkable conformational change from a latent 6β-stranded form that diffuses in the cytoplasm to an active 4β-stranded form bound...
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Fibroblast growth factor signaling instructs ensheathing glia wrapping of Drosophila olfactory glomeruli [Neuroscience]The formation of complex but highly organized neural circuits requires interactions between neurons and glia. During the assembly of the Drosophila olfactory circuit, 50 olfactory receptor neuron (ORN) classes and 50 projection neuron (PN) classes form synaptic connections in 50 glomerular compartments in the antennal lobe, each of which represents...
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Core Concept: Phytoremediation advances in the lab but lags in the field [Sustainability Science]In the early 2000s, homeowners in Washington, DC’s leafy Spring Valley neighborhood received some unwelcome news. The Army Corps of Engineers had discovered that the soil on 177 of the Spring Valley properties contained unsafe levels of arsenic, a remnant of World War I-era weapons testing in the area (1)....
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Tanzanian volcano blast could destroy ancient hominin footprintsIf Ol Doinyo Lengai erupts, iconic prints at Laetoli and another set at Engare Sero are at risk
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Customer Data Meets AIA new day is dawning for the customer experience, driven by the application of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and automated technologies to CRM data. The potential exists to transform the customer’s experience by providing service in a more predictive and intuitive way than ever before.
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Using omega 3 fatty acids to treat Alzheimer's & other diseases?Understanding how dietary essential fatty acids work may lead to effective treatments for diseases and conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer's disease, age-related macular degeneration, Parkinson's disease and other retinal and neurodegenerative diseases. The key is to be able to intervene during the early stages of the disease.
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New test distinguishes Zika from similar viral infectionsA new test is the best-to-date in differentiating Zika virus infections from infections caused by similar viruses. The assay is currently in the licensing process and researchers hope it will be available to the medical community soon.
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Bornean orangutans' canopy movements flag conservation targetsBornean orangutans living in forests impacted by human commerce seek areas of denser canopy enclosure, taller trees, and sections with trees of uniform height, according to new research. These orangutans are critically endangered, and despite intense conservation efforts, their numbers continue to decline. Additional habitat management strategies that account for their presence in forests affected
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Large-scale study of adaptation in yeast could help explain the evolution of cancerLehigh University's Gregory Lang uses a genome sequencing approach to reveal the 'drivers' of adaptation in laboratory-evolved yeast. This work uncovers roles of genetic hitchhiking and interaction in determining which mutations succeed or fail in rapidly-evolving microbial population and may hold clues to the dynamics of cancer evolution. Lang's results have been published in an article in Procee
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Cooking an Airbag Turns a Microwave Door Into a Missile GIF GIF: YouTube Despite an endless list of fascinating and destructive experiments you can try, microwaves should really only be used to heat food. Not lightbulbs , not highlighters , and definitely not an airbag from a car. Unless you’ve got a high-speed camera to record the microwave’s door turning into a high-speed missile. Thankfully, The Slo-Mo Guys did, and filmed what happens when you mic
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Calcium wakes up sleeping C. diff for infection New research suggests that calcium in the gut plays an important part in enabling C. diff infections. The bacterium lurks in hospitals and nursing homes, surviving cleaning crews’ attempts to kill it by holing up in a tiny, hard shell. It preys upon patients already weak from disease or advanced age. And when it reaches their guts, Clostridium difficile (often called C. diff ) breaks open its she
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AARP, GSA focus on effects of negative attitudes on agingThe ways in which negative attitudes about aging can affect people's health and quality of life are the focus of 12 peer-reviewed research papers in a new AARP-sponsored supplement issue of The Gerontologist -- the respected research and analysis journal published by The Gerontological Society of America since 1961.
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Manmade aerosols identified as driver in shifting global rainfall patternsIn a new study, scientists found that aerosol particles released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels are a primary driver of changes in rainfall patterns across the globe.
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Failures in stethoscope hygiene can lead to patient infectionsYou can lead a doctor to disinfection, but how do you get them to clean ... or wipe ... or swab a stethoscope?That's the question raised by a new quality improvement project published in the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. It is the latest report to find that healthcare provide
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Antibiotic-releasing polymer may help eradicate joint implant infectionA team of Massachusetts General Hospital investigators has developed an antibiotic-releasing polymer that may greatly simplify the treatment of prosthetic joint infection.
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Titan simulations show importance of close 2-way coupling between human and Earth systemsBy using supercomputers such as the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's Titan, a large multidisciplinary team of scientists developed a new integrated climate model designed to reduce uncertainties in future climate predictions as it bridges Earth systems with energy and economic models and large-scale human impact data.
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Improving the 'wait and see' approach in MDS blood cancer treatmentResearchers are closer to helping the 50 per cent of people with a group of blood disorders that can transform into acute leukaemia, but who don't respond to the best available treatment.
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Google Glass Is Officially Back, Doing Something It Doesn't Suck At Source: Agco Google has officially announced what we’ve known for two and a half years—Google Glass isn’t dead, the company has just been redeveloping the technology for the enterprise sector and, specifically, blue-collar manufacturing workers. Today, Google’s parent company Alphabet announced the Glass Enterprise Edition—an updated version that targets factory workers and doctors. The developme
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A Search for the Flavor of a Beloved Childhood Medicine Until about middle school, I got an annual ear infection, as well as a bout of strep throat about once every two years. For these ailments, I would inevitably be prescribed what was referred to in my home as “the pink stuff.” It was the antibiotic amoxicillin, in its pediatric liquid form, and it was a bright, chemical pink. It was delicious. My recurrent infections may have given me more experie
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Why Iran Broke Its Strict Hijab Rules for the 'Queen of Math' Maryam Mirzakhani will be remembered as a woman who broke glass ceilings in life and in death. In 2014, the Iranian mathematician became the first and only woman ever to win the Fields Medal, popularly known as the Nobel Prize of the math world. And when she died last Friday at age 40, some Iranian media outlets, as well as President Rouhani himself, broke a national taboo by publishing photos in
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New Research Suggests Why Mid-Sized Animals Are The Fastest New research suggests the biggest animals run out of fuel for their fast-twitch muscles before they reach the maximum speed their bodies could achieve. Animals like cheetahs are born to run fast. (Image credit: Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Motorola's New Body Cam AI Stops Just Short of Dystopian Surveillance Image: Neurala Unsurprisingly, the latest AI advancement in body camera technology comes no closer to increasing police accountability or officer transparency. As the public’s push for body cameras has died down, tech companies are now making their own appeal for body cameras to the police departments that buy them: offering sharper, smarter surveillance. On Monday, Motorola Solutions (the legal
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Quantum simulator with 51 qubits is largest everAlthough not a full-blown quantum computer, the simulator could be used to study the interactions between atoms
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John Glenn memorial plans abound on July birth dateSome plans to honor John Glenn didn't fly, but that hasn't stopped the late astronaut's devotees from pushing forward with other ideas.
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After Saudi airline imposes new security measures, laptop ban set to end Enlarge (credit: Bruno Geiger ) The Transportation Security Administration has lifted its months-long in-cabin laptop ban, which has been relaxed in recent weeks as the mostly Middle Eastern airlines have boosted security in their home countries for flights bound for the United States. In March 2017, the Trump administration imposed notable restrictions on laptops and other large electronic items
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Removing CO2 from the air required to safeguard children's futureReducing greenhouse-gas emissions is not enough to limit global warming to a level that wouldn't risk young people's future, according to a new study by scientists who say we need negative emissions. Measures such as reforestation could accomplish much of the needed CO2 removal from the atmosphere, but continued high fossil fuel emissions would demand expensive technological solutions to extract C
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New bacterial defense mechanism of the CRISPR-Cas system uncoveredResearchers have found an unprecedented defense mechanism by which bacteria defend themselves against invading viruses. When the bacterial immune system gets overwhelmed, the CRISPR-Cas system produces a chemical signal that activates a second enzyme which helps in degrading the invaders' genetic material. This process is very similar to an antiviral mechanism of the human innate immune system.
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A tale of two fishes: Biologists find male, female live-bearing fish evolve differentlyMale and female live-bearing fish evolve differently: female evolution is influenced more strongly by natural selection, while male evolution is influenced more strongly by sexual selection, according to new research.
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Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteriesA colossal impact with a large asteroid early in Mars' history may have ripped off a chunk of the northern hemisphere and left behind a legacy of metallic elements in the planet's interior. The crash also created a ring of rocky debris around Mars that may have later clumped together to form its moons, Phobos and Deimos.
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Non-toxic alternative for next-generation solar cellsResearchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells.
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Antibiotic insight may help in battle against bacterial resistanceBacteria or 'superbugs' that have adapted to resist multiple antibiotics are responsible for around 700,000 deaths globally a year; new types of antibiotics are urgently needed.
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Space station project seeks to crystalize the means to counteract nerve poisonsThe microgravity conditions of the International Space Station (ISS) may hold the key to improving our understanding of how to combat toxic nerve agents such as sarin and VX.
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Why Tyrannosaurus was a slow runner and why the largest are not always the fastestNo other animal on land is faster than a cheetah – the elephant is indeed larger, but slower. For small to medium-sized animals, larger also means faster, but for really large animals, when it comes to speed, everything goes downhill again. For the first time, it is now possible to describe how this parabola-like relationship between body size and speed comes about.
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Removing CO2 from the air required to safeguard children's futureReducing greenhouse-gas emissions is not enough to limit global warming to a level that wouldn't risk young people's future, according to a new study by a team of scientists who say we need negative emissions. Measures such as reforestation could accomplish much of the needed CO2 removal from the atmosphere, but continued high fossil fuel emissions would demand expensive technological solutions to
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NASA looks at compact Tropical Storm Don in infrared lightNASA's Aqua satellite passed over newly formed Tropical Storm Don gathering temperature data from the compact storm's clouds.
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NASA looks at compact Tropical Storm Don in infrared lightNASA's Aqua satellite passed over newly formed Tropical Storm Don gathering temperature data from the compact storm's clouds.
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No One Looks Good in the Ugly Drama Surrounding Kermit the Frog's Firing Image: AP Last week, two Muppet fan communities jointly reported a shocking turn of events: After decades of playing some of the franchise’s most recognizable characters, including Kermit the Frog, veteran puppeteer Steve Whitmire had been fired. Muppets Studio later confirmed the news, simply telling Gizmodo and other outlets that it “thanks Steve for his tremendous contributions to Kermit the F
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The science of Spectral: Is that really how Bose–Einstein condensate behaves? Enlarge Spoiler warning: This article, as you might've gathered, completely spoils most of the story of Spectral . If you haven't seen it yet, it should be on Netflix in your country. A lot of the fascination with sci-fi movies stems from a successful blend of state-of-the-art science and technology with what might be considered an imaginable extrapolation of it. For a scientist, of course, it is
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How in the World Does Venmo Make Money? Every year, billions of dollars change hands in needlessly clumsy ways. Parents realize they’re short on cash and go out of their way to stop at an ATM so they can pay their babysitter; grandparents mail checks as birthday gifts, which take days to arrive and days to clear. Even as more and more of life is lived through a screen, paper is still how the vast majority of Americans give each other m
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Astronomers Detect Strange Signals from Red Dwarf StarThe radio bursts are tantalizing, but probably not transmissions from talkative aliens -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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What Could Space Archaeologists Tell Us about Astronaut Culture?Space archaeologists want to understand the "microsociety" of astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
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Tools help identify patients at risk for autism spectrum disordersA tool intended to detect signs of autism in high-risk infants can be used to help identify and treat patients with tuberous sclerosis complex, a genetic disorder, who most need early intervention. Moreover, they can identify these patients earlier than ever before, report researchers.
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Adrenal gland activity changes under severe stress causing abnormal release of glucocorticoid stressTo respond to stress optimally, the body needs to produce glucocorticoid hormones, such as cortisol, extremely quickly. New research has revealed the molecular network that enables rapid glucocorticoid production within the adrenal glands, and has shown how the behavior of this network can be altered under severe stress.
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What makes red algae so different and why should we care?The red algae called Porphyra and its ancestors have thrived for millions of years in the harsh habitat of the intertidal zone -- exposed to fluctuating temperatures, high UV radiation, severe salt stress, and desiccation. Despite Porphyra's ecological, evolutionary, and commercial importance, there is still relatively little known about its molecular genetics and physiology.
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Space-Grown Crystals Could Help Us Counteract Deadly Nerve Agents Image: SpaceX The International Space Station (ISS) might be the perfect laboratory for developing antidotes to gases used in chemical warfare. Nerve agents such as sarin and VX are incredibly toxic, and yet, one way to combat them could come from crystals grown in microgravity. According to NIH , the AChE enzyme—or enzyme acetylcholinesteras—helps muscles to relax after they’ve been “stimulated
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APC Surge Protectors, 64 oz. Growler, Kershaw Knife, and the Rest of Tuesday's Best Deals APC surge protectors , a $100 iTunes gift card , and a popular Kershaw knife lead off Tuesday’s best deals from around the web. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Top Tech Deals APC Gold Box There’s no such thing as having enough power outlets, and today’s Amazon Gold Box has great deals on four APC products to keep your devices plugged in and powered on. Inside ,
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A back-up battery and surge protector for 41 percent off? I'd buy it. Gadgets It's $45. Keep your devices and files powered and safe—for just $45. Read on.
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Remains of Medieval Saint's Hut Could Aid Search for Missing MonasteryThe evidence could tell archaeologists where to look for an influential monastery.
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New bacterial defense mechanism of the CRISPR-Cas system uncoveredResearchers led by Martin Jinek of the University of Zurich have found an unprecedented defense mechanism by which bacteria defend themselves against invading viruses. When the bacterial immune system gets overwhelmed, the CRISPR-Cas system produces a chemical signal that activates a second enzyme which helps in degrading the invaders' genetic material. This process is very similar to an antiviral
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Mitch McConnell Vows Obamacare Repeal Vote in the 'Near Future' Updated at 4:02 p.m. ET Mitch McConnell vowed to press ahead on a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday afternoon, despite the fact that he does not appear to have the necessary support among Senate Republicans for a repeal-only bill to pass. “Sometime in the near future, we’ll have a vote on repealing Obamacare, essentially the same vote that we had in 2015,” McConnell told reporters
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T. Rex Couldn't Sprint But It Could Still Move Faster Than You Image: Jurassic Park Films like Jurassic Park have led us to believe that Tyrannosaurus rex was capable of chasing down its prey at full tilt. New research done with simulations suggest this dino was no sprinter, and that it couldn’t move any faster than a brisk walk. Well, a brisk walk for a nine ton carnivore. At a top speed of 12 miles per hour, you’d still be hard pressed to outrun this prehi
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The Real Costs of Cheap SurveillanceU.S. firms have both the incentive and the opportunity to use information about us in undesirable ways -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Estrogen therapy may prevent gum disease in women over 50Treatment for osteoporosis may also help prevent gum disease, according to new research that examined the prevalence of periodontitis in postmenopausal women.
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Eating at 'wrong time' affects body weight, circadian rhythmsA new high-precision feeding system for lab mice reinforces the idea that the time of day food is eaten is more critical to weight loss than the amount of calories ingested.
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Precision work: Defect-free coatings for silicon spheresThe prototype kilogram – to which all scales are calibrated to – is losing weight. International efforts are striving to redefine the base unit for measuring mass and, in future, redefine the kilogram on natural constants. For this purpose, the Avogadro experiment determines the number of atoms in almost perfect silicon spheres. Researchers have recently succeeded in homogeneously coating the sphe
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Cause of chemoresistance in small cell lung cancer discoveredApproximately one year after successful treatment with cytotoxic chemotherapy and radiotherapy, patients with advanced Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC), which primarily affects heavy smokers, generally relapse with recurrence of tumors that are resistant to further chemotherapy. At this point, the affected patients usually only have a few months to live. The reason for this was hitherto unknown. Rese
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Nanomaterial helps store solar energy: Efficiently and inexpensivelySince solar and wind energy is not always available, it will only contribute significantly to meeting energy demands once a reliable storage method has been developed. Now a new catalyst material for electrolysers is proving to be reliable, shows new field trials.
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New genes linked to arthritis in bone marrow lesionsA pattern of genes has been identified that is characteristic of osteoarthritis and may be a step towards better treatments for this condition.
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People domesticated dogs just once, ancient DNA study suggestsDNA of ancient canines counters idea that dogs were domesticated twice, in Europe and Asia.
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Fused imaging reveals 16th-century writing hidden inside bookbindingBy fusing visible hyperspectral imaging with X-ray fluorescence, Northwestern University researchers safely reveal Roman law code hidden inside of a 16th century bookbinding.
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Heart tissues of different origins can 'beat' in syncUntil now, it remained unknown whether a piece of cultured tissue can merge with host cardiac tissue and function correctly. In a series of experiments, the scientists first merged two rat tissues of different ages and then combined rat and mouse tissue. Excitation waves were transmitted successfully from one tissue to another, which theoretically means that artificially grown heart patches can fi
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Non-toxic alternative for next-generation solar cellsResearchers have demonstrated how a non-toxic alternative to lead could form the basis of next-generation solar cells.
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Young adult obesity: A neglected, yet essential focus to reverse the obesity epidemicThe overall burden of the US obesity epidemic continues to require new thinking, says William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.
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Reduction in hospital readmission rate not associated with increased risk of death following dischargeAlthough there has been the concern that the reduction in hospital readmission rates may possibly result in an increase in mortality rates after discharge, a new study published by JAMA finds that among Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart failure, heart attack or pneumonia, reductions in hospital 30-day readmission rates were associated with a reduction in 30-day mortality rates followin
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High-dose vitamin D does not reduce risk of common cold among young childrenAmong children 1 to 5 years of age, daily high-dose administration of vitamin D did not reduce overall wintertime upper respiratory tract infections, according to a study published by JAMA.
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Structured physical activity results in small reduction in sedentary time among older adultsIn older adults with mobility impairments, long-term, moderate-intensity physical activity was associated with a small reduction in total sedentary time, according to a study published by JAMA.
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Weight gain from early to middle adulthood linked to increased risk of major chronic diseases, deathWeight gain from early adulthood (age 18 or 21 years) to age 55 was associated with an increased risk of major chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and death, and a decreased odds of healthy aging, according to a study published by JAMA.
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Weight gain from early to middle adulthood may increase risk of major chronic diseasesCumulative weight gain over the course of early and middle adulthood may increase health risks later in life, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
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High-dose vitamin D doesn't appear to reduce the winter sniffles for childrenGiving children high doses of vitamin D doesn't appear to reduce the winter sniffles, a new study has found.
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Study: Reducing hospital readmissions does not increase mortality ratesRecent advances in reducing hospital readmission rates for three key medical conditions occurred without causing an increase in death rates, according to a new Yale-led study.The findings were published on July 18 in JAMA.
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Removing CO2 from the air required to safeguard children's futureReducing greenhouse-gas emissions is not enough to limit global warming to a level that wouldn't risk young people's future, according to a new study published in Earth System Dynamics by a team of scientists who say we need negative emissions. Measures such as reforestation could accomplish much of the needed CO2 removal from the atmosphere, but continued high fossil fuel emissions would demand e
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Optimal methods for administering children's medicationsNew research aims to help solve the problem of dose optimization of children's medicines.
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Heavy drinking during adolescence: Dire effects on the brainA review of the literature shows that the effects of heavy drinking among young people on the brain are serious -- binge drinking among young people is associated with a thinning or reduction of areas of the brain that play a key role in memory, attention, language, awareness and consciousness, which include cortical and subcortical structures.
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'Plant cinema' shows the flow of energyNothing works without fuel: plants also depend on fuel for growth and development. In living organisms, fuel comes as the universal energy currency adenosine triphosphate (ATP). An international team of researchers shows how ATP behaves in the different parts of living seedlings and the impact of stress on their fuel status. The results could inform breeding of more resistant crop varieties.
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Dust particles in livestock facilities: Sweat the small stuffA beam of sunlight streams into your living room, illuminating a Milky Way of dust particles hanging in the air. Although the air looks thick, those visible dust particles are so big that they can’t reach the smallest branches of the respiratory tree in your lungs. It’s the dust we can’t see — smaller than 2.5 microns, called PM 2.5 — that can cause allergies and other respiratory problems.
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Fewer infections in mechanical heart valvesInfections in surgically implanted heart valves are more common in patients who have been given a biological prosthetic valve than in those with a mechanical one, a study shows.
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Parasite revealed: New insights into dicyemidaResearchers have decisively classified the marine parasite Dicyemida, yielding new opportunities for understanding parasites and evolution.
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Research tracks global IT's shift from cost-cutting to revenue-boostingInformation technology is often credited for its role in helping companies cut costs. However, new research shows that information technology actually creates increased global profits through increased revenue, not through cost cuts.
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Fake news: Study tests people's ability to detect manipulated images of real-world scenesPeople can detect a fake image of a real-world scene only 60 percent of the time, and even then can only tell what is wrong with the image 45 percent of the time, according to new research.
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In baby's dirty diapers, the clues to baby's brain developmentCan the kinds of microbes colonizing the gut at age 1 predict later cognitive development? New findings shed light on the surprising role of bacteria in how our brains develop during the first years of life.
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Mand anholdt for farlig droneflyvning ved israelsk lufthavnMyndigheder kalder en drone ved lufthavnen i Tel Aviv for en alvorlig og foruroligende hændelse. Droneproducent mener, at dronen var hacket for at komme tæt nok på.
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Bavaria juggles support for diesel and clean city airGerman regional economic powerhouse Bavaria agreed a slew of measures Tuesday designed to reduce harmful air pollution in cities without pulling diesel vehicles off its roads.
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The Curious Comeback of the Dreaded QR CodeDon't look now, but QR codes are back—and they're going to change your digital life in all sorts of previously impossible ways.
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Ars Technica

It’s always windy somewhere: Balancing renewable energy in Europe Enlarge (credit: US Senator Jack Reed ) Renewable power sources' intermittency could eventually cause problems as our electric grids become increasingly reliant on them. While it's always sunny somewhere, and always windy somewhere (often somewhere else), relying on weather variations for generating consistent power means integrating power sources across a large geographic region. Many countries,
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King Tut's Wife May Be Buried in Newly Discovered TombFamed archaeologist Zahi Hawass and his team say they've found evidence of a tomb that could belong to King Tut's wife.
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Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil SethRight now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience -- and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we're all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it "reality." Join Seth for a delightfully
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Ars Technica

Splatoon 2 redeems the most clever online shooter series in years Enlarge / Marie with a sniper rifle? Things get weird in Splatoon 2 . (credit: Nintendo) When Splatoon launched on Nintendo's Wii U in 2015, it should have shipped with a "wet paint" sign. This was Nintendo's first major online shooter in nearly a decade , and despite the obvious innovation and fun on offer, it wasn't ready for online prime time. Weapon balancing, content, modes, and matchmaking
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Chinese bike-sharing startup aims at US with new modelRapidly growing bike-sharing startup Mobike already has 100 million users in China. And it's now looking to the US and Europe in the hope its unique "dockless" system can disrupt the industry.
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Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteriesThe origin and nature of Mars is mysterious. It has geologically distinct hemispheres, with smooth lowlands in the north and cratered, high-elevation terrain in the south. The red planet also has two small oddly-shaped oblong moons and a composition that sets it apart from that of the Earth.
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Madoff rip-off shattered trust, changed investment behaviorNotorious financier Bernie Madoff bilked more than 10,000 investors out of billions of dollars in the 1990s and 2000s in the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. But the effect of Madoff's elaborate Ponzi scheme rippled far beyond his direct victims.
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War-torn South Sudan at grave risk on climate change"I'm addicted to cutting trees," says Taban Ceasor.
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Quanta Magazine

In Game Theory, No Clear Path to Equilibrium In 1950, John Nash — the mathematician later featured in the book and film “A Beautiful Mind” — wrote a two-page paper that transformed the theory of economics. His crucial, yet utterly simple, idea was that any competitive game has a notion of equilibrium: a collection of strategies, one for each player, such that no player can win more by unilaterally switching to a different strategy. Nash’s e
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Ancient, massive asteroid impact could explain Martian geological mysteriesA colossal impact with a large asteroid early in Mars' history may have ripped off a chunk of the northern hemisphere and left behind a legacy of metallic elements in the planet's interior. The crash also created a ring of rocky debris around Mars that may have later clumped together to form its moons, Phobos and Deimos.
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Madoff rip-off shattered trust, changed investment behaviorNotorious financier Bernie Madoff bilked more than 10,000 investors out of billions of dollars in the 1990s and 2000s in the largest financial fraud in US history. After the fraud was discovered, people who knew Madoff victims or who lived in areas where victims were concentrated lost trust in the financial system and dramatically changed their investment behavior.
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California Locales Sue Fossil Fuel Companies for Rising SeasThe locales say that actions by oil, natural gas and coal companies intensified climate change -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Ars Technica

The Nokia 8 design leaks, expected to launch July 31st Enlarge / Yep, that's a phone. (credit: VentureBeat ) Evan Blass over at VentureBeat has shared an image of HMD's upcoming Nokia flagship, the Nokia 8. The device will be the first Nokia-branded Android flagship, taking a place at the head of the existing lineup of the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6 . The report says the phone should be announced on July 31st. In the fast-moving smartphone world,
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Sibling bonding is stronger when dad's aroundFor many female mammals, mothers and maternal sisters dominate all aspects of an individual's social life. Emily Lynch of the University of Missouri, Columbia, in the US argues fathers might play a significant role, as well. She is the lead author of a study that highlights how social bonds develop between paternal half-siblings when their shared father is in the vicinity. Her findings are publish
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Pause to read the traffic sign: Regulation of DNA transcription in bacteriaThe survival of the cell is—apart from other important aspects—a question of timing: Scientists of Goethe University together with colleagues from other universities have now identified the different parts of this mechanism and introduced a model of the process.
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Researchers describe pneumatic actuator that generates cyclical motionA new study demonstrated the design, potential applications, and advantages of an innovative multi-chambered soft pneumatic actuator. Researchers described how the actuator generates cyclical motion and characterized its trajectory and the force it exerts in an article published in Soft Robotics.
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A tale of two fishes: Biologists find male, female live-bearing fish evolve differentlyMale live-bearing fish are evolving faster than female fish, according to a Kansas State University study, and that's important for understanding big-picture evolutionary patterns.
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New Mexico professor seeks to save moon-landing sitesA New Mexico State University anthropology professor is on a mission to save moon-landing sites.
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How do you work out if a signal from space is a message from aliens?Astronomers working at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico havedetected a weird radio signal, spotted when pointing their telescope at the nearby star Ross 128. They're not getting too excited about the prospect of an alien civilisation contacting us just yet though. "In case you are wondering, the recurrent aliens hypothesis is at the bottom of many other better explanations," said Abel Me
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Pause to read the traffic sign: Regulation of DNA transcription in bacteriaThe survival of the cell is -- apart from other important aspects -- a question of timing: Scientists of Goethe University together with colleagues from other universities have now identified the different parts of this mechanism and introduced a model of the process.
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Harvard researchers describe pneumatic actuator that generates cyclical motionA new study demonstrated the design, potential applications, and advantages of an innovative multi-chambered soft pneumatic actuator.
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New insights into complex processesThe blood-brain barrier is a unique mechanism to shield the brain. Scientists from the University of Würzburg have now uncovered details of how it evolves. This finding offers new chances for modification and regulation.
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A tale of two fishes: Biologists find male, female live-bearing fish evolve differentlyA Kansas State University study has found that male and female live-bearing fish evolve differently: female evolution is influenced more strongly by natural selection, while male evolution is influenced more strongly by sexual selection.
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Sibling bonding is stronger when dad's aroundFor many female mammals, mothers and maternal sisters dominate all aspects of an individual's social life. Emily Lynch of the University of Missouri, Columbia, in the US argues fathers might play a significant role, as well. She is the lead author of a study that highlights how social bonds develop between paternal half-siblings when their shared father is in the vicinity. Her findings are publish
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Collaboration of therapists and clients may improve family therapyA new article addresses ongoing conversations about bridging the gap between practice and research within the field of family therapy.
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The need to understand what works in social prescribingIn a piece published today, July 18, 2017, in BMJ Opinion, a health service research expert from the University of Plymouth warns that, in order for social prescribing to reach its full potential and make a true difference to patients, more needs to be done to understand what works, for whom, and in what circumstances.
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China users report WhatsApp disruption amid censorship fearsUsers of WhatsApp in China and security researchers have reported widespread service disruptions amid fears that the popular messaging service may be at least partially blocked by authorities in the world's most populous country.
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Facebook has plans to expand New Mexico data centerFacebook's plans for New Mexico now call for a half-billion-dollar investment and a data center that will span an area equal to 17 football fields.
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Empowering robots for ethical behaviorScientists at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK have developed a concept called Empowerment to help robots to protect and serve humans, while keeping themselves safe.
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The UN actually does prevent war, according to study of General Assembly votesThe United Nations has been effective at suppressing conflict throughout its history, according to an analysis of more than 65 years of voting records conducted by Dartmouth College and The Ohio State University. The study presents evidence that the U.N. acts more than just a bystander on world events, and that it provides a forum where diplomacy reduces the chance of war.
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Parasite revealed—new insights into dicyemidaRevealing the origin and evolutionary history of the world's manifold life forms is one way in which we seek to understand them. Even the smallest creature can yield fascinating insights. For example, take the Dicyemida, which are microscopic parasites that live inside cephalopods such as octopuses and cuttlefish. These seemingly inconsequential beings have baffled taxonomists due to their simple
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Olie får koralfisk til at opføre sig risikabeltBare en mængde olie, der svarer til et par dråber i en swimmingpool, kan gøre koralfisk dårligere til at undgå fjender og finde levesteder. Det er både skidt for fisk og koralrev.
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The Latest U.S. Sanctions Against Iran The U.S. Treasury Department slapped new sanctions on Iran related to its ballistic-missile program, a day after President Trump certified that the Islamic republic was in compliance with the nuclear deal signed in 2015. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 16 entities and individuals for what it said was “engaging in support of illicit Iranian actors or tr
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A Rust Belt City's School Turnaround BUFFALO, N.Y.—When 18-year-old Karolina Espinosa looks back to her freshman year at Buffalo’s Hutchinson Central Technical High School, graduation seemed like a long shot. “At the time,” she said, “both of my parents were incarcerated. I had trouble with reading, and I had problems with attendance.” But in May, sitting in the office of her school’s family support specialist, Joell Stubbe, Karolin
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Did human women contribute to Neanderthal genomes over 200,000 years ago? A new Neanderthal mitochondrial genome supports a remarkable hypothesis – that there was interbreeding with an extremely early migration of African hominins Keeping pace with new developments in the field of human evolution these days is a daunting prospect. It seems as though every few weeks there’s an announcement of exciting new findings from hominin fossils, or the recovery of an ancient geno
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Free Public Event: The Aging Brain Image: Shutterstock What does every congressional district have in common? Baby Boomers – the sizable generation of people now in their 50s to 70s. It is well documented that the collective aging of the Boomers will have public health impacts. This includes the impacts of the aging brain. Come and learn what happens to the brain as we get older, what happens when the process goes wrong, and what
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'Plant cinema' shows the flow of energyNothing works without fuel: plants also depend on fuel for growth and development. In living organisms, fuel comes as the universal energy currency adenosine triphosphate (ATP). An international team of researchers led by the University of Bonn shows how ATP behaves in the different parts of living seedlings and the impact of stress on their fuel status. The results could inform breeding of more r
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Tyrannosaurus rex couldn't run, says new researchIt is a classic chase scene in modern cinematic history. The image of a rampant Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex) chasing Jeff Goldblum as he sits injured in the back of a 4x4 vehicle in Stephen Spielberg's original film adaptation of Jurassic Park.
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More than 252 million years ago, mammal ancestors became warm-blooded to survive mass extinctionToday, mammals and birds are the only true warm-blooded animals. They are called endotherms, meaning they produce their body heat internally.
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Faster retina repair in fish could eventually aid people Zebrafish have a natural ability to regenerate damaged retinas. Now, scientists have learned that manipulating their immune system a certain way speeds up the process. The findings may one day advance efforts to combat degenerative eye disease damage in humans. That’s because this mechanism of regenerative potential may still exist in animals that have a shared evolutionary history with zebrafish
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Mad Genius Brings Flappy Bird Back From the Dead on Dreamcast Memory Card GIF As Sega’s Hail Mary pass on hardware, the Dreamcast wasn’t exactly the miracle the company prayed for. But the long-dead console still has a massive fanbase, as a clever hacker who managed to port the infinitely addictive Flappy Bird to the Dreamcast’s interactive memory card recently demonstrated. The VMU, or Visual Memory Unit, was an oversized memory card that plugged into the Dreamcast’s
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New rules urgently needed to protect our oceans, scientists warnUrgent action is needed to protect marine life, with more than 60 per cent of the world's oceans lacking effective conservation measures, according to new Oxford University study.
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New Hot Jupiter marks the first collaborative exoplanet discoveryResearchers led by a team at Keele University have discovered a new 'Hot Jupiter' exoplanet. The new giant planet was jointly discovered by a WASP/KELT survey collaboration, marking the first time an exoplanet has been discovered between two planet search groups.
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New hearing test to establish fitness-for-duty among military personnelResearchers at the University of Southampton have devised a new hearing test for military personnel that they hope will better assess whether soldiers have sufficient hearing ability to be safe and effective in a combat situation.
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Urbanization and electricity are not to blame for sleep lossUrbanization and the electrification of homes do not decrease the amount that we sleep, a new study in the journal Scientific Reports finds.
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Heavy drinking during adolescence: Dire effects on the brainA review of the literature shows that the effects of heavy drinking among young people on the brain are serious -- binge drinking among young people is associated with a thinning or reduction of areas of the brain that play a key role in memory, attention, language, awareness and consciousness, which include cortical and subcortical structures.
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The UN actually does prevent war, according to study of General Assembly votesThe first quantitative study of UN voting records shows that the world body is more effective at achieving its mandate of avoiding wars than many experts think.
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Revealing particle separationTraces of biomolecules such as DNA can be detected with a new 'dynamic' technique based on the observation of association and dissociation events of gold nanoparticles. If the desired DNA sequence is present, it can reversibly bind two nanoparticles together. This can be detected in real time through a change in light scattering. As reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, this method differenti
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Potential role, benefits of non-rhizobia bacteria in root nodules of legumeMost scientific research on the root-soil interactions of legumes focuses on rhizobia and nitrogen-fixing root nodules. However, many forms of non-rhizobia bacteria are also detected in these nodules. What are their role in the plant's biome? This research highlights studies from throughout the world on these lesser-known bacteria, as well as discusses their possible role in the bacterial communit
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Where's the beef on the loss leader strategy?Deep discounting by retailers, accompanied by a blitz of promotions, is a long-established and well-accepted strategy for boosting brand and category sales. But relatively few studies have analyzed store-level data in an effort to compile systematic empirical evidence on the impact of deep discounting on such store performance metrics as traffic, sales, and profits. New research delves into the nu
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Brain connectivity after 30 may predict psychological problemsUnderdevelopment of the brain network underlying inhibition -- the ability to concentrate on a particular stimulus and tune out competing stimuli -- after 30 years of age is associated with self-reported psychological problems.
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Not all plant-based diets are created equalPlant-based diets are recommended to reduce the risk of heart disease; however, some plant-based diets are associated with a higher risk of heart disease, according to a new study.
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Invasive plant species can enhance coastal ecosystemsInvasive plant species like seaweed can provide vital ecosystem functions in coastal areas where native habitats such as salt marshes and oyster reefs have severely declined. A new study finds that invasive species could be used to offset the loss of native habitats that provide storm protection, food production and other benefits to billions of people.
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Evidence of impacts that structured the Milky Way galaxyA team from the University of Kentucky's Department of Physics and Astronomy has observed evidence of ancient impacts that are thought to have shaped and structured our Milky Way galaxy.
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Things Just Got Worse at Google Fiber Photo: Wikicommons Things have been looking bleak at Google Fiber for a while now. The burgeoning internet service provider lost one chief executive late last year, and this week, it lost another one. Greg McCray, who took the helm of Google Fiber only five months ago, just stepped down . The reasons why are unclear, but they appear to be embarrassing on a number of fronts. For one, it’s obvious
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Slip Kershaw's Shield Knife Into Your Pocket For $18 Kershaw 3920 Shield Knife with SpeedSafe , $18 Kershaw’s Shield knife is a great general-purpose, SpeedSafe-assisted blade, and an absolute steal at $18 . That’s the best price Amazon’s ever listed on this 4.4 star-rated knife by $3, just remember to take it out of your pocket before you go to the airport.
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Why we need a new type of SETI instrumentImagine this scenario: On a world orbiting a neighboring star, a society more advanced than our own has used large telescopes to survey all the planets within a few hundred light-years. In this sample of a million worlds, it finds that one percent show the tell-tale atmospheric gases that indicate life. One of these is Earth.
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New study shows the Amazon makes its own rainy seasonA new study gives the first observational evidence that the southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy season using water vapor from plant leaves. The finding helps explain why deforestation in this region is linked with reduced rainfall.
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Detecting dangers with crowdsourcingBy the time officials in Flint, Mich., declared a state of emergency in response dangerously high levels of lead in the city's drinking water in mid-December of 2015, residents had been complaining to each other about discolored and foul-smelling drinking water for more than a year.
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Carbon nanotubes turn electrical current into light-matter quasi-particlesMaterial scientists and physicists from Heidelberg University (Germany) and the University of St Andrews (Scotland) have demonstrated electrical generation of hybrid light-matter particles, so-called exciton-polaritons, by using field-effect transistors with semiconducting carbon nanotubes integrated in optical micro-cavities.
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Ultrasensitive DNA quantification by light scatteringTraces of biomolecules such as DNA can be detected with a new "dynamic" technique based on the observation of association and dissociation events of gold nanoparticles. If the desired DNA sequence is present, it can reversibly bind two nanoparticles together. This can be detected in real time through a change in light scattering. As reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, this method differenti
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A way to speed up reaction discoveries using automation(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with the University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found a way to automate reaction discoveries, thereby speeding up the process. In their paper published in the journal Science, Konstantin Troshin and John Hartwig describe their process, how well it works, and a discovery they have already made using it.
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'Devil's Ivy' Vulnerability Could Afflict Millions of Internet-Connected Cameras and Card ReadersAn obscure bug in 34 companies' physical secure gadgets could leave them open to hackers.
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Amazon Bursts Blue Apron's Bubble, as the Market Checks Tech's HypeAs Amazon launches a Blue Apron competitor, and Snap's stock plummets, a bubble is deflating.
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New hydrocarbon fuel cells with high efficiency and low costEngineers have developed low cost, high efficiency hydrocarbon fuel cells.
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'Plant cinema' shows the flow of energyNothing works without fuel: plants also depend on fuel for growth and development. In living organisms, fuel comes as the universal energy currency adenosine triphosphate (ATP). An international team of researchers led by the University of Bonn shows how ATP behaves in the different parts of living seedlings and the impact of stress on their fuel status. The results could inform breeding of more r
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Parasite revealed: New insights into dicyemidaResearchers decisively classify marine parasite Dicyemida, yielding new opportunities for understanding parasites and evolution.
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A breakthrough in 'dead layer' of antiferromagnetProfessor WU Wenbin's group from University of Science and Technology of China of Chinese Academy of Sciences made a breakthrough to solve the 'dead layer' effect problem.
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Empowering robots for ethical behaviorScientists at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK have developed a concept called Empowerment to help robots to protect and serve humans, while keeping themselves safe. Rather than trying to make a machine understand complex ethical questions, the concept is based on robots always seeking to keep their options open, and doing the same for the humans around them.
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New research highlights optimal methods for administering children's medicationsNew research published today, conducted by a research team from the University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children's Hospital, aims to help solve the problem of dose optimisation of children's medicines.
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Evolution of the fungus that is devastating wheat cropsWheat blast fungus is a pathogen that has been devastating wheat crops in South America since the mid-1980s and recently caused heavy yield losses in Asia. An international research team has clarified the evolutionary steps that led to the spread of this pathogen.
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Identification of PTPRZ as a drug target for cancer stem cells in glioblastomaThe research group of Professor Masaharu Noda and Researcher Akihiro Fujikawa of the National Institute for Basic Biology (NIBB) showed that the enzymatic activity of PTPRZ is requisite for the maintenance of stem cell properties and tumorigenicity in glioblastoma cells.
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Antibiotic insight may help in battle against bacterial resistanceBacteria or 'superbugs' that have adapted to resist multiple antibiotics are responsible for around 700,000 deaths globally a year; new types of antibiotics are urgently needed.
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A mud volcano has been erupting for 10 years – and scientists are still undecided what caused itThe world's most destructive mud volcano was born near the town of Sidoarjo, on the island of Java, Indonesia, just over 11 years ago – and to this day it has not stopped erupting. The mud volcano known as Lusi started on May 29, 2006, and at its peak disgorged a staggering 180,000 cubic metres of mud every day, burying villages in mud up to 40 metres thick. The worst event of its kind in recorded
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A Wrinkle in Time Defies Disney’s Sequel-Filled Future The colorful, dreamlike imagery of Ava DuVernay’s upcoming adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time was the highlight of this year’s D23 conference, a semi-annual celebration of Disney that included a look at the studio’s upcoming film slate. The Wrinkle trailer was a visual feast, light on plot and heavy on shots of Oprah Winfrey’s outrageously splendid wig, Chris Pine trapped in a surreal orange prison,
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New climate science shows potential for higher sea-level riseA senior scientist from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will discuss the latest climate science, including the potential for higher sea-level rise than previously projected, at ANU on Tuesday.
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Reasons are plentiful for whacking those weedsSummer rains have arrived in southern Arizona, encouraging gardens to grow—and weeds to spring up across the landscape.
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The Ketamine Breakthrough for Suicidal ChildrenInitial research finds fast, dramatic benefits for a vulnerable population -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Scientists Detect Severe Cracks In the Idea of the Gene We're at risk of mistaking the music for the piano in using a “jump to the gene” approach to biology. It's time for a more fitting view of genes to evolve. Read More
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This noise can alter how you perceive your fingers An unrelated sound can change how we perceive our own bodies, research shows. More specifically, hearing an ascending sound while pulling your own finger can make you think your finger is longer than it is. “Just like how cartoons will play a rising-pitch sound effect to illustrate something being stretched, we found that playing a rising pitch while people pull on their finger can give people th
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The death of smoking: how tobacco will be eradicated for goodSmoking rates have been slowly falling in Western countries for decades. Soon, the habit could be wiped out, without even having to ban it
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Deep blue carbon storageScientists at USC and Caltech have accelerated a normally slow, natural chemical reaction, by a factor of 500, which could store and neutralize carbon in the deepest recesses of the ocean without harming coral or other organisms.
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Earlier blood testing for iron deficiency, anemia recommended for young womenPhysicians should consider blood testing of female adolescents for iron deficiency within a few years of starting menses, according to two studies by Penn State College of Medicine researchers.
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Epilepsy biomarkers pave way for noninvasive diagnosis, better treatmentsResearchers have identified a unique metabolic signature associated with epileptic brain tissue that causes seizures.
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UTA mechanical engineer publishes findings that show brain damage that could occur from blast-induced cavitationAshfaq Adnan, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, and his postdoctoral associate Yuan Ting Wu recently published research findings in Nature's Scientific Reports revealing that if battlefield blasts may cause cavitation in the brain's perineuronal nets, which, in turn, may collapse and cause neuronal damage.
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The glass transition caught in the actChanges in a liquid as it becomes a glass are related to repulsion between atoms as they are crowded together. Although scientists have long believed the poorly understood glass transition must have atomic underpinnings, this is the first time they have been demonstrated experimentally.
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Image of the Day: Cortical Lightning StormNeurons in a mouse model of autism consistently fire in response to whisker agitation.
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Most of Human Genome Nonfunctional: StudyAn estimate derived from fertility rates concludes that at least 75 percent of our DNA has no critical utility.
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Users Report Incredibly Scary OnePlus 5 911 Bug Adam Clark Estes / Gizmodo Do not try this at home. Concerned OnePlus 5 users have been reporting online that they’re having difficulties making 911 calls. It’s unclear if all OnePlus 5 models suffer from the same troubling glitch, but at least three users have claimed to have the bug on their device. Owners of the new phone posted on Reddit that every time they try to call 911, their device will
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How changing your diet could save animals from extinctionTransforming large swaths of the tropics into farmland could render almost one-third of wildlife there extinct, new research suggests.
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Study: Eating at 'wrong time' affects body weight, circadian rhythmsA new high-precision feeding system for lab mice reinforces the idea that the time of day food is eaten is more critical to weight loss than the amount of calories ingested.
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Counter-terrorism measures permanently reduce international trade, study saysEnhanced counter-terrorism measures help to protect lives, but unfortunately also reduce trade, our study shows. The costs of increased security measures are also not shared equally. While some costs are passed onto consumers, exporters and importers often bear the higher costs.
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Fresh Rumors About the Spider-Man Villains Coming to Silver and Black Black Adam might not be in the Shazam movie after all. Rian Johnson debunks a Last Jedi rumor. Kevin Feige has an update on the Fantastic Four’s movie future. There’s another clue for the title of the next American Horror Story season. Plus, new looks at Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Netflix’s Death Note . Spoilers! Silver and Black That Hashtag Show reports the film’s main villain will be Mend
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Life on Earth Came from a Hot Volcanic Pool, Not the Sea, New Evidence SuggestsDeep oceans were thought to hold life's origins. New evidence points instead to an active volcanic landscape -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Camaro goes nuclear: Chevrolet escalates the muscle car war We live in strange times. At one end of the automotive universe right now are pure electric cars rapidly approaching mainstream usability for anyone within a conventional gas tank's distance of a latte. Development of autonomous cars is plainly visible. Pickup trucks outsell everything in America and yet, there's still an appetite for 650 horsepower (485kW) track-day weapons. Chevy's new Camaro Z
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How giant atoms may help catch gravitational waves from the Big BangThere was a lot of excitement last year when the LIGO collaboration detected gravitational waves, which are ripples in the fabric of space itself. And it's no wonder – it was one of the most important discoveries of the century. By measuring gravitational waves from intense astrophysical processes like merging black holes, the experiment opens up a completely new way of observing and understanding
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As another smog season looms, India must act to keep Delhi from gasping"Smog chokes Delhi", declared the the New York Times on November 7 2016, informing readers around the world that contaminating particulates in the air in the Indian capital had "soared in some places to…more than 16 times the limit India's government considers safe."
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'Splatoon 2' Review: Nintendo's Inkstained Shooter Is Great, But It's Not Exactly NewThe Switch sequel to Nintendo's popular Wii U game is great—but if you've played the first one, you're in for deja vu.
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Why has healthcare become such a target for cyber-attackers?More than 16m patient records were stolen from healthcare organisations in the US and related parties in 2016. That year, healthcare was the fifth most targeted industry when it came to cyber-attacks. And earlier this year, Britain's National Health Service was crippled by a ransomware attack that locked up the computers holding many of its records and booking systems.
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These bacteria may nudge colorectal cancer to spread A subspecies of the bacterium Streptococcus gallolyticus appears to actively promote the development of colorectal cancer—a finding that could lead to potential treatment strategies. Colorectal cancer is fairly treatable when caught early with regular screenings, but it is still the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in American men and the third-leading cause in women. Scientists have
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$99 Headset Could Be Augmented Reality’s First True Chance at a Mass MarketIts success will depend mostly on the kind of content that developers create.
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Security guard robot ends it all by throwing itself into a watery grave Enlarge (credit: Bilal Farooqui ) The automation revolution, where most of our jobs are replaced by robots and we spend the rest of our days floating around on rubber rings sipping piña coladas, has hit a snag: a Knightscope K5 security bot appears to have fallen down some stairs and drowned itself in a water feature. The scene, which took place at the mixed-use Washington Harbour development in
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Estrogen therapy may prevent gum disease in women over 50Treatment for osteoporosis may also help prevent gum disease, according to new University at Buffalo research that examined the prevalence of periodontitis in postmenopausal women.
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New hydrocarbon fuel cells with high efficiency and low costSouth Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has introduced low cost, high efficiency hydrocarbon fuel cells.
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The worms that changed the worldIn the shallow waters of a sea in northern China 500 million years ago, a dazzling new array of creatures was swimming: part of an explosion of animal diversity that would forever change the course of life on Earth.
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Field trials show that new catalyst material for electrolysers is reliableEfficient storage technologies are necessary if solar and wind energy is to help satisfy increased energy demands. One important approach is storage in the form of hydrogen extracted from water using solar or wind energy. This process takes place in a so-called electrolyser. Thanks to a new material developed by researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and Empa, these devices are likely to b
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Gene increases the severity of common coldsResearchers funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) have discovered mutations that worsen respiratory infections among children. Their study explain the mechanism involved.
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Is Lip-Synching a Form of Cheating? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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How British anxiety about European advances created a scientific prize | Rebekah Higgitt Behind the Royal Society’s prestigious Royal Medals, whose 2017 winners were announced today, is a 200-year-old story of Britain’s fear of scientific decline in the face of international competition The Royal Society today announced a slew of medal and award winners. I wrote previously about the curious history of the Society’s oldest prize medal, awarded earlier this year, but today press focus
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New bacterial defense mechanism of the CRISPR-Cas system uncoveredResearchers led by Martin Jinek of the University of Zurich have found an unprecedented mechanism by which bacteria defend themselves against invading viruses. When the bacterial immune system gets overwhelmed, the CRISPR-Cas system produces a chemical signal that activates a second enzyme which helps in degrading the invaders' genetic material. This process is very similar to an antiviral mechani
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Sex-linked supergene controls sperm size, shape and swimming speed in birdsThe size and swimming speed of sperm are controlled by a single supergene in birds, according to a new study by the University of Sheffield.
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Just one small step for Australia's space industry when a giant leap is neededAn expert review of the Australian space industry's capabilities to participate in a global market was announced last week by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Arthur Sinodinos. He said the aim is to "develop a long-term plan to grow this important and exciting sector" and report in March 2018.
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Ethanol to gas switch boosts tiny pollution particles When high ethanol prices pushed drivers in São Paulo, Brazil to switch to filling up with gasoline, the concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometers in diameter increased by one-third, research suggests. Environmental protection agencies across the world currently do not measure or regulate particles of this size, which studies have shown to be harmful to human health. “We studied
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Custom fit earphones: Audio nirvana or a waste of money? Enlarge (credit: Mark Walton) In recent years, the humble earbud has fallen out of fashion in favour of the headphone—and with good reason. Headphones offer a sizeable upgrade over their compact counterparts, which often come bundled with smartphones and music players and offer miserable, if at least listenable, sound quality. Good headphones have more bass (a typical inadequacy of cheap earbuds)
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The uncertain future of genetic testing Enlarge (credit: Catherine Losing for Mosaic) Bringing genetics into medicine will lead to more accuracy, better diagnosis, and personalised treatment—but not for all. For Mosaic, Carrie Arnold meets families for whom gene testing has led only to unanswered questions. This article was first published by Wellcome on Mosaic , and it's republished here under a Creative Commons licence. AnneMarie Cic
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Formula E: Det oversete alternativ til Formel 1 i KøbenhavnDe elektriske motor Grand Prix-løb levner masser af spillerum til ingeniør-talent, vilde (fejl)sats og markerer en helt ny æra i motorsporten. Her er fem gode grunde til at vælge det miljøvenlige alternativ til Formel 1 i København.
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Antibiotic insight may help in battle against bacterial resistanceBacteria or 'superbugs' that have adapted to resist multiple antibiotics are responsible for around 700,000 deaths globally a year; new types of antibiotics are urgently needed.
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Your Favorite Jane Austen Lines “There are too many favourites,” begins the very first response to my callout for favorite Jane Austen lines , from Gillian in Ontario. Readers shared an admirable assortment of them: wisecracks and ironic turns of phrase, expressions of affection, assertions of independence and strength, small bits of wisdom. They drew their selections from a motley array of books and characters, ranging from th
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Donald Trump and the Danger of 'Adhocracy' “His favorite technique was to keep grants of authority incomplete, jurisdictions uncertain, charters overlapping. The result of this competitive theory of administration was often confusion and exasperation on the operating level.” You could be forgiven for assuming this comment referred to Donald Trump, the 45th occupant of the Oval Office. But you would be wrong. It was rendered by Arthur Schl
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BB-8 Flies? Adorable Japanese Drone Ball Tours Space StationSpace watchers have seen footballs, mini-soccer balls and water balls float through the International Space Station — but never a drone ball. New footage of a Japanese robot on YouTube shows it hovering and skittering around the Destiny laboratory.
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Europæere er uvidende om klimaforandringernes effektEn stor undersøgelse blandt 10.000 europæere viser, at mange tror, havmiljøet har det værre, end det reelt ser ud.
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Doubts about upward mobility can derail schoolwork New research suggests high school and college students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds have less drive to overcome academic hardships when they harbor doubts about the odds of people with similar backgrounds achieving upward economic mobility. Three new studies extend previous research demonstrating that low-SES students who see education as a viable path to upward mobility are mo
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Why the Most Powerful Treatment for Diabetes Turns Out to Be SurgerySurgery that shortens intestines gets rid of the illness, and new evidence shows the gut—not simply insulin—may be responsible -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Bizarre Hammerhead Worm with a 'Mustache' Captured on VideoA Facebook user in Malaysia captured images of a worm with a head like a mustache.
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House GOP Budget Plan Cuts Medicare and Social Security On Tuesday, House Republicans released a 2018 budget plan that would make cuts to Medicare and Social Security, despite President Trump’s campaign pledge to keep those entitlement programs intact. The proposal calls for more than $200 billion in cuts to mandatory programs . It also serves “as a vehicle for changing taxes,” CNN reports , which is “the primary legislative focus of the 2018 budget.”
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The Summer of Misreading Thucydides This year is the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love,” those months in 1967 when a hundred thousand hippies convened in Haight-Ashbury. Flower children held a Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park, and Timothy Leary coined the phrase “turn on, tune in, drop out.” It was the heyday of the counterculture, now enjoying nostalgic celebration here in the city by the bay. Across the country in our nation
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Will the U.S. Return Russia's Diplomatic Compounds? Updated at 10:56 a.m. ET Russia said two Russian diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland seized by the Obama administration in retaliation for Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election are no closer to being returned after talks Monday in Washington—and warned of a strong response. “We came up with a number of ideas on how to achieve a visible and tangible improvement in relations. This al
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UK government wants only 12 per cent of adults to smoke by 2022Smoking is already down to 15.5 per cent of adults in England, but the government wants to go further, and is also targeting a teenage smoking rate of 3 per cent
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Fracking pollution stays in waterways long after the fracking is done Environment Do you have to let it linger? The waste lingers. Read on.
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Genetic study reveals ancestry of Madagascar people(Phys.org)—A large team of researchers from France, Madagascar, Indonesia, Germany and Australia has conducted a genetic study of the native people that live on Madagascar. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group outlines their study, which involved obtaining genetic material from people across the island and what their analysis efforts revealed.
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Gaze Upon the Mother Shrimp That Punches Its Enemies to DeathIt's colorful. It's feisty. And you don't want to mess with it.
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Vintage Scifi Mag Galaxy Available For Free Online 1950s covers from Galaxy magazine, now available for free at Archive.org Galaxy magazine was a pulpy, science fiction paradise from 1950 to 1980, publishing some of the most important futuristic voices of the 20th century—to say nothing of the amazing cover illustrations. And you can read hundreds of issues from its heyday online, all thanks to Archive.org . The magazines have been online for a f
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Plug In All of the Things To Amazon's APC Gold Box Deals APC Gold Box There’s no such thing as having enough power outlets, and today’s Amazon Gold Box has great deals on four APC products to keep your devices plugged in and powered on. Inside , you’ll find two versions of the reader-favorite SurgeArrest surge protector (both of which include USB Ports), plus two small UPS units, that can keep your computer, networking gear, and more juiced up during a
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Three tricks for staving off hunger in a survival situation DIY How to keep going when you're running out of food. How to keep going when you're running out of food. Read on.
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Physicists determine how a promising lead-free material worksScientists seeking lead-free materials for use in sensors, actuators and ultrasonic motors have recently focused their efforts on a type of ceramic commonly referred to as BCZT. New research by physicists at the University of Arkansas sheds light on how this material works, providing insights that may result in other lead-free materials being developed as well.
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Prenatal test spots genetic anomalies linked to miscarriageA fetal test for Down’s syndrome has been extended to chromosomal anomalies across the whole genome. The test may help prepare parents for difficult pregnancies
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Why It's a Bad Idea to Tell Students Words Are Violence Of all the ideas percolating on college campuses these days, the most dangerous one might be that speech is sometimes violence. We’re not talking about verbal threats of violence, which are used to coerce and intimidate, and which are illegal and not protected by the First Amendment. We’re talking about speech that is deemed by members of an identity group to be critical of the group, or speech t
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NASA Unveils New Maps of Pluto, Moon Charon for Flyby AnniversaryOn the two-year anniversary of the New Horizons probe's flyby of Pluto, mission scientists unveiled two detailed global maps of the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon.
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Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second ActGoogle Glass flopped. Then Alphabet realized that the future of wearables was in factories and warehouses. Welcome to Google Glass 2.0.
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The First Alexa Phone Gets Amazon Even Closer to Total DominationPutting Alexa on the HTC U11 is a small step, but it gives Amazon new footing in the voice revolution.
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Nike Fe/Nom: Your New Favorite Sports Bra Is Made From Fancy FlyknitThe high-tech fabric found on Nike's running shoes makes the perfect material for a soft, supportive sports bra.
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Kotlin: the Upstart Coding Language Conquering Silicon ValleyThe story behind the new language making coders smile
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The West Is on Fire. Blame the Housing CrisisYou can blame climate change for all those wildfires, but don't forget another factor: We love to build on the edge of wildlands.
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Cyclops and Dragon Tongues: How Real Fossils Inspired Giant MythsThroughout history, the bones of extinct giant animals were mistaken for the bones of giant humans.
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Harnessing light to drive chemical reactionsAn exotic interaction between light and metal can be harnessed to make chemical reactions more sustainable, but the physics behind it has been widely debated in the field.
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Islands of cooperating atoms jam like ice floes as a liquid becomes like glassWe learn in school that matter comes in three states: solid, liquid and gas. A bored and clever student (we've all met one) then sometimes asks whether glass is a solid or a liquid.
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New breakthrough discovery—every quantum particle travels backwardsMathematicians at the Universities of York, Munich and Cardiff have identified a unique property of quantum mechanical particles – they can move in the opposite way to the direction in which they are being pushed.
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Cameras with inbuilt detective skills to catch rural criminalsSmart cameras hidden in the countryside could soon help police fight back against rural crime and finally bring down secret smuggling routes.
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Mighty T. rex 'walked rather than sprinted'New research suggests the dinosaur could go no faster than a very brisk walking pace.
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California votes to extend cap-and-trade climate law to 2030Legislators vote to extend a programme that charges firms for releasing pollutants to the year 2030.
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Scottish osprey chicks moved to SpainThe birds were collected under licence for translocation to a part of Spain where they have not bred for years.
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Scientists marvel at creatures' 'precise' body clockScientists studied zooplankton found in a Scottish loch to better understand their behaviour.
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Wait a Minute, How Big is that Iceberg? Comparing NYC to Luxembourg, by way of iceberg A-68 Read More
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The 'Game of Thrones' Body Count Is Barbarically RealisticTurns out, George R.R. Martin isn't far off.
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The Atlantic Promotes Matt Thompson to Executive Editor and Adrienne LaFrance to Editor of TheAtlantic.com The Atlantic announced today the promotions of Matt Thompson and Adrienne LaFrance to two of the company’s top editorial positions. Matt Thompson , the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com, moves into a new role as executive editor overseeing all cross-platform projects, and staff writer Adrienne LaFrance is the new editor of TheAtlantic.com. The moves were announced today by The Atlantic’s editor in
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Buzz of drones is more annoying than any other kind of vehicleNASA study suggests that the noise from delivery drones will be more irritating than any other delivery method, regardless of how quietly they fly
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

New hydrocarbon fuel cells with high efficiency and low costSouth Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has introduced new low cost, high efficiency hydrocarbon fuel cells.
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Scientific American Content: Global

Is Guaranteed Income for All the Answer to Joblessness and Poverty?Experts disagree, but a number of experiments could offer insight -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Ingeniøren

Tesla afviser beskyldninger om ny autopilot-ulykkeEn Tesla-ejer har skabt tvivl om, om han selv eller bilens autopilot kørte bilen af vejen i en ulykke søndag. Nu trækker han sin beskyldning tilbage.
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Australian Politician Who Went Viral For Breastfeeding in Parliament Resigns Over Canadian Citizenship Screenshot: Larissa Waters breastfeeds in Australian Parliament in May 2017 Australian Senator Larissa Waters recently went viral after she made history by becoming the first woman to breastfeed in the country’s Parliament. But Waters resigned today after it was revealed that she has dual citizenship in Australia and Canada, a breach of Australia’s constitution for sitting senators. Waters, a mem
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Research offers new hope for gender equity in STEM fieldsMen continue to be much more likely to earn a degree in STEM fields than women, despite efforts made over the last few decades. New research from Cornell's Center for the Study of Inequality (CSI) on fields of environmental study offers unexpected hope in closing this gender gap.
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Fused imaging reveals sixth-century writing hidden inside bookbindingAfter being hidden for centuries, the secrets within medieval manuscripts might soon come to light.
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Science : NPR

Researchers Examine When People Are More Susceptible To Fake News Whether people consume news in a social setting or alone can affect how likely they are to fact-check. Research suggests people let their guard down when they're in groups and become less skeptical. (Image credit: NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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The Atlantic

Republicans Aren't Turning on Trump—They're Turning on Each Other The House is mad at the Senate. The Senate is mad at the House. Various factions in the House and Senate are mad at each other or mad at their leaders. Republican lawmakers have yet to turn on President Trump in any meaningful way. But they’re starting to turn on each other. On Monday, the Republicans’ tortured health-care effort hit a seemingly permanent snag. But that was only the latest blow;
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The Atlantic

Why So Many Democrats Are Embracing Single-Payer Health Care Since losing the White House last year, a growing number of Democrats in Congress have embraced the idea of universal, single-payer health care, setting up an inevitable confrontation between the liberal and centrist wings of the party over its future. Emboldened by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat, and the Republican effort to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, pro
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Did life begin on land rather than in the sea?For three years, Tara Djokic, a Ph.D. student at the University of New South Wales Sydney, scoured the forbidding landscape of the Pilbara region of Western Australia looking for clues to how ancient microbes could have produced the abundant stromatolites that were discovered there in the 1970s.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Conservation work is helping to protect our precious moorlandWork to protect the iconic moorland of the Peak District and South Pennines is having a positive and statistically significant effect on the environment, research recently launched by The University of Manchester and the Moors for the Future Partnership has confirmed.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Robot can inspect water or gas pipes from the inside to find leaks long before they become catastrophicAccess to clean, safe water is one of the world's pressing needs, yet today's water distribution systems lose an average of 20 percent of their supply because of leaks. These leaks not only make shortages worse but also can cause serious structural damage to buildings and roads by undermining foundations.
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Wired

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial ImmortalityFor months, he recorded his dying father's life story. Then he used it to re-create his dad as an AI.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Chlorine dioxide pouches can make produce safer and reduce spoilageAgricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in Florida are helping a company develop a small plastic pouch designed to make produce safer. The pouch releases chlorine dioxide gas, which eliminates Escherichia coli bacteria and other pathogens from the surfaces of fruits and vegetables.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Bottom-trawling techniques leave different traces on the seabedFishing fleets around the world rely on nets towed along the bottom to capture fish. Roughly one-fifth of the fish eaten globally are caught by this method, known as bottom trawling, which has been criticized for its effects on the marine environment.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Scientists 'resurrect' ancient proteins to provide clues about molecular innovationEnzyme activity is determined by the structure of a particular region of a protein called the active site. The generation of completely new active sites capable of enzyme catalysis is, arguably, one of the most fundamental unsolved problems in molecular biology.
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Neutron beam from nuclear reactor used to produce safer carsA partnership led by WMG at the University of Warwick, with the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), Tata Steel, and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) is using a stream of neutrons from ILL's nuclear reactor in a new project to examine the safety critical welds in cars made with boron steel.
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Ingeniøren

Sådan afstresser du fra din kontorstol Der er flere tricks til at slippe for stress og slappe mere af i hverdagen – også selv om du sidder ved et skrivebord. https://karriere.jobfinder.dk/da/artikel/saadan-afstresser-du-din-kontorstol-8813 Emner Arbejdsmarked Jobfinder
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Researchers develop a novel type of optical fiber that preserves the properties of lightScientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) and international collaborators have developed a new type of optical fiber that has an extremely large core diameter and preserves the coherent properties of light. The paper was published in the journal Optics Express. The results of the study are promising for constructing high-power pulsed fiber lasers and amplifiers, as well
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

New technology for producing porous aluminumA new technology of producing an unsinkable aluminum alloy was developed at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU). Porosity is produced by the addition of foaming gas into liquid aluminum during re-melting. The porous materials can increase stiffness and sound and heat insulating proprieties, according to the SPbPU's Media-center.
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California extends tough climate policy measures to 2030California legislators late Monday approved extending the state's tough measures to fight climate change to 2030, a major victory for Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
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Fires rage on Adriatic coastFirefighters in Montenegro and Croatia battled Tuesday to douse wildfires on the Adriatic coast and managed to control the blaze on the outskirts of Split, Croatia's second largest city.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Ericsson plans more cost cuts as shares plunge after poor Q2Ericsson shares have plunged by around 10 percent after the Swedish mobile networks company reported a second-quarter loss with sales falling 8 percent, mainly due to lower software demand. It also warned of further hard times ahead with further cost cuts.
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Nyheder - Forskning - Videnskab

Ny forskning spår lys fremtid for biologisk bekæmpelseBiologisk bekæmpelse er et lovende alternativ til pesticider, og forskningen kommer tættere...
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EurekAlert! - Breaking News

Study reveals ways in which cells feel their surroundingsResearchers used computer modeling to show how cells can feel their way through their surroundings, for example, when a tumor cell invades a new tissue or organ.
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One amino acid, a whale of a differenceA single amino-acid variation in a key receptor in whales may help explain why some species of cetaceans evolved sleek, muscular bodies to hunt fish and seals, while others grow to massive sizes by filter-feeding on large volumes of plankton, an international research team has found.
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Scientists 'resurrect' ancient proteins to provide clues about molecular innovationA growing body of research on the use of ancestral protein resurrection has been published in recent years to address a variety of issues on protein evolution and protein engineering. Scientists have demonstrated the high potential of this evolutionary approach to endow new activities into ancient enzymes. Specifically, the study suggests a mechanism for the emergence of primordial enzymes and sho
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How blood vessels slow down and accelerate tumor growthScientists from the German Cancer Research Center and Heidelberg University have discovered a new mechanism that causes faster sprouting of blood vessels. Cells of a specific type called pericytes, which are attached to the outside of fine blood vessels, are involved in this process. If a particular protein molecule is switched off, this leads to the formation of significantly more, albeit immatur
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One amino acid, a whale of a differenceA single amino-acid variation in a key receptor in whales may help explain why some species of cetaceans evolved sleek, muscular bodies to hunt fish and seals, while others grow to massive sizes by filter-feeding on large volumes of plankton, an international research team has found.
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Study reveals ways in which cells feel their surroundingsCells push out tiny feelers to probe their physical surroundings, but how much can these tiny sensors really discover? A new study led by Princeton University researchers and colleagues finds that the typical cell's environment is highly varied in the stiffness or flexibility of the surrounding tissue, and that to gain a meaningful amount of information about its surroundings, the cell must move a
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27 Phase III and 8 Phase II Alzheimer's drugs on track to launch in next 5 yearsTwenty-seven Alzheimer's drugs in Phase III clinical trials and eight drugs in Phase II clinical trials may launch in the next five years, according to a revised Alzheimer's pipeline analysis presented today at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) by ResearchersAgainstAlzheimer's (RA2), an UsAgainstAlzheimer's network.
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The Atlantic

How John McCain’s Brain Became 'Fake News' A blood clot in John McCain’s head has caused confusion, not necessarily on the part of the senator. On Saturday evening, multiple news organizations reported that McCain had been hospitalized for removal of a blood clot “above his left eye.” This was based on a statement from McCain’s office, which said he “underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.” The phrasing was a
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Japanese engineers develop headset-less VR systemA virtual reality "space ride" in which viewers feel as if they are flying through the air inside a giant glass ball has been developed in Japan.
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Reversing fetal alcohol damage after birthTwo commonly used drugs erased the learning and memory deficits caused by fetal alcohol exposure when the drugs were given after birth, thus potentially identifying a treatment for the disorder, reports a new study. The scientists also newly identified a key molecular mechanism by which alcohol neurologically and developmentally harms the developing fetus.
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Low-dose diazepam can increase social competitivenessEPFL scientists have discovered how low-dose anxiolytics increase the social competitiveness of high-anxious individuals by boosting the energy output of mitochondria in an area of the mammalian brain that controls motivation and reward.
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People with dementia benefit from goal-oriented therapyA large-scale trial led by the University of Exeter, presented at the international Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 on Tuesday, July 18, has found that cognitive rehabilitation leads to people seeing satisfying progress in areas that enable them to maintain their functioning and independence.
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Ingeniøren

Ti Nordsø-millioner uddeles til miljøvenlig olieproduktionI forlængelse af Nordsøaftalen kan virksomheder og universiteter frem til 6. oktober søge om at få del i de første 10 ud af 100 mio. kr. afsat til forskning i miljøvenlig og energieffektiv produktion af olie og gas.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

World's northernmost coral reef in Japan bleachedBleaching has damaged the world's northernmost coral reef in Japan, a researcher said Tuesday, the latest example of a global phenomenon scientists have attributed to high ocean temperatures.
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Michael Dell takes long view with 'Dell 2.0'His first company became the world's largest maker of personal computers. Now Michael Dell says he is building a broader technology firm with similar ambitions.
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Scientists unlock planthoppers' potential to control future crop disease outbreaksResearchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Zoology have discovered how a severe rice virus reproduces inside the small brown planthopper, a major carrier of the virus.
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Qualcomm CEO sees settlement with AppleQualcomm chief executive Steve Mollenkopf said on Monday the chipmaker's legal war with Apple is about defending his company's business model, but predicted an eventual out-of-court settlement.
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Helping EU cities and regions cut carbon emissionsIn 1915, a Scottish town planner and social activist named Patrick Geddes encouraged the readers of his book on "Cities in Evolution" to think about the big picture when planning on a local level.
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'Peculiar' radio signals emerge from nearby starSome very "peculiar signals" have been noticed coming from a star just 11 light-years away, scientists in Puerto Rico say.
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EurekAlert! - Breaking News

Scientists unlock planthoppers' potential to control future crop disease outbreaksResearchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Zoology have discovered how a severe rice virus reproduces inside the small brown planthopper, a major carrier of the virus.
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Two Iranians charged in US over hacking defense materialsTwo Iranians were indicted Monday in the United States with hacking a defense contractor and stealing sensitive software used to design bullets and warheads, according to the Justice Department.
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Samsung to recover rare metals, components in Galaxy Note 7sSamsung Electronics plans to recover gold and other metals and components from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to reduce waste.
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Selling $600 frogs—to save them from poachersPoachers in Ecuador have long known the hefty prices their country's rare frogs can fetch. But now environmentally conscious firms are starting to sell the amphibians too—to try to save them from the black market and threatened extinction.
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Science-Based Medicine

Most Patients Get No Benefit from Most DrugsSome people are reluctant to take statins because they don't benefit the majority of patients who take them. Actually, most drugs don't benefit most of the patients who take them. Since we have no way of identifying those who will benefit, we are stuck treating the many to benefit the few.
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Science | The Guardian

UK cancer survival rates lag behind those of other European countries – study Experts highlight need for earlier diagnosis and improved access to treatments, as figures show UK healthcare spend is lower than the European average Cancer survival rates in the UK continue to lag behind those of other European countries, research suggests, with experts flagging the need for earlier diagnosis and improved access to treatments. The report is the latest to highlight the problem,
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Futurity.org

Fracking waste may pollute water for years Researchers have found that the polluting effects of releasing treated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing (fracking) may last much longer than previously thought. According to the US Energy Information Administration, hydraulic fracturing accounted for more than one-half of US oil production and two-thirds of US gas production in 2015. That percentage is expected to rise as more states begin to
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Ingeniøren

Poul-Henning Kamp: Krypto-begejstring kan resultere i mindre online-privatliv Begejstring for kryptering kan ende med at betyde, at kraftig kryptering bliver svækket ved lov, mener Poul-Henning Kamp. https://www.version2.dk/artikel/poul-henning-kamp-https-hele-vil-tvinge-regeringerne-at-reagere-1078454 Emner It-sikkerhed Version2
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Science | The Guardian

‘We are all mutants now’: the trouble with genetic testing With so many unknowns in our DNA, using genetics in medical testing doesn’t always bring the answers – sometimes it brings only doubt. By Carrie Arnold AnneMarie Ciccarella, a fast-talking 57-year-old brunette with more than a hint of a New York accent, thought she knew a lot about breast cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with the disease in 1987, and several other female relatives also developed
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The Atlantic

Trump Threatens Venezuela With Sanctions In a statement released Monday night, President Trump threatened to impose economic sanctions on Venezuela should the nation’s president, Nicolas Maduro, follow through on his pledge to create a “constituent assembly” capable of rewriting Venezuela’s constitution. The warning comes a day after more than 7 million Venezuelans participated in a symbolic referendum vote to reject Maduro’s plan, whic
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Science | The Guardian

Neil deGrasse Tyson: fighting science denial starts with people, not politicians The astrophysicist talks about alien life, sci-fi and why he believes Australians shouldn’t get stuck in traffic Albert Einstein has been called many things: a genius, a pioneer, a Nobel prize winner. Neil deGrasse Tyson just calls him a badass. “I think it fits, right? It’s not a stretch,” he tells Guardian Australia before his appearance in Melbourne on Saturday night. “The dude’s a badass.” Co
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Individualistic practices and values increasing around the worldIndividualism is thought to be on the rise in Western countries, but new research suggests that increasing individualism may actually be a global phenomenon. The findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, show that increasing socioeconomic development is an especially strong predictor of increasing individualistic practices and values in a
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Obese and overweight less likely to consider next meal when making portion size decisionsUniversity of Bristol researchers have found that people with obesity tend to ignore how long it will be until the next meal when choosing how much to eat. In a study designed see if people consider the time interval between two meals when selecting portion sizes, the researchers found that lean people generally do
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One minute of running per day associated with better bone health in womenA single minute of exercise each day is linked to better bone health in women, new research shows.
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Estrogen in the brain prevents obesity and glucose intolerance during menopause in lab animal studyResearchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have found that adding estrogen in the brain may improve health in obese females after menopause.The study conducted by Christina Estrada, a doctoral candidate in the UC psychology graduate program in the laboratory of Matia Solomon, PhD, an Associate Professor in the UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, used surgically-induced m
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Replacing a palatable high-fat diet with low fat food causes withdrawal-like symptoms in miceResearchers have found that mice fed a palatable high-fat diet experience stress responses that resemble drug withdrawal when their food is switched to a low-fat diet. A study conducted by Dr. Steve Fordahl, currently at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Dr. Sara Jones at Wake Forest School of Medicine, identified brain changes in the dopamine neurotransmitter system caused by st
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Benefits of gastric bypass surgery linked to changes in sweet taste preferenceWorldwide, the number of patients struggling with obesity is rapidly increasing in both adults and children. Diet and exercise are the mainstays of treatment for obesity, but have limited effectiveness. While bariatric surgery can produce sustained and significant weight loss for most patients, not all patients experience similar benefits.
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Study shows language development starts in the wombA month before they are born, fetuses carried by American mothers-to-be can distinguish between someone speaking to them in English and Japanese.Using non-invasive sensing technology from the University of Kansas Medical Center for the first time for this purpose, a group of researchers from KU's Department of Linguistics has shown this in-utero language discrimination. Their study published in th
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New combination of anti-obesity drugs may have beneficial effectsResearch conducted in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has revealed that a unique combination of hormone-based drugs can produce enhanced weight loss in laboratory tests with obese animals. The research is to be presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the foremost society for research into all aspects of
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Does exercise facilitate body weight control? The answer may depend on sexHealthcare practitioners regularly prescribe diet and exercise as a method for patients to lose weight. But exercise might not be equally effective in males and females, according to new research conducted at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus.In a study conducted in rats, graduate student Rebecca Foright fed both male and female rats a high fat diet and then trained half of them
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Helping EU cities and regions cut carbon emissionsA series of first-ever maps shows regional-scale differences in carbon footprints in the EU. The maps can help guide local and regional policies designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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Restaurant placemats can help promote healthy eating among childrenPlacemats can be used to encourage children to eat healthier food in restaurants, according to a new study by the University at Buffalo and Independent Health Foundation.Researchers used the dining accessory, known mostly for quirky games and local business advertisements, as a tool to promote healthier menu options in fun and engaging ways.
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New on MIT Technology Review

The Startup Behind NYC’s Plan to Replace Phone Booths with 7,500 Connected KiosksIntersection, which is funded by Alphabet, hopes they could someday guide autonomous vehicles, too.
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Ars Technica

Appeals court OKs secrecy of FBI national security data requests Enlarge (credit: Saul Gravy, Getty Images) A federal appeals court is giving the Federal Bureau of Investigation a big boost when it comes to secretly investigating national security affairs. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld federal rules prohibiting companies from promptly disclosing to customers that the FBI is demanding a user's private data with a National Security Letter
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Ingeniøren

Et Apple-opvarmet Viborg har lange udsigterEnergi Viborg vil trække 50 MW overskudsvarme fra Apples datacenter til at opvarme byen, men frem mod 2024 vil centrets forbrug næppe overstige godt 20 MW. Derfor kan datacentret langt fra dække viborgensernes varmebehov de kommende år.
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Gizmodo

Extremely Unruly Goat Smashes Office Glass Door, Comes Back for Seconds GIF Gif Source: YouTube A goat that was extremely bored, ornery, or both decided to smash in the front door of polyurethane manufacturer Argonics Inc.’s Colorado office this weekend, and the mystery may have gone unsolved were it not for the company’s surveillance system. Argonics uploaded video to YouTube of the goat’s July 16 rampage on Monday, writing its staff was initially confused to discov
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At This Point, Amazon Can Crush a Company Just By Filing for a Trademark Photo: Getty Amazon is an unstoppable beast, consuming all industries that are ripe for disruption and unfortunate enough to cross its path. On Monday, its latest victim was the struggling food delivery service Blue Apron. Following Amazon’s bombshell announcement of an agreement to acquire the Whole Foods grocery chain for $13.7 billion, stock prices for competitors in the industry have been see
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Gizmodo

A Scientist Goes Mad (With Good Reason) in Weirdly Witty Scifi Short Eddie Image courtesy John Lynch Eddie takes place deep within an otherwise abandoned laboratory, where a struggling scientist has only his shambling, gruesome, zombie-like research subject—the title character—to keep him company. It’s a great set-up, elevated by a wonderfully deadpan tone and some very funny asides. Director and co-writer John Lynch hopes Eddie will serve as a proof-of-concept to make
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Theresa May's Government Announces Plan to Thwart All Porn-Viewing Minors by April 2018 Photo: AP Malfunctioning Dalek and British Prime Minister Theresa May, fresh off of securing the support of the far-right Democratic Unionist Party, has reportedly set a timetable for her government’s plan to force all porn sites operating in the U.K. to check the ages of its users. According to Ars Technica UK , by April 2018, May’s government plans to require all porn sites (including free ones
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Scientific American Content: Global

Flying through a Corpse's CluesForensic entomologists can chemically analyze fly eggs from a corpse, which might speed up detective work. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The Atlantic

After Setbacks, Mitch McConnell Calls for Full Obamacare Repeal Vote Updated at 11:30 p.m. ET Late Monday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for a “repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay” after two Republican defections derailed the latest iteration of his party’s plan to roll back the Affordable Care Act. “Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” McConn
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Gizmodo

This Is How Inception Ends in 2017 GIF Image: Warner Bros. Pictures Regardless of what you think of Inception ’s ambiguous ending, if the film were released in 2017, it’s safe to assume that the final scene with the spinning top would have played out a bit differently—with a much, much more fitting and distracting reveal. By now, we’ve all seen that last, gut-wrenching scene of Christopher Nolan’s Inception : Dominick Cobb (Leonar
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BBC News - Science & Environment

Is there such a thing as 'flying ant day'?We're all used to ants sprouting wings and taking to the air during summer, but is there really such a thing as a "flying ant day"?
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

New light on the secret life of badgersBadgers are more sociable than often thought, with implications for how they transmit disease, new research reveals. Using security tracking technology more commonly used to protect museum artwork, the research has revealed fresh insights into the animals' social behavior.
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New brown dwarf discovered by citizen science projectOne night three months ago, Rosa Castro finished her dinner, opened her laptop, and uncovered a novel object that was neither planet nor star. Therapist by day and amateur astronomer by night, Castro joined the NASA-funded Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 citizen science project when it began in February -- not knowing she would become one of four volunteers to help identify the project's first brown dwa
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Ozone pollution connected to cardiovascular healthExposure to ozone, a risk for impaired lung function, is also connected to health changes that can cause cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, according to a new study of Chinese adults. A new study followed 89 healthy adults living in Changsha City for one year. They showed blood platelet activation and an increase in blood pressure, suggesting a possible me
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Computers helping emergency doctors make better choicesEmbedded clinical decision support in electronic health record decreases use of high-cost imaging in the emergency department, a new article suggests.
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The Atlantic

Jordanian Soldier Receives Life Sentence for Killing U.S. Military Trainers A Jordanian soldier was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for fatally shooting three U.S. military trainers outside an army base in southern Jordan last November. The soldier, 39-year-old Maarik al-Tawaiha, previously pleaded “not guilty,” arguing that a vehicle containing the now-deceased soldiers—Matthew Lewellen, Kevin McEnroe, and James Moriarty—appeared to pose a threat to the base. In J
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Hundred-year-old law on fluid flow overturned by researchEngineers have dispelled a 100-year-old scientific law used to describe how fluid flows through rocks. The discovery could lead to a range of improvements including advances in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). This is where industrial emissions will be captured by CCS technology, before reaching the atmosphere, and safely stored in rock deep underground.
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Science-Based Medicine

Sen. Ron Johnson: Holding the bill funding the FDA hostage unless the cruel sham that is right-to-try is added to itAdvocates claim that "right-to-try" laws help terminally patients by allowing them access to experimental drugs before approval, when, in fact, such laws strip legal and regulatory protections from patients using such drugs and their purpose is actually to undermine and weaken the FDA. Now advocates led by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) are making a new push to pass right-to-try by embedding it in the ve
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New Scientist - News

Rising life expectancy in England has slowed since recessionThe pace of improving life expectancies has halved in England since the global recession began. Austerity cuts to healthcare and social care may be to blame
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Outcomes for long QT syndrome patients treated at specialty center are betterSudden cardiac death, and episodes of fainting and seizures from long QT syndrome are significantly lower than previously thought when patients are diagnosed and treated at a specialty center dedicated to the treatment of genetic heart rhythm diseases, according to research. This is one of the largest studies of long QT syndrome patients -- people who have an inherited heart rhythm condition that
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Depression among young teens linked to cannabis use at 18Young people with chronic or severe forms of depression were at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, found a study looking at the cumulative effects of depression in youth.
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Hospitalizations and cognitive decline in older adultsEmergency and urgent hospitalizations are associated with an increased rate of cognitive decline in older adults, report researchers. The results of their study suggest that hospitalization may be a more of a major risk factor for long-term cognitive decline in older adults than previously recognized.
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One-third of fake images go undetected in recent studyAround one-third of fake images went undetected in a recent study by the University of Warwick, UK.
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BBC News - Science & Environment

Telescopes to reach nine billion light years awayNew radio telescopes far more powerful than any used before aim to shed light on extra terrestrial activity.
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Gizmodo

Scientists Warn Climate Change Could Bring the Dust Bowl Back Out of the History Books A dust storm in April 1935 about to give Stratford, Texas a very bad day. Photo Courtesy NOAA If there’s anything that just about sums up the desperation of the Great Depression in one filthy package, it’s photos of the Dust Bowl, when over-farming resulted in roving dust storms choking large swathes of the Great Plains region. Now, scientists are projecting that climate change could bring those
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Live Science

Duped by Photoshop: People Are Bad at Spotting Fake PhotosA new study shows why so many people can be fooled by doctored images.
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Futurity.org

Should we stress about the massive new iceberg? Earlier this month, an iceberg the size of Delaware broke off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf and floated into the sea. It wasn’t the first time that a chunk of the Larsen shelf had severed, and it probably wasn’t the biggest iceberg ever, but the massive break, and dramatic photos of the 120-mile-long crack that formed it, captured the public’s imagination and made headlines worldwide. The event
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Ars Technica

A brain implant turns “loser” mice into aggressive fighters Enlarge / Could this be the first step toward the Mouse Guard from David Petersen's amazing comic book? (credit: From Mouse Guard, by David Petersen ) It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie about making supersoldiers. Scientists have turned shy, low-ranking mice into aggressive fighters who almost always win in dominance competitions. And they did it by stimulating a part of the
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Gizmodo

Here's Our Best Look at Star Trek: Discovery's New Ship All images: CBS When it comes to Star Trek , the ship is vital. We’ve had the Enterprise . Then the Enterprise. Then a change with a space station in Deep Space Nine . And the Voyager . And then, oh look, Enterprise . And now we can add Discovery to that list. This new poster comes as Star Trek: Discovery prepares to have its very own San Diego Comic-Con panel. We saw bits of the ship last year,
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Gizmodo

This LED Wall Clock Is Like Affordable, Customizable Neon Pinty LED Wall Clock I’ve gone back and forth about posting this LED Wall Clock (and its ecosystem of analogs scattered across Amazon ). When most of the team came over gin drunk and loved it, the debate was settled. This clock has countdown, temperature, date, stop watch, alarm, and timer functionality, and you’ll never use any of it. The remote it ships with is probably repurposed from an old C
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EurekAlert! - Breaking News

Genes account for half of differences in social mobilityA new King's College London study suggests that genes account for nearly 50 per cent of the differences between whether children are socially mobile or not.
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EurekAlert! - Breaking News

'No solid evidence' for biopesticide-diarrhea linkA report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhea in humans, an expert says.
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The Atlantic

The Atlantic Daily: Politics and Privatization What We’re Following ‘That’s Politics’: This, via Twitter, is President Trump’s latest defense of his son Donald Jr.’s controversial meeting on June 9, 2016, with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. The president’s assertion that such cooperation with someone who claimed to represent a foreign government is normal stands in contrast to the comments of more ex
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The Atlantic

Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan Reach a Record High The number of civilians killed in the war in Afghanistan reached a new high during the first six months of 2017, according to a report released Monday by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The report cites a total of 1,662 civilian deaths between January 1 and June 30, marking a two percent increase since last year’s record high. Meanwhile, the number of injured civilians declined
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Live Science

The New 'Doctor': Yes, a Time Lord Can Regenerate As a WomanThe Doctor is in — and for the first time in more than 50 years of "Doctor Who," she's a woman.
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Futurity.org

Smaller solar cells beat rivals in test Researchers have created a concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) system with embedded microtracking that is capable of producing 50 percent more energy per day than the standard silicon solar cells. “Solar cells used to be expensive, but now they’re getting really cheap,” says Chris Giebink, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State. “As a result, the solar cell is no longer the d
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'No solid evidence' for biopesticide-diarrhea linkA report commissioned by EU food regulators wrongly linked a highly effective biopesticide with diarrhoea in humans, an expert says.
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Rare disease clues found in cell's recycling systemScientists have demonstrated how an investigational drug works against a rare, fatal genetic disease, Niemann-Pick type C1 (NPC1). They found that a closely related compound will activate an enzyme, AMPK, triggering a cellular 'recycling' system that helps reduce elevated cholesterol and other accumulated fats in the brains and livers of NPC1 patients, which are hallmarks associated with severe ne
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Key to speeding up carbon sequestration discoveredThe slow part of a chemical reaction that allows carbon to be sequestered in the ocean has now been identified by researchers, who have demonstrated how to speed it up with a common enzyme.
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Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Many new genetic markers for lupus identified in large multi-ethnic studyA large number of new genetic markers that predispose individuals to lupus have been identified by scientists from an international consortium.
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