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Mapping trees can help count endangered lemurs

The vast majority of lemur species are on the edge of extinction, experts warn. But not every lemur species faces a grim future. There may be as many as 1.3 million white-fronted brown lemurs still in the wild, for example, and mouse lemurs may number more than 2 million, a Duke-led study has shown.

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Information technology jobs outpace most other jobs in productivity and growth since 2004

Jobs in information technology-like computer software, big data, and cybersecurity-are providing American workers with long-lastings financial stability, suggests a new study from the University of British Columbia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Catalyst advance could lead to economical fuel cells

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new way to make low-cost, single-atom catalysts for fuel cells—an advance that could make important clean energy technology more economically viable.

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How the common fruit fly uses the sun to navigate

What do ancient seafaring explorers and fruit flies have in common? Caltech researchers have discovered that, similar to nautical navigators of old, fruit flies use celestial cues like the sun to navigate in straight lines.

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In test with rats, cannabidiol showed sustained effects against depression for seven days

First results appeared 24h after one single dose of the marijuana component; scientists concluded that CBD activate mechanisms which repair neuronal circuitry in patients' prefrontal cortex and hippocampus.

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The god of small things

New research suggests people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday events.

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Waters off New England in midst of record year for warmth

The waters off of New England are already warming faster than most of the world's oceans, and they are nearing the end of one of the hottest summers in their history.

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Selling access to human specimens: Survey reveals public attitudes

Universities that aim to raise money for research by selling access to their biobanks to private companies should tell patients, a new survey shows. In fact, saying what the money will be used for will likely encourage patients to donate their samples.

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A Fertility Doctor Used His Sperm on Unwitting Women. Their Children Want Answers.

Donald Cline, an Indiana doctor, may have fathered more than three dozen children. Decades later, they are finding one another through DNA testing sites.

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England Proposes Ban on Selling Energy Drinks to Children

As part of a campaign to reduce childhood obesity, products like Monster Energy and Red Bull would face age restrictions akin to those on beer.

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Guiding flight: The fruit fly's celestial compass

Fruit flies use the sun to avoid flying in circles, according to new research.

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Mapping trees can help count endangered lemurs

Putting a figure on the number of endangered lemurs left in the wild isn't easy, but Duke University researchers say one clue might help: the plants they rely on for food. Bamboo lemur populations in their native Madagascar may have shrunk by half over the last two decades; red-fronted brown lemurs by as much as 85 percent. But numbers for other lemur species may not be as low as feared, new model

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Catalyst advance could lead to economical fuel cells

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new way to make low-cost, single-atom catalysts for fuel cells — an advance that could make important clean energy technology more economically viable.

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Information technology jobs outpace most other jobs in productivity and growth since 2004

Jobs in information technology — like computer software, big data, and cybersecurity — are providing American workers with long-lasting financial stability, suggests a new study from the University of British Columbia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Breeder meerkats age faster, but their subordinates still die younger

Despite rapidly aging, dominant animals live longer because their underlings are driven out of the group — becoming easy targets for predators. The secret of a long meerkat life is to be 'ruler of your community … cracking down on would-be rivals,' say scientists.

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Time-restricted feeding improves health in mice with defective circadian clocks

It turns out timing really is everything, at least when it comes to the diets of lab mice whose circadian clocks are disrupted. A study is reporting that limiting the times when the animals eat can correct obesity and other metabolic problems that are normally seen in these mice, even when they're fed an unhealthy diet. The results suggest a previously unknown link between disruption of the clock

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Discovery of long-lived macrophages in the intestine

Macrophages are specialized immune cells that destroy bacteria and other harmful organisms. Scientists have come to the surprising conclusion that some macrophages in the intestines of mice can survive for quite some time. Most importantly, these long-lived macrophages are vital for the survival of the nerve cells of the gastrointestinal tract. This sheds new light on neurodegenerative conditions

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Nonlinear ghost imaging: Research could lead to better security scanners

Using a single pixel camera and terahertz electromagnetic waves, physicists have devised a novel imaging concept — called nonlinear ghost imaging — that could lead to the development of better airport scanners capable of detecting explosives.

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Udspekuleret design manipulerer dig konstant på internettet

Mange hjemmesider og apps er designet til at snyde dig til at tage de forkerte beslutninger. De såkaldte mørke mønstre er overalt, siger eksperter.

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Solar eruptions may not have slinky-like shapes after all

As the saying goes, everything old is new again. While the common phrase often refers to fashion, design, or technology, scientists have found there is some truth to this mantra even when it comes to research. Revisiting some older data, the researchers discovered new information about the shape of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) — large-scale eruptions of plasma and magnetic field from the sun —

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When neurons turn against themselves

Rasmussen's encephalitis is a rare autoimmune disease that primarily affects children and can lead to seizures. As the disease is resistant to drug treatments, it frequently requires surgical interventions aiming to remove or disconnect the affected part of the brain. Researchers have succeeded in describing and mastering the mechanisms at work within neurons in mice, opening the way to possible t

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Mongrel Mob gang opens up to New Zealand researchers for the good of their health

A gang known as the Mongrel Mob has opened up to New Zealand researchers, who have assessed the hepatitis prevalence, knowledge, and liver health risk factors of 52 gang members, affiliates and extended family.

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Unlocking the secrets of cell division in cancer

Scientists have found that some cells can divide without a molecule that was previously thought necessary. Their results explain how liver cells can regenerate after injury and may help us understand how cancer arises and how cancer cells evolve to have additional mutations, which accelerates growth and spread.

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How does helping people affect your brain? Study shows neurobiological effects of providing support to others

Providing 'targeted' social support to other people in need activates regions of the brain involved in parental care — which may help researchers understand the positive health effects of social ties, reports a study in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published in the Lippincott Portfolio by Wolt

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Small Air Leak Detected on International Space Station

Crew determines leak is in Russian segment of orbiting laboratory — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Stigmatizing views and myths about psoriasis are pervasive in the United States

The stigma associated with the autoimmune disease psoriasis may lead people to avoid patients who show signs of the condition, including not wanting to date, shake hands, or have people in their homes if they suffer from the disease. New multidisciplinary research involving both psychologists and dermatologists is the first to examine how common this stigma may be among the general population of t

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Drought, groundwater loss sinks California land at alarming rate

The San Joaquin Valley in central California, like many other regions in the western United States, faces drought and ongoing groundwater extraction, happening faster than it can be replenished. And the land is sinking as a result — by up to a half-meter annually.

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Telling the difference between data sets

A new paper provides a proof of concept for using recurrence plots to mimic the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, which scientists use to determine if two data sets significantly differ.

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Birth defect predicts testicular cancer, infertility in adulthood

New evidence supports international guidelines recommending surgery before 18 months of age for boys with undescended testes to reduce the risk of both testicular cancer and infertility later in life.

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A species of fish has passed the mirror test for the first time

The cleaner wrasse has become the first fish ever to pass the mirror test – a classic experiment used to gauge self-awareness in animals

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DNA editing before birth could one day massively expand lifespans

If it becomes possible to make dozens of changes to DNA, future generations could live much longer before they succumb to diseases of old age such as cancer

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Are UK teens in the grips of a self-harm epidemic? It’s complicated

A report by The Children’s Society claims one in four teenage girls in the UK are self-harming, but the reality is probably more nuanced

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Floating nuclear plants could herald a new era of cheap, safe energy

The price of renewables is at rock bottom, making nuclear power look pointlessly expensive. But new atomic plants could be cheap – and safer too

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Dark matter blasted by star explosions may explain misfit galaxies

Some misfit galaxies don’t seem to conform to our standard model of the universe, but it may be because star formation and supernovae push dark matter around

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Qatar World Cup workers given 'cooling vests' to combat heat

Thousands of World Cup stadium workers in Qatar have been handed "cooling vests" to help them cope with building tournament venues in the desert country's extreme temperatures.

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Paul Rankin obituary

Paul Rankin, my dad, who has died aged 72, was a research physicist and an adventurer. He worked for the electronics company Philips for 36 years, and filed more than 40 patents in that time. He was an innovator, with projects in the favelas in Brazil, the wastes of Mali, the temples of Thailand and the peaks of Peru. He visited more than 70 countries in his lifetime. After retirement he became i

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Small city grants can help tiny tech companies buy time to grow

A city program that recently handed out money to tech groups would hardly make an impact on most companies' budgets, with the highest award being $10,000.

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This wastewater dye could power liquid batteries

When it dissolves in water, a bright blue dye common in textile mill wastewater is good at storing and releasing energy on cue, according to new research. That makes the compound a promising candidate material for redox flow batteries—large, rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could allow future wind farms and solar homes to stockpile electricity for calm or rainy days. “But what if instead

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An international team led by the CNIO reveals that human genome could contain up to 20 percent fewer genes

A new study led by the CNIO reveals that up to 20 percent of genes classified as coding (those that produce the proteins that are the building blocks of all living things) may not be coding after all because they have characteristics that are typical of non-coding or pseudogenes (obsolete coding genes). The work once again highlights doubts about the number of real genes present in human cells 15

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Insulin gives an extra boost to the immune system

The role of insulin as a boost to the immune system to improve its ability to fight infection has been detailed for the first time by Toronto General Hospital Research Institute scientists.

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Discovery of long-lived macrophages in the intestine

Macrophages are specialised immune cells that destroy bacteria and other harmful organisms. KU Leuven scientists, Belgium, have come to the surprising conclusion that some macrophages in the intestines of mice can survive for quite some time. Most importantly, these long-lived macrophages are vital for the survival of the nerve cells of the gastrointestinal tract. This sheds new light on neurodege

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Mayo Clinic researchers identify a potential new approach to treat HER2 positive breast cancer

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have identified an important new pathway by which HER2 positive breast cancers grow and have discovered that a dietary supplement called cyclocreatine may block the growth of HER2 positive breast cancer. Their findings were published today in Cell Metabolism.

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Adapt, move or die: how biodiversity reacted to past climate change

A new paper reviews current knowledge on climate change and biodiversity. In the past, plants and animals reacted to environmental changes by adapting, migrating or going extinct. These findings point to radical changes in biodiversity due to climate change in the future. The paper is published in the scientific journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution by an international group of scientists led by

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Presynapses come in a packet

Synapses are the interfaces for information exchange between neurons. Teams of scientists working with Professor Dr. Volker Haucke, Director at the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) and Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, and Professor Dr. Stephan Sigrist at the Freie Universitaet Berlin discovered the materials, which form new presynapses for the release of tran

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New research: Financial disclosure lacking in publication of clinical trials

A substantial proportion of pharmaceutical industry payments to authors of oncology clinical trials published in major scientific journals are not disclosed, new research shows.

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When neurons turn against themselves

Rasmussen's encephalitis is a rare autoimmune disease that primarily affects children and can lead to seizures. As the disease is resistant to drug treatments, it frequently requires surgical interventions aiming to remove or disconnect the affected part of the brain. Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) have succeeded in describing and master

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Breeder meerkats age faster, but their subordinates still die younger

Despite rapidly aging, dominant animals live longer because their underlings are driven out of the group — becoming easy targets for predators. The secret of a long meerkat life is to be 'ruler of your community … cracking down on would-be rivals,' say scientists.

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Time-restricted feeding improves health in mice with defective circadian clocks

It turns out timing really is everything, at least when it comes to the diets of lab mice whose circadian clocks are disrupted. A study published in Cell Metabolism is reporting that limiting the times when the animals eat can correct obesity and other metabolic problems that are normally seen in these mice, even when they're fed an unhealthy diet. The results suggest a previously unknown link bet

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How to date someone out of your league

Data mining suggests why couples tend to match in desirability—and how to improve your odds when pursuing someone further up the scale.

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Studerende skal tumle stress ved at være sig selv

Studiestress skal bekæmpes med åbenhed om fejl og mangler, mindre karakterræs i gymnasiet og et farvel til fremdriftsreform og uddannelsesloft. Sådan lyder nogle af forslagene fra fra IDA og Studenterrådgivningen.

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How a pair of wildlife rescuers ended up with a chubby pet squirrel named Thumbelina

Animals And why you should probably leave most baby squirrels alone. Every wildlife rehabilitator’s goal is to introduce animals back into their natural habitat. But sometimes due to illness, injury, or, as in Thumbelina’s case, a deficit…

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Amazonian fruit prevents obesity in overfed mice

An extract of camu camu — a fruit native to the Amazon — prevents obesity in mice fed a diet rich in sugar and fat, say researchers. The discovery suggests that camu camu phytochemicals could play a leading role in the fight against obesity and metabolic disease.

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Sandy rivers could be an untapped source of green energy

In-stream flow (or hydrokinetic) energy converters in rivers may offer a workable and effective option to expand renewable energy and limit carbon emissions in the United States, according to new research. While the potential for in-stream flow energy harvesting systems has already been demonstrated for rivers with fixed beds, researchers now developed a scaled demonstration of hydrokinetic energ

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100 percent biobased, transparent, and thermally stable polyamide

The natural substance 3-carene is a component of turpentine oil, a waste stream of the production of cellulose from wood. Up to now, this by-product has been incinerated for the most part. Fraunhofer researchers are using new catalytic processes to convert 3-carene into building blocks for biobased plastics. The new polyamides are not only transparent, but also have a high thermal stability.

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Ominous 'hunger stones' reveal ancient warnings as extreme weather plagues Europe

Central Europe is so dry that grim warnings of famines to come are rising out of the Elbe. Read More

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In test with rats, cannabidiol showed sustained effects against depression for 7 days

First results appeared 24 hours after one single dose of the marijuana component; scientists concluded that CBD activates mechanisms which repair neuronal circuitry in patients' prefrontal cortex and hippocampus.

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Heritability explains fast-learning chicks

Both genetic and environmental factors explain cognitive traits, shows a new study carried out on red junglefowl. Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden have shown that the ability of fowl to cope with difficult learning tasks is heritable, while their optimism can be explained by environmental factors.

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Study by blood doctors a breakthrough for hemophiliacs

The HAVEN 3 study found that a new type of protein, emicizumab (trade name: Hemlibra), can be administered subcutaneously, rather than intravenously, and that it does not cause an immune response which prevents blood from clotting.

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Bird behavior: Biologist finds new, more accurate way of monitoring bird populations

A new method of monitoring bird populations uses the power of statistics to produce more accurate estimates of bird abundance, according to new research by University of Alberta biologists.

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Psycholinguists build eye-tracking database on reading in Russian

Researchers from the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg State University, and the University of Potsdam have created the first ever database comprised of eye-tracking data collected during reading in Russian. The results are openly available and can be used not only in linguistics, but also in the diagnosis and correction of speech disorders, for example. The research was published in the

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Friending God increases purpose in life in the socially disconnected

Religious people who lack friends and purpose in life turn to God to fill those voids, according to new University of Michigan research.

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When your X-ray subject has wings—peering inside insects with the advanced photon source

Slowly flapping its orange and black wings, a monarch butterfly sips liquid from a patch of mud. Its proboscis – the mouthpart that sucks up liquids – grazes the damp soil. For years, biologists knew that butterflies drew liquids up from surfaces with pores differently than they do from flowers. But they had no way to observe those differences.

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Terahertz wave activates filamentation of actin: A novel possibility of manipulating cellular functions

A team of researchers has discovered that terahertz (THz) wave irradiation activates the filamentation of actin protein. Drs. Shota Yamazaki and Masahiko Harata (Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University); Dr. Yuichi Ogawa (Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University); Dr. Hiromichi Hoshina (THz imaging and the sensing team at RIKEN); and Dr. Toshitaka Idehara (FIR-UF at Univ

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Adapt, move or die—how biodiversity reacted to past climate change

In the past, plants and animals reacted to environmental changes by adapting, migrating or going extinct. New findings point to radical changes in biodiversity due to climate change in the future, in a paper now published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution by an international group of scientists led by the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen.

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Time-restricted feeding improves health in mice with defective circadian clocks

It turns out timing really is everything, at least when it comes to the diets of lab mice that have their circadian clocks disrupted. A new study published in Cell Metabolism is reporting that limiting the times when the animals eat can correct obesity and other metabolic problems that are normally seen in these mice, even when they're fed an unhealthy diet. The results suggest a previously unknow

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Breeder meerkats age faster, but their subordinates still die younger

In many cooperative species, the dominant breeders live longest despite the wear-and-tear of leadership and reproduction.

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Limited Meal Times Prevent Obesity in Mice Prone to Gaining Weight

Even in mice with a busted circadian clock and an unhealthy diet, carefully timed feeding overcomes the rodents’ predispositions for metabolic diseases.

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How I went from child refugee to international model | Halima Aden

Halima Aden made history when she became the first hijab-wearing model on the cover of Vogue magazine. Now she returns to Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp — where she was born and lived until the age of seven — to share an inspiring message about what she's learned on the path from child refugee to international model.

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Should we scoff at the idea of love at first sight?

For a lecture course I teach at Brown University called "Love Stories," we begin at the beginning, with love at first sight.

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Why Kids Want Things

When Marsha Richins started researching materialism in the early 1990s, it was a subject that had mostly been left to philosophers and religious thinkers. In the intervening decades, Richins, a professor of marketing at the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business, and others have contributed a good deal of academic research that backs up some of the wariness people have, for millenn

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Walisisk politi har succes med ansigtsgenkendelse

En ny algoritme har forbedret softwaren bag den ansigtsgenkendelsesteknologi, som politiet i Wales bruger. Det har reduceret antallet af falske match markant. På et år er 29 personer anholdt på grund af ansigtsgenkendelse i realtid

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Using uranium to create order from disorder

ANSTO's unique landmark infrastructure has been used to study uranium, the keystone to the nuclear fuel cycle. The advanced instruments at the Australian Synchrotron and the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering have not only provided high resolution and precision, but also allowed in situ experiments to be carried out under extreme sample environments such as high temperature, high pressure an

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Research could lead to security scanners capable of detecting explosives

Using a single pixel camera and Terahertz electromagnetic waves, a team of Physicists at the University of Sussex have devised a blueprint which could lead to the development of airport scanners capable of detecting explosives.

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The satellite on the edge of space

GOCE (pronounced go-chay), the Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer, was one of ESA's most remarkable missions. Operating in the lowest-ever orbit of any Earth observation satellite, GOCE was on the edge of space; flying at an altitude of just 224 km.

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New method for hydroboration of alkynes: Radicals induce unusual selectivity

A combination of organoboron and radical chemistry generates unusual trans-selectivity in hydroboration of alkynes. The use of N-heterocyclic carbene boranes is key to the success of this chemical transformation. This study is expected to open the door to the development of new boron-containing materials.

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New solar cells offer you the chance to print out solar panels and stick them on your roof

Australia's first commercial installation of printed solar cells, made using specialised semiconducting inks and printed using a conventional reel-to-reel printer, has been installed on a factory roof in Newcastle.

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New personality test is faster — and tougher to trick

Psychology researchers have developed a new personality test that is both faster to take and much harder to manipulate by those attempting to control the outcome.

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'Two-headed arrow' to kill ovarian cancer

A researcher is developing a two-fisted, antibody-based approach to destroy deadly ovarian cancer — an approach he believes could also be modified to kill breast, prostate and other solid tumors.

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Deadline for climate action: Act strongly before 2035 to keep warming below 2°C

If governments don't act decisively by 2035 to fight climate change, humanity could cross a point of no return after which limiting global warming below 2°C in 2100 will be unlikely, according to a new study. The research also shows the deadline to limit warming to 1.5°C has already passed, unless radical climate action is taken.

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Climate change increasing the prevalence of harmful parasite, warn scientists

A rise in a parasite called liver fluke, which can significantly impact livestock production in farms in the UK and across the world, could now be helped by a new predictive model of the disease aimed at farmers.

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Cosmic Zombies: Black Holes Can Reanimate Dead Stars

Close encounters with medium-size black holes can reanimate dead stars, if only momentarily, a new study suggests.

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Heteractis magnifica sea anemones can help fight Alzheimer's disease

Heteractis magnifica sea anemones contain neuroprotective peptides that slow down the inflammation process and the deterioration of neurons causing the development of Alzheimer's. There is currently no treatment against this disease.

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Research could lead to security scanners capable of detecting explosives

Using a single pixel camera and Terahertz electromagnetic waves, a team of Physicists at the University of Sussex have devised a blueprint which could lead to the development of airport scanners capable of detecting explosives.

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Solar eruptions may not have slinky-like shapes after all

As the saying goes, everything old is new again. While the common phrase often refers to fashion, design, or technology, scientists at the University of New Hampshire have found there is some truth to this mantra even when it comes to research. Revisiting some older data, the researchers discovered new information about the shape of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) — large-scale eruptions of plasma

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Study provides an early recipe for rewiring spinal cords

For many years, researchers have thought that the scar that forms after a spinal cord injury actively prevents damaged neurons from regrowing. In a study of rodents, scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health showed they could overcome this barrier and reconnect severed spinal cord nerves by turning back the neurons' clocks to put them into an early growth state. Once this occurs, n

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Sustainable, highly selective biocatalytic conversion of aldehydes to carboxylic acids

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam's Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) have developed the first viable biocatalytic 'green' process for the chemoselective oxidation of aldehydes into carboxylic acids. The paper describing the research appears in the current edition of the journal Green Chemistry.

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Indian women confined to the home in cities designed for men

The inequality between men and women in India is stark, and nowhere more so than on the streets of its cities, which are undeniably the domain of men. Of course, this is partly because there are fewer women in the population. With 940 women per 1,000 men, the nation has a low sex ratio, stemming from families' preference for male children, as well as poor nutrition and health care for women.

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Math shows how DNA twists, turns and unzips

If you've ever seen a picture of a DNA molecule, you probably saw it in its famous B-form: two strands coiling around each other in a right-handed fashion to form a double helix. But did you know that DNA can change its shape?

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What teenagers need to know about cybersecurity

Now that school is back in session, many high schoolers have new phones, new computers and new privileges for using their devices – and new responsibilities too. High schoolers today are more technology-savvy than average adults. While many people think that young people use their devices primarily for video games and social networking, the reality today is that high schoolers use technology for l

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Microsoft to contractors: Give new parents paid leave

Microsoft will begin requiring its contractors to offer their U.S. employees paid leave to care for a new child.

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Tough nuts, cracked in a smart way

Welding, printing, crushing concrete – an Empa team monitors noisy processes with the help of artificial intelligence. This way you can literally hear production errors and imminent accidents.

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Extreme weather in Europe linked to less sea ice and warming in the Barents Sea

Yueng-Djern Lenn, Bangor University; Benjamin Barton, Bangor University, and Camille Lique, Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer)

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Little fish, big deal – Baby sturgeon offers hope for the future

It's less than five inches long, slimy, covered in razor-sharp spines and looks like something straight out of one of the Alien movies. But for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and its partners in Georgia, who are working to conserve some of the last sturgeons in Europe, this diminutive ugly duckling of the fish world is a beautiful sight.

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Gender quotas and targets would speed up progress on gender equity in academia

Recently, the University of Adelaide used a special exemption under the Equal Opportunity Act to advertise eight academic positions in the faculty of engineering, computer and mathematical sciences for women only. This raises questions about why a university might take this approach.

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The energy industry is being disrupted – and traditional firms can't keep up

The electricity sector is experiencing a profound disruptive shock. This is due to technological innovation including the falling costs of renewables and energy storage, along with tougher environmental policies and regulatory reform.

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The Viral Success of a Strike No One Can See

Months ago, inmates across the U.S. began planning a strike over prison conditions, including low or nonexistent wages. To start getting the word out, they didn’t target big news organizations. Instead, organizers posted about the imminent strikes to their own social-media followers. And they contacted publications with an activist bent, like Shadowproof , a press organization focused on marginal

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The San Diego Padres Found a Way to Monetize Bad Baseball

The San Diego Padres just wrapped up one of the odder promotions in baseball history. For $99, a fan could purchase a “Five-Win Pass,” which provided a ticket to every home game until either the team won five or the season ended, on September 30. The deal rested on a simple fact: The Padres are bad. After the offer went into effect on July 27, it took 17 games in their native Petco Park for them

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Testing Teenagers and Examining Stress

Exams can be nerve-wracking to even the most prepared. In England, a roller coaster of emotions has been on display as the nation’s series of grueling public exams, the General Certificate for Secondary Education (GCSE), were proctored earlier this summer. The highly anticipated test grades were finally made public last week, and while the unveiling of the results may have brought about much-need

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Transcriptomics explains how 15 species of finch evolved from a single ancestor

Darwin's finches show enormous diversity in beak shape and size that varies with diet. The EU-funded Finch Evo-Devo project has used genomics plus – transcriptomics – to explain how 15 species of finch evolved from a single ancestor which landed on the Galapagos Islands.

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Scientists develop low-cost flood sensing system

As occupants of the lowest lying state in the nation, residents of Delaware face the danger of roadway flooding regularly. Consequentially state agencies like the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) have made it a priority to monitor the status of roads, issuing flood warnings and closing roads that might prove dangerous to drivers.

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Fast, reliable test for microorganism contamination

Food and water-borne illnesses are a common concern around the world. Every year hundreds of millions of water, beverage and food samples need to be tested to detect harmful bacteria.

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Novel architecture boosts energy and spectrum efficiency for Internet of Things wireless communication

The collection of data that will benefit societies relies on the wireless connections of billions of low-cost battery-powered sensors. An EU initiative has developed a novel architecture that combines energy and spectrum efficiency for Internet of Things (IoT) wireless communication.

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Better semen analysis boosts pig production

EU-funded researchers have developed an innovative automated seminal quality system (SQS) to rapidly and reliably analyse semen samples and increase production and profitability of pig farms.

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Video: Why plastic bottles are recycled into clothes

Exercise clothes and trendy handbags made from recycled plastic are all the rage and help consumers feel as if they are doing their part for the environment. But there are several reasons plastic bottles are recycled into clothes, which can't be recycled a second time, instead of new bottles.

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Male cockroaches that have frequent sex eat more protein

It is well known that males across the animal kingdom love sex, but does the amount of sex they have change their desire for specific nutrients in their diet?

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Are we ready for the digital tsunami?

How do we prepare for and manage what's known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

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Lessons for sustainable fisheries are hiding in plain sight

Small-scale fishers in Vietnam's Cau Hai lagoon can't easily access loans to upgrade or repair the fishing gear they urgently need. Some also want to invest in aquaculture supplies, but lack the start-up capital.

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Stigmatizing views and myths about psoriasis are pervasive in the United States

The stigma associated with the autoimmune disease psoriasis may lead people to avoid patients who show signs of the condition, including not wanting to date, shake hands, or have people in their homes if they suffer from the disease. New multidisciplinary research involving both psychologists and dermatologists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the first to

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The potential harbingers of new physics just don't want to disappear

For some time now, in the data from the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, several anomalies have been seen in the decays of beauty mesons. Are they more than just statistical fluctuations? The latest analysis, conducted with the participation of the Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences and taking into account so-called long-distance effects in the decays of particles

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Amazonian fruit prevents obesity in overfed mice

An extract of camu camu — a fruit native to the Amazon — prevents obesity in mice fed a diet rich in sugar and fat, say researchers at Université Laval and the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute Research Centre. The discovery, which was recently published in the scientific journal Gut, suggests that camu camu phytochemicals could play a leading role in the fight against obesity and metabolic diseas

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Obstructive sleep apnea linked with higher risk of gout

New research reveals that people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have a higher risk of developing gout, even beyond the first years after being diagnosed with the sleep disorder. The findings are published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology.

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UVA developing 'two-headed arrow' to kill ovarian cancer

A University of Virginia School of Medicine researcher is developing a two-fisted, antibody-based approach to destroy deadly ovarian cancer — an approach he believes could also be modified to kill breast, prostate and other solid tumors.

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Urgent action needed to help regent honeyeaters

Research led by the Australian National University (ANU) sheds new light on the rapid decline of the once-common regent honeyeater, offering new opportunities to help save the bird from extinction.

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Boron nitride separation process could facilitate higher efficiency solar cells

A team of semiconductor researchers based in France has used a boron nitride separation layer to grow indium gallium nitride (InGaN) solar cells that were then lifted off their original sapphire substrate and placed onto a glass substrate.

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Artificial intelligence guides rapid data-driven exploration of underwater habitats

Researchers aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor used autonomous underwater robots, along with the Institute's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) SuBastian, to acquire 1.3 million high resolution images of the seafloor at Hydrate Ridge, composing them into the largest known high resolution color 3D model of the seafloor. Using unsupervised clustering algorithms, they identified dyn

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Telltale bits of DNA help track past and elusive wildlife

On a scorching summer day, Mark Stoeckle threw a bucket into the murky waters of New York's East River to fill up three small plastic bottles.

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Should We Dim the Skies to Save the World?

Subscribe to Crazy/Genius : Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play A fleet of jets takes off from airports around the world. They ascend beyond the cruising altitude of commercial airlines until they reach the stratosphere. Then, they spray. A thick stream of sulfuric acid pours forth from the aircraft, bathing the skies in toxic aerosols. Winds spread the noxious cloud around the worl

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How the Democratic Party Can Turn the Sun Belt Blue

This week’s competitive primaries in Arizona and Florida suggest the midterm elections could provide revealing signals on one of the most important questions facing the two parties over the next decade: Can Democrats overturn the Republican advantage in the rapidly growing Sun Belt? In the coming years, Democrats will likely face a growing need to expand their inroads in the Sun Belt states—which

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'Blink' and you won't miss amyloids

Tiny protein structures called amyloids are key to understanding certain devastating age-related diseases. Aggregates, or sticky clumped-up amyloids, form plaques in the brain, and are the main culprits in the progression of Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases.

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New personality test is faster — and tougher to trick

Psychology researchers have developed a new personality test that is both faster to take and much harder to manipulate by those attempting to control the outcome.

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A novel bacterial species named after a Finnish Nobelist A.I. Virtanen

Artturi Ilmari Virtanen narrowly missed out on species naming for his original work in the 1920s. Now he has got Acidipropionibacterium virtanenii named after him.

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New genetic marker could help diagnose aggressive prostate cancer

Scientists have discovered a link between certain genetic mutations, the aggressiveness of prostate cancer, risk of developing the disease and poorer survival rates of patients. The gene, called ANO7, could play a vital role in improving diagnosis of prostate cancer patients. There are over 50,000 new cases and 11,000 deaths from prostate cancer each year in the UK.

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The use of psychoactive substances and illegal drugs in the Albanian society

The aim of the research is to create a representative picture of the prevalence and the total number of drug users in Albania from 2012 to 2016, and compare those numbers to previous years with other available data.

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'Blink' and you won't miss amyloids

Tiny protein structures called amyloids are key to understanding certain devastating age-related diseases, but they are so minuscule they can't be seen using conventional microscopic methods. A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a new technique that uses temporary fluorescence, causing the amyloids to flash or 'blink', allowing researchers to better spot these pr

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Novel therapeutic strategy for blood vessel related disorders, such as cancer and retinopathy

Blood vessels sustain health and proper functioning of our body. A multi-disciplinary team of scientists, led by prof. Peter Carmeliet (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology) has made several breakthrough discoveries concerning the metabolism of the individual building blocks of blood vessels – the so-called endothelial cells. They identified three key proteins that determine how blood vessels g

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Study shows how our brain and personality provide protection against emotional distress

Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois recently examined a sample of 85 healthy college students to see how a number of personality traits can protect an individual's brain against symptoms of emotional distress, namely depression and anxiety.

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Friction loss at first contact: The material does not forgive

Wear has major impacts on economic efficiency or health. All movable parts are affected, examples being the bearing of a wind power plant or an artificial hip joint. However, the exact cause of wear is still unclear. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) recently proved that the effect occurs at the first contact already and always takes place at the same point of the material. The

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Artificial intelligence guides rapid data-driven exploration of underwater habitats

Researchers aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor used autonomous underwater robots, along with the Institute's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) SuBastian, to acquire 1.3 million high resolution images of the seafloor at Hydrate Ridge, composing them into the largest known high resolution color 3D model of the seafloor. Using unsupervised clustering algorithms, they identified dyn

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Terahertz wave activates filamentation of actin

A team of researchers have discovered that terahertz (THz) wave irradiation activates the filamentation of actin protein. Drs. Shota Yamazaki and Masahiko Harata (Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University); Dr. Yuichi Ogawa (Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University); Dr. Hiromichi Hoshina (THz imaging and the sensing team at RIKEN); and Dr. Toshitaka Idehara (FIR-UF at Uni

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Boron nitride separation process could facilitate higher efficiency solar cells

A team of semiconductor researchers based in France has used a boron nitride separation layer to grow indium gallium nitride (InGaN) solar cells that were then lifted off their original sapphire substrate and placed onto a glass substrate.

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New insights into semiconductors for spintronic applications from hard X-ray photoemission

"Spintronics" holds promise for new types of devices for information processing and data storage, with ones and zeros being stored in the spin state of electrons as well as their electric charge. Such devices could be faster and more energy efficient than current electronics.

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More than just a DNA repair deficiency syndrome

By studying the skin phenotype of the hereditary disease Cockayne syndrome researchers have found a mechanism which can prevent the loss of subcutaneous fat, i.e. one of the cardinal symptoms of Cockayne syndrome.

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Changes in breakfast and dinner timings can reduce body fat

Modest changes to breakfast and dinner times can reduce body fat, a new pilot study reports.

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Speeding progress in migraine requires unraveling sex differences

To decrease the substantial health and economic burden of migraine on individuals and society, researchers need to examine and address how the disease differs between women and men.

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Great minds may think alike, but all minds look alike

Though humans differ widely in their congenital abilities, a newly-discovered brain learning mechanism has led researchers to reveal an origin of the identical spectrum of strong and weak links that compose all brains.

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Rainfall after drought caused explosion of cyanobacteria populations

The first rains after a long period of drought this summer washed so much fertiliser into the surface water, including the swimming water, that cyanobacteria made the water unusable and dangerous. Researchers from Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO) and Brazilian universities have shown in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology how a pulse of fertiliser cau

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Researchers develop new CRISPR/Cas process using Japanese ricefish

The molecular tool CRISPR/Cas allows introducing DNA double strand breaks into any gene of interest consequently resulting in stochastic mutations at the site of the target gene. However, precise gene repair through the application of a rescue construct suffers from limited efficiency. Researchers at Heidelberg University have now found a solution for this problem. Applying their new approach on t

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Reaction of plants to drought can be seen in the composition of the atmosphere

Hot and dry periods, such as this summer in Europe, appear to change the composition of the atmosphere. Researchers from Wageningen University & Research and NOAA discovered a 'signal' in the composition of CO2 in the atmosphere that is caused by the reaction of the vegetation to drought. Various climate models can now be adapted in accordance with the measurements. The researchers reported their

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Nyt sammenhængende uddannelsesforløb skal tiltrække læger til Esbjerg

I et forsøg på at fastholde unge læger i Region Syddanmark vil sundhedsministeren gøre det mere attraktivt at vælge videreuddannelse på Sydvestjysk Sygehus i Esbjerg.

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Akut lægemangel får Hovedstaden til at oprette midlertidige regionsklinikker

Lægemanglen i Region Hovedstaden er så massiv, at der er en reel risiko for, at borgerne ikke kan komme til læge. Det har fået Region Hovedstaden til at oprette midlertidige klinikker på to hospitaler i regionen.

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Finanslov: Regeringen klar med 320 mio. kr. til sundhedsområdet

Regeringen vil tilføre 100 mio. kr. til psykiatrien og 220 mio. kr. til finansieringen af den kommende sundhedsreform og andre sundhedstiltag.

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The hidden life of rock gnome lichen

They are a natural fertilizer for the forest, great construction material for birds' nests and an important indicator of how polluted the air is. And yet scientists know very little about the genetic diversity of lichens—symbiotic life forms made up of two distinct, but interdependent organisms: fungi and algae.

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Using deep-learning techniques to locate potential human activities in videos

When a police officer begins to raise a hand in traffic, human drivers realize that the officer is about to signal them to stop. But computers find it harder to work out people's next likely actions based on their current behavior. Now, a team of A*STAR researchers and colleagues has developed a detector that can successfully pick out where human actions will occur in videos, in almost real-time.

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Oil-producing countries have options to coexist with climate action, says expert

Oil-producing countries are adopting a variety of strategies to shield their industries from climate action, seeking not just to survive but to recast their businesses in ways that provide competitive advantages, according to a working paper by an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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Plastic bags: Charge could rise to 10p and be extended to smaller shops

All shops in England would have to implement the charge under proposals announced by the PM.

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Littleport seal with fishing hook in eye found and treated

The "distressed" seal was pictured with a fishing hook in the edge of its eye on Sunday.

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Afføringsbakterie forvandler A- og B-blod til 'universal-blod'

I vores afføring har kemikere opdaget et nyt enzym, der er fortrinligt til at deaktivere de antigener, som ellers gør det ubehageligt og i visse tilfælde livsfarligt at modtage donorblod fra andre blodtyper.

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How to use your smartphone without ruining your health

DIY Your phone is wearing down your body in ways you don't even realize. Smartphones can put your health at risk with problems like bad posture, blue light, and too much screen time. Protect yourself with these tips.

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Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants

Engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water. The mineral-coated sand reacts with and destroys organic pollutants, providing a way to help purify storm water percolating into underground aquifers, creating a saf

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Rapid heart imaging technique may cut costs, boost care in developing world

A new rapid imaging protocol quickly and cheaply diagnosed heart ailments in patients in Peru.

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Cannabis extract helps reset brain function in psychosis

Researchers have found that a single dose of the cannabis extract cannabidiol can help reduce brain function abnormalities seen in people with psychosis. Results provide the first evidence of how cannabidiol acts in the brain to reduce psychotic symptoms.

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The wetting characteristics of phosphorene could pave the way for new applications in biological engineering

A technique for investigating the wetting behavior of water on phosphorene—the single layer form of black phosphorus—has been developed by A*STAR researchers seeking to better understand properties that could enable its commercial applications.

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Researchers find solar eruptions may not have slinky-like shapes after all

As the saying goes, everything old is new again. While the common phrase often refers to fashion, design, or technology, scientists at the University of New Hampshire have found there is some truth to this mantra even when it comes to research. Revisiting some older data, the researchers discovered new information about the shape of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) – large-scale eruptions of plasma a

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Introducing high-performance non-fullerene organic solar cells

An team of researchers, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has introduced a novel method that can solve issues associated with the thickness of the photoactive layers in OSCs.

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Researchers discover a novel role of protein in important pathways that lead to cancer malignancy

Japanese researchers have revealed for the first time that a specific protein, the fatty acid-binding protein 5 (FABP5), plays a critical role in the development and metastasis of highly aggressive prostate and breast cancer cells. They point out that a better understanding of the molecular pathways of specific cancers is a step in the direction of finding more effective therapeutic targets.

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Genetically encoded sensor tracks changes in oxygen levels with very high sensitivity

Based on a protein from E. coli, scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a fluorescent protein sensor able to provide real-time information on dynamic changes in oxygen levels with very high sensitivity. As the oxygen level is a major determinant of cellular function, the idea behind this sensor may revolutionize our ability to detect cellular changes of critical importance, suc

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Using telemedicine to increase life expectancy

Telemedical interventional management reduces hospitalisations and prolongs the life of patients with heart failure. Researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have shown that these findings apply equally to patients in rural and in metropolitan settings. Results from this research have been published in The Lancet*.

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Regulatory and effector B cells control scleroderma

A Japan-based research team led by Kanazawa University have found reciprocal regulation of B cells on bleomycin-induced scleroderma model. Their research shed light on the roles of cytokine producing B cells in autoimmune diseases.

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The hidden life of rock gnome lichen

A new study from researchers at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York is helping to shed light on the genetic diversity and reproductive process of rock gnome lichen, one of only two varieties of lichens on the US endangered species

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The God of small things

New research suggests people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday events.

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Robotic herding of a flock of birds using drones

Researchers made a new algorithm for enabling a single robotic unmanned aerial vehicle to herd a flock of birds away from a designated airspace. This novel approach allows a single autonomous quadrotor drone to herd an entire flock of birds away without breaking their formation.

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Genomic study of 412 anthrax strains provides new virulence clues

By analyzing genomic sequences from more than 400 strains of the bacterium that causes anthrax, researchers have provided the first evidence that the severity — technically known as virulence — of specific strains may be related to the number of copies of certain plasmids they carry.

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Ryanair recognises cabin crew union in Ireland

Ryanair said Thursday it has agreed to recognise Ireland-based cabin crew who have union membership, stepping up a drawn-out process to improve workers' conditions and avert strikes.

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How Misinfodemics Spread Disease

They called it the Great Stink. In the summer of 1858, London was hit with a heat wave of noxious consequence. The city filled with a stench emanating from opaque pale-brown fluid flowing along what was once poetically known as the “Silver Thames.” Politicians whose offices overlooked the river doused their curtains with chloride of lime to mask the smell, the first time they’d been incentivized

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California releases new climate science, planning tools to prepare for climate change impacts

The State of California today released California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment, which details new information on the impacts of climate change and provides planning tools to support the state's response.

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Genomic study of 412 anthrax strains provides new virulence clues

By analyzing genomic sequences from more than 400 strains of the bacterium that causes anthrax, researchers have provided the first evidence that the severity – technically known as virulence – of specific strains may be related to the number of copies of certain plasmids they carry. Plasmids are genetic structures of the cell that can reproduce independently, and are responsible for producing the

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Solitary dolphin socializes with harbour porpoise companions in the Clyde

A dolphin which has lived alone in the Firth of Clyde for at least 17 years appears to have found company in local harbour porpoises.

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Researcher reports new information about black holes

New research by College of Charleston physics and astronomy professor Chris Fragile may help scientists discover more about intermediate mass black holes and the activities surrounding them.

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New method for hydroboration of alkynes: Radicals induce unusual selectivity

A combination of organoboron and radical chemistry generates unusual trans-selectivity in hydroboration of alkynes. The use of N-heterocyclic carbene boranes is key to the success of this chemical transformation. This study is expected to open the door to the development of new boron-containing materials.

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Mongrel Mob open up to Otago researchers for the good of their health

Studying the liver health of a high-risk, hard-to-reach gang population certainly came with challenges and a few surprises, a University of Otago academic says.

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Sådan brugte graver-journalister machine learning og big data til Panama Papers

Masser af open source bag analyse af kæmpe-læk om skattefusk, der landede 30 millioner kroner hos kassen i det danske skattevæsen.

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Asiatiske elselskaber er rykket op i den globale superliga

Elnettet i Kina og Indien vokser markant frem til 2040. De asiatiske selskaber er allerede store, og de vil fremover i endnu større grad sætte dagsordenen for sektoren.

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Dangerous parasites worming their way through wildlife

Global research reveals some of the world's most damaging parasitic worm species are being spread by wildlife, not just by dogs and cats.

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Image: ESA propulsion laboratory's water hammer test bench

Part of ESA's Propulsion Laboratory, this Water Hammer Test Bench simulates the vital moment early in a satellite's life when propellant is first pumped through its propulsion system.

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New research shows why the commute should be counted as part of the working day

A new study presented today (30/08/18) at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference, shows that commuters use free Wi-Fi provision on their journey to and from work to 'catch up' with work emails, paving the way for the commute to be counted as work.

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Researchers 3-D print colloidal crystals

MIT engineers have united the principles of self-assembly and 3-D printing using a new technique, which they highlight today in the journal Advanced Materials.

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Travelling thousands of kilometers to feed — Otago studies penguins' 'crazy' journeys

Imagine making a 7,000 km journey just for dinner. That, University of Otago scientists have found, is the life of the elusive Fiordland penguin

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Student discovers writing on pieces of ancient Egyptian mummy case

When Ariela Algaze signed up for a spring 2018 course on museums, she didn't expect to get wrapped up in the mystery of an ancient Egyptian mummy case that Jane Stanford herself purchased more than 100 years ago.

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Two new ways to measure the gravitational constant

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China and one in Russia has devised two new ways to measure the gravitational constant. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes the two methods and how accurate they were. Stephan Schlamminger with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. writes a News & Views piece on the work done by t

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*Donut County* Is 2018's Most Delightfully Madcap Puzzle Game

Who would've thought ordering a donut would be so dangerous?

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Haunting Images of the World's Most Polluted Environments

Clearcut forests, polluted rivers, open-air mines, and other environmental devastation seen from above.

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Space station reports 'leak', crew not in danger

The International Space Station crew on Thursday was repairing a small "leak" most likely caused by a collision with a small meteorite, the head of the Russian space agency said, adding the incident presented no danger.

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Big drought prompts surprises in this flowery hotspot

A new look at the historic drought that struck California from 2012 to 2015 reveals some unexpected results—and uncovers patterns that may be relevant to climate change. Researchers tracked 423 species in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, a little-known ecological hotspot in Southern California, that though small, explodes in wildflowers each spring and is full of threatened or endangered spec

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Climate change increasing the prevalence of harmful parasite, warn scientists

A rise in a parasite called liver fluke, which can significantly impact livestock production in farms in the UK and across the world, could now be helped by a new predictive model of the disease aimed at farmers. The tool, developed by University of Bristol scientists, aims to help reduce prevalence of the disease.

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The Dangerous Myths of South African Land Seizures

Last week, President Donald Trump watched Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News and got mad. That’s not exactly news, but what happened next was news. The president tweeted a message of support for South Africa’s hard-pressed white farmers. I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “S

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Cities Are Forcing a New Era of Rapid Evolution

Humans are changing the course of evolution — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants

University of California, Berkeley, engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water. The mineral-coated sand reacts with and destroys organic pollutants, providing a way to help purify storm water percolating into

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Deadline for climate action

If governments don't act decisively by 2035 to fight climate change, humanity could cross a point of no return after which limiting global warming below 2°C in 2100 will be unlikely, according to a new study by scientists in the UK and the Netherlands. The research also shows the deadline to limit warming to 1.5°C has already passed, unless radical climate action is taken. The study is published t

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How come only rich people run for office?

Why do the rich govern America? Millionaires make up only three percent of the public but control all three branches of the federal government. How did this happen? What stops lower-income and working-class Americans from becoming politicians? In his new book, The Cash Ceiling: Why Only the Rich Run for Office―And What We Can Do about It (Princeton Press, 2018), Nick Carnes, a faculty member at t

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Vikingeskibshallen affredet: Nu kan den rives ned

Kulturminister Mette Bock har som endelig afgørelse affredet Vikingeskibshallen, så den kan rives ned. Begrundelsen er, at de bærende fredningsværdier ikke kan opretholdes.

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Why you can smell rain—even though it's odorless

Science Here's how we catch a whiff of petrichor. Of course rain itself has no scent. But moments before a rain event, an “earthy” smell known as petrichor does permeate the air.

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The Holy Family of Greenleaf Is a Sinful Mess

In one of the early moments of Greenleaf ’s Season 3 premiere, Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) rejects repeated advances from the rich, mysterious new congregant Rochelle Cross (LeToya Luckett). “I’m still married,” the bishop tells her as she caresses his cross pendant. When Cross protests—“She threw you out!”—the bishop offers a weightier explanation for his refusal to fall into bed with h

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Does Brett Kavanaugh Agree With Bush v. Gore?

On November 22, 2000, while George W. Bush’s and Al Gore’s lawyers battled over disputed votes in Florida courts, three of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s four law clerks went home for Thanksgiving. I was one of them. Two days later, when her Court took the case, we were still at home. The decision stunned us. The disputed 2000 election was a national trauma. Its conclusion, the Bush v. Gore ruling

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Sexy selfies may be lucrative – but they won’t overthrow the patriarchy | Phoebe-Jane Boyd

A study of #hot tags on Instagram says it’s about women maximising their lot, but nudity is about control by men “A woman must continually watch herself,” is a John Berger quote you might remember if you studied art at school, or if you like watching bad 70s fashion in action on YouTube. The theory (from his 1972 documentary series, Ways of Seeing ) goes, “from earliest childhood [each woman] has

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How Big Can A Solar-Powered Drone Be?

Students in Singapore built a quadcopter that runs on solar power. Here's how to build your own.

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Image of the Day: On the Hunt

The Fiordland penguins of New Zealand travel thousands of kilometers in search of food.

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Uret tikker: Klimaforskere giver os kun 17 år til at forhindre katastrofen

Skal vi nå FN’s klimamål, er vi nødt til at øge andelen af grøn energi med to procent hvert år, understreger ny rapport. Danske forskere bakker op.

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Deadline for climate action—Act strongly before 2035 to keep warming below 2C

If governments don't act decisively by 2035 to fight climate change, humanity could cross a point of no return after which limiting global warming below 2°C in 2100 will be unlikely, according to a new study by scientists in the UK and the Netherlands. The research also shows the deadline to limit warming to 1.5°C has already passed, unless radical climate action is taken. The study is published t

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Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants

University of California, Berkeley, engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water.

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Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines May Need Revising

Doctors recommend a first colonoscopy at age 50, but that could be too late for some men — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Forskere kortlægger nye risikogener for høfeber

Stort genetiske studie viser, hvilke gener der kan have sammenhæng med udvikling af høfeber. Det skaber grundlag for mere fokuseret forskning.

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Nu er det slut: Danmark er ikke længere selvforsynende med olie

I 2017 sluttede en epoke for Danmark. Efter 24 år er vi ikke mere selvforsynende med olie, men skal nu til at importere de sorte dråber – bortset fra et enkelt år i 2024.

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Nigeria orders S.Africa's MTN to refund $8.13 bln

Nigeria's central bank has ordered South African telecoms giant MTN to refund $8.13 billion (6.96 billion euros) that it allegedly illegally repatriated and fined four banks involved in the transfer.

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As temperatures rise, farmers plant crops in S.Korean tunnel

Behind a blue wall that seals a former highway tunnel stretches a massive indoor farm bathed in rose-tinted light.

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Are Humans Alone in the Milky Way?

Why we are probably the only intelligent life in the galaxy — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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I'm Not Here to Make Friends: The Rise and Fall of the Supercut Video

A decade ago, the word "supercut" was coined. Now, the metatextual montages are a rarity online. What happened?

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Jaguar’s I-Pace Electric SUV Demands a New Kind of Car Review

The I-Pace posts glorious power numbers and a jolting 0 to 60 mph time—but that's not what separates it from its rivals.

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Newly Discovered Hybrid Pythons Could Threaten Florida's Everglades

The hybrids could harbor more robust genes that allow them to adapt to various types of environments.

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Heavy Metals May Pose Another Health Risk: Heart Disease

A new study draws attention to an underappreciated risk of heavy metal exposure: heart disease.

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Extreme Heat Likely Cooked 2,000 Fish to Death in Malibu Lagoon

The lagoon turned into a cauldron in which they couldn't survive.

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The Battle for Storm King

In celebration of the mountain and river that helped launch the modern environmental movement — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Ekspert om kloak-oversvømmelser: »Jeg vil anse det som en lærestreg«

Forsyningsselskab overså vigtige detaljer, da de skulle separatkloakere i et spildevandskloakeret område i Esbjerg. Man er nødt til at gå i arkiverne, siger ekspert.

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Growth Cocktail Helps Restore Spinal Connections in the Most Severe Injuries

Repairing damaged nerves in a rodent study marks a crucial first step toward bringing back lost movement — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Matas forudsiger salg med to millioner forecasts om ugen

Automatisk varebestilling har krævet en stor kulturændring hos butikscheferne i Matas.

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Danskernes færden og netadfærd overvåges massivt – men vi aner det ikke

Et flertal af danskerne har en meget lille indsigt i den indsamling af data, der foregår omkring dem.

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‘Medicare for All’ Is a Fantasy

“Medicare for All” is an enormously popular slogan, as evidenced by a slew of recent surveys . Its widespread appeal has emboldened the growing ranks of America’s democratic socialists, the more ambitious of whom see it as the entering wedge of a larger transformation of the country’s economic life. It’s also an indulgent fantasy, based on the illusion that we can simply reset the way the U.S. he

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Crispr-koma: Planteforædlerne håbede på mildere regler – EU-Domstolen sagde nej

ANALYSE: Afgrøder muteret med ­Crispr/Cas9-teknikken skal reguleres efter det tunge GMO-direktiv. Dermed er kemikalier og tilbage­krydsning vejen frem.

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New tests identify contaminated drinking water in minutes, not weeks

Speedy, affordable water tests that can be used in on location and even run continuously will help scientists identify disease-causing bacteria in under an hour and potentially reduce the spread of common illnesses such as diarrhoea, which kills an estimated 842,000 people every year.

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Cosmologists propose new way to form primordial black holes

What is dark matter? How do supermassive black holes form? Primordial black holes might hold the answer to this longstanding question. Leiden and Chinese cosmologists have identified a new way in which these hypothetical objects could be produced immediately after the Big Bang. Their research has been published in Physical Review Letters.

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Drought increases CO2 concentration in the air

ETH researchers have shown that during drier years, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises faster because stressed ecosystems absorb less carbon. This global effect is so strong that it must be integrated in the next generation of climate models.

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Top trends at Berlin's IFA tech fair

Europe's biggest tech fair, Berlin's IFA, opens its doors Friday with a flood of new product launches. Here are some of the top trends making waves along the aisles:

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Swedish study notes surge in automated Twitter accounts

A Swedish government study says there's been a recent surge in the number of automated Twitter accounts ahead of the Sept. 9 election, noting that 40 percent of them are more likely to support the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats party, expected to make gains.

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Great minds may think alike, but all minds look alike

Though humans differ widely in their congenital abilities, a newly discovered brain learning mechanism has led researchers to reveal an origin of the identical spectrum of strong and weak links that compose all brains.

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CfCS: Nordkoreanere angreb Danske Bank og Saxo Bank

Cybertruslen mod den danske finanssektor er lige nu på det højest mulige niveau. Sådan lyder det i en ny trusselsvurdering fra Center for Cybersikkerhed

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Fremmer gasledning til Polen grøn omstilling? Minister skal forklare sig

Projekt-forberedelserne til Baltic Pipe kører for fuld skrue frem mod den endelige investeringsbeslutning om bare fire måneder. Inden da skal energiministeren godkende investeringen.

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Why universities need to talk to black people about race

If universities are to combat racial inequality in Britain, they should be talking more to the people at the sharp end I was well into my thirties before I realised that The Sneetches , Dr Seuss’s fantastical story of bird-like creatures whose star-bellied variants looked down on the plain-bellied sort, was about racism . I’d known the book all my life – my mother read it to me when I was little.

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Trump idea on regulating Google 'unfathomable'

His attacks on Google drew headlines, but President Donald Trump would face an impossible task if his administration tried to regulate the leading internet search engine and its news results.

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Danske virksomheder bagud med fremtidens teknologi

3D-print i metal vil revolutionere industrien. Få danske virksomheder bruger det, men nu får de hjælp.

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TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchison Australia in $11 bn merger

Vodafone Hutchison Australia and TPG Telecom announced plans Thursday to merge into a Aus$15 billion (US$11 billion) unit to take on key rivals Telstra and Optus as competition heats up in the telecommunications sector.

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3D-print i metal får nyt forskningscenter

Næsten en tredjedel af de danske fremstillingsvirksomheder regner med, at 3D-print i metal kommer til at indgå deres produkter. Teknologisk Institut skruer op for assistancen med nyt teknologicenter.

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S. Korea police raid BMW office over car fires

South Korean police raided German carmaker BMW's Seoul headquarters Thursday in connection with dozens of engine fires.

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How a plan to save Kenya's rhino left 11 dead in historic blunder

It was a disaster that left wildlife lovers around the globe appalled and baffled.

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Vacuum maker Dyson plans expansion for UK electric car site

Dyson, the British company best known for its ground-breaking vacuum cleaners, said Thursday that it has submitted a planning application to expand facilities at a former British military airfield to develop electric vehicles.

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Air raid warning tech gives Syrians life-saving minutes

Khaled al-Idlibi was still speeding away with his brother perched on the back of his motorbike when he heard the air strike that levelled his neighbours' house in northwest Syria.

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France's ban on bee-killing pesticides begins Saturday

A ban on five neonicotinoid pesticides enters into force in France on Saturday, placing the country at the forefront of a campaign against chemicals blamed for decimating critical populations of crop-pollinating bees.

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Rhinos and their conservation in Kenya

Once it roamed Asia and Africa in the tens of thousands. Today, the rhinoceros has been driven to near-extinction.

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Panasonic to move UK headquarters on Brexit fears

Panasonic plans to move its European headquarters from Britain to the Netherlands later this year over concerns about potential tax issues related to Brexit, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

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Hackers? No, human error plagues Arizona primary voting

For all the worries about Russian hackers and other cyber-vandals, voting problems this week in Arizona served as a reminder that one of the biggest threats to fair elections is plain old human error.

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Crews rescue 2 distressed pygmy killer whales in Florida

Biologists are working to help two pygmy killer whales that had been found distressed in shallow waters on Florida's Gulf Coast.

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NASA examines intensifying Tropical Storm Norman

NASA's Aqua satellite provided valuable temperature data on Tropical Storm Norman in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Aqua data showed Norman was quickly intensifying.

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Bait and switch in Oregon: Substituting quackery for opioids for Medicaid patients

The Oregon Health Authority is on the verge of passing a radical policy that would require chronic pain patients receiving Medicaid to have their opioids tapered to zero while covering "nonpharmacologic treatments for pain" that include primarily acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, and other "alternative" treatments. Not surprisingly, the Oregon Chronic Pain Task Force, which is responsibl

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Emails while commuting 'should count as work'

Wider access to wi-fi on trains and the use of mobile phones has extended the working day, a study says.

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Ultimate Ears Boom 3 and Megaboom 3 Review: New Features, Lower Price

Our favorite speakers get new designs and some new audio enhancements.

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Where the animals go: wildlife tracking secrets revealed

Award-winning geographer Dr James Cheshire and designer Oliver Uberti take us to the forefront of the animal tracking revolution, mapping the movements of animals on land, sky and sea – from Peru’s elusive jaguars to ant activity in a colony The elephants who crossed the railroad Continue reading…

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Ready, steady, pout … how selfies can help you climb the social ladder

A new paper suggests that ‘sexy selfies’ can help women out-compete one another. But is this about gendered oppression – or academics selecting eye-catching areas of research? Name: Social climbing selfies. Appearance: Grumpy face, short skirt, maximum cleavage. Continue reading…

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Computerspil i undervisningen har målbare effekter

At inddrage computerspil i skoletiden frem for at forbyde dem kan både hjælpe udsatte elever og give ro i klassen.

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Afhængig af ros: Din hjerne stræber konstant efter anerkendelse

Urmennesket inde i dig er hunderæd for at blive skubbet ud af flokken.

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Model based on liquid biopsies may predict time to progression in colorectal cancer

An evolutionary model utilizing serial blood samples from patients with advanced colorectal cancer treated with anti-EGFR therapies in a phase II trial could predict personalized waiting time for progression.

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Forsyningsselskab overså gamle tilladelser: Nu er de skyld i kloakvand i Esbjerg-kældre

Hverken forsyningsselskabet eller Esbjerg Kommune var opmærksomme på, at flere huse havde særlig tilladelse til at udlede spildevand og regnvand i samme rør. Derfor blev et nyt kloakrør underdimensioneret, hvilket førte til milliondyre oversvømmelser med kloakvand.

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History of Fireworks

Today's dazzling displays of pyrotechnics began as a simple pop.

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Better fisheries management could help offset climate change's negative effects, research suggests

New research shows a more prosperous global future is possible if both climate change and sustainable fisheries management are addressed now.

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Stem cells show promise as drug delivery tool for childhood brain cancer

Researchers showed they could shrink tumors in laboratory models of medulloblastoma, and extend life. The study is a necessary step toward developing clinical trials that would see if the approach works for children.

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Switching to hunter-gatherer lifestyle may increase diversity in children's gut microbes

Immersing city dwellers in the traditional lifestyle and diet of a rainforest village for two weeks increases the diversity of the visiting children's — but not the adults' — gut microbiota. In a small pilot study, researchers show that the immersion visit did little to shift the adults' skin, oral, nasal and fecal microbiota.

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Robot butlers are coming to this downtown hotel. Is Miami ready for robo-room service?

Welcome to the 21st century, where a request for extra towels in your hotel room may be answered by a roughly 4-foot-high purple robot on wheels.

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E.P.A. to Reconsider Obama-Era Curbs on Mercury Emissions by Power Plants

It is the latest effort by the Trump administration to revisit or weaken environmental rules. Mercury has been tied to brain damage and other ailments.

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Global fisheries could still become more profitable despite global warming

Global commercial fish stocks could provide more food and profits in the future, despite warming seas, if adaptive management practices are implemented. Even so, yields for nearly half of the species analyzed are projected to fall below today's levels.

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Changing the way we search for antibiotics — with a $200, 3D-printed box

A group of researchers has designed and built specialized hardware for their research using an in-house 3-D printer. The new lab instrument is capable of collecting massive amounts of data that will help these researchers in their quest to discover new antibiotics.

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Teen dating violence is down, but boys still report more violence than girls, British Columbia study finds

When it comes to teen dating violence, boys are more likely to report being the victim of violence — being hit, slapped, or pushed — than girls. That's the surprising finding of new research from British Columbia, Canada.

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First indicators of prognosis for the most aggressive breast cancer

Researchers report a successful classification of triple breast cancer patients, which for the first time discriminates those who can be cured from those who might suffer a relapse. It also identifies new pharmacological targets, and indicates that in patients with these targets, combined treatments with existing drugs could be effective.

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Multiple sclerosis drug slows brain shrinkage, study finds

Results from a clinical trial of more than 250 participants with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) revealed that ibudilast was better than a placebo in slowing down brain shrinkage. The study also showed that the main side effects of ibudilast were gastrointestinal and headaches.

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How unsecured medical record systems and medical devices put patient lives at risk

Physicians and computer scientists have shown it is easy to modify medical test results remotely by attacking the connection between hospital laboratory devices and medical record systems.

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Changes in breakfast and dinner timings can reduce body fat

Modest changes to breakfast and dinner times can reduce body fat, a new pilot study in the Journal of Nutritional Sciences reports.

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Labor Board Backs Engineers Who Were Fired for Unionizing

Dispute at software startup is rare case of tech workers trying to unionize—and even rarer example of the government coming to their aid.

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Research study sheds new light on relationship between genes and bone fracture risk

A paper titled 'Assessment of the genetic and clinical determinants of fracture risk: genome wide association and mendelian randomization study' appeared today in the British Medical Journal. The study provides evidence against a causal effect of several proposed clinical risk factors for fractures, including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin D, as well as others.

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New genetics findings unravel key components of fracture risk in osteoporosis

The largest study ever to investigate the genetics of osteoporosis and fracture risk determined that only two examined factors — bone mineral density (BMD) and muscle strength — play a potentially causal role in the risk of suffering osteoporotic fracture, a major health problem affecting more than 9 million people worldwide very year.

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Genetic susceptibility to lower vitamin D levels and calcium intake not linked to fracture

Having a genetic predisposition to lower vitamin D levels and calcium intake is not associated with an increased risk of osteoporotic fracture, conclude researchers in The BMJ today.

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Exposure to arsenic, lead, copper and cadmium linked to increased risk of heart disease

Exposure to arsenic, lead, copper and cadmium is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, finds a comprehensive analysis of the evidence published by The BMJ today.

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Experts warn of cardiovascular risk from heavy metal pollution

Even low doses of toxic chemicals in the environment pose a significant risk to cardiovascular health, according to a report in today's edition of The BMJ, led by researchers at the University of Cambridge. The researchers have also challenged the omission of environmental risk factors such as toxic metal contaminants in water and foods from the recent World Health Organization report on non-commu

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Researchers highlight neglected evidence on the cardiovascular risks of toxic metals

Exposure to arsenic, lead, copper, and cadmium is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, finds a comprehensive analysis of the evidence published today in The BMJ. An accompanying editorial by Ana Navas-Acien at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues points to metals as an important but neglected source of cardiovascular risk.

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Scientists take big step toward finding non-addictive painkiller

Scientists have been working to find a safe, non-addictive pain killer to help fight the current opioid crisis in this country.

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A better way to count boreal birds

Knowing approximately how many individuals of a certain species are out there is important for bird conservation efforts, but raw data from bird surveys tends to underestimate bird abundance. Researchers have now tested a new statistical method to adjust for this and confirmed several mathematical tweaks that can produce better population estimates for species of conservation concern.

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How does agriculture affect vulnerable insect-eating birds?

Aerial insectivores — birds that hunt for insect prey on the wing — are declining across North America as agricultural intensification leads to diminishing insect abundance and diversity in many areas. A new study looks at how tree swallows' diets are affected by agriculture and finds that while birds living in cropland can still find their preferred prey, they may be working harder to get it.

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China is hot spot of ground-level ozone pollution

In China, people breathe air thick with the lung-damaging pollutant ozone two to six times more often than people in the United States, Europe, Japan, or South Korea, according to a new assessment. By one metric — total number of days with daily maximum average ozone values (8-hour average) greater than 70 ppb — China had twice as many high ozone days as Japan and South Korea, three times more t

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Dectin-1-mediated pain is critical for the resolution of fungal inflammation

Candidiasis is a painful infection that affects a large number of individuals, occasionally causing severe pain that is solely controlled by resolution of infection. Here, Dectin-1 inhibition was found to block pain during fungal infection. Researchers found that clodronate, a drug that is currently used for osteoporosis treatment, could suppress severe pain in fungal infection, and that the Decti

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How the forest copes with the summer heat

Between April and August this year, Switzerland and central Europe have experienced the driest summer season since 1864. Especially the forest seems to suffer from this dry spell. A current study indicates now that native forest trees can cope much better with the drought than previously expected. It is, however, too early to give the all-clear as a consistently warmer and dryer climate might stil

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Bioengineers unveil surprising sensory and self-healing abilities of seashore creatures

Limpets sense damage to the structurally vital elements of their shells and self-heal in a way that is biologically similar to how broken bones mend in mammals.

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Overlooked No More: Ruby Payne-Scott, Who Explored Space With Radio Waves

Payne-Scott helped establish the field of radio astronomy by using radio waves to detect solar bursts, but she was forced to resign after she got married.

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Indian Government Aims to Take Down Predatory Journals

A government body that regulates higher education has asked universities for a “white list” of legitimate scientific journals by August 30.

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Multiple sclerosis drug is first to dramatically cut brain shrinkage

An experimental treatment can nearly halve the loss of brain tissue in people who have the worst forms of multiple sclerosis, for which there are few treatments

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The Atlantic Daily: It’s Not Going to Stop

What We’re Following Political Turnover: President Trump announced on Twitter that the White House counsel Don McGahn will be leaving his position after a tenure that, compared to those of other Trump officials, has been remarkably long and productive. And the former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio lost Arizona’s Republican Senate primary with less than 20 percent of the vote—indicating, Dick

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Yellowstone thrived after its 1988 fires, but dry summers threaten all progress

Environment Extremely hot, dry weather is no longer as rare as it used to be. Fires play an important ecological role in many ecosystems, and Yellowstone’s native plants and animals are well-adapted to historical cycles of disturbance and…

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A Brief History of Elon Musk's Market-Moving Tweets

Tesla stocks are down following the CEO's revival of his "pedo guy" claim—not the first time Musk's taste for Twitter has changed how investors see his company.

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Here Today, McGahn Tomorrow

Written by Elaine Godfrey ( @elainejgodfrey ), Madeleine Carlisle ( @maddiecarlisle2 ), and Olivia Paschal ( @oliviacpaschal ) Today in 5 Lines President Trump said White House Counsel Don McGahn will leave the White House this fall after the presumed confirmation of Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh. Representative Ron DeSantis, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Florida, said v

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How To Use Twitter: Critical Tips For New UsersTwitter US Unfollow

How to setup your account, login, search and find your voice on Twitter.

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All the best new gadgets from the 2018 IFA consumer electronics show

Gadgets Lots of new gadgets abound. Check out some new gadgets from the comfort of your gaming throne. Oh, you don't have a gaming throne? Well, you can get one.

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How a NASA scientist looks in the depths of the great red spot to find water on Jupiter

One critical question has bedeviled astronomers for generations: Is there water deep in Jupiter's atmosphere, and if so, how much?

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Restless legs syndrome brain stimulation study supports motor cortex 'excitability' as a cause

Researchers report new insights into brain centers involved in restless legs syndrome and disturbed sleep.

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New technique to forecast geomagnetic storms developed

Flashes of brightness known as solar flares can be followed by coronal mass ejections that send plasma from the sun into space. These charged particles can then travel to Earth, and when they arrive they wreak havoc on Earth's magnetic field. The result can be beautiful but also destructive: auroras and geomagnetic storms. Researchers now report a method for analyzing magnetic field data that migh

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Hospital rating tools should allow patients to customize rankings

Would every patient assign the same importance to hospital quality measures such as quietness, risk of readmission and timeliness of care? That's one assumption made by the hospital quality ratings created by organizations as varied as Consumer's Union, US news and the federal government. But it's unlikely all patients have the same values. So hospital report cards should account for the individua

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Study finds multiple sclerosis drug slows brain shrinkage

Results from a clinical trial of more than 250 participants with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) revealed that ibudilast was better than a placebo in slowing down brain shrinkage. The study also showed that the main side effects of ibudilast were gastrointestinal and headaches. The study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National

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Cleveland Clinic-led trial shows unprecedented slowing in progressive multiple sclerosis

A promising drug slowed brain shrinkage in progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) by nearly half, according to new research led by Cleveland Clinic. Very limited therapies are currently available for this disabling form of the disease. The definitive results of the phase two trial — published in the New England Journal of Medicine — showed that the drug ibudilast decreased progression of brain atro

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Horizon: A Week Without Lying – The Honesty Experiment review – a social experiment that was bound to fail

A teen, priest and ad consultant are asked not to lie for a week, but the psychological complexity of something so fundamental to humans cannot be revealed by putting sensors on people How often do you lie? Go on, tell the truth. Only to be kind to others? Lying by omission doesn’t count? Your carefully curated Instagram feed isn’t a form of deception – it’s just that applying the Clarendon filter

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The Logo Design Revolution

The fields of graphic design and semiotics are inextricably linked. In this way, the first logo creators were most likely the ancient Egyptians , who designed images to convey socio-cultural values and established visual codes of representation. But as the industrial revolution began to give rise to consumer culture as we know it, logo design remained mostly utilitarian; images that represented b

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Cold climates contributed to the extinction of the Neanderthals

Climate change may have played a more important role in the extinction of Neanderthals than previously believed, according to a new study.

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Diplomats' mystery illness linked to radiofrequency/microwave radiation, researcher says

In a new article, a researcher makes the case that publicly reported symptoms and experiences of a 'mystery illness' afflicting American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba and China strongly match known effects of pulsed radiofrequency/microwave electromagnetic (RF/MW) radiation.

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Dutch police solve murder cold case after forcing 1,500 men to provide DNA samples

A recently solved murder case from the Netherlands illuminates some of the promises and ethical questions raised by the police practice of using genealogy databases to identify criminal suspects. Read More

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Does one ethnic group own its cultural artefacts?

The idea that one culture ‘owns’ a particular heritage, or that certain practices are too culturally sensitive to be talked about, may create barriers between people. Read More

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NASA examines intensifying Tropical Storm Norman

NASA's Aqua satellite provided valuable temperature data on Tropical Storm Norman in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Aqua data showed Norman was quickly intensifying.

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CHF 14 million of funding for all-terrain radiology

EPFL spin-off Pristem SA, born within the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne's EssentialTech program, has raised CHF 14 million of new capital in a first round. The funding will enable it to put its prototype of a robust digital radiology system, appropriate for both industrialized and low income countries, into full-scale production.

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Nonaddictive Opioid Alternative Shows Promise in Monkey Study

Finding a painkiller as effective as opioids but without the potential for addiction is a challenge, but there's a promising newcomer on the scene.

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There's a Huge 'Archive' of Heat Hiding Under Earth's Arctic Ice

Thanks to climate change, extra heat has penetrated deep into the ocean. And underwater currents have pulled it north, where it's hiding under the Arctic ice.

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Imagining a World Without Light

Global warming? Nuclear war? Ecological crisis? Whatever happened, this is the result.

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Mangrove expansion and climatic warming may help ecosystems keep pace with sea level rise

Biologists have documented that coastal wetlands in the southeastern United States are responding positively to rising temperatures both in their growth and in their ability to build soil to keep pace with sea level rise.

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Disentangling the relationships between cultural traits and other variables

In a new article, a team of researchers analyze how to avoid misinterpreting correlations in cross-cultural studies. The researchers identify three sources of non-independence in cultural variables — meaning, the variables are correlated but are not caused by each other — and present methods to control for these.

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Amazon Go opens second cashier-less convenience store

The bright orange wrapping is coming off the new Amazon Go store in downtown Seattle, the first expansion of the cashier-less convenience store that outside Amazon's corporate campus

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Will More Logging Save Western Forests From Wildfires?

The Trump administration has called for more logging of western forests to reduce wildfire risks. But people on the ground in the west say the solution is thinning and forest restoration, not logging. (Image credit: Kirk Siegler/NPR)

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GPM finds heavy rain in a band wrapping into Tropical Storm Miriam

NASA found heavy rainfall occurring in Tropical Storm Miriam as it continued moving through the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

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Spinal muscular atrophy drug may be effective if started later than previously shown

A drug shown to be effective in the treatment of babies with the rare muscle-wasting disease spinal muscular atrophy may be effective for muscle control even when treatment is started in children seven months and older, according to a study published in the Aug. 29, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Previous studies focused on children youn

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The Most Dystopian Marketing Stunt Ever?

The name Harland hasn’t been in fashion for quite a while. The last time it cracked the top 1,000 names for American baby boys was about 70 years ago. Even in 1918—the year in the 20th century that produced the most Harlands —there were only 155 of them born. The name would likely have maintained its obscurity for decades, perhaps never to return. But Harland might soon make a comeback, thanks to

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Did unmarried celebrity moms spark a trend?

Between 1940 and 2009, the number of US births to unmarried women increased from about 4 percent to nearly 41 percent. New research investigates whether celebrities have contributed to that shift. In 1992, former Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the sitcom character Murphy Brown’s decision to have a child out of wedlock. His comments soon expanded to include “the cultural elite in Hollywood,”

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NASA sees post-Tropical Cyclone Lane come to an end

The once hurricane that dropped record-setting rainfall on the Hawaiian Islands has come to an end in the Central Pacific Ocean and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of its final hours.

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GPM Satellite sees Jebi as another tropical threat To Japan

Japan has been afflicted by several tropical cyclones and other extreme weather this summer. GPM analyzed Typhoon Jebi as it was making its way toward Japan.

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Welcome to Codeverse, where kids learn to build games and hack light fixtures

Eight-year-old Cillian Rhodes was hosting a dance party.

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New test uncovers metabolic vulnerabilities in kidney cancer

A team of investigators used intraoperative infusions of labeled glucose in patients about to have surgery to remove the kidney cancer to assess how the tumors use glucose.

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Speeding progress in migraine requires unraveling sex differences

To decrease the substantial health and economic burden of migraine on individuals and society, researchers need to examine and address how the disease differs between women and men, according to a report from the Society for Women's Health Research published in the August issue of the Journal of Women's Health.

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NASA's GPM finds heavy rain in a band wrapping into Tropical Storm Miriam

NASA found heavy rainfall occurring in Tropical Storm Miriam as it continued moving through the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

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LT breathing tubes after cardiac arrest could save 10,000 more lives

Heart attack patients given a different type of breathing tube by paramedics had better survival rates than those treated by traditional intubation breathing tube methods — findings that could potentially save more than 10,000 lives annually, researchers report.

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NASA's GPM Satellite sees Jebi as another tropical threat To Japan

Japan has been afflicted by several tropical cyclones and other extreme weather this summer. GPM analyzed Typhoon Jebi as it was making its way toward Japan.

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Color vision makes birds of prey successful hunters

In many cases it is the color of the prey that helps predatory birds to detect, pursue and capture them. In a new study, biologists show that the Harris's hawk has the best color vision of all animals investigated to date — and in certain situations, even better than humans. The findings may help to protect threatened birds of prey against hazards such as wind turbines and power lines.

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Male and female tennis players decline at same rate

The physical abilities of male and female tennis stars decline at the same rate as they age, new research shows.

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Opioid crisis: powerful but non-addictive drug could replace morphine

An opioid drug that is 100 times more effective at providing pain relief than morphine has no apparent addictive properties in monkeys

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A warm-water time bomb could spell disaster for Arctic sea ice

If a rapidly-heating layer of water building up under the Arctic wells up to the surface, it may melt all remaining seasonal sea ice in the area

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It's not your imagination, humidity really is killing you

Health Hot and humid weather prevents your body from cooling itself down. Heat is serious. The United States sees hundreds of heat-related deaths per year (it’s the deadliest type of weather), and we’re likely to see many more in the future:…

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NASA sees post-Tropical Cyclone Lane come to an end

The once hurricane that dropped record-setting rainfall on the Hawaiian Islands has come to an end in the Central Pacific Ocean and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible image of its final hours.

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Protect key habitats, not just wilderness, to preserve species

Some scientists have suggested we need to protect half of Earth's surface to preserve most of its species. A new study, however, cautions that it's the quality, not merely the quantity, of land we protect that matters. To preserve biodiversity more fully, especially species with small ranges, governments should expand their conservation focus and prioritize key habitats outside wildernesses and cu

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Mathematics can assist cities in addressing unstructured neighborhoods

New mathematical models can help guide changes to the layout of poor urban neighborhoods to improve access to resources with minimum disruption and cost.

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New Zealand penguins make mammoth migrations, traveling thousands of kilometers to feed

Fiordland penguins, Eudyptes pachyrhynchus, known as Tawaki, migrate up to 2,500 km from their breeding site, according to a new study.

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Not so fast: From shrews to elephants, animal reflexes surprisingly slow

While speediness is a priority for any animal trying to escape a predator or avoid a fall, a new study suggests that even the fastest reflexes among all animals are remarkably slow.

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Drought increases CO2 concentration in the air

Researchers have shown that during drier years the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises faster because stressed ecosystems absorb less carbon. This global effect is so strong that it must be integrated in the next generation of climate models.

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Breakthrough could see bacteria used as cell factories to produce biofuels

Biologists have developed a new technique for manipulating small cell structures for use in a range of biotechnical applications including the production of biofuels and vaccines.

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Food activates brown fat

Brown fat consumes energy, which is the reason why it could be important for preventing obesity and diabetes. Working together with an international team, researchers were able to demonstrate that food also increases the thermogenesis of brown fat, and not just cold as previously assumed.

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New herbicide registration for weed control in watermelon crops recommended

New research recommends that the herbicide bicyclopyrone, now used in corn, be registered for weed management in watermelon crops as well.

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Father's diet could affect the long-term health of his offspring

New research has shown that a lack of protein in a father's diet affects sperm quality which can have a direct impact on the long-term health of their offspring.

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Study demonstrates a new recurrence-based method that mimics Kolmogorov-Smirnov test

The recurrence plot is a vital tool for analyzing nonlinear dynamic systems, especially systems involving empirically observed time series data. RPs show patterns in a phase space system and indicate where data visit the same coordinates. RPs can also mimic some types of inferential statistics and linear analyses, such as spectral analysis. A new paper in the journal Chaos, provides a proof of con

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How a NASA scientist looks in the depths of the Great Red Spot to find water on Jupiter

For centuries, scientists have worked to understand the makeup of Jupiter. It's no wonder: this mysterious planet is the biggest one in our solar system by far, and chemically, the closest relative to the Sun. Understanding Jupiter is a key to learning more about how our solar system formed, and even about how other solar systems develop.

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Trilobites: NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Takes First Picture of Distant Rock It Will Visit

The mission’s scientists were pleasantly surprised that the camera aboard the robotic probe could see the Kuiper belt object, known as 2014 MU69, so soon and from so far.

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Kids of divorce less likely to earn college degrees

Children of divorce are less likely to earn a four-year or graduate degree, according to a new study. The study is one of the first to look specifically at divorce and graduate education. Susan Stewart, professor of sociology at Iowa State University, says it is important to understand this relationship as more jobs require a graduate or professional degree. Twenty-seven percent of children with

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3-D Printed Gun Blueprints Are Back, and Only New Laws Can Stop Them

Despite an injunction against sharing the plans online, Cody Wilson is now selling the blueprints directly.

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Electronic device implanted in the brain could stop seizures

Researchers have successfully demonstrated how an electronic device implanted directly into the brain can detect, stop and even prevent epileptic seizures.

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What's that smell? Scientists find a new way to understand odors

Scientists have discovered a new way to organize odor molecules based on how often they occur together in nature, and to map this data to discover regions of odor combinations humans find most pleasurable.

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Earthquakes: Attacking aftershocks

Scientists are using artificial intelligence technology to analyzed a database of earthquakes from around the world in an effort to predict where aftershocks might occur. Using deep learning algorithms, they developed a system that, while still imprecise, was able to forecast aftershocks significantly better than random assignment.

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An 18-Foot Fugitive Python Is on the Loose in Poland

For nearly two months, a slippery fugitive has evaded capture in the Polish countryside.

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How a NASA scientist looks in the depths of the Great Red Spot to find water on Jupiter

One critical question has bedeviled astronomers for generations: Is there water deep in Jupiter's atmosphere, and if so, how much?

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Study demonstrates a new recurrence-based method that mimics Kolmogorov-Smirnov test

The recurrence plot is a vital tool for analyzing nonlinear dynamic systems, especially systems involving empirically observed time series data. RPs show patterns in a phase space system and indicate where data visit the same coordinates, and can mimic some types of inferential statistics and linear analyses. A paper in Chaos provides a proof of concept for using RPs to mimic the Kolmogorov-Smirno

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Space Art Is Causing a Ruckus Among Astronomers

There are more than 1,800 active satellites currently in orbit around Earth, carrying out a myriad of jobs: collecting weather data, helping drivers navigate roads, spying on enemy targets, the list goes on. This fall, if all goes as planned, they will be joined by a small, boxlike satellite, launched into space atop a SpaceX rocket. It will appear, at first, quite ordinary; there are already hun

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Tiny Tunnels Run from the Skull to the Brain: Study

Immune cells travel through these passageways to get to injured tissue quickly, researchers say.

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These birds show how today’s stress can linger

Major stressful events—even brief ones—can have lasting effects, two new studies with birds suggest. Researchers used tree swallows and an innovative study design to uncover long-term consequences of such passing but major stressful events. Both studies provide information, not only on the long-term effects, but on why some people are more susceptible to those impacts than others. “We aren’t look

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California advances an ambitious climate policy that should be a model for the world

The state is on the verge of passing a rule requiring 100 percent of its electricity to come from carbon-free sources.

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Bosses at leading UK science institute accused of bullying staff

Scientists allege Wellcome Sanger Institute management pressured workers to quit In the science lab, some bullies can thrive unchecked for decades The leaders of one of the country’s most prestigious scientific institutes are under investigation following claims of bullying, mistreatment of staff and gender discrimination. Complaints by 10 former and current staff members at the Wellcome Sanger I

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In the science lab, some bullies can thrive unchecked for decades

Bullying claims suggest a scientist’s life is at odds with the profession’s noble ideals Bosses at leading UK science institute accused of bullying staff The science lab is often perceived as a place of noble endeavour, where the conflicts and political manoeuvring of the average workplace are transcended by shared goals to, say, unravel the mysteries of the cosmos or cure cancer. However, the ex

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Drought, groundwater loss sinks California land at alarming rate

The San Joaquin Valley in central California, like many other regions in the western United States, faces drought and ongoing groundwater extraction, happening faster than it can be replenished. And the land is sinking as a result—by up to a half-meter annually according to a new Cornell University study in Science Advances.

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Trump supporters on campuses more likely to show prejudice toward international students: study

International students at American colleges and universities do not always find a welcoming environment. Research has shown that, as a group, internationals face prejudice from segments of the domestic student population, and a new study by a University at Buffalo psychologist suggests that stereotypes alone do not lead to that prejudice.

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Drought, groundwater loss sinks California land at alarming rate

The San Joaquin Valley in central California, like many other regions in the western United States, faces drought and ongoing groundwater extraction, happening faster than it can be replenished. And the land is sinking as a result — by up to a half-meter annually according to a new Cornell University study in Science Advances.

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Unlocking the secrets of cell division in cancer

Scientists at Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina have found that some cells can divide without a molecule that was previously thought necessary. Their results, published online in the July 2018 issue of Genes and Development, explain how liver cells can regenerate after injury and may help us understand how cancer arises and how cancer cells evolve to have additiona

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Stem cells show promise as drug delivery tool for childhood brain cancer

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers showed they could shrink tumors in laboratory models of medulloblastoma, and extend life. The study, published in PLOS ONE, is a necessary step toward developing clinical trials that would see if the approach works for children.

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Trump supporters on campuses more likely to show prejudice toward international students

A new study by a University at Buffalo psychologist suggests that stereotypes alone do not lead to that prejudice against international students. The prejudice is multifaceted, but there are factors leading to prejudice that universities can influence.Results suggest aside from stereotypes, other factors, including support for President Donald Trump, predicted prejudice against international stude

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A climate 'wake-up call'

Research from UCSB and EDF shows a more prosperous global future is possible if both climate change and sustainable fisheries management are addressed now.

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The influence of gym class on adult exercise behavior is profound, new study finds

A study from Iowa State University draws a direct link between gym class and adult exercise habits. Read More

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California just ended its bail bond system, but there are some serious problems with the law

The state joins Washington, D. C. in eliminating a predatory system that preys upon low-income people and favors the wealthy. Read More

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Scientists to U.N.: To stop climate change, modern capitalism needs to die

The era of cheap energy is coming to an end and societies will need to reshape energy consumption and infrastructure or face consequences, warns a new scientific background paper issued to the United Nations. Read More

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How the Kessler Syndrome can end all space exploration and destroy modern life

An increasingly likely catastrophe can cause major disruptions in space flight and our daily lives. Read More

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Why Google Doesn't Rank Right-Wing Outlets Highly

Tuesday, President Trump tweeted that Google “ RIGGED ” search results, saying “96 percent of news search results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous.” The claim was originally made by Paula Bolyard, a writer at PJ Media , and got picked up by Lou Dobbs . Bolyard manually counted Google results for “Trump,” and found that of the top 100, no stories appeared from “ Na

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Why Are STDs on the Rise If Americans Are Having Less Sex?

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that reported cases of three sexually transmitted diseases in the United States had reached an all-time high in 2017. Rates of gonorrhea rose by 67 percent, syphilis by 76 percent, and chlamydia by 21 percent, to a total of almost 2.3 million cases nationwide. According to the CDC, 2017 surpassed 2016 as the year with the most r

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'Archived' heat has reached deep into the Arctic interior, researchers say

Arctic sea ice isn't just threatened by the melting of ice around its edges, a new study has found: Warmer water that originated hundreds of miles away has penetrated deep into the interior of the Arctic.

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Improving soil quality can slow global warming

A new study finds that well-established, low-tech land management practices like planting cover crops, optimizing grazing and sowing legumes on rangelands, if instituted globally, could capture enough carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil to make a significant contribution to international global warming targets. When combined with biochar and aggressive emissions reductions, the seq

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Early amber trade: Sicilian amber in Western Europe predates arrival of Baltic amber by at least 2,000 years

Amber from Sicily arrived in Iberia as early as the 4th Millennium BC, some 2,000 years before the appearance of Baltic amber to the peninsula. New study also suggests that Baltic amber reached Iberia via the Mediterranean not via direct trade with the North.

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Children suffering from tics can be helped by both group and individual therapy

Nonvoluntary stressful movements or sounds are everyday reality for children and adolescents with Tourette syndrome, but the symptoms can be significantly reduced — both when help comes individually and in a group.

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Physicists Observe the Higgs Boson's Elusive Decay

Directly detecting this long-predicted phenomenon further validates the Standard Model of particle physics — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Stræber, kreativ eller pessimist: Hvilke personlighedstræk passer på dig?

Mennesker er afhængige af at leve i flok. Og for at passe ind har vi forskelige personligheder. Bliv klogere på din her.

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The weirdest things we learned this week: baby skeleton art, zombie presidents, and solar-powered telegraphs

Science Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts. What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s newest podcast.

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Unstoppable monster in the early universe

Astronomers obtained the most detailed anatomy chart of a monster galaxy located 12.4 billion light-years away. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the team revealed that the molecular clouds in the galaxy are highly unstable, which leads to runaway star formation.

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Tight-knit teammates may conform to each other's behavior

In a study with NCAA athletes, researchers found that the more closely a player identified as being part of their team, the more likely they were to conform to their teammates' behavior. This was true for both risky and positive behaviors.

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Celebrity culture likely contributed to destigmatizing out-of-wedlock childbirth

In 1992, former Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the sitcom character Murphy Brown's decision to have a child out of wedlock. That ignited discussions that continue today about whether celebrities might be contributing to the demise of the nuclear family, yet 40 years of data from one reputable celebrity news source suggests that celebrities in fact have fewer out-of-wedlock childbirths compar

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Depressed children 6 times more likely to have skill deficits, MU study finds

Now, researchers have found that children who show mild to severe symptoms of depression in second and third grades are six times more likely to have skill deficits, such as difficulties with social skills or academics, than children without symptoms. Parents and teachers also had difficulties recognizing depression in children.

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Study of rare cancer yields therapeutic clues to combat drug resistance

The team set out to explore cancer drivers that allow NUT midline carcinoma — a rare, aggressive cancer that can arise in multiple organs — to become impervious to drugs. Their results may apply to several forms of cancer fueled by the same mutated driver gene, and their approach may be applicable to other types of cancer whose genomes have been sequenced.

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Better assessments for early AMD

The European MACUSTAR consortium is conducting a multi-country clinical study on age-related macular degeneration. The clinical study focuses on the intermediate stage of the disease, in which a person's vision under low-light and low-contrast conditions is impaired. Throughout Europe, a total of 20 study centers will recruit and follow-up with 750 patients.

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Quality of life after spinal cord injury: What functional abilities have the greatest impact?

Independence in mobility is the single most important factor affecting quality of life in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI), reports a new study.

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Beavers have an impact on the climate

A rising water level affects the interaction between beaver ponds, water and air, as well as the carbon balance of the zone of ground closest to water.

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Environmentally friendly photoluminescent nanoparticles for more vivid display colors

A research team has synthesized non-toxic, cadmium-free light-emitting nanoparticles. The nanoparticles emit clean colors, which had not been possible previously with nanoparticles using the same non-toxic materials. This was achieved by modifying and optimizing the synthesis and treating the fabricated nanoparticles — they were encased in semiconductor shells with an amorphous structure.

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Failing immune system 'brakes' help explain type 1 diabetes in mice

Immune reactions are usually a good thing — the body's way of eliminating harmful bacteria and other pathogens.

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Training for parents referred to CPS improves toddler's physiological regulation

A parental training program for families referred to Child Protective Services improved toddlers' unconscious reactions to mildly stressful situations, as well as improving parents' behavior, according to a new study.

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New Horizons has sent back the first images of Ultima Thule, its next target

NASA probe gets its first look at distant Kuiper Belt object

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‘One of the Most Brutal Races in the Country’ Has Just Begun in Florida

Let no one say that the voters of Florida, like their neighbors to the north in Georgia, won’t have a stark choice for governor in November. Florida Republicans on Tuesday chose Representative Ron DeSantis, a young conservative who ran unapologetically as the candidate of President Donald Trump, while Democrats surprised pollsters and prognosticators by picking Andrew Gillum, the progressive Tall

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Migrating monarchs face new infection threat

Migrating monarchs may face increased exposure to disease at sites where other monarchs no longer migrate to Mexico and instead breed year-round on patches of an exotic garden plant. With migration patterns of many species changing in response to human activities, the findings may have implications for other migratory animals, as well. Resident colonies of monarch butterflies that breed year-roun

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Pssst: Parenting Twins Can Be Depressing

Expectant parents of twins and other multiples may be ready for the joy and extra physical demands of caring for more than one baby. But few know the risk of depression and anxiety runs higher, too. (Image credit: Terry Vine/Getty Images)

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Mammal forerunner that reproduced like a reptile sheds light on brain evolution

Compared with the rest of the animal kingdom, mammals have the biggest brains and produce some of the smallest litters of offspring. A newly described fossil of an extinct mammal relative — and her 38 babies — is among the best evidence that a key development in the evolution of mammals was trading brood power for brain power.

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Ancient African herders had lasting ecological impact on grazed lands

Ancient animal herders added to the ecological richness and diversity of the African savanna thousands of years ago — an effect that persists to the present day, a new study finds. The herders' practice of penning their cattle, goats and sheep at night created nutrient-rich grassy glades that still attract wildlife and have increased habitat diversity in the region, researchers report.

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A recipe for regenerating nerve fibers across complete spinal cord injury

Scientists have designed a three-stepped recipe for regenerating electro-physiologically active nerve fibers across complete spinal cord lesions in rodents. Rehabilitation is still required to make these new nerve fibers functional for walking.

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The more pesticides bees eat, the more they like them

Bumblebees acquire a taste for pesticide-laced food as they become more exposed to it, a behavior showing possible symptoms of addiction.

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Potential target for treating pain during surgery

A research team has published a study that improves the understanding of the pain-sensing neurons that respond to tissue injury during surgery.

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Recommendations aimed at preparing Puerto Rico for hurricane season

Researchers have estimated there were 2,975 excess deaths in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria from September 2017 through the end of February 2018. The researchers also identified gaps in the death certification and public communication processes and went on to make recommendations that will help prepare Puerto Rico for future hurricanes and other natural disasters.

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Rethinking a healthy diet from a global perspective

Scientists are using research from several large global studies to develop an updated, international approach of identifying a healthy diet.

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Nnew insights for ways to use cell metabolism to treat cancer

Researchers have discovered that cell metabolism plays an important role in the ability of cells to start a survival program called autophagy, an unwanted side effect of some anti-cancer drugs that helps some tumor cells dodge treatment and eventually regrow into new tumors.

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Microsoft launches monthly Xbox subscription fee to buy new game consoles

Microsoft is launching a two-year Xbox subscription plan that lets gamers pay for a console and two online streaming services with one monthly fee, rather than buying hardware upfront.

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Is studying your gut bacteria key to good health or a waste of money?

Forget your own genome – now you can pay to sequence the DNA of the microbes in your gut and get advice on which foods to eat for better health

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Humans have shaped the Serengeti’s ecosystems since the Stone Age

Remains of dung from 3700 years ago reveal how it was nomadic herders, not nature, that seeded the Serengeti’s unique ecosystems

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CERN’s mini particle accelerator could finally smash apart electrons

We’ve never accelerated electrons to high enough energies to smash them apart before, but a new machine at the home of the Large Hadron Collider is a step towards doing so

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Don McGahn Was the Most Productive Person in Trump's White House

When Don McGahn leaves the White House this fall, it will end one of the longest, and most improbably successful, stints in the Trump administration. President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday morning that his White House counsel would leave after the presumed confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Axios had reported the news earlier Wednesday morning. McGahn’s exit

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Attacking aftershocks

Sparked by a suggestion from researchers at Google, Harvard scientists are using artificial intelligence technology to analyzed a database of earthquakes from around the world in an effort to predict where aftershocks might occur. Using deep learning algorithms, they developed a system that, while still imprecise, was able to forecast aftershocks significantly better than random assignment.

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What's that smell? Scientists find a new way to understand odors

Scientists from the Salk Institute and Arizona State University have discovered a new way to organize odor molecules based on how often they occur together in nature, and to map this data to discover regions of odor combinations humans find most pleasurable.

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Sicilian amber in western Europe pre-dates arrival of Baltic amber by at least 2,000 years

Amber from Sicily arrived in Iberia as early as the 4th millennium BC, some 2,000 years before the appearance of Baltic amber to the peninsula. New study also suggests that Baltic amber reached Iberia via the Mediterranean not via direct trade with the North.

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Study highlights urgent need to tackle fisheries management and climate change together

A new study by EDF and leading scientists shows that tackling sustainable fisheries management and climate change together can result in significant increases of food, fish and economic activity, but nations need to act quickly to realize these gains.The study details how the world's oceans have the potential to be significantly more plentiful than today even with climate change, provided good man

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Bifunctional compound tackles pain relief and opioid dependency

Huiping Ding and colleagues have developed a painkilling compound that both relieves pain and suppresses opioid dependency in primates.

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Scientists take big step toward finding non-addictive painkiller

With the support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine have been working to find a safe, non-addictive pain killer to help fight the current opioid crisis in this country.

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'Archived' heat has reached deep into the Arctic interior, researchers say

Arctic sea ice isn't just threatened by the melting of ice around its edges, a new study has found: Warmer water that originated hundreds of miles away has penetrated deep into the interior of the Arctic.

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A tool to improve the design of growing urban areas

Scientists interested in minimizing numbers of slums globally have reported a way to diagnose city spaces as slums and solve access problems inherent to these complex urban spaces. Their approach is designed to transform these informal neighborhoods, characterized by a lack of access to necessary urban services, into formal city blocks.

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Protect key habitats, not just wilderness, to preserve species

Some scientists have suggested we need to protect half of Earth's surface to preserve most of its species. A Duke-led study, however, cautions that it's the quality, not merely the quantity, of land we protect that matters. To preserve biodiversity more fully, especially species with small ranges, governments should expand their conservation focus and prioritize key habitats outside wildernesses a

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Global fisheries could still become more profitable despite global warming

Global commercial fish stocks could provide more food and profits in the future, despite warming seas, if adaptive management practices are implemented. Even so, yields for nearly half of the species analyzed are projected to fall below today's levels.

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Electronic device implanted in the brain could stop seizures

Researchers have successfully demonstrated how an electronic device implanted directly into the brain can detect, stop and even prevent epileptic seizures.

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Improving soil quality can slow global warming

A UC Berkeley study finds that well-established, low-tech land management practices like planting cover crops, optimizing grazing and sowing legumes on rangelands, if instituted globally, could capture enough carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil to make a significant contribution to international global warming targets. When combined with biochar and aggressive emissions reductions,

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Mathematics can assist cities in addressing unstructured neighborhoods

New mathematical models developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory with collaborators at Sam Houston State University and the University of Chicago can help guide changes to the layout of poor urban neighborhoods to improve access to resources with minimum disruption and cost.

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More than just a DNA repair deficiency syndrome

By studying the skin phenotype of the hereditary disease Cockayne syndrome researchers at the IUF and HHU Duesseldorf have found a mechanism which can prevent the loss of subcutaneous fat, i.e. one of the cardinal symptoms of Cockayne syndrome. This study was now published in Science Translational Medicine.

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New Zealand penguins make mammoth migrations, traveling thousands of kilometers to feed

Fiordland penguins, Eudyptes pachyrhynchus, known as Tawaki, migrate up to 2,500 km from their breeding site, according to a study publishing Aug. 29 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Thomas Mattern of the University of Otago and colleagues.

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Amber circulated in extensive Mediterranean exchange networks in Late Prehistory

New archaeological evidence from the Iberian Peninsula reveals extensive Mediterranean exchange networks of amber resources in Late Prehistory, according to a study published Aug. 29, 2018 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mercedes Murillo-Barroso from Universidad de Granada, Spain, and colleagues.

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Tesla's next big thing: Could it be with Apple?

If Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk thought putting an end to his plan to take the electric-car maker private would calm down all the attention Tesla had received about its future, he should think again.

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Kosher Chicken Tied to Salmonella Outbreak in 4 States, US Officials Say

An outbreak of Salmonella tied to kosher chicken products has sickened 17 people in four states on the east coast.

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Clearing a xenotransplantation hurdle: detecting infectious agents in pigs

In a paper published in Xenotransplantation, Mark Prichard, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have described the development and testing of 30 quantitative assays for pig infectious agents. These assays had sensitivities similar to clinical lab assays for viral loads in human patients. After validation, the UAB team also used the assays on nine sows and 22 piglets de

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Clearing a xenotransplantation hurdle—detecting infectious agents in pigs

A shortage of organs for transplantation—including kidneys and hearts—means that many patients die while still on waiting lists. So, research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and other sites has turned to pig organs as an alternative.

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'Archived' heat has reached deep into the Arctic interior, researchers say

Arctic sea ice isn't just threatened by the melting of ice around its edges, a new study has found: Warmer water that originated hundreds of miles away has penetrated deep into the interior of the Arctic.

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Protect key habitats, not just wilderness, to preserve species

Some scientists have suggested we need to protect half of Earth's surface to preserve most of its species. A new Duke University-led study, however, cautions that it is the quality, not merely the quantity, of what we protect that matters.

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Sicilian amber in western Europe pre-dates arrival of Baltic amber by at least 2,000 years

Amber and other unusual materials such as jade, obsidian and rock crystal have attracted interest as raw materials for the manufacture of decorative items since Late Prehistory and, indeed, amber retains a high value in present-day jewellery.

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Improving soil quality can slow global warming

Low-tech ways of improving soil quality on farms and rangelands worldwide could pull significant amounts of carbon out of the atmosphere and slow the pace of climate change, according to a new University of California, Berkeley, study.

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The incredible marathon of New Zealand Tawaki penguins

Each year in December, penguins with long blonde eyebrows swim away from the shores of New Zealand for a two-month marathon swim halfway to Antarctica and back.

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Mathematics can assist cities in addressing unstructured neighborhoods

New mathematical models developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory with collaborators at Sam Houston State University and the University of Chicago can help guide changes to the layout of poor urban neighborhoods to improve access to resources with minimum disruption and cost.

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Global fisheries could still become more profitable despite global warming

Global commercial fish stocks could provide more food and profits in the future, despite warming seas, if adaptive management practices are implemented. Even so, yields for nearly half of the species analyzed are projected to fall below today's levels.

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Opioid crisis: breakthrough in hunt for non-addictive painkiller

A newly developed pain relief compound appears to be more powerful than morphine, without the addictive high Scientists have made a major step towards developing a non-addictive alternative to prescription painkillers. The newly developed compound, called AT121, appears to deliver more powerful pain relief than morphine, but without being accompanied by the feelings of euphoria that drive addicti

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Take a Sad Song and Make it Better

Take a Sad Song and Make it Better One trick to making music sad? Use a solo instrument. SoloViolinist_topNteaser.jpg Violinist Alexandra Panchina performs during a Holocaust Day of Remembrance event. Image credits: U.S. Air Force photo /Senior Airman Aaron-Forrest Wainwright Culture Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – 13:15 Joel Shurkin, Contributor (Inside Science) — Very few things can touch human e

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Giraffe vs Ostrich: Ostrich wins!

It was a very lanky battle, but in the end there could only be one winner! It may be no surprise that the Ostrich took first place, considering they can reach top speeds of 43 mph! Leaderboard:

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Another AI winter could usher in a dark period for artificial intelligence

Technology It's happened before. Artificial intelligence researchers have already weathered several "AI winters" of decreased funding and public skepticism. They may face another one soon.

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Researchers achieve first ever acceleration of electrons in a proton-driven plasma wave

Early in the morning on Saturday, 26 May 2018, the AWAKE collaboration at CERN successfully accelerated electrons for the first time using a wakefield generated by protons zipping through a plasma. A paper describing this important result was published in the journal Nature today. The electrons were accelerated by a factor of around 100 over a length of 10 metres: they were externally injected int

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Memory chip maker Micron announces $3B expansion in Manassas

One of the world's largest semiconductor companies is making a $3 billion investment in northern Virginia to expand its manufacturing facility and add 1,100 jobs.

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Not so fast: From shrews to elephants, animal reflexes surprisingly slow

While speediness is a priority for any animal trying to escape a predator or avoid a fall, a new study by Simon Fraser University researchers suggests that even the fastest reflexes among all animals are remarkably slow.

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Star Gosling took flying lessons for new astronaut film

Hollywood star Ryan Gosling said Wednesday that he tried to learn to fly to play astronaut Neil Armstrong in an emotional new biopic about the strong but silent space hero.

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Not so fast: From shrews to elephants, animal reflexes surprisingly slow

While speediness is a priority for any animal trying to escape a predator or avoid a fall, a new study by Simon Fraser University researchers suggests that even the fastest reflexes among all animals are remarkably slow.

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Algae Bloom in Lake Superior Raises Worries on Climate Change and Tourism

Scientists cannot say for sure what causes algae blooms, but their appearance is associated with runoff, heavy rain and warming temperatures.

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She Helped Crack the Golden State Killer Case. Here’s What She’s Going to Do Next.

Barbara Rae-Venter’s genealogical sleuthing acumen has inspired others to help law enforcement with unsolved cases, as well as an ethics and privacy debate.

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OK computer: How AI could help forecast quake aftershocks

Lightning might not strike twice, but earthquakes can. And forecasting where aftershocks will hit might now be a little easier thanks to an assist from artificial intelligence.

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Russian carmaker seeks niche in luxury market

A new state-owned Russian carmaker launched Wednesday a Soviet-influenced luxury vehicle it hopes will lure the domestic super rich away from brands such as Rolls-Royce.

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This Ancient 'Monster' Galaxy Should Have Destroyed Itself

There's a monster out there. It's far away, and old. But scientists can see it. And thanks to a new imaging project, they've begun to understand it.

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Nerve fibers regrow through scar tissue after spinal cord injury in rodents

Scientists have developed a treatment that triggers axons to regrow after spinal cord injury in rodents. The findings could lead to a new therapy for patients, providing the first step to regaining lost function.

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Drought increases CO2 concentration in the air

ETH researchers have shown that during drier years the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises faster because stressed ecosystems absorb less carbon. This global effect is so strong that it must be integrated in the next generation of climate models.

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Astronomers reveal new details about 'monster' star-forming galaxies

An international team of astronomers from Japan, Mexico and the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying a 'monster galaxy' 12.4 billion light years away today report that their instruments have achieved a 10 times higher angular resolution than ever before, revealing galaxy structural details previously completely unknown. They also were able to analyze dynamic properties that could not be pr

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How your brain experiences time

Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience in Trondheim, Norway have discovered a network of brain cells that expresses our sense of time in experiences and memories. Their findings are published in this week's Nature magazine.

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Unstoppable monster in the early universe

Astronomers obtained the most detailed anatomy chart of a monster galaxy located 12.4 billion light-years away. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the team revealed that the molecular clouds in the galaxy are highly unstable, which leads to runaway star formation. Monster galaxies are thought to be the ancestors of the huge elliptical galaxies in today's Universe, there

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A recipe for regenerating nerve fibers across complete spinal cord injury

Scientists have designed a three-stepped recipe for regenerating electro-physiologically active nerve fibers across complete spinal cord lesions in rodents. Rehabilitation is still required to make these new nerve fibers functional for walking. The results appear in today's issue of Nature.

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Ancient African herders had lasting ecological impact on grazed lands

Ancient animal herders added to the ecological richness and diversity of the African savanna thousands of years ago — an effect that persists to the present day, a new study finds. The herders' practice of penning their cattle, goats and sheep at night created nutrient-rich grassy glades that still attract wildlife and have increased habitat diversity in the region, researchers report in the jour

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Mammal forerunner that reproduced like a reptile sheds light on brain evolution

Compared with the rest of the animal kingdom, mammals have the biggest brains and produce some of the smallest litters of offspring. A newly described fossil of an extinct mammal relative — and her 38 babies — is among the best evidence that a key development in the evolution of mammals was trading brood power for brain power.

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Ancient livestock dung heaps are now African wildlife hotspots

Often viewed as wild, naturally pristine and endangered by human encroachment, some of the African savanna's most fertile and biologically diverse wildlife hotspots owe their vitality to heaps of dung deposited there over thousands of years by the livestock of wandering herders, suggests new research in the journal Nature.

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Switching to hunter-gatherer lifestyle may increase diversity in children's gut microbes

An international team of researchers has shown that immersing city dwellers in the traditional lifestyle and diet of a rainforest village for two weeks increases the diversity of the visiting children's — but not the adults' — gut microbiota. In a small pilot study published this week in mSphere®, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, the team shows that the immersion

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For children, immersion in a rainforest lifestyle can lead to more diverse gut microbes

Can immersing yourself in a South American jungle and the high-fiber, unprocessed diet of its villagers make your gut microbes more diverse? And could it have benefits for people with obesity, type 1 diabetes and other disorders? A study led by Rutgers University-New Brunswick researchers followed seven city-dwelling adults and children who lived in a remote Venezuelan jungle village without elect

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Access to 3-D printing is changing the work in research labs

A small, black box developed in a McMaster University lab could change the way scientists search for new antibiotics.

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This summer I treated children choking on air pollution. We have to act – now | Guddi Singh

This is a public health crisis. We doctors want to see diesel cars phased out, investment in clean air zones, and more A study published this week shows that air pollution has an alarming effect on our cognitive abilities . Shocking as this conclusion is in itself, the report joins a long list of research linking toxic air to serious health problems, and demonstrates the devastating consequences a

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Brain cancer patients live longer with laser treatment

A laser treatment that aims to destroy aggressive brain tumors can add an average of two months to a patient’s life, compared with chemotherapy, according to new research. The increase is small but meaningful for people who have only months left to live. Half of people with the brain cancer glioblastoma die within 14 months of diagnosis. Even if initial treatment with surgery, radiation, and chem

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Researchers enable real-time forensic analysis with new cybersecurity tool

As technology continues to evolve, cybersecurity threats do as well. To better safeguard digital information, a team of researchers at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed Akatosh, a security analysis tool that works in conjunction with standard software to detect significant irregularities in computer networks.

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Why an orbiting moon station is the worst idea of the new space age

US Vice President Mike Pence says a habitable base orbiting the moon will be built and in use by 2024. It's a pointless distraction, warns Mars Society president Robert Zubrin

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How to drive the slowest vehicle in the solar system – on Mars

NASA engineer Keri Bean shares her dreams of driving a Mars rover, her fears that Opportunity won’t wake up and why NASA has grief counsellors on speed-dial

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Peat expansion in the Arctic tundra could play a role in cooling a warming planet

Could studying the peat moss that grows in the Arctic Tundra help mitigate the impacts of climate change?

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To Heal Some Wounds, Adult Cells Turn More Fetal

An embryo starts out as just a single cell. It’s not long before it divides into two cells, then four, then eight, and so on — a process marked by rapid growth, in which these early, unspecialized cells proliferate wildly to start building all the tissues of the body. As development proceeds, these embryonic (and later fetal) stem cells become more specialized, differentiating into the precursors

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Chasing quakes with machine learning

Scientists have used a neural network to determine the pattern of earthquake aftershocks

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The strength of gravity has been measured to new precision

Researchers have measured Newton’s gravitational constant, known as Big G, with the greatest precision yet.

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Electrons surf protons’ waves in a new kind of particle accelerator

For the first time, scientists accelerated electrons using plasma waves from proton beams.

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Artificial intelligence could improve predictions for where quake aftershocks will hit

Scientists trained an artificial intelligence system to figure out where aftershocks are likely to occur.

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Researchers develop a new technique to forecast geomagnetic storms

The Earth's magnetic field extends from pole to pole and is strongly affected by solar wind from the sun. This "wind" is a stream of charged particles constantly ejected from the sun's surface. Occasional sudden flashes of brightness known as solar flares release even more particles into the wind. Sometimes, the flares are followed by coronal mass ejections that send plasma into space.

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Return of strip-field farming creates haven for rare species in south Wales

National Trust trial of 13th century method used until 1940s transforms stretch of Gower peninsula coast A pioneering farming project using field management techniques dating back to the 13th century has transformed a stretch of coast into a haven for endangered animals, birds, insects and wildflowers. The experimental return to “strip-field farming” close to the spectacular Rhossili Bay on the G

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Teen dating violence is down, but boys still report more violence than girls

When it comes to teen dating violence, boys are more likely to report being the victim of violence — being hit, slapped, or pushed–than girls. That's the surprising finding of new research from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

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Access to 3D printing is changing the work in research labs

A group of McMaster researchers has designed and built specialized hardware for their research using an in-house 3D printer. The new lab instrument is capable of collecting massive amounts of data that will help these researchers in their quest to discover new antibiotics.

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Ancient livestock dung heaps are now African wildlife hotspots

Often viewed as wild, naturally pristine and endangered by human encroachment, some of the African savannah's most fertile and biologically diverse wildlife hotspots owe their vitality to heaps of dung deposited there over thousands of years by the livestock of wandering herders, suggests new research in the journal Nature.

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Astronomers reveal new details about 'monster' star-forming galaxies

An international team of astronomers from Japan, Mexico and the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying a "monster galaxy" 12.4 billion light years away today report that their instruments have achieved a 10 times higher angular resolution than ever before, revealing galaxy structural details previously completely unknown. They also were able to analyze dynamic properties that could not be pr

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Mammal forerunner that reproduced like a reptile sheds light on brain evolution

Compared with the rest of the animal kingdom, mammals have the biggest brains and produce some of the smallest litters of offspring. A newly described fossil of an extinct mammal relative—and her 38 babies—is among the best evidence that a key development in the evolution of mammals was trading brood power for brain power.

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Gratis hpv-vaccine til drenge er også godt for pigerne

Mens kvinder risikerer livmoderhalskræft, kan hpv-virus give mænd kræft i hals, mund og penis.

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New potential biotherapy for Alzheimer's disease

Researchers have discovered that a modified version of an important immune cell protein could be used to treat Alzheimer's disease. The study reveals that soluble versions of a protein called TLR5 can reduce the buildup of amyloid plaques in the brains of Alzheimer's disease model mice and prevent the toxic peptide that forms these plaques from killing neurons.

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On the horizon: An acne vaccine

A new study reports important steps that have been taken towards the development of an acne vaccine. The investigators demonstrated for the first time that antibodies to a toxin secreted from bacteria in acne vulgaris can reduce inflammation in human acne lesions.

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Air pollution can put a dent in solar power

Air pollution, especially in urban areas, can significantly reduce the power output from solar panels, and needs to be considered when design solar installations in or near cities.

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Watching two-dimensional materials grow

The production of ultra-thin 2D crystals is difficult. In the past, different techniques have yielded quite diverse results, but the reasons for this could not be accurately explained. Thanks to a new method it is now possible to observe the crystallization process directly under the electron microscope.

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Operation Finale Grapples With the Banality of Evil

The story of Adolf Eichmann’s capture by Mossad agents in 1960 is not an inherently dramatic one. Eichmann, an architect of the Holocaust and one of the highest-ranking members of the Nazi regime to survive World War II, lived in Argentina for many years in secret. His apprehension led to a widely viewed trial in Israel, which gave many of the victims of his crimes the chance to testify to their

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Humanmade mangroves could get to the 'root' of the problem for threats to coastal areas

With threats of sea level rise, storm surge and other natural disasters, researchers are turning to nature to protect humans from nature. Using bioinspired materials that mimic mangrove trees, they are creating mangrove-like structures that can be used for erosion control, coastal protection, and habitat reconstruction. Structures like seawalls are expensive to build, raise environmental concerns,

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An ocean apart, carnivorous pitcher plants create similar communities

Asian pitchers transplanted to Massachusetts bogs can mimic the living communities of natives so well that the pitcher plant mosquito — a specialized insect that evolved to complete its life cycle exclusively in North American pitchers — lays eggs in the impostors, new research shows.

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The fate of plastic in the oceans

The concentrations of microplastics in the surface layer of the oceans are lower than expected. Researchers experimentally demonstrated that microplastics interact with natural particles and form aggregates in seawater. This aggregate formation could explain how microplastics sink into deeper water layers.

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US soldiers who attempt suicide often have no prior mental health diagnosis

The latest study based on data from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) reports that among 9,650 enlisted soldiers with a documented suicide attempt, more than one-third had no prior mental health diagnosis.

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Ultralaser treatment for fibromyalgia yields 75 percent pain reduction when applied to the hands

Medical device with simultaneous laser and ultrasound application was developed in Brazil. Scientists enhanced analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects by moving the treatment's focus away from the tender points.

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What did the dolphin say to the porpoise?

A dolphin in the Firth of Clyde may be exchanging messages with porpoises.

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‘Hack weeks’ teach about big data through teamwork

A new interactive workshop teaches researchers at multiple stages of their careers about data science through collaboration. Each night, high-definition cameras mounted to telescopes collect terabytes of data about objects in the sky. Each day, scientists sequence the genomes of people, animals, plants, and microbes for biomedical and evolutionary research. Each year, the Large Hadron Collider pr

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How parasites hijack cells to cause malaria

Researchers have learned more about how the parasitic protozoa that cause malaria hijack human red blood cells. The parasites that cause malaria symptoms in humans enter the red blood cells of a host and quickly rearrange things to their liking by inserting their own proteins. But, until now, how those proteins pass into the host cell hasn’t been clear. Liver first Josh Beck, an assistant profess

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Scotland to Provide Free Sanitary Products to Students

The government will invest more than $6 million to banish “period poverty” among girls and women in schools, colleges and universities.

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Why Do Some People Ignore Severe Weather Warnings?

Why Do Some People Ignore Severe Weather Warnings? Scientists explain why some people ignore extreme weather warnings and some people listen. Why Do Only Some People Ignore Severe Weather Warnings? Video of Why Do Only Some People Ignore Severe Weather Warnings? Earth Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – 11:45 Emilie Lorditch, Staff Writer (Inside Science) — When severe weather is in the forecast, what

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Sonos Amp 2018: Price, Specs, Release Date

One of Sonos' oldest products, the speakerless Amp, gets a refresh for the home-installation market.

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NYC’s tobacco-free pharmacy law substantially reduces tobacco retailer density yet impact is unequal across neighborhoods

New York City's tobacco-free free pharmacy law substantially reduces tobacco retailer density overall, but the policy's impact is not evenly distributed across neighborhoods. On average, retailer density will decrease by nearly 7 percent, with several 'Neighborhood Tabulation Areas' experiencing reductions greater than 15 percent after the policy takes full effect in 2019.

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Researcher links diplomats' mystery illness to radiofrequency/microwave radiation

Writing in advance of the Sept. 15 issue of Neural Computation, Beatrice Golomb, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, says publicly reported symptoms and experiences of a 'mystery illness' afflicting American and Canadian diplomats in Cuba and China strongly match known effects of pulsed radiofrequency/microwave electromagnetic (RF/MW) radiat

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European researchers develop a new technique to forecast geomagnetic storms

Flashes of brightness known as solar flares can be followed by coronal mass ejections that send plasma from the sun into space. These charged particles can then travel to Earth, and when they arrive they wreak havoc on Earth's magnetic field. The result can be beautiful but also destructive: auroras and geomagnetic storms. In the journal Chaos, researchers report a method for analyzing magnetic fi

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Your Dreams May Come from These Two Genes

Without these genes, there's no REM sleep.

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The West Is Going Up in Flames

Fires are raging from British Columbia to California, and the administration’s shortsighted climate policies will make things worse — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The Dangers of Excessive Earwax

The greasy buildup poses unrecognized risk in long-term care settings — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Arizona’s Voters Have Spoken and Rendered Joe Arpaio Irrelevant

There once was an era when he bestrode his domain in kingly fashion, soaking up the spotlight and meting out his brand of justice to those he deemed unworthy of constitutional protection. At the peak of his 24-year reign, the self-billed “toughest sheriff in America” operated with impunity in the immigrant neighborhoods of Maricopa County, Arizona, racially profiling its denizens; conducting rand

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Quality of life after spinal cord injury — what functional abilities have the greatest impact?

Independence in mobility is the single most important factor affecting quality of life in patients with traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI), reports a study in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the official journal of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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We trained crows to pick up garbage, but can we teach ourselves?

Animals A game for birds became an educational one for humans. As you enter Puy du Fou, a historical theme park in Les Epesses, France, you’ll come across a curious new attraction—crows collecting trash in exchange for treats. The…

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SMU physicist explains the latest Higgs boson announcement in layman's terms

The discovery of the Higgs boson transforming as it decays into bottom quarks is a big step forward in the quest to understand how the Higgs particle enables fundamental particles to acquire mass. The observation confirms that the 20th century recipe for everything in the known physical world is still valid.

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Depressed children 6 times more likely to have skill deficits, MU study finds

Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that children who show mild to severe symptoms of depression in second and third grades are six times more likely to have skill deficits, such as difficulties with social skills or academics, than children without symptoms. Parents and teachers also had difficulties recognizing depression in children.

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Breast cancer surgery in frail elderly women linked to poor results

An analysis of more than a decade of U.S. nursing home data has shown that breast cancer surgery is associated with high rates of mortality and hospital readmission, along with loss of functional independence, for frail nursing home residents.

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Cannabis extract helps reset brain function in psychosis

Research from King's College London has found that a single dose of the cannabis extract cannabidiol can help reduce brain function abnormalities seen in people with psychosis. Results from a new MRC-funded trial, published in JAMA Psychiatry, provide the first evidence of how cannabidiol acts in the brain to reduce psychotic symptoms.

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Study: Sleeping too much is more dangerous than not sleeping enough

The healthiest end-of-day sleep is 6 to 8 hours, but not more. Or less. As for napping, it depends on how you want to wake up. Read More

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The Atlantic Hires Alex Hardiman As Chief Business and Product Officer

Washington, D.C. (August 29, 2018)—The Atlantic’s president Bob Cohn announced today that Alex Hardiman, currently the head of news products at Facebook, will be The Atlantic’s chief business and product officer. In this role, Hardiman will guide audience experience and product strategy across The Atlantic’s platforms; lead the product, engineering, data, and growth teams; and shape The Atlantic’

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Brain scans show how cannabis extract may help people with psychosis

Cannabidiol reduces the brain activity linked to hallucinations, delusions and other forms of psychosis, research has found Brain scans have revealed for the first time how a substance found in cannabis plants may help people with psychotic disorders by dampening down abnormal brain activity that arises in the patients. A single dose of cannabidiol, an non-intoxicating extract of the plant, reduc

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Forskere sprængte transistorer i luften: Nu er de verdensførende

Et forskningsprojekt ledet af Aalborg Universitet har udviklet effektelektronik, der taber mindre energi og kan klare højere spænding, helt op til 15.000 volt.

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Caregivers: 7 ways for doctors to better discuss death

Caregivers would like more information about palliative care and a willingness from health professionals to discuss what to expect as illness progresses, according to new research. Researchers interviewed patients and 25 caregivers ages 21 to 78 on their experiences in the health care system. Their findings show the caregivers: Felt health professionals sometimes “spared” them the details of what

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What effect is global aviation having on the environment?

There's no denying the positive economic and social impact that air transport has had on our global society. From making it convenient for us to travel to far-flung places and experience different cultures to enabling isolated communities to have a source of income from tourism, there have been tremendous benefits brought about by aviation. This sector is a major engine for growth—more than 10 mil

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New era of astronomy uncovers clues about the cosmos

Astronomers have had a blockbuster year.

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Ebola outbreak has killed 75 in the Democratic Republic of Congo

There has been an uptick in deaths caused by the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing the death count for the current outbreak up to 75

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Subtle patterns in your typing could reveal early signs of Parkinson’s

How you type could reveal early signs of Parkinson’s disease, including subtle tremors, before serious changes in the brain have occurred

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Better assessments for early AMD

The European MACUSTAR consortium is conducting a multi-country clinical study on age-related macular degeneration (AMD) coordinated by the University of Bonn. The clinical study focuses on the intermediate stage of the disease, in which a person's vision under low-light and low-contrast conditions is impaired. Throughout Europe, a total of 20 study centers will recruit and follow-up with 750 patie

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Study of rare cancer yields therapeutic clues to combat drug resistance

The team set out to explore cancer drivers that allow NUT midline carcinoma — a rare, aggressive cancer that can arise in multiple organs — to become impervious to drugs. Their results, published recently in Genes & Development, may apply to several forms of cancer fueled by the same mutated driver gene, and their approach may be applicable to other types of cancer whose genomes have been sequen

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How China is (and isn't) fighting pollution and climate change | Angel Hsu

China is the world's biggest polluter — and now one of its largest producers of clean energy. Which way will China go in the future, and how will it affect the global environment? Data scientist Angel Hsu describes how the most populous country on earth is creating a future based on alternative energy — and facing up to the environmental catastrophe it created as it rapidly industrialized.

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Getting to the roots of our ancient cousins' diet

Since the discovery of the fossil remains of Australopithecus africanus from Taung nearly a century ago, and subsequent discoveries of Paranthropus robustus, there have been disagreements about the diets of these two South African hominin species. By analyzing the splay and orientation of fossil hominin tooth roots, researchers now suggest that Paranthropus robustus had a unique way of chewing foo

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Rapid change – a tale of two species

When thinking about the impact of environmental change on species, certain animals in far-off places tend to come to mind: the 'charismatic megafauna' – such as polar bears, orangutans, and penguins, for example – that are at risk due to factors such as habitat destruction or over-hunting by humans. And yet some species actually flourish in times of change.

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Climate change increasing the prevalence of harmful parasite, warn scientists

A rise in a parasite called liver fluke, which can significantly impact livestock production in farms in the UK and across the world, could now be helped by a new predictive model of the disease aimed at farmers. The tool, developed by University of Bristol scientists, aims to help reduce prevalence of the disease.

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The surprising role cheese played in human evolution

A solid white mass found in a broken jar in an Ancient Egyptian tomb has turned out to be the world's oldest example of solid cheese.

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Materials researchers study the causes of wear – permanent molecular modifications occur at first contact

Wear has major impacts on economic efficiency and health. All movable parts are affected, including such things as bearings in a wind power plants or artificial hip joints. However, the exact cause of wear is still unclear. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) recently proved that the effect occurs at first contact, and always takes place at the same point of the material. Their f

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Could chardonnay and pinot gris benefit from sauv treatment?

New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc is famous the world over for its special tropical aromas but now Kiwi scientists believe they are on the verge of a breakthrough in recreating those special qualities in other wines including Chardonnay and Pinot gris.

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The first low-cost sensor that can accurately measure skin friction drag

Researchers at Surrey have developed the first low-cost sensor which can accurately measure skin friction drag, using off-the-shelf components.

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Mystery of the cargo ships that sink when their cargo suddenly liquefies

Think of a dangerous cargo and toxic waste or explosives might come to mind. But granular cargoes such as crushed ore and mineral sands are responsible for the loss of numerous ships every year. On average, ten "solid bulk cargo" carriers have been lost at sea each year for the last decade.

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Eastern European woolly mammoths changed their diet shortly before becoming extinct

Senckenberg scientists, together with an international team, studied the potential cause of extinction of the Woolly Mammoth 18,000 years ago. In their study, recently published in the scientific journal "Quaternary Research," they concluded on the basis of isotope analyses that the mammoths had to change their feeding habits shortly before becoming extinct. This forced environmental adaptation, c

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The fate of plastic in the oceans

The concentrations of microplastics in the surface layer of the oceans are lower than expected. Researchers at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Kiel Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht experimentally demonstrated that microplastics interact with natural particles and form aggregates in seawater. This aggregate formation could explai

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Detecting 'deepfake' videos in the blink of an eye

A new form of misinformation is poised to spread through online communities as the 2018 midterm election campaigns heat up. Called "deepfakes" after the pseudonymous online account that popularized the technique – which may have chosen its name because the process uses a technical method called "deep learning" – these fake videos look very realistic.

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Colour vision makes birds of prey successful hunters

In many cases it is the colour of the prey that helps predatory birds to detect, pursue and capture them. In a new study, biologists at Lund University in Sweden show that the Harris's hawk has the best colour vision of all animals investigated to date – and in certain situations, even better than humans. The findings may help to protect threatened birds of prey against hazards such as wind turbin

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Pond water reveals tropical frogs

Globally, there are almost 7,000 species of frogs, the majority of which occur in the tropics. In order to systematically survey their distribution and detect population trends, experts until recently had to stake out the amphibians – a time-consuming and costly task. Senckenberg scientists now show that there may be a simpler way.

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Teaching the public more science likely won't boost support for funding, but sparking their curiosity might

After 19 months without a director, the Trump administration recently tapped meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy. Perhaps surprisingly, given the administration's previous efforts to slash funding for government-backed research, Droegemeier is a strong supporter of increased federal science funding.

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Inside the Dispute Derailing Nuclear Talks With North Korea

First Donald Trump called off his secretary of state’s planned trip to North Korea this week. Then Defense Secretary James Mattis suggested on Tuesday that the U.S. might no longer suspend military exercises the North Koreans view as provocative. It’s starting to look like nuclear talks are grinding to a standstill, and a top adviser to South Korea’s president has provided the most detailed descr

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The Patients Who Don't Want to Be Cured

Jeff Johnson is 40 years old, and for all 40 of those years, he has been living with hemophilia. The genetic disorder prevents blood from properly clotting, which, if untreated, can cause uncontrollable bleeding. Yet, Johnson says, he does not want a cure. He grew up with hemophilia, went to summer camp with kids with hemophilia, and forged some of his closest relationships within the community.

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Skovbrande skaber 'aerosol-stork' over Grønland

De luftbårne submikrone partikler fra skovbrandene i Nordamerika formede et unikt mønster registreret af det europæiske jordobservationsprogram Copernicus.

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Don't assume language or dialect is locked to a particular place

In an age of globalisation with unprecedented levels of mobility and communication, the world is often described as a "global village". But this metaphor has implications for how we understand the geographical place around us.

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Watching two-dimensional materials grow

They are among the thinnest structures on earth: "two-dimensional materials" are crystals which consist of only one or a few layers of atoms. They often display unusual properties, promising many new applications in opto-electronics and energy technology. One of these materials is 2-D-molybdenum sulphide, an atomically thin layer of molybdenum and sulphur atoms.

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Wild dolphins learn tricks from each other

Dolphins learn tricks from each other in the wild, new research shows.

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Celebrity culture likely contributed to destigmatizing out-of-wedlock childbirth

In 1992, former Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the sitcom character Murphy Brown's decision to have a child out of wedlock. His comments soon expanded to include "the cultural elite in Hollywood," who were accused of undermining traditional family values.

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Researchers recommend new herbicide registration for weed control in watermelon crops

Research featured in the latest edition of the journal Weed Technology recommends that the herbicide bicyclopyrone, now used in corn, be registered for weed management in watermelon crops as well.

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Ryanair's Laudamotion to double fleet next year

Ryanair's Laudamotion will double its Airbus fleet to 18 aircraft in the summer next year, the Austrian budget airline announced Wednesday.

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The Fight Over California's Privacy Bill Has Only Just Begun

The tech industry lobby has made it clear that they want changes to California's sweeping privacy protections—and they've got plenty of time left to get them made.

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Researchers publish first review of plasmonic surface lattice resonances

Researchers have published a review on plasmonic surface lattice resonances, which consist of light absorption by artificial plasmonic materials (metamaterials) based on plasmonic nanostructures.

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Researchers put AI to work making chemistry predictions

As chemistry has gotten more advanced and the chemical reactions more complex, it's no longer always practical for researchers to sit down at a lab bench and start mixing chemicals to see what they can come up with.

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Physicist Philip Harris on first observation of long-predicted Higgs boson decay

Today, scientists at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, have announced that, for the first time, they have observed the Higgs boson transforming into elementary particles known as bottom quarks as it decays. Physicists have predicted this to be the most common way in which most Higgs bosons should decay, but until now, it has been extremely difficult to pick out the decay's subt

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Why 70% of ancient Ural settlement's habitants didn't live up to the age of 18

Artifacts of the Bronze Age at the territory of the Southern Urals have been the object of active research for several decades by archaeologists from around the world. For the last decade, scientists of South Ural State University, together with international colleagues from the U.S. and Germany, have been researching a synchronous necropolis (Kamenny Ambar-5), located 280 km away from Chelyabinsk

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Air pollution can put a dent in solar power

Air pollution, especially in urban areas, can significantly reduce the power output from solar panels, and needs to be considered when design solar installations in or near cities.

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Celebrity culture likely contributed to destigmatizing out-of-wedlock childbirth

In 1992, former Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the sitcom character Murphy Brown's decision to have a child out of wedlock. That ignited discussions that continue today about whether celebrities might be contributing to the demise of the nuclear family, yet 40 years of data from one reputable celebrity news source suggests that celebrities in fact have fewer out-of-wedlock childbirths compar

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Tight-knit teammates may conform to each other's behavior

In a study with NCAA athletes, researchers found that the more closely a player identified as being part of their team, the more likely they were to conform to their teammates' behavior. This was true for both risky and positive behaviors.

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Failing immune system 'brakes' help explain type 1 diabetes in mice

Immune reactions are usually a good thing — the body's way of eliminating harmful bacteria and other pathogens.

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Undescended testes in boyhood linked to testicular cancer and infertility in adulthood

Medical researchers are urging greater compliance with guidelines recommending surgery for undescended testes (UDT) before 18 months of age following new evidence that UDT more than doubles the risk of testicular cancer and increases infertility in adult males.

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Overconfident CEOs are more likely to get sued

Researchers from Stevens Institute of Technology and colleagues show that overconfident CEOs are 33 percent more likely to get sued by shareholders than CEOs with normal confidence. However, that legal action is enough to shock their system, lower confidence and curb future risk-taking behavior.

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Dr. Luke’s Queasy Two-Front Comeback Effort

If you look through the production discography for Lukasz Gottwald, you’ll see a litany of huge hits for supremely famous artists, starting with Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” in 2004, and stretching through effervescent smashes by Pink, Katy Perry, Britney Spears , and Kesha. But starting in 2015, the hot streak ends. His output dwindles, with his clients largely comprising past-their-peak

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The Lifelong Cost of Getting a For-Profit Education

For many students, the path toward enrolling in a for-profit college starts with an advertisement—maybe while browsing online or watching a favorite television show. Either way, the message is usually the same: Get off the couch and do something with your life. The ads feature compelling and relatable stories: A young—or perhaps middle-aged—African-American stuck in a dead-end job and looking for

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Stram budgetaftale på plads i Region Sjælland

Et bredt flertal i Regionsrådet har indgået aftale om næste års budget på 19,4 milliarder kroner. Der er tale om en stram budgetaftale med hårde prioriteringer.

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How Brazil can beat the odds and restore a huge swathe of the Amazon

Over the past few decades the international community has watched as the destruction of Earth's largest forest has intensified. Deforestation has been eating away at the Amazon's fringes, mainly for commercial cattle ranching and agricultural plantation. The agriculture, livestock, mining and infrastructure sectors have been promoted due to powerful financial and development pressures for high pro

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How ageing populations could boost economic productivity

People are generally living longer than previous generations across most parts of the world. Rising life expectancy is a result of advances in medicine as well as improving living standards and healthier lifestyles. But while this should be celebrated for social reasons, is it beneficial in economic terms? Does the increase in the older population create an economic burden on society or can older

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How Africa's largest city is failing its older people

Urbanisation is spreading across Africa at great speed. Projections suggest that more than half of the total population will live in urban areas by 2050. Urbanisation in Nigeria is happening at a particularly astonishing rate. The population density of urban dwellers in Nigeria is growing at an annual rate of 50 per square kilometre and it's expected to rise to 450.9 per square kilometre by 2050.

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Three ways making a smartphone can harm the environment

Nearly five billion people worldwide will use a smartphone by 2020. Each device is made up of numerous precious metals and many of the key technological features wouldn't be possible without them. Some, like gold, will be familiar. Others, such as terbium, are less well-known.

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Beavers have an impact on the climate

Growing beaver populations have created a large number of new habitats along rivers and ponds. Beaver dams raise the water level, enabling the dissolution of the organic carbon from the soil. From beaver ponds, carbon is released to the atmosphere. Part of the carbon settles down on the bottom, ending up used by plants or transported downstream in the water.

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How the forest copes with the summer heat

Between April and August this year, Switzerland and central Europe have experienced the driest summer season since 1864. The forest especially seems to suffer from this dry spell: As early as August, trees began to turn brown this year. A current study by the University of Basel indicates now that native forest trees can cope much better with the drought than previously expected. It is, however, t

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Environmentally friendly photoluminescent nanoparticles for more vivid display colors

Osaka University-led researchers created a new type of light-emitting nanoparticle that is made of ternary non-toxic semiconductors to help create displays and LED lighting with better colors that are more environmentally friendly

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New Horizons makes first detection of Kuiper Belt flyby target

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has made its first detection of its next flyby target, the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule, more than four months ahead of its New Year's 2019 close encounter.

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Does Revenge Work? Our Minds on Vengeance

Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen reveals the surprising truth about how each of us is wired for justice and revenge — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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Nimble Chargers: Price, Specs, Release Date

The startup Nimble is bringing some environmental responsibility to the personal tech accessory marketplace.

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On the horizon: An acne vaccine

A new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reports important steps that have been taken towards the development of an acne vaccine. The investigators demonstrated for the first time that antibodies to a toxin secreted from bacteria in acne vulgaris can reduce inflammation in human acne lesions.

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Male and female tennis players decline at same rate

The physical abilities of male and female tennis stars decline at the same rate as they age, new research shows.

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Children suffering from tics can be helped by both group and individual therapy

Nonvoluntary stressful movements or sounds are everyday reality for children and adolescents with Tourette syndrome, but the symptoms can be significantly reduced — both when help comes individually and in a group. This is shown by the first Scandinavian effect study of the treatment of tics which Aarhus University and the Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Risskov, are behind.

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Researchers recommend new herbicide registration for weed control in watermelon crops

Research featured in the latest edition of the journal Weed Technology recommends that the herbicide bicyclopyrone, now used in corn, be registered for weed management in watermelon crops as well.

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Color vision makes birds of prey successful hunters

In many cases it is the color of the prey that helps predatory birds to detect, pursue and capture them. In a new study, biologists at Lund University in Sweden show that the Harris's hawk has the best color vision of all animals investigated to date — and in certain situations, even better than humans. The findings may help to protect threatened birds of prey against hazards such as wind turbine

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Watching two-dimensional materials grow

The production of ultra-thin 2D crystals is difficult. In the past, different techniques have yielded quite diverse results, but the reasons for this could not be accurately explained. Thanks to a new method it is now possible to observe the crystallization process directly under the electron microscope.

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Overconfident CEOs are more likely to get sued

Chief executives with big public personae ooze confidence. They are widely celebrated as innovative, forward-thinking, and value-creating, willing to take risks and make unconventional decisions. But what if they are too confident?

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Rh ensemble catalyst for effective automobile exhaust treatment

A KAIST research team has developed a fully dispersed Rh ensemble catalyst (ENS) that shows better performance than commercial diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC). This newly developed ENSs could improve low-temperature automobile exhaust treatment.

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The climate risk of insect pests

ETH and Agroscope researchers are modelling where insect pests will strike next. This helps agriculture to stay ahead of potential invaders and plan protective measures.

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How mindfulness can help prevent hacks, and four more cybersecurity tips

You probably have a phishing email in your inbox right now.

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New phase proposed in the relationship between figs and wasps

A researcher describes 129 species of fig tree parasites which compete and even prey upon the fig wasps during the many phases of the fig-wasp mutualism that helped to shape both plant and its pollinator.

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No Matter Who Wins the Syrian Civil War, Israel Loses

If you want to understand Israel’s ambivalence about the outcome of Syria’s war, look no further than Avigdor Lieberman. In 2016, Lieberman, Israel’s hawkish defense minister, condemned Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, as a “butcher.” He asserted Israel’s moral imperative to oppose genocide, born from the Holocaust, as a reason to oppose the Syrian government’s massacres. It is in Israel’

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New Texas supercomputer to push the frontiers of science

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it has awarded $60 million to the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin for the acquisition and deployment of a new supercomputer that will be the fastest at any U.S. university and among the most powerful in the world.

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Study identifies distinct groups interested in types of electric vehicles

Drivers considering plug-in hybrid vehicles with a gasoline backup are most interested in economic benefits while those gravitating toward battery-electric vehicles have stronger environmental concerns, according to a study led by a University of Kansas transportation policy scholar.

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Future impacts of El Niño, La Niña likely to intensify, increasing wildfire, drought risk

When an El Niño or its opposite, La Niña, forms in the future, it's likely to cause more intense impacts over many land regions—amplifying changes to temperature, precipitation and wildfire risk.

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Are trees on farms the future for the timber industry?

A multi-disciplinary research team is developing new models for growing trees on farms to help meet the needs of landholders, investors and the timber industry.

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Breakthrough could see bacteria used as cell factories to produce biofuels

A new technique for manipulating small cell structures for use in a range of biotechnical applications including the production of biofuels and vaccines has been developed by a team of scientists led by the University of Kent.

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Light programmable guidance of direct current fields in Laplacian metadevices

To enable negative refraction and related optical illusions, metamaterials are artificially engineered with unique properties that result from their internal physical structures, rather than their chemical composition. The concept is credited to an experiment conducted by the Soviet scientist Victor Veselago in 1968 to show that negatively refracting materials (as opposed to the typically observed

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Control groups

High school students' membership in certain social media groups can be used to predict their academic performance, as demonstrated by Ivan Smirnov, junior research fellow at HSE's Institute of Education.The analysis of school students' membership in groups and communities was used to detect low-performing and high-performing students.

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The fate of plastic in the oceans

The concentrations of microplastics in the surface layer of the oceans are lower than expected. Researchers at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Kiel Cluster of Excellence 'The Future Ocean' and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht experimentally demonstrated that microplastics interact with natural particles and form aggregates in seawater. This aggregate formation could explai

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Cold climates contributed to the extinction of the Neanderthals

Climate change may have played a more important role in the extinction of Neanderthals than previously believed, according to a new study published in PNAS.

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Restless legs syndrome brain stimulation study supports motor cortex 'excitability' as a cause

Researchers report new insights into brain centers involved in restless legs syndrome and disturbed sleep.

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Father's diet could affect the long-term health of his offspring

New research has shown that a lack of protein in a father's diet affects sperm quality which can have a direct impact on the long-term health of their offspring.

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CVIA special issue on special issue on current issues in cath labs

The journal Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) has just published a new issue, Volume 3 Issue 2. This is a Special Issue on Current Issues in Cath Labs with Guest Editors Anthony A. Bavry of the University of Florida Medical School and Deepak L. Bhatt of Harvard Medical School. This issue brings together papers from leading cardiologists from the United States, China and Europe.

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Food activates brown fat

Brown fat consumes energy, which is the reason why it could be important for preventing obesity and diabetes. Working together with an international team, researchers at the Technical University of Munich were able to demonstrate that food also increases the thermogenesis of brown fat, and not just cold as previously assumed.

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New way to break cancer's vicious cycle

This study reveals how some tumors fuel their own growth and how stopping this vicious cycle could lead to new treatments.

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Chemotherapy may lead to early menopause in young women with lung cancer

A new study suggests chemotherapy may cause acute amenorrhea leading to early menopause in women with lung cancer. The study is the first to comment on amenorrhea rates in women younger than 50, concluding that women with lung cancer who desire future fertility should be educated about risks and options before starting treatment.

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Gum disease treatment may improve symptoms in cirrhosis patients

Routine oral care to treat gum disease (periodontitis) may play a role in reducing inflammation and toxins in the blood (endotoxemia) and improving cognitive function in people with liver cirrhosis.

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Soy natural: Genetic resistance against aphids

Each year, soybean aphids cause billions of dollars in crop losses. In a recent study, researchers have taken a big step toward identifying new soybean genes associated with aphid resistance.

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Single-step nasal spray naloxone easiest to deliver according to new research

Single-step nasal spray naloxone is the easiest to deliver, according to new research.

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Smoking and drinking can damage arteries 'very early in life'

The arteries of teenagers who drink alcohol and smoke, even very occasionally, are already beginning to stiffen by age 17, according to new research.

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Goats prefer happy people

Goats can differentiate between human facial expressions and prefer to interact with happy people, according to a new study.

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Migrating monarchs facing increased parasite risks

During their annual migration to wintering sites in Mexico, monarch butterflies encounter dangers ranging from cars and trucks to storms, droughts and predators. A study has found evidence that these iconic insects might be facing a new challenge.

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Here's the simple law behind your shrinking gadgets

Technology Transistors get smaller and your computer gets faster. Transistors get smaller and your computer gets faster.

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China is hot spot of ground-level ozone pollution

In China, people breathe air thick with the lung-damaging pollutant ozone two to six times more often than people in the United States, Europe, Japan, or South Korea, according to a new assessment. By one metric—total number of days with daily maximum average ozone values (8-hour average) greater than 70 ppb—China had twice as many high ozone days as Japan and South Korea, three times more than th

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Europas største havneby vil være grøn

Rotterdam gennemgår en transformation, der skal klimasikre byen, gavne vandmiljøet og gøre mennesker bevidste om naturen.

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Women who run for office inspire others to do the same, study suggests

s record number of women seek seats in Congress, CU Boulder and Notre Dame researchers probe the motivations behind the trend

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UN urges Facebook to 'proactively' fight hate speech

The UN human rights chief urged Facebook Wednesday to more proactively address hate speech but warned against excessive regulation, after US President Donald Trump accused tech giants' platforms of bias against him.

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Manmade mangroves could get to the 'root' of the problem for threats to coastal areas

With threats of sea level rise, storm surge and other natural disasters, researchers from Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science are turning to nature to protect humans from nature. They are developing innovative ways to guard coastlines and prevent scouring and erosion from waves and storms using bioinspired materials that mimic mangrove trees found along shores

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20.000 kinesere undersøgt: Luftforurening skader intelligensen

Forurenet luft går både ud over sproglige og matematiske evner, konkluderer ny forskning.

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Breakthrough could see bacteria used as cell factories to produce biofuels

A new technique for manipulating small cell structures for use in a range of biotechnical applications including the production of biofuels and vaccines has been developed by a team of scientists led by the University of Kent.

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How the forest copes with the summer heat

Between April and August this year, Switzerland and central Europe have experienced the driest summer season since 1864. Especially the forest seems to suffer from this dry spell. A current study by the University of Basel indicates now that native forest trees can cope much better with the drought than previously expected. It is, however, too early to give the all-clear as a consistently warmer a

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China is hot spot of ground-level ozone pollution

In China, people breathe air thick with the lung-damaging pollutant ozone two to six times more often than people in the United States, Europe, Japan, or South Korea, according to a new assessment. By one metric — total number of days with daily maximum average ozone values (8-hour average) greater than 70 ppb — China had twice as many high ozone days as Japan and South Korea, three times more t

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HKBU scholars in world-first breakthrough for difficult-to-treat breast cancer

Chemists at HKBU have discovered the use of a metal compound that inhibits the enzyme closely associated with triple-negative breast cancer.

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Dectin-1-mediated pain is critical for the resolution of fungal inflammation

Candidiasis is a painful infection that affects a large number of individuals, occasionally causing severe pain that is solely controlled by resolution of infection. Here, Dectin-1 inhibition was found to block pain during fungal infection. Osaka University researchers found that clodronate, a drug that is currently used for osteoporosis treatment, could suppress severe pain in fungal infection, a

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Environmentally friendly photoluminescent nanoparticles for more vivid display colors

A Japan-based research team led by Osaka University synthesized non-toxic, cadmium-free light-emitting nanoparticles. The nanoparticles emit clean colors, which had not been possible previously with nanoparticles using the same non-toxic materials. This was achieved by modifying and