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Maximum Drama, Minimum Change: Iran's Presidential Elections “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient,” wrote Noam Chomsky, “is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” Chomsky’s observation aptly captures Iran’s May 19 presidential election, which has become a two-man race between centrist incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi. Barring major fraud and
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Study compares different measures of body fat for predicting kidney function declineIn a new study, a higher amount of body fat was linked with an increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Simple ways of measuring body size -- such as waist circumference or body mass index -- provided similar information on risk as more sophisticated methods, such as imaging scans, to measure different types of body fat.
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The Markets Aren't Taking Well to Political Instability Markets don’t take well to uncertainty, so they don’t much like political instability. When U.S. trading closed on Wednesday, the Dow had dropped 373 points, after news reports alleged that the president had asked former FBI Director James Comey to end the investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign and that in an Oval Office meeting Trump had revealed sensitive intelligence inf
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Study: Fishing Induces Gene Expression ChangesHarvesting lab-raised zebrafish based on their size led to differences in the activity of more than 4,000 genes, as well as changes in allele frequencies of those genes, in the fish that remained.
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Strange Snail Love Triangle Leaves 'Lefty' Jeremy Without a PartnerIt may sound like the plot of a twisted romantic comedy, but after a public campaign to find Jeremy — a snail with a rare left-spiraling shell — another "lefty" partner, the poor snail is still looking for love.
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Photos: 'Lefty'-Shelled Snails Have 'Righty' BabiesJeremy is a rare snail, and despite many efforts by his caretakers, he is still looking for love.
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Brain fights West Nile Virus in unexpected wayA biochemical self-destruct trigger found in many types of cells takes on a different role in brain cells infected with West Nile virus. In a turnabout, it guards the lives of these cells and calls up the body's defenses. Neurons might be protected by this otherwise self-demise mechanism because they are non-renewable and too important to kill off.
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NASA inspector questions why agency built rocket test stands in Alabama Enlarge / Then-NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, right, visits the newest member of Marshall's skyline—Test Stand 4693—on December 14, 2015, with astronaut Butch Wilmore, center. (credit: NASA ) As part of rocket development, aerospace engineers extensively test booster components before they are assembled into a larger launch vehicle. To that end, NASA has built two big test stands at Marshall
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Flushing fallopian tubes with poppy seed oil boosts fertilityA 100-year-old treatment in which women have their fallopian tubes flushed with oil makes them more likely to get pregnant without IVF treatments
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Here's How Much Bubble Wrap You Need To Wrap A Giant Whale Heart Image Courtesy of Jacqueline Waters, Royal Ontario Museum It’s not every day one stumbles upon a 400 pound whale heart, but when you do, you put that shit in a museum. Thankfully, that’s exactly what the folks at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) did when they uncovered a dead blue whale in Newfoundland back in 2014. Since then, biologist Jacqueline Miller and her team at ROM have been working tirel
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First radio detection of lonely planet disk shows similarities between stars and planet-like objectsFirst radio observations of the lonely, planet-like object OTS44 reveal a dusty protoplanetary disk that is very similar to disks around young stars. This is unexpected, given that models of star and planet formation predict that formation from a collapsing cloud, forming a central object with surrounding disk, should not be possible for such low-mass objects. Apparently, stars and planet-like obj
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Will Your Summer Be Uncomfortably Hot? Image: NOAA It’s hot . It’s been hot . It’s going to be hot . The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration just released its 2017 summer temperature outlook for the United States. And hopefully this won’t surprise you, but chances are that this summer will be hotter than average. The map might look confusing, at least it confused me at first, since red usually means “hotter” and blue usually m
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A single mutation may explain why Zika exploded in the Americas (credit: US DHHS ) A single mutation may explain why Zika suddenly erupted from obscurity to become the alarming re-emerging infectious disease it is today, researchers report in Nature . According to researchers from Texas and China, the mutation boosts Zika’s ability to hop into feasting mosquitoes that can then shuttle the virus to more victims. Based on archived viral strains, the mutation po
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What "Classified Information" Means, and What Happens If You Divulge It Photo by Michelangelo Carrieri . The media is ablaze over President Trump sharing classified information with Russian foreign officials —but what is classified information exactly? And what happens if you disclose it? Good news: You’ve been granted clearance to acquire this not-quite-top-secret knowledge. What Classified Information Is Generally speaking, classified information is knowledge or ma
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Trilobites: Ladybugs Pack Wings and Engineering Secrets in Tidy Origami PackagesUsing high-speed cameras, a transparent artificial wing and other techniques, researchers in Japan created a window into how ladybugs fold their wings.
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'Throw It in Their Faces': Artists Grapple With North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' DURHAM, N.C.—How do you throw a festival devoted to futurism and progressive music in a state that’s a poster child for socially conservative policies? That question faced the organizers of Moogfest, an annual four-day gathering, this year. The festival relocated to Durham , an increasingly hip city with a growing tech scene, last year after stints in New York City and Asheville, North Carolina.
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A WannaCry Flaw Could Help Some Windows XP Victims Get Files Back A French researcher says he's found a tool that could help some fraction of victims running that older Windows version. Just don't reboot! The post A WannaCry Flaw Could Help Some Windows XP Victims Get Files Back appeared first on WIRED .
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Stormy Weather: Are We Well Prepared For The Next Disaster? Is the country well prepared for a summer of record heat, flash floods and extreme weather? (Image credit: Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
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Gallery: All of Android O’s totally revamped emoji MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—We're live at Google I/O, where Android O's second developer preview arrived with almost no new announced features. This was mostly an under-the-hood update for the developer preview, and it's apparently stable enough to be declared a "beta" now. In terms of user-facing features, though, there's not a lot to talk about. One big surprise was the total overhaul of Android's em
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Fidget Toys Aren't Just HypeFidget items can have practical uses that help people calm down and stay focused. The problem with spinners may be that they require visual attention, which can distract users and others nearby.
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Antibodies from Ebola survivor protect mice and ferrets against related virusesResearchers funded in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of NIH, have studied the blood of an Ebola survivor, searching for human antibodies that might effectively treat people infected with Ebola virus and those infected with related viruses. The researchers have identified two such antibodies that hold promise as Ebola treatments.
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New comprehensive national database advances gun policy researchWhile the number of firearms' laws has nearly doubled in the US in the last 26 years, the increase has not been consistent, with some states even decreasing the number of laws, leading to an increasing disparity in the scope of laws potentially impacting violence, according to new research led by the Boston University School of Public Health.
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Eating more fruits and vegetables may lower risk of blockages in leg arteriesEating three or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day may lower your risk of developing blockages in leg arteries.
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This Discounted Dyson Is Designed With Allergy Sufferers In Mind Refurb Dyson Ball Allergy , $233 Dyson dominates the list of our readers’ favorite vacuums, and the powerful Dyson Ball Allergy has a big refurb sale on Amazon, today only. $233's still a lot to spend on a vacuum, but in addition to powerful suction and a maneuverable design, this particular model features a whole-system HEPA filtration system to keep dust and other allergens out of the air. And
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Drone Footage Solves Mystery Purpose of Narwhal’s ‘Unicorn’ Tusk | VideoResearchers observed wild narwhals using their tusks to hunt fish, hitting and stunning them to make the fish easier to consume.
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Uber Doesn’t Want You to See This Document About Its Vast Data Surveillance System Image by Jim Cooke The ever-expanding operations of Uber are defined by two interlocking and zealously guarded sets of information: the things the world-dominating ride-hailing company knows about you, and the things it doesn’t want you to know about it. Both kinds of secrets have been in play in the Superior Court of California in San Francisco, as Ward Spangenberg, a former forensic investigato
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How My Daily Commute as a 20-Something White Woman Taught Me About the National Political Situation Illustration: Jim Cooke/GMG. Image via Shutterstock. On Thursday, our friend and former colleague Jia Tolentino wrote, “ The Personal-Essay Boom Is Over ” for the New Yorker . Respectfully, Jia, it isn’t. Advertisement It’s 11 a.m. and I’m walking down Fulton Street, past the mom-and-pop shops, the beautiful brick-and-glass methadone clinic, past that old, funny man who hangs out on the bench on
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Want People to Believe Fake News? Repeat it Often, Says New Study. A new study from Yale researchers found that people rate familiar fake news as more accurate than unfamiliar real news. This is a troubling finding that makes the fight against fake news increasingly difficult. Read More
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Infographic: How We Spend Our Days Visualization of how the average working American adult spends the days of his or her life. Read More
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US forecasters: Here comes another hotter than normal summerU.S. forecasters are predicting another warmer than normal summer for most of the country along with wetter weather in a swath of states stretching from Texas to Montana.
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Watch This Parrotlet Nail a Long JumpThis palm-size parrot uses a touch of wing to leap from branch to branch so it can save energy as it looks for dinner or a mate. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Dealmaster: Get a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 laptop with Kaby Lake CPU for just $469 Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains , we've got a new batch of deals to share. Today, you can get a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 notebook, complete with a Core i7 Kaby Lake CPU, 1TB SATA hard drive, 8GB of RAM, and Windows 10 Pro, for just $469. That's a great price compared to its original $799 price, so take advantage of the deal now while you can. Check out the full list of d
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Scientists Craft Caterpillar 'Dummies' To Tempt Predators | VideoResearchers modeled thousands of clay caterpillars to tempt insect-eating predators and study global feeding patterns.
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Study: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online adsThe risks far outweigh the benefits for most consumers in their response to personalized online ads, known as online behavioral advertising, suggests a study by University of Illinois advertising professor Chang-Dae Ham. The perception of risk drives consumers to greater privacy concerns and to avoid the advertising. The ad industry may want to reconsider its approach as a result, he said. The stu
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Rising seas set to double coastal flooding by 2050: studyRising sea levels driven by global warming are on track to dramatically boost the frequency of coastal flooding worldwide by mid-century, especially in tropical regions, researchers said Thursday.
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Study: Consumers see much greater risk than reward in online adsPersonalized ads now follow us around the web, their content drawn from tracking our online activity. The ad industry has suggested we're OK with it - that we see benefits roughly equal to perceived risks.
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Research shows the impact of invasive plants can linger long after eradicationIt is easy to assume that getting rid of invasive plants will allow a local ecosystem to return to its natural state, with native vegetation flourishing once again. But a new study featured in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management shows the impact of weedy invaders can linger for years.
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Joe Lieberman Is a Leading Contender for FBI Director President Trump confirmed that Joe Lieberman is among his top picks to be director of the FBI, just over a week after the stunning firing of James Comey. Lieberman, who represented Connecticut for 24 years in the Senate until 2013, would be a highly unusual choice to lead the powerful law-enforcement agency. Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said “we're very close to an FBI director
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New coral reef fish species shows rare parental care behaviorThe vast majority of coral reef fish produce large numbers of young that disperse into the ocean as larvae, drifting with the currents before settling down on a reef. Giacomo Bernardi, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz, studies reef fish that buck this trend and keep their broods on the reef, protecting the young until they are big enough to fend for themselves.
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Cancer therapy may work in unexpected way, study findsAntibodies to the proteins PD-1 and PD-L1 have been shown to fight cancer by unleashing the body's T cells, a type of immune cell. Now, researchers have shown that the therapy also fights cancer in a completely different way, by prompting immune cells called macrophages to engulf and devour cancer cells.
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Scientists describe origins of topographic relief on TitanFluid erosion has carved river networks in at least three bodies in our solar system in the form of water on Earth and Mars and liquid hydrocarbons on Titan. A new report in Science examines the global drainage patterns of these worlds to shed light on their geologic past.
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The curious case of the caterpillar's missing microbes Certain insects, and perhaps some vertebrates, lack permanent microbial residents in their intestines. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.21955
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Cell mechanism that transforms electrical signals into chemical ones explainedFreiburg scientists explain the cell mechanism that transforms electrical signals into chemical ones.
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The Appalling Cost of Women's Health Care Under the American Health Care Act Image: AP The details are far from final, but no matter which way you slice it, at this point it seems clear that if the American Health Care Act passes, millions of Americans will see good health care become far less accessible. Advertisement Add to the list: women. After the bill passed in the House earlier this month, it’s now up to the Senate to pass it as is, retool it, or scrap it altogethe
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Sensors detect disease markers in breathA small, thin square of an organic plastic that can detect disease markers in breath or toxins in a building's air could soon be the basis of portable, disposable sensor devices. By riddling the thin plastic films with pores, University of Illinois researchers made the devices sensitive enough to detect at levels that are far too low to smell, yet are important to human health.
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Deconstructing osmosis provides insight for medical and industrial useOsmosis, the fluid phenomenon responsible for countless slug deaths at the hands of mischievous children, is fundamentally important not only to much of biology, but also to engineering and industry. Most simply put, osmosis refers to the flow of fluid across a membrane driven by a (solute) concentration difference—like water from a salted slug's cells or absorbed by the roots of plants.
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Human attraction is weird and confusing—and it’s about way more than looks Science Looks matter, but so do sounds and smells. Tinder and Bumble would be a lot more effective if you could smell the person. Better yet, if you could smell them and hear them. Read on.
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Volvo says no more diesel engines, the future is electric Enlarge / Hakan Samuelsson, chief executive officer of Volvo Cars. (credit: Linus Hook/Bloomberg | Getty Images ) Volvo Cars has come down with a case of electric fever, and the cure is "no more diesel engines." The company's CEO, Håkan Samuelsson, recently told German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that Volvo's current diesel engines may well be the last of their kind. Samuelsson sai
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Newly discovered brain network offers clues to social cognitionBy studying rhesus monkeys, researchers have identified a brain network dedicated to processing social interactions -- a discovery that offers tantalizing clues to the origins of our ability to understand what other people are thinking.
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NASA mission uncovers a dance of electrons in spaceNASA's MMS mission studies how electrons spiral and dive around the planet in a complex dance dictated by the magnetic and electric fields, and a new study revealed a bizarre new type of motion exhibited by these electrons.
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Scientists Glued Fake Caterpillars On Plants Worldwide. Here's What Happened Predators that attacked the clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks, which were later analyzed to help figure the critter's risk of getting eaten. That analysis revealed a striking pattern. (Image credit: Chung Yun Tak/Science)
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Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costsUsing neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down the cost of creating biofuels. The research focused on a class of copper-dependent enzymes called lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs), which bacteri
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Researchers probe a unique marine animal for insights into human vascular systemAt first glance, Botryllus schlosseri is pretty nondescript.
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Scientists perform first-principles simulation of transition of plasma edge to H-modePhysicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have simulated the spontaneous transition of turbulence at the edge of a fusion plasma to the high-confinement mode (H-mode) that sustains fusion reactions. The detailed simulation is the first basic physics, or first-principles-based, modeling with few simplifying assumptions.
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Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteriesRice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by resolving something that has long stumped researchers: the dendrite problem.
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WIRED

Everyone Stop Freaking Out Over Italy’s Supervolcano A new study suggests that the Campi Flegrei might be closer to an eruption than we thought. But don't let that keep you up at night. The post Everyone Stop Freaking Out Over Italy's Supervolcano appeared first on WIRED .
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Do ‘disorganized’ neighborhoods make us drink? A neighborhood with more poverty and disorganization may play a greater role in problem drinking than the availability of bars and stores that sell hard liquor, new research shows. While there is evidence for the link between neighborhood poverty and alcohol use, the new twist—that socioeconomics are more powerful environmental factors than even access to the substance itself—suggests that improv
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100-year-old fertility technique reduces need for IVFInfertile couples have a major opportunity to achieve a successful pregnancy without the need for IVF, thanks to new research into a 100-year-old medical technique.
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The Case for Building Electric RoadsThe falling price of lithium-ion batteries may mean that electrified streets don’t make sense for private cars—but could be useful for public transit.
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Ars Technica

Talks on planned laptop ban for European-US flights end with no deal Enlarge (credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Images via Getty Images ) Discussions over keeping laptops and large electronics out of more US-bound flight cabins ended yesterday without an agreement to widen the ban. In March, the US Department of Homeland Security barred US-bound passengers from 10 airports from taking any electronics larger than a cell phone onto planes. The UK instituted a similar ban, bu
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Smoking out sources of in-home air pollutionAn ambitious study has investigated various factors that contribute to air pollution inside the house. Not surprisingly, cigarette smoke emerged as a major source of airborne particles in homes with smokers, but cleaning products, candles, frying food and marijuana smoking also jumped out as in-home air polluters. It's the first study to identify marijuana as a significant source of in-home air po
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Resurrecting identities in the AndesAncient people were complex just like you, but until recently, archaeologists' understanding of human identities from the past were limited to broad labels like gender and social status. A new model is combining biological and cultural data to look at the lives of people living in ancient Chile. By studying individuals, researchers are gaining better insight into cultural shifts that took place ov
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Customized, frequent emails show promise in tobacco cessationSmokers who received frequent, tailored emails with quitting tips, motivational messages, and social support had cessation rates rivaling that of the most effective medication available for cessation.
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Natural resistance to malaria linked to variation in human red blood cell receptorsResearchers have discovered that protection from the most severe form of malaria is linked with natural variation in human red blood cell genes. A study has identified a genetic rearrangement of red blood cell glycophorin receptors that confers a 40 percent reduced risk from severe malaria. This opens a new avenue of research for malarial therapeutics.
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Ebola Survivor's Blood Could Lead to Future VaccineBlood from one survivor of the West African Ebola outbreak contains remarkable antibodies.
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Titan’s riverbeds show a terrain built more like Mars than EarthSaturn’s largest moon resembles Earth with its rivers and mountains, but it came by its topography very differently - and could still be active today
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New coral reef fish species shows rare parental care behaviorThe vast majority of coral reef fish produce large numbers of young that disperse into the ocean as larvae, drifting with the currents before settling down on a reef. A few reef fish, however keep their broods on the reef, protecting the young until they are big enough to fend for themselves. On a recent trip to the Philippines, researchers discovered a new species of damselfish that exhibits this
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History of Titan's landscape resembles that of Mars, not EarthIn a paper published in Science, researchers report that Titan, like Mars but unlike Earth, has not undergone any active plate tectonics in its recent past. The upheaval of mountains by plate tectonics deflects the paths that rivers take. The team found that this telltale signature was missing from river networks on Mars and Titan.
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Fake caterpillar study reveals global pattern in predationA new study revealing the world's prime insect predation hotspots, achieved its landmark findings using an unusual aid: plasticine 'dummy caterpillars.' The new study has revealed a global pattern of predation on insect herbivores. The trends observed were surprising, revealing that predatory behavior in the tropics is not driven by birds or mammals but by ants and other small arthropods.
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Another reason to exercise: Burning bone fat a key to better bone healthIt's a fat-burning secret anyone interested in bone health should know. For the first time, researchers show that exercising burns the fat found within bone marrow and offers evidence that this process improves bone quality and the amount of bone in a matter of weeks.
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Insight into enzyme's 3-D structure could cut biofuel costsUsing neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down the cost of creating biofuels.
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Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteriesRice University scientists build high-capacity lithium metal batteries with anodes made of a graphene-carbon nanotube hybrid. The anodes quench the formation of damaging dendrites.
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Trilobites: Between a T. Rex’s Powerful Jaws, Bones of Its Prey ExplodedPaleontologists calculated the bite force of the fearsome prehistoric predators and provided more evidence that they were opportunistic scavengers.
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NASA's IceBridge Mission Ends Its 'Best Year Ever'The 2017 spring campaign was "the most ambitious" data-collection mission over Greenland yet.
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Deconstructing osmosis provides insight for medical and industrial useNew research into osmosis-driven behavior now provides a more granular theoretical understanding of the deterministic mechanisms, report scientists in two new papers. The first paper deconstructs the molecular mechanics of osmosis with high concentrations, and generalizes the findings to predict behavior for arbitrary concentrations. The second piece of the study then simulates via molecular model
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The Atlantic

The Trump Administration Says It's Ready to 'Modernize' NAFTA The Trump administration has announced its intention to move forward on one of its most prominent campaign promises: renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. In a two-page letter to Congress, recently approved U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stated that the administration “intends to initiate negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding modernization” of the a
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The Actual 'Single Greatest Witch Hunt of a Politician' in U.S. History It’s been a turbulent 11 days in the Trump administration. From the abrupt firing last week of former FBI Director James Comey to the appointment Wednesday of former FBI Director Robert Mueller to be the special prosecutor leading the investigation into Russian interference of the 2016 election, the Trump presidency has earned its title, as my colleague McKay Coppins described it, as “one of the
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Can a Pill Make You More Moral? Image: Sonny Abesamis /Flickr It’s a reasonable goal to want everyone on Earth to be more moral. Maybe there’d be less suffering, and people would be happier or more prosperous. But what is morality? Are there any drugs that can make us more moral humans? Are they ready for us to debate about their use? Advertisement Moral enhancers, be they drugs or other treatments, have become a hot topic of d
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Moon orbits third largest dwarf planet in our solar systemAstronomers have uncovered a moon orbiting the third largest dwarf planet, 2007 OR10, in the frigid outskirts of our solar system called the Kuiper Belt.
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Data sharing can offer help in science's reproducibility crisisCriticism that researchers in the psychological and brain sciences are failing to reproduce studies -- a key step in the scientific method -- may have more to do with the complexity of managing data, rather than an attempt to hide methods and results, according to researchers.
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Monkeys Have a Specialized Brain Network for Sizing Up Others' ActionsNeural circuitry lets macaques figure out what's going on in social interactions -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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Evolution in butterfly eye dependent on sex, scientists findBy analyzing both the genes that control color detecting photoreceptors and the structural components of the eye itself, evolutionary biologists have discovered male and female butterflies of one particular species have the unique ability to see the world differently from each another because of sex-related evolutionary traits.
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Icy ring surrounds young planetary systemALMA has made the first complete millimeter-wavelength image of the ring of dusty debris surrounding the young star Fomalhaut. This remarkably well-defined band of rubble and gas is likely the result of exocomets smashing together near the outer edges of a planetary system 25 light-years from Earth.
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Recommendations for certifying emotional support animalsLittle consensus exists when it comes to the certification of 'emotional support animals' (ESAs). These animals usually have little or no specific training, which poses a challenge for mental health professionals who are asked to certify them. Now, researchers have conducted a survey to examine what techniques and instruments mental health professionals are using to aid in their determinations of
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Scientists perform first-principles simulation of transition of plasma edge to H-modePPPL physicists have simulated the spontaneous transition of turbulence at the edge of a fusion plasma to the high-confinement mode that sustains fusion reactions. The research was achieved with the extreme-scale plasma turbulence code XGC developed at PPPL in collaboration with a nationwide team.
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Predators are real lowlifesBy deploying green clay caterpillar models across six continents, researchers unmasked an important global pattern. Their discovery that predation is most intense near sea level in the tropics provides a foundation for understanding biological processes from crop protection and carbon storage to the effects of climate change on biodiversity.
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Could a Facehugger Implant an Alien in Your Butt? Salutations, my pensive postage meters. In honor of Prometheus 2: The Search for Michael Fassbender’s Severed Head’s Gold , I bring you an answer to the biggest mystery in the Alien universe. Plus, the best Game of Thrones episode, the age conundrums of both Gotham and the Star Wars prequels, and... ( dun dun dunh ) I know the death which awaits me. Don’t want to miss that! Hug It Out TonyC: I’ve
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Destiny 2 gameplay debuts, will land on PC exclusively through Battle.net Enlarge (credit: Sam Machkovech) LOS ANGELES—After more than a year of teases , Destiny 2 finally received a gameplay reveal on Thursday. In news that will probably shock no one, the online-shooter sequel sure looks a lot like the original Destiny , only with serious polish applied. The original game's three distinct classes of Titan, Hunter, and Warlock return with the kind of sequel start-over
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Check out how much quicker Formula E has gotten in just three years Enlarge / Renault E.Dams Formula E Team's Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi in the Monaco Formula E Grand Prix at the Circuit de Monaco. (credit: YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images) Formula E is a rather divisive racing series. Some people—including us here at Ars—love the fact that there's some fresh thinking in motorsport. Others find the idea of electric racing cars stupid. These critics think they'r
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Google Thinks It Has Cracked the VR Adoption ProblemIt’s launching a high-end wireless headset and new software improvements that might finally make you want to try virtual reality.
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Venezuela's Crisis Deepens, Protests Escalate Since April 1, daily anti-government protests across Venezuela have frequently devolved into clashes with riot police, leaving thousands arrested, hundreds injured, and 43 dead. Opposition activists are protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, blaming him for a crippling economic crisis that has caused widespread food shortages for years. Venezuelan opposition leaders are de
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Untangling the genetic legacy of tomato domesticationFavorable mutations that went along with increased fruit size and other beneficial traits in tomato plants do not always play well together. A study published in Cell found that natural mutations in two important tomato genes that were selected for different purposes in breeding can cause extreme branching and reduce fruit yield when they occur in the same plant. The researchers used those genes t
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Researchers create a T-shirt that monitors the wearer's breathing rate in real timeResearchers have created a smart T-shirt that monitors the wearer's respiratory rate in real time. This innovation paves the way for manufacturing clothing that could be used to diagnose respiratory illnesses or monitor people suffering from asthma, sleep apnea, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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Hybrid protein offers malaria protectionRare hybrid protein that spans red blood cell membranes offers some protection against malaria.
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Why Are Thousands of Clay Caterpillars Swarming the Globe?Scientific discovery takes patience, determination, focus and perseverance. And sometimes it also takes 2,879 Plasticine caterpillars.
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These scientists made 2,879 tiny clay caterpillars and hid them all over the world Animals It's a bug-eat-bug world Scientists sculpted 2,879 clay caterpillars, and mailed them around the world to see how many predators would bite.
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ISIS video shows off 'new' weapons based on old tech Military War never changes, it just iterates. New ISIS weapons are iterations on old designs.
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Antarctic has seen widespread change in last 50 years, moss study revealsIn 2013, researchers studying mosses and microbes growing at the southern end of the Antarctic Peninsula documented unprecedented ecological change over the last 50 years, driven by warming temperatures. Now, the same research group has confirmed that those striking changes in the Antarctic are widespread, occurring all across the Peninsula.
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New coral reef fish species shows rare parental care behaviorThe vast majority of coral reef fish produce large numbers of young that disperse into the ocean as larvae, drifting with the currents before settling down on a reef. A few reef fish, however keep their broods on the reef, protecting the young until they are big enough to fend for themselves. On a recent trip to the Philippines, researchers discovered a new species of damselfish that exhibits this
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Newly discovered brain network offers clues to social cognitionBy studying rhesus monkeys, researchers have identified a brain network dedicated to processing social interactions -- a discovery that offers tantalizing clues to the origins of our ability to understand what other people are thinking.
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Fake caterpillar study reveals global pattern in predationA new Oxford University collaboration revealing the world's prime insect predation hotspots, achieved its landmark findings using an unusual aid: plasticine 'dummy caterpillars.'The new study published in Science has revealed a global pattern of predation on insect herbivores. The trends observed were surprising, revealing that predatory behaviour in the tropics is not driven by birds or mammals b
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MOFs provide a better way to remove water from gasA breakthrough in generating water-stable metal-organic frameworks allows efficient removal of water from gases.
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Study finds history of Titan's landscape resembles that of Mars, not EarthIn a paper published in Science, researchers report that Titan, like Mars but unlike Earth, has not undergone any active plate tectonics in its recent past. The upheaval of mountains by plate tectonics deflects the paths that rivers take. The team found that this telltale signature was missing from river networks on Mars and Titan.
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Natural resistance to malaria linked to variation in human red blood cell receptorsResearchers have discovered that protection from the most severe form of malaria is linked with natural variation in human red blood cell genes. A study from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and their collaborators has identified a genetic rearrangement of red blood cell glycophorin receptors that confers a 40 percent reduced risk from severe malaria. P
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NIH researchers identify key regulator of fetal growth in miceA protein called ZFP568 regulates an important fetal growth hormone called insulin-like growth factor 2 (Igf2), according to a mouse study led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The study is one of the first to show that KRAB-zinc finger proteins, which are well-known for silencing viral genes left over from ancient infections, can also play an essential role in fetal and placent
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This gene variant reduces the risk of severe malaria by 40 percentResearchers have identified gene variants present in some subpopulations of Africans that help these individuals ward off severe malaria.
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A neural explanation for 'monkey see, monkey do'Researchers have identified a neural circuit in primates that is exclusively devoted to the analysis of social interactions, like grooming, playing, and fighting.
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Deciphering the fluid floorplan of a planetAn assessment of ancient drainage systems on Earth, Mars and Titan provides new insights into the topography-generating mechanisms on planetary bodies.
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Want to avoid predators? Head to the polesThe pressure of predation increases towards lower latitudes and elevations, a new study modeling herbivore arthropods across the globe finds.
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Tiny bite marks reveal a global pattern in predationA new study deploys 'dummy caterpillars' across the world to reveal predation hotspots -- and who is behind them.
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Scientists identify unique cell-signaling system in some S. pneumoniae strainsSome strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae -- a disease-causing bacterium -- possess a cell-to-cell signaling system that may influence gene expression and virulence in co-colonizing strains, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens.
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New algorithm tracks neurons in bendy brain of freely crawling wormScientists at Princeton University have developed a new algorithm to track neurons in the brain of the worm Caenorhabditis elegans while it crawls. The algorithm, presented in PLOS Computational Biology by Jeffrey Nguyen and colleagues, could save hundreds of hours of manual labor in studies of animal behavior.
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Deaths from Chagas disease under-reportedChagas disease, affecting millions of people in Central and South America, is classified as one of the 17 most important neglected diseases by the World Health Organization. Now, researchers have found that even the non-symptomatic stage of Chagas infection, which can last for many years, more than doubles a person's risk of death. The new study, published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, also
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Blocking promiscuous activation at cryptic promoters directs cell type-specific gene expression To selectively express cell type–specific transcripts during development, it is critical to maintain genes required for other lineages in a silent state. Here, we show in the Drosophila male germline stem cell lineage that a spermatocyte-specific zinc finger protein, Kumgang (Kmg), working with the chromatin remodeler dMi-2 prevents transcription of genes normally expressed only in somatic lineag
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Lineage-dependent spatial and functional organization of the mammalian enteric nervous system The enteric nervous system (ENS) is essential for digestive function and gut homeostasis. Here we show that the amorphous neuroglia networks of the mouse ENS are composed of overlapping clonal units founded by postmigratory neural crest–derived progenitors. The spatial configuration of ENS clones depends on proliferation-driven local interactions of ENS progenitors with lineally unrelated neuroec
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Global drainage patterns and the origins of topographic relief on Earth, Mars, and Titan Rivers have eroded the topography of Mars, Titan, and Earth, creating diverse landscapes. However, the dominant processes that generated topography on Titan (and to some extent on early Mars) are not well known. We analyzed drainage patterns on all three bodies and found that large drainages, which record interactions between deformation and erosional modification, conform much better to long-wav
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Hydrolytically stable fluorinated metal-organic frameworks for energy-efficient dehydration Natural gas must be dehydrated before it can be transported and used, but conventional drying agents such as activated alumina or inorganic molecular sieves require an energy-intensive desiccant-regeneration step. We report a hydrolytically stable fluorinated metal-organic framework, AlFFIVE-1-Ni (KAUST-8), with a periodic array of open metal coordination sites and fluorine moieties within the co
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High-harmonic generation in graphene enhanced by elliptically polarized light excitation The electronic properties of graphene can give rise to a range of nonlinear optical responses. One of the most desirable nonlinear optical processes is high-harmonic generation (HHG) originating from coherent electron motion induced by an intense light field. Here, we report on the observation of up to ninth-order harmonics in graphene excited by mid-infrared laser pulses at room temperature. The
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Bragg coherent diffractive imaging of single-grain defect dynamics in polycrystalline films Polycrystalline material properties depend on the distribution and interactions of their crystalline grains. In particular, grain boundaries and defects are crucial in determining their response to external stimuli. A long-standing challenge is thus to observe individual grains, defects, and strain dynamics inside functional materials. Here we report a technique capable of revealing grain heterog
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Higher predation risk for insect prey at low latitudes and elevations Biotic interactions underlie ecosystem structure and function, but predicting interaction outcomes is difficult. We tested the hypothesis that biotic interaction strength increases toward the equator, using a global experiment with model caterpillars to measure predation risk. Across an 11,660-kilometer latitudinal gradient spanning six continents, we found increasing predation toward the equator
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A dedicated network for social interaction processing in the primate brain Primate cognition requires interaction processing. Interactions can reveal otherwise hidden properties of intentional agents, such as thoughts and feelings, and of inanimate objects, such as mass and material. Where and how interaction analyses are implemented in the brain is unknown. Using whole-brain functional magnetic resonance imaging in macaque monkeys, we discovered a network centered in t
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21st-century rise in anthropogenic nitrogen deposition on a remote coral reef With the rapid rise in pollution-associated nitrogen inputs to the western Pacific, it has been suggested that even the open ocean has been affected. In a coral core from Dongsha Atoll, a remote coral reef ecosystem, we observe a decline in the 15 N/ 14 N of coral skeleton–bound organic matter, which signals increased deposition of anthropogenic atmospheric N on the open ocean and its incorporati
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ATP as a biological hydrotrope Hydrotropes are small molecules that solubilize hydrophobic molecules in aqueous solutions. Typically, hydrotropes are amphiphilic molecules and differ from classical surfactants in that they have low cooperativity of aggregation and work at molar concentrations. Here, we show that adenosine triphosphate (ATP) has properties of a biological hydrotrope. It can both prevent the formation of and dis
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A placental growth factor is silenced in mouse embryos by the zinc finger protein ZFP568 Insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) is the major fetal growth hormone in mammals. We identify zinc finger protein 568 (ZFP568), a member of the rapidly evolving Kruppel-associated box–zinc finger protein (KRAB-ZFP) family linked primarily to silencing of endogenous retroelements, as a direct repressor of a placental-specific Igf2 transcript (designated Igf2-P0 ) in mice. Loss of Zfp568 , which ca
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Three-dimensional Ca2+ imaging advances understanding of astrocyte biology Astrocyte communication is typically studied by two-dimensional calcium ion (Ca 2+ ) imaging, but this method has not yielded conclusive data on the role of astrocytes in synaptic and vascular function. We developed a three-dimensional two-photon imaging approach and studied Ca 2+ dynamics in entire astrocyte volumes, including during axon-astrocyte interactions. In both awake mice and brain slic
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Ephrin B1-mediated repulsion and signaling control germinal center T cell territoriality and function Follicular T helper (T FH ) cells orchestrate the germinal center (GC) reaction locally. Local mechanisms regulating their dynamics and helper functions are not well defined. Here we found that GC-expressed ephrin B1 (EFNB1) repulsively inhibited T cell to B cell adhesion and GC T FH retention by signaling through T FH -expressed EPHB6 receptor. At the same time, EFNB1 promoted interleukin-21 pro
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UK government watchdog examining political use of data analyticsThe Information Commissioner has started a formal investigation into the use of data by political parties, including the use of Facebook and Twitter
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The Therapist Comforts the Troubled Musician Music is often talked about as a form of therapy—after all a DJ can, as Indeep told us , save a life from a broken heart. It’s also often said that making music is like visiting a shrink; Ed Sheeran, in fact, just this month called songwriting “a form of therapy.” Yet in the public’s mind, musicians are more bound up with the notion of emotional pain than with emotional health. Perhaps that’s bec
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A Coral to Outlast Climate ChangeStylophora pistillata, a reef coral in the Northern Red Sea, thrived in simulated global-warming conditions.
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These other factors sway who seems ‘too fat’ Gender, race, and age influence our perceptions of people as “too fat” or “thin enough,” research shows. “It looks like obesity is in the eye of the beholder,” says coauthor Vida Maralani, associate professor of sociology at Cornell University. “People are judged differently depending on who they are. ‘Too fat’ in the medical world is objective. You can measure it. But in the social world, it’s n
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Fixing the tomato: CRISPR edits correct plant-breeding snafu Geneticists harness two mutations — each cherished by breeders, but detrimental when combined — to improve on 10,000 years of tomato domestication. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22018
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Lab-grown blood stem cells produced at last Two research teams cook up recipe to make long-sought cells in mice and people. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22000
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Trees in eastern US head west as climate changes Breaking from the general poleward movement of many species, flowering trees take an unexpected turn. Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2017.22001
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Atmosphere discovery makes Trappist-1 exoplanet priority in hunt for alien life An atmosphere that could have enveloped it for billions of years and possible liquid water make planet most likely home for life, say scientists An Earth-sized world that swings around a star in the constellation of Aquarius has become a priority in the search for extraterrestrial life after scientists found that an atmosphere could have enveloped the planet for billions of years. The planet is o
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MOFs provide a better way to remove water from gasA breakthrough in generating water-stable metal-organic frameworks allows efficient removal of water from gases.
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Fake caterpillar study reveals global pattern in predationA new Oxford University collaboration revealing the world's prime insect predation hotspots, achieved its landmark findings using an unusual aid: plasticine 'dummy caterpillars.'
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Study finds history of Titan's landscape resembles that of Mars, not EarthThe environment on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, may seem surprisingly familiar: Clouds condense and rain down on the surface, feeding rivers that flow into oceans and lakes. Outside of Earth, Titan is the only other planetary body in the solar system with actively flowing rivers, though they're fed by liquid methane instead of water. Long ago, Mars also hosted rivers, which scoured valleys across
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New algorithm tracks neurons in bendy brain of freely crawling wormScientists at Princeton University have developed a new algorithm to track neurons in the brain of the worm Caenorhabditis elegans while it crawls. The algorithm, presented in PLOS Computational Biology by Jeffrey Nguyen and colleagues, could save hundreds of hours of manual labor in studies of animal behavior.
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More chocolate flavored peas, please As I watched Willy Wonky & the Chocolate Factory for the first time, I sat in awe as the somewhat obnoxious Miss Violet Beauregard chewed the gum of my dreams. Willy Wonka proudly explained that the gum would go through three stages of flavors, starting with ‘tomato soup’, then changing to ‘roast beef and baked potato’, before ending with ‘blueberry pie and ice cream.’ I spent the rest of the aft
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Deconstructing osmosis provides insight for medical and industrial useNew research into osmosis-driven behavior now provides a more granular theoretical understanding of the deterministic mechanisms, appearing as a pair of publications this week in The Journal of Chemical Physics. The first paper deconstructs the molecular mechanics of osmosis with high concentrations, and generalizes the findings to predict behavior for arbitrary concentrations. The second piece of
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FDA-approved drug helps treat rare immunologic disease, study findsAdding the injectable drug mepolizumab to standard treatment for eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA), a rare immunologic disease, significantly improved clinical outcomes among participants in an advanced clinical trial, scientists report.
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