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Nature provides a key to repelling liquids  

Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Aug 07, 2017 Inspired by nature, an inexpensive green technique that enables common materials to repel liquid has been developed by KAUST scientists and could lead to diverse applications from underwater drag reduction to antifouling. Making surfaces liquid repellent, referred to as omniphobicity, is used in a range of industrial processes from reducing biofouling and underwater drag to membrane distil

2017-08-16 07:12:03
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Experiments cast doubt on how the Earth was formed  

Washington DC (SPX) Aug 16, 2017 New geochemical research indicates that existing theories of the formation of the Earth may be mistaken. The results of experiments to show how zinc (Zn) relates to sulphur (S) under the conditions present at the time of the formation of the Earth more than 4 billion years ago, indicate that there is a substantial quantity of Zn in the Earth's core, whereas previously there had been thought to b

2017-08-16 07:10:03
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SHIIVER tank arrives at NASA's Marshall Center for spray-on foam insulation  

Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017 A technical challenge that NASA is working to solve is how to maintain very cold liquid propellants to be used as fuel for deep space missions. Heat intercept concepts such as advanced insulation blankets, foam insulation and vapor-based cooling will be evaluated with the Structural Heat Intercept Insulation Vibration Evaluation Rig or SHIIVER, which arrived Aug. 10 at NASA's Marshall Space Flig

2017-08-16 07:01:25
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Archinaut Project conducts first large-scale 3D build in space-like environment  

Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 16, 2017 Archinaut, a NASA Technology Demonstration Mission (TDM) project developing cutting-edge technology to build and assemble complex hardware and supersized structures on demand in space, achieved an unprecedented milestone this summer. "To our knowledge, this is the first time additive manufacturing has been successfully tested on such a large scale in the vacuum and temperature conditions o

2017-08-16 06:36:46
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Marijuana: An Environmental Buzzkill  

Pot growers have turned public lands into industrial agricultural sites. And the ecosystem effects are alarming.

2017-08-16 05:39:49
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Solar eclipses baffle, captivate humans throughout history  

Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2017 On August 21, a wide swath of the United States will witness a total solar eclipse, and the rest of the country will see at least a partial eclipse. While modern humans understand the moon has passed between the sun and Earth, temporarily blocking out the sun, that has not always been the case and the momentary darkness has garnered a wide range of reactions throughout history. I

2017-08-16 05:10:53
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Heat-conducting plastic could lead to lighter electronics, cars  

Ann Arbor MI (SPX) Aug 07, 2017 Advanced plastics could usher in lighter, cheaper, more energy-efficient product components, including those used in vehicles, LEDs and computers - if only they were better at dissipating heat. A new technique that can change plastic's molecular structure to help it cast off heat is a promising step in that direction. Developed by a team of University of Michigan researchers in mater

2017-08-16 05:05:28
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Asteroid Apophis has One in 100,000 chance of hitting Earth  

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017 The huge nearly 400-meter wide asteroid Apophis is still on a list of hazardous near-Earth objects (NEOs), regarded as a potential threat to our planet. However, new calculations made by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) scientist, show that Apophis' odds of Earth impact are lower than previously estimated. "We cannot yet exclude the possibility that it could impact our planet, but we

2017-08-16 04:48:45
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Exotic quantum states made from light  

Bonn, Germany (SPX) Aug 16, 2017 Light particles (photons) occur as tiny, indivisible portions. Many thousands of these light portions can be merged to form a single super-photon if they are sufficiently concentrated and cooled. The individual particles merge with each other, making them indistinguishable. Researchers call this a photonic Bose-Einstein condensate. It has long been known that normal atoms form such condens

2017-08-16 03:47:42
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Tidally locked exoplanets may be more common than previously thought  

Seattle WA (SPX) Aug 16, 2017 Many exoplanets to be found by coming high-powered telescopes will probably be tidally locked - with one side permanently facing their host star - according to new research by astronomer Rory Barnes of the University of Washington. Barnes, a UW assistant professor of astronomy and astrobiology, arrived at the finding by questioning the long-held assumption that only those stars that are mu

2017-08-16 03:19:38
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Envistacom wins $10M Army communications contract  

Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017 The U.S. Army recently awarded Envistacom with a contract to provide communications and operations support to forces deployed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The support contract, issued by the U.S. Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground, is for the U.S. Army's 2nd Theater Signal Brigade and 102nd Strategic Signal Battalion and the Enterprise Satellite Communications

2017-08-16 02:39:47
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NASA: let's say something to Voyager 1 on 40th anniversary of launch  

Washington (AFP) Aug 15, 2017 NASA is seeking suggestions from the public for a message to beam far, far out into space to the probe Voyager 1 in time for the 40th anniversary of its launch. The US space agency wants input via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media, and the public will vote on what short message we on earth should send to the intrepid, overachieving little space traveler. NASA said on it

2017-08-16 02:35:08
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Opportunity: Longest-Running Mars Rover  

The Opportunity rover is NASA's longest rover mission.

2017-08-16 02:27:31
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Studying the sun's atmosphere with the total solar eclipse of 2017  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 16, 2017 A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth about once every 18 months. But because Earth's surface is mostly ocean, most eclipses are visible over land for only a short time, if at all. The total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, is different - its path stretches over land for nearly 90 minutes, giving scientists an unprecedented opportunity to make scientific measurements from the ground.

2017-08-16 02:13:25
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Day to night and back again: Earth's ionosphere during the total solar eclipse  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 14, 2017 On Aug. 21, 2017, the Moon will slide in front of the Sun and for a brief moment, day will melt into a dusky night. Moving across the country, the Moon's shadow will block the Sun's light, and weather permitting, those within the path of totality will be treated to a view of the Sun's outer atmosphere, called the corona. But the total solar eclipse will also have imperceptible effects, suc

2017-08-16 01:49:02
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Russia's S7 group plans to resume Zenit lunches from Sea Launch platform  

Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 16, 2017 Russia's S7 Space Transportation Systems company plans to start launching Zenit-3SL carrier rockets from the Sea Launch floating platform and continue until 2023, the company said on its website Monday. "Work is underway to end the conservation of the complex and to restore launch activities with the use of Zenit carrier rockets in the current configuration until 2023," the company said.

2017-08-16 01:39:15
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N.Korean missiles based on motor from ex-Soviet plant: report  

Washington (AFP) Aug 14, 2017 North Korea's recent rapid progress in developing a long-range missile appears to have come after it refurbished rocket engines procured from a plant in the former Soviet Union, according to an expert report published Monday. According to Michael Elleman of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the missiles used in recent North Korean tests were based on the RD-250 engine once m

2017-08-16 01:09:28
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NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Communications Satellite  

NASA is targeting 8:03 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 18, for the launch of its next Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) mission atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch, and related activities that begin Thursday, Aug. 17, will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.

2017-08-15 21:59:03
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Cassini Probes Last Saturn Mysteries 1 Month from Demise  

The end is nigh for NASA's trailblazing Cassini mission to Saturn as the veteran spacecraft enters its final month in orbit. The probe will burn up like an artificial meteor in the gas giant's upper atmosphere on Sept. 15.

2017-08-15 21:42:40
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Disney Relaunches Mission: SPACE Ride at Epcot with Revised NASA Cameos  

Next-generation NASA spacecraft have new cameos as part of the relaunched Mission: SPACE ride at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, but the refreshed attraction jettisons reference to the space agency itself.

2017-08-15 21:24:02
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Human intrusion on fruit bat habitats raises exposure risk to Hendra virus in Australia  

There is a rising risk of human and domestic animal exposure to deadly Hendra virus (HeV) carried by fruit bats in Eastern Australia due to human intrusion into their habitats, human proximity to woodlands and vegetation loss, a new study reveals.

2017-08-15 21:22:56
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Empowering patients effectively improves physician hand hygiene  

Armed with new tools, patients and parents felt empowered to remind healthcare providers to perform hand hygiene, successfully improving compliance rates, but just over half of physicians felt that patients should be reminding providers, according to a new study.

2017-08-15 21:09:48
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Seven complete specimens of new flower, all 100 million years old  

A Triceratops or Tyrannosaurus rex bulling its way through a pine forest likely dislodged flowers that 100 million years later have been identified in their fossilized form as a new species of tree.

2017-08-15 20:33:02
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Does stronger initial response to cancer treatment predict longer overall survival?  

It seems like such a simple question: Do patients whose tumors shrink more in response to targeted treatment go on to have better outcomes than patients whose tumors shrink less? But the implications of a recent study demonstrating this relationship are anything but simple and could influence both the design of future clinical trials and the goals of oncologists treating cancer.

2017-08-15 19:30:53
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Detecting a concealed weapon or threat is not easy, even for experienced police officers  

Terrorist attacks and bombings at concerts, sporting events and airports underscore the need for accurate and reliable threat detection. However, the likelihood of a police officer identifying someone concealing a gun or bomb is only slightly better than chance, according to new research.

2017-08-15 19:04:41
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Why This Meteorologist Is Eager for the Total Solar Eclipse  

By all accounts a total solar eclipse is a life-changing event. I wouldn't know, I've never seen one. Fortunately for me and millions across the U.S., that will change this summer.

2017-08-15 18:25:36
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White matter connectome with cortical lesion map clarifies temporal auditory comprehension  

A new reports a novel mapping methodology adapted for stroke brains. Researchers combined connectome-lesion symptom mapping with traditional voxel-based cortical lesion symptom mapping to assess brain networks supporting auditory comprehension. Results confirm the middle, inferior and posterior temporal regions are the most important for speech comprehension and shed light on potential contributions of temporal lobe network connections in understanding spoken language.

2017-08-15 17:38:45
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'Acidic patch' regulates access to genetic information  

Researchers have uncovered new details about the way in which DNA, which is tightly packed into the cell's nucleus, is unwound so that it can be read and transcribed into proteins.

2017-08-15 17:25:40
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Solar Eclipse Photography Is About Trial and Error, Says This Astro-Pro  

Astrophotographer Kevin Morefield shared some tips for photographing eclipses and mistakes that have cost him photographs of the rare event.

2017-08-15 17:03:54
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The key to drought-tolerant crops may be in the leaves  

Scientists are exploring how to generate plants that are more drought-resistant as the water supplies decline in major agricultural states.

2017-08-15 15:46:46
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Why Are Oddly Satisfying Videos So...Satisfying?  

If you've never seen a master lathe operator at work, I highly recommend it. Deft movements and practiced flourishes turn a block of spinning wood into a bedpost, top, bowl or some other circular object, each motion peeling away curls of wood to uncover the beauty hidden inside. It's hard to explain why the motions feel so right, but there is an undeniable allure to the work, as if it scratches an itch you didn't know you had. As it will, the internet discovered lathe turners — and ...

2017-08-15 15:19:27
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Relativistic self-focusing gives mid-IR driven electrons a boost  

For the first time, scientists have observed the production of relativistic electrons driven by low-energy, ultrashort mid-infrared laser pulses.

2017-08-15 14:09:46
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The lining of our intestines uses business process for fast digestion  

Every time we swallow food, cells that line the intestines must step up their activity in a sudden and dramatic manner. According to a new study, they rise to the challenge in the most economic fashion.

2017-08-15 13:52:35
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New Evidence for That Huge Dinosaur Family Tree Rewrite  

Remember that paper that dropped a few months ago completely rewriting the dinosaur family tree? Well, the researchers are back, this time using one of the odder dinos out there as evidence for their explosive claim. Is it legit or just hype? Back in March, researchers argued for a total takedown of the long-established dinosaur family tree. Today, Matthew Baron and Paul Barrett, two of the three authors of that previous Nature paper, try to bolster their case with a new look at Chi...

2017-08-15 13:34:05
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'Accelerated approval' drugs: How well are they studied?  

Researchers have examined the pre-approval and post-approval clinical trials of drugs granted FDA Accelerated Approval between 2009 and 2013.

2017-08-15 13:23:03
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These Satellites Will Watch the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse from Space  

Millions of people in the United States will watch the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. The event will also capture the attention of several spacecraft, as well as astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

2017-08-15 13:04:18
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Changes to high-risk medical devices often supported by low-quality research  

Clinical trials that test changes in the design or use of high-risk medical devices are often poorly designed, and can rely on inadequate or potentially biased data, according to a new study.

2017-08-15 12:48:18
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Firmer, fitter frame linked to firmer, fitter brain  

To determine why more aerobically fit individuals have better memories, scientists used magnetic resonance elastography (MRE), which measures the elasticity of organs, and found that fit individuals had a firmer, more elastic hippocampus—a region of the brain associated with memory.

2017-08-15 12:33:09
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How a nutrient, glutamine, can control gene programs in cells  

Researchers show that an intracellular metabolite of glutamine, alpha-ketoglutarate, plays a role in regulating cellular differentiation programs by changing the DNA-binding patterns of the transcription factor CTCF and by altering genome interactions. As an added level of gene program control complexity, they have found that the genome's context near the binding sites -- such as epigenetic changes or altered genome topology -- affects whether the binding turns on or turns off gene programs.

2017-08-15 12:31:59
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Evidence does not support the use of gabapentinoids for chronic low back pain  

Existing evidence on the use of gabapentinoids in chronic low back pain (CLBP) is limited, and demonstrates significant risk of adverse effects with no benefits on pain relief, according to a recent meta-analysis.

2017-08-15 12:28:40
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Cosmic magnifying lens reveals inner jets of black holes  

Jet material ejected from a black hole is magnified in new observations from Caltech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory. This discovery provides the best view yet of blobs of hot gas that shoot out from supermassive black holes.

2017-08-15 12:18:53
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Now you can levitate liquids and insects at home  

Levitation techniques are no longer confined to the laboratory thanks to engineers who have developed an easier way for suspending matter in mid-air by developing a 3-D-printed acoustic levitator.

2017-08-15 12:09:09
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Birth defects, cancer linked  

Some children born with birth defects may be at increased risk for specific types of cancer, according to a new review.

2017-08-15 11:59:30
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Understanding antibiotic resistance  

Researchers have uncovered new insights into how bacteria respond to stress. When deprived of nutrients, strains of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae mount a coordinated defense. When exposed to antibiotics, the bacterial response is highly disorganized, revealing the bacteria are far less familiar with antibiotics and do not recognize how to respond.

2017-08-15 11:56:08
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Binge-watching 'The Walking Dead?' You might feel like a zombie yourself  

Binge-watching may be a great way for young adults to catch up on multiple episodes of their favorite television series like 'The Walking Dead' or 'Game of Thrones,' but it comes at a price.

2017-08-15 11:50:49
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Eating habits affect skin's protection against sun  

Sunbathers may want to avoid midnight snacks before catching some rays, new research recommends. A study in mice shows that eating at abnormal times disrupts the biological clock of the skin, including the daytime potency of an enzyme that protects against the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation.

2017-08-15 11:26:40
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Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide  

Scientists have explored alternative reasons for climate change denial, specifically economic, social or cultural influences on why individuals or entire communities remain skeptical of climate change.

2017-08-15 11:20:12
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Engineers charge ahead on zinc-air batteries  

Researchers have found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks preventing zinc-air batteries from overtaking conventional lithium-ion batteries as the power source of choice in electronic devices.

2017-08-15 11:09:19
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Computer tech: 'Organismic learning' mimics some aspects of human thought  

A new computing technology called 'organismoids' mimics some aspects of human thought by learning how to forget unimportant memories while retaining more vital ones.

2017-08-15 11:03:42
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New method for the 3D printing of living tissues  

Scientists have developed a new method to 3D-print laboratory- grown cells to form living structures. The approach could revolutionize regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support, repair or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body.

2017-08-15 11:02:38
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Sophisticated Digital Aids Could Help Determine What Ails You  

Sophisticated software could help doctors make better diagnoses -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-08-15 10:50:04
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Crossing Boundaries: The Future of Science Education  

It needs to break out of schools, out of books and out of gender and racial constructs  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-08-15 10:41:11
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Competitiveness, aggression and hormone levels: How they are connected  

Feelings can run high in competitive situations and lead to heated arguments and disputes. But not everyone reacts in the same way -- men react differently to women and the reactions of individuals are dissimilar to those of groups of persons. This has been demonstrated scientifically by psychologists who examined the correlations between competitiveness, aggression and hormones.

2017-08-15 10:38:47
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End-to-End Encryption Isn’t Enough Security for “Real People”  

We real people should work on improving security where we are most vulnerable — on our own devices. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-08-15 10:36:42
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The Mars Colony of the Future Could Be Powered by This Advanced Microgrid  

The industrial manufacturing giant Siemens is planning for the reality of supplying and maintaining energy for a civilization on the Red Planet.

2017-08-15 10:26:52
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Total Eclipse, Partial Failure: Scientific Expeditions Don't Always Go as Planned  

Eclipse expeditions require meticulous advance planning to ensure that astronomers and their equipment wind up in the right place at the right time -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-08-15 09:56:49
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An MIT professor's bittersweet departure for astronaut training  

Tenure-track researcher caught between two life-long career goals

2017-08-15 09:51:26
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Viruses up their game in arms race with immune system  

Myxoma virus -- introduced to control the rabbit population in Australia in 1950 -- has developed a deadly ability to suppress the immune response in host rabbits. This example of an evolutionary arms race highlights the potential for escalating virus virulence and host resistance to produce more dangerous viruses with implications for agriculture and human vaccination, where resistance to viruses is artificially increased through selective breeding, genetic engineering, and immunization, potent

2017-08-15 09:49:03
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Cosmic velocity web: Motions of thousands of galaxies mapped  

The cosmic web -- the distribution of matter on the largest scales in the universe -- has usually been defined through the distribution of galaxies. Now, a new study by a team of astronomers demonstrates a novel approach. Instead of using galaxy positions, they mapped the motions of thousands of galaxies.

2017-08-15 09:42:28
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What does it take to thrive in elite sports?  

Those at the top of their sporting game put their heart and soul into doing their best, but new research has shed light on why thriving at elite sports is far more complex than it appears. In the first study to examine thriving in elite sports performers, a sports scientist and colleagues have identified internal and external factors which contribute to a sportsman or woman being -- and feeling -- outstanding.

2017-08-15 09:41:23
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Skewing the aim of targeted cancer therapies  

The aim of targeted gene-based cancer therapies could often be skewed from the start. A widespread concept about how cells produce proteins proved incorrect 62 percent of the time in a new study in ovarian cancer cells on the relationship between RNA and protein levels.

2017-08-15 09:34:54
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Children who sleep an hour less at higher risk of type 2 diabetes, says study  

A study has found that children who slept on average one hour less a night had higher risk factors for type 2 diabetes, including higher levels of blood glucose and insulin resistance.

2017-08-15 09:05:07
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Tracking a solar eruption through the solar system  

Ten spacecraft, from ESA's Venus Express to NASA's Voyager-2, felt the effect of a solar eruption as it washed through the solar system while three other satellites watched, providing a unique perspective on this space weather event.

2017-08-15 08:53:42
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Carbon Offsets Really Do Help Lower Emissions  

 In California, offsets from forests totaled 4.7 million metric tons of carbon in 2015 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-08-15 08:49:25
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"A Cosmic Laboratory" --Astronomers Use Bizarre Lensing System to Exquisitely Magnify Details of a Supermassive Black Hole  

    Astronomers using Caltech's Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO) have found evidence for a bizarre lensing system in space, in which a large assemblage of stars is magnifying a much more distant galaxy containing a jet-spewing supermassive black hole. The discovery provides the best view yet of blobs of hot gas that shoot out from supermassive black holes. "We have known about the existence of these clumps of material streaming along black hole jets, and that they move clos

2017-08-15 08:31:46
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Archeologists uncover new economic history of ancient Rome  

Researchers are the first to successfully excavate the Roman villa of Durreueli at Realmonte, located off the southern coast of Sicily.

2017-08-15 08:10:59
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Unique imaging of a dinosaur's skull tells evolutionary tale  

Researchers using Los Alamos' unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done.

2017-08-15 08:08:36
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Atomically thin layers bring spintronics closer to applications  

Scientists have created a graphene-based device, in which electron spins can be injected and detected with unprecedented efficiency. The result is a hundredfold increase of the spin signal, big enough to be used in real life applications, such as new spin transistors and spin-based logic.

2017-08-15 08:03:33
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Lunar dynamo's lifetime extended by at least 1 billion years  

Boston MA (SPX) Aug 14, 2017 New evidence from ancient lunar rocks suggests that an active dynamo once churned within the molten metallic core of the moon, generating a magnetic field that lasted at least 1 billion years longer than previously thought. Dynamos are natural generators of magnetic fields around terrestrial bodies, and are powered by the churning of conducting fluids within many stars and planets. In a pa

2017-08-15 07:55:47
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Same-sex couples do not influence their adoptive children's gender identity  

There is no major difference in the gender identity development of children raised by same-sex parents compared to those adopted by heterosexual couples. The toys that children prefer to play with in their preschool years are much more tell-tale about whether they will grow up to conform to typical gender norms.

2017-08-15 07:55:02
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'Fat but fit' are at increased risk of heart disease  

Carrying extra weight could raise your risk of heart attack by more than a quarter, even if you are otherwise healthy.

2017-08-15 07:33:14
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Elusive Neutrinos Detected in Never-Before-Seen Interaction  

For the first time, scientists have proven a phenomenon, called coherent scattering, experimentally with the world's smallest neutrino detector.

2017-08-15 07:27:14
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New mission going to the space station to explore mysteries of 'cosmic rain'  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 14, 2017 A new experiment set for an Aug. 14 launch to the International Space Station will provide an unprecedented look at a rain of particles from deep space, called cosmic rays, that constantly showers our planet. The Cosmic Ray Energetics And Mass mission destined for the International Space Station (ISS-CREAM) is designed to measure the highest-energy particles of any detector yet flown in space.

2017-08-15 07:15:37
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Teledyne Brown Engineering and Oakman Aerospace, Inc. to partner on MUSES Platform  

Washington DC (SPX) Aug 14, 2017 centered on the Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) which was launched on June 3, 2017 and is currently operating aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This platform was developed as part of a cooperative agreement with Teledyne Brown Engineering and NASA and will provide opportunities for imaging, technology demonstration, and space qualification payloads supporting commer

2017-08-15 07:08:50
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Signs of distracted driving: Pounding heart, sweaty nose  

Distracted driving -- texting or absent-mindedness -- claims thousands of lives a year. Researchers have produced an extensive dataset examining how drivers react to different types of distractions, part of an effort to devise strategies for making driving safer.

2017-08-15 07:05:31
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Intensive lifestyle intervention provides modest improvement in glycemic control, reduced need for medication  

A high amount and intensity of exercise along with a diet plan resulted in a modest reduction in blood glucose levels among adults with type 2 diabetes, but was accompanied by reductions in the use of glucose-lowering medications, according to a study.

2017-08-15 07:04:21
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Soft and spherical: Researchers study dynamics of drop impact  

Within the study of fluid dynamics, the effect of curved, convex or compliant surfaces on the dynamics of impacting drops is still relatively unknown, despite its extreme relevance to modern-day applications, such as 3-D ink-jet printing and the delivery of pesticides on leaves. Researchers have now detailed these effects by investigating the impact of water droplets on spherical soft surfaces.

2017-08-15 06:58:59
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NASA Awards Contract to Extend Operations of Research, Development Center  

NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, to extend operations of the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), also in Pasadena, through Sept. 30, 2018.

2017-08-15 06:57:58
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Future Exoplanet Discoveries May Be Tidally Locked, Facing Their Host Star --"More Common Than We Thought"  

    Many of the exoplanets to be found by the coming high-powered telescopes will probably be tidally locked -- with one side permanently facing their host star -- according to new research by astronomer Rory Barnes of the University of Washington, an assistant professor of astronomy and astrobiology who arrived at the finding by questioning the long-held assumption that only those stars that are much smaller and dimmer than the sun could host orbiting planets that were in synchr

2017-08-15 06:53:21
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High-quality online video with less rebuffering  

In experiments, Pensieve could stream video with 10 to 30 percent less rebuffering than other approaches, and at levels that users rated 10 to 25 percent higher on key 'quality of experience' metrics.

2017-08-15 06:35:11
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9-Year-Old 'Guardian of the Galaxy' Applies to Be NASA Planetary Protection Officer  

NASA's recent job posting for planetary protection officer inspired a fourth-grader to become the next real-life guardian of Earth.

2017-08-15 06:33:22
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Record-shattering 2.7-million-year-old ice core reveals start of the ice ages  

Clues to ancient atmosphere found in bubbles trapped in Antarctic samples

2017-08-15 06:30:26
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Unique Imaging Technology Reveals Evolutionary Tale of the T-Rex  

    Researchers using the Los Alamos National Lab's unique neutron-imaging and high-energy X-ray capabilities have exposed the inner structures of the fossil skull of a 74-million-year-old tyrannosauroid dinosaur nicknamed the Bisti Beast in the highest-resolution scan of tyrannosaur skull ever done. The results add a new piece to the puzzle of how these bone-crushing top predators evolved over millions of years. "The CT scans help us figure out how the different species within

2017-08-15 06:25:42
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Moon's magnetic field lasted far longer than once believed  

New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Aug 14, 2017 The moon's magnetic field lasted 1 billion to 2.5 billion years longer than once thought - a finding with important implications for habitability on other moons and planets throughout the universe, a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor says. "The Earth's magnetic field is a shield that protects us from dangerous solar wind particles and ionizing radiation, so magnetic fields play a

2017-08-15 06:24:40
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Adding silicon to soil to strengthen plant defenses  

Researchers have examined the addition of silicon to the soil in which plants are grown to help strengthen plants against potential predators.

2017-08-15 06:15:25
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Immune study points to new ways to treat lung disease  

Fresh insight into how the immune system keeps itself in check could lead to new ways of fighting chronic lung disease, report investigators.

2017-08-15 06:14:49
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Eclipses Were Regarded As Omens in the Ancient World  

August 21, people living in the continental United States will be able to see a total solar eclipse.

2017-08-15 06:14:24
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Child's home learning environment predicts 5th grade academic skills  

Children whose parents provide them with learning materials like books and toys and engage them in learning activities and meaningful conversations in infancy and toddlerhood are likely to develop early cognitive skills that can cascade into later academic success.

2017-08-15 06:10:30
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Look ma, no hands: Researchers use vacuum for hands-free patterning of liquid metal  

Engineers have utilized vacuum to create a more efficient, hands-free method for filling complex microchannels with liquid metal.

2017-08-15 06:02:48
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Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan  

Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 14, 2017 Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits, Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been near enough to tweak Cassini's orbit, causing the spacecraft to approach Saturn a bit closer or a bit farther away. A couple of those distant passes even pushed Cassini in

2017-08-15 05:54:25
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Planes, Satellites and Balloons! How Scientists Will Watch the 2017 Eclipse  

The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 provides scientists across the country with a special opportunity — a chance to get detailed observations of the sun's atmosphere. Here are some of the many eclipse observations planned for that highly anticipated day.

2017-08-15 05:50:07
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Why Scientists Should Have Leadership Skills  

It’s an excellent way to foster innovation  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-08-15 05:48:59
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How Gata4 helps mend a broken heart  

Gata4 alone is able to reduce post-heart attack fibrosis and improve cardiac function in a rat model of heart attack. In rat fibroblasts in the lab, the molecular mechanism involves reduced expression of Snail, the master gene of fibrosis.

2017-08-15 05:44:36
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Scientists struggle to fit this strange vegetarian dinosaur into the family tree  

New study now suggests plant-eating dinosaur was a missing link between theropods and ornithischians

2017-08-15 05:33:10
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The best place to treat type 1 diabetes might be just under your skin  

The space under our skin might be an optimal location to treat type 1 diabetes (T1D), a group of researchers has demonstrated.

2017-08-15 05:28:19
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RAVAN CubeSat measures Earth's outgoing energy  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Aug 14, 2017 An experimental small satellite has successfully collected and delivered data on a key measurement for predicting changes in Earth's climate. The Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) CubeSat was launched into low-Earth orbit on Nov. 11, 2016, in order to test new technologies that help to measure Earth's radiation imbalance, which is the difference between the a

2017-08-15 05:13:54
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Cassini says goodbye to a true Titan  

Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale. On a few orbits, Saturn's largest moon, Titan, has been near enough to tweak Cassini's orbit, causing the spacecraft to approach Saturn a bit closer or a bit farther away. A couple of those distant passes even pushed Cassini into the inner fringes of Saturn's rings.

2017-08-15 05:11:15
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Tidally locked exoplanets may be more common than previously thought  

Many exoplanets to be found by coming high-powered telescopes will probably be tidally locked -- with one side permanently facing their host star -- according to new research.

2017-08-15 05:01:05
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How decision-making habits influence the breast cancer treatments women consider  

A new study finds that more than half of women with early stage breast cancer considered an aggressive type of surgery to remove both breasts. The way women generally approach big decisions, combined with their values, impacts what breast cancer treatment they consider, the study also found.

2017-08-15 04:51:49
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Solar panels: Nanotechnology gives green energy a green color  

Solar panels have tremendous potential to provide affordable renewable energy, but many people see traditional black and blue panels as eyesores. Architects, homeowners and city planners may be more open to the technology if they could install colorful, efficient solar panels, and a new study brings us one step closer. Researchers have developed a method for imprinting existing solar panels with silicon nanopatterns that scatter green light back toward an observer.

2017-08-15 04:51:31
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