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New NASA Research Simulates Surfaces of Potentially Life-Bearing Alien Worlds in 3D  

    Previous NASA models simulated atmospheric conditions along one dimension, the vertical. Like some other recent habitability studies of alien planets, the new research used a model that calculates conditions in all three dimensions, allowing the team to simulate the circulation of the atmosphere and the special features of that circulation, which one-dimensional models cannot do. "Using a model that more realistically simulates atmospheric conditions, we discovered a new pro

2017-10-19 21:12:32
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"Exploration Bases for Future Astronauts" --Japan's Selene Probe Discovers Enormous Caves on the Moon   

    Japan's space agency announced that its Selenological and Engineering Explorer (Selene) probe, has discovered an enormous cave beneath the lunar surface that will boost plans by several countries to send astronauts to the moon almost half a century after the Apollo 11 mission. Using a radar sounder system that can examine underground structures, the orbiter initially found a chasm 50 50km (31 miles) long and 100 metres wide, prompting speculation that there could be a large...

2017-10-19 20:44:39
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Humans May Be Influencing Bird Evolution in Their Backyards  

Great tits in the U.K. have developed longer beaks, possibly to gain access to bird feeders -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-19 19:20:00
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A Giant Cave on the Moon Could Host Lunar Settlers  

Turn-of-the-century science fiction posited the existence of aliens living deep beneath the surface of the moon. Someday, those subterranean creatures could very well be us. New data from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has uncovered a 30-mile-long tunnel under the moon's surface, likely the relic of long-ago lava flows. Though the existence of lava tubes isn't something new, this latest find appears to be both mostly intact and sufficiently large enough to potentially...

2017-10-19 19:17:53
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Psychopaths Aren't the Best Hedge Fund Managers After All  

Pretty much everyone agrees investing, whether it's your own money or a company's, is wise. And hiring someone to manage that investment portfolio could get you the most bang for your buck. So, who to chose? Probably someone who would do whatever it took — no matter how many friends they'd lose or people they'd leave dead and bloodied and dying along the way — to get the job done, right? In other words, a psychopath or a narcissist. (Or, if you're Derek Zoolander, an investigat...

2017-10-19 18:58:06
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NASA's MAVEN mission finds Mars has a twisted magnetic tail  

Mars has an invisible magnetic 'tail' that is twisted by interaction with the solar wind, according to new research using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft.

2017-10-19 18:18:55
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New NASA study improves search for habitable worlds  

New NASA research is helping to refine our understanding of candidate planets beyond our solar system that might support life.

2017-10-19 18:18:49
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Be concerned about how apps collect, share health data, expert says  

Americans should be concerned about how health and wellness apps collect, save and share their personal health data, a medical media expert says.

2017-10-19 17:16:47
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Climate shifts shorten marine food chain off California  

Environmental disturbances such as El Niño shake up the marine food web off Southern California, new research shows, countering conventional thinking that the hierarchy of who-eats-who in the ocean remains largely constant over time.

2017-10-19 17:16:37
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Why Is There So Little Research on Guns in the US? 5 Questions Answered  

Part of the problem is that the federal government largely doesn’t support it -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-19 17:00:00
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Three million Americans carry loaded handguns daily, study finds  

An estimated 3 million adult American handgun owners carry a firearm loaded and on their person on a daily basis, and 9 million do so on a monthly basis, new research indicates. The vast majority cited protection as their primary reason for carrying a firearm. It is the first research in more than 20 years to scrutinize why, how often, and in what manner US adults carry loaded handguns.

2017-10-19 16:42:56
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Field trips of the future?  

A biologist examines the benefits and drawbacks of virtual and augmented reality in teaching environmental science.

2017-10-19 16:42:20
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Newly discovered viral marker could help predict flu severity in infected patients  

Flu viruses contain defective genetic material that may activate the immune system in infected patients, and new research published in PLOS Pathogens suggests that lower levels of these molecules could increase flu severity.

2017-10-19 16:42:18
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Sleeping Sickness Can Now be Cured with Pills  

Researchers are seeking approval from regulators for this quicker, easier treatment -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-19 16:00:00
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Nanoelectronics Breakthrough Could Pave Way for Smarter Quantum Devices  



2017-10-19 15:51:00
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Precise Evaluation of Optical Consonants of Gold Thin Films  



2017-10-19 15:49:00
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New Mirage™ IR Microscope Disrupts the Field of Infrared Spectroscopy by Achieving Sub-Micron Spatial Resolution Without the Limitation of ATR   



2017-10-19 15:36:00
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The blob that ate the tokamak: Physicists gain understanding of bubbles at edge of plasmas  

Scientists have completed new simulations that could provide insight into how blobs at the plasma edge behave. The simulations performed kinetic simulations of two different regions of the plasma edge simultaneously.

2017-10-19 15:05:46
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Using optical chaos to control the momentum of light  

Controlling and moving light poses serious challenges. One major hurdle is that light travels at different speeds and in different phases in different components of an integrated circuit. For light to couple between optical components, it needs to be moving at the same momentum. Now, a team of researchers has demonstrated a new way to control the momentum of broadband light in a widely-used optical component known as a whispering gallery microcavity (WGM).

2017-10-19 15:05:43
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New tyrannosaur fossil is most complete found in Southwestern US  

A fossilized skeleton of a tyrannosaur discovered in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was airlifted by helicopter Oct 15, and delivered to the Natural History Museum of Utah where it will be uncovered, prepared, and studied. The fossil is approximately 76 million years old and is likely an individual of the species Teratophoneus curriei.

2017-10-19 14:30:40
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Studying insect behavior? Make yourself an ethoscope!  

Fruit flies have surprising similarities to humans. The mysteries of a broad range of human conditions can be studied in detail in these organisms, however this often requires the use of expensive custom equipment. team of scientists now present the ethoscope -- a cheap, easy-to-use and self-made customizable piece of equipment of their invention that can be used to study flies' behavior.

2017-10-19 14:30:37
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Flu simulations suggest pandemics more likely in spring, early summer  

New statistical simulations suggest that Northern Hemisphere flu pandemics are most likely to emerge in late spring or early summer at the tail end of the normal flu season, according to a new study.

2017-10-19 14:30:27
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Brain training can improve our understanding of speech in noisy places  

For many people with hearing challenges, trying to follow a conversation in a crowded restaurant or other noisy venue is a major struggle, even with hearing aids. Now researchers have some good news: time spent playing a specially designed, brain-training audiogame could help.

2017-10-19 14:30:20
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Ancient DNA offers new view on saber-toothed cats' past  

Researchers who've analyzed the complete mitochondrial genomes from ancient samples representing two species of saber-toothed cats have a new take on the animals' history over the last 50,000 years. The data suggest that the saber-toothed cats shared a common ancestor with all living cat-like species about 20 million years ago. The two saber-toothed cat species under study diverged from each other about 18 million years ago.

2017-10-19 14:30:18
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Gut bacteria from wild mice boost health in lab mice  

Laboratory mice that are given the gut bacteria of wild mice can survive a deadly flu virus infection and fight colorectal cancer dramatically better than laboratory mice with their own gut bacteria, researchers report.

2017-10-19 14:30:12
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Evolution in your back garden: Great tits may be adapting their beaks to birdfeeders  

A British enthusiasm for feeding birds may have caused UK great tits to have evolved longer beaks than their European counterparts, according to new research. The findings identify for the first time the genetic differences between UK and Dutch great tits which researchers were then able to link to longer beaks in UK birds.

2017-10-19 14:30:10
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H7N9 influenza is both lethal and transmissible in animal model for flu  

In 2013, an influenza virus began circulating among poultry in China. It caused several waves of human infection and as of late July 2017, nearly 1,600 people had tested positive for avian H7N9. Nearly 40 percent of those infected had died. In 2017, a medical researcher received a sample of H7N9 virus isolated from a patient in China who had died of the flu. He and his research team subsequently began work to characterize and understand it.

2017-10-19 14:30:07
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Liquid metal discovery ushers in new wave of chemistry and electronics  

Researchers use liquid metal to create atom-thick 2-D never before seen in nature. The research could transform how we do chemistry and could also be applied to enhance data storage and make faster electronics.

2017-10-19 14:30:04
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Tracing cell death pathway points to drug targets for brain damage, kidney injury, asthma  

Scientists are unlocking the complexities of a recently discovered cell death process that plays a key role in health and disease, and new findings link their discovery to asthma, kidney injury and brain trauma. The results are the early steps toward drug development that could transform emergency and critical care treatment.

2017-10-19 14:29:37
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Water striders illustrate evolutionary processes  

How do new species arise and diversify in nature? Natural selection offers an explanation, but the genetic and environmental conditions behind this mechanism are still poorly understood. Researchers have just figured out how water striders (family Veliidae) of the genus Rhagovelia developed fan-like structures at the tips of their legs. These structures allow them to move upstream against the current, a feat beyond the abilities of other water striders that don't have fans.

2017-10-19 14:29:34
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Discovery lights path for Alzheimer's research  

A metallic probe invented at Rice University that lights up when it binds to a misfolded amyloid beta peptide has identified a binding site that could facilitate better drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease. When the probe is illuminated, it catalyzes oxidation of the protein in a way that might keep it from aggregating in the brains of patients.

2017-10-19 14:29:32
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Gene circuit switches on inside cancer cells, triggers immune attack  

Researchers have developed a synthetic gene circuit that triggers the body's immune system to attack cancers when it detects signs of the disease.

2017-10-19 14:29:29
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Renewable resource: To produce vital lipoic acid, sulfur is used, then replenished  

New research shows how a protein is consumed, then reconstituted, during the production of a compound required for converting energy from food into a form that can be used by our cells. The results could help scientists to understand why humans with a fatal condition -- defects in an iron-sulfur carrier gene -- have deficiencies in this lipoic acid compound.

2017-10-19 14:29:20
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One to 10 mutations are needed to drive cancer, scientists find  

For the first time, scientists have provided unbiased estimates of the number of mutations needed for cancers to develop, in a study of more than 7,500 tumors across 29 cancer types. Researchers have adapted a technique from the field of evolution to confirm that, on average, one to ten driver mutations are needed for cancer to emerge.

2017-10-19 14:29:13
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Key psychiatric drug target comes into focus  

One way or another, many psychiatric drugs work by binding to receptor molecules in the brain that are sensitive to the neurotransmitter dopamine, a chemical signal that is central to how our experiences shape our behavior. But because scientists still don't understand the differences between the many kinds of dopamine receptors present on brain cells, most of these drugs are 'messy,' binding to multiple different dopamine receptor molecules and leading to serious side effects ranging from movem

2017-10-19 14:29:10
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Gut bacterium indirectly causes symptoms by altering fruit fly microbiome  

CagA, a protein produced by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, can alter the population of microbes living in the fruit fly gut, leading to disease symptoms, according to new research.

2017-10-19 14:27:24
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New machine learning system can automatically identify shapes of red blood cells  

Using a computational approach known as deep learning, scientists have developed a new system to classify the shapes of red blood cells in a patient's blood. The findings, published in PLOS Computational Biology, could potentially help doctors monitor people with sickle cell disease.

2017-10-19 14:26:59
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Fundamental research enhances understanding of major cancer gene  

Scientists have provided new insights into the role of PTEN, a major cancer gene, in controlling cell growth and behavior. PTEN is the second most commonly altered gene in human cancers, particularly prostate cancers, and this work could help to develop and target new treatments.

2017-10-19 14:21:35
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FDA Approves Second CAR-T Treatment for Cancer  

The pricey therapy is designed for adults with advanced lymphoma -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-19 14:15:00
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Key molecular link in major cell growth pathway  

A team of scientists has uncovered a surprising molecular link that connects how cells regulate growth with how they sense and make available the nutrients required for growth. The researchers' findings also implicate a new protein, SLC38A9, as a potential drug target in pancreatic cancer.

2017-10-19 13:45:27
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Dogs Attempt To Communicate With Us Through Facial Expressions  

Hey dog owners, you're not imagining it: Researchers think your pooch may be trying to say something with a pout or pleading eyes. Everyone who lives with dogs may be rolling their eyes right about now and saying "Of course Boopsie/Rex/Potato is smiling/frowning/expressing wide-eyed existential dread," but heaps of anecdotal evidence don't mean much in terms of scientific cred. A study out today, however, is a big step toward confirming that dogs use facial expressions in an attempt t...

2017-10-19 13:00:46
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How Ether Transformed Surgery from a Race against the Clock  

Before anesthesia, surgeons battled patient agony during each procedure. But another foe awaited them next: postoperative infection -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-19 13:00:00
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Extreme light trapping  

Physicists have built a nanostructure whose crystal lattice bends light as it enters the material and directs it in a path parallel to the surface, known as "parallel to interface refraction."

2017-10-19 12:38:22
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Psychologists develop new model that links emotions and mental health  

For decades psychologists have studied how people regulate emotions using a multitude of ways to conceptualize and assess emotion regulation. Now a recent study shows how a new assessment model can give clinicians an exciting new way to think about clinical diagnoses including anxiety, mood, and developmental disorders.

2017-10-19 12:18:39
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Creating a better RNA switch  

Researchers have developed a new RNA switch that activates genes thousands of times better than nature and has applications in diagnostics and metabolic engineering.

2017-10-19 12:18:33
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Rheumatoid arthritis linked to an increased risk of COPD  

New research suggests that rheumatoid arthritis may increase the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

2017-10-19 12:18:30
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How gut bacteria saved 'dirty mice' from death  

Bacteria from the wild cousins make lab mice less prone to getting sick

2017-10-19 12:00:00
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Strange but true: Turning a material upside down can sometimes make it softer  

Through the combined effect of flexoelectricity and piezoelectricity, researchers have found that polar materials can be made more or less resistant to dents when they are turned upside down... or when a voltage is applied to switch their polarization. This research points to the future development of 'smart mechanical materials' for use in smart coatings and ferroelectric memories.

2017-10-19 11:10:26
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Scientists solve a magnesium mystery in rechargeable battery performance  

Scientists have discovered a surprising set of chemical reactions involving magnesium that degrade battery performance even before the battery can be charged up. The findings could steer the design of next-gen batteries.

2017-10-19 11:10:21
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Six degrees of separation: Why it is a small world after all  

This study examines how small-world networks occur within bigger and more complex structures.

2017-10-19 11:10:17
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Help sought from complementary, alternative medicine to remedy health problems  

It found that complementary and alternative medicine is being used in connection with various health problems, particularly in situations where help provided by conventional medicine is considered by the patient to be inadequate.

2017-10-19 11:10:14
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International patients increasingly seek in vitro fertilization treatment in US  

The use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) in the US by non-US residents is growing, research shows. These 'reproductive tourists' are more likely, compared to Americans, to use egg donors and carriers and genetically screen early embryos.

2017-10-19 11:10:12
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Why Are Scientists So Bad at Recycling?  

Laboratories have unique obstacles toward achieving zero waste, but incentives could help -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-19 11:00:00
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Engulfed in Opioid Deaths, Ohio Turns to Science  

State attempts to accelerate high-tech solutions after treatment and law enforcement fail to stem overdose fatalities -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

2017-10-19 10:45:00
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A mosquito's secret weapon: a light touch and strong wings  

How do mosquitoes land and take off without our noticing? Using high-speed video cameras, researchers have found part of the answer: mosquitoes' long legs allow them to slowly and gently push off, but their wings provide the majority of the lift, even when fully laden with a blood meal. For comparison, mosquitoes push off with forces much less than those of an escaping fruit fly.

2017-10-19 10:10:37
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Noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan  

Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

2017-10-19 10:10:34
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Maintaining fish biomass the key to conserving reef fish biodiversity  

A new study has found that conserving fish diversity in Madagascar's coral reef systems may depend on maintaining fish biomass above critical levels.

2017-10-19 10:10:29
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Declining baby songbirds need forests to survive drought  

A new study aimed to identify characteristics that promote healthy wood thrush populations on US Department of Defense land.

2017-10-19 10:10:24
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Scientists see order in complex patterns of river deltas  

River deltas, with their intricate networks of waterways, coastal barrier islands, wetlands and estuaries, often appear to have been formed by random processes, but scientists see order in the apparent chaos.

2017-10-19 10:10:21
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Researchers watch in real time as fat-encased drug nanoparticles invade skin cells  

A new study describes the use of cutting-edge microscopy technology to visualize how liposomes escape from blood vessels into surrounding cells in a living mouse, offering clues that may help researchers design better drug delivery systems.

2017-10-19 10:10:18
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Breast cancer cells recycle their own ammonia waste as fuel  

Breast cancer cells recycle ammonia, a waste byproduct of cell metabolism, and use it as a source of nitrogen to fuel tumor growth, report scientists. The insights shed light on the biological role of ammonia in cancer and may inform the design of new therapeutic strategies to slow tumor growth.

2017-10-19 10:10:16
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How female immune cells keep their second X chromosome shut off  

Medical researchers describe how X chromosome inactivation is regulated in the immune system's B cells as they develop in bone marrow and when they encounter antigens.

2017-10-19 10:10:13
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Scientists pinpoint jealousy in the monogamous mind  

Scientists find that in male titi monkeys, jealousy is associated with heightened activity in the cingulate cortex, an area of the brain associated with social pain in humans, and the lateral septum, associated with pair bond formation in primates. A better understanding of jealousy may provide important clues on how to approach health and welfare problems such as addiction and domestic violence, as well as autism.

2017-10-19 10:10:10
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The best hedge fund managers are not psychopaths or narcissists, according to new study  

When it comes to financial investments, hedge fund managers higher in 'dark triad' personality traits -- psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism -- perform more poorly than their peers, according to new personality psychology research. The difference is a little less than 1 percent annually compared to their peers, but with large investments over several years that slight underperformance can add up.

2017-10-19 10:10:08
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Slow Internet? New technology to speed up home broadband dramatically  

Slow internet speeds and the Internet 'rush hour' -- the peak time when data speeds drop by up to 30 percent -- could be history with new hardware that provides consistently high-speed broadband connectivity.

2017-10-19 10:10:02
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Fossil coral reefs show sea level rose in bursts during last warming  

Scientists have discovered that Earth's sea level did not rise steadily when the planet's glaciers last melted during a period of global warming; rather, sea level rose sharply in punctuated bursts.

2017-10-19 10:09:54
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Yoga and aerobic exercise together may improve heart disease risk factors  

Heart disease patients who practice yoga in addition to aerobic exercise saw twice the reduction in blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels when compared to patients who practiced either Indian yoga or aerobic exercise alone, according to new research.

2017-10-19 10:09:51
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New ways to achieve selectivity for biomarkers in bioelectronics  

Materials science and engineering researchers have experimentally verified the electrochemical processes that control charge transfer rate from an organic polymer to a biomarker molecule. Their findings may enhance selectivity for biomarkers in bioelectronic devices.

2017-10-19 10:09:46
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Dogs are more expressive when someone is looking  

Dogs produce more facial expressions when humans are looking at them, according to new research.

2017-10-19 10:09:44
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Superbug's artillery revealed: nanomachine secretes toxins  

Researchers have created the first high-resolution structure depicting a crucial part of the 'superbug' Pseudomonas aeruginosa, classified by the WHO as having the highest level threat to human health. The image identifies the 'nanomachine' used by the highly virulent bacteria to secrete toxins, pointing the way for drug design targeting this.

2017-10-19 10:09:35
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Living mulch builds profits, soil  

Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except -- it's alive. No, it's not out of the latest horror movie; living mulch is a system farmers can use to benefit both profits and the soil. While the system has been around for a while, scientists are making it more efficient and sustainable.

2017-10-19 10:09:33
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Is HPV vaccination safe for adult women?  

In a new study of more than 3 million Danish and Swedish adult women, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination was not linked with 44 serious chronic diseases.

2017-10-19 10:09:30
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More than 75 percent decrease in total flying insect biomass over 27 years across Germany  

The total flying insect biomass decreased by more than 75 percent over 27 years in protected areas in Germany, according to a new study.

2017-10-19 10:09:27
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Salmon sex linked to geological change  

It turns out that sex can move mountains. Researchers have found that the mating habits of salmon can alter the profile of stream beds, affecting the evolution of an entire watershed. The study is one of the first to quantitatively show that salmon can influence the shape of the land.

2017-10-19 10:08:27
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Phones keeping students from concentrating during lectures  

Daily, people spend over three hours on their phones. While ever-smarter digital devices have made many aspects of our lives more efficient, a growing body of evidence suggests that, by continuously distracting us, they are harming our ability to concentrate. Studies across the world show that students constantly use their phones when they are in class. A strong body of evidence suggests that media use during lectures is associated with lower academic performance.

2017-10-19 10:08:14
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Want to control your dreams? Here's how you can  

New research has found that a specific combination of techniques will increase people's chances of having lucid dreams, in which the dreamer is aware they're dreaming while it's still happening and can control the experience.

2017-10-19 10:08:12
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Ice stream retreats under a cold climate  

Warmer ocean surface triggered the ice retreat during The Younger Dryas.

2017-10-19 10:08:02
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What characteristics do school shooters share?  

Boys involved in school shootings often struggle to live up to what they perceive as their school's ideals surrounding masculinity. When socially shunned at school, they develop deep-set grudges against their classmates and teachers. The shooters become increasingly angry, depressed, and more violent in their gendered practice. A shooting rampage is their ultimate performance, according to experts.

2017-10-19 10:07:56
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Rand Paul takes a poke at U.S. peer-review panels  

New Senate bill would add public members to all funding panels and reexamine some National Science Foundation proposals

2017-10-19 10:00:00
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"Still a Puzzle" --Organics-Rich Region on Ceres Found to Be Native to the Dwarf Planet (VIDEO)  

    Since NASA's Dawn mission fits went into orbit around Ceres,  evidence has been found for organic material on the  dwarf planet, the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Scientists using the spacecraft's visible and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIR) detected the material in and around a northern-hemisphere crater called Ernutet. Organic molecules are interesting to scientists because they are necessary, though not sufficient, componen

2017-10-19 09:45:35
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Orionid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It This Weekend  

Some of the brightest and swiftest shooting stars will bedazzle the night sky this year during the Orionid meteor shower, which will peak between Oct. 20 and 22 and continue through early November.

2017-10-19 09:06:00
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The Alien Observatory --Alien Chemistry on Distant Worlds: "The Search for Non-Carbon-Based Life"  

    "My feeling is that if a human being can coax life to build bonds between silicon and carbon, nature can do it too," said Frances Arnold a chemical engineer at the California Institute of Technology, about  implications that new findings might have for alien chemistry on distant worlds. Science fiction has long imagined alien worlds inhabited by silicon-based life, such as the rock-eating Horta from the original Star Trek series. Now, scientists have for the first ...

2017-10-19 07:43:23
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S.S. Gene Cernan: Space Station Resupply Ship Named for Last Man on the Moon  

The last human to step off the moon is the latest astronaut to be memorialized with the naming of a space station-bound cargo ship.

2017-10-19 07:42:00
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Newfound Bus-Size Asteroid Will Zoom Safely By Earth Today  

The newfound asteroid 2017 TD6 will give Earth a close shave on Oct. 19, 2017, when the object flies by Earth at an estimated 119,000 miles away.

2017-10-19 07:20:00
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Space Gardening May Treat Astronauts' Blues  

Many people step into their home gardens for a bit of DIY therapy. A new study suggests that astronauts could also reap the psychological benefits of gardening.

2017-10-19 07:17:00
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NASA Map of Wildfire Damage Helps California Recovery Effort   

NASA is using information from Earth-observing satellites to assist in recovery efforts following a series of devastating wildfires in northern California.

2017-10-19 05:29:00
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New Hubble Gallery Reveals Glittering Messier Objects  

Ninety-three shining Messier objects have been imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope and are now compiled into a gallery that shows their glittering, shining shapes in stunning detail.

2017-10-19 05:22:00
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'Soonish' Predicts World-Changing Tech: Author Q&A  

"Soonish" offers a tantalizing glimpse of emerging technologies, and predicts where they could take us next.

2017-10-19 04:56:00
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Elon Musk Offers More Technical Details on SpaceX's BFR Mars Rocket System  

SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk disclosed additional technical details about his proposed BFR launch system Oct. 14, although he offered no additional information about the costs and financing of the vehicle.

2017-10-19 04:51:00
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Cassini's Final Days Produced a Burst of Fresh Science  

It will take decades to sift through the reams of data from Cassini's 13-year Saturn mission, but NASA researchers have just revealed some new insights.

2017-10-19 04:45:00
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Google Doodle Honors the Nobel-Winning Astrophysicist 'Chandra'  

Subramanyan Chandrasekhar, the namesake of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, is honored today (Oct. 19) in a Google Doodle. Chandrasekhar did revolutionary work on the life and death of stars.

2017-10-19 04:10:00
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Space Science Could Get Private-Funding Boost  

There has been a surge in private resources dedicated to creating new commercial capabilities and initiating the next wave of space exploration — though not yet for discovery-driven scientific missions.

2017-10-19 03:12:00
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This jaw bone bolsters the case for human contact with saber-toothed cats in Europe  

Genetic analysis adds evidence for a later extinction date there for the giant predators

2017-10-19 03:00:00
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Why You Shouldn't Expect to See 'Blade Runner' Replicants Anytime Soon  

Why don't we have intelligent robots that seem human, like the replicants in "Blade Runner"?

2017-10-19 02:45:00
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Why haven't we had alien contact? Blame icy ocean worlds  

New hypothesis suggests that ice-encrusted planets could be bad for interstellar communication

2017-10-19 02:30:00
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LIGO spots merging neutron stars, scholarly questions about a new Bible museum, and why wolves are better team players than dogs  

On this week's show: Can the Museum of the Bible escape the sins of its past? Plus, a roundup from the daily news site

2017-10-19 02:30:00
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Ecosystem for near-Earth space stabilization and control  

Bethesda MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017 This past April, at the 33rd Space Symposium, the space community, for the first time, heard about a possible game-changing discovery that may create a new "ecosystem" that could stabilize low Earth orbits (LEO) and offer several benefits for space-based national security operations. Here is a brief abstract of the presentation. The discovery of a cost-effective and viable approach to the

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Harnessing commercially available geospatial imagery for defense analysis  

Washington DC (SPX) Oct 19, 2017 The rapid pace of new commercial satellite constellation launches has led to a significant increase in the amount and availability of geospatial imagery. Unfortunately, no straightforward way currently exists for analysts to access and analyze all of that imagery. The current ad hoc, time-intensive approach requires gathering and curating data from a large number of available sources, down

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NASA team finds noxious ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Oct 19, 2017 Researchers with NASA's Cassini mission found evidence of a toxic hybrid ice in a wispy cloud high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. The finding is a new demonstration of the complex chemistry occurring in Titan's atmosphere - in this case, cloud formation in the giant moon's stratosphere - and part of a collection of processes that ultimately helps deliver a smorgasbor

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Bigelow and ULA team up to propose a B330 Habitat in Low Lunar Orbit  

Las Vegas, NV (SPX) Oct 19, 2017 Bigelow Aerospace and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are working together to launch a B330 expandable module on ULA's Vulcan launch vehicle. The launch would place a B330 outfitted module in Low Lunar Orbit by the end of 2022 to serve as a lunar depot. "We are excited to work with ULA on this lunar depot project," said Robert Bigelow, president of Bigelow Aerospace. "Our lunar depot pl

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