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Broading the biodiversity catalogue of spider populations in the Iberian Peninsula  

The biodiversity catalogue of the Iberian Peninsula spiders is now adding the discovery of a dozen new species -- from seven different families -- that are mainly found in edaphic environments (soil), according to a new article.

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2018-12-18 11:52:24



Technique allows integration of single-crystal hybrid perovskites into electronics  

Researchers have developed a technique that, for the first time, allows single-crystal hybrid perovskite materials to be integrated into electronics. Because these perovskites can be synthesized at low temperatures, the advance opens the door to new research into flexible electronics and potentially reduced manufacturing costs for electronic devices.

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2018-12-18 11:52:14



Sofosbuvir rids organism of chikungunya and yellow fever viruses  

Sofosbuvir is already used to treat hepatitis C and has passed all human use approval tests, so it can be fairly easily deployed if the chikungunya epidemic forecast for the next two years materializes.

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2018-12-18 11:52:08



Fossils suggest flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought  

The discovery in China of fossil specimens of a flower called Nanjinganthus from the Early Jurassic shakes up widely accepted theories of plant evolution.

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2018-12-18 11:52:05



Widespread, occasional use of antibiotics in US linked with resistance  

The increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistance in the U.S. appears more closely linked with their occasional use by many people than by their repeated use among smaller numbers of people, according to a large new study.

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2018-12-18 11:51:56



Peering into Little Foot's 3.67-million-year-old brain  

MicroCT scans of the Australopithecus fossil known as Little Foot shows that the brain of this ancient human relative was small and shows features that are similar to our own brain and others that are closer to our ancestor shared with living chimpanzees.

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2018-12-18 11:51:37



Flexible thermoelectric generator module: A silver bullet to fix waste energy issues  

Researchers developed an inexpensive large-scale flexible thermoelectric generator (FlexTEG) module with high mechanical reliability for highly efficient power generation. Through a change in direction of the top electrodes at the two sides of the module and the use of high density packaging of semiconductor chips, the FlexTEG module has more flexibility in any uniaxial direction.

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2018-12-18 10:04:16



Space telescope detects water in a number of asteroids  

Using the infrared satellite AKARI, a research team has detected the existence of water in the form of hydrated minerals in a number of asteroids for the first time. This discovery will contribute to our understanding of the distribution of water in our solar system, the evolution of asteroids, and the origin of water on Earth.

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2018-12-18 10:04:07



Mystery of coronae around supermassive black holes deepens  

Researchers have used observations from the ALMA radio observatory to measure, for the first time, the strength of magnetic fields near two supermassive black holes at the centers of an important type of active galaxies. Surprisingly, the strengths of the magnetic fields do not appear sufficient to power the 'coronae,' clouds of superheated plasma that are observed around the black holes at the centers of those galaxies.

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2018-12-18 10:04:02



Explaining differences in rates of evolution  

Scientists look to fossils and evolutionary trees to help determine the rate of evolution -- albeit with conflicting results. A new model has helped to resolve these contradictions.

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2018-12-18 10:03:59



Fossil from the Big Bang discovered with W. M. Keck Observatory  

A relic cloud of gas, orphaned after the Big Bang, has been discovered in the distant universe by astronomers using the world's most powerful optical telescope, the W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, Hawaii.

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2018-12-18 09:30:17



Two-step control mechanism identified in mouse stem cells  

Scientists identified two distinct control mechanisms in the developmental transition of undifferentiated stem cells into healthy brain cells. This fundamental research using mice may inform regenerative medicine treatments for neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injuries, in the future.

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2018-12-18 09:30:13



Discovery of novel mechanisms that cause migraines  

Researchers have demonstrated a new mechanism related to the onset of migraine. In fact, they found how a mutation, causes dysfunction in a protein which inhibits neuronal electrical activity, induces migraines. These results open a new path for the development of anti-migraine medicines.

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2018-12-18 09:30:09



Ancient Japanese pottery includes an estimated 500 maize weevils  

Researchers have discovered an ancient Japanese pottery vessel from the late Jomon period (4500-3300 BP) with an estimated 500 maize weevils incorporated into its design. The vessel was discovered in February 2016 from ruins in Hokkaido, Japan. This extremely rare discovery provides clues on the cultivation and distribution of chestnuts, food in the Jomon era, and the spirituality of ancient Japanese people.

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2018-12-18 09:29:59



Salmon may lose the ability to smell danger as carbon emissions rise  

New research shows that the powerful sense of smell Pacific salmon rely on for migration, finding food and avoiding predators might be in trouble as carbon emissions continue to be absorbed by the ocean.

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2018-12-18 09:29:53



How much are we learning about the genome? Natural selection is science's best critic  

Even as they've struggled to highlight parts of the human genome worth investigating, scientists have wondered how much they're actually learning through the methods they use. Now, two researchers have determined that natural selection and our own evolutionary history might be science's best critics, and guides for future research.

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2018-12-18 07:47:22



Hurricane Maria gave ecologists rare chance to study how tropical dry forests recover  

To counteract the damage hurricanes have caused to their canopies, trees appear to adjust key characteristics of their newly grown leaves, according to a year-long field study.

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2018-12-18 07:47:14



Mysteries of the primrose unraveled  

Plant scientists have succeeded in unraveling the complete genome sequence of the common primrose -- the plant whose reproductive biology captivated the Victorian naturalist Charles Darwin. The research team has identified, for the first time, the landscape of genes which operate within the primrose's two different flowering forms that are involved in the reproductive process. This adds fresh insight to a puzzle that scientists have been grappling with for over 150 years.

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2018-12-18 07:47:08



New genetic testing technology enhances precision of analysis of clinical biomarkers  

Scientists have announced the invention of a genetic testing technology that allows the number of clinical biomarkers to be analyzed at the single-molecule level, which enhances the sensitivity of tests in precision medicine and will make them more affordable in future. The TAC-seq method, for which a patent is pending, is already being used in fertility clinics to determine the personal variations in the menstrual cycle for opportune embryo transfer.

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2018-12-18 07:47:05



Toward brain-like computing: New memristor better mimics synapses  

A new electronic device can directly model the behaviors of a synapse, which is a connection between two neurons.

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2018-12-17 16:41:23



Children of problem drinkers more likely to marry someone with a drinking problem  

Children of parents who have alcohol use disorder are more likely to get married under the age of 25, less likely to get married later in life, and more likely to marry a person who has alcohol use disorder themselves, according to a new study.

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2018-12-17 16:41:15



Tiny implantable device short-circuits hunger pangs, aids weight loss  

New battery-free, easily implantable weight-loss devices developed by engineers could offer a promising new weapon for battling the bulge.

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2018-12-17 16:41:12



CBD in marijuana may worsen glaucoma, raise eye pressure  

A study has found that CBD -- a major chemical component in marijuana -- appears to increase pressure inside the eye of mice, suggesting the use of the substance in the treatment of glaucoma may actually worsen the condition.

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2018-12-17 15:15:37



The full story on climate change requires the long view  

Researchers offer a new calculation that provides the long view of what nine different world regions have contributed to climate change since 1900. They also show how that breakdown will likely look by 2100 under various emission scenarios.

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2018-12-17 15:15:31



Scientists design new material to harness power of light  

Scientists have long known that synthetic materials -- called metamaterials -- can manipulate electromagnetic waves such as visible light to make them behave in ways that cannot be found in nature. That has led to breakthroughs such as super-high resolution imaging. Now, scientists are taking the technology of manipulating light in a new direction.

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2018-12-17 15:15:26



How a personality trait puts you at risk for cybercrime  

Impulse online shopping, downloading music and compulsive email use are all signs of a certain personality trait that make you a target for malware attacks. New research examines the behaviors -- both obvious and subtle -- that lead someone to fall victim to cybercrime involving Trojans, viruses, and malware.

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2018-12-17 15:15:15



Biodegradable, edible film kills pathogens on seafood  

A biodegradable, edible film made with plant starch and antimicrobial compounds may control the growth of foodborne pathogens on seafood, according to researchers.

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2018-12-17 14:41:50



Switch-in-a-cell electrifies life  

Scientists develop protein switches that can be used to control the flow of electrons within cells. The synthetic proteins are one of the few remaining components needed to mimic entire electronic devices within cells.

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2018-12-17 14:41:47



Vaccine using microneedle patch with RSV virus, immune-stimulating compound is effective against RSV  

Skin vaccination using a microneedle patch that contains the inactivated respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and a compound that stimulates immune responses to the virus has been found to enhance protection against this serious disease and reduce inflammation in the body after exposure to the virus, according to a new study.

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2018-12-17 14:41:43



Depression, anxiety may take same toll on health as smoking and obesity  

An annual physical typically involves a weight check and questions about unhealthy habits like smoking, but a new study suggests health care providers may be overlooking a critical question: Are you depressed or anxious?

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2018-12-17 14:41:40



Early postpartum opioids linked with persistent usage  

Researchers have published findings indicating that regardless of whether a woman delivers a child by cesarean section or by vaginal birth, if they fill prescriptions for opioid pain medications early in the postpartum period, they are at increased risk of developing persistent opioid use.

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2018-12-17 12:59:18



New discovery pushes origin of feathers back by 70 million years  

An international team of palaeontologists has discovered that the flying reptiles, pterosaurs, actually had four kinds of feathers, and these are shared with dinosaurs -- pushing back the origin of feathers by some 70 million years.

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2018-12-17 12:59:08



Gently stroking babies before medical procedures may reduce pain processing  

Researchers found that gently stroking a baby seems to reduce activity in the infant brain associated with painful experiences. Their results suggest that lightly brushing an infant at a certain speed -- of approximately 3 centimeters per second -- could provide effective pain relief before clinically necessary medical procedures.

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2018-12-17 12:59:06



India's right to information act provides lessons on government transparency  

Journalists are often assumed to be the biggest utilizers of freedom-of-information legislation, but new research found that collaborations between journalists, social activists and civil-society organizations were essential to the success of creating a right-to-information agenda in India.

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2018-12-17 12:59:03



Paradigm shift needed for designing tsunami-resistant bridges  

Researchers argue in a new study that a paradigm shift is needed for assessing bridges' tsunami risk.

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2018-12-17 12:58:58



Baboon sexes differ in how social status gets 'under the skin'  

A growing body of evidence shows that those at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder are more likely to die prematurely than those at the top. The pattern isn't unique to humans: Across many animals, the lower an individual's social status, the worse their health. But new research in baboons suggests that the nature of the status-health relationship depends on whether an individual has to fight for status, or it's given to them.

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2018-12-17 12:58:55



Sphinx molecule to rescue African farmers from witchweed  

An interdisciplinary team has discovered a highly potent and selective molecule, SPL7, that can lead seeds of the noxious parasitic weed Striga to suicide germination.

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2018-12-17 12:57:39



Discovered: The most-distant solar system object ever observed  

A team of astronomers has discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system. It is the first known solar system object that has been detected at a distance that is more than 100 times farther than Earth is from the sun.

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2018-12-17 12:00:54



Researchers observe charge-stripe crystal phase in an insulating cuprate  

Heating the surface of a cuprate high-temperature superconductor allowed a team of researchers to modify the material into an insulating state, where they found an exotic liquid crystal phase, the team reports.

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2018-12-17 12:00:52



Communication between neural networks  

Researchers are proposing a new model to explain how neural networks in different brain areas communicate with each other.

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2018-12-17 12:00:46



A fire-breathing dragon helps fight ember attacks on thatched-roof buildings  

Researchers conducted a special fire test to learn how to protect steep thatched-roof farmhouses that emerged more than 250 years ago to ruggedly withstand Central Japan's heavy winter snowfalls.

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2018-12-17 12:00:43



Drivers who can 'bid' for parking spaces may improve parking options around the world  

Researchers have developed a parking algorithm that allows drivers to 'bid' for a curbside spot in urban areas. A smartphone app that uses the algorithm can offer a practical solution to the problem of bottleneck parking in low supply areas and empty lots outside the immediate sphere of demand.

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2018-12-17 12:00:40



Birds can mistake some caterpillars for snakes; can robots help?  

Researchers witnessed a hummingbird defending its nest from what it interpreted to be a snake, but was actually a caterpillar of the moth Oxytenis modestia. 

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2018-12-17 12:00:38



New epigenetic cervical cancer test has 100 per cent detection rate  

A new test for cervical cancer was found to detect all of the cancers in a trial of 15,744 women, outperforming both the current Pap smear and human papillomavirus (HPV) test at a reduced cost, according to a new study.

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2018-12-17 12:00:35



Saturn is losing its rings at 'worst-case-scenario' rate  

New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 and 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn's magnetic field.

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2018-12-17 12:00:32



Injection improves vision in a form of childhood blindness  

A new treatment for patients with a form of congenital retinal blindness has shown success in improving vision, according to new results.

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2018-12-17 12:00:30



Do you know the carbon footprint of your food choices?  

Consumers greatly underestimate the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions associated with their food choices, but they'll favor items with a lower carbon footprint if they're given clear information on the label, according to new research.

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2018-12-17 12:00:27



Changes in agriculture could cut sector non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50 percent  

The agricultural sector is the world's largest source of non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions, and research has found that changing agricultural practices and a shift in diet away from meat and dairy products could reduce the sector's emissions by up to 50 percent by 2050 compared to a situation without mitigation efforts.

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2018-12-17 12:00:25



The impacts of whale shark mass tourism on the coral reefs in the Philippines  

Whale shark tourism in Tan-awan, Oslob, Philippines has led to degradation of the local coral reef ecosystem.

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2018-12-17 12:00:22



Pressure tuned magnetism paves the way for novel electronic devices  

Using very sensitive magnetic probes, an international team of researchers has found surprising evidence that magnetism which emerges at the interfaces between non-magnetic oxide thin layers can be easily tuned by exerting tiny mechanical forces. This discovery provides a new and unexpected handle to control magnetism, thus enabling denser magnetic memory, and opens new and unexpected routes for developing novel oxide-based spintronic devices.

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2018-12-17 12:00:20



Passive exposure alone can enhance the learning of foreign speech sounds  

Ability to understand and subsequently speak a new language requires the ability to accurately discriminate speech sounds of a given language. When we start to learn a new language the differences between speech sounds can be very difficult to perceive. With enough active practice the ability to discriminate the speech sounds enhances.

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2018-12-17 12:00:17



Advancing the description of 'mysterious' water to improve drug design  

Interactions with water dominate how drug molecules bind to targets, but it's tricky to model these interactions, limiting the accuracy of drug design. Scientists have now described a novel approach to building a new description of water (known as a force field) and demonstrating its accuracy.

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2018-12-17 12:00:14



Species at the extremes of the food chain evolve faster, study says  

Reef fish species at the extremes of the food chain -- those that are strict herbivores or strict fish predators -- evolve faster than fish species in the middle of the food chain with a more varied diet, according to a new study.

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2018-12-17 12:00:12



One type of brain cell may invite Alzheimer's  

Researchers found that excitatory neurons -- those that are more likely to trigger an action (as opposed to inhibitory neurons, which are less likely to prompt neural activity) -- are more vulnerable to accumulations of abnormal tau protein, which is increasingly being implicated in Alzheimer's disease.

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2018-12-17 11:57:56



Stop that clot! Quantitative assessment of the blood coagulation cascade  

Thrombosis is a harmful activation of the clotting process, which is associated with the occurrence of blood vessel-related diseases. Pathological enhancement of the clotting cascade causes thrombosis, and activated factor X (FXa) is pivotal to this process. Researchers showed that dielectric blood coagulometry provided an easy to use method to detect changes in FXa activity in the presence of various drugs that inhibit the actions of FXa.

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2018-12-17 10:59:30



Adventures in phase space: Unified map on plastic and elastic glasses  

A research team has simulated glassy colloidal solids to understand their mechanical and failure properties. Under strain, the hard-sphere glasses deformed elastically (reversibly), partly plastically (irreversibly), or underwent yielding or jamming. The size of the elastic and plastic zones on the phase diagram, and the nature of failure, depended on how deeply the glasses were annealed. A unified framework for amorphous solid rheology will have applications across technology and biology.

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2018-12-17 10:59:20



Neuroscience-protein that divides the brain  

A recent study describes the role of a molecule, Netrin, in creating borders inside the brain to compartmentalize the functions of the brain.

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2018-12-17 10:59:15



Data storage using individual molecules  

Researchers have reported a new method that allows the physical state of just a few atoms or molecules within a network to be controlled. It is based on the spontaneous self-organization of molecules into extensive networks with pores about one nanometer in size. In the journal 'small', the physicists reported on their investigations, which could be of particular importance for the development of new storage devices.

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2018-12-17 10:59:13



Microtube with built-in pump  

Driven by natural or artificial sunlight, a novel 'microtube pump' transports water droplets over long distances. The pump consists of a tube whose properties can be changed asymmetrically through irradiation. This results in capillary forces and a wettability gradient in the inner wall which work together to accelerate the water droplets to exceptional high speeds.

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2018-12-17 10:59:04



Oyster aquaculture limits disease in wild oyster populations  

A fisheries researcher has found that oyster aquaculture operations can limit the spread of disease among wild populations of oysters. The findings are contrary to long-held beliefs that diseases are often spread from farmed populations to wild populations.

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2018-12-17 10:59:01



Study affirms geographic discrimination in allocating lungs for transplant  

Results of a medical records study of more than 7,000 patients awaiting a lung transplant in the United States affirm the basis of a court filing in 2017 that called the organ allocation system geographically 'rigged' in some regions of the nation.

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2018-12-17 10:58:58



Satellite data exposes looting of archaelogical sites  

Globally archaeological heritage is under threat by looting. The destruction of archaeological sites obliterates the basis for our understanding of ancient cultures and we lose our shared human past. Research shows that satellite data provide a mean to monitor the destruction of archaeological sites. It is now possible to understand activities by looters in remote regions and take measures to protect the sites.

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2018-12-17 10:58:56



Plants don't like touch: Green thumb myth dispelled  

Research has found that plants are extremely sensitive to touch and that repeated touching can significantly retard growth. The findings could lead to new approaches to optimizing plant growth and productivity -- from field-based farming to intensive horticulture production.

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2018-12-17 10:58:53



Old mines cast a long shadow on their surroundings  

Local stakeholders need more information than is currently available to them on the impacts of former mining activities on ground water and surface water, potential soil contamination, and the safety of natural products, a new study shows.

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2018-12-17 10:58:50



Alien imposters: Planets with oxygen don't necessarily have life  

Lab simulations nix the common wisdom that atmospheric oxygen and organic compounds are good evidence that a planet harbors life.

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2018-12-17 10:58:48



Hiding images and information in plain sight  

What is real is not always as it appears. Researchers have found a way to hide information on materials and only make it visible to a person using the right tech.

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2018-12-17 10:58:45



Scientists discovered mechanisms behind neonatal diabetes  

Researchers have described mechanisms linking chronic cellular stress to the poor development of the insulin-producing cells.

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2018-12-17 10:58:41



Warning over deep-sea 'gold rush'  

A 'gold rush' of seabed mining could lead to unprecedented damage to fragile deep-sea ecosystems, researchers have warned.

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2018-12-17 10:56:57



New strains of hepatitis C found in Africa  

The largest population study of hepatitis C in Africa has found three new strains of the virus circulating in the general population in sub-Saharan Africa. The discovery suggests certain antiviral drugs used in the West may be less effective against these strains, and local clinical trials of patients are urgently needed. The study could inform hepatitis C vaccine development and assist the World Health Organization's aim of eliminating hepatitis C globally.

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2018-12-17 10:56:55



Boys with good motor skills excel at problem-solving, too  

Boys with good motor skills are better problem-solvers than their less skillful peers, a new study shows. In contrast to previous studies, the researchers found no association between aerobic fitness or overweight and obesity with cognitive function in boys.

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2018-12-17 10:56:13



School-based nutritional programs reduce student obesity  

In-school nutrition policies and programs that promote healthier eating habits among middle school students limit increases in body mass index (BMI), a new study finds.

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2018-12-17 10:18:14



Narrowing the universe in the search for life  

In the search for life on other planets, scientists traditionally have looked for a world with water. But a geophysicist now wonders if we should look to rocks instead.

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2018-12-17 10:18:09



Unrelated events are linked in memory when they happen close together  

When two events occur within a brief window of time they become linked in memory, such that calling forth memory of one helps retrieve memory for the other event, according to research. This happens even when temporal proximity is the only feature that the two events share.

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2018-12-17 10:18:07



Path to vaccine or drug for late-onset Alzheimer's  

Researchers have succeeded in neutralizing what they believe is a primary factor in late-onset Alzheimer's disease, opening the door to development of a drug that could be administered before age 40, and taken for life, to potentially prevent the disease in 50 to 80 percent of at-risk adults.

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2018-12-17 10:18:04



Building a better weapon against harmful algal blooms  

Scientists have shared early results from a trio of studies that aim to improve models designed to guide agricultural practices for reducing the risk of nitrogen and phosphorous farm runoff. Such runoff leads to the growth of toxic algae in waterways.

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2018-12-17 10:18:01



Climate change leading to water shortage in Andes, Himalayas  

Climate change could have devastating effects on vulnerable residents in the Andes mountains and the Tibetan plateau, according to researchers who have been studying glaciers in those areas for decades.

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2018-12-17 10:17:59



New type of low-energy nanolaser that shines in all directions  

Researchers have developed a new type of low-energy, nanoscale laser that shines in all directions. The key to its omnidirectional light emission is the introduction of something that is usually highly undesirable in nanotechnology: irregularities in the materials. The researchers foresee a vast range of potential applications, but first they hope their fundamental work will inspire others to further improve it and deepen the understanding.

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2018-12-17 10:17:56



Hen harriers and red grouse: Finding common ground in a persistent conflict  

A conflict between those working to conserve numbers of hen harriers and those maintaining commercial shooting of red grouse in the English uplands has existed for decades with little sign of progress. Drawing on work conducted in psychology, a new study investigated the underlying values that hunters and conservationists hold that make it so hard to find shared solutions.

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2018-12-17 10:17:54



A method to monitor indoor crop health no matter what planet you're on  

Scientists are using the single-image normalized difference vegetation index (SI-NDVI), a popular metric of plant health and photosynthetic rate originally developed for satellite-based monitoring of plant growth, to monitor crop health in indoor farming conditions. SI-NDVI allowed detection of stress signatures before stress was visible to the naked eye, proving the technique can be useful whether plants are grown in space or right here on Earth.

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2018-12-17 10:17:51



How marijuana may damage teenage brains in study using genetically vulnerable mice  

In a study of adolescent mice with a version of a gene linked to serious human mental illnesses, researchers say they have uncovered a possible explanation for how marijuana may damage the brains of some human teens.

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2018-12-17 10:17:47



Sutimlimab shows promise for hard-to-treat, rare blood disorder  

In a first-in-human clinical trial, the investigational drug sutimlimab appeared to be effective in treating cold agglutinin disease, a rare chronic blood disorder for which there are currently no approved treatments.

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2018-12-17 10:17:45



Average outpatient visit in US approaching $500  

The average outpatient visit in the United States costs nearly $500, according to a new scientific study. In addition, the average inpatient stay had a price tag in 2016 of more than $22,000. Both of these dollar amounts underscore a common understanding in the health profession: The US exceeds every other nation in total health care costs.

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2018-12-17 08:18:25



Warmer winters threaten UK blackcurrant farming  

Warmer winters may not provide sufficient chilling for blackcurrants in the UK, delaying the start of the growing season and resulting in reduced yields and lower fruit quality, researchers have found. Speaking at the British Ecological Society's annual meeting in Birmingham today, a research group based at the James Hutton Institute highlights that milder winters may cause blackcurrant crops to flower later in the year, produce fewer fruit, and over repeated years, have a reduced plant lifespan

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2018-12-17 08:18:21



Boston Harbor cleanup was economically justifiable, finds new study  

A first-of-its-kind retrospective study finds that environmental cleanup projects are economically viable. The economic evaluation analysis estimates that Boston Harbor -- once dubbed America's filthiest harbor -- is now worth between $30 and $100 billion in ecosystem services. The study demonstrates that the post-cleanup value of healthy ecosystems and their associated benefits to society should be considered when evaluating options for coastal areas.

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2018-12-17 08:18:17



Drones can detect protected nightjar nests  

Thermal-sensing cameras mounted on drones may offer a safer and more cost-effective way to locate nests of the elusive European nightjar in forestry work and construction areas, according to new research presented at the British Ecological Society's annual meeting in Birmingham today.

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2018-12-17 08:18:13



Treatment for underdiagnosed cause of debilitating chest pain  

Researchers find an effective way to treat an underdiagnosed condition that can cause heart attack and heart-attack-like symptoms.

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2018-12-17 08:18:10



Protein police keep the immune system in check  

Researchers learn how a key transcription factor helps regulate the immune system and could be critical to understanding autoimmune disease and cancer immunosuppression.

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2018-12-17 08:18:07



New, rapid and robust method for single cell profiling  

Hope for better understanding of the inner works of cancer and other serious diseases.

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2018-12-17 08:18:04



'Treasure trove' of dinosaur footprints found in southern England  

More than 85 well-preserved dinosaur footprints -- made by at least seven different species -- have been uncovered in East Sussex, representing the most diverse and detailed collection of these trace fossils from the Cretaceous Period found in the UK to date.

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2018-12-17 08:18:01



The gene helping submerged plants  

Climate change threatens plants as the risks of flooding increase. A new study shows that special genes are key to keeping plants from withering, remaining healthy and resistant to a lack of oxygen when they are underwater for a period of long time. Developing tolerant plant varieties that have this gene will increase harvest and will be increasingly important as the changing climate leads to more rainfall.

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2018-12-17 08:17:59



Increasing use, and misuse, of benzodiazepines  

More than one in eight US adults (12.6 percent) used benzodiazepines in the past year, up from previous reports. Misuse of the prescription drugs accounted for more than 17 percent of overall use, according to a new study.

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2018-12-17 08:17:56



New RNA sequencing strategy provides insight into microbiomes  

Scientists have demonstrated the application of high-throughput transfer RNA sequencing to gut microbiome samples from mice that were fed either a low-fat or high-fat diet.

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2018-12-17 08:17:53



One year later, barbershop intervention continues to lower blood pressure  

In a 12-month follow-up study, reductions in systolic blood pressure observed at six months were sustained at one year.

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2018-12-17 08:17:50



Jiggly Jell-O to make powerful new hydrogen fuel catalyst  

A cheap and effective new catalyst can generate hydrogen fuel from water just as efficiently as platinum, currently the best -- but also most expensive -- water-splitting catalyst out there.The catalyst, which is composed of nanometer-thin sheets of metal carbide, is manufactured using a self-assembly process that relies on a surprising ingredient: gelatin, the material that gives Jell-O its jiggle.

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2018-12-15 14:13:52



Wiring diagram of the brain provides a clearer picture of brain scan data  

Neuroscientists have used data from the human brain connectome -- a publicly available 'wiring diagram' of the human brain based on data from thousands of healthy human volunteers -- to reassess the findings from neuroimaging studies of patients with Alzheimer's disease.

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2018-12-15 14:13:48



Treatment shown to improve the odds against bone marrow cancer  

Hope has emerged for patients with a serious type of bone marrow cancer as new research into a therapeutic drug has revealed improved outcomes and survival rates.

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2018-12-15 14:13:45



A damming trend  

Hundreds of dams are being proposed for Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia. The negative social and environmental consequences -- affecting everything from food security to the environment -- greatly outweigh the positive changes of this grand-scale flood control, according to new research.

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2018-12-15 14:13:41



Geneticists make new discovery about how a baby's sex is determined  

Medical researchers have made a new discovery about how a baby's sex is determined: it's not just about the X-Y chromosomes, but involves a 'regulator' that increases or decreases the activity of genes which decide if we become male or female.

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2018-12-15 14:13:33



For these critically endangered marine turtles, climate change could be a knockout blow  

Researchers suggest that projected increases in air temperatures, rainfall inundation and blistering solar radiation could significantly reduce hawksbill hatching success at a selection of major nesting beaches.

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2018-12-14 12:40:52



Can stem cells help a diseased heart heal itself? Researcher achieves important milestone  

Scientists have taken an important step toward the goal of making diseased hearts heal themselves -- a new model that would reduce the need for bypass surgery, heart transplants or artificial pumping devices.

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2018-12-14 12:40:49






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