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Accurate measurements of sodium intake confirm relationship with mortality  

Eating foods high in salt is known to contribute to high blood pressure, but does that linear relationship extend to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death? Recent cohort studies have contested that relationship, but a new study using multiple measurements confirms it.

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2018-06-22 05:59:05



Not junk: 'Jumping gene' is critical for early embryo  

A so-called 'jumping gene' that researchers long considered either genetic junk or a pernicious parasite is actually a critical regulator of the first stages of embryonic development, according to a new study.

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2018-06-22 05:53:33



Template to create superatoms could make for better batteries  

Researchers have discovered a novel strategy for creating superatoms -- combinations of atoms that can mimic the properties of more than one group of elements of the periodic table. These superatoms could be used to create new materials, including more efficient batteries and better semiconductors; a core component of microchips, transistors and most computerized devices.

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2018-06-22 05:49:34



Genetic variation in progesterone receptor tied to prematurity risk  

Humans have unexpectedly high genetic variation in the receptor for a key pregnancy-maintaining hormone, according to research. The finding may help explain why some populations of pregnant women have an elevated risk of premature birth.

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2018-06-22 05:28:31



Bogong moths first insect known to use magnetic sense in long-distance nocturnal migration  

Researchers reporting in Current Biology on June 21 have found that nocturnal Bogong moths, like migratory birds, depend on the Earth's magnetic field to guide them on their way. The discovery offers the first reliable evidence that nocturnal insects can use the Earth's magnetic field to steer flight during migration, the researchers say.

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2018-06-22 04:22:39



Cross-species prion adaptation depends on prion replication environment  

A hamster prion that replicated under conditions of low RNA levels in mouse brain material resulted in altered disease features when readapted and transmitted back to hamsters, according to new research.

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2018-06-22 04:16:15



Six new species of goblin spiders named after famous goblins and brownies  

A remarkably high diversity of goblin spiders is reported from the Sri Lankan forests. Nine new species are described in a recent paper, where six are named after goblins and brownies from Enid Blyton's children's books. There are now 45 goblin spider species belonging to 13 genera known to inhabit the island country.

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2018-06-22 04:08:28



US oil & gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than estimated  

The US oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of the potent greenhouse gas methane from its operations each year, 60 percent more than estimated by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study.

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2018-06-22 03:54:58



How competition and cooperation between bacteria shape antibiotic resistance  

New computational simulations suggest that the effects of antibiotics on a bacterial community depend on whether neighboring species have competitive or cooperative relationships, as well as their spatial arrangement.

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2018-06-22 03:35:29



Ketamine acts fast to treat depression and its effects last -- but how?  

Researchers describe the molecular mechanisms behind ketamine's ability to squash depression and keep it at bay.

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2018-06-22 03:15:41



Coining less expensive currency: Bringing down the cost of making nickels  

Cashing in on materials science, makes a new nickel for use in the U.S. Mint. The work might be useful for building durable high-tech devices like smartphones, too.

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2018-06-22 03:09:29



Scientists solve the case of the missing subplate, with wide implications for brain science  

A new study shows that a group of neurons, previously thought to die in the course of development, in fact become incorporated into the brain's cortex. This research has implications for understanding -- and possibly treating --several brain disorders.

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2018-06-22 02:58:53



Deep data dive helps predict cerebral palsy  

A pioneering technique developed to analyze genetic activity of Antarctic worms is helping to predict cerebral palsy. The technique uses next-generation genetic sequencing data to measure how cells control the way genes are turned on or off, and can also be used in other human health care research.

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2018-06-22 02:47:46



Crisis can force re-evaluation and derail efforts to reach goals  

Setbacks are to be expected when pursuing a goal, whether you are trying to lose weight or save money. The challenge is getting back on track and not giving up after a difficulty or crisis, says a marketing professor working on practical ways to help people stick to health-related goals.

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2018-06-22 02:37:56



Your brain anatomy may play a role in determining your food choices  

Our ability to exercise self-control is linked to our neurobiology.

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2018-06-22 02:10:07



Zebrafish's near 360 degree UV-vision knocks stripes off Google Street View  

A zebrafish view of the world has been forensically analyzed by researchers to reveal that how they see their surroundings changes hugely depending on what direction they are looking.

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2018-06-21 21:18:31



Our intestinal microbiome influences metabolism -- through the immune system  

The innate immune system, our first line of defense against bacterial infection, has a side job that's equally important: fine-tuning our metabolism.

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2018-06-21 20:46:05



Antarctic ice sheet is melting, but rising bedrock below could slow it down  

An international team of researchers has found that the bedrock below the remote West Antarctic Ice Sheet is rising much more rapidly than previously thought, in response to ongoing ice melt.

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2018-06-21 20:39:31



California Aedes mosquitoes capable of spreading Zika  

Over the last five years, Zika virus has emerged as a significant global human health threat following outbreaks in South and Central America. Now, researchers have shown that invasive mosquitoes in California -- where cases of Zika in travelers have been a regular occurrence in recent years -- are capable of transmitting Zika.

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2018-06-21 20:06:44



Garden seed diet for threatened turtle doves has negative impact  

New research into Britain's fastest declining bird species has found that young turtle doves raised on a diet of seeds foraged from non-cultivated arable plants rather than food provided in people's gardens are more likely to survive after fledging. Ecologists investigated the dietary habits of European turtle doves using DNA analysis of faecal samples and found significant associations between the body condition and the source of the bird's diet.

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2018-06-21 19:47:20



Scientists discover how brain signals travel to drive language performance  

Using transcranial magnetic stimulation and network control theory, researchers have taken a novel approach to understanding how signals travel across the brain's highways and how stimulation can lead to better cognitive function.

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2018-06-21 18:58:21



DNA enzyme shuffles cell membranes a thousand times faster than its natural counterpart  

A new synthetic enzyme, crafted from DNA rather than protein, flips lipid molecules within the cell membrane, triggering a signal pathway that could be harnessed to induce cell death in cancer cells. This is the first such synthetic enzyme to outperform its natural counterpart -- and it does so by three orders of magnitude.

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2018-06-21 18:43:02



Marine reserves are vital -- but under pressure  

A massive study of nearly 1800 tropical coral reefs around the world has found that marine reserves near heavily populated areas struggle to do their job -- but are a vast improvement over having no protection at all.

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2018-06-21 18:41:57



Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater spurs fat cell development  

Exposure to fracking chemicals and wastewater promotes fat cell development, or adipogenesis, in laboratory cell models, a new study finds. Researchers observed increases in the size and number of fat cells after exposing the models to a mixture of 23 common fracking chemicals or to wastewater or surface-water samples containing them, even at diluted concentrations. Adipogenesis occurred through PPARy-dependent and independent mechanisms. More research is needed to assess potential health impact

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2018-06-21 18:39:42



'Antifreeze' molecules may stop and reverse damage from brain injuries  

The key to better treatments for brain injuries and disease may lie in the molecules charged with preventing the clumping of specific proteins associated with cognitive decline and other neurological problems, researchers report.

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2018-06-21 18:10:17



Writing away the body image blues  

Body dissatisfaction among women is widespread and can lead to a number of worrisome outcomes, including eating disorders, depression and anxiety. While researchers know a lot about what makes women's body image worse, they are still short on empirically supported interventions for improving women's body image. A psychology professor tested the effect of three specific writing exercises on college women's body satisfaction.

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2018-06-21 17:38:45



New target to stop cancer growth uncovered  

Researchers have discovered that a protein called Munc13-4 helps cancer cells secrete large numbers of exosomes -- tiny, membrane-bound packages containing proteins and RNAs that stimulate tumor progression. The study could lead to new therapies that stop tumor growth and metastasis by halting exosome production.

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2018-06-21 17:26:48



The psychobiology of online gaming  

When researchers looked at expression of a particular gene complex that is activated by chronic stress, they found differences depending on whether someone was positively engaging in video games or were problematic gamers.

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2018-06-21 17:19:15



Waking up is hard to do: Prefrontal cortex implicated in consciousness  

Researchers discover that stimulating the prefrontal cortex can induce wake-like behavior in anesthetized rats.

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2018-06-21 17:07:13



Majority of US adults prescribed epinephrine report not using it in an emergency  

A new study shows in an emergency, 52 percent of adults with potentially life-threatening allergies didn't use the epinephrine auto-injectors (EAI) they were prescribed.

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2018-06-21 16:59:50



Using fragment-based approaches to discover new antibiotics  

A new review article summarizes new methods of fragment-based lead discovery (FBLD) to identify new compounds as potential antibiotics. It explains how FBLD works and illustrates its advantages over conventional high-throughput screening.

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2018-06-21 16:49:51



Changes in stress after meditation  

or a thousand years, people have reported feeling better by meditating but there are few systematic studies that quantified stress and how much stress changes as a direct result of meditation, until now.

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2018-06-21 16:01:48



A mechanism behind choosing alcohol over healthy rewards is found  

Changes in a brain signalling system contribute to the development of alcohol addiction-like behaviors in rats, according to a new study. The findings indicate a similar mechanism in humans.

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2018-06-21 15:48:58



Unprecedented control of polymer grids achieved  

The first examples of covalent organic frameworks (COFs) were discovered in 2005, but quality has been poor and preparation methods uncontrolled. Now researchers have produced high-quality versions of these materials, demonstrate their superior properties and control their growth. The team's two-step process produces organic polymers with crystalline, two-dimensional structures. The precision of the material's structure and the empty space its hexagonal pores provide will allow scientists to des

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2018-06-21 15:47:55



Buildings as power stations work: They generate more energy than they consume, data shows  

The UK's first energy-positive classroom generated more than one and a half times the energy it consumed, according to data from its first year of operation, the team has revealed. The findings were announced as the researchers launched the next phase of their research, gathering data and evidence on an office building, constructed using similar methods.

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2018-06-21 14:08:38



Brain tingles: First study of its kind reveals physiological benefits of ASMR  

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) - the relaxing 'brain tingles' experienced by some people in response to specific triggers, such as whispering, tapping and slow hand movements -- may have benefits for both mental and physical health, according to new research.

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2018-06-21 14:02:12



Chemists teach an enzyme a new trick, with potential for building new molecules  

Chemists have found a way to make a naturally occurring enzyme take on a new, artificial role, which has significant implications for modern chemistry, including pharmaceutical production.

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2018-06-21 12:50:28



Human immune 'trigger' map paves way for better treatments  

A discovery about how human cells are 'triggered' to undergo an inflammatory type of cell death could have implications for treating cancer, stroke and tissue injury, and immune disorders. A research team has identified the molecular trigger in human cells that drives necroptosis, and implicated defects in this molecular trigger as potentially playing a role in cancer development.

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2018-06-21 12:38:32



Ratchet up the pressure: Molecular machine exploits motion in a single direction  

A research team developed a 'ratchet-like molecular machine,' which promotes uni-directional molecular motion during reactions. Inspired by dumbbell-shaped rotaxanes, their molecular machine contains two rings (stations) connected by spacers.

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2018-06-21 11:08:09



Nearly 80 exoplanet candidates identified in record time  

Scientists have analyzed data from K2, the follow-up mission to NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, and have discovered a trove of possible exoplanets amid some 50,000 stars. The scientists report the discovery of nearly 80 new planetary candidates, including a particular standout: a likely planet that orbits the star HD 73344, which would be the brightest planet host ever discovered by the K2 mission.

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2018-06-21 10:52:04



Fundamental rule of brain plasticity  

A series of complex experiments in the visual cortex of mice has yielded a simple rule about plasticity: When a synapse strengthens, others immediately nearby weaken.

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2018-06-21 10:18:10



Alzheimer's breakthrough: Brain metals that may drive disease progression revealed  

Alzheimer's disease could be better treated, thanks to a breakthrough discovery of the properties of the metals in the brain involved in the progression of the neurodegenerative condition.

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2018-06-21 09:45:51



Enhanced detection of nuclear events, thanks to deep learning  

A deep neural network running on an ordinary desktop computer is interpreting highly technical data related to national security as well as -- and sometimes better than -- today's best automated methods or even human experts. The research probes incredibly complex data sets filled with events called radioactive decays.

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2018-06-21 09:42:15



One year of school comes with an IQ bump, meta-analysis shows  

A year of schooling leaves students with new knowledge, and it also equates with a small but noticeable increase to students' IQ, according to a systematic meta-analysis.

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2018-06-21 09:21:49



Engineering bacteria to exhibit stochastic Turing patterns  

A new study has brought science one step closer to a molecular-level understanding of how patterns form in living tissue. The researchers engineered bacteria that, when incubated and grown, exhibited stochastic Turing patterns: a 'lawn' of synthesized bacteria in a petri dish fluoresced an irregular pattern of red polka dots on a field of green.

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2018-06-21 09:15:09



Caffeine from four cups of coffee protects the heart with the help of mitochondria  

A new study shows that a caffeine concentration equivalent to four cups of coffee promotes the movement of a regulatory protein into mitochondria, enhancing their function and protecting cardiovascular cells from damage.

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2018-06-21 08:41:20



First ancient syphilis genomes decoded  

An international research team has recovered the first historic genomes from the bacterium Treponema pallidum, which causes syphilis. It was previously not thought possible to recover DNA of this bacterium from ancient samples. In the study, the researchers were able to distinguish genetically between the subspecies of the disease that cause syphilis and that cause yaws, which are not readily distinguishable in skeletal remains.

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2018-06-21 08:34:44



More evidence for controversial theory that herpesviruses play role in Alzheimer's disease  

In a large-scale analysis, researchers use data from three different brain banks to suggest that human herpesviruses are more abundant in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and may play a role in regulatory genetic networks that are believed to lead to the disease. This work lends support to the controversial hypothesis that viruses are involved in Alzheimer's disease and offers potential new paths for treatment.

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2018-06-21 08:04:30



Mindful movement may help lower stress, anxiety  

Taking a walk may be a good opportunity to mentally review your to-do list, but using the time to instead be more mindful of your breathing and surroundings may help boost your wellbeing, according to researchers who found that while students reported being less stressed while they were on their feet and moving, they received an even greater benefit when they reported also being more mindful.

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2018-06-21 07:48:36



Probiotics can protect the skeletons of older women  

Researchers have demonstrated that probiotics, dietary supplements with health-promoting bacteria, can be used to affect the human skeleton. Among older women who received probiotics, bone loss was halved compared to women who received only a placebo. The research opens the door to a new way to prevent fractures among the elderly.

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2018-06-21 07:35:57



'Flamingo:' High-powered microscopy coming to a scientist near you  

Scientists have developed a portable, shareable light sheet microscope. The project can be mailed to a lab anywhere in the world, configured remotely by engineers, and run one to three months of experiments.

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2018-06-21 07:02:30



Graphene assembled film shows higher thermal conductivity than graphite film  

Researchers have developed a graphene assembled film that has over 60 percent higher thermal conductivity than graphite film -- despite the fact that graphite simply consists of many layers of graphene. The graphene film shows great potential as a novel heat spreading material for form-factor driven electronics and other high power-driven systems.

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2018-06-21 06:34:05



How snowshoe hares evolved to stay seasonally camouflaged  

Many animals have evolved fur or feather colors to blend in with the environment and hide from predators. But how do animals stay camouflaged when their environment changes with each new season? For snowshoe hares, hybridization plays an important role in their ability to match their environment, new research shows.

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2018-06-21 06:05:38



New medicare model produces expert nurses to address shortage of primary care  

Researchers call for modernizing the way Medicare pays for training nurses, and highlight a successful new model of cost-effectively training more advanced practice nurses to practice community-based primary care.

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2018-06-21 05:42:42



Psychiatric disorders share an underlying genetic basis  

Researchers explored the genetic connections between brain disorders at a scale far eclipsing previous work on the subject. The team determined that psychiatric disorders share many genetic variants, while neurological disorders (such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's) appear more distinct. The results indicate that psychiatric disorders likely have important similarities at a molecular level, which current diagnostic categories do not reflect.

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2018-06-21 05:37:24



Brain's response to opioids: New research provides expanded insights  

Opioids are powerful painkillers that act on the brain, but they have a range of harmful side effects including addiction. Researchers have developed a tool that gives deeper insights into the brain's response to opioids.

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2018-06-21 05:23:14



Rewiring plant defense genes to reduce crop waste  

Plants could be genetically rewired to better resist disease, helping safeguard crop yields worldwide according to new research. Defensive feedback control system developed enables plants to strengthen their defenses to withstand attack by re-wiring existing gene connections. The system uses same approach as aircraft autopilots use to counteract turbulence.

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2018-06-21 05:20:55



No evidence that vitamin D protects against high blood pressure in pregnancy  

There is no strong evidence that vitamin D protects against pregnancy-induced high blood pressure (hypertension) or pre-eclampsia, conclude researchers today.

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2018-06-21 05:11:26



Reversing way potassium channels work from bacteria to human  

Research develops a better understanding of and exerts an unparalleled control of protein molecules.

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2018-06-21 05:06:28



Novel therapy makes oxidative stress deadly to cancer  

Oxidative stress can help tumors thrive, but one way novel cancer treatments work is by pushing levels to the point where it instead helps them die, scientists report.

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2018-06-21 04:52:25



Fish's use of electricity might shed light on human illnesses  

African weakly electric fish, commonly called baby whales, use incredibly brief electrical pulses to sense the world around them and communicate with other members of their species. Part of that electrical mechanism exists in humans -- and by studying these fish, scientists may unlock clues about conditions like epilepsy.

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2018-06-21 04:34:21



Many wildlife-vehicle collisions preventable  

A new study has found that Ontario could save millions by implementing simple measures to help prevent vehicle accidents involving wildlife.

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2018-06-21 03:49:39



Researchers create matchmaking service, for peptides and antibiotics  

Researchers have matched small proteins, called peptides, with antibiotics so they can work together to combat hard-to-treat infections that don't respond well to drugs on their own.

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2018-06-21 03:41:04



New study debunks Dale Carnegie advice to 'put yourself in their shoes'  

The researchers debunk the theories canonized in Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People that assuming you understand someone else's thoughts, feelings, attitude, or mental state is a correct approach to interpersonal insight.

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2018-06-21 03:17:51



New clues to improving chemotherapies  

The work has important implications for understanding how human cancer cells develop resistance to natural product-based chemotherapies.

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2018-06-21 03:16:58



Half of those on Parkinson's drugs may develop impulse control problems  

Over time, half of the people taking certain drugs for Parkinson's disease may develop impulse control disorders such as compulsive gambling, shopping or eating, according to a new study.

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2018-06-21 03:14:19



How do horses read human emotional cues?  

Scientists demonstrated for the first time that horses integrate human facial expressions and voice tones to perceive human emotion, regardless of whether the person is familiar or not.

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2018-06-21 03:10:17



Water can be very dead, electrically speaking  

Water is one of the most fascinating substances on Earth and at the heart of its many unusual properties is high polarizability, a strong response to an applied electric field. Now researchers have found that on a microscopic scale water behaves very differently and its thin layers lose any polarizability, becoming electrically dead.

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2018-06-21 02:47:44



Mice not only experience regret, but also learn to avoid it in the future  

New research has discovered that mice are capable of learning to plan ahead in order to avoid regret down the road even if there is no additional gain in rewards.

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2018-06-21 02:17:11



A case of 'kiss and tell': Chromosomal kissing gets less elusive  

Chromosomes occupy different territories in the nucleus; their arrangement and communication with each other is still poorly understood. Scientists publish findings about structural chromosomal aberrations which have an effect on genome organization (chromosomal kissing) and disease progression.

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2018-06-21 02:11:48



Higher body fat linked to lower breast cancer risk in younger women  

An analysis has linked higher body mass index, or BMI, to lower breast cancer risk for younger women, even for women within a normal weight range.

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2018-06-21 02:04:59



Einstein proved right in another galaxy  

Astronomers have made the most precise test of gravity outside our own solar system. By combining data taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, the researchers show that gravity in this galaxy behaves as predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, confirming the theory's validity on galactic scales.

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2018-06-21 01:52:17



New World Atlas of Desertification shows unprecedented pressure on planet's resources  

The World Desertification Atlas by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre provides the first comprehensive, evidence-based assessment of land degradation at a global level and highlights the urgency to adopt corrective measures.

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2018-06-21 01:47:48



Cells stop dividing when this gene kicks into high gear  

Scientists seeking to unlock secrets of cellular aging have identified a gene that triggers senescence, a phenomenon in which cells stop dividing. The gene, called CD36, is unusually active in older, senescent cells. Heightening CD36 activity also caused young, healthy cells to stop dividing, with the effect also spreading to nearby cells in the same petri dish.

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2018-06-21 01:45:38



Major challenge in mass production of low-cost solar cells solved  

A team has solved a major fabrication challenge for perovskite cells -- the intriguing potential challengers to silicon-based solar cells. The team reveals a new scalable means of applying the compound PCBM, a critical component, to perovskite cells.

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2018-06-21 01:44:33



Scientists print sensors on gummi candy  

Microelectrodes can be used for direct measurement of electrical signals in the brain or heart. These applications require soft materials, however. With existing methods, attaching electrodes to such materials poses significant challenges. A team has now succeeded in printing electrodes directly onto several soft substrates.

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2018-06-21 01:41:15



Old star clusters could have been the birthplace of supermassive stars  

Astrophysicists may have found a solution to a problem that has perplexed scientists for more than 50 years: why are the stars in globular clusters made of material different to other stars found in the Milky Way?

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2018-06-21 01:10:48



Fossils show ancient primates had grooming claws as well as nails  

Humans and other primates are outliers among mammals for having nails instead of claws. But how, when and why we transitioned from claws to nails has been an evolutionary head-scratcher.

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2018-06-21 01:07:28



DNA barcodes that reliably work: A game-changer for biomedical research  

Researchers have developed a new method for correcting the errors that creep into DNA barcodes -- labels used in a wide range of biological experiments -- yielding far more accurate results and paving the way for more ambitious medical research in the future.

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2018-06-20 21:58:58



Why 9 to 5 isn't the only shift that can work for busy families  

A new study finds that the impacts of parent work schedules on children vary by age and gender, and often reflect which shift a parent works. Rotating shifts -- a schedule that varies day by day or week by week -- can be most problematic for children.

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2018-06-20 21:57:50



What a pain: The iPad neck plagues women more  

Gender and posture -- not screen time -- are biggest factors behind developing 'iPad neck' and shoulder pain, new study finds.

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2018-06-20 21:48:04



When cozying up with would-be predators, cleaner shrimp follow a dependable script  

It's a mystery how cleaner shrimp partner with would-be fish predators -- sometimes even climbing in their mouths -- without getting eaten. A new study reveals how the shrimp convinces fish not to eat them, and the fish conveys that it's a friend and not a foe.

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2018-06-20 21:29:31



New screening tool could help diagnose early cognitive decline in dementia from home  

An international team of scientists have developed a new way to screen for age-related cognitive decline at home using a test which asks people to detect sounds and flashes on their laptop or phone.

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2018-06-20 21:28:25



Game-changing finding pushes 3D-printing to the molecular limit  

New research proves that advanced materials containing molecules that switch states in response to environmental stimuli such as light can be fabricated using 3D printing. The study findings have the potential to vastly increase the functional capabilities of 3D-printed devices for industries such as electronics, healthcare and quantum computing.

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2018-06-20 20:48:13



New piece in the Huntington's disease puzzle  

Researchers have discovered a previously unknown error in the transport of glutamine between astrocytes and neurons in the brain of mice with Huntington's disease. At the same time, it is a relevant area on which to focus the effort of developing a future treatment for the disease, the researchers believe.

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2018-06-20 20:42:44



New therapeutic opportunity for the treatment of resistant malignant melanoma  

Researchers have revealed that malignant melanoma can reprogram their protein synthesis machinery and become addicted to a new family of enzymes that modify transfer RNAs during acquired resistance. The inhibition of these molecules synergies with targeted therapies to produce a strong anti-tumoral effect. These new findings will be key in the development of improved diagnostic tools and melanoma treatment.

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2018-06-20 19:44:03



Interaction of paired and lined-up electrons can be manipulated in semiconductors  

The way that electrons paired as composite particles or arranged in lines interact with each other within a semiconductor provides new design opportunities for electronics, according to recent findings.

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2018-06-20 19:27:37



How physics explains the evolution of social organization  

A scientist says the natural evolution of social organizations into larger and more complex communities exhibiting distinct hierarchies can be predicted from the same law of physics that gives rise to tree branches and river deltas -- a concept called the constructal law.

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2018-06-20 19:25:28



Last of universe's missing ordinary matter  

Researchers have helped to find the last reservoir of ordinary matter hiding in the universe.

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2018-06-20 19:11:18



Using gene silencing to alleviate common ataxia  

In what researchers are calling a game changer for future ataxia treatments, a new study showed the ability to turn down the disease progression of the most common dominantly inherited ataxia, Spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3), also known as Machado-Joseph disease.

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2018-06-20 18:46:18



Learning about the Himalayas using Mars technology  

he Himalayan Range includes some of the youngest and most spectacular mountains on Earth, but the rugged landscape that lends it the striking beauty for which it is known can also keep scientists from fully understanding how these mountains formed.

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2018-06-20 18:11:18



Cell-free DNA profiling informative way to monitor urinary tract infections  

Using shotgun DNA sequencing, researchers have demonstrated a new method for monitoring urinary tract infections (UTIs) that surpasses traditional methods in providing valuable information about the dynamics of the infection as well as the patient's biological response.

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2018-06-20 18:08:09



Neonics are being ingested by free-ranging animals  

University of Guelph researchers found residues of the insecticides in the livers of wild turkeys, providing evidence that this common agrochemical is being ingested by free-ranging animals.

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2018-06-20 18:06:59



A mix of in-person and online learning may boost student performance, reduce anxiety  

Before online learning existed, the traditional lecture was the only option for college courses. Students who skipped class risked missing valuable information. Researchers found that online content accompanied by weekly class meetings -- a 'blended' course format -- may improve performance in students at risk for failing. In addition, fewer students withdrew from the blended format class.

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2018-06-20 17:26:47



Key molecule of aging discovered  

Every cell and every organism ages sooner or later. But why is this so? Scientists have now discovered for the first time a protein that represents a central switching point in the aging process. It controls the life span of an individual -- from the fly to the human being. This opens up new possibilities for developing therapies against age-related diseases.

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2018-06-20 16:47:44



Zero proof probiotics can ease your anxiety  

A study found evidence that probiotics can reduce anxiety in rodents, but not in humans.

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2018-06-20 16:42:21



Scientists find evidence of 27 new viruses in bees  

An international team of researchers has discovered evidence of 27 previously unknown viruses in bees. The finding could help scientists design strategies to prevent the spread of viral pathogens among these important pollinators.

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2018-06-20 15:25:01



Compound made inside human body stops viruses from replicating  

A team of researchers has identified the mode of action of viperin, a naturally occurring enzyme in humans and other mammals that is known to have antiviral effects on viruses such as West Nile, hepatitis C, rabies, and HIV. This discovery could allow researchers to develop a drug that could act as a broad-spectrum therapy for a range of viruses, including Zika.

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2018-06-20 15:23:53



Dogs understand what's written all over your face  

Dogs are capable of understanding the emotions behind an expression on a human face. This study is the latest to reveal just how connected dogs are with people. The research also provides evidence that dogs use different parts of their brains to process human emotions.

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2018-06-20 14:59:04



Rhesus macaque model offers route to study Zika brain pathology  

Rhesus macaque monkeys infected in utero with Zika virus develop similar brain pathology to human infants. The findings may open up new ways to study the infection in an animal model.

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2018-06-20 14:52:24






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