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From Pine Cones to Hobbit Holes, Mimicking Nature Can Help Humans Adapt to Wildfires  

Looking to fire-adapted trees and animals could reduce the impacts of California’s deadly blazes -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-16 15:00:00



They're Ants That Collect Skulls. Now We Know How And Why.  

For 60 years, scientists observing Formica archboldi, a species of ant native to Florida, have documented something...odd. The ants' underground nests are littered with skulls and other body parts, primarily of Odontomachus, trap-jaw ants. Trap-jaws are formidable predatory badasses. F. archboldi are not. So what's going on? A new study sorts out the mystery — but discovers an even bigger oddity. Of the 15,000 or so ant species out there, relatively few are prey specialists. Although...

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2018-11-16 14:00:55



Scientist–Politicians Rack Up Wins on Election Day  

In races for U.S. Congress, these candidates won 10 races and lost five -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-16 13:00:00



We Need to Change the Trajectory of Mental Health Research  

The first order of business: break down research silos and move toward open science -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-16 12:00:00



Kilogram, ampere, kelvin and mole redefined  

In a landmark decision, representatives from 60 countries voted to redefine the International System of Units (SI), changing the world's definition of the kilogram, the ampere, the kelvin and the mole, forever.

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2018-11-16 11:55:56



Boeing awarded $70.5M for Minuteman III nuclear ballistic missile work  

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 15, 2018 The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing $70.5 million for the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Flight Test, Telemetry, and Termination program. The modification to an existing contract, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, comes from the Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center. The contract covers specification changes in parts management, flight termination receivers,

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



Auroras Unlock the Physics of Energetic Processes in Space  

London UK (SPX) Nov 16, 2018 A close study of auroras has revealed new ways of understanding the physics of explosive energy releases in space, according to new UCL-led research. Auroras are an incredible light show caused by electrically charged particles in near-Earth space spiraling down Earth's magnetic field and colliding with gases in the atmosphere, causing them to glow. They are also a tell-tale sign of

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



Meteorite crater discovered under Greenland ice  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2018 An international team of researchers, including a NASA glaciologist, has discovered a large meteorite impact crater hiding beneath more than a half-mile of ice in northwest Greenland. The crater - the first of any size found under the Greenland ice sheet - is one of the 25 largest impact craters on Earth, measuring roughly 1,000 feet deep and more than 19 miles in diameter, an area slightly larg

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



GHGSat selects Arianespace to launch GHGSat-C1 on Vega  

Paris (SPX) Nov 16, 2018 Arianespace has been selected by GHGSat Inc. to launch the GHGSat-C1 satellite on the Vega launch vehicle as part of the Small Spacecraft Mission Service flight in 2019. Montreal, Canada-based GHGSat is building the GHGSat-C1 spacecraft to measure greenhouse gases emissions from industrial facilities around the world. GHGSat-C1 is a follow-on to the GHGSat-D spacecraft that has been operat

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



Space technology company to set up high-volume production of ultra-powerful LEO satellite platforms  

Miami FL (SPX) Nov 16, 2018 AST and Science, after an intensive competitive process, has announced the selection of Midland, Texas, as the location for its new high-volume North American satellite manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters. The space technology company's new 85,000 sq. ft. facility is located within the Space Port Business Park located at the Midland International Air and Space Port, the first co

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



Space making the virtual a reality  

Paris (ESA) Nov 16, 2018 What do astronauts, Pokemon, wildlife park rangers and surgeons all have in common? The answer is virtual and augmented reality, or VR and AR. Usually associated with video games, this ultra-immersive technology is quickly being recognised for its real-world potential. VR is a computer-generated environment that simulates physical presence and interaction, artificially creating senso

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



Poor weather delays US space cargo launch to Saturday  

Washington (AFP) Nov 15, 2018 Windy weather pushed back until Saturday the planned launch of a US cargo ship loaded with supplies for astronauts living at the International Space Station, NASA said Thursday. The delay to 4:01 am (0901 GMT) on November 17 from Wallops Island, Virginia marks the second time launch managers have postponed the mission from its initial flight plan of Thursday. "The teams decided to wait a

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



Near-complete fossil reveals evolution of advanced flight among early birds  

Washington (UPI) Nov 13, 2018 The most complete skeleton of an enantiornithine bird has offered scientists new insights into the appearance and behavior of the unique group. Analysis of the 75-million-year-old suggests enantiornithines evolved advanced flying capabilities similar to those of modern birds. The fossil - described Tuesday in the journal PeerJ - is an example of convergent evolution among early groups

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



Pentagon wants more money for lasers to shoot down drones, missiles  

Washington DC (Sputnik) Nov 15, 2018 The US military wants more money to develop more powerful lasers, microwave beams and other directed-energy weapons so it can shoot down drones and missiles, the Pentagon's top weapons engineer said Tuesday. Defense Undersecretary for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin said at a Center for Strategic International Studies event in Washington, DC, earlier this week that he was pursuing

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



Scientists map magnetic reconnection in Earth's magnetotail  

San Antonio CA (SPX) Nov 16, 2018 Analyzing data from NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, a team led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has found that the small regions in the Earth's magnetosphere that energize the polar aurora are remarkably calm and nonturbulent. The new observations, which also revealed intense electron jets associated with the regions where magnetic reconnection occurs, were outlined i

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



SpaceX launches communications satellite for Qatar on Falcon 9  

Cape Canaveral FL (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2018 A Japanese-made communications satellite owned by Qatar zoomed toward a geostationary orbit from the Kennedy Space Center in the US state of Florida atop a Falcon 9 rocket built by the private aerospace company Space X on Thursday. "The spacecraft's multi-mission architecture will enable Es'hailSat to respond to demand for the fastest-growing applications in the Middle East and North Afric

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



SpaceX plans to launch 71 satellites at once  

Los Angeles CA (Sputnik) Nov 16, 2018 SpaceX is planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket next week with 71 small satellites on it. The entire rocket was bought out by Spaceflight Industries, a company that bills itself as a ride sharing company for spacecraft. Dubbed the "SmallSat Express," the upcoming mission, which is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:32 p.m. EST Monday, will put 71 small sat

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



KazSTSat and VESTA due to lift-off on Spaceflight's SSO-A SmallSat Express Mission  

Guildford, UK (SPX) Nov 16, 2018 KazSTSat and VESTA, two small satellites designed and manufactured at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), are due to launch on Spaceflight's SSO-A SmallSat Express Mission on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base later this month. KazSTSat is a small Earth observation satellite jointly developed by SSTL and JV Ghalam LLP, a joint venture between JSC "National Co

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



Space Tango unveils ST-42 for scalable manufacturing in space for Earth-based applications  

Lexington KY (SPX) Nov 16, 2018 Space Tango has announced ST-42, a fully autonomous robotic orbital platform designed specifically for scalable manufacturing in space. Launching in the mid 2020's, ST-42 aims to harness the unique environment of microgravity to produce high value products across industries; from patient therapeutics to advanced technology products that have the potential to revolutionize industries here o

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2018-11-16 11:27:42



Half of the world's annual precipitation falls in just 12 days  

Currently, half of the world's measured precipitation that falls in a year falls in just 12 days, according to a new analysis of data collected at weather stations across the globe. By century's end, climate models project that this lopsided distribution of rain and snow is likely to become even more skewed, with half of annual precipitation falling in 11 days.

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2018-11-16 11:06:43



Playing high school football changes the teenage brain  

A single season of high school football may cause microscopic changes in the structure of the brain, according to a new study. A new type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed significant changes in the structure of the grey matter in the front and rear of the brain and changes to structures deep inside the brain.

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2018-11-16 11:06:35



Social isolation linked to higher risk of death  

A large study links social isolation with a higher risk of death from all causes combined and heart disease for all races studied, and with increased cancer mortality in white men and women.

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2018-11-16 11:06:32



Artificial intelligence predicts treatment effectiveness  

How can a doctor predict the treatment outcome of an individual patient? Traditionally, the effectiveness of medical treatments is studied by randomized trials, but is this really the only reliable way to evaluate treatment effectiveness, or could something be done differently? How can the effectiveness of a treatment method be evaluated in practice? Could some patients benefit from a treatment that does not cause a response in others? A new method now provides answers to these questions.

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2018-11-16 11:06:30



Proteins cooperate to break up energy structures in oxygen starved heart cells  

Researchers found that the filamin A-Drp1 complex mediates mitochondrial fission in a mouse model of hypoxic heart cells. Results show that hypoxic stress brought about the interaction of filamin A with Drp1 and increased Drp1 activity in heart cells. This process led to mitochondrial fragmentation and cell senescence. Further investigation demonstrated that the drug cilnidipine suppressed Drp1-filamin A complex formation and preserved heart cell function.

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2018-11-16 11:06:27



Universal laws in impact dynamics of dust agglomerates under microgravity conditions  

Scientists have found evidence that when projectiles hit soft clumps of dust or hard clumps of loose glass beads, the scaling laws for energy dissipation and energy transfer are the same in each case. This helps us understand how granular clumps stick together, and how planets are formed.

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2018-11-16 11:06:24



Affordable catalyst for CO2 recycling  

A catalyst for carbon dioxide recycling, Mineral pentlandite may also be a conceivable alternative to expensive precious metal catalysts. Pentlandite had previously been known as a catalyst for hydrogen production. By adding a suitable solvent, the researchers successfully utilised it to convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide. The latter is a common source material in the chemical industry.

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2018-11-16 11:06:21



The engineering work of ants can influence paleoclimatic studies  

The paleontological site of Somosaguas (Madrid) hosts a large colony of ants of the species Messor barbarus. A study has now revealed that the daily activity of these insects modifies soil composition and therefore influences the results obtained in paleoclimatic studies. The researchers also found that the ants transport fossils.

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2018-11-16 11:06:18



Long-term exposure to road traffic noise may increase the risk of obesity  

Long term exposure to road traffic noise is associated with increased risk of obesity.

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2018-11-16 11:06:15



Eleven seal species narrowly escaped extinction  

Population geneticists have found that eleven seal species only narrowly escaped extinction.

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2018-11-16 11:06:01



Controlling organ growth with light  

In optogenetics, researchers use light to control protein activity. This technique allows them to alter the shape of embryonic tissue and to inhibit the development of abnormalities. Now, scientists have enhanced the technique to stop organ-shaping processes in fruit fly embryos. Their results allow control over a crucial step in embryonic development.

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2018-11-16 11:05:55



Channels for the supply of energy  

Scientists elucidate the mechanism for the transport of water-insoluble protein molecules in mitochondria.

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2018-11-16 11:05:52



3D chemical maps of single bacteria  

Researchers used ultrabright x-rays to generate 3D nanoscale maps of a single bacteria's chemical composition with unparalleled spatial resolution.

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2018-11-16 11:05:43



Predatory behavior of Florida's skull-collecting ant  

New research describes the behavioral and chemical strategies of a Florida ant, Formica archboldi, that decorates its nest with the dismembered body parts of other ant species.

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2018-11-16 11:05:33



Human pharmaceuticals change cricket personality  

Crickets that are exposed to human drugs that alter serotonin levels in the brain are less active and less aggressive than crickets that have had no drug exposure, according to a new study.

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2018-11-16 11:05:27



Milk allergy affects half of US food-allergic kids under age 1  

New research found that over two percent of all US children under the age of 5 have a milk allergy, and 53 percent of food-allergic infants under age 1 have a cow's milk allergy.

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2018-11-16 08:32:08



Sucking your baby's pacifier to clean it may prevent allergies  

New research suggests a link between parental sucking on a pacifier and a lower allergic response among young children.

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2018-11-16 08:32:02



Establishment of the immortalized cell line derived from Okinawa rail (endangered species)  

As part of the cellular conservation of endangered species, our group initiated a primary cell culture project aimed at preserving endangered avian species in Japan, such as the Okinawa rail. However, primary cells cannot be cultured indefinitely because of cellular senescence and stresses caused by cell culture. To overcome these cell culture limitations, primary cells must be immortalized. As a result, we succeeded to obtain the immortalized avian cells with cell cycle regulation genes express

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2018-11-16 08:32:00



Neanderthals Were Just As Violent As Early Humans  

Is it time to put the stereotype of the violent and brutish Neanderthal to rest? New research paints a different picture of the ancient hominin — one that looks similar to Homo sapiens. Researchers previously thought that Neanderthal lives were far more nasty, brutish and short than ancient H. sapiens, based mainly on studies looking at levels of injury among both groups. Now, however, in a much more comprehensive look, a team of University of Tübingen (UIT) researchers found that ...

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2018-11-15 22:57:24



When It Rains in the Atacama Desert, the Microbes There Die  

Exterminating Rains The rain fell in the Atacama Desert in Chile for the first time in hundreds of years, and it caused a mass extinction. It might seem natural to think that such rains would be followed by blooming flowers and new life. But, an international team of planetary astrobiologists found, this precipitation killed most of the microbial life in the region. "When the rains came to the Atacama, we were hoping for majestic blooms and deserts springing to life. Instead, we lear...

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2018-11-15 22:37:36



Pluto's Strange Ridges Formed From Ancient Glaciers  

Scientists have traced strange landforms on Pluto back to their ancient glacial origins. A letter by SETI Institute scientist Oliver White and colleagues shows how ridged landforms on Pluto provide evidence for glaciers on the dwarf planet some 4 billion years ago. Their research targeted the landscape that borders the ice-covered impact basin Sputnik Planitia - the western portion of Pluto's "heart." It has noticeable ridges that can't be explained by any simple terrestrial or planetar...

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2018-11-15 22:27:25



The U.S. May Ban Kratom. But Are its Effects Deadly or Lifesaving?  

Across America, thousands of people are throwing away their prescription drugs and picking up kratom, a plant-based drug from Southeast Asia usually brewed as a tea. Within the leaves of this tropical tree are opioid-like compounds that users say provide pain and anxiety relief, and the ability to wean off street drugs like heroin. But some health organizations warn kratom can be addictive itself or even deadly. An estimated five million people use kratom regularly, according to the Amer

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2018-11-15 21:00:03



What Lurks Beneath the Surface?  

Trying to understand natural toxins in remote environments -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-15 20:00:00



Fishermen Sue Oil Companies Over Rising Ocean Temperatures  

The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for losses linked to algal blooms fueled by warmer waters -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-15 18:30:00



The Birds and the Bees Reacted to the 2017 Great American Eclipse  

On August 21, 2017, over half of the population of United States took at least a few minutes out of their busy schedules to glimpse the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental U.S. in nearly 40 years. As many of us gazed upward, stupefied by the breath-taking view above, countless researchers spent their time diligently collecting data to investigate what biological effects a sun-blocking eclipse can have on wildlife. Abandon Sky! One such group of researchers, led by Ceci

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2018-11-15 17:59:17



Antares Rocket Will Launch Cargo From Virginia This Friday  

An Impending Launch This week, Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket will launch the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. The craft will deliver supplies and scientific equipment to the astronauts on board as part of Northrop Grumman's NG-10 mission. Originally scheduled to launch early Thursday morning Nov. 15, the Antares rocket will now launch Friday, Nov. 16 at 4:23 a.m. EST. The rocket will launch from Pad 0A at Virginia Space's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport a...

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2018-11-15 17:58:14



Gun Violence   

As emergency physicians, we live with the nation’s epidemic of shootings, mass and otherwise, every day -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-15 15:30:00



The Benefits of Applying Mindfulness to Exercise  

If all of your workouts involve some type of distraction, it may be time to add some mindfulness into your workout regimen -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-15 15:30:00



Scientists Spot Giant Crater Hidden under Greenland's Ice  

The enormous crater is among the 25 largest known on Earth, and likely came from a meteorite impact within the past three million years -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-15 15:00:00



Dietary fat is good? Dietary fat is bad? Coming to consensus  

Which is better, a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet or a high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet -- or is it the type of fat that matters? In a new paper, researchers with diverse expertise and perspectives on the issues laid out the case for each position and came to a consensus and a future research agenda.

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2018-11-15 14:50:26



New inflammation inhibitor discovered  

A multidisciplinary team of researchers have developed an anti-inflammatory drug molecule with a new mechanism of action. By inhibiting a certain protein, the researchers were able to reduce the signals that trigger an inflammation.

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2018-11-15 14:49:57



Astronomers find possible elusive star behind supernova  

Astronomers may have finally uncovered the long-sought progenitor to a specific type of exploding star by sifting through NASA Hubble Space Telescope archival data. The supernova, called a Type Ic, is thought to detonate after its massive star has shed or been stripped of its outer layers of hydrogen and helium.

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2018-11-15 14:49:36



First-ever views of elusive energy explosion  

Researchers have captured a difficult-to-view singular event involving 'magnetic reconnection' -- the process by which sparse particles and energy around Earth collide producing a quick but mighty explosion -- in the Earth's magnetotail, the magnetic environment that trails behind the planet.

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2018-11-15 14:49:17



Solar panels for yeast cell biofactories  

Scientists presents a highly adaptable solution to creating yeast biohybrids with enhanced metabolism driven by light energy.

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2018-11-15 14:49:10



Nanofiber carpet could lead to new sticky or insulating surfaces  

Inspired by the extraordinary characteristics of polar bear fur, lotus leaves and gecko feet, engineering researchers have developed a new way to make arrays of nanofibers that could bring us coatings that are sticky, repellent, insulating or light emitting, among other possibilities.

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2018-11-15 14:49:06



Warning: Chemical weapons risk during a period of very rapid scientific change  

Alarming examples of the dangers from chemical weapons have been seen recently in the use of industrial chemicals and the nerve agent sarin against civilians in Syria, and in the targeted assassination operations using VX nerve agent in Malaysia and novichok nerve agent in the UK.

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2018-11-15 14:49:00



Trans-galactic streamers feeding most luminous galaxy in the universe  

ALMA data show the most luminous galaxy in the universe has been caught in the act of stripping away nearly half the mass from at least three of its smaller neighbors.

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2018-11-15 14:48:58



Reprogrammed Stem Cells Implanted into Patient with Parkinson's Disease  

A man in his 50s is the first of seven patients to receive the experimental therapy -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-15 14:00:00



Trump, Zombie Deregulation and the Hawaiian Hawk  

A bid to remove the bird from the Endangered Species Act has emerged once again—long after the disappearance of the organization that proposed its removal -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-15 12:00:00



Songbirds set long-distance migration record  

Researchers have studied flight routes to determine how far willow warblers migrate in the autumn. The results show that the willow warbler holds a long-distance migration record in the 10-gram weight category -- with the small birds flying around 13,000 kilometers or longer to reach their destination.

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2018-11-15 11:54:00



No link between 'hypoallergenic' dogs and lower risk of childhood asthma  

Growing up with dogs is linked to a lower risk of asthma, especially if the dogs are female, a new study shows. However, the researchers found no relation between 'allergy friendly' breeds and a lower risk of asthma.

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2018-11-15 11:53:53



What did birds and insects do during the 2017 solar eclipse?  

In August of 2017, millions peered through protective eyewear at the solar eclipse -- the first total eclipse visible in the continental United States in nearly 40 years. During the event, researchers watched radar to observe the behavior of birds and insects.

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2018-11-15 11:53:45



Should you eat a low-gluten diet?  

When healthy people eat a low-gluten and fiber-rich diet compared with a high-gluten diet they experience less intestinal discomfort including less bloating which researchers show are due to changes of the composition and function of gut bacteria. The new study also shows a modest weight loss following low-gluten dieting. The researchers attribute the impact of diet on healthy adults more to change in composition of dietary fibers than gluten itself.

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2018-11-15 11:53:40



Population of rare Stone's sheep 20% smaller than previously thought  

The already-rare Stone's sheep of the Yukon is 20 per cent less common than previously thought, according to new research by biologists. The study examined 123 different DNA markers in approximately 2,800 thinhorn sheep in British Columbia and the Yukon, with the goal of mapping population boundaries. Results show significant overestimation of certain subspecies of thinhorn sheep, like Stone's sheep, due to misclassification.

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2018-11-15 11:53:34



Why Don't We Forget How to Ride a Bike?  

The way memories are anchored in the brain plays a role, neuropsychologist Boris Suchan explains -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-15 11:45:00



Chinese Air Force plans to expand presence in outer space  

Beijing (Sputnik) Nov 14, 2018 The Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force intends to increase its presence in space as part of a plan to create world-class strategic aviation, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement. "At the first stage - until 2020 - [it is planned] to create strategic aviation, proceed with the construction of the strategic aviation's structure, which will have integrated capabilities in

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



Webb Telescope will investigate cosmic jets from young stars  

Baltimore MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2018 The formation of a star sounds like a simple process: a cloud of gas collapses in on itself, growing denser and hotter until nuclear fusion ignites and a star begins to shine. The reality is more complex and dramatic. Swirling gas spins faster and faster, threatening to rip the still-forming star into pieces. Clumps of matter are captured within a tangle of magnetic fields and squirt outwa

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



Dark matter hurricane gives physicists hope they'll discover elusive material  

London, UK (Sputnik) Nov 15, 2018 A new study suggests the Earth is in the middle of a "dark matter hurricane" and scientists are optimistic it offers a better than normal chance at detecting the elusive material. The dark matter is thought to be left over from a dwarf galaxy that long ago collided with our own. The scientists call this batch of dark matter the S1 stream. However, they can't actually "see" it: they've supp

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



Detecting light in a different dimension  

Brookhaven National Laboratory Upton NY (SPX) Nov 14, 2018 Scientists from the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) - a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory - have dramatically improved the response of graphene to light through self-assembling wire-like nanostructures that conduct electricity. The improvement could pave the way for the development of graphene-

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



NASA learns more about interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua  

Pasadena CA (JPL) Nov 15, 2018 In November 2017, scientists pointed NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope toward the object known as 'Oumuamua - the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system. The infrared Spitzer was one of many telescopes pointed at 'Oumuamua in the weeks after its discovery that October. 'Oumuamua was too faint for Spitzer to detect when it looked more than two months after the object's close

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



Orion recovery team: ready to 'rock and roll'  

Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Nov 15, 2018 A NASA and Department of Defense team returned from a week of training at sea to improve joint landing and recovering operations planned for crew aboard the agency's Orion spacecraft from future deep space exploration missions. Departing from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Exploration Ground Systems' team embarked on the USS John P. Murtha, an amphibious U.S. Navy ship, in the

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



Trump says N.Korea missile work 'normal'  

Washington (AFP) Nov 13, 2018 President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the United States was aware of undeclared North Korean missile bases revealed by US researchers but insisted all was fine. "We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new - and nothing happening out of the normal," Trump, who is seeking a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, wrote on Twitter. "I will be the first to let

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



Russia blocked GPS data during NATO exercises: Norway  

Oslo (AFP) Nov 13, 2018 Oslo on Tuesday pointed a finger squarely at Russia, accusing it of jamming GPS signals in Norway's Far North when it hosted NATO's massive exercises in October and early November. "We know that jamming was observed between October 19 and November 7, originating from Russian ground forces in (the) Kola" peninsula, a region of northwestern Russia close to Norway, the Norwegian defence ministr

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



Space, lasers, hypersonic missiles rank high for U.S. missile defense research  

Washington (UPI) Nov 13, 2018 Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, and former head of NASA, Michael Griffin told attendees at a missile defense event Tuesday that the U.S. was making good progress on directed energy weapons for missile defense, but that threats from hypersonic missiles and enemy space denial efforts still require a lot of work. While all three areas have not been newly elevated on

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



Gravitational waves from a merged hyper-massive neutron star  

London, UK (SPX) Nov 15, 2018 For the first time, astronomers have detected gravitational waves from a merged, hyper-massive neutron star. The scientists, Maurice van Putten of Sejong University in South Korea, and Massimo della Valle of the Osservatorio Astronomico de Capodimonte in Italy, publish their results in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters. Gravitational waves were predicted by Albert

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



Doubly-excited electrons reach new energy states  

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 15, 2018 Positrons are short-lived subatomic particle with the same mass as electrons and a positive charge. They are used in medicine, e.g. in positron emission tomography (PET), a diagnostic imaging method for metabolic disorders. Positrons also exist as negatively charged ions, called positronium ions (Ps-), which are essentially a three-particle system consisting of two electrons bound to a positron.

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



For arid, Mars-like desert, rain brings death  

Ithaca NY (SPX) Nov 15, 2018 When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. Instead, the water brought death. An international team of planetary astrobiologists has found that after encountering never-before-seen rainfall three years ago at the arid core of Chile's Atacama Desert, the heavy precipitation wiped out most of the microbes that had lived there. "When

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



Science on the cusp: sounding rockets head north  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 15, 2018 Gazing up at the night sky from the edge of the Norwegian sea, you know you're in an unusual place. The frigid winds stream across an open sky, painted by the dance of the northern lights. Outer space almost seems closer here. It turns out, that's not so far from the truth. This special place is known as the northern polar cusp. It's one of only two places on Earth where particles fr

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2018-11-15 10:14:33



NASA learns more about interstellar visitor 'Oumuamua  

The first known interstellar object to visit our solar system -- named 'Oumuamua -- was detected in October 2017 by Hawaii's Pan-STARRS 1 telescope. But it was too faint for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to detect when it looked more than two months after the object's closest approach to Earth in early September. That 'non-detection' puts a new limit on how large the strange object can be, astronomers now report.

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2018-11-15 09:33:24



U.S. Immigrants Leave Country—and   

Immigrants to the U.S. lose their native mix of gut microbes almost immediately after arriving in the U.S.—which researchers can't quite explain. Christopher Intagliata reports.  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-15 04:30:00



U.S. Immigrants Leave Country--and Microbes--Behind  

Immigrants to the U.S. lose their native mix of gut microbes almost immediately after arriving in the U.S.—which researchers can't quite explain. Christopher Intagliata reports.  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-15 04:30:00



STEM candidates elected to U.S. House prepare for their new jobs  

New lawmakers say they're ready to apply science to policymaking

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2018-11-15 04:05:00



Anything faster than a brisk walk on this martian moon could send you spinning off into space  

Phobos's odd shape and gravity make travel a challenge

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2018-11-15 03:25:00



In just 12 days, the world gets half of its annual rainfall  

In coming decades, climate change will skew that statistic even further

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2018-11-15 03:10:00



The worst year ever and the effects of fasting  

On this week's show: a contender for the darkest year of the darkest age and a review of what we know about fasting, metabolism, and aging

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2018-11-15 03:00:00



Why 536 was 'the worst year to be alive'  

Glacier cores reveal Icelandic volcano that plunged Europe into darkness

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2018-11-15 02:00:00



Is ride-sharing killing people? Yes, study suggests, but critics are doubtful  

Researchers correlate arrival of Lyft and Uber to increase in fatal accidents

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2018-11-15 01:45:00



Climate change likely caused migration, demise of ancient Indus Valley civilization  

A new study found evidence that climate change likely drove the Harappans to resettle far away from the floodplains of the Indus.

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2018-11-14 23:48:55



Drug combination makes cancer disappear in mice with neuroblastoma  

Researchers investigating new treatments for neuroblastoma -- one of the most common childhood cancers -- have found that a combination of two drugs made tumors disappear in mice, making it more effective than any other drugs tested in these animals.

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2018-11-14 23:48:51



Breakthrough in treatment of restless legs syndrome  

New research presents a breakthrough in the treatment of Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

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2018-11-14 23:48:48



Women Fed Soy Formula As Babies Suffer Worse Menstrual Cramps  

Many women accept menstrual cramps as a fact of life. But researchers say that some women have it worse than others and that it may be related to what they were fed as infants. Female babies fed soy formula are prone to more painful periods during their young adult years, according to a new study published this week from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The research, published in Human Reproduction, found that soy feeding was associated with a 50 percent increased risk of modera...

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2018-11-14 23:01:15



Cities Can Alter Hurricanes, Intensifying Their Rainfall  

Study shows Houston’s urban landscape may have physically changed Hurricane Harvey’s structure -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-14 20:45:00



A cold Super-Earth just 6 light years away at Barnard's Star  

Heidelberg, Germany (SPX) Nov 14, 2018 An international group of astronomers, involving the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg, has succeeded in detecting a planet around Barnard's star, which is only six lightyears away. The planet has just over three times the mass of Earth and is slightly colder than Saturn. The discovery was made by measuring the periodic change in the radial velocity of the parent star

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2018-11-14 20:41:49



India launches GSLV-3 carrying GSAT-29  

Sriharikota, India (SPX) Nov 14, 2018 GSLV MkIII-D2, the second developmental flight of GSLV MkIII successfully launched GSAT-29, a high throughput communication satellite at 5.08 pm IST on November 14, 2018 from the Second Launch Pad(SLP) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. GSLV-Mk III which is three-stage vehicle with two solid motor strap-ons, a liquid propellant core stage and a cryogenic stage, is capable of

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2018-11-14 20:41:49



A Solar Storm Detonated U.S. Navy Mines During the Vietnam War  

Inclement space weather caused dozens of the sea bombs to explode, recently declassified documents reveal -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-11-14 19:30:00



Massive Impact Crater Beneath Greenland Could Explain Ice Age Climate Swing  

Most of Earth's surface has been plotted, mapped and measured. And along the way, scientists have turned up a plethora of craters big and small. But there was always one major crater missing. 12,800 years ago, during the Pleistocene, Earth was warming up from its last Ice Age. Temperatures slowly rose while glaciers retreated, that is, until something major happened that triggered a cold snap big enough to leave its mark on the geologic record. Over the course of just decades - the bl...

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2018-11-14 19:02:25



Giant mirror-coating chamber arrives on Cerro Pachon  

Tucson AZ (SPX) Nov 14, 2018 The coating chamber for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) arrived on the summit of Cerro Pachon today, safely completing a 15-week journey from Deggendorf, Germany, where it was constructed. The 128-ton coating chamber is the largest single piece of equipment to arrive at the LSST observatory site to date and will soon be joined by the telescope mount assembly (TMA), from Spain, and the

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2018-11-14 18:39:58



Chinese satellites provide advanced solutions to modeling small particles  

Nanjing, China (SPX) Nov 14, 2018 The assimilation of aerosol optical depth (AOD) observational data from the Chinese satellite Fengyun-3A (FY-3A) can significantly improve the ability to model aerosol mass, according to Prof. Jinzhong MIN, Vice President at Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology. Prof. MIN and his team - a group of researchers from the Key Laboratory of Meteorological Disaster of the Min

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2018-11-14 18:39:58



New horizon for space transportation services  

Paris (ESA) Nov 14, 2018 ESA reaches out to encourage open innovation and offer support. A global response to ESA's call for ideas on new space transportation services has resulted in 79 proposals of which 41 were considered eligible for expert advice from ESA. This call for ideas is part of an overall initiative within ESA to provide tools necessary to identify and promote innovation within the European space sec

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2018-11-14 18:39:58



Lunar Outpost unveils lunar resource prospecting rover  

Boulder CO (SPX) Nov 14, 2018 Lunar Outpost, a space technology startup developing enabling technologies for a sustained presence on the Lunar surface, announced their Lunar Prospector designed to search for and map the Moon's natural resources. The first Prospector was demonstrated driving and drilling in Lunar regolith simulant at the Colorado School of Mines' new Lunar testbed facility in the Earth Mechanics Institu

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2018-11-14 18:39:58



3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Simulated Stardust and More Headed to Orbiting Lab  

Houston TX (SPX) Nov 14, 2018 The Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply flight 10 (CRS-10) is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in mid-November. The craft's cargo includes several tons of crew supplies and science experiments ranging from 3D printing and recycling to simulating the creation of celestial bodies from stardust. Read more about some of the science NG CRS-10 delivers to the space station:

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2018-11-14 18:39:58






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