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astma forhindres i barndommen ved udsættelse for bakterier

Early-Life Microbes Ward Off AsthmaExposure to specific microbes when an infant is less than a year old seems to have a protective effect against the child's eventual acquisition of asthma. —

cellemodel for anorexi-spiseforstyrrelse (ved anvendelse af stamceller)

Model of anorexia nervosa created using stem cellsAn international research team has created the first cellular model of anorexia nervosa (AN), reprogramming induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) derived from adolescent females with the eating disorder.

glyphosat er ikke carcinogent

Popular weedkiller doesn't cause cancer: EU agencyThe EU's chemicals agency said Wednesday that glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used weedkillers, should not be classed as a carcinogen.

heroin medfører epigenetisk gen-ekspressionspåvirkning (histon-acetylering)

Epigenetic alteration a promising new drug target for heroin use disorderThe past few years have seen an explosion of heroin abuse and deaths from opiate overdose. But little is known about the molecular underpinnings of heroin addiction. A new study has found that heroin use is associated with excessive histone acetylation, an epigenetic process that regulates gene expression. More years of drug use correlated with higher levels of hyperacetylation. The study provides

hudinfektion behandlet med bakterieholdig creme

Bacteria-Enriched Lotion Battles Skin InfectionsResearchers took bacteria from patients' skin, cultured them in a lab, and then put these bacteria into a lotion.

kriminalitet: scanning af hjernen kan vise om personen handler velvidende om en kriminalitet

Scientists predict crime knowledge states in the human brainScientists and lawyers speak different languages, but there is common ground. Scientists working in a multi-institutional team with legal authorities have discovered that brain imaging can determine whether someone is acting in a state of knowledge about a crime.

uranpåvisning med laser

Laser pulses in air detect uranium from afar A technique for detecting enriched uranium with lasers could help regulators sniff out illicit nuclear activity from as far as a couple of miles away. The technique, often used to identify chemicals at a distance, can also distinguish between ordinary uranium-238 and the fission-prone uranium-235. Just three fewer neutrons make a big difference in the element's potential for destruction. "It's a

vaccination-krav i Australien

Australia to ban unvaccinated children from preschoolThe government wants 95 per cent of Australian children vaccinated – a level that would stop infectious diseases spreading and protect those who can't be vaccinated


The Anti-Vaccine Narrative Just Gets DarkerAnti-vaccine conspiracy theories are dark by their very nature. A recent article shows how dark, cynical, and paranoid they can get.


Medie skyder med skarpt: Her er verdens bedste og værste videnskabs-sitesHvilke videnskabsmedier er det værd at ofre energi på? Og hvor spilder du din tid på journalistiske stramninger eller indforstået teknisk jargon? Det har et videnskabssite lavet en infografik over.

blærebetændelse – kronisk – sygdomsårsag

Scientists say they are a step closer to solving chronic bladder diseasesScientists have begun to unlock the genetic code to understand how the lining of the bladder functions as a barrier to store urine — paving the way for possible new treatments for chronic bladder diseases such as interstitial cystitis and cancer.

bønners fordøjelseshæmmende proteiner

Protein doppelgangers are long-lost cousinsA 60-year-old mystery has been solved by biochemists at The University of Western Australia investigating the origin of a type of digestion-inhibiting proteins thought only to exist in two plant families that contain the important legume and cereal crops.

edderkopper spiser 880 tons insekter årligt

Spiders Eat Up to 880 Million Tons of Insects Each YearHug a spider. They eat up to 880 million tons of insects each year.

edderkoppers kost

Spiders top the global predator chartsThe world's spiders consume between 400 million and 800 million tonnes of primarily insect prey every year, say scientists.


Passwords suck, but lip-reading computers won't save us Technology Although biometrics are slowly helping A researcher at Hong Kong Baptist University has proposed using lip movement to augment passwords.


Security flaw found in WhatsApp, Telegram: researchersA computer security firm on Wednesday revealed a flaw that could let hackers break into WhatsApp or Telegram messaging accounts using the very encryption intended to protect messages.


#Nazihollanda: Flere hundrede Twitter-accounts sender tyrkiske beskeder ud Flere brugere af tredjepartstjenesten Twitter Counters konti har det seneste døgn sendt tyrkiske beskeder under hashtagget #nazihollanda.

kræft: Brystkræft – strålebehandling kan formindskes

Reducing radiation could safely cut breast cancer treatment costsMore than half of older women with early stage breast cancer received more radiation therapy than what might be medically necessary, adding additional treatment and health care costs, according to a study.

kræftforskning i Danmark

Klinisk og eksperimentel forskning vil rykke sig med nationalt kræftcenter Det nye Danish Comprehensive Cancer Center vil komme til at få stor betydning for forskningen på området.

kunstig intelligens

Deepmind: AI's hukommelsesproblem kan være løst Deepmind mener at have fundet en algoritme, som medfører, at man med AI kan overføre erfaringer fra en opgave til en anden, fremfor at starte forfra hver gang.

kvantcomputere og DNA

What if Quantum Computers Used Hard Drives Made of DNA? You can't save data on a quantum computer. So a commercial one will need to use vintage tech—ultra dense hard drives, maybe made of DNA or single atoms.


New method for producing leading anti-malarial drugResearchers at Cardiff University have devised a new way of creating a drug commonly used as the first line of defence against malaria around the world.

mikroplast fanges i spildevandsanlæg i Danmark

Mytedræber: Din karklud og din fleecetrøje frikendt for at forurene med mikroplastVandmiljøet lider ingen overlast, når du vasker dit kunststoftøj, selv om småbitte plastpartikler river sig løs. Renseanlæggene fjerner dem effektivt fra spildevandet, viser unik dansk forskning.

olieforurening – virkninger

Food web shows winners and losers 7 years after Deepwater A new food web highlights which birds, fish, insects, and other animals affected by the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 should receive top priority for conservation, protection, and research. Until now scientists didn't know which kinds of animals the spill affect most and what impact their collective fates had on the food chain after the offshore oil rig exploded and dumped 4.9 million barre

Parkinsons sygdom kan i tidligt stadie måske bekæmpes med folinsyre

Bowel cancer medication could help combat early-onset Parkinson's diseaseFolinic acid can protect neurons in fruit flies, report scientists. The study suggests that folinic acid, which is used in medications to treat bowel cancer, can also protect neurons associated with Parkinson's disease in fruit flies.


OutoBot, an innovative robot to wash and paint high-rise buildingsAn innovative robotic system that can clean building exteriors using water jets or give new coats of paint is now ready to serve customers in Singapore.

sandheder og løgne

The science 'reproducibility crisis' – and what can be done about itReproducibility is the idea that an experiment can be repeated by another scientist and they will get the same result. It is important to show that the claims of any experiment are true and for them to be useful for any further research.

sandheder og løgne – cherrypicking news

We're great at avoiding inconvenient info New research illustrates how we tend to select our own realities by deliberately avoiding information that threatens our happiness and wellbeing. People on diets, for example, prefer not to look at the calories in their tasty dessert, and people choose the news source that aligns with their political views. In the Journal of Economic Literature , researchers show that while a simple failure to ob

selvkørende biler

Machine Learning and Data Are Fueling a New Kind of CarHere's why Intel just offered $15.3 billion for Mobileye, an Israeli company that specializes in machine vision and learning for cars.

solenergi kan omdannes til hydrogen

Hydrogen on demandUsing solar energy, researchers have developed a new method for safely and efficiently producing hydrogen in a centralized manner, miles away from the solar farm. It could greatly reduce the cost of producing hydrogen and shipping it to customers.

stamcellers differentiering

Researchers decipher how the body controls stem cellsStem cells are unspecialized cells that can develop into any type of cell in the human body. So far, however, scientists only partially understand how the body controls the fate of these all-rounders, and what factors decide whether a stem cell will differentiate, for example, into a blood, liver or nerve cell. Researchers have now identified an ingenious mechanism by which the body orchestrates t

statin giver diabetesrisiko i ældre kvinder

Older women taking statins face higher risk of diabetesWomen over 75 faced a 33 percent higher chance of developing diabetes if they were taking statins, new Australian research shows. The risk increased to 51 percent for those on high doses. Clinicians are urged to be aware of the risks when prescribing and carefully monitor elderly female patients.

Trump og miljø

10 Ways the EPA Has Protected Earth and YouHere are 10 landmark acts and programs the EPA has implemented over the years to help make the country more energy efficient and more environmentally safe.

Trump og miljø

Life Without the EPA: Superfund Apartments and Acid RainImagining the U.S. without federal environmental oversight from the EPA.

Trump og miljø

Trump to undo Obama auto emissions rules: officialPresident Donald Trump is set to announce steps Wednesday to halt his predecessor Barack Obama's future vehicle emissions limits for manufacturers, a senior administration official said.

Trump og vælgerne

Don't Demonize Trump VotersIf we shun those who disagree with us instead of sincerely engaging with them, we risk distorting our worldview —

Praksislæger roser it-system trods langsom opstart Almen praksis er godt ti procent under målet for anvendelse af it-systemet Webpatient. Men det er et godt redskab især til ressourcestærke patienter, mener praksislæger, der er kommet i gang med systemet.

Otte råd til bedre it-sikkerhed i praksis Thomas Birk Kristiansen har sammen med it-sikkerhedsekspert Jens Heyn Roed Andersen formuleret otte gode råd til praktiserende læger, der vil øge it-sikkerheden i deres praksis.

Psykiatriske patienter afviser oftere psyko­farmaka end terapiPatienter med psykiske lidelser er mere tilbøjelige til at afvise behandling, når den alene er baseret på medicin, viser stor metaanalyse

Sennepsfrø uden sennepssmag: Ny robust olieafgrøde kan modstå klimaforandringerKøbenhavns Universitet og det verdensomspændende firma Bayer CropScience har frembragt en…

Dansk skov skal være hjem for flagermus og fuglekongerDen Danske Naturfond har købt 150 hektar skov til sjældne arter.

Liquids in thin battery could cool stacks of computer chips A newly designed "flow" battery could make it possible to stack computer chips like pancakes to save space and energy. The battery, only around 1.5 millimeters thick, uses two liquid electrolytes to power and cool the chips at the same time. "The chips are effectively operated with a liquid fuel and produce their own electricity," says Dimos Poulikakos, a professor of thermodynamics at ETH Zurich

Some penguins mooch off parents after leaving the nest Fully grown Galapagos penguins who have left the nest continue to beg their parents for food. And sometimes—probably when the bounty of the sea is plentiful—parents oblige and feed their adult offspring. "Through field seasons over the years when we were observing penguin behavior in the Galapagos Islands, we saw these isolated instances of adults feeding individuals who had obviously fledged and

Obesity isn't the only reason type 2 diabetes triples in U.K. The UK has seen a dramatic increase in type 2 diabetes over the last two decades. The number of people with the disease has tripled, according to a new study that links the increase to more obesity and to better diagnosis. "The number of people with type 2 diabetes in the UK has gone from 700,000 to around 2.8 million over two decades, and it continues to increase,

Mind-Controlled Cats?! 6 Incredible Spy Technologies That Are RealFrom eavesdropping techniques to programmed kitties, here are some of the most incredible real-world spy technologies.

Chinese mountain observatory to probe cosmic-ray origins The massive project will intercept ?-ray showers in an unexplored energy band

A makeover for the world's most hated crop Oil palm has a reputation as an environmental menace. Can the latest genetic research change that?

'Zombie' patent fights over mutant mice return University takes on US National Institutes of Health over animals used for Alzheimer's research

I Want To Eat Fish Responsibly. But The Seafood Guides Are So Confusing! All reputable seafood guides are science-based, and yet can offer conflicting advice, because they have different goals. Some support sustainable fishers. Others aim to recover declining populations.

Antibiotic overuse might be bad for bees Animals Too much of a good thing Bees have gut microbiomes very similar to our own—and antibiotics might not always help them heal.

Doctors unite to say climate change is making us sick Health Our health is on the line Medical associations officially unite to address health issues associated with climate change.

7 snowy-day DIY projects to keep kids (and grown-ups) entertained DIY Stay busy while you're stuck at home Large swaths of America can look forward to a major snowstorm this week. Here are 7 DIY projects to occupy you while you're snowed in.

Great news: Some bed bugs are really good at climbing Science Regular traps can't hold them How effective are bed bug traps? When it comes to these bugs—not very.

Why preserving wild spaces is important to agriculture Environment It acts as a buffer for our ignorance The following is an excerpt from Never Out of Season by Rob Dunn.

Dissent in Science is Essential–Up to a PointWhen discredited "outsider" theories inform government policy, we all pay a price —

Britisk biomasse-rapport skaber oprør i forskerkredseOver 125 forskere har protesteret mod biomasse-rapport, som de mener, er baseret på udokumenterede påstande og mangelfulde argumenter.

Efter mere end 100 år: Termodynamikkens tredje hovedsætning får skudsikkert bevisKøling af et system kan ses som en form for beregning. Med denne indsigt har to forskere fundet et generelt bevis for termodynamikkens tredje hovedsætning, som plagede bl.a. Albert Einstein og Max Planck i begyndelsen af 1900-tallet.

Nye testpladser for vindmøller godkendtVindmøllebranchen får nu fire nye pladser til test af fremtidens vindmøller. To pladser kommer til at ligge i Østerild plantage og to ved Høvsøre. Som erstatning for den skov der nu fældes, genplantes 95 hektar.

Roterende sejl skal mindske skibsfartens brændstofforbrugRoterende søjlesejl kan udnytte vindenergi og spare på brændstoffet i shipping. Mærsk er med i nyt forsøg, der skal undersøge effekten.

SDU-forskere styrer lys rundt om hjørnerForskere fra SDU har opnået et gennembrud i at kunne styre lys i kredsløb på nanoskala. Det kan bliver grundstenen til fremtidens superhurtige kvantecomputere.

UN agency: China has explosive growth in patent applicationsThe U.N.'s intellectual property agency says China is showing "quite extraordinary" growth in international patent applications, putting Chinese applicants on track to outpace their U.S. counterparts within two to three years.

Growing algae bloom in Arabian Sea tied to climate changeThe Gulf of Oman turns green twice a year, when an algae bloom the size of Mexico spreads across the Arabian Sea all the way to India.

Anomalous ocean conditions in 2015 may bode poorly for juvenile Chinook salmon survivalFisheries managers have been predicting a slightly below-average run of spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River this year but a newly published suggests that it may be worse.

Antarctic penguin numbers double previous estimates: scientistsAlmost six million Adelie penguins are living in East Antarctica, more than double the number previously thought, scientists said Wednesday in findings that have implications for conservation.

Researcher tests fly ash for stronger concretePortland cement has been around for more than 250 years as the binding material for concrete, mortar and stucco, but a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher is studying ways to make concrete without the traditional material.

New battery model also makes electric cars more reliableNano satellites weighing just a few kilograms orbit the Earth. Pivotal point of these miniature computers are their solar-powered batteries. Computer scientists at Saarland University have now developed a procedure that allows for better planning of solar battery operations. They are able to predict how much the on-board battery will in fact be utilized in the course of the satellite's mission. Th

No publication bias found in climate change researchRarely do we encounter a scientific fact that stirs public controversy and distrust in science as much as climate change. However, the theory is built on honest reporting of facts. This emerges from a new study from Lund University in Sweden.

Data suggest black holes swallow stellar debris in burstsIn the center of a distant galaxy, almost 300 million light years from Earth, scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole that is "choking" on a sudden influx of stellar debris.

Canada to get its own spaceportCanada is getting its own rocket-launching facility. Maritime Launch Services (MLS) has confirmed its plans to build and operate a commercial launch facility in Nova Scotia, on Canada's east coast. The new spaceport should begin construction in 1 year, and should be in operation by 2022.

Call for engineers to act on climate changeDiscussion around limiting climate change primarily focusses on whether the best results can be gained by individuals changing how they act, or governments introducing new legislation.

How living structures can better protect our coastlineWaves, tides, storms and hurricanes can all take a toll on the coastline, eroding the land and rewriting the shoreline. Those changes can put infrastructure and communities at risk. But researchers are rolling out new guidelines to help create more effective "living shorelines" that protect against erosion while improving environmental quality.

Copper-bottomed depositsThe world's most valuable copper deposits, known as porphyry deposits, originate from cooling magma. But how can we predict the size of these deposits? What factors govern the amount of copper present? Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have studied over 100,000 combinations to establish the depth and number of years required for magma to produce a given amount of copper

Researchers decipher how the body controls stem cellsStem cells are unspecialised cells that can develop into any type of cell in the human body. So far, however, scientists only partially understand how the body controls the fate of these all-rounders, and what factors decide whether a stem cell will differentiate, for example, into a blood, liver or nerve cell. Researchers from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University

From disaster planning to conservation: mobile phones as a new tracking toolWe can learn a lot about things by studying how they move through the world and interact with the environment.

Researchers present early warning system for mass cyber attacksMass attacks from the Internet are a common fear: Millions of requests in a short time span overload online services, grinding them to a standstill for hours and bringing Internet companies to their knees. The operators of the site under attack can often only react by redirecting the wave of requests, or by countering it with an exceptionally powerful server. This has to happen very quickly, howev

European team announces superconductivity breakthroughEuropean researchers said Tuesday they had developed a cheaper and more efficient superconducting tape which could one day be used to double the potency of wind turbines.

Exhaust fumes as a resourceChemists at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have developed a process in which nitrogen oxides generated during industrial processes can be used in the manufacture of colourants and medicines. Using the method, businesses will in future be able to combine the decontamination of exhaust fumes with the production of new substances.

Fiddler crab found to use waving and drumming to demonstrate fitness to mate (w/ video)(—A trio of researchers with Anglia Ruskin University in the U.K. and the Australian National University has found that the male fiddler crab uses its oversized claw to get the attention of a prospective mate and then uses drumming to demonstrate its degree of physical fitness.

Serious games for police officers under stressStress has a negative impact on the wellbeing and performance of police officers, because it affects their judgements and decisiveness. Supported by an NWO grant of over 750.000 euros, Radboud researchers Karin Roelofs, Isabela Granic and Floris Klumpers will develop a game to train officers in an interactive virtual reality environment to respond optimally under stressful situations.

High-precision, underground visualisation for infrastructure worksUtility field work can be a real headache even with precise maps at hand. Admitting that they rapidly manage to locate the sought network, workers may end up damaging grids belonging to someone else. This type of scenario will soon be avoidable thanks to an assistive device developed under the LARA project.

Study sheds light on interactions that change the way heat and electricity move through microchipsNew research offers insights into how crystal dislocations—a common type of defect in materials—can affect electrical and heat transport through crystals, at a microscopic, quantum mechanical level.

When ions and molecules clusterThe electric charge of atoms or molecules zaps science's ability to predict how these ions will behave when combined with others. Different ions with the same charge cause different effects. How an ion behaves when isolated under an analytical instrument can differ from how it behaves in the environment. Now Dr. Xue-Bin Wang at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is bringing ions and mole

How a kernel of corn may yield answers into some cancersDriving down a country highway in the Midwest can seem an endless ribbon flanked by green walls of corn, neatly planted in stately rows. But who would guess that a plant that feeds a planet might hold clues that could help us better understand, or perhaps cure, insidious human diseases?

Large freshwater species among those most threatened with extinction on the planetFreshwater megafauna such as river dolphins, crocodilians and sturgeons play vital roles in their respective ecosystems. In a recent scientific publication, researchers of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin have teamed up with international colleagues to illustrate the factors that currently threaten these large vertebrates. The authors also call for a

Using lasers to create ultra-short pulsesPhysicists at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have entered new territory with regard to the pulsing of electron beams. Their method could soon be used to develop electron microscopes suitable for ultra-short time scales such as needed for observing the motion of atoms.

Could leftover heat from last El Nino fuel a new one?Some climate models are suggesting that El Niño may return later this year, but for now, the Pacific Ocean lingers in a neutral "La Nada" state, according to climatologist Bill Patzert of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. The latest map of sea level height data from the U.S./European Jason-3 satellite mission shows most of the ocean at neutral heights (green), except for a bu

Liquid fuel for future computersResearchers at ETH Zurich and IBM Research Zurich have built a tiny redox flow battery. This means that future computer chip stacks—in which individual chips are stacked like pancakes to save space and energy—could be supplied with electrical power and cooled at the same time by such integrated flow batteries. In a flow battery, an electrochemical reaction is used to produce electricity out of two

Why we must build low-carbon Australian citiesWhat would a low carbon future for Australia's major southern cities look like? How could places like Melbourne and Sydney and be transformed by 2040 to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions and better deal with climate change and extreme weather events?

Mars rover tests driving, drilling and detecting life in Chile's high desertDue to its extreme dryness, the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the most important environments on Earth for researchers who need to approximate the conditions of Mars.

Meridional wind on Venus was detected for the first time in both hemispheresThe first scientific evidence on Venus of a wind circulation between the equator and the poles, also named meridional wind, was gathered by an international team led by Pedro Machado, of the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) and Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL). This result was published today in the scientific journal Icarus, a reference publication in the f

No mid-day nap for northern fliesFruit flies from warm regions have a siesta, whereas their Nordic counterparts do not. Biologists from the University of Würzburg reset the circadian clock of African flies in an experiment. As a result, these insect also reduced the length of their siesta.

Milkweed defensive strategy drives away friends of enemiesOver millions of years under attack from insects, milkweed plants have developed considerable defenses. These include incredible toxicity – sufficient to kill a horse or sheep – which emanates from a milkweed's leaves in a sticky liquid.

Natural measures to prevent floods valuable but not 'a silver bullet'Natural measures to manage flooding from rivers can play a valuable role in flood prevention, but a lack of monitoring means their true potential remains unclear, researchers say.

Here's what open-heart surgery at the LHC looks likeScientists at CERN have now completed "open-heart surgery" on one of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In a complex operation that ran from 27 February to 9 March, the giant Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector received a new "heart" – it's Pixel Tracker.

Oribatid mite uses hydrogen cyanide for defenceThe common oribatid mite species Oribatula tibialis is an extremely clever poisoner, as an interdisciplinary team of researchers under the leadership of the TU Darmstadt has shown and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The mite uses hydrogen cyanide to defend itself against predators. This is something of a sensation, because this toxin is not generally present in th

How studies of the photochemical interaction of UV radiation with RNA can be optimizedA theoretical study of the UV light induced reaction of the RNA-nucleobase uracil, carried out by LMU researchers, suggests that carefully shaped laser pulses can be used to trap the crucial intermediate state for detailed characterization.

Polluted air causing early deaths in fossil-fuelled BalkansStuck between a landfill and a coal-fired power plant, residents of the Bosnian village of Divkovici are dying of asphyxia, poisoned by some of the most polluted air in Europe.

The proximity of manufacturing increases the rate of R&D efficienciesAccording to a recent research, companies should always manufacture technologically demanding products close to the product development. On the other hand, the more standardised the production is, the further it can be moved, even on short notice. Thus, there are more factors than just price that affect the choice of the manufacturing location; often the choice is about the interdependence of the

Quantum physics offers insight into music expressivityScientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are bringing us closer to understanding the musical experience through a novel approach to analysing a common musical effect known as vibrato.

Is reliable artificial intelligence possible?n the quest for reliable artificial intelligence, EPFL scientist Marcel Salathé argues that AI technology should be openly available. He will be discussing the topic at this year's edition of South by South West on March 14th in Austin, Texas.

Scientists simulate electron localization in real materialsScientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in collaboration with Florida State University, have developed a method to simulate electron localization in real materials including imperfections and electron-electron interactions.

When the sea ice melts, juvenile polar cod may go hungryPolar cod fulfil a key role in the Arctic food web, as they are a major source of food for seals, whales and seabirds alike. But the polar cod themselves might soon be the hungry ones. Under the ice of the central Arctic, the juvenile fish are indirectly but heavily dependent on ice algae. As a result, retreating sea ice could have far-reaching impacts on the food web. Though researchers have long

From skin to brain: Stem cells without genetic modificationA discovery, several years in the making, by a University at Buffalo research team has proven that adult skin cells can be converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any genetic modification, and that these stem cells can yield other cells that are present in the spinal cord and the brain.

'Smart' sex toy maker pays price for unprotected dataThe maker of a "smart" vibrating sex toy is paying the price for delving too deeply into the private activities of users, without protection.

Smart sharks have robust social networks and learn to avoid captureSharks form strong social networks that are relatively unaffected when several members leave the group, and members also learn how to avoid capture, new research released today has found.

New software tools streamline DNA sequence design-and-build processSynthetic DNA allows scientists to expand the breadth and depth of their genomic research. In this study researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI) have developed a suite of build-optimization software tools (BOOST) to streamline the design-build transition in synthetic biology engineering workflows. BOOST can automatically detect "difficult" sequences (of nucl

If surveillance cameras are to be kept in line, the rules will have to keep pace with technologyIt has been said that Britain has more surveillance cameras than any other country in the world. This proliferation of CCTV cameras led the government to establish a surveillance camera commissioner responsible for overseeing their governance – the only country in the world to do so. In another first, the commissioner has now released a national strategy for England and Wales to set out how CCTV s

Swedish student startup gets deal to build electric carsA group of Swedish university students that raised 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) in crowdfunding for their startup to build electric cars has caught the attention of German industrial heavyweight Siemens.

The seal whiskerers: Navy looks to sea life for new shipsThe U.S. Navy is enlisting the help of seals—but not the kind of highly trained special operatives with whom it usually associates.

Study of youth gangs from street to villageA new study of Samoan youth gangs in South Auckland has found that sending troubled youth back to their homeland can be detrimental to their wellbeing, and that of the village they are sent to.

Fiddler crab's drumming shows off the size of its homeMale fiddler crabs famously wave and drum their claws – but why? It seems the drumming is a sign to females of how big their bodies and burrow are

Plants have evolved a taste for sand that deters hungry insectsA mouthful of sand is no fun – and plants seem to know it. Some have evolved to take up silicon and make themselves less tasty for insects

New Number Systems Seek Their Lost PrimesFor centuries, mathematicians tried to solve problems by adding new values to the usual numbers. Now they're investigating the unintended consequences of that tinkering. —

How Headlines Change the Way We Think

Science Confirms Mona Lisa Is Happy: 97% of the participants in a study by researchers at the University of Freiburg said that the sitter in Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait looks happy.

Enlarged prostate later in life could stem from fetal development early onEmbryonic tissue, key to the development of a baby's gender, could contribute to an enlarged prostate, or BPH, in men later in life, new research suggests.

Animal poisoners in native forestsThe common oribatid mite species Oribatula tibialis is an extremely clever poisoner, as an interdisciplinary team of researchers has found. The mite uses hydrogen cyanide to defend itself against predators. This is something of a sensation, because this toxin is not generally present in the arsenal of the 80,000 known species of arachnids.

VTT has developed stand-up pouches from renewable raw materials, nanocelluloseLightweight 100% bio-based stand-up pouches have been developed with high technical performance. High performance in both oxygen, grease and mineral oil barrier properties has been reached by using different biobased coatings on paper substrate. The pouches exploit patent pending high consistency enzymatic fibrillation of cellulose (HefCel) technology.

Ice age thermostat prevented extreme climate coolingDuring the ice ages, an unidentified regulatory mechanism prevented atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from falling below a level that could have led to runaway cooling, reports a team of researchers. The study suggests the mechanism may have involved the biosphere, as plants and plankton struggled to grow under very low carbon dioxide levels.

Switching oxygen on and offIt has become possible to control one of the most important chemical processes: switching oxygen molecules between a reactive and unreactive state.

Zebrafish without stripesDowling-Degos disease is a hereditary pigmentation disorder that generally progresses harmlessly. However, some of those affected also develop severe skin inflammation. An international team of researchers has now found a cause for this link. Their knowledge comes thanks to an animal that is known among aquarium owners for its characteristic pigmentation: the zebrafish.

Probiotics may not always be a silver bullet for better healthResearchers have investigated the impact of probiotics on gut health and cognitive function. In rats fed on 'junk' diets, the probiotic medicine was able to significantly impact microbial composition in the gut and prevent memory loss. But for rats on a healthy diet, the probiotic did little to influence microbial composition and actually impaired memory function.

Underuse of anti-clotting therapies common among patients with atrial fibrillation who have a strokeInadequate use of anticoagulation therapies was prevalent among patients with atrial fibrillation who experienced a stroke, according to a study.

Study finds little consistency in doctor reviews on three physician rating websitesWhen looking for a doctor, many consumers turn to websites that post physician ratings and reviews. A study has found, however, that reviews for individual sports medicine doctors were inconsistent when compared on three popular physician rating websites.

3-D visualization of the pancreas: New tool in diabetes researchResearchers have created datasets that map the three-dimensional distribution and volume of the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. The wealth of visual and quantitative information may serve as powerful reference resource for diabetes researchers.

What makes farmers try new practices?Change is never easy. But when it comes to adopting new agricultural practices, some farmers are easier to convince than others. A group of researchers wanted to know which farmers are most likely to adopt multifunctional perennial cropping systems — trees, shrubs, or grasses that simultaneously benefit the environment and generate high-value products that can be harvested for a profit.

Flies and bees act like plant cultivatorsPollinator insects accelerate plant evolution, but a plant changes in different ways depending on the pollinator. After only nine generations, the same plant is larger and more fragrant if pollinated by bumblebees rather than flies, as a study reveals.

Cold climates and ocean carbon sequestrationEfficient nutrient consumption by plankton in the Southern Ocean drove carbon sequestration in the deep ocean during the ice ages, a new study suggests.

Bariatric surgery impacts joint replacement outcomes in very obese patientsIn morbidly obese patients, bariatric surgery performed prior to a total hip or knee replacement can reduce in-hospital and 90-day postoperative complications and improve patient health, but it does not reduce the risk of needing a revision surgery, report researchers.

Study finds no benefit, but possible harm, from drug used to prevent preterm birthsA drug commonly prescribed to pregnant women with a history of delivering babies early provides no benefit. In fact, this drug may even increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Emotional intelligence helps make better doctorsA study found that pediatric residents had a median score of 110 on an emotional intelligence survey, compared to an average score of 100 in the general population. The physicians scored highest in impulse control, empathy and social responsibility and lowest in assertiveness, flexibility and independence.

Study quantifies effect of 'legacy phosphorus' in reduced water qualityFor decades, phosphorus has accumulated in Wisconsin soils. Though farmers have taken steps to reduce the quantity of the agricultural nutrient applied to and running off their fields, a new study reveals that a 'legacy' of abundant soil phosphorus in the Yahara watershed of Southern Wisconsin has a large, direct and long-lasting impact on water quality.

New study identifies ancient shark ancestorsNew research based on x-ray imaging provides the strongest evidence to date that sharks arose from a group of bony fishes called acanthodians. Analyzing an extraordinarily well-preserved fossil of an ancient sharklike fish, researchers identified it as an important transitional species that points to sharks as ancanthodians' living descendants.

Location of spinal correction influences risk of proximal junctional kyphosis developmentA new study reports that PJK risk following lumbar spinal fusion depends on the level of the spine fused. Specifically, the authors – who include members of the International Spine Study Group (ISSG) from multiple academic centers – found that fusing the lower portion of lumbar spine results in a decreased risk of PJK.

An epidemic of epipensPrescriptions of adrenaline autoinjectors (commonly called 'epipens') for children with allergies have increased markedly in the last decade, with nearly four devices a year provided per child.

When the sea ice melts, juvenile polar cod may go hungryPolar cod fulfil a key role in the Arctic food web, as they are a major source of food for seals, whales and seabirds alike. But the polar cod themselves might soon be the hungry ones.

Can Prunes Reverse Bone Loss?Several studies suggest that eating prunes every day could help prevent or even reverse bone loss and osteoporosis —

Most Adults Spend More Time on Their Digital Devices Than They ThinkTo limit kids' screen time, try unplugging yourself —

Six Years After Fukushima, Japan's Energy Plans Remain MurkyThe country has lost faith in nuclear power —

Waiting to Reprogram Your Cells? Don't Hold Your BreathIn a rethink of personalized medicine, researchers turn to banks of donor-derived stem cells —

Congress Takes Blockchain 101The heads of the Congressional Blockchain Caucus want their colleagues to know the technology has many uses besides currency.

The Download, Mar 15, 2017: Solar's Huge Potential, Robots Explain Themselves, and Edible DronesThe most fascinating and important news in technology and innovation delivered straight to your inbox, every day.

10 grunde til at din applikation crasher i skyen Oppetid er ikke kun driftsfolkenes ansvar, og udviklerne kan afhjælpe en række af de årsager, som oftest fører til problemer med applikationer i skyen.

Skaberen af WWW: Vi har mistet kontrollen med vores data Sir Tim Berners-Lee langer i et nyt blogindlæg ud efter tre trends på internettet, som han mener, kan skade det demokratiske og frie internet.

Fancy Software Brings the Panama Canal Into the 21st Century Sophisticated logistics and planning software will ensure the world's freighters navigate the canal quickly and efficiently.

Flight Lab: Take a Ride in a 747 That NASA Turned Into a Huge Telescope NASA cut a giant hole in the side of a jumbo jet, and pointed a telescope the size of Hubble through it. Scientists use it to watch the birth of stars.

The Great Lie of American Flood Risk A national program sells flood insurance to millions of Americans—using flood projections that are sometimes decades out of date.

Samsung's New Quantum Dots Serve Up Some Tasty TV Colors Can an LCD TV outshine OLED? It can if it uses quantum dots.

Stunning Aerial Captures 1,000 Migrating Geese From Above Can you count them all?

Supersonic Planes Are Mounting a Comeback—Without That Earth-Shaking Boom You could be flying cross-country at better than Mach 1 within a decade.

Watch as SpaceX Fires Off One of Its Last Expendable Rockets Weather permitting, SpaceX will launch a satellite into geostationary transfer orbit—and let the Falcon 9 burn up in space.

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