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Human Wastewater Runoff is Killing Corals in the Florida Keys  

Corals stressed by heat and other environmental conditions can bleach, or kick out their life-giving algae companions. (Credit: sabangvideo/Shutterstock) It's been said time and time again that climate change is killing coral reefs. Rising ocean temperatures cause bleaching, which damages huge chunks of coral ecosystems from Australia to the southern United States. But heat isn't the only reason reefs are dying. Nitrogen runoff from human activities could be damaging corals ...

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2019-07-17 21:27:16



Scientists Start Developing a Mini Gravitational Wave Detector  

Gravitational waves can be detected from the collision of massive objects in the universe, but also from much smaller objects like dark matter particles. (Credit: EPA/R. Hurt / Caltech-JPL) In 2015, scientists made history by detecting the first gravitational waves — ripples in space-time predicted by Albert Einstein a century earlier. The waves were created by the merger of two black holes, each one much larger than the sun. And since then, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave...

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2019-07-17 21:04:26



Scientists Propose Dumping Absurd Amounts of Snow On Antarctica To Curb Sea Level Rise  

A photo of Thwaites Glacier taken during a reconnaissance flight. (Credit: U.S. National Science Foundation) Climate change is melting the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. A recent swell in warm ocean water on the western side of the continent is eating away at two predominant glaciers, Pine Island Glacier and Thwaites Glacier. And the retreating glaciers mean the entire larger ice sheet could disintegrate, leading to a 10-foot rise in sea level around the world. This surge in water levels imp

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2019-07-17 20:22:03



Earthquakes Will Rock Central U.S. a Decade After Oil Extraction Ends  

An Oklahoma home damaged in 2011 during an earthquake that was likely spawned by injecting wastewater during fossil fuel extraction. (Credit: USGS) Earthquakes used to be uncommon in Middle America. But in the last decade, quakes numbers have skyrocketed in Oklahoma and Kansas. The major uptick in seismic activity has risen alongside the growth of oil and gas production in the area. When fossil fuel companies dispose of wastewater by injecting it into underground wells, the increased pr

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2019-07-17 20:19:47



Protecting a forgotten treasure trove of biodiversity  

The lesser-known Cerrado biome in Brazil is a hotspot of biodiversity, but it is being destroyed at an alarming rate by unsustainable agricultural activities. A study calls attention to this forgotten region and urges the international community to support measures for its protection.

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2019-07-17 19:26:26



Correcting historic sea surface temperature measurements  

Why did the oceans warm and cool at such different rates in the early 20th century? New research points to an answer both as mundane as a decimal point truncation and as complicated as global politics. Part history, part climate science, this research corrects decades of data and suggests that ocean warming occurred in a much more homogenous way.

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2019-07-17 18:58:16



What counts for our climate: Carbon budgets untangled  

The more CO2 we emit from burning coal and oil and gas, the more we heat our climate -- this sounds simple, and it is. Different analyzes have come up with different estimates of how much CO2 humankind can still emit if we want to hold global warming to the internationally agreed 1.5 and well below 2 degrees Celsius limits, but a lack of clarity of the reasons causing these variations has created unnecessary confusion, a new study shows.

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2019-07-17 18:42:58



DNA origami joins forces with molecular motors to build nanoscale machines  

For decades, researchers have chased ways to study biological machines. Every mechanical movement -- from contracting a muscle to replicating DNA -- relies on molecular motors that take near-undetectable steps. Trying to see them move is like trying to watch a soccer game taking place on the moon. Now, with DNA origami helicopters, researchers have captured the first recorded rotational steps of a molecular motor as it moved from one DNA base pair to another.

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2019-07-17 18:32:09



Rare inherited enzyme disorder yields insight into fibrosis  

Investigators have discovered an association between a deficiency in the enzyme neuraminidase 1 and the build-up of connective tissue in organs, suck as the muscle, kidney, liver, heart and lungs.

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2019-07-17 18:11:11



Spawn of the triffid? Tiny organisms give us glimpse into complex evolutionary tale  

Two newly discovered organisms point to the existence of an ancient organism that resembled a tiny version of the lumbering, human-eating science fiction plants known as 'triffids.'

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2019-07-17 16:19:16



How Humans' Unique Cooking Abilities Might Have Altered Our Fate  

(Credit: Petr Bonek/Shutterstock) If you cooked dinner today — even a Cup O Noodles — you did something extraordinary and uniquely human. While the rest of the animal kingdom subsists on raw food, we Homo sapiens cook our chow. And according to some researchers, this distinction made all the difference: When our ancestors mastered cooking roughly 2 million years ago it changed the course of human evolution, they say. Because cooked food provides more energy, the habit led to...

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2019-07-17 15:59:53



Legalized recreational marijuana a substitute for alcohol, but not tobacco  

The recent wave of recreational cannabis legalization across the US could generate $22 billion in sales per year, but not everyone is happy about it. New research shows the alcohol industry could be impacted when the substance is legalized.

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2019-07-17 15:48:49



Flying the final approach to Tranquility Base, the moon  

Why did Neil Armstrong take over and fly the first lunar landing manually? A stunning recreated video shows what he saw out his window.

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2019-07-17 15:38:06



Red algae steal genes from bacteria to cope with environmental stresses  

It's a case of grand larceny that could lead to new fuels and cleanup chemicals. Ten species of red algae stole about 1 percent of their genes from bacteria to cope with toxic metals and salt stress in hot springs, according to a new study. These red algal species, known as Cyanidiales, also stole many genes that allow them to absorb and process different sources of carbon in the environment to provide additional sources of energy and supplement their photosynthetic lifestyle.

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2019-07-17 15:25:56



Fiber-optic vibration sensors could prevent train accidents  

Researchers have developed new sensors for measuring acceleration and vibration on trains. The technology could be integrated with artificial intelligence to prevent railway accidents and catastrophic train derailments.

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2019-07-17 14:50:11



Survival: For bacteria, the neighbors co-determine which cell dies first  

Bacteria do not simply perish in hunger phases fortuitously; rather, the surrounding cells have a say as well. A research team has now discovered that two factors, above all, decide over life and death: the energy required to continue living and the efficiency with which surviving cells can recycle biomass from dead cells.

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2019-07-17 14:35:01



First clinical proof that genotypes determine if Alzheimer's drugs will work  

Researchers have determined that a human gene present in 75% of the population is a key reason why a class of drugs for Alzheimer's disease seemed promising in animal studies only to fail in human studies.

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2019-07-17 13:37:09



Elon Musk's Neuralink Unveils Mind-Reading Implant that Could Be Ready for Humans by 2020  

Neuralink's chip implantation machine, which is designed to insert the company's N1 chip into people's heads with extreme precision. (Credit: Neuralink) He's pioneered several multi-billion dollar companies, launched one of his cars into space, and now Elon Musk wants to hack your brain. On Tuesday night, the CEO and co-founder of Tesla and SpaceX lifted the veil of secrecy on a new venture, called Neuralink. The company launched in 2016 promising to create cutting-edge brain-...

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2019-07-17 12:57:10



Making cancer stem cells visible to the immune system  

Leukemia stem cells protect themselves against the immune defense by suppressing a target molecule for killer cells. This protective mechanism can be tricked with drugs. Scientists now describe a new therapeutic approaches that can possibly be derived from these results.

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2019-07-17 12:55:58



Source of degradation in sodium batteries  

Batteries power our lives: we rely on them to keep our cell phones and laptops buzzing and our hybrid and electric cars on the road. But ever-increasing adoption of the most commonly used lithium-ion batteries may actually lead to increased cost and potential shortages of lithium -- which is why sodium-ion batteries are being researched intensely as a possible replacement. They perform well, and sodium, an alkali metal closely related to lithium, is cheap and abundant.

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2019-07-17 12:55:53



Megakaryocytes act as 'bouncers' restraining cell migration in the bone marrow  

Scientists found that megakaryocytes act as 'bouncers' and thus modulate bone marrow niche properties and cell migration dynamics.

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2019-07-17 12:47:14



'Semi-synthetic' bacteria churn out unnatural proteins  

Synthetic biologists seek to create new life with forms and functions not seen in nature. Although scientists are a long way from making a completely artificial life form, they have made semi-synthetic organisms that have an expanded genetic code, allowing them to produce never-before-seen proteins. Now, researchers have optimized a semi-synthetic bacteria to efficiently produce proteins containing unnatural amino acids.

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2019-07-17 12:46:56



Monitoring air quality after Fourth of July fireworks in US  

The U.S. recently celebrated the Fourth of July with dazzling fireworks displays in many cities. After the 'oohs' and 'ahhs' faded, some people might have wondered how the lingering gunpowder-scented smoke affected air quality. Now researchers have conducted detailed measurements and found increased levels of several pollutants after an Independence Day fireworks event in Albany, New York.

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2019-07-17 12:38:13



High magnetic field of 10T during activated carbon production improves micropore capacity by 35%  

Carbon materials such as nanotubes, graphene, activated carbon and graphite are in high demand. Researchers set out to create more efficient forms of activated carbon by utilizing the superconducting magnets, thus increasing the volume of pores in the activated carbon by 35%. Many other materials that have negative magnetic susceptibility may also be manufactured using this effective procedure with the superconducting magnets to control for better properties.

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2019-07-17 12:35:10



Radiation in parts of Marshall Islands is higher than Chernobyl  

Radiation levels in parts of the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean, where the United States conducted nearly 70 nuclear tests during the Cold War, are still alarmingly high. Researchers tested soil samples on four uninhabited isles and discovered that they contained concentrations of nuclear isotopes that are significantly higher than those found near Chernobyl and Fukushima.

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2019-07-17 11:54:58



Massive potential health gains in switching to active transport  

Swapping short car trips for walking or biking could achieve as much health gain as ongoing tobacco tax increases, according to a new study.

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2019-07-17 11:33:09



Endangered Bornean orangutans survive in managed forest, decline near oil palm plantations  

Recent surveys of the population of endangered Bornean orangutans in Sabah, the Malaysian state in the north-east of Borneo, show mixed results. Populations have remained stable within well-managed forests, where there is little hunting, but declined in landscapes comprising extensive oil palm plantations, according to a new study.

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2019-07-17 11:14:37



Little genes, big conservation: Scientists study genetic rescue  

A new article examines the potential and uncertainties of attempting genetic rescue, a conservation approach that involves moving a small number of individual animals from one population to another to reduce genetic problems and decrease extinction risk.

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2019-07-17 10:29:58



A new material for the battery of the future  

Researchers have discovered a new high performance and safe battery material (LTPS) capable of speeding up charge and discharge to a level never observed so far. Practically, if the first tests are confirmed, this new material could be used in the batteries of the future with better energy storage, faster charge and discharge and higher safety targeting many uses from smartphones, to electric bicycle and cars.

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2019-07-17 10:29:01



Your spending data may reveal aspects of your personality  

How you spend your money can signal aspects of your personality, according to new research. Analyses of over 2 million spending records from more than 2,000 individuals indicate that when people spend money in certain categories, this can be used to infer certain personality traits, such as how materialistic they are or how much self-control they tend to have.

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2019-07-17 10:20:16



Predators' fear of humans ripples through wildlife communities, emboldening rodents  

Giving credence to the saying, 'While the cat's away, the mice will play,' a new study indicates that pumas and medium-sized carnivores lie low when they sense the presence of humans, which frees up the landscape for rodents to forage more brazenly.

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2019-07-17 09:48:02



Cell types affected in brains of multiple sclerosis patients pinpointed  

Scientists have discovered that a specific brain cell known as a 'projection neuron' has a central role to play in the brain changes seen in multiple sclerosis (MS). The research shows that projection neurons are damaged by the body's own immune cells, and that this damage could underpin the brain shrinkage and cognitive changes associated with MS. These new findings provide a platform for specific new MS therapies that target damaged brain cells to be developed.

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2019-07-17 09:42:12



Crunching the numbers of cancer metastasis  

While revealing that metastatic breast cancer cells alter their shape to spread to other regions of the body, researchers develop a mathematical model that can be applied to study similar cellular systems.

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2019-07-17 09:37:47



Protected area designation effective in reducing, but not preventing, land cover changes  

The designation of protected areas in Europe has been effective in reducing, but not completely preventing, land cover changes associated with human activity.

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2019-07-17 09:24:42



Older adults: Daunted by a new task? Learn 3 instead  

Learning several new things at once increases cognitive abilities in older adults, according to new research. After just 1.5 months learning multiple tasks in a new study, participants increased their cognitive abilities to levels similar to those of middle-aged adults, 30 years younger. Control group members, who did not take classes, showed no change in their performance.

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2019-07-17 09:22:46



VW Emissions Cheating Scandal Increased Children's Pollution Exposure  

Increased air pollution impacted low birth weights and asthma attacks, a federal economist says -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-17 09:12:48



Parkinson's: New study associates oxidative stress with the spreading of aberrant proteins  

Oxidative stress could be a driving force in the spreading of aberrant proteins involved in Parkinson's disease.

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2019-07-17 08:19:28



Review evaluates how AI could boost the success of clinical trials  

Researchers examined how artificial intelligence (AI) could affect drug development in the coming decade.

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2019-07-17 08:10:35



200 times faster than ever before: The speediest quantum operation yet  

A group of physicists at UNSW Sydney have built a super-fast version of the central building block of a quantum computer. The research is the milestone result of a vision first outlined by scientists 20 years ago.

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2019-07-17 08:05:17



About 44% of high school seniors who misuse prescription drugs have multiple drug sources  

Roughly 11% of high school seniors reported prescription drug misuse during the past year, and of those, 44% used multiple supply sources, according to a pair of recent studies.

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2019-07-17 07:52:22



Marijuana use may not make parents more 'chill'  

Sorry, marijuana moms and dads: Using pot may not make you a more relaxed parent, at least when it comes to how you discipline your children. A study of California parents found that current marijuana users administered more discipline techniques of all kinds to their children on average than did non-users. That includes everything from timeouts to, in some cases, physical abuse.

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2019-07-17 07:44:13



West Antarctic ice collapse may be prevented by snowing ocean water onto it  

The ice sheet covering West Antarctica is at risk of sliding off into the ocean. While further ice-sheet destabilisation in other parts of the continent may be limited by a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the slow, yet inexorable loss of West Antarctic ice is likely to continue even after climate warming is stabilised. A collapse might take hundreds of years but will raise sea levels worldwide by more than three meters.

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2019-07-17 07:32:42



'Intensive' beekeeping not to blame for common bee diseases  

More 'intensive' beekeeping does not raise the risk of diseases that harm or kill the insects, new research suggests.

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2019-07-17 07:31:50



What Alfred Binet and Maria Montessori Can Teach Us about Intelligence  

They found ways to develop human intellect, including in students thought to have limited prospects -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-17 07:31:10



Stone tool changes may show how Mesolithic hunter-gatherers responded to changing climate  

The development of new hunting projectiles by European hunter-gatherers during the Mesolithic may have been linked to territoriality in a rapidly-changing climate, according to a new study.

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2019-07-17 07:13:03



Can gut infection trigger Parkinson's disease?  

Results suggest some forms of PD are an autoimmune disease triggered years before noticeable symptoms.

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2019-07-17 07:03:11



New insight into microRNA function can give gene therapy a boost  

Scientists have shown that small RNA molecules occurring naturally in cells, i.e. microRNAs, are also abundant in cell nuclei. Previously, microRNAs were mainly thought to be found in cytoplasm. The scientists also discovered that microRNA concentrations in cell nuclei change as a result of hypoxia. The findings strongly suggest that microRNAs play a role in the expression of genes in the cell nucleus.

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2019-07-17 06:55:49



New tuberculosis tests pave way for cow vaccination programs  

Skin tests that can distinguish between cattle that are infected with tuberculosis (TB) and those that have been vaccinated against the disease have been created by an international team of scientists.

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2019-07-17 06:37:17



Harvesting energy from the human knee  

Imagine powering your devices by walking. With new technology that possibility might not be far out of reach. An energy harvester is attached to the wearer's knee and can generate 1.6 microwatts of power while the wearer walks without any increase in effort. The energy is enough to power small electronics like health monitoring equipment and GPS devices.

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2019-07-17 06:19:43



Sea level rise requires extra management to maintain salt marshes  

Salt marshes are important habitats for fish and birds and protect coasts under sea level rise against stronger wave attacks. However, marshes themselves are much more vulnerable than previously thought. Stronger waves due to sea level rise can not only reduce the marsh extent by erosion of the marsh edge, but these waves hamper plant re-establishment on neighboring tidal flats, making it much more difficult for the marsh to recover and grow again.

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2019-07-17 06:19:12



Think You're Too Old to Learn New Tricks?  

Research shows that acquiring additional skills can be a terrific way to keep an aging brain in shape -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-17 06:18:17



How kissing as a risk factor may explain the high global incidence of gonorrhea  

In 2016, there were 87 million people diagnosed with gonorrhea, the most antibiotic resistant of all the STIs. There is a global rise in gonorrhea rates and, until now, no one has understood why.

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2019-07-17 06:16:03



New spin on molecular oxygen  

Reactive molecular oxygen singlets have a multitude of uses in chemistry and medicine, but they are less abundant than non-reactive oxygen triplets. A multinational research team has developed a novel method of producing reactive molecular oxygen through controlled, reversible bond formation between two oxygen atoms using atomic force microscopy. In addition, the researchers could alter the charge of individual oxygen atoms, presumably changing oxygen spin in the process.

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2019-07-17 06:11:02



Plant probe could help estimate bee exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides  

Bee populations are declining, and neonicotinoid pesticides continue to be investigated -- and in some cases banned -- because of their suspected role as a contributing factor. However, limitations in sampling and analytical techniques have prevented a full understanding of the connection. Now, researchers describe a new approach to sample neonicotinoids and other pesticides in plants, which could explain how bees are exposed to the substances.

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2019-07-17 06:03:55



Do marine protected areas work?  

A study describes how to use data collected before and after Marine Protected Areas are created to verify that they work.

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2019-07-17 05:58:13



Plant viruses may be reshaping our world  

A new review article highlights the evolution and ecology of plant viruses. A team of biologists is now exploring many details of viral dynamics. They describe the subtle interplay between three components of the viral infection process, the virus itself, the plant cell hosts infected by the virus and the vectors that act as go-betweens -- an intricate system evolving over some 450 million years.

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2019-07-17 05:54:52



Giving a chip about masa  

Scientists call for more research into food grade corn breeding, production.

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2019-07-17 05:53:25



Living longer or healthier? Genetic discovery in worms suggests they can be separated  

Gene identified in worms controls how resources are allocated for stress resilience, longevity and fertility.

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2019-07-17 05:48:48



Modeling tool addresses uncertainty in military logistics planning  

Military deployments to austere environments -- whether humanitarian missions or combat operations -- involve extensive logistical planning, which is often complicated by unforeseen events. Researchers have now created a model aimed at helping military leaders better account for logistical risk and uncertainty during operational planning and execution.

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2019-07-17 05:17:15



A single measurement may help determine kneecap instability risk  

Knee injuries can be a scourge to collegiate and pro athletes alike, but Penn State researchers say a single measurement taken by a clinician may help predict whether a person is at risk for knee instability.

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2019-07-17 05:10:41



Improving the odds of synthetic chemistry success  

Chemists show how analyzing previously published chemical reaction data can predict how hypothetical reactions may proceed, narrowing the range of conditions chemists need to explore. Their algorithmic prediction process, which includes aspects of machine learning, can save valuable time and resources in chemical research.

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2019-07-17 04:59:29



Climate Solution: Use Carbon Dioxide to Generate Electricity  

Sending atmospheric CO2 into underground methane hydrates could clean the air and create revenue -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-17 04:57:57



Joseph Lange's Campaign Against HIV  

Seema Yasmin, director of research and education at the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, talks about her book The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man’s Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-17 04:56:15



The Neurodiversity Movement Should Acknowledge Autism as a Medical Disability  

Autism doesn’t have to define a person’s identity -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-17 04:36:15



Test shown to improve accuracy in identifying precancerous pancreatic cysts  

CompCyst, a new test, distinguishes pancreatic cysts that are destined to become cancer and need to be surgically removed from cysts that can be left alone without causing harm. The researchers believe CompCyst has the capacity to substantially reduce unnecessary surgeries for pancreatic cysts.

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2019-07-17 04:14:35



New Measurement of Cosmic Expansion Rate Is "Stuck in the Middle"  

Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2019 A team of collaborators from Carnegie and the University of Chicago used red giant stars that were observed by the Hubble Space Telescope to make an entirely new measurement of how fast the universe is expanding, throwing their hats into the ring of a hotly contested debate. Their result - which falls squarely between the two previous, competing values - is published in The Astrophysical Journal

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2019-07-17 03:57:45



Multiple injection safety violations found in New Jersey septic arthritis outbreak  

Multiple violations of injection safety and infection prevention practices -- from lack of handwashing to inappropriate re-use of medication vials -- were identified after an outbreak of septic arthritis at a New Jersey outpatient facility in 2017, according to a recent investigation. Investigators found 41 patients with osteoarthritis contracted the rare, painful infection following injections in their knee joints, including 33 who required surgical removal of damaged tissue.

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2019-07-17 03:48:38



NASA Chief Explains Why America Hasn't Been Back to the Moon Since the 70s  

Washington DC (Sputnik) Jul 17, 2019 Late last week, NASA announced that senior officials in charge of the manned space mission portfolio had been reshuffled amid growing impatience from President Donald Trump to hasten the return human beings to the lunar surface. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has explained why the US suspended its manned lunar program over 40 years ago and what it will take for the US manned space prog

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2019-07-17 03:35:11



ESA confirms asteroid will miss Earth in 2019  

Paris (ESA) Jul 17, 2019 Asteroid 2006 QV89, a small object 20 to 50 metres in diameter, was in the news lately because of a very small, 1-in-7000 chance of impact with Earth on 9 September 2019. In the first known case of ruling out an asteroid impact through a 'non-detection', ESA and the European Southern Observatory have concluded that asteroid 2006 QV89 is not on a collision course this year - and the chance

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2019-07-17 03:31:59



Yale researcher has a window seat for planning NASA's Dragonfly mission  

New Haven CT (SPX) Jul 17, 2019 By 2034, when the Dragonfly drone mission makes landfall on the surface of Titan, Yale's Juan Lora will have spent nearly half his life studying the climatic tendencies of Saturn's icy moon. That's when the real work will begin, he says. Finally, after long years of preparation and modeling, Lora and his colleagues on the scientific end of the NASA Dragonfly mission will begin to get

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2019-07-17 03:18:52



Speeding up science on near-earth asteroids  

Pullman WA (SPX) Jul 17, 2019 Modeling the shape and movement of near-Earth asteroids is now up to 25 times faster thanks to new Washington State University research. The WSU scientists improved the software used to track thousands of near-Earth asteroids and comets, which are defined as being within 121 million miles or about 1.3 times the distance to the sun. Their work provides a valuable new tool for studying

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2019-07-17 03:15:55



Space In Africa closes investment round  

Lagos, Nigeria (SPX) Jul 17, 2019 Space in Africa, the authority on news, data, and market analysis for the African space industry, has successfully completed its seed funding round. While the terms were not disclosed, the funds raised are being used to hire additional reporters and analysts to expand coverage for its subscription news service and specialised industry reports. "Many people outside Africa are surprised to h

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2019-07-17 03:15:29



Pokémon-like card game can help teach ecology  

Playing a Pokemon-like card game about ecology and biodiversity can result in broader knowledge of species and a better understanding of ecosystems than traditional teaching methods, like slideshows, according to new research.

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2019-07-17 03:12:36



Scientists Piece Together Largest US-Based Dark Matter Experiment  

Berkeley CA (SPX) Jul 17, 2019 Most of the remaining components needed to fully assemble an underground dark matter-search experiment called LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) arrived at the project's South Dakota home during a rush of deliveries in June. When complete, LZ will be the largest, most sensitive U.S.-based experiment yet that is designed to directly detect dark matter particles. Scientists around the world have been trying fo

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2019-07-17 03:07:56



How the brain distinguishes between voice and sound  

Is the brain capable of distinguishing a voice from phonemes? Researchers devised pseudo-words spoken by three voices. Their aim? To observe how the brain processes this information when it focuses either on the voice or phonemes. The scientists discovered that the auditory cortex amplifies different aspects of the sounds, depending on what task is being performed. Voice-specific information is prioritized for voice differentiation, while phoneme-specific information is important for the differe

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2019-07-17 02:58:36



SpaceX Says It Knows Why Crew Dragon Exploded  

SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft opens its nose cone before docking with the International Space Station on March 3. (Credit: NASA) Almost three months after SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule blew up during a test on April 20, the results of the investigation place blame on a leak and a faulty valve. According to a report released by SpaceX, the "anomaly" in the test occurred about 100 milliseconds prior to ignition of the last thrusters. The leak let nitrogen tetroxide, a com...

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2019-07-17 02:56:15



Health insurance idea could help millions of Americans spend less  

New federal rule could reduce out-of-pocket costs for key drugs and services for people with chronic conditions in high-deductible health plans with health savings accounts.

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2019-07-17 02:55:24



IceCube Antarctic Neutrino Detector to Get $37M Upgrade  

Madison WI (SPX) Jul 17, 2019 IceCube, the Antarctic neutrino detector that in July of 2018 helped unravel one of the oldest riddles in physics and astronomy - the origin of high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays - is getting an upgrade. This month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) approved $23 million in funding to expand the detector and its scientific capabilities. Seven new strings of optical modules will be ad

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2019-07-17 02:51:10



Russia May Send Saudi Astronaut to Space - Intergovernmental Commission  

Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 17, 2019 Russia and Saudi Arabia have discussed the possibility for Russia to send a Saudi astronaut to space for a short-duration flight, the protocol of the meeting of the Russian-Saudi intergovernmental commission read. "The countries have expressed readiness to continue consultations on the prospects and mutually beneficial areas of bilateral space activities ... a manned space flight and prepa

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2019-07-17 02:38:49



SpaceX's Starhopper Engulfed by Fireball During Test  

Starhopper sits at a test site in Texas earlier this year. (Credit: Elon Musk/SpaceX) On Tuesday, SpaceX ran its second test of Starhopper, the prototype for their enormous future passenger spacecraft. The static fire test was meant to measure the Raptor engines that power the craft. But at the end of the five second test, Starhopper was instead surrounded by an enormous fireball, as shown in a video from the rural Texas test site gathered by Everyday Astronaut. htt

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2019-07-17 02:14:55



Spectrum X-Gamma Rockets into Space with X-ray Vision  

Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2019 On July 13, the Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos (Roscosmos) launched the world's newest set of X-ray eyes to the cosmos, designed for exploring fundamental questions about the universe's past, present and future. On board is a very sensitive set of mirrors made by NASA for finding black holes. The Spectrum X-Gamma spacecraft blasted off successfully at 8:31 a.m. EDT from the Baik

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2019-07-17 02:06:20



New study reveals surprising gender disparity in work-life balance  

Work-life balance and its association with life satisfaction have been garnering a lot of interest. Life satisfaction plays a crucial role in the general happiness and health of a society or nation. A new study analyzes the effects of factors on the life satisfaction of both women and men to address some unanswered questions on this topic.

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2019-07-17 02:06:05



US to Launch Its First Own Spacecraft to ISS After NASA Certification in May 2020 - Source  

Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 17, 2019 The United States is scheduled to send its first US-made spacecraft instead of Russia-made Soyuz to the International Space Station (ISS) upon obtaining NASA certification in May 2020, a source in the aerospace industry told Sputnik on Monday. NASA has paid Russia for seats on the Soyuz spacecraft since the US Space Shuttle was retired in 2011. In 2014, NASA gave contracts to Boeing and Sp

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2019-07-17 02:03:01



Possible drug target for deadly heart condition  

A genetic mutation linked to dilated cardiomyopathy, a dangerous enlargement of the heart's main pumping chamber, activates a biological pathway normally turned off in healthy adult hearts, according to a new study.

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2019-07-17 02:02:53



SpaceX Dragon capsule explosion blamed on titanium valve failure  

Orlando FL (UPI) Jul 17, 2019 SpaceX announced Monday that the explosion of its Crew Dragon space capsule during an April test in Florida was due to the failure of a titanium valve. The explosion put the schedule for a crewed flight of SpaceX missions to the International Space Station in doubt. Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of mission assurance for SpaceX, said sending people up in a Dragon capsule this year

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2019-07-17 01:59:33



If the Apollo 11 Astronauts Died, Here's the Speech Nixon Would Have Read  

President Nixon greets Apollo 11 astronauts, left to right, Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins, shoulders only, and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. (Credit: NASA/Apollo) It's easy, amid the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, to see it as an inevitable success. NASA had been preparing for the task for years, ever since President John F. Kennedy made his famous speech at Rice University in 1962, declaring America would "go to the moon in this decade." When Neil...

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2019-07-17 01:46:48



New study works with historically disenfranchised communities to combat sudden oak death  

Science often reflects the priorities of dominant industries and ignores the needs of disenfranchised communities, resulting in the perpetuation of historical injustices. One team of scientists in Northern California studying sudden oak death, which poses a threat to the longstanding cultural heritage of several indigenous tribes, sought to chip away at this cycle through a new collaboration with these communities.

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2019-07-17 01:43:26



Gaia starts mapping our galaxy's bar  

Paris (ESA) Jul 17, 2019 The first direct measurement of the bar-shaped collection of stars at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy has been made by combining data from ESA's Gaia mission with complementary observations from ground- and space-based telescopes. The second release of data from ESA's Gaia star-mapping satellite, published in 2018, has been revolutionising many fields of astronomy. The unprecedented cat

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2019-07-17 01:38:31



Apathy: The forgotten symptom of dementia  

Apathy is the most common neuropsychiatric symptom of dementia, with a bigger impact on function than memory loss -- yet it is under-researched and often forgotten in care.

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2019-07-17 01:27:08



First-ever visualizations of electrical gating effects on electronic structure  

Scientists have visualized the electronic structure in a microelectronic device for the first time, opening up opportunities for finely-tuned high performance electronic devices.

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2019-07-17 01:21:35



Elon Musk's Secretive Brain Tech Company Debuts a Sophisticated Neural Implant  

Neuralink says it can robotically implant more than 3,000 flexible-polymer electrodes in a rat or monkey brain. The device is still a long way from routine human use, however -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-17 01:05:17



New Measurement Adds to Mystery of Universe's Expansion Rate  

Baltimore MD (SPX) Jul 17, 2019 Astronomers have made a new measurement of how fast the universe is expanding, using an entirely different kind of star than previous endeavors. The revised measurement, which comes from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (falls in the center of a hotly debated question in astrophysics that may lead to a new interpretation of the universe's fundamental properties. S

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2019-07-17 01:05:02



p38 protein regulates the formation of new blood vessels  

A new study demonstrates that inhibition of the p38 protein boosts the formation of blood vessels in human and mice colon cancers. Known as angiogenesis, this process is critical in fueling cancer cells, allowing them to grow and to eventually develop metastases.

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2019-07-17 01:01:52



A new tool for data scientists and biologists and more  

A new computational tool is able to quickly identify the hidden affiliations and interrelationships among groups/items/persons with greater accuracy than existing tools.

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2019-07-16 20:34:53



Seabed-Mining Foes Press U.N. to Weigh Climate Impacts  

Minerals used in electronics are found on the seafloor, but disturbing them could release carbon -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-16 20:27:29



Salt regulation among saltmarsh sparrows evolved in 4 unique ways  

A new study finds that different bird species in the same challenging environment -- the highly saline ecosystem of tidal marshes along ocean shores -- were able to evolve unique species-specific ways to address the same problem.

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2019-07-16 20:13:09



At STEM Competitions, Gender Norms Still Hold Girls Back  

Rachel Seevers shows off her jellyfish-inspired propulsion device at ISEF. (Credit: Chris Ayers, Society for Science & the Public) Seventeen-year-old Rachel Seevers waited nervously at the 2019 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The high school senior was about to demonstrate to the public a new kind of underwater propulsion system she'd created and tested in her parents' basement. But no one came to talk to her. So, Seevers tried an experiment. She and a nearby ...

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2019-07-16 18:53:58



Joshua trees facing extinction  

They outlived mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. But without dramatic action to reduce climate change, new research shows Joshua trees won't survive much past this century.

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2019-07-16 18:13:26



Limits on pot fishing can result in win-win for fishermen and marine wildlife  

The first major study into the impact of inshore potting for crab and lobster within a Marine Protected Area has found that in areas of low potting intensity the industry is operating in a way that had little impact on seabed species or economically-important shellfish.

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2019-07-16 17:14:45



Attractive Young Females May Have Justice Edge  

Youths rated as attractive were less likely to have negative encounters with the criminal justice system—but only if they were women. Christopher Intagliata reports.  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-16 17:14:43






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