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Fatty Tissues Preserved In Fossil for 48 Million Years  

It really is true: fat hangs around a long time whether you want it to or not. Okay, so we're not talking about stubborn love handles and saddlebags, but researchers have confirmed that fatty tissues were still identifiable in the partial fossil of a 48-million-year-old bird. The new research hints that similar soft tissues might be found in fossils sitting in museum archives around the world. Soft tissue preservation in fossils is rare but not unheard of. Earlier this year, resear...

2017-10-17 23:00:58
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How Volcanoes Starved Ancient Egypt  

Ancient Egypt was the most powerful civilization in the world for a time. The monuments built by laborers to honor pharaohs stand to this day, testament to the vast resources at their command. But the architectural excess hid a crippling weakness. Egypt sits in the middle of a vast desert. To support a population that numbered in the millions, large-scale agriculture was vital, and for that you need water, and therefore, the Nile. The river was so important to the Egyptians that they st...

2017-10-17 21:05:15
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Trump's Drug Czar Nominee Withdraws from Consideration  

An investigation revealed the president’s pick had worked to weaken opioid controls -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 18:00:00
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Why (Ex-)Hurricane Ophelia Took a Wrong Turn toward Ireland and Britain—and Carried All That Dust  

What set it apart from other Atlantic hurricanes was its direct route to Europe -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 17:00:00
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Why (Ex)Hurricane Ophelia Took a Wrong Turn Towards Ireland and Britain — and Carried All That Dust  

What set it apart from other Atlantic hurricanes was its direct route to Europe -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 17:00:00
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Nanoantenna Arrays to Power Advanced Fluorescence-Based Sensors  



2017-10-17 15:51:00
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Climate Skeptics Want More CO2  

A key argument used to downplay the consequences of climate change is resurfacing -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 15:45:00
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Rice Researchers Improve Characterization and Purification of Nanotube Wires and Films  



2017-10-17 15:42:00
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High blood pressure linked to common heart valve disorder  

For the first time, a strong link has been established between high blood pressure and the most common heart valve disorder in high-income countries.

2017-10-17 15:31:51
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Amazonian hunters deplete wildlife but don't empty forests  

Conservationists can be 'cautiously optimistic' about the prospect of sustainable subsistence hunting by Amazonian communities, according to new research. The research team spent over a year working with 60 Amazonian communities and hiked for miles through trackless forests to deploy nearly 400 motion-activated camera traps -- in a bid to understand which species are depleted by hunting and where.

2017-10-17 15:31:48
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New examination of occupational licensing contradicts decades of research  

From doctors to engineers to carpet layers to massage therapists, more than one in three Americans is required to hold a license to work in their occupation. Broad consensus among researchers holds that licensure creates wage premiums by establishing economic monopolies, but according to research, licensure does not limit competition nor does it increase wages.

2017-10-17 15:30:04
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Will Studies of 700 Pro Fighters Help Predict Future Brain Damage?  

Researchers hope blood and brain scans may detect new clues -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 15:00:00
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Bruker Introduces NanoMechanics Lab for Dimension AFMs  



2017-10-17 13:39:00
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How to Make a Consciousness Meter  

Zapping the brain with magnetic pulses while measuring its electrical activity is proving to be a reliable way to detect consciousness -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 13:15:00
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Forget Pills and Surgery for Back Pain  

Many physicians are advocating a simpler approach to treating lower back pain: exercise -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 13:00:00
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Peering Within: An Introduction to the November Issue  

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2017-10-17 13:00:00
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Neutron Star Collisions Create Gold  

Astrophysicists searching for gravitational waves have finally learned what happens when you crash two neutron stars together--and it's very, very shiny. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 13:00:00
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How we determine who's to blame  

Using eye-tracking technology, cognitive scientists have obtained the first direct evidence that people use a process called counterfactual simulation to imagine how a situation could have played out differently to assign responsibility for an outcome.

2017-10-17 12:44:03
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You would not ask a firefighter to perform open-heart surgery: Understanding 'collective intelligence'  

The concept of 'collective intelligence' is simple -- it asserts that if a team performs well on one task, it will repeat that success on other projects, regardless of the scope or focus of the work. While it sounds good in theory, it doesn't work that way in reality, according to a researcher.

2017-10-17 12:43:54
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To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united  

For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn's moon Janus confined the planet's A ring -- the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA's Cassini mission data, astronomers now conclude that the teamwork of seven moons keeps this ring corralled.

2017-10-17 12:43:52
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Flexible 'skin' can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks by sensing shear force  

Engineers have developed a flexible sensor 'skin' that can be stretched over any part of a robot's body or prosthetic to accurately convey information about shear forces and vibration, which are critical to tasks ranging from cooking an egg to dismantling a bomb.

2017-10-17 12:43:50
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Cancer: New compound targets energy generation, thereby killing metastatic cells  

Researchers have identified an enzyme that supports the survival and dissemination of metastatic cells, and developed a synthetic compound that targets the enzyme and kills the metastatic cells in mice with cancer.

2017-10-17 12:43:47
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Preservation for the (digital) ages  

Researchers working with classicists and computer scientists have developed a method to preserve digital humanities databases. The preservation strategy allows scholars to re-launch a database application in a variety of environments -- from individual computers, to virtual machines, to future web servers -- without compromising its interactive features.

2017-10-17 12:43:45
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Study reshapes understanding of climate change's impact on early societies  

A new study linking paleoclimatology -- the reconstruction of past global climates -- with historical analysis shows a link between environmental stress and its impact on the economy, political stability, and war-fighting capacity of ancient Egypt.

2017-10-17 12:43:35
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Assessment shows metagenomics software has much room for improvement  

A recent critical assessment of software tools represents a key step toward taming the 'Wild West' nature of the burgeoning field of metagenomics.

2017-10-17 12:42:56
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Why People Refuse to Believe Scientists  

It has nothing to do with science itself -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 12:30:00
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Neutron-Star Collision Reveals Origin of Gold, Astronomers Say  

An international team of astronomers detected the first gravitational waves from merging neutron stars, and found proof they are the source of the universe's heavy elements, including gold and platinum.

2017-10-17 12:02:00
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3D Printers: A Revolutionary Frontier for Medicine  

Mission control on earth receives an urgent communication from Mars that an astronaut has fractured his shinbone. Using a handheld scanning device, the crew takes images of his damaged tibia and transmits them to earth.

2017-10-17 12:01:00
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NASA to Leverage Current Planning for 45-Day Exploration Report  

A shift in focus in NASA's exploration plans to the moon won't have an immediate effect on planning for the first flight of the agency's Space Launch System rocket, now expected no sooner than late 2019.

2017-10-17 12:00:00
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Nanopore Technology One Step Closer to Identifying Proteins and Peptides  



2017-10-17 11:59:00
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Scientists determine source of world's largest mud eruption  

More than 11 years after the Lusi mud volcano first erupted on the Indonesian island of Java, researchers may have figured out why the mudflows haven't stopped: deep underground, Lusi is connected to a nearby volcanic system.

2017-10-17 11:43:44
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Study shows how water could have flowed on 'cold and icy' ancient Mars  

Research by planetary scientists finds that periodic melting of ice sheets on a cold early Mars would have created enough water to carve the ancient valleys and lakebeds seen on the planet today.

2017-10-17 11:43:41
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Tropical beetles face extinction threat  

Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists.

2017-10-17 11:43:38
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What training exercise boosts brain power best? New research finds out  

One of the two brain-training methods most scientists use in research is significantly better in improving memory and attention. It also results in more significant changes in brain activity.

2017-10-17 11:43:35
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A new way to test body armor  

In response to several high profile body armor failures, researchers have developed a new and extremely reliable way to test the ballistic fibers used in body armor.

2017-10-17 11:43:33
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Loops of liquid metal can improve future fusion power plants, scientists say  

Researchers have proposed an innovative design to improve the ability of future fusion power plants to generate safe, clean and abundant energy in a steady state, or constant, manner. The design uses loops of liquid lithium to clean and recycle the tritium, the radioactive hydrogen isotope that fuels fusion reactions, and to protect the divertor plates from intense exhaust heat from the tokamak that contains the reactions.

2017-10-17 11:43:30
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A new way to harness wasted methane  

Scientists have identified a process that could be used to harness methane that is now wasted by being burned off at wellheads.

2017-10-17 11:43:28
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Our Federal Science Agencies Are in Mortal Danger  

Whether by strategy or ineptitude or both, the Trump administration is starving them of the expertise they need to fulfill their essential functions -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 11:30:00
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New VR Tech Aims to Take Surround Sound to the Next Level  

Spatial audio promises immersive virtual experiences that engage more of the senses -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 11:15:00
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Scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet  

Researchers have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind.

2017-10-17 11:01:28
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Domestication has not made dogs cooperate more with each other compared to wolves  

Following domestication, dogs should be more tolerant and cooperative with conspecifics and humans compared to wolves. But looking at both in more naturalistic living conditions, however, speaks for more cooperative behavior of wolves. Researchers now show that the wild ancestors are excelling their domesticated relatives in teamwork. In an experimental approach dogs but not wolves failed to cooperatively pull the two ends of a rope to obtain a piece of food.

2017-10-17 11:01:21
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HIV infection, even with antiretroviral therapy, appears to damage a growing child's brain  

One of the largest and best-documented trials of children receiving early antiretroviral therapy -- the CHER clinical trial in South Africa -- finds ongoing white matter damage in HIV-positive children at the age of 7 years. The study aims to contribute to a better understanding of brain development in HIV-infected and exposed children, as well as the impact of long-term antiretroviral treatment.

2017-10-17 11:01:18
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Resolving traffic jams in human ALS motor neurons  

A team of researchers used stem cell technology to generate motor neurons from ALS patients carrying mutations in FUS. They found disturbed axonal transport in these motor neurons, but also identified genetic and pharmacological strategies that mitigate this defect.

2017-10-17 11:00:57
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Electroplating: The birth of a single nucleus caught in camera  

Electroplating, or electrodeposition, is one of the most important processes in chemistry, in which a metal cation in solution can be reduced to its elemental form by applying an electrical potential to an electrode.

2017-10-17 11:00:53
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New techniques boost performance of non-volatile memory systems  

Computer engineering researchers have developed new software and hardware designs that should limit programming errors and improve system performance in devices that use non-volatile memory technologies.

2017-10-17 11:00:45
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On-and-off fasting helps fight obesity, study finds  

Up to sixteen weeks of intermittent fasting without otherwise having to count calories helps fight obesity and other metabolic disorders. Such fasting already shows benefits after only six weeks, according to a new study.

2017-10-17 11:00:41
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Need for speed makes genome editing efficient, if not better  

Researchers have developed a computational model to quantify the mechanism by which CRISPR-Cas9 proteins find their genome-editing targets.

2017-10-17 11:00:37
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New imaging approach maps whole-brain changes from Alzheimer's disease in mice  

A new imaging system that offers a better way to monitor the brain changes indicative of Alzheimer's in mouse models of the disease could help speed new drug development.

2017-10-17 11:00:34
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Volcanoes may have triggered riots in ancient Egypt  

Eruptions reduced annual Nile floods, causing catastrophic crop failures and social upheaval

2017-10-17 11:00:00
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The Future of Space Is   

In their new book "Soonish" (Penguin Press, 2017), out today (Oct. 17), Kelly and Zach Weinersmith dig into 10 realms of future technology to see which will survive, which will likely flounder and which could change (or ruin) everything.

2017-10-17 10:47:00
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Saving the Endangered Cuban Crocodile  

Hybridization poses an increasing threat to the nation’s beloved reptile -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-17 10:45:00
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Why Gravitational Waves Are So Exhilarating  

The gravitational-wave research community seems to be having a remarkable string of good luck. Here's what the smashing finding means.

2017-10-17 10:20:00
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Youth football: How young athletes are exposed to high-magnitude head impacts  

Researchers examined exposure to high-magnitude head impacts (accelerations greater than 40g) in young athletes, 9 to 12 years of age, during football games and practice drills to determine under what circumstances these impacts occur and how representative practice activities are of game activities with respect to the impacts. This type of information can help coaches and league officials make informed decisions in structuring both practices and games to reduce risks in these young athletes.

2017-10-17 09:19:17
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Schizophrenia disrupts the brain's entire communication system, researchers say  

Some 40 years since CT scans first revealed abnormalities in the brains of schizophrenia patients, international scientists say the disorder is a systemic disruption to the brain's entire communication system. The study sets the stage for future research on the debilitating mental illness that affects more than 21 million people worldwide. It is the largest analysis of 'white matter' differences in a psychiatric disorder to date.

2017-10-17 09:19:13
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Saving hearts after heart attacks: Overexpression of a gene enhances repair of dead muscle  

Biomedical engineers report a significant advance in efforts to repair a damaged heart after a heart attack, using grafted heart-muscle cells to create a repair patch. The key was overexpressing a gene that activates the cell-cycle of the grafted muscle cells, so they grow and divide more than control grafted cells.

2017-10-17 09:19:10
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Signaling pathway may be key to why autism is more common in boys  

Researchers have discovered sex differences in a brain signaling pathway involved in reward learning and motivation that make male mice more vulnerable to an autism-causing genetic glitch.

2017-10-17 09:19:06
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'Hiding in plain sight:' Discovery raises questions over scale of overlooked biodiversity  

Scientists have used cutting edge DNA technology to demonstrate that one of Europe's top freshwater predators is actually two species rather than one.

2017-10-17 09:19:03
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Timing of melanoma diagnosis, treatment critical to survival  

A new study underscores the importance of early detection and treatment of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. The research indicates that the sooner patients were treated, the better their survival, particularly for stage I melanoma.

2017-10-17 09:19:00
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Keratin, proteins from 54-million-year-old sea turtle show survival trait evolution  

Researchers have retrieved original pigment, beta-keratin and muscle proteins from a 54-million-year-old sea turtle hatchling. The work adds to the growing body of evidence supporting persistence of original molecules over millions of years and also provides direct evidence that a pigment-based survival trait common to modern sea turtles evolved at least 54 million years ago.

2017-10-17 09:18:57
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Many pelvic tumors in women may have common origin: Fallopian tubes  

Most, and possibly all, ovarian cancers start, not in ovaries, but instead in the fallopian tubes attached to them, report investigators.

2017-10-17 09:18:55
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World first for reading digitally encoded synthetic molecules  

For the first time ever, using mass spectrometry, researchers have successfully read several bytes of data recorded on a molecular scale using synthetic polymers. Their work sets a new benchmark for the amount of data -- stored as a sequence of molecular units (monomers) -- that may be read using this routine method. It also sets the stage for data storage on a scale 100 times smaller than that of current hard drives.

2017-10-17 09:18:51
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Nearly half of US medical care comes from emergency rooms  

Nearly half of all US medical care is delivered by emergency departments, according to a new study. In recent years, the percentage of care delivered by emergency departments has grown. The paper highlights the major role played by emergency rooms in US health care.

2017-10-17 09:18:49
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"New Era of Astronomy" --Ushered In By 1st Observation of a 130-Million-Year Old Neutron Star Collision (WATCH Video)  

    "This is a huge discovery," said Ryan Foley at UC Santa Cruz. "We're finally connecting these two different ways of looking at the universe, observing the same thing in light and gravitational waves, and for that alone this is a landmark event. It's like being able to see and hear something at the same time. Two months ago, the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) notified astronomers around the world of the possible detection of gravitational w

2017-10-17 08:51:17
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"Unlocking Saturn's Secrets" --NASA's Cassini-Mission Scientists Recap Their Amazing Discoveries (WATCH Today's 'Galaxy' Stream)  

    NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its journey on Sept. 15 with an intentional plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, but analysis continues on the mountain of data the spacecraft sent during its long life. Some of the Cassini team's freshest insights were presented during a news conference at the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Science meeting in Provo, Utah. During Cassini's final months, the spacecraft's cameras captured views from within the gap between

2017-10-17 08:08:03
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The Alien Observatory --The Search for Human-like Intelligence: "Extremely Rare or Common in the Milky Way?" (WATCH Video)  

    "We should not expect to see any other forms of life that are genetically, functionally and intellectually similar to us." says Charles Lineweaver, a noted astrobiologist at the Australian National University. "I strongly suspect that our closest relatives in the universe are here on Earth, and they're not likely to be elsewhere. Only one species of the billions of species that have existed on Earth has shown an aptitude for radios, and even we failed to build one during the

2017-10-17 07:23:56
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Space Spinner! Astronaut Shows What Fidget Spinners Do in Orbit  

How awesome is a fidget spinner in space, where your body can do all the spinning you want? Astronauts on the International Space Station showed off their tricks in microgravity while playing with the popular toy, one of the trend-making objects of 2017.

2017-10-17 07:17:00
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How Gravitational Waves and Research Will Change Astronomy  

The era of multi-messenger astronomy has officially begun. But what does that phrase mean, and how will it change the study of the cosmos?

2017-10-17 07:00:00
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First Glimpse of Colliding Neutron Stars Yields Stunning Pics  

Breathtaking images from the explosive merger of two neutron stars were captured by multiple observatories on Earth and in space.

2017-10-17 07:00:00
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How 2 Aerospace Companies Plan to Launch an Inflatable Moon-Orbiting Habitat  

United Launch Alliance and Bigelow Aerospace will collaborate on placing a space station in orbit around the moon.

2017-10-17 06:16:00
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Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn  

Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017 As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings from a variety of engineering systems. While analysis of science data from the final plunge will take some time, Cassini engineers already have a pretty clear understanding of how the spacecraft itsel

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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Mimetic Martian water is highly pressurized, experiments show  

Washington (UPI) Oct 13, 2017 Mars is too cold to host flowing liquid water, but with the right mix of compounds, a water solution could be hiding on and below Mars' surface. New research suggests a solution dubbed "mimetic Martian water" could flow on and beneath the Red Planet's crust. Such a solution could explain the channeling, riveting and other evidence of weathering observed on the Martian surface. Bu

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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FAST Feature: No aliens found yet, but heartbeats of a universe heard  

Beijing (XNA) Oct 17, 2017 One is rapid and strong, and the other is slow and weak, like the heartbeats of a youth and an old man passing through a distance of thousands of light years, and then heard by the most sensitive "ear" on Earth. The "ear" is the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), the world's largest radio telescope, with a dish as large as 30 football fields. It is located in a valley

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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A star that devoured its own planets  

New York NY (SPX) Oct 17, 2017 A devourer of worlds lurks around 350 light-years away. According to a recent study comparing the chemical composition of a pair of sunlike stars, one of the stars has consumed the rocky equivalent of 15 Earths. "Even if our sun ate the entire inner solar system, it wouldn't come close to the anomaly we see in this star," says study coauthor David Hogg, group leader for astronomical data a

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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Astronomers find potential solution into how planets form  

Exeter UK (SPX) Oct 17, 2017 The quest to discover how planets found in the far reaches of the universe are born has taken a new, crucial twist. A new study by an international team of scientists, led by Stefan Kraus from the University of Exeter, has given a fascinating new insight into one of the most respected theories of how planets are formed. Young stars start out with a massive disk of gas and dust that o

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NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event  

Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017 For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. Shortly after 5:41 a.m. PDT (8:41 a.m. EDT) on Aug. 17, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful explosion, wh

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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Filling the early universe with knots can explain why the world is three-dimensional  

Nashville TN (SPX) Oct 17, 2017 The next time you come across a knotted jumble of rope or wire or yarn, ponder this: The natural tendency for things to tangle may help explain the three-dimensional nature of the universe and how it formed. An international team of physicists has developed an out-of-the-box theory which proposes that shortly after it popped into existence 13.8 billion years ago the universe was filled wit

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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Low-cost battery from waste graphite  

Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 16, 2017 Kostiantyn Kravchyk works in the group of Maksym Kovalenko. This research group is based at both ETH Zurich and in Empa's Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics. The two researchers' ambitious goal at the Empa branch is to make a battery out of the most common elements in the Earth's crust - such as magnesium or aluminum. These metals offer a high degree of safety, even if the anode i

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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Energy against the current on a quantum scale, without contradicting the laws of physics  

Bilbao, Spain (SPX) Oct 09, 2017 This is the main result obtained by the group led by Professor Angel Rubio of the UPV/EHU and of the Max Planck Institute PMSD, together with collaborators at the BCCMS centre in Bremen, and which has been echoed by the journal Nature Quantum Materials. In macroscopic objects such as a current of water, the fact of observing the current does not affect the flow of the water and, in accorda

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Watching plant photosynthesis from space  

Sydney, Australia (SPX) Oct 16, 2017 University of Sydney and NASA researchers have developed a revolutionary new technique to image plant photosynthesis using satellite-based remote-sensing, with potential applications in climate change monitoring. The uptake of carbon dioxide by leaves and its conversion to sugars by photosynthesis, referred to as gross primary production (GPP), is the fundamental basis of life on Earth and

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks  

Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017 There's no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy - they're so distant and faint compared to their stars, it's hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible signpost for giant exoplanets. A new study finds that giant exoplanets that orbit far from their stars are more likely to be found around young stars that have a disk of

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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Haumea, the most peculiar of Pluto companions, has a ring around it  

Granada, Spain (SPX) Oct 17, 2017 At the ends of the Solar System, beyond the orbit of Neptune, there is a belt of objects composed of ice and rocks, among which four dwarf planets stand out: Pluto, Eris, Makemake and Haumea. The latter is the least well known of the four and was recently the object of an international observation campaign which was able to establish its main physical characteristics. The study, led by astronome

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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NASA Seeks Information from Potential Funders for Spitzer  

Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 17, 2017 NASA is seeking information from U.S. parties interested in operating the Spitzer Space Telescope with non-NASA funding after March 2019, when NASA financial support ends. Spitzer is expected to be able to support its current operations through September 2019, and operations beyond September 2020 should be possible for observing modes with the lowest data volume. "This provides an opportun

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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A new era of multi-messenger astronomy with LIGO discovery  

Rochester NY (SPX) Oct 16, 2017 Rochester Institute of Technology researchers played a significant role in an international announcement today that has changed the future of astrophysics. The breakthrough discovery of colliding neutron stars marks the first time both gravitational waves and light have been detected from the same cosmic collision. "Multimessenger astronomy," a new way of understanding the universe,

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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Heavy elements in neutron star mergers detected  

Darmstadt, Germany (SPX) Oct 17, 2017 On October 16 a team of scientists, including members from the LIGO and Virgo collaborations and several astronomical groups, announced the detection of both gravitational and electromagnetic waves, originating from the merger of two neutron stars. These mergers have been speculated as the yet unknown production site of heavy elements including Gold, Platinum and Uranium in the Universe. I

2017-10-17 04:33:37
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Who's the most influential biomedical scientist? Computer program guided by artificial intelligence says it knows  

Semantic Scholar search tool expands to include biomedical science literature

2017-10-17 04:20:00
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Coat of Arms for Canada's New Governor General Nods to Her Astronaut Past  

As a Canadian astronaut, Julie Payette used mission patches to represent her spaceflight experiences and personal journey. Now, as Canada's new Governor General, she has a new symbol of her achievements — her coat of arms.

2017-10-17 02:32:00
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How Gravitational Waves Led Astronomers to Neutron Star Gold  

The origin of the universe's heaviest elements has mystified scientists, but after Monday's (Oct. 16) historic announcement of the detection of gravitational waves produced by two colliding neutron stars, astronomers have struck gold — literally.

2017-10-17 02:23:00
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Defibrillator Drones Aim to Respond in 911 Calls  

Delivery drones carrying defibrillators could begin swooping in to save American victims of cardiac arrest starting in 2018. A new partnership between a delivery drone startup and an emergency medical services provider aims to dispatch defibrillator drones ahead of ambulances in response to 911 calls made in northern Nevada. Using drones to deliver life-saving automatic external defibrillators for restarting victims' hearts could have a huge impact. Cardiac arrest represents the leadin...

2017-10-16 23:36:53
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In Makira, Flying Fox Teeth Are Currency...And That Could Save the Species  

On the island of Makira, hunters use the teeth of giant bats known as flying foxes as currency. Now, perhaps paradoxically, researchers suggest this practice could help save these bats from potential extinction. The giant tropical fruit bats known as flying foxes are the largest bats in the world. Of the 65 flying fox species alive today, 31 are under threat of extinction, and 28 of these threatened species live on islands. Makira is one of the Solomon Islands, which lie roughly a thou

2017-10-16 21:00:26
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Gravitational Waves Show How Fast The Universe is Expanding  

The first gravitational wave observed from a neutron star merger offers the potential for a whole raft of new discoveries. Among them is a more precise measurement of the Hubble constant, which captures how fast our universe is expanding. Ever since the Big Bang, everything in the universe has been spreading apart. It also turns out that this is happening faster and faster — the rate of expansion is increasing. We've known this for a century, but astronomers haven't been able to get ...

2017-10-16 20:31:53
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Astronomers Tally All the Gold in Our Galaxy  

Before "he went to Jared," two neutron stars collided. That's what scientists learned from studying the debris fallout after a cosmic explosion called a kilonova — 1,000 times brighter than a standard nova — which appeared, and was witnessed by astronomers, in earthly skies Aug. 17. For decades, astronomers debated the origins of the heaviest elements, which includes precious metals, rare Earth elements and basically everything on the bottom rungs of the periodic table, from plat...

2017-10-16 19:15:56
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Attending a middle vs K-8 school matters for student outcomes  

Students who attend a middle school compared to a K-8 school are likely to have a lower perception of their reading skills, finds a new study.

2017-10-16 19:05:30
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During crisis, exposure to conflicting information and stress linked, studies find  

Exposure to high rates of conflicting information during an emergency is linked to increased levels of stress, and those who rely on text messages or social media reports from unofficial sources are more frequently exposed to rumors and experience greater distress, according to research.

2017-10-16 19:05:26
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Germ-free hatching eggs: An alternative to formaldehyde application  

Hatching eggs in large-scale hatcheries are currently treated with formaldehyde to eliminate germs. Researchers have now developed a natural alternative.

2017-10-16 19:05:22
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Sales of sugar-sweetened drinks at restaurant chain fall by 11 percent after small levy  

Introducing a small levy of 10 pence per drink to the price of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) sold in Jamie's Italian restaurants across the UK is likely to have contributed to a significant decline in SSB sales, according to new research.

2017-10-16 19:04:42
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No evidence that widely marketed technique to treat leaky bladder/prolapse works  

There is no scientific evidence that a workout widely marketed to manage the symptoms of a leaky bladder and/or womb prolapse actually works, conclude experts.

2017-10-16 19:04:38
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GP referral to Weight Watchers avoided type 2 diabetes in third of patients  

More than a third of patients at risk of developing type 2 diabetes avoided developing the condition after they were referred by their family doctor (GP) to a diabetes prevention program delivered by the commercial weight management provider, Weight Watchers, finds research.

2017-10-16 19:04:34
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Oysters offer hot spot for reducing nutrient pollution  

Marine scientists have quantified potentially denitrifying bacteria in the oyster gut and shell, with important implications for efforts to reduce nutrient levels in coastal waters through oyster restoration.

2017-10-16 19:03:32
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Shaping animal, vegetable and mineral  

A new technique to grow any target shape from any starting shape has now been developed by researchers, outlines a new report.

2017-10-16 19:03:26
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Novel mechanism of resistance to anti-cancer drugs  

Investigators have discovered a novel non-genetic cause of resistance to the targeted anti-cancer therapy cetuximab. Their findings suggest a strategy for overcoming this resistance.

2017-10-16 19:03:23
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