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Federally subsidized shrubs, grasses crucial to sage grouse survival in WashingtonThe federal program that pays farmers to plant agricultural land with environmentally beneficial vegetation is probably the reason that sage grouse still live in portions of Washington's Columbia Basin.
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400 Fish Released into the Revitalized Bronx RiverThe release of 400 alewife herring marks a significant milestone in a broader river cleanup effort. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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The UAE Drops More Clues About Its Mysterious Plan to Colonize Mars Image: Screen Shot via YouTube/Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center WASHINGTON, D.C.— Earlier this year, the United Arab Emirates’ grabbed the world’s attention when Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced a plan to establish a colony on Mars by 2117. Officials have been relatively mum about the details of the “Mars 2117 Project”—but today, a person helping to lead the endeavor discussed how
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How Building a Wall Can Save a Forest How Building a Wall Can Save a Forest In Ethiopia, churches may hold the key to protecting threatened species. ChurchforestsTop.jpg Forests such as the one pictured here surround many churches in Ethiopia Image credits: Meg Lowman Earth Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 15:00 Teresa L. Carey, Contributor (Inside Science) -- In the highlands of Ethiopia, California Academy of Sciences ecologist Meg Lowman an
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Become a Google Drive power user with these 20 tips and tricks DIY Boost your productivity Google Drive, including Docs, Sheets, and Slides, is one of the best online suites for working on the web. Here's how you can make the most of it.
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Australian Fossils Hint At Where To Search For Life On Mars Scientists say the rocks lend weight to a theory that life on Earth originated, as Darwin wrote, "in some warm little pond" on land, suggesting we should look for it in similar environments on Mars. (Image credit: Courtesy of Tara Djokic)
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‘Baby Louie’ dinosaur identified as a new speciesA fossil embryo known as Baby Louie has been identified as a new species of dinosaur called Beibeilong sinensis.
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Experiments show that a few self-driving cars can dramatically improve traffic flowThe presence of just a few autonomous vehicles can eliminate the stop-and-go driving of the human drivers in traffic, along with the accident risk and fuel inefficiency it causes, according to new research. The finding indicates that self-driving cars and related technology may be even closer to revolutionizing traffic control than previously thought.
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Avastin as effective as Eylea for treating central retinal vein occlusionMonthly eye injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) are as effective as the more expensive drug Eylea (aflibercept) for the treatment of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), according to a clinical trial. After six monthly injections, treatment with either drug improved visual acuity on average from 20/100 to 20/40.
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Most home kitchens in Philadelphia study would earn severe code violationsA pair of studies found that most of the home kitchens in Philadelphia that they examined would get critical code violations if they were judged by the same standards that we hold to the restaurants where we eat.
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Keep Prying Eyes Out of Your Web History With 50% Off TorGuard VPN and Proxy Subscriptions VPNs are in the news these days, and with good reason , so if you want to try one out without breaking the bank, you can save 50% on TorGuard’s already-affordable prices today with promo code TGLifetime50 . TorGuard is a longtime Lifehacker reader favorite , and offers both a full VPN service, plus a cheaper proxy package if you just want to get around location-based restrictions on the web. With
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Turns Out King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Is a Lot Better Than Anyone Expected Charlie Hunnam stars in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. All images: Warner Bros. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword isn’t really about King Arthur. It’s more the origin story of a boy named Arthur, one who will eventually become a king. So it’s fitting that the best parts of the film have nothing to do with swords, kingdoms, knights, or anything like that. King Arthur is primarily a medieval gang
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Slack Doesn't Want People Using It for Romance It was always a long shot. As I wrote last week , the dating app Feeld recently released a bot for the work-chat platform Slack, which alerts users who mutually expressed romantic interest that they liked each other. Despite Feeld’s grandiose claims that using this bot would “ make your organization more human ” by encouraging people not to hide their crushes at work, it seemed unlikely that work
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Victory Day Parade in Moscow Today was observed throughout the former Soviet republics as Victory Day—the 72nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany on May 9, 1945. Thousands of members of Russia's military marched through Moscow's Red Square alongside over 100 pieces of mobile military hardware, while veterans dressed in their medal-festooned uniforms gathered in the streets. The parade was the centerpiece of Russia's m
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Update on popular fish model of developmentAnnual killifish are an excellent animal model for research on interactions between genes and the environment during development. A new article describes the development of one particular South American species of this fish in great detail and updates the classic embryo staging guide developed in 1972.
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Is our social media behavior still influenced by our culture? This is how Finns, Poles and Americans differEven though we think ourselves as global citizens, we still differ in terms of how we behave online and what motivates our behavior online. A new study in the field of international marketing reveals that the cultural values and practices are still very much influencing the way consumers use different social media platforms when engaging with their favorite companies.
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Methane-munching microbes living in the deep biosphere for 400 million years: An analogue for extra-terrestrial lifeIt is becoming more and more appreciated that a major part of the biologic activity is not going on at the ground surface, but is hidden underneath the soil down to depths of several kilometres in an environment coined the "deep biosphere". Studies of life-forms in this energy-poor system have implications for the origin of life on our planet and for how life may have evolved on other planets, whe
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Grape seed extract could extend life of resin fillingsA natural compound found in grape seed extract could be used to strengthen dentin -- the tissue beneath a tooth's enamel -- and increase the life of resin fillings, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.
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Research reveals globe-trotting history of sika deerA University of Delaware researcher co-wrote a paper that details the history of sika deer populations in the Delmarva over the past 100 years. Their findings reveal a trek that began in Japan, took them through England and landed them in the US The research of the deer in Dorchester County, Md., could lead to better management of the species.
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There Are 2 Dimensions of Time, Theoretical Physicist States If it proves true, it could heal the rift between quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity. Read More
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Microsoft Build 2017: What to Expect at the Big Developer Bash The conference lasts two days, with keynote addresses starting at 8 am on both Wednesday and Thursday. The post Microsoft Build 2017: What to Expect at the Big Developer Bash appeared first on WIRED .
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What’s the Best Way for Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease to Address Abdominal Pain?When researchers analyzed published studies on how to treat recurrent abdominal pain among patients with inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, stress management appeared to be a promising strategy.
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Here's How Easy It Is to Get Trump Officials to Click on a Fake Link in Email Illustration by Jim Cooke Even technology experts can be insecure on the internet, as last week’s “Google Docs” phishing attack demonstrated. An array of Gmail users, including BuzzFeed tech reporter Joe Bernstein, readily handed over access to their email to a bogus app. Politicians should be especially wary of suspicious emails given recent events, yet a security test run by the Special Project
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Ivanka Didn’t 'Rewrite the Rules,' She Borrowed Them From Other People Image: Jim Cooke, Photo: Getty . In her book Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success , Ivanka Trump writes that changing “the narrative around women and work once and for all” has become her life’s mission. With this book, she purportedly hopes to “provide solutions” for women who have jobs and personal lives. “Like you,” she ends her introduction rather pithily, “I’m a woman who works—at
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Why Is USA Today Asking the FBI for Help With Its Facebook Page? Something peculiar is happening on USA Today’ s Facebook page. Look closely, and you may notice the clues. A Facebook status update that’s pure gibberish, but still gets thousands of likes from other accounts, is one hint that something may be amiss. This was one of the things digital security experts found as they were investigating strange web activity related to USA Today on Facebook. “It was
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Megaupload users still can’t get data back (credit: Fernando / Flickr ) The Electronic Frontier Foundation's last-ditch attempt to get back user data from the seized Megaupload servers has been shot down. In a two-page order on Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit denied (PDF) the EFF's request on behalf of Kyle Goodwin. "Although, as Mr. Goodwin points out, his motion for return of property has been pending for a significa
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Precision medicine improves treatment outcomes for some pancreatic cancer patientsResearchers use genomic profiling to identify targeted therapies that benefit patients.
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Antarctica's 'Dragon Skin' Ice Is Incredible Image Credit: IMAS Dragon skin ice sounds like something you’d encounter beyond The Wall in the Game of Thrones fantasy realm. But good news nerds, you can find this magical-sounding stuff right here on Earth—though you’ve gotta be lucky, and willing to travel to some of the most hostile environments on the planet. Like the team of Antarctic scientists who came across vast expanses of the bizarre
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Can’t touch this: The psychological effects of functional intimacyResearchers have explored the discomfort felt in a situation that requires functional intimacy. The study presents a novel point of view for both service providers and service recipients.
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How Pokémon GO can help students build stronger communication skillsTechnology continues to change the way students learn and engage with their peers, parents and community. That is why a professor is working with teachers to develop new ways to incorporate digital tools in the classroom, including playing games such as Pokémon GO.
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Smile and the world thinks you're olderTurn that frown upside-down? Not if you're keen on looking younger, you shouldn't. A new study shows that smiling can make you appear to be two years older than if you wear a poker face. And if you reacted to that finding with a look of surprise -- well, that expression might just have dropped years from your visage.
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More efficient catalytic material developedScientists have discovered a method for making smaller, more efficient intermetallic nanoparticles for fuel cell applications, and which also use less of the expensive precious metal platinum.
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Orlando Jones on American Gods' Incredible Mr. Nancy Speech and Racism: 'He’s Just Laying Out What the Fuck It Is' Starz This past Sunday’s episode of American Gods introduced us to Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones), a smooth-talking African trickster god who manifests in the cargo hold of a slave ship making its way from Africa to America. It’s dark, foreboding, painful, and some of the best television I’ve seen in a number of years. I had to talk to Jones himself about it. Advertisement If you haven’t seen the scen
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Microsoft’s recent success in blocking in-the-wild attacks is eerily good Enlarge (credit: Stephen Brashear / Getty Images News ) Microsoft engineers have neutralized a series of attacks that took control of targeted computers by exploiting independent vulnerabilities in Word and Windows. Remarkably, the software maker said fixes or partial mitigations for all four security bugs were released before it received private reports of the attacks. Both versions of the attac
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Materials bend as they 'breathe' under high temperaturesResearchers develop high-temperature systems based on metal oxides that 'breathe' oxygen in and out, that could be used to control devices inside nuclear reactors or jet engines.
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When malaria infects the placenta during pregnancy, baby's future immunity can be affectedMothers infected with malaria during pregnancy can pass more of their own cells to their baby and change the infant's risk of later infection, a new study shows.
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Could "Planetary Protection" Scuttle Otherworldly Exploration?Scientists are grappling with the problem of biological cross-contamination between Earth and other worlds -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Men and women show equal ability at recognizing facesDespite conventional wisdom that suggests women are better than men at facial recognition, psychologists found no difference between men and women in their ability to recognize faces and categorize facial expressions.
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Two James Webb instruments are best suited for exoplanet atmospheresThe best way to study the atmospheres of distant worlds with the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in late 2018, will combine two of its infrared instruments, according to a team of astronomers.
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'Baby Dragon' Found In China Is The Newest Species Of Dinosaur The Beibeilong was a giant, birdlike dinosaur that lived some 90 million years ago. Scientists say it had massive feathered wings and a birdlike skull and could grow to more than 26 feet long. (Image credit: Zhao Chuang/Nature Communications)
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The Lovers Is a Strange Tale of Matrimonial Harmony The premise of The Lovers may sound too neat for its own good. A middle-aged married couple, seemingly sick of each other and embroiled in their own long-running affairs, find themselves at home at the same time one evening—an event they strive to avoid at all costs. They retreat to bed, falling asleep turned away from one other, but wake up in each other’s arms, an accident that drives the movie
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Sound projection: Are Stradivarius violins really better?Researchers have shown that recently-made violins have better sound projection than those built by the famous violinmaker Antonio Stradivarius. This study also shows that, despite the prestige of these old Italian violins, listeners prefer the sound made by recent instruments and cannot distinguish the two.
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Dealmaster: Get a 15-inch Dell Inspiron 5000 laptop with 512GB SSD for just $599 Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains , we're back with a bunch of new deals to share. Today, you can get a Dell Inspiron 5000 15-inch laptop, complete with 512GB SSD and Windows 10 Pro, for just $599. Amazon also just announced its new touchscreen Echo Show speaker and voice-calling machine, and you can preorder it now for $229 or preorder two devices and get $100 off. Che
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US fishing generated more than $200 billion in sales in 2015; two stocks rebuilt in 2016U.S. commercial and recreational fishing generated $208 billion in sales, contributed $97 billion to the gross domestic product, and supported 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs in 2015—above the five year average, according to NOAA's Fisheries Economics of the United States report released today.
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NREL's advanced atomic layer deposition enables lithium-ion battery technologyThe U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Forge Nano to commercialize NREL's patented battery materials and systems capable of operating safely in high-stress environments. A particular feature of the technology is the encapsulation of materials with solid electrolyte coatings that can be designed to meet the in
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New method of microbial energy production discoveredFor all living things to succeed, they must reproduce and have the energy to do so. An organism's ability to extract energy from its surroundings-and to do it better than its competitors-is a key requirement of survival. Until recently it was thought that in all of biology, from microbes to humans, there were only two methods to generate and conserve the energy required for cellular metabolism and
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Amazon’s Touch-Screen Smart Speaker Solves a Big Problem with AI AssistantsAnd it also reasserts the company’s dominant position in that sector.
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Materials bend as they 'breathe' under high temperaturesResearchers develop high-temperature systems based on metal oxides that 'breathe' oxygen in and out, that could be used to control devices inside nuclear reactors or jet engines.
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Two James Webb instruments are best suited for exoplanet atmospheresThe best way to study the atmospheres of distant worlds with the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in late 2018, will combine two of its infrared instruments, according to a team of astronomers.
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Avastin as effective as Eylea for treating central retinal vein occlusionMonthly eye injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) are as effective as the more expensive drug Eylea (aflibercept) for the treatment of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), according to a clinical trial funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health. After six monthly injections, treatment with either drug improved visual acuity on average from 20/100 to 20/40
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Extended Space Travel Causes an Inevitable Drop in Physical Fitness Mark Watney, portrayed by Matt Damon, was probably more out of shape than we realized. (Image: The Martian) Another day, another study showing how awful microgravity is to the human body. In the latest research , scientists have found that long term exposure to space inhibits the movement of oxygen through the body, reducing an astronaut’s ability to perform strenuous tasks. Advertisement New res
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DOD needs cyberwarriors so badly it may let skilled recruits skip boot camp Enlarge / US Army Cyber Protection Brigade soldiers responding to a simulated cyber attack on the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, during its rotation at the Fort Polk, Louisiana, Joint Readiness Training Center. The military needs more network defenders, as well as people with skills that could be used offensively. (credit: US Army) The US military is having a hard time getting p
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Alzheimer's disease likely not caused by low body mass indexA new large-scale genetic study found that low body mass index (BMI) is likely not a causal risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, as earlier research had suggested.
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Vitamin D levels not linked to asthma or dermatitisVitamin D supplementation is unlikely to reduce the risk of asthma in children or adults, atopic dermatitis, or allergies according to a new study.
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Seniors who live with their abusers often suffer recurrent abuseOlder adults who have been hospitalized for injuries from an assault are more likely to experience subsequent physical abuse if they are female, widowed, diagnosed with dementia, or return home to live with the perpetrator, according to a new study.
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New method of microbial energy production discoveredFor all living things to succeed, they must reproduce and have the energy to do so. An organism's ability to extract energy from its surroundings-and to do it better than its competitors-is a key requirement of survival. Until recently it was thought that in all of biology, from microbes to humans, there were only two methods to generate and conserve the energy required for cellular metabolism and
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A Court Order to Terminate Hate Speech Tests Facebook The latest demand for Facebook to exercise editorial control comes from an Austrian court, which ruled the company must eradicate posts ID'd as hate speech. The post A Court Order to Terminate Hate Speech Tests Facebook appeared first on WIRED .
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Scientists Want You to Give Them Money to Study Psychedelics A $2 million crowdfunding campaign will finance an ambitious series of studies—designed under the watchful eye of the FDA—into psychedelics as treatment. The post Scientists Want You to Give Them Money to Study Psychedelics appeared first on WIRED .
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This Stradivarius study refutes the string theory of history | Tim DowlingScientists have found musicians can’t distinguish between the rare violins and modern fiddles. Maybe, in this era of fake news, experts really are untrustworthy It is a story that seems designed to appeal to something deep within me: in blind tests, Stradivarius violins don’t sound any better than good modern instruments. In fact, audiences preferred the new ones. Related: What's so special about
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How spray paint can turn guitar into touchpad Walls, furniture, steering wheels, toys, and even Jell-O can become touch sensors with a new technology called Electrick. Touch sensing is most common on small, flat surfaces such as smartphone or tablet screens. Researchers have found a way, however, to turn surfaces of a wide variety of shapes and sizes into touchpads using tools as simple as a can of spray paint. The “trick” is to apply electr
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What Is America's Secret Space Shuttle For? Top-secret military spaceplanes certainly know how to make an entrance. The U.S. military’s X-37B, an uncrewed spacecraft that looks like a miniature version of the retired space shuttles, returned to Earth over the weekend after spending nearly two years in low-Earth orbit. It sent shockwaves rippling through the air as it entered the atmosphere over Florida, producing a sonic boom loud enough t
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How varroa mites take advantage of managed beekeeping practicesAs the managed honey bee industry continues to grapple with significant annual colony losses, the Varroa destructor mite is emerging as the leading culprit. And, it turns out, the very nature of modern beekeeping may be allowing the mite to 'co-opt' several honey bee behaviors to its own benefit and disperse widely, even though the mite itself is not a highly mobile insect.
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Surprise! When a brown dwarf is actually a planetary mass objectSometimes a brown dwarf is actually a planet -- or planet-like anyway. A team discovered that what astronomers had previously thought was one of the closest brown dwarfs to our own Sun is in fact a planetary mass object.
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Enterprise hard disks are faster and use more power, but are they more reliable? (credit: Alpha six ) Backblaze, the low-cost cloud backup and storage provider, has published its drive reliability numbers for the first quarter of 2017 . Over most of its life, Backblaze's focus on high density and low cost has seen the company use consumer-oriented hard drive models for its storage service, applying replication and Reed-Solomon encoding to protect against individual disks fail
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New method of microbial energy production discoveredFor all living things to succeed, they must reproduce and have the energy to do so. An organism's ability to extract energy from its surroundings-and to do it better than its competitors-is a key requirement of survival. Until recently it was thought that in all of biology, from microbes to humans, there were only two methods to generate and conserve the energy required for cellular metabolism and
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US fishing generated more than $200 billion in sales in 2015; two stocks rebuilt in 2016US commercial and recreational fishing generated $208 billion in sales, contributed $97 billion to the gross domestic product, and supported 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs in 2015 -- above the five year average, according to NOAA.
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Study finds Alzheimer's disease likely not caused by low body mass indexA new large-scale genetic study found that low body mass index (BMI) is likely not a causal risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, as earlier research had suggested, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
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Vitamin D levels not linked to asthma or dermatitisVitamin D supplementation is unlikely to reduce the risk of asthma in children or adults, atopic dermatitis, or allergies according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine by Brent Richards, of McGill University, Canada, and the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital, Canada, and colleagues.
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Killings and persecution of the Yazidi population of Sinjar, IraqIn a new study published in PLOS Medicine, Valeria Cetorelli and colleagues report findings from their retrospective household survey of displaced survivors in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, providing documented insight into the extent of the persecution by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) against the Yazidi population of Sinjar, Iraq, and in particular the disproportionate burden of kill
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Hybrid plants could reverse pest resistance to GMOs Mixing genetically engineered cotton with conventional cotton to create hybrid plants reduces—or even reverses—resistance in the pink bollworm, a new study shows. The research is of particular importance at a time when insect pests that are rapidly adapting to genetically engineered crops threaten agriculture worldwide. For the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienc
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Twitter used to track the flu in real timeAn international team has developed a unique computational model to project the spread of the seasonal flu in real time. It uses posts on Twitter in combination with key parameters of each season's epidemic, including the incubation period of the disease, the immunization rate, how many people an individual with the virus can infect, and the viral strains present.
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Right-or left-handedness affects sign language comprehensionThe speed at which sign language users understand what others are 'saying' to them depends on whether the conversation partners are left- or right-handed, a new study has found.
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Space radiation reproduced in the lab for better, safer missionsHuman-made space radiation has been produced in new research, which could help to make space exploration safer, more reliable and more extensive.
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Eurovision Will Be Extra Political This Year When the Eurovision Song Contest starts today in Kiev, Ukraine, one country will be noticeably absent: Russia is sitting out the competition. The supposedly unifying contest has been the stage of tensions between the two countries for the past several years. Ukraine was last year’s winner, and therefore this year’s host country, but its 2016 victory was not without controversy. Despite Eurovision
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Synthetic Bones: A Better Bone-Marrow Transplant?Artificial bones produce new blood cells in mice, obviating the need for irradiation to kill off resident hematopoietic stem cells in recipients.
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Personality factors are best defense against losing your job to a robotNew research has found that IQ, along with an early interest in the arts and sciences, predicts who is likely to fall victim to automation in the workplace.
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New details about trap-jaw antsTrap-jaw ants, with their spring-loaded jaws and powerful stings, are among the fiercest insect predators, but they begin their lives as spiny, hairy, fleshy blobs hanging from the ceiling and walls of an underground nest. New research provides the first detailed descriptions of the larval developmental stages of three species of Odontomachus trap-jaw ants.
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Power plants could cut a third of their emissions by using solar energyThe COMBO-CFB project has developed a new innovative concept to increase solar energy production in the energy system. According to this research, the concept can reduce fuel consumption and emissions stressing the climate by more than 33 per cent. The concept is based on the combination of concentrated solar power (CSP) technology and a traditional power plant process into a hybrid plant which pr
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Workers at US nuclear site take cover after tunnel collapseHundreds of workers at a nuclear site in the US state of Washington were ordered to take cover Tuesday after a storage tunnel filled with contaminated material collapsed, but there was no initial indication of a radioactive leak.
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Tunnel Collapses at Nuclear Facility Once Called 'an Underground Chernobyl Waiting to Happen' Photo: AP Managers at the Hanford Site in Washington State told workers to “take cover” Tuesday morning after a tunnel leading to a massive plutonium finishing plant collapsed. The emergency is especially worrisome, since Hanford is commonly known as “the most toxic place in America,” with one former governor calling it “an underground Chernobyl waiting to happen.” Worrisome might actually be an
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Cook a Perfect Pizza In Six Minutes With This $74 Propane-Powered Oven PizzaQue Pizza Oven , $74 The trick to making delicious pizza with crispy crust is a hot oven. Like, really hot. PizzaCraft’s propane-powered PizzaQue outdoor oven can get up to 700 degrees, which will turn out a perfectly cooked pizza in just 6 minutes. Today’s $74 deal is an all-time low, and in fact, we posted it in January for $112, which was a best-ever deal at the time. Just be sure to get
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Would You Climb This Three-Story Mast In High Seas? | Deadliest Catch #DeadliestCatch | Tuesdays at 9/8c A sodium light on the Saga becomes dangerously loose and at risk of falling. Deckhand Dave Felton volunteers to climb up and take it down in raging seas. Full Episodes Streaming FREE on Discovery GO: https://www.discoverygo.com/deadliest-catch/ Get the latest on your favorite captains: http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/deadliest-catch/ Subscribe to Discovery: ht
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US teen breaks internet record, spurred by love of nuggetsAn American teenager has broken the world record for the most retweets, in a crusade to win a year's supply of his favorite food: chicken nuggets.
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Americans Are Dying Younger in These 13 Counties An abandoned building in Owsley County, Kentucky. Photo: Getty. As Republican politicians take aim at the Affordable Care Act and present their reasoned alternative, the Kill The Poor And Turn Them Into Chef Boyardee Act of 2017, it’s a good time to remember a distinctive element of healthcare in the US: inequality, particularly income inequality. Advertisement A new study on life expectancy in t
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Industry experts may replace dismissed EPA advisory scientistsThe Trump administration has dismissed several scientists from the advisory board of the US Environmental Protection Agency and may replace them with people from industry
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Oversized landforms discovered beneath the Antarctic ice sheetScientists have now discovered an active hydrological system of water conduits and sediment ridges below the Antarctic ice sheet.
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New lobster fishing rules on the way amid warming watersNew restrictions are coming to southern New England's lobster fishery in an attempt to save the area's population of the crustaceans, which has dwindled as waters have warmed.
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Samsung's unlocked S8 makes it easier to switch carriersSamsung is making it easier for consumers to switch wireless carriers by offering an unlocked version of its Galaxy S8 phone .
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Fox harassment claims create clouds around Sky takeover bidA U.K. scandal torpedoed Rupert Murdoch's first attempt to take control of British-based broadcaster Sky. Now claims of sexual harassment at his U.S.-based Fox News are creating storm clouds around a second.
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How Pokemon GO can help students build stronger communication skillsTechnology continues to change the way students learn and engage with their peers, parents and community. That is why Emily Howell, an assistant professor in Iowa State University's School of Education, is working with teachers to develop new ways to incorporate digital tools in the classroom, including playing games such as Pokémon GO.
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Black Passenger Says American Airlines Forced Her to Give Up Her 1st-Class Seat but Let Her White Friend Remain iStock On May 2, Rane Baldwin checked into American Airlines Flight 5389, leaving Kentucky for Charlotte, N.C. Baldwin, a black woman, and her friend Janet Novack, a white woman, were traveling together, and both had first-class seats because Baldwin bought and upgraded the tickets. But unfortunately for Baldwin, she was literally moved to the back of the plane. Advertisement In an interview with
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Seniors who live with their abusers often suffer recurrent abuseOlder adults who have been hospitalized for injuries from an assault are more likely to experience subsequent physical abuse if they are female, widowed, diagnosed with dementia, or return home to live with the perpetrator, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
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Study investigates collapse of natural or social systemsA tipping point is a critical threshold at which a dynamical system undergoes an irreversible transformation, typically owing to a small change in inputs or parameters. A numerical simulations of tipping points did at the University of São Paulo's Physics Institute (IF-USP) in Brazil provide a better understanding of the characteristics of this point of no return and what happens to a system after
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Smile and the world thinks you're older: StudyTurn that frown upside-down? Not if you're keen on looking younger, you shouldn't.A new study shows that smiling can make you appear to be two years older than if you wear a poker face. And if you reacted to that finding with a look of surprise -- well, that expression might just have dropped years from your visage.
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How Pokémon GO can help students build stronger communication skillsTechnology continues to change the way students learn and engage with their peers, parents and community. That is why Emily Howell, an assistant professor in Iowa State University's School of Education, is working with teachers to develop new ways to incorporate digital tools in the classroom, including playing games such as Pokémon GO.
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Men and women show equal ability at recognizing facesDespite conventional wisdom that suggests women are better than men at facial recognition, Penn State psychologists found no difference between men and women in their ability to recognize faces and categorize facial expressions.
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Social, computer scientists want to share data on group behaviorComputer and social scientists have collaborated to develop a large data set on how group behavior and technology influence decision-making - and they want to share that data with other researchers.
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Decrypted: American Gods gives us a spider we can’t forget Enlarge / In his opening soliloquy, Anansi/Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) sums up the story of black slavery in one sentence: "Once upon a time, a man got f**ked." (credit: Starz) American Gods ' second episode took us to a place that the book never did: straight into the belly of the slave ship that bore the spider trickster god Anansi (Mr. Nancy) from West Africa to America. Our guest this week is E
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Aging gracefully in the rainforestResearchers have synthesize over 15 years of theoretical and empirical findings from long-term study of the Tsimane forager-farmers. In they find productivity and social status peak long after physical strength.
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This giant feathered dinosaur had nests the size of monster truck tires Animals We now know who ‘Baby Louie’ really was Just a giant bird-like dinosaur roaming the Earth. Read on.
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Moon Jae In Wins South Korea's Presidential Election South Korean liberal politician Moon Jae In has won the country’s presidential election on Tuesday, according to early results, ending a decade of conservative rule and potentially reshaping the country’s policy toward North Korea. By midnight local time, with 34 percent of the vote counted, Moon had 39 percent of votes, beating the conservative candidate, who had 27, and the centrist, who had 22
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Four Highlights From Yesterday's Senate Hearing on Russia Photo: Getty Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the Senate hearing on Russia arrived before it even began: Had Donald Trump taken President Obama’s advice back in November, and chosen anyone but Michael Flynn to be his national security advisor, there would have far fewer Americans glued to C-SPAN on Monday. Advertisement But there were plenty of other intriguing moments that unfolded once the cam
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Could there be a 'social vaccine' for malaria?Malaria is a global killer and a world health concern. But while millions of dollars are spent each year searching for innovative health solutions, new research suggests part of the answer may begin with mothers in the classroom. The research found that maternal education can act as a 'social vaccine' for childhood malaria infection. The higher a mother's education, the lesser chance of their chil
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Half of all seniors who went to doctor for common cold prescribed unnecessary antibioticsNearly one in two seniors in Ontario who visited a family doctor for a non-bacterial infection received an unnecessary antibiotic prescription, according to a new study.
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Celiac Disease Linked to Higher Risk of PneumoniaPeople with celiac disease may face an increased risk of pneumococcal infections, a new meta-analysis finds.
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Judge says his Facebook post about lynching black suspect was a joke Enlarge (credit: Penn State ) A Texas judge was reprimanded Monday for a Facebook comment left on a police department's Facebook page about the arrest of a black man accused of killing a white San Antonio Police Department officer. "Time for a tree and a rope...." That was the complete comment from Judge James Oakley of Burnet County that appeared below the police department's announcement on Fac
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Elevated cardiac troponin may occur without heart attackElevated cardiac troponin, a diagnostic marker of damage to the heart, may occur even if a patient has not had a heart attack, according to a study published in JACC: Basic to Translational Science.
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My Favorite Fancy Lunch Delivery Startup Just Died and I Am Heartbroken Image: Maple Over the past year, I’ve tried valiantly to keep the dream of daily gourmet desk lunches alive. Apparently, however, this city’s epicureans have all died or moved away. You see, my beloved artisanal lunchmaker Maple—the popular food delivery service backed by superstar chef David Chang—announced it’s shutting down after just two years. Advertisement In a statement posted to the compa
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Minister vil ikke skåne ingeniørstuderende for uddannelsesloftDer kommer ikke flere ingeniøruddannelser på positivlisten, fordi dimittendledigheden er for høj, sagde uddannelses- og forskningsminister Søren Pind på et samråd tirsdag. Men måske skal positivlisten genforhandles til efteråret.
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In This Issue [This Week in PNAS]Emissions from Canadian oil sand mining Aircraft coming in for landing from mission flight in oil sands region. Image courtesy of Andrew Elford (Environment and Climate Change Canada, Gatineau, Canada). Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are associated with ozone and aerosol formation. VOC emission estimates from oil sands facilities are reported...
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Can processing demands explain toddlers’ performance in false-belief tasks? [Social Sciences]Two-and-a-half-year-olds normally fail standard false-belief tasks. In the classic version, children have to say where a protagonist will look for an apple that, unbeknownst to her, was moved to a new location. Children under 4 generally predict that the protagonist will look for her apple in its current location, rather...
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Reply to Rubio-Fernandez et al.: Different traditional false-belief tasks impose different processing demands for toddlers [Social Sciences]Setoh, Scott, and Baillargeon (1) propose that children may fail a false-belief task for one of two reasons: They may lack sufficient skill at one or more of the processes involved in the task, or they may be capable of executing each individual process but lack sufficient information-processing resources to...
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Infants’ inferences about language are social [Social Sciences]The recent paper by Begus, Gliga, and Southgate (1) provides compelling evidence that infants make inferences about speakers of their native language as being optimal informants. This interesting finding advances an understanding of infants’ early social cognition. The paper’s (1) title “Infants’ preferences for native speakers are associated with an...
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Reply to Kinzler and Liberman: Neural correlate provides direct evidence that infant's social preferences are about information [Social Sciences]In their response to our article (1), Kinzler and Liberman (2) challenge our proposal that the primary basis for infants’ preference for native speakers stems from a preference for social partners, who are perceived as the best teachers. Instead, the authors propose that, in addition to infants perceiving native speakers...
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Melvin M. Grumbach 1925-2016 [Retrospectives]Generations of clinicians have been faced with often striking developmental and acquired hormonal syndromes associated with reproductive, growth, and metabolic phenotypes. These syndromes have included ambiguous genitalia, anomalies of sexual development, intersex forms, accelerated or delayed puberty, gigantism, and short stature. Although clinical phenotypes of these disorders have been well-est
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Profile of Ian A. Wilson [Profiles]Viewed up close, antibodies, cellular receptors, and viral proteins may look like sloppy piles of spaghetti, fettucine, and fusilli to the untrained eye, but that’s not what Ian Wilson sees. “Protein structures are things of beauty, with their complex web of intricately positioned and interlocking elements that fold up precisely...
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Modeling language shift [Social Sciences]It is estimated that there are as many as 6,000 distinct languages currently spoken, but this cultural diversity is rapidly disappearing. In terms of the fraction of the total being lost, the estimated current rate of language extinction exceeds the rate of loss of biodiversity (1–3). Small geographical ranges and...
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Discrete mobility on the surface of glasses [Physics]From an applications perspective, the glass transition temperature (Tg)—conceptually, the point at which a liquid transitions into a disordered solid—is perhaps the most important parameter of a glass because it sets the conditions under which it can be successfully exploited as an enabling material. Some time ago, 1991 to be...
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Innovating glycoside hydrolase activity on a same structural scaffold [Biochemistry]Carbohydrates play many fundamental roles in the cell physiology and development of plants, animals, and microbes. They can take the form of glycoproteins, glycolipids, and polysaccharides and represent the largest reservoir of carbon resources that are fueling microbial communities as well as free-living microorganisms. The structural diversity of naturally occurring...
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Differences between measured and reported volatile organic compound emissions from oil sands facilities in Alberta, Canada [Environmental Sciences]Large-scale oil production from oil sands deposits in Alberta, Canada has raised concerns about environmental impacts, such as the magnitude of air pollution emissions. This paper reports compound emission rates (E) for 69–89 nonbiogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for each of four surface mining facilities, determined with a top-down approach...
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Mutant p53 perturbs DNA replication checkpoint control through TopBP1 and Treslin [Biochemistry]Accumulating evidence supports the gain-of-function of mutant forms of p53 (mutp53s). However, whether mutp53 directly perturbs the DNA replication checkpoint remains unclear. Previously, we have demonstrated that TopBP1 forms a complex with mutp53s and mediates their gain-of-function through NF-Y and p63/p73. Akt phosphorylates TopBP1 and induces its oligomerization, which inhibits...
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Structure of Myo7b/USH1C complex suggests a general PDZ domain binding mode by MyTH4-FERM myosins [Biochemistry]Unconventional myosin 7a (Myo7a), myosin 7b (Myo7b), and myosin 15a (Myo15a) all contain MyTH4-FERM domains (myosin tail homology 4-band 4.1, ezrin, radixin, moesin; MF) in their cargo binding tails and are essential for the growth and function of microvilli and stereocilia. Numerous mutations have been identified in the MyTH4-FERM tandems...
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On the permeation of large organic cations through the pore of ATP-gated P2X receptors [Biophysics and Computational Biology]Pore dilation is thought to be a hallmark of purinergic P2X receptors. The most commonly held view of this unusual process posits that under prolonged ATP exposure the ion pore expands in a striking manner from an initial small-cation conductive state to a dilated state, which allows the passage of...
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Epithelial EZH2 serves as an epigenetic determinant in experimental colitis by inhibiting TNF{alpha}-mediated inflammation and apoptosis [Immunology and Inflammation]Epithelial barrier disruption is a major cause of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); however, the mechanism through which epigenetic regulation modulates intestinal epithelial integrity remains largely undefined. Here we show that EZH2, the catalytic subunit of polycomb repressive complex (PRC2), is indispensable for maintaining epithelial cell barrier integrity and homeostasis under...
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Biliary epithelial injury-induced regenerative response by IL-33 promotes cholangiocarcinogenesis from peribiliary glands [Medical Sciences]The carcinogenic mechanism of extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ECC) is unclear, due at least in part to the lack of an appropriate mouse model. Because human studies have reported frequent genetic alterations in the Ras- and TGFβ/SMAD-signaling pathways in ECC, mice with tamoxifen-inducible, duct-cell–specific Kras activation and a TGFβ receptor type 2...
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Estrogen receptor {beta}, a regulator of androgen receptor signaling in the mouse ventral prostate [Medical Sciences]As estrogen receptor β−/− (ERβ−/−) mice age, the ventral prostate (VP) develops increased numbers of hyperplastic, fibroplastic lesions and inflammatory cells. To identify genes involved in these changes, we used RNA sequencing and immunohistochemistry to compare gene expression profiles in the VP of young (2-mo-old) and aging (18-mo-old) ERβ−/− mice...
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The SP100 component of ND10 enhances accumulation of PML and suppresses replication and the assembly of HSV replication compartments [Microbiology]Nuclear domain 10 (ND10) bodies are small (0.1–1 μM) nuclear structures containing both constant [e.g., promyelocytic leukemia protein (PML), SP100, death domain-associated protein (Daxx)] and variable proteins, depending on the function of the cells or the stress to which they are exposed. In herpes simplex virus (HSV)-infected cells, ND10 bodies...
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Astrocytes locally translate transcripts in their peripheral processes [Neuroscience]Local translation in neuronal processes is key to the alteration of synaptic strength necessary for long-term potentiation, learning, and memory. Here, we present evidence that regulated de novo protein synthesis occurs within distal, perisynaptic astrocyte processes. Astrocyte ribosomal proteins are found adjacent to synapses in vivo, and immunofluorescent detection of...
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Early immune responses are independent of RGC dysfunction in glaucoma with complement component C3 being protective [Neuroscience]Various immune response pathways are altered during early, predegenerative stages of glaucoma; however, whether the early immune responses occur secondarily to or independently of neuronal dysfunction is unclear. To investigate this relationship, we used the Wlds allele, which protects from axon dysfunction. We demonstrate that DBA/2J.Wlds mice develop high intraocular...
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Endocrine network essential for reproductive success in Drosophila melanogaster [Physiology]Ecdysis-triggering hormone (ETH) was originally discovered and characterized as a molt termination signal in insects through its regulation of the ecdysis sequence. Here we report that ETH persists in adult Drosophila melanogaster, where it functions as an obligatory allatotropin to promote juvenile hormone (JH) production and reproduction. ETH signaling deficits...
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Brain networks for confidence weighting and hierarchical inference during probabilistic learning [Psychological and Cognitive Sciences]Learning is difficult when the world fluctuates randomly and ceaselessly. Classical learning algorithms, such as the delta rule with constant learning rate, are not optimal. Mathematically, the optimal learning rule requires weighting prior knowledge and incoming evidence according to their respective reliabilities. This “confidence weighting” implies the maintenance of an...
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csiLSFM combines light-sheet fluorescence microscopy and coherent structured illumination for a lateral resolution below 100 nm [Applied Physical Sciences]Light-sheet-based fluorescence microscopy (LSFM) features optical sectioning in the excitation process. It minimizes fluorophore bleaching as well as phototoxic effects and provides a true axial resolution. The detection path resembles properties of conventional fluorescence microscopy. Structured illumination microscopy (SIM) is attractive for superresolution because of its moderate excitation in
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Interaction of proliferating cell nuclear antigen with PMS2 is required for MutL{alpha} activation and function in mismatch repair [Biochemistry]Eukaryotic MutLα (mammalian MLH1–PMS2 heterodimer; MLH1–PMS1 in yeast) functions in early steps of mismatch repair as a latent endonuclease that requires a mismatch, MutSα/β, and DNA-loaded proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) for activation. We show here that human PCNA and MutLα interact specifically but weakly in solution to form a...
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Unusual active site location and catalytic apparatus in a glycoside hydrolase family [Biochemistry]The human gut microbiota use complex carbohydrates as major nutrients. The requirement for an efficient glycan degrading systems exerts a major selection pressure on this microbial community. Thus, we propose that these bacteria represent a substantial resource for discovering novel carbohydrate active enzymes. To test this hypothesis, we focused on...
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Conservation and divergence of C-terminal domain structure in the retinoblastoma protein family [Biochemistry]The retinoblastoma protein (Rb) and the homologous pocket proteins p107 and p130 negatively regulate cell proliferation by binding and inhibiting members of the E2F transcription factor family. The structural features that distinguish Rb from other pocket proteins have been unclear but are critical for understanding their functional diversity and determining...
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Deciphering the sugar biosynthetic pathway and tailoring steps of nucleoside antibiotic A201A unveils a GDP-l-galactose mutase [Biochemistry]Galactose, a monosaccharide capable of assuming two possible configurational isomers (d-/l-), can exist as a six-membered ring, galactopyranose (Galp), or as a five-membered ring, galactofuranose (Galf). UDP-galactopyranose mutase (UGM) mediates the conversion of pyranose to furanose thereby providing a precursor for d-Galf. Moreover, UGM is critical to the virulence of...
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Biochemical and structural characterization of oxygen-sensitive 2-thiouridine synthesis catalyzed by an iron-sulfur protein TtuA [Biochemistry]Two-thiouridine (s2U) at position 54 of transfer RNA (tRNA) is a posttranscriptional modification that enables thermophilic bacteria to survive in high-temperature environments. s2U is produced by the combined action of two proteins, 2-thiouridine synthetase TtuA and 2-thiouridine synthesis sulfur carrier protein TtuB, which act as a sulfur (S) transfer enzyme...
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Perfect chemomechanical coupling of FoF1-ATP synthase [Biochemistry]FoF1-ATP synthase (FoF1) couples H+ flow in Fo domain and ATP synthesis/hydrolysis in F1 domain through rotation of the central rotor shaft, and the H+/ATP ratio is crucial to understand the coupling mechanism and energy yield in cells. Although H+/ATP ratio of the perfectly coupling enzyme can be predicted from...
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Toward a direct and scalable identification of reduced models for categorical processes [Biophysics and Computational Biology]The applicability of many computational approaches is dwelling on the identification of reduced models defined on a small set of collective variables (colvars). A methodology for scalable probability-preserving identification of reduced models and colvars directly from the data is derived—not relying on the availability of the full relation matrices at...
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Nucleophilic water attack is not a possible mechanism for O-O bond formation in photosystem II [Biophysics and Computational Biology]Two different types of mechanisms are at present suggested for the O–O bond-formation step in photosystem II. The first one is a coupling between an oxyl radical and a bridging oxo. The second one is a nucleophilic water attack on a terminal oxo (or oxyl) group. In the present short...
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Differentiation of V2a interneurons from human pluripotent stem cells [Cell Biology]The spinal cord consists of multiple neuronal cell types that are critical to motor control and arise from distinct progenitor domains in the developing neural tube. Excitatory V2a interneurons in particular are an integral component of central pattern generators that control respiration and locomotion; however, the lack of a robust...
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Semibatch monomer addition as a general method to tune and enhance the mechanics of polymer networks via loop-defect control [Chemistry]Controlling the molecular structure of amorphous cross-linked polymeric materials is a longstanding challenge. Herein, we disclose a general strategy for precise tuning of loop defects in covalent polymer gel networks. This “loop control” is achieved through a simple semibatch monomer addition protocol that can be applied to a broad range...
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Reading a 400,000-year record of earthquake frequency for an intraplate fault [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]Our understanding of the frequency of large earthquakes at timescales longer than instrumental and historical records is based mostly on paleoseismic studies of fast-moving plate-boundary faults. Similar study of intraplate faults has been limited until now, because intraplate earthquake recurrence intervals are generally long (10s to 100s of thousands of...
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Constraining the instantaneous aerosol influence on cloud albedo [Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences]Much of the uncertainty in estimates of the anthropogenic forcing of climate change comes from uncertainties in the instantaneous effect of aerosols on cloud albedo, known as the Twomey effect or the radiative forcing from aerosol–cloud interactions (RFaci), a component of the total or effective radiative forcing. Because aerosols serving...
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Ocean warming since 1982 has expanded the niche of toxic algal blooms in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans [Ecology]Global ocean temperatures are rising, yet the impacts of such changes on harmful algal blooms (HABs) are not fully understood. Here we used high-resolution sea-surface temperature records (1982 to 2016) and temperature-dependent growth rates of two algae that produce potent biotoxins, Alexandrium fundyense and Dinophysis acuminata, to evaluate recent changes...
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Opinion: Telepresence is a potentially transformative tool for field science [Environmental Sciences]Field expeditions have long played a critical role in advancing our understanding of the natural world. From the voyage of the Beagle to the HMS Challenger Expedition and the Apollo Moon landings, researchers have visited remote locations to collect samples and in situ data before returning to the laboratory for...
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Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events [Environmental Sciences]Efforts to understand the influence of historical global warming on individual extreme climate events have increased over the past decade. However, despite substantial progress, events that are unprecedented in the local observational record remain a persistent challenge. Leveraging observations and a large climate model ensemble, we quantify uncertainty in the...
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Murine model indicates 22q11.2 signaling adaptor CRKL is a dosage-sensitive regulator of genitourinary development [Genetics]The spectrum of congenital anomalies affecting either the upper tract (kidneys and ureters) or lower tract (reproductive organs) of the genitourinary (GU) system are fundamentally linked by the developmental origin of multiple GU tissues, including the kidneys, gonads, and reproductive ductal systems: the intermediate mesoderm. Although ∼31% of DiGeorge/del22q11.2 syndrome...
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Type I interferons induced by endogenous or exogenous viral infections promote metastasis and relapse of leishmaniasis [Immunology and Inflammation]The presence of the endogenous Leishmania RNA virus 1 (LRV1) replicating stably within some parasite species has been associated with the development of more severe forms of leishmaniasis and relapses after drug treatment in humans. Here, we show that the disease-exacerbatory role of LRV1 relies on type I IFN (type...
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Proliferation of PD-1+ CD8 T cells in peripheral blood after PD-1-targeted therapy in lung cancer patients [Immunology and Inflammation]Exhausted T cells in chronic infections and cancer have sustained expression of the inhibitory receptor programmed cell death 1 (PD-1). Therapies that block the PD-1 pathway have shown promising clinical results in a significant number of advanced-stage cancer patients. Nonetheless, a better understanding of the immunological responses induced by PD-1...
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Gestational bisphenol-A exposure lowers the threshold for autoimmunity in a model of multiple sclerosis [Immunology and Inflammation]Environmental and hormonal factors are implicated in dysimmunity in multiple sclerosis. We investigated whether bisphenol-A, a prominent contaminant with endocrine-disrupting capabilities, altered susceptibility in an inflammatory model of multiple sclerosis. We found that gestational, but not adult, exposure to bisphenol-A increased the development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis in
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Endocannabinoid system acts as a regulator of immune homeostasis in the gut [Immunology and Inflammation]Endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) are small molecules biosynthesized from membrane glycerophospholipid. Anandamide (AEA) is an endogenous intestinal cannabinoid that controls appetite and energy balance by engagement of the enteric nervous system through cannabinoid receptors. Here, we uncover a role for AEA and its receptor, cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2), in the regulation...
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Mathematical model of chronic pancreatitis [Medical Sciences]Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a progressive inflammatory disease of the pancreas, leading to its fibrotic destruction. There are currently no drugs that can stop or slow the progression of the disease. The etiology of the disease is multifactorial, whereas recurrent attacks of acute pancreatitis are thought to precede the development...
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Structure of a protective epitope of group B Streptococcus type III capsular polysaccharide [Microbiology]Despite substantial progress in the prevention of group B Streptococcus (GBS) disease with the introduction of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis, this pathogen remains a leading cause of neonatal infection. Capsular polysaccharide conjugate vaccines have been tested in phase I/II clinical studies, showing promise for further development. Mapping of epitopes recognized by...
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Latently and uninfected healthcare workers exposed to TB make protective antibodies against Mycobacterium tuberculosis [Microbiology]The role of Igs in natural protection against infection by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of TB, is controversial. Although passive immunization with mAbs generated against mycobacterial antigens has shown protective efficacy in murine models of infection, studies in B cell-depleted animals only showed modest phenotypes. We do not...
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Microglial NF{kappa}B-TNF{alpha} hyperactivation induces obsessive-compulsive behavior in mouse models of progranulin-deficient frontotemporal dementia [Neuroscience]Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is the second most common dementia before 65 years of age. Haploinsufficiency in the progranulin (GRN) gene accounts for 10% of all cases of familial FTD. GRN mutation carriers have an increased risk of autoimmune disorders, accompanied by elevated levels of tissue necrosis factor (TNF) α. We...
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BGP-15 prevents the death of neurons in a mouse model of familial dysautonomia [Neuroscience]Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type III, or familial dysautonomia [FD; Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) 223900], affects the development and long-term viability of neurons in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and retina. FD is caused by a point mutation in the gene IKBKAP/ELP1 that results in a tissue-specific...
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Superconductivity and non-Fermi liquid behavior near a nematic quantum critical point [Physics]Using determinantal quantum Monte Carlo, we compute the properties of a lattice model with spin 12 itinerant electrons tuned through a quantum phase transition to an Ising nematic phase. The nematic fluctuations induce superconductivity with a broad dome in the superconducting Tc enclosing the nematic quantum critical point. For temperatures...
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Numerical evidence for thermally induced monopoles [Physics]Electric charges are conserved. The same would be expected to hold for magnetic charges, yet magnetic monopoles have never been observed. It is therefore surprising that the laws of nonequilibrium thermodynamics, combined with Maxwell’s equations, suggest that colloidal particles heated or cooled in certain polar or paramagnetic solvents may behave...
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Decoupling of surface diffusion and relaxation dynamics of molecular glasses [Physics]Tobacco mosaic virus is used as a probe to measure surface diffusion of ultrathin films of N,N′-Bis(3-methylphenyl)-N,N′-diphenylbenzidine (TPD) (12 nm
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Direct counterfactual communication via quantum Zeno effect [Physics]Intuition from our everyday lives gives rise to the belief that information exchanged between remote parties is carried by physical particles. Surprisingly, in a recent theoretical study [Salih H, Li ZH, Al-Amri M, Zubairy MS (2013) Phys Rev Lett 110:170502], quantum mechanics was found to allow for communication, even without...
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Morphotype of bacteroids in different legumes correlates with the number and type of symbiotic NCR peptides [Plant Biology]In legume nodules, rhizobia differentiate into nitrogen-fixing forms called bacteroids, which are enclosed by a plant membrane in an organelle-like structure called the symbiosome. In the Inverted Repeat-Lacking Clade (IRLC) of legumes, this differentiation is terminal due to irreversible loss of cell division ability and is associated with genome amplification...
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NIP1;2 is a plasma membrane-localized transporter mediating aluminum uptake, translocation, and tolerance in Arabidopsis [Plant Biology]Members of the aquaporin (AQP) family have been suggested to transport aluminum (Al) in plants; however, the Al form transported by AQPs and the roles of AQPs in Al tolerance remain elusive. Here we report that NIP1;2, a plasma membrane-localized member of the Arabidopsis nodulin 26-like intrinsic protein (NIP) subfamily...
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Density dependence in demography and dispersal generates fluctuating invasion speeds [Population Biology]Density dependence plays an important role in population regulation and is known to generate temporal fluctuations in population density. However, the ways in which density dependence affects spatial population processes, such as species invasions, are less understood. Although classical ecological theory suggests that invasions should advance at a constant speed,...
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Bayesian posteriors for arbitrarily rare events [Statistics]We study how much data a Bayesian observer needs to correctly infer the relative likelihoods of two events when both events are arbitrarily rare. Each period, either a blue die or a red die is tossed. The two dice land on side 1 with unknown probabilities p1 and q1, which...
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Air quality, health, and climate implications of China’s synthetic natural gas development [Sustainability Sciences]Facing severe air pollution and growing dependence on natural gas imports, the Chinese government plans to increase coal-based synthetic natural gas (SNG) production. Although displacement of coal with SNG benefits air quality, it increases CO2 emissions. Due to variations in air pollutant and CO2 emission factors and energy efficiencies across...
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Correction for Strick and Savery, Understanding bias in DNA repair [Correction]COMMENTARY Correction for “Understanding bias in DNA repair,” by Terence R. Strick and Nigel J. Savery, which appeared in issue 11, March 14, 2017, of Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (114:2791–2793; first published March 6, 2017; 10.1073/pnas.1701549114). The authors note that, due to a printer’s error, reference 4 appeared incorrectly....
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Correction for Kallolimath et al., Engineering of complex protein sialylation in plants [Correction]APPLIED BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES Correction for “Engineering of complex protein sialylation in plants,” by Somanath Kallolimath, Alexandra Castilho, Richard Strasser, Clemens Grünwald-Gruber, Friedrich Altmann, Sebastian Strubl, Christina Elisabeth Galuska, Kristina Zlatina, Sebastian Peter Galuska, Stefan Werner, Hauke Thiesler, Sebastian Werneburg, Herbert Hildebrandt, Rita Gerardy-Schahn, and Herta
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Correction for Yan et al., Suppression of NF-{kappa}B activity via nanoparticle-based siRNA delivery alters early cartilage responses to inȷury [Correction]MEDICAL SCIENCES Correction for “Suppression of NF-κB activity via nanoparticle-based siRNA delivery alters early cartilage responses to injury,” by Huimin Yan, Xin Duan, Hua Pan, Nilsson Holguin, Muhammad Farooq Rai, Antonina Akk, Luke E. Springer, Samuel A. Wickline, Linda J. Sandell, and Christine T. N. Pham, which appeared in issue...
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Correction to Supporting Information for Haynie and Bowern, Phylogenetic approach to the evolution of color term systems [SI Correction]ANTHROPOLOGY Correction to Supporting Information for “Phylogenetic approach to the evolution of color term systems,” by Hannah J. Haynie and Claire Bowern, which appeared in issue 48, November 29, 2016, of Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (113:13666–13671; first published November 14, 2016; 10.1073/pnas.1613666113). The authors note that Table S1 appeared...
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West Virginia's Conservative Democrat Gets a Primary Challenger Joe Manchin, the Senate’s most conservative and Donald Trump-friendly Democrat, is facing a primary challenger. Paula Swearengin, a coal miner’s daughter and environmental activist, plans to run for the senator’s West Virginia seat in the 2018 Democratic primary election. Manchin is now facing opponents from the left and the right. West Virginia Republican Representative Evan Jenkins announced on
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So About That Hyped New Study On Cheese Being Great Image: Aimee Custis Photography /Flickr Apparently , eating cheese will not cause a heart attack or stroke, according to a new study that lots of folks are writing about. But readers, fellow science and health writers, can we please all agree to read these studies and think about them a little before we take them as the irreproachable word of some dairy overlord? Advertisement Why do I say that?
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Ancient Protein Helps E. coli Thwart Viral AttackWhen engineered to use a four-billion-year-old version of the protein thioredoxin, the bacteria can stall bacteriophage replication, a new study shows.
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Caffeine and a good night’s rest could help treat chronic pain (at least in mice) Health Have an espresso and hit the sack It might seem counterproductive to take caffeine when you need to sleep, but if it could help your chronic pain it might just hit the spot.
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Coming soon to a $250 phone near you: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 and 630 chips Qualcomm We're just beginning to see phones with Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 835 SoC in them, but these days you don't need to buy the best, fastest chip to get a decent phone. The new Snapdragon 660 and 630 are midrange chips that balance useful features with a lower price, and they'll both begin showing up in lower-end phones soon. The 660 and 630 are replacements for the Snapdrag
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Computer-generated doctor explains test results to patientsA computer-generated physician, now under development explains diabetes and cholesterol test results to would-be patients in videos designed for viewing on electronic medical record portals. The goal of the project is to make electronic medical record portal messages more useful and engaging for patients, particularly older adults with lower levels of health literacy.
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Transistors that can switch between two stable energy statesEngineers are unveiling an upgrade to the transistor laser that could be used to boost computer processor speeds - the formation of two stable energy states and the ability to switch between them quickly.
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No evidence that enrichment activities encourage pupils to study STEM A-levelsThere is no evidence to suggest enrichment activities run to interest pupils in science, technology, engineering and maths results in significantly higher numbers of teenagers studying these subjects at A-level.
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Larger swaths of tropical forest being lost to commercial agricultureLarger patches of tropical forest are being cleared in recent years to make way for industrial-scale agriculture, a new study shows. Analysis of deforestation maps shows that roughly half of the increase in tropical forest loss from 2000 to 2012 was linked to the expansion of these large-scale activities. The trend is most pronounced in Southeast Asia and South America.
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This Synthetic Bone Implant Could Replace Painful Marrow Transplants Lab-engineered bone (the outer layer) with functional bone marrow (the inner layer). Image: Varghese Lab at UC San Diego Thanks to advances in medicine, bone marrow transplants are no longer the last resorts they once were. Every year, thousands of marrow transplants are performed, a common treatment for ailments from bone marrow disease to leukemia. But because they first require a patient under
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Body Mod Battle: Tattoos vs. Piercings It might still seem “fringe” to some of us, but across the globe, more and more people are getting inked or pierced. And in plenty of cultures, these forms of body modification are not only considered normal but have served as meaningful rites of passage for millennia. Assuming you can handle the pain and effort, though, there are some pros and cons to tattoos and piercings alike. If you’ve alrea
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Colorectal tumors initiate VEGF-A/CXCL1 cascade, creating distant niches for metastasesPrimary colorectal tumors secrete VEGF-A, inducing CXCL1 and CXCR2-positive myeloid-derived suppressor cell (MDSC) recruitment at distant sites and establishing niches for future metastases, report Medical University of South Carolina investigators in an article published online April 28, 2017 by Cancer Research. Liver-infiltrating MDSCs help bypass immune responses and facilitate tumor cell survi
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Icon A5 Crash Kills 2, Including the Unique Plane’s Lead Engineer The loss of Jon Karkow and Cagri Sever is a reminder that aviation remains a dangerous pursuit. The post Icon A5 Crash Kills 2, Including the Unique Plane's Lead Engineer appeared first on WIRED .
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21st century cures emerge as 20th century science maturesMost of the new drugs approved by the FDA since 2010 arose from basic scientific research that was initiated in the 1970s or 1980s, a new study has found. The analysis shows that development of new targeted and biological therapeutics rest on the maturation of basic science over decades. The research appears as scientists are increasingly concerned about federal support for basic biomedical resear
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Astronauts experience decrease in blood vessel function during spaceflightA kinesiology study has found that astronauts aboard the International Space Station have decreased physical fitness because of a decrease in the way oxygen moves through the body.
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Tell me what languages you know and I'll tell you how you readThe languages we speak influence several factors that we rely on for our ability to read, such as visual attention and phonological processes. So concludes a new study that could have implications in teaching and in the diagnosis of dyslexia and other reading problems.
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Did James Comey Misunderstand the Clinton Email Case? Updated on May 9 at 5:22 p.m. It’s not enough to make James Comey reach for his Dramamine again. A week after the FBI director told the Senate Judiciary Committee that it makes him “mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election” with an October 28 letter to Congress about newly discovered Hillary Clinton emails, several reports suggest that Comey misstated an importa
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The NSA Confirms It: Russia Hacked French Election ‘Infrastructure’ NSA Director Michael Rogers provides the first US government confirmation that Russia successfully compromised elements of the French election. The post The NSA Confirms It: Russia Hacked French Election ‘Infrastructure’ appeared first on WIRED .
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The Mongols built an empire with one technological breakthrough Enlarge / Standing in his stirrups, a Mongolian soldier could shoot even while retreating. This was a revolutionary battle tactic at the time. When a man named Temüjin was given the title of Genghis Khan in 1206, the Mongols were a recently united people, tucked away in the northeast corner of Asia. By the time Genghis Khan died in 1227, they were sunning themselves on the shores of both the Paci
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Facebook’s New AI Could Lead to Translations That Actually Make Sense Facebook's new technique borrows from image recognition to make translations faster and more accurate. And it's free. The post Facebook’s New AI Could Lead to Translations That Actually Make Sense appeared first on WIRED .
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Lizards might lose their gut bacteria to climate change—and that's not great Environment A lizard’s health is in its gut Climate change may alter the gut bacteria of the common lizard, making it harder for it to survive. Read on.
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Nutrition researchers aim to make science more accessible to young minds and the publicU of I nutrition researchers have studied the piglet as a translational model to understand which aspects of early brain development are affected by nutrition interventions. Now, after helping to publish several scientific papers on nutrition and infant brain development they are working on ways to bring the science of what they study out of the lab and into the hands -- and minds -- of kids.
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Stereotactic partial breast radiation lowers number of treatments to 5UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers found in a recent phase one clinical trial that stereotactic partial breast radiation was as safe as traditional radiation but decreased treatment time from six weeks to just days.
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Study with a strategy to boost grades in college College students who strategically think about what material will be on their exams and what resources are available for study may get better grades than students who study more, but in a less strategic way, a new study suggests. That’s the key takeaway from new research, which found that applying a strategic approach to studying helped college students improve their exam scores by an average of
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Nearly 1 In 3 Recent FDA Drug Approvals Followed by Major Safety ActionsThe withdrawal of these drugs poses concerns about a push for less regulation -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Noise pollution from gas compressors changes abundance of insects, spidersThe relentless roar of natural gas compressors influences the numbers of insects and spiders nearby, triggering decreases in many types of arthropods sensitive to sounds and vibrations, a collaborative Florida Museum of Natural History study shows.
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Protecting life's tangled ecological websEcosystems are a complex web of interactions. These ecological networks are being reorganized by extinctions and colonization events caused by human impacts, such as climate change and habitat destruction. In a paper published this week in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers from McGill University and University of British Columbia have developed a new theory to understand how complex ecologic
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Researchers develop a cost-effective way to improve optical gas sensors from a common compoundFor many, zinc oxide conjures images of bright stripes down lifeguards' noses. But for researchers in Concordia's Faculty of Arts and Science, ZnO is an exciting compound with important optical and electrical properties.
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Scientists Push to Orbit PlutoAfter New Horizons’ 2015 encounter with the dwarf planet, researchers are hoping to go back—to stay -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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A suspicious mind leads to a suspicious faceIn a series of studies, social psychology researchers show that Black participants who hold suspicious views of Whites visualize White faces, even smiling ones, as less trustworthy, less authentic and sometimes more hostile. The authors suggest there are some potential advantages to these biases, as well as drawbacks.
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Protecting life's tangled ecological websKeeping habitats connected, so that species can move in response to environmental change, is crucial to ecosystem resilience.
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The veins in your brain don't all act the sameCertain blood vessels in the brainstem constrict when blood vessels elsewhere in the body would dilate. And that contrary behavior is what keeps us breathing, according to a new article.
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Will Intelligent Aliens Actually Give a Shit About Us? Image: 20th Century Fox With Ridley Scott’s latest installment in his classic Alien franchise, now’s the perfect time to wildly speculate about extraterrestrials. In Alien: Covenant and so many other movies like it, our cosmic neighbors turn out to be real assholes. They’re always trying to conquer Earth, or eat humans, or do other weird shit, like hunt Arnold Schwarzenegger in the jungle. If you
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RSC activates Large Hadron Collider drama by Oppenheimer playwright Tom Morton-Smith’s The Earthworks, set just before the LHC was switched on at Cern, is the latest collision between science and theatre Tom Morton-Smith was never any good at physics at school. “I was rubbish at science,” he concedes with a laugh, “and I have the opposite of a mathematical brain.” It’s a surprising admission from a playwright whose 2015 breakout hit, Oppenheimer , explored the tr
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Canada Wants Silicon Valley’s Tech Employees TORONTO, Ontario—Despite talk of a business-friendly administration, the U.S. tech sector may face some pretty serious employment challenges under President Donald Trump. First, there was the immigration ban that threatened to stop immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, then the uncertainty about H-1B visas for skilled workers, and finally questions over how the Trump’s administration’
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NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Ella form near FijiThe nineteenth tropical cyclone of the Southern Pacific Ocean season formed and is now threatening Fiji. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an image of the storm shortly after it developed.
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County-by-county disparities in life expectancy are large—20yrs—and growing Enlarge (credit: photosavvy ) For having the largest economy in the world and spending the most on health care , the US has lousy health outcomes . Overall, the US has a 79-year life expectancy, which falls 42 nd worldwide , far below Monaco’s top 89-year life expectancy. When you look closer, things only get worse. Depending on which US county you live in, your life expectancy can vary by a whop
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Forget Pricey SAT Prep. This Free Khan Academy Program Saw Huge Student Gains. The SATs are often criticized for being biased towards wealthy students able to afford expensive tutors and test prep. Khan Academy is aiming to level the playing field through its free tutorial program, made in collaboration with the College Board. New findings by Khan Academy and the College Board showed that students who spent 20 hours on their free program did 60 points better than non-users.
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Most home kitchens in Philadelphia study would earn severe code violationsA pair of studies found that most of the home kitchens in Philadelphia that they examined would get critical code violations if they were judged by the same standards that we hold to the restaurants where we eat.
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Zinc oxide: It's not just for sunscreen and diaper cream!For many, zinc oxide conjures images of bright stripes down lifeguards' noses. But for researchers in Concordia's Faculty of Arts and Science, ZnO is an exciting compound with important optical and electrical properties.
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The veins in your brain don't all act the sameCertain blood vessels in the brainstem constrict when blood vessels elsewhere in the body would dilate. And that contrary behavior is what keeps us breathing, according to a new paper by UConn researchers published May 8 in eLife.
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NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Ella form near FijiThe nineteenth tropical cyclone of the Southern Pacific Ocean season formed and is now threatening Fiji. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an image of the storm shortly after it developed.
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Protecting life's tangled ecological websKeeping habitats connected, so that species can move in response to environmental change, is crucial to ecosystem resilience, according to researchers from McGill University and University of British Columbia.
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Noise pollution from gas compressors changes abundance of insects, spidersThe relentless roar of natural gas compressors influences the numbers of insects and spiders nearby, triggering decreases in many types of arthropods sensitive to sounds and vibrations, a collaborative Florida Museum of Natural History study shows.
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Aging gracefully in the rainforestIn an article that appears in the current issue of Evolutionary Anthropology, researchers synthesize over 15 years of theoretical and empirical findings from long-term study of the Tsimane forager-farmers. In they find productivity and social status peak long after physical strength.
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Four-billion-year-old 'fossil' protein resurrected in bacteria protects them from virusesIn a proof-of-concept experiment, a 4-billion-year-old protein engineered into modern E. coli protected the bacteria from being hijacked by a bacteria-infecting virus. It was as if the E. coli had suddenly gone analogue, but the phage only knew how to hack digital. The ancient protein was similar enough to its present-day analogues that it could function in E. coli but different enough that the ba
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This Machine Gun Robot Will Probably Lead the Uprising One Day GIF GIF made from a US Navy video showing a General Dynamics Land Systems multi-utility tactical transport (MUTT) mounted with a machine gun (US Navy) Do you ever wonder what tomorrow holds? Some people are pretty convinced that the future will be filled with flying cars and jetpacks and robot butlers . But here in the year 2017, I’m not so sure anymore. I have a suspicion that our future might b
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Does LSD 'Microdosing' Really Work? Study Aims to Find OutResearchers in the United Kingdom say they plan to conduct the first rigorous scientific study on the effectiveness of microdosing.
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Facebook created a faster, more accurate translation system using artificial intelligence Technology Tapping a neural network to translate text in chunks Tuesday, Facebook announced that its machine learning experts have created a neural network that translates language up to nine times faster and more accurately than…
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NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Donna and Ella 'bookend' FijiThis island of Fiji appears to be "bookended" by tropical cyclones in imagery from the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite. Tropical Cyclone Donna is west of Fiji and newly developed Tropical Cyclone Ella has developed east of the island.
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Bucking the trend? Layer3 TV sees its future in old-school cable, but with higher techWith more and more internet streaming services making their debut, cable companies and their set-top boxes can look a little old-school.
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3.5-billion-year-old fossils hint life evolved in pond, not seaFossils discovered in rocks in a hot, arid region of Australia raise hopes that we could find evidence of past life on Mars - if it ever existed
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Eggs four times bigger than ostriches’ reveal a giant dinosaurThe creature fossilised as it was breaking out of its huge egg. It would have looked like an overgrown cassowary eight metres long and weighing three tons
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The Circle's Old, Tired Narrative of Women Controlled by Technology The new film The Circle , based on Dave Eggers’s 2013 novel of the same name, offers a familiar world: an internet dystopia in which proliferating screens, pinging alerts, livestreaming video, and near-constant performance evaluations are the iron cage of modern life. The heroine, Mae Holland, played by Emma Watson, takes a job at The Circle, a life-enveloping e-commerce and social-media company.
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The Dismissed EPA Advisers Had Nothing to Do With Regulation Less than three years ago, the threat of an Ebola pandemic caused millions of Americans to fear for their lives. As more than 11,000 people died of the virus in some of the poorest countries in the world—Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone—people in the United States panicked about a pandemic at home. Chris Christie ordered the forcible quarantine of any doctors or nurses returning from one of the
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A Reality Check for Gene-Editing Ethics A graduate student in public health and bioethics has misgivings about whether debating a future technology like gene editing is worthwhile: All of these questions, in my opinion, become wasted energy, because we can’t even DO this yet. And none of them matter, because you haven’t addressed the much larger issue, which is WHO IS PAYING FOR THIS? And that question gets to the heart of why I’m resp
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From Smugglers to Scientists: New Dino Species DescribedThe infamous 'Baby Louie' embryo is a giant oviraptorosaur fossil from China that resembled a gargantuan bird.
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How the Humble Gas Tax Became an American Bogeyman President Trump says he's considering raising the tax for the first time in 23 years. Good luck to him. The post How the Humble Gas Tax Became an American Bogeyman appeared first on WIRED .
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Photos: Fossilized Dino Embryo Is New Oviraptorosaur SpeciesIn 1992, a Chinese farmer discovered an extraordinary fossil: the embryo of a rare and giant bird-like dinosaur that lived 90 million years ago.
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Half of all seniors who went to doctor for common cold prescribed unnecessary antibioticsNearly one in two seniors in Ontario who visited a family doctor for a non-bacterial infection received an unnecessary antibiotic prescription, according to a new study from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) Western site in London, Ontario and Lawson Health Research Institute.
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Nearly 1 in 3 drugs found to have safety concerns after FDA approvalResearchers have found that for drugs approved between 2001 and 2010, nearly 1 in 3 had a postmarket safety event.
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Could there be a 'social vaccine' for malaria?Malaria is a global killer and a world health concern. But while millions of dollars are spent each year searching for innovative health solutions, new research from the University of Alberta suggests part of the answer may begin with mothers in the classroom.The research, published in the journal Pathogens and Global Health, found that maternal education can act as a 'social vaccine' for childhoo
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NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Donna and Ella 'bookend' FijiThis island of Fiji appears to be "bookended" by tropical cyclones in imagery from the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite. Tropical Cyclone Donna is west of Fiji and newly developed Tropical Cyclone Ella has developed east of the island.
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Research elucidates hormone ghrelin's role in blood glucose regulationUT Southwestern research investigating the blood glucose-regulatory actions of the hormone ghrelin may have implications for development of new treatments for diabetes.
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Four-billion-year-old 'fossil' protein resurrected in bacteria protects them from virusesIn a proof-of-concept experiment, a 4-billion-year-old protein engineered into modern E. coli protected the bacteria from being hijacked by a bacteria-infecting virus. It was as if the E. coli had suddenly gone analogue, but the phage only knew how to hack digital. The ancient protein, an ancestral form of thioredoxin, was similar enough to its present-day analogues that it could function in E. co
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Mystisk militær-rumskib lander efter 718 dage i rummetX-37B hedder den ubemandede rumfærge, som landede i weekenden efter rekordlang tid i kredsløb.
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Embryo of Colossal Dinosaur Was Preserved for 90 Million YearsAbout 90 million years ago, a gigantic bird-like dinosaur with a toothless beak and a crest atop its head laid a clutch of enormous eggs. At least one of these eggs never hatched, but rather became the first and only one of its species on record to fossi
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Hexagon Eye of Saturn Stares into Space in Stunning PhotoSaturn's bizarre "eye" — the ringed planet's north polar vortex and surrounding hexagonal jet stream — stares impassively out into space in an amazing photo by NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini probe.
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Mega-Quakes Can Cause Earth’s Crust to Rip Open and Snap ShutLike a crocodile's jaw opening and snapping shut, Earth's crust can rip apart and then violently close back up during an earthquake, a new study finds.
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Pussy, the First Trump-Era Novel, Is a Brutal Satire For the British author Howard Jacobson, there was only one word that would function as the title of his newest book, a fantastical satire about a truculent, egomaniacal, moronic, and entirely charmless child who ascends to a position of enormous power. Pussy is the story of Fracassus, the second child and heir apparent to the “walled Republic of Urbs-Ludus.” His father, the Grand Duke, is one of
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Trump Advisers Call for More Troops in Afghanistan President Trump’s senior military and foreign advisers have called for expanding the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan in an effort to pressure the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government and break the military deadlock in what has been dubbed the U.S.’s longest war. The proposal, first reported by The Washington Post and The New York Times , calls for sending at least 3,000 additiona
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Amazon's Echo Show smart hub has a built-in touchscreen for video calling, selling you stuff Gadgets This $229 smart hub is powered by Alexa and has a 7-inch display. Amazon's flagship Echo device breaks another barrier for smart hubs.
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Did human-like thinking begin 1.8M years ago? By using highly advanced brain-imaging technology to observe modern humans making ancient tools, it is now believed that human-like ways of thinking may have emerged as early as 1.8 million years ago. The findings place the appearance of human-like cognition at the emergence of Homo erectus , an early apelike species of human first found in Africa whose evolution predates Neanderthals by nearly 6
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Lame Grammar Startup Raises Stupid Amount of Money Need any proof that we’re still knee-deep in a tech bubble? Grammar startup Grammarly just raised $110 million in its first round of funding. Advertisement If you haven’t heard of Grammarly—I had not, but our friends at Lifehacker have covered the service before—it’s basically a Chrome extension that promises to check your grammar/spelling as you type stuff in real time. Grammarly claims that it
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Today's Best Deals: Instant Pot, Dremel, Sous-Vide, and More The newest Instant Pot pressure cooker , a $109 sous-vide circulator , and a discounted Dremel starter kit 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 Anker PowerPort 4 (White) , $18 with code BEST2142 | Anker PowerPort+ 1 , $17 with code BEST2012 Anker’s travel friendly PowerPort wall chargers are a great a
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BGRF scientists to present on AI & drug discovery for aging at Korea Future ForumBiogerontology Research Foundation Chief Science Officer Dr. Alex Zhavoronkov will be giving a talk titled 'Drug Discovery Revolution Spiked by Pharma AI' at the Korea Future Forum on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. His talk will be focused upon the application of AI in general and deep learning in particular to drug discovery and drug repurposing to combat ageing and age-related disease.
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Stroke patients take the lead in their rehabilitationEPFL spin-off Intento has developed a patient-controlled electrical-stimulation device that helps stroke victims regain mobility in paralyzed arms. The promising results of the first clinical study are published in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
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Doctors should be paid by salary, not fee-for-service, argue behavioral economistsIn a Journal of the American Medical Association Viewpoint article, Carnegie Mellon University's George Loewenstein and the University of California, Los Angeles' Ian Larkin outline the problems associated with the fee-for-service arrangements that most doctors currently operate under. Such compensation schemes, they argue, create incentives for physicians to order more, and different, services th
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The language you speak changes your perception of time Science Time is relative Different languages frame time differently. Read on.
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Top lab CERN launches key new acceleratorEurope's top physics lab CERN launched its newest particle accelerator on Tuesday, billed as a key step towards future experiments that could unlock the universe's greatest mysteries.
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Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too (Update)Amazon on Tuesday unveiled the latest member of its family of devices powered by its Alexa digital assistant—this one with a touchscreen.
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Assessment concludes urban forests in Chicago region face a warmer, wetter futureIn a first-ever assessment of urban forest vulnerability to climate change in the Chicago region, a team led by the USDA Forest Service concluded that native tree species in a 7-million-acre area may decline while invasive species may thrive with shifts in habitat suitability.
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The first microbial supertree from figure-mining thousands of papersWhile recent reports reveal the existence of more than 114,000,000 documents of published scientific literature, finding a way to improve the access to this knowledge and efficiently synthesise it becomes an increasingly pressing issue.
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Fentanyl can sicken first responders. Here's a possible solutionDan Kallen, a detective in southern New Jersey, was searching a home with fellow officers in August 2015, when they found a bag of white powder. Kallen removed a scoop of powder for testing. When he was done, he closed the bag, and a bit of air escaped, carrying a puff of powder with it. It was enough to send Kallen and a fellow officer to the emergency room.
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Ghana telescope heralds first pan-African array By converting a defunct communications dish, astronomers are breaking ground on Earth and beyond. Nature 545 144 doi: 10.1038/545144a
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Senator Uses Logan to Perfectly Explain the Future of America's Job Market California senator Kamala Harris is the second black woman ever elected to the Senate , a huge policy wonk, an unabashed proponent of dropping f-bombs , and, as luck would have it, a huge X-Men fan. So when she was asked recently about the future of the American job market, she saw an opportunity to use Logan as a teachable moment. Advertisement This was during a recent live taping of Crooked Med
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Larger swaths of tropical forest being lost to commercial agricultureLarger patches of tropical forest are being lost worldwide as governments and corporations clear more land to make way for industrial-scale agriculture, a Duke University study shows.
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Microsoft Is Right: We Need a Digital Geneva Convention Opinion: Just as nations have collaborated on rules of war, today tech companies can team up to stop cyber attacks. The post Microsoft Is Right: We Need a Digital Geneva Convention appeared first on WIRED .
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The biology of our best and worst selves | Robert SapolskyHow can humans be so compassionate and altruistic -- and also so brutal and violent? To understand why we do what we do, neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky looks at extreme context, examining actions on timescales from seconds to millions of years before they occurred. In this fascinating talk, he shares his cutting edge research into the biology that drives our worst and best behaviors.
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The first microbial supertree from figure-mining thousands of papersRecent reports reveal there are more than 114,000,000 published academic papers. Finding ways to efficiently summarize across published knowledge is an increasingly pressing issue. Seeking to address the problem through their PLUTo workflow, British scientists perform the world's first attempt at automated phylogenetic supertree construction using data exclusively extracted by machines from publis
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Larger swaths of tropical forest being lost to commercial agricultureLarger patches of tropical forest are being cleared in recent years to make way for industrial-scale agriculture, a Duke study shows. Analysis of deforestation maps shows that roughly half of the increase in tropical forest loss from 2000 to 2012 was linked to the expansion of these large-scale activities. The trend is most pronounced in Southeast Asia and South America.
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Fentanyl can sicken first responders. Here's a possible solution.Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 50 times more potent than heroin. Even a tiny amount inhaled or absorbed through the skin can be extremely dangerous or deadly. Researchers at NIST have demonstrated how trace detection technologies can be used to avoid accidental exposure.
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Assessment concludes urban forests in Chicago region face a warmer, wetter futureA first-ever assessment of urban forest vulnerability to climate change in the Chicago region suggests that native tree species in a 7-million-acre area may decline while invasive species may thrive with shifts in habitat suitability.
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'Inverse designing' spontaneously self-assembling materialsResearchers are exploring how molecular simulations with the latest optimization strategies can create a more systematic way of discovering new materials that exhibit specific, desired properties. More specifically, they did so by recasting the design goal to the microscopic, asking which interactions between constituent particles can cause them to spontaneously 'self-assemble' into a bulk materia
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Oldest evidence of life on land found in 3.48-billion-year-old Australian rocksFossil evidence of early life has been discovered by UNSW Sydney scientists in 3.48 billion year old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara of Western Australia -- pushing back by 3 billion years the earliest known existence of inhabited terrestrial hot springs on Earth. The find has implications for the search for life on Mars.
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First baby of a gigantic Oviraptor-like dinosaur belongs to a new speciesFirst baby of a gigantic Oviraptor-like dinosaur belongs to a new species. The new species, named Beibeilong, lived about 90 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. It is described by a joint Chinese-Canadian-Slovakia team based on a number of large eggs and an associated embryo that were collected in China in the early 1990s but then exported out of the country.
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Looking at light to explore superconductivity in boron-diamond filmsMore than a decade ago, researchers discovered that when they added boron to the carbon structure of diamond, the combination was superconductive. Since then, growing interest has been generated in understanding these superconducting properties. With this interest, a research group in India focused on a Fano resonance in a heavily boron-doped diamond (BDD) that involves the vibrational mode of dia
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Long-term use of quinine for muscle cramps associated with increased risk of deathLong-term off-label use of quinine, still prescribed to individuals with muscle cramps despite Food and Drug Administration warnings of adverse events, is associated with an increased risk of death, according to a study published by JAMA.
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Combination treatment for advanced lung cancer does not improve survivalAmong patients previously treated for a type of advanced lung cancer, use of a combination treatment did not improve progression-free or overall survival, according to a study published by JAMA.
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Screening for thyroid cancer not recommendedThe US Preventive Services Task Force recommends against screening for thyroid cancer in adults without any signs or symptoms. The report appears in the May 9 issue of JAMA.
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Safety events common for pharmaceuticals and biologics after FDA approvalAmong more than 200 new pharmaceuticals and biologics approved by the US Food and Drug Administration from 2001 through 2010, nearly a third were affected by a postmarket safety event such as issuance of a boxed warning or safety communication, according to a study published by JAMA.
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New safety concerns identified for 1 in 3 FDA-approved drugsNearly 1 out of every 3 drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have a new safety issue detected in the years after approval, says a Yale-led study. While most of the safety concerns are not serious enough to require withdrawal of a drug from the market, the finding highlights the need for ongoing surveillance of new drugs in the post-market period, said the researchers.
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Scientists develop more efficient catalytic material for fuel cell applicationsScientists at Ames Laboratory have discovered a method for making smaller, more efficient intermetallic nanoparticles for fuel cell applications, and which also use less of the expensive precious metal platinum.
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No evidence that enrichment activities encourage pupils to study STEM A-levelsThere is no evidence to suggest enrichment activities run to interest pupils in science, technology, engineering and maths results in significantly higher numbers of teenagers studying these subjects at A-level.
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Researchers use Twitter to track the flu in real time"This flu is horrendous. Can't breathe, can't sleep or eat. Muscles ache, fever 102. Should have gotten the shot. Time for a movie marathon."
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Oldest Evidence of Life on Earth Possibly Found in Australian RocksThe oldest traces of life on Earth may have been found in 3.48-billion-year-old rocks from Australia.
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Irony: Levees Could Make River Flooding WorseHigher levees in some areas make flooding worse in other areas, and development continues behind all the berms -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Researchers develop transistors that can switch between two stable energy statesEngineers are unveiling an upgrade to the transistor laser that could be used to boost computer processor speeds - the formation of two stable energy states and the ability to switch between them quickly.
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Is Kushner Companies Taking Advantage of Its Connection to the President? It’s difficult to overstate just how unusual Jared Kushner’s role in the American government is. Since becoming a senior adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, the 36-year-old has—despite having no prior government experience—been put in charge of an ever-expanding policy portfolio , ranging from restructuring the federal government to resolving the conflicts between Israel and Pal
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The unlocked Galaxy S8 is now available for preorder in the US Enlarge / The Samsung Galaxy S8+. (credit: Ron Amadeo) In the US, Samsung is all-in on the carrier-driven purchasing model. When the Galaxy S8 launched last month, it was only available locked to a US carrier. Today, US customers are finally able to plunk down some cash for the unlocked US version at Bestbuy.com or Samsung.com . Both devices will ship May 31, giving the carrier-locked versions ab
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Biomass crop acts as refuge for brown hare - scientistsAn exotic grass planted as a biomass crop could be a valuable habitat for the brown hare, scientists say.
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'Baby Louie,' the Fossilized Dinosaur Embryo | VideoA fossilized dinosaur embryo from China is proof that a previously unknown species of giant oviraptorosaur lived about 90 million years ago.
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Celebrated ‘Baby Louie’ Fossil Identified as New Dinosaur Species The fossilized remains of a Late Cretaceous dinosaur embryo that famously graced the cover of National Geographic in the 1990s have been identified as a new species of oversized oviraptorosaur. Weighing nearly 2,500 pounds as adults, these dinos were the largest roosting animals to ever appear on Earth—tending to nests as big as a monster truck tire. Advertisement A new study published in Nature
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A Third of New Drugs Hit the Market With Side Effects No One Knew About Image: Derek Gavey /Flickr Let’s say you’ve got some pretty severe arthritis pain. Your doctor prescribes you the same anti-inflammatory they’ve prescribed everyone else, and it works! This new drug has given you new life! But then, you start hearing disturbing news reports—the same drug seems to be causing an increase in the rates of heart attacks and strokes. What do you do? How do you weigh th
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First baby of a gigantic Oviraptor-like dinosaur belongs to a new speciesA new species of giant bird-like dinosaur—which tended to enormous nests that were bigger than a monster truck tire—has been discovered in Henan, China.
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'Inverse designing' spontaneously self-assembling materialsResearchers at the University of Texas at Austin are exploring how molecular simulations with the latest optimization strategies can create a more systematic way of discovering new materials that exhibit specific, desired properties.
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Looking at light to explore superconductivity in boron-diamond filmsMore than a decade ago, researchers discovered that when they added boron to the carbon structure of diamond, the combination was superconductive. Since then, growing interest has been generated in understanding these superconducting properties.
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Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories

Oldest evidence of life on land found in 3.48-billion-year-old Australian rocksFossil evidence of early life has been discovered by UNSW scientists in 3.48 billion year old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara of Western Australia - pushing back by 3 billion years the earliest known existence of inhabited terrestrial hot springs on Earth.
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Lessening radiation risk for children with congenital and acquired heart diseaseNewly released recommendations for pediatric radiation safety will be discussed during the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 2017 Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. Leading experts will discuss these recommendations during theImage Gently Campaign: Radiation Safety in Pediatric Catheterization session, Wednesday, May 10, 3:00 p.m.CDT.
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Researchers use Twitter to track the flu in real timeAn international team led by Northeastern University professor Alessandro Vespignani has developed a unique computational model to project the spread of the seasonal flu in real time. It uses posts on Twitter in combination with key parameters of each season's epidemic, including the incubation period of the disease, the immunization rate, how many people an individual with the virus can infect, a
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No evidence that enrichment activities encourage pupils to study STEM A-levelsThere is no evidence to suggest enrichment activities run to interest pupils in science, technology, engineering and maths results in significantly higher numbers of teenagers studying these subjects at A-level.
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Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University scientists develop more efficient catalytic materialScientists at Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University have discovered a method for making smaller, more efficient intermetallic nanoparticles for fuel cell applications, and which also use less of the expensive precious metal platinum.
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Researchers develop transistors that can switch between 2 stable energy statesEngineers are unveiling an upgrade to the transistor laser that could be used to boost computer processor speeds -- the formation of two stable energy states and the ability to switch between them quickly.
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Computer-generated doctor explains test results to patientsA computer-generated physician, now under development at the University of Illinois, explains diabetes and cholesterol test results to would-be patients in videos designed for viewing on electronic medical record portals. The goal of the project is to make electronic medical record portal messages more useful and engaging for patients, particularly older adults with lower levels of health literacy
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What will happen to farmers like me when Brexit turns our industry upside down? | Edward Barker Uncertainty seems the only thing we can be sure of after 25 years of EU regulation. But this could also be an opportunity to make decisions for ourselves I manage a mixed 500 hectare farm in Northamptonshire growing cereals, and supporting a beef and sheep enterprise. As the weeks went by during the Brexit referendum campaign, it became clear that the plight of British agriculture was something o
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Elusive atomic motion captured by electron microscopyThe movement of atoms through a material can cause problems under certain circumstances. Atomic-resolution electron microscopy has enabled researchers to observe for the first time a phenomenon that has eluded materials scientists for many decades.
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Futurity.org

Writing your divorce story can be good for your heart Keeping a journal after a divorce can improve your cardiovascular health—but only if you write a story—not just a list of your feelings. The findings come from a study of 109 separated or divorced men and women who split from their partners about three months, on average, before the start of the research. Participants were divided randomly into three groups. Those assigned to the traditional expr
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Gizmodo

This Incredibly Catchy Drum and Bass Track Was Made Using Only Video Game Weapon Sounds GIF It’s only May, but there’s a good chance we’ve already found our song of the summer. Eclectic Method is back with another pop culture mashup, but this time he’s created an incredibly catchy Drum and Bass earworm by painstakingly assembling the sounds of video game weapons being fired and reloaded. Advertisement It might not take the clubs by storm, but the next time you’re blasting your way t
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Foss satser stort på kunstig intelligens og digitaliseringMed en samlet investering på én milliard kroner over de næste fem år går måleudstyrsproducenten Foss all-in på digitalisering. Databehandling skal være kommercielle produkter på lige fod med de fysiske måle­instrumenter.
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Childhood bullying linked to health risks in adulthoodChildhood bullying may lead to long-lasting health consequences, impacting psychosocial risk factors for cardiovascular health well into adulthood, according to a new study. The unique study tracked a diverse group of over 300 American men from first grade through their early thirties and the findings indicate that being a victim of bullying and being a bully were both linked to negative outcomes
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Jumping to your death? Motivations of extreme sportsResearchers have debunked the myth that extreme sportsmen and women are adrenalin junkies with a death wish, according to a new study.
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Tell me what languages you know and I'll tell you how you readThe languages we speak influence several factors that we rely on for our ability to read, such as visual attention and phonological processes. So concludes a new study that could have implications in teaching and in the diagnosis of dyslexia and other reading problems.
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IBS patients (can't get no) satisfaction, UB study findsA new University at Buffalo study of 483 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) revealed that many factors that contribute to patient satisfaction are beyond the doctor's control.
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Deadspin The 2008 Celtics Went On TV And Whined About Ray Allen | Jezebel You’ve Gotta See the Birth Deadspin The 2008 Celtics Went On TV And Whined About Ray Allen | Jezebel You’ve Gotta See the Birthday Cake Amal Bought George | The Root Black Passenger Says American Airlines Forced Her to Give Up Her 1st-Class Seat, but Let Her White Friend Remain | Fusion Watching This Republican Liar Getting Torn Apart by His Constituents Is So Beautiful |
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See new photos of Egypt and Palestine during WWI More than 2,000 unseen images of Egypt and Palestine during World War I depict an often-overlooked theater of the war. In a series of roadshows in Wales and England, members of the public shared photographs, postcards, and memories dating from the period of the First World War. “The images…represent an otherwise unseen and unpublished resource,” says professor Paul Nicholson of Cardiff University
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Linguistics Breakthrough Heralds Machine Translation for Thousands of Rare LanguagesOnline translation services work for fewer than 100 of the world’s 7,000 languages. A new machine translation technique could change that.
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The Stranger Things That Turned 13 Reasons Why Into Netflix’s Biggest Sleeper Hit How controversy can make a show last beyond the binge-watch. The post The Stranger Things That Turned 13 Reasons Why Into Netflix's Biggest Sleeper Hit appeared first on WIRED .
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How abusive bosses make themselves miserable When leaders abuse their power over others, they end up feeling the negative effects, too, a new study suggests. “We always think those who have power are better off, but having power is not universally or exclusively good for the power holder,” says Trevor Foulk, who led the research as a doctoral student at University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business. Foulk and his fellow researchers
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Norway supermarket chain pioneers battery recycling machinesNorway's second-largest supermarket chain said Tuesday it has introduced reverse vending machines that give customers discount coupons for new batteries when they deposit old ones for recycling.
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Yes, stinging nettles sting. But they have many assets too.At a time of year when weeds may be getting the better of you, what sweet revenge it is to turn them into an asset. Eat them!
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A new tool to decipher evolutionary biologyA new bioinformatics tool to compare genome data has been developed. The program called 'ModelFinder' uses a fast algorithm and allows previously not attainable new insights into evolution.
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U.S. Life Expectancy Varies Significantly Based on LocationThe average American lifespan is rising, but big disparities among different areas remain -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Satellite images reveal gaps in global population data Algorithms help to produce precise maps of where people in developing countries live and work. Nature 545 141 doi: 10.1038/545141a
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Astronauts experience decrease in blood vessel function during spaceflight, study findsAstronauts aboard the International Space Station have decreased physical fitness because of a decrease in the way oxygen moves through the body, according to a Kansas State University kinesiology study.
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How Varroa mites take advantage of managed beekeeping practicesAs the managed honey bee industry continues to grapple with significant annual colony losses, the Varroa destructor mite is emerging as the leading culprit. And, it turns out, the very nature of modern beekeeping may be giving the parasite the exact conditions it needs to spread nearly beyond control.
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Can seeing the Facebook logo make you crave social media?A new study examined how social media cues such as the Facebook logo may affect frequent and less frequent social media users differently, sparking spontaneous hedonic reactions that make it difficult to resist social media cravings. The intriguing results are reported in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
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Oversized landforms discovered beneath the Antarctic ice sheetFormer ice sheets occupying Scandinavia and North America left numerous landforms on today's surface that witness of their hydrological system underneath them. However, most landforms have, so far, never been observed under contemporary ice sheets - not least because they are relatively small and buried under kilometer thick ice.
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Research yields new details about trap-jaw antsTrap-jaw ants, with their spring-loaded jaws and powerful stings, are among the fiercest insect predators, but they begin their lives as spiny, hairy, fleshy blobs hanging from the ceiling and walls of an underground nest. New research provides the first detailed descriptions of the larval developmental stages of three species of Odontomachus trap-jaw ants.
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The Atlantic

A Double Dose of Lawlessness Not since the 1956 fall TV season pitted Steve Allen against Ed Sullivan on Sunday night prime time has there been such a brutal head-to-head video matchup—oral argument in the Fourth Circuit in International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump streaming at the same time as former acting Attorney General Sally Yates’s testimony before a panel of the Senate Judiciary Committee. At issue in the two
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The Atlantic

What's So Great About 350 Degrees? The machines of modern meal-making are tools of considerable precision. This is the age of bluetooth-enabled meat thermometers and smartphone-powered toaster ovens, devices that reflect the idea that food-making is more science than art. This isn’t new. The latest kitchen machinery merely builds on a longstanding obsession with culinary exactness—a fixation that’s long been shaped by emerging tec
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Quanta Magazine

How Heat Kills Cells Above a certain temperature, a cell will collapse and die. One of the most straightforward explanations for this lack of heat hardiness is that the proteins essential to life — the ones that extract energy from food or sunlight, fend off invaders, destroy waste products and so on — often have beautifully precise shapes. They start as long strands, then fold into helixes, hairpins and other config
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Ars Technica

The intelligent intersection could banish traffic lights forever Ali Reza Fayazi Whenever we hear a speech from a politician, policy maker, or auto executive extolling the virtues of the self-driving car, it's usually in reference to safety. Little wonder, considering that roughly 40,000 people died on US roads in 2016 (which is a marked uptick from the year before). Humans are not universally good drivers, and many have paid with their lives over time. But th
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Key role for microRNA in inflammatory bowel diseaseAn international team of researchers has discovered that a microRNA produced by certain white blood cells can prevent excessive inflammation in the intestine. The study shows that synthetic versions of this microRNA can reduce intestinal inflammation in mice and suggests a new therapeutic approach to treating patients with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
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Can seeing the Facebook logo make you crave social media?A new study examined how social media cues such as the Facebook logo may affect frequent and less frequent social media users differently, sparking spontaneous hedonic reactions that make it difficult to resist social media cravings.
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Astronauts experience decrease in blood vessel function during spaceflight, study findsA Kansas State University kinesiology study has found that astronauts aboard the International Space Station have decreased physical fitness because of a decrease in the way oxygen moves through the body.
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How Varroa mites take advantage of managed beekeeping practicesAs the managed honey bee industry continues to grapple with significant annual colony losses, the Varroa destructor mite is emerging as the leading culprit. And, it turns out, the very nature of modern beekeeping may be allowing the mite to 'co-opt' several honey bee behaviors to its own benefit and disperse widely, even though the mite itself is not a highly mobile insect.
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NHGRI researchers home in on mutation profiles of clear cell endometrial cancerNHGRI researchers and their collaborators identify mutations in the TAF1 gene in clear cell endometrial cancer (CCEC) tumors; shed light on the underlying genomic changes that are likely to be important in driving development of this a rare but clinically aggressive form of endometrial cancer.
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Personality factors are best defense against losing your job to a robotWorried robots will take your job? Researchers say people who are more intelligent and who showed an interest in the arts and sciences during high school are less likely to fall victim to automation.
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Gizmodo

Be Prepared for Shorts Season With Today's Amazon Gold Box Up to 60% Off Lee Clothing It’s finally getting hot outside again, which means it’s time to break out the shorts . If you need some new options for your wardrobe, Amazon’s discounting dozens of Lee shorts, capris, skirts, and other garments that leave parts of your leg exposed to just $18-$25 . Just note that like all Gold Box deals, these prices are only available today, or until sold out.
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935 MW - og så stopper den danske solcellefestDe gamle fordelagtige støtteordninger til solceller er ved at være udfaset. Herefter er udbredelsen af solceller i fare for at stagnere.
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WIRED

Amazon’s ‘Echo Show’ Gives Alexa the Touchscreen It Needed Now that there's a screen in the Echo universe, there's almost nothing you and Alexa can't do. The post Amazon's 'Echo Show' Gives Alexa the Touchscreen It Needed appeared first on WIRED .
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The Atlantic

Sage, Ink: Boys’ Club
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Gizmodo

Amazon Just Announced the Touchscreen Echo Nobody Asked For Image: Amazon Hold onto your butts, ladies and gents, because Amazon just announced a new grandmaster Echo gadget with the company’s voice-assistant technology built in. It’s called the Echo Show . It’s got a touchscreen. It’s got wi-fi and Bluetooth. It costs $230. And it’s even creepier than its siblings. Advertisement At its core, the Echo Show is just a regular Echo with a 7-inch screen. That
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Live Science

Dead Orca Contained Highest Levels of Toxins Ever Recorded in a WhaleThis could be the world's most polluted whale.
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Dagens Medicin

Nordjylland stiller strengere krav til vikarbureauerVikarbureauerne skal være endnu mere grundige, når de undersøger lægers baggrund før ansættelse i Region Nordjylland.
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Dagens Medicin

Hvidovre Hospital får professor i hurtig og præcis diagnostik Forskningschef og nyudnævnt professor vil øge brugen af biomarkører i akutmodtagelsen.
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NASA team pursues blobs and bubbles with new PetitSat missionFiguring out how plasma bubbles and blobs affect one another and ultimately the transmission of communications, GPS, and radar signals in Earth's ionosphere will be the job of a recently selected CubeSat mission.
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Surprise! When a brown dwarf is actually a planetary mass objectSometimes a brown dwarf is actually a planet—or planet-like anyway. A team led by Carnegie's Jonathan Gagné, and including researchers from the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) at Université de Montréal, the American Museum of Natural History, and University of California San Diego, discovered that what astronomers had previously thought was one of the closest brown dwarfs to our own Su
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Energy efficiency is important to wireless and broadcast networksWhen a digital TV system operates with excess transmit power there is no benefit for either the user or broadcaster. New research has found that by deploying a spatially adaptive broadcast system, broadcast powers can be reduced by up to 35 per cent, reducing carbon emissions and saving money.
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Abusing power hurts leaders, tooWe know that power can corrupt, making people act in ways that harm others. But new research from the University of Florida shows that when the powerful misbehave, they hurt themselves, too.
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21st century cures emerge as 20th century science maturesMost of the new drugs approved by the FDA since 2010 arose from basic scientific research that was initiated in the 1970s or 1980s, a new study from Bentley University has found. The analysis shows that development of new targeted and biological therapeutics rest on the maturation of basic science over decades. The research, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, appears as scientists are increa
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A suspicious mind leads to a suspicious faceIn a series of studies, social psychology researchers show that Black participants who hold suspicious views of Whites visualize White faces, even smiling ones, as less trustworthy, less authentic and sometimes more hostile. The authors suggest there are some potential advantages to these biases, as well as drawbacks. The results are published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.
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A portable measuring device to detect optimum ripeness in tomatoesTomatoes ripen in various phases in which the colour of the fruit undergoes changes. A piece of research by the UPV/EHU's Department of Analytical Chemistry has used a portable Raman spectrometer, an instrument widely used in other fields such as analyzing works of art, to monitor tomatoes. By using this mobile measuring device that analyses the molecular composition of the fruit, the producer can
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New strategy to enhance the efficiency of cereal straw for biofuel productionStraw is commonly used for feeding animals, burning, baling, etc. As one of the "Three Canton Treasures", straw can actually be used as a raw material to produce biofuel.
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Your Next Hot Gadget May Be Designed, Not Just Built, in ChinaAs consumer electronics innovation goes through an awkward phase, some Chinese manufacturers are trying their hand at building the future.
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Gizmodo

Your Favorite Paperweight May Be a Plesiosaur Bone The plesiosaur vertebra (Image: Ryan F. Mandelbaum) A spacious yellow hall connecting galleries and a museum service entrance sits beneath the main rotunda of New York’s American Museum of Natural History. A bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt lounges on a bench in the middle, and Roosevelt-themed dioramas line the walls. It’s a hall passed through, a pleasant detour on the way from the life-size
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Study refutes findings behind challenge to Sierra Nevada forest restorationEcologists have found significant flaws in the research used to challenge the US Forest Service plan to restore Sierra Nevada forests to less dense, and less fire-prone, environments.
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Gizmodo

It Took Three Years to Film This Spectacular Timelapse of Hundreds of Blooming Flowers GIF GIF: Vimeo As a follow-up to his short film entitled Fall that we shared almost five years ago , filmmaker Jamie Scott spent the past three years filming a sequel called Spring , which features incredible timelapse footage of hundreds of flowers blossoming as they usher in warmer weather. Advertisement Filmed using a Canon 5D Mark II—which resulted in hefty 5K video clips because every frame
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Mixed valence states in lead perovskitesScientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology have reported an unusual charge distribution of Pb2+Pb4+3Co2+2Co3+2O12 for a perovskite PbCoO3 synthesized at 12 GPa, with charge orderings in the A and B sites of an ABO3 perovskite. This strategy can possibly lead to the production of next-generation materials with fascinating properties such as supercond
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Closing the gate to mitochondriaEukaryotic cells contain thousands of proteins, which are distributed to different cellular compartments with specific functions. A German-Swiss team of scientists led by Prof. Dr. Bettina Warscheid from the University of Freiburg and Prof. Dr. André Schneider from the University of Bern has developed the method "ImportOmics". This method enables the scientists to determine the localization of pro
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Personality factors are best defense against losing your job to a robotNew research has found that IQ, along with an early interest in the arts and sciences, predicts who is likely to fall victim to automation in the workplace.
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Research yields new details about trap-jaw antsTrap-jaw ants, with their spring-loaded jaws and powerful stings, are among the fiercest insect predators, but they begin their lives as spiny, hairy, fleshy blobs hanging from the ceiling and walls of an underground nest. New research provides the first detailed descriptions of the larval developmental stages of three species of Odontomachus trap-jaw ants.
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Surprise! When a brown dwarf is actually a planetary mass objectSometimes a brown dwarf is actually a planet -- or planet-like anyway. A team discovered that what astronomers had previously thought was one of the closest brown dwarfs to our own Sun is in fact a planetary mass object.
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Mosquito-borne viruses like Zika may be spread at lower temperatures, potentially expanding impactTransmission of mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika, occur at lower temperatures than previously thought, a recently released study co-authored by two researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, Fla., shows. The study, led by Stanford University, used data collected by the USF researchers to create a model showing the potential effects of temperatures and temperature change on
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Right-or left-handedness affects sign language comprehensionThe speed at which sign language users understand what others are 'saying' to them depends on whether the conversation partners are left- or right-handed, a new study has found.
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Primary care hepatitis C treatment program shows promise for success, broader implementationBy employing a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care, Boston Medical Center's (BMC) Adult Primary Care Practice successfully treated 66 patients with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), or one-fifth of those referred into the program.
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Energy efficiency is important to wireless and broadcast networksNew research has found that by deploying a spatially adaptive broadcast system, broadcast powers can be reduced by up to 35 per cent, reducing carbon emissions and saving money.
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What's the best way for patients with inflammatory bowel disease to address abdominal painWhen researchers analyzed published studies on how to treat recurrent abdominal pain among patients with inflammatory bowel disease, which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, stress management appeared to be a promising strategy.
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Oversized landforms discovered beneath the Antarctic ice sheetA team of scientists led by the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium) and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences (Germany) have now discovered an active hydrological system of water conduits and sediment ridges below the Antarctic ice sheet.
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A molecular rivet for long-range force transmissionResearchers from the Mechanobiology Institute, Singapore at the National University of Singapore have described, for the first time, how plastin, an actin-bundling protein, acts as a molecular rivet, providing global connectivity to the cortex underlying the plasma membrane of embryonic cells to facilitate polarization and cell division.
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Australia Incinerates 'Irreplaceable' Plant Specimens After Paperwork ErrorDuring the time that the paperwork was being sorted out, the collection was destroyed.
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Futurity.org

Diamond probe reveals electricity in graphene A quantum probe based on an atomic-sized “color center” in diamonds has let researchers observe the flow of electric currents in graphene. Made up of a lattice of carbon atoms only one atom thick, graphene is a key material for the electronics of the future. The thin carbon material is stronger than steel and due to its flexibility, transparency, and ability to conduct electricity, holds great pr
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Homo naledi's surprisingly young age opens up more questions on where we come fromScientists today announced that the Rising Star Cave system has revealed yet more important discoveries, only a year and a half after it was announced that the richest fossil hominin site in Africa had been discovered, and that it contained a new hominin species named Homo naledi by the scientists who described it.
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Primitive hominid lived alongside modern humansScientists have discovered that primitive hominids lived in Africa at the same time as humans -- the first time this has been established.
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Study refutes findings behind challenge to Sierra Nevada forest restorationA study led by ecologists at UC Berkeley has found significant flaws in the research used to challenge the U.S. Forest Service plan to restore Sierra Nevada forests to less dense, and less fire-prone, environments.
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Mutations let birch trees thrive where they live Researchers have sequenced the genomes of 80 birch trees, which offer raw material for papermaking, construction, furniture-building, and more. “Birch is one of the major trees for forest products in the Northern Hemisphere. Others, like spruce, pine, and poplar, all have genome sequences, but birch did not—until now,” says biologist Victor Albert of the University at Buffalo. “We sequenced about
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Scientists solve 400-year-old mystery of Prince Rupert's drops(Phys.org)—Researchers have finally answered a question that has stumped scientists since the early 1600s: Why are the heads of tadpole-shaped pieces of glass called "Prince Rupert's drops" so strong?
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Ars Technica

Massive vulnerability in Windows Defender leaves most Windows PCs vulnerable Enlarge (credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Image) A massive and rather embarrassing remote code execution vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft's MsMpEng, the malware protection engine used by Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials, Microsoft Forefront, and Microsoft Endpoint in almost every recent version of Windows (7, 8, 8.1, 10, and Server 2016). Notably, Windows Defender i
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Science struggles on in my ravaged country Venezuela’s researchers strive to work amid the breakdown of democracy, often without water or power, says Benjamin Scharifker. Nature 545 135 doi: 10.1038/545135a
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Family Medicine and Community Health journal volume 5, issue number 1 publishesThe Spring 2017 issue a special issue entitled 'The Global Burden of Preventable Cancer Mortality,' Guest Editor: Roger J. Zoorob, includes an editorial, seven original research articles, one review article and two China Focus articles addressing various topics in family medicine in both China and internationally.
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Pupils' mental health improved through school-based program, study showsSchool-aged children can be taught to better their mental health through intervention programmes delivered at school, suggests a new study carried out in east London and led by an academic at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
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Abusing power hurts leaders, tooWe know that power can corrupt, making people act in ways that harm others. But new research from the University of Florida shows that when the powerful misbehave, they hurt themselves, too.
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Age no barrier for back surgery benefitsPeople 65 and older benefit just as much from an operation for a slipped disc in the lower back as younger patients.
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Mixed valence states in lead perovskitesScientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology have reported an unusual charge distribution of Pb2+Pb4+3Co2+2Co3+2O12 for a perovskite PbCoO3 synthesized at 12 GPa, with charge orderings in the A and B sites of an ABO3 perovskite. This strategy can possibly lead to the production of next-generation materials with fascinating properties such as supercond
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Laser pulses reveal the superconductors of the futureA new study has revealed that the dream of more efficient energy usage can turn into reality. An international collaboration, led by the scientists of Italy's SISSA in Trieste, Università Cattolica di Brescia and Politecnico di Milano used suitably tailored laser pulses to snap the electronic interactions in a compound containing copper, oxygen and bismuth. This research opens new perspectives for
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Study reveals low adoption of advice to reduce nuclear cardiology radiation exposureA study in 65 countries has revealed low adoption of International Atomic Energy Agency recommendations to reduce nuclear cardiology radiation exposure. The research is presented today at ICNC 2017 by Dr. Edward Hulten, a cardiologist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, USA.
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Researchers provide update on popular fish model of developmentAnnual killifish are an excellent animal model for research on interactions between genes and the environment during development. A new article describes the development of one particular South American species of this fish in great detail and updates the classic embryo staging guide developed in 1972.
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New ambulatory monitoring device offers window into stomach's bioelectrical activityA first-of-its-kind portable wireless device developed by an NYIT-led research team can monitor stomach motility to enable physicians to measure and ultimately better understand gastric slow wave activity.
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Closing the gate to mitochondriaA team of researchers develops a new method that enables the identification of proteins imported into mitochondria.
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Dad's involvement with baby early on associated with boost in mental developmentFathers who interact more with their children in their first few months of life could have a positive impact on their baby's cognitive development.
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Researchers uncover key role for microRNA in inflammatory bowel diseaseAn international team of researchers has discovered that a microRNA produced by certain white blood cells can prevent excessive inflammation in the intestine. The study, 'Myeloid-derived miR-223 regulates intestinal inflammation via repression of the NLRP3 inflammasome,' which will be published May 9 in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, shows that synthetic versions of this microRNA can reduce
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33 anbefalinger skal gøre Danmark til digital frontløberHvis Danmark ikke skal sakke bagud i det digitale kapløb, skal der gang i nye initiativer som for eksempel indførelse af programmering i folkeskolen og bedre adgang til testfaciliteter for SMV’er. Det er nogle af pointerne i Det Digitale Vækstpanels anbefalinger.
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Ars Technica

Amazon Echo Show: Alexa-powered touchscreen speaker launches June 28 Enlarge Amazon will reportedly launch a new version of its Echo speaker that features a seven-inch touchscreen and the ability to make Internet-based telephone calls. The new device, dubbed the Amazon Echo Show, will be powered by Amazon's AI assistant Alexa , and—in addition to making phone calls and video calls—will also allow display shopping results from voice services. While Amazon is yet to
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Ars Technica

Strafe: Difficult, randomly generated Quake-like kicks ‘90s ass Strafe gameplay demonstration. (video link) You would be forgiven for getting tired of procedurally generated and "roguelike" video games. Too often, these types of games rely on the gimmick of random content, as opposed to finely crafted, enjoyable experiences. Math and procedural trickery don't make up for a game whose difficulty or boredom doesn't come with a payoff. You'd also be forgiven for
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Gizmodo

Why FaceApp's Selfie Filters Work So Well and Why They Don't Image: CharlieMcBride/Flickr Creative Commons Over the past few weeks, Facebook and Instagram feeds have been flooded with creepily realistic facial transformations produced by “ FaceApp ,” a free app for iOS and Android whose filters add smiles to photos, alter faces to make them older or younger, and even make them “male” or “female.” The app’s startling believability is made possible by neural
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Mountain Biker Narrowly Avoids Getting Mauled by a Bear Image: YouTube / Dušan Vinžík Sports are fun, right? You get to go outside, smell the dirt, use your muscles, hear the wind in the trees. It’s all fun and games until a goddamn bear shows up to eat you. Advertisement That’s exactly what happened to a pair of mountain bikers in Slovakia recently. Out of nowhere, a rather large dog-shaped object that was actually a goddamn bear came charging up the
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Extreme weather just might encourage us to get our act together on global warmingMuch has been written about our incredible psychological ability to ignore or gloss over the threat of climate change. According to Irina Bokova, director general of UNESCO, "the gap between what we know about the interconnectedness and fragility of our planetary system and what we are actually doing about it is alarming. And it is deepening". This gap between knowing and doing can be explained, i
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Transition-metal free carbon-carbon bond-forming reaction: vinylation of azaallyls(Phys.org)—Certain functional groups tend to show up often in natural products and biologically relevant molecules. Among those functional groups are allylic amines. The typical protocols for the synthesis of allylic amines involve a carbon-carbon coupling reaction that requires a transition metal catalyst. However, transition metal catalysts tend to be expensive, particularly if a reaction is don
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