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Moderate warming could melt East Antarctic Ice Sheet  

Parts of the world's largest ice sheet would melt if Antarctic warming of just 2°C is sustained for millennia, according to international research. Scientists used evidence from warm periods in Earth's history to see how the East Antarctic Ice Sheet might react to a warming climate.

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2018-09-19 21:41:27



Anti-inflammatory protein promotes healthy gut bacteria to curb obesity  

Scientists have discovered that the anti-inflammatory protein NLRP12 normally helps protect mice against obesity and insulin resistance when they are fed a high-fat diet. The researchers also reported that the NLRP12 gene is underactive in people who are obese, making it a potential therapeutic target for treating obesity and diabetes, both of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease and other serious conditions.

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2018-09-19 21:01:08



Commercially relevant bismuth-based thin film processing  

Researchers prepared 2D layered, visible-light-absorbing bismuth sulfide semiconductors using a two-step process. The resulting film exhibited morphology that supported excellent semiconductor performance. The simplicity and versatility of the processing method, which uses non-toxic, abundant materials, makes bismuth sulfide a viable alternative to commercially available photoresponsive devices.

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2018-09-19 20:48:17



Super cheap earth element to advance new battery tech to the industry  

Worldwide efforts to make sodium-ion batteries just as functional as lithium-ion batteries have long since controlled sodium's tendency to explode, but not yet resolved how to prevent sodium-ions from 'getting lost' during the first few times a battery charges and discharges. Now, researchers made a sodium powder version that fixes this problem and holds a charge properly.

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2018-09-19 20:40:37



College students have unequal access to reliable technology, study finds  

Smartphones and laptops seem ubiquitous at US universities, but there is still a 'digital divide,' with some students less likely than others to have consistent access to reliable technology, according to a new study.

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2018-09-19 20:31:51



Searching for new bridge forms that can span further  

Newly identified bridge forms could enable significantly longer bridge spans to be achieved in the future, potentially making a crossing over the Strait of Gibraltar, from the Iberian Peninsula to Morocco, feasible. The new bridge forms -- identified by a team of researchers from the University of Sheffield and Brunel University London, working with long span bridge expert Ian Firth of engineering consultants COWI -- use a new mathematical modelling technique to identify optimal forms for very l

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2018-09-19 20:27:28



Fly mating choices may help explain variation across species  

Scientists have shed new light on the impact of sexual selection on species diversity after studying the mating rituals of dance flies.

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2018-09-19 19:55:52



Improving 'silvopastures' for bird conservation  

The adoption of 'silvopastures' -- incorporating trees into pastureland -- can provide habitat for forest bird species and improve connectivity in landscapes fragmented by agriculture. But how do silvopastures measure up to natural forest habitat? New research shows that birds in silvopasture forage less efficiently than those in forest fragments but offers suggestions for how silvopasture habitat could be improved.

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2018-09-19 19:05:44



DNA tests of illegal ivory link multiple ivory shipments to same dealers  

Scientists report that DNA test results of large ivory seizures made by law enforcement have linked multiple ivory shipments over the three-year period, when this trafficking reached its peak, to the same network of dealers operating out of a handful of African ports.

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2018-09-19 18:50:39



Scientists examine variations in a cell's protein factory  

Scientists are studying the factors within a cell that can influence noise. They discovered that for 85 percent of genes, the noise magnitude is higher in the last step as compared to the first step.

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2018-09-19 18:09:15



Oldest-known aquatic reptiles probably spent time on land  

A comprehensive analysis of Mesosaurus fossils shows that bones from adults share similarities with land-dwelling animals -- suggesting older Mesosaurus were semi-aquatic, whereas the juveniles spent their time in the water. This new research emphasizes the importance of thoroughly analyzing fossilized remains from across all stages of a reptile's life to get a full appreciation of its lifestyle and behavior.

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2018-09-19 17:33:22



Instilling persistence in children  

Encouraging children 'to help,' rather than asking them to 'be helpers,' can instill persistence as they work to fulfill daily tasks that are difficult to complete, finds a new psychology study.

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2018-09-19 17:22:23



Zombie cells found in brains of mice prior to cognitive loss  

Zombie cells are the ones that can't die but are equally unable to perform the functions of a normal cell. These zombie, or senescent, cells are implicated in a number of age-related diseases. Researchers have now expanded that list.

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2018-09-19 17:21:28



Plant growth-promoting bacteria enhance plant salinity tolerance  

Soil salinity is a serious problem in crop production, but the work of scientists helps to relieve it.

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2018-09-19 17:16:57



Strategies to protect bone health in hematologic stem cell transplant recipients  

A new review looks at the major factors affecting bone health in mematologic stem cell transplant recipients, and provides expert guidance for the monitoring, evaluation and treatment of bone loss in these patients.

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2018-09-19 17:11:34



Premature brains develop differently in boys and girls  

Brains of baby boys born prematurely are affected differently and more severely than premature infant girls' brains.

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2018-09-19 16:48:51



Unprecedented ice loss in Russian ice cap  

In the last few years, the Vavilov Ice Cap in the Russian High Arctic has dramatically accelerated, sliding as much as 82 feet a day in 2015, according to a new multi-national, multi-institute study. That dwarfs the ice's previous average speed of about 2 inches per day and has challenged scientists' assumptions about the stability of the cold ice caps dotting Earth's high latitudes.

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2018-09-19 16:45:31



Two quantum dots are better than one: Using one dot to sense changes in another  

Researchers developed the first device that can detect single-electron events in a self-assembled quantum dot in real time. The device detects the single-electron tunneling events of one quantum dot as changes in the current produced by a second quantum dot in close proximity. This device allows single-electron events in quantum dots to be investigated, which is beneficial for the development of photonic devices and quantum computing.

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2018-09-19 15:59:49



Fiber optic sensor measures tiny magnetic fields  

Researchers have developed a light-based technique for measuring very weak magnetic fields, such as those produced when neurons fire in the brain.

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2018-09-19 15:17:20



New micro-platform reveals cancer cells' natural behavior  

A new cell culture platform allows researchers to observe never-before-seen behaviors of live cancer cells under the microscope, leading to explanations of long-known cancer characteristics.

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2018-09-19 14:31:41



How heartfelt guilt affects individuals  

For thousands of years, people have closely associated moral cleanliness with acts of physical cleanliness. A recent study explored this association by eliciting guilt, a threat to one's moral purity.

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2018-09-19 13:53:36



More doctor visits lead to fewer suicide attempts for fibromyalgia patients  

Fibromyalgia patients who regularly visit their physicians are much less likely to attempt suicide than those who do not, according to a new study.

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2018-09-19 13:37:17



Creating 3D printed 'motion sculptures' from 2D videos  

The new system uses an algorithm that can take D videos and turn them into 3D printed 'motion sculptures' that show how a human body moves through space. In addition to being an intriguing aesthetic visualization of shape and time, the team envisions that their 'MoSculp' system could enable a much more detailed study of motion for professional athletes, dancers, or anyone who wants to improve their physical skills.

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2018-09-19 13:35:56



Lighting it up: A new non-toxic, cheap, and stable blue photoluminescent material  

Scientists have designed a novel photoluminescent material that is cheap to fabricate, does not use toxic starting materials, and is very stable, enhancing our understanding of the quantic nature of photoluminescence.

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2018-09-19 12:53:49



People can handle the truth (more than you think)  

New research explores the consequences of honesty in everyday life and determines that people can often afford to be more honest than they think.

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2018-09-19 12:38:38



Co-evolution between a 'parasite gene' and its host  

A research team has delineated a complex symbiosis between a 'parasitic' noncoding RNA gene and its protein coding 'host' gene in human cells. The study reveals how co-evolution of the host gene and parasite gene has shaped a feedback mechanism in which the parasite gene plays a completely new and surprising part as regulator of the host gene protein production. The breakthrough finding opens an entirely new avenue of research in gene expression.

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2018-09-19 12:33:07



From crystals to climate: 'Gold standard' timeline links flood basalts to climate change  

Princeton geologists used tiny zircon crystals found in volcanic ash to rewrite the timeline for the eruptions of the Columbia River flood basalts, a series of massive lava flows that coincided with an ancient global warming period 16 million years ago.

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2018-09-19 12:12:23



Young children's oral bacteria may predict obesity  

Weight gain during early childhood is related to the composition of oral bacteria of two-year-old children, suggesting this understudied aspect of a children's collection of microorganisms could serve as an early indicator for childhood obesity.

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2018-09-19 12:05:46



Newly identified African bird species already in trouble  

Central Africa's Albertine Rift region is a biodiversity hotspot consisting of a system of highlands that spans six countries. Recent studies have shown that the population of sooty bush-shrikes occupying the region's mid-elevation forests is a distinct species, and new research reveals that this newly discovered species may already be endangered due to pressure from agricultural development.

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2018-09-19 10:09:16



Nucleation a boon to sustainable nanomanufacturing  

Scientists have measured the activation energy and kinetic factors of calcium carbonate's nucleation.

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2018-09-19 09:52:27



Chemicals linked to endocrine disorder in older pet cats  

New research suggests that there may be a link between higher levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment and higher levels of hyperthyroidism in pet cats as they age.

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2018-09-19 09:49:12



How long does a quantum jump take?  

Quantum jumps are usually regarded to be instantaneous. However, new measurement methods are so precise that it has now become possible to observe such a process and to measure its duration precisely -- for example the famous 'photoelectric effect', first described by Albert Einstein.

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2018-09-19 09:36:45



Green tea compound helps siRNA slip inside cells  

Drinking green tea has been linked to health benefits ranging from cardiovascular disease prevention to weight loss. Although many of these claims still need to be verified in the clinic, an antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) appears to have beneficial effects in cells and animals. Now, researchers have found a surprising use for EGCG: sneaking therapeutic RNAs into cells.

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2018-09-19 09:12:07



New insight into aging  

Researchers examined the effects of aging on neuroplasticity in the primary auditory cortex, the part of the brain that processes auditory information. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain's ability to modify its connections and function in response to environmental demands, an important process in learning.

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2018-09-19 08:58:06



When a chemical tag makes the difference in cell fate and gene expression  

Scientists have uncovered the role of special chemical 'tags' in controlling vital genes involved in early mammalian development.

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2018-09-19 08:32:57



Where you live might influence how you measure up against your peers  

Social psychologists uncover important mechanisms of social comparison, showing that it depends on specific, universal social settings and situations.

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2018-09-19 08:15:11



Quantum anomaly: Breaking a classical symmetry with ultracold atoms  

A new study of ultracold atomic gases finds a quantum anomaly: strongly interacting particles breaking classical symmetry in a 2-D Fermi gas.

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2018-09-19 08:15:08



Foraging of mountain gorillas for sodium-rich foods  

A new Biotropica study examines mountain gorillas in Rwanda and their foraging for sodium-rich food in both national park areas and lands managed by local communities.

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2018-09-19 07:58:18



'Robotic Skins' turn everyday objects into robots  

When you think of robotics, you likely think of something rigid, heavy, and built for a specific purpose. New 'Robotic Skins' technology flips that notion on its head, allowing users to animate the inanimate and turn everyday objects into robots.

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2018-09-19 07:29:28



Characterization of pregnancy microbiome reveals variations in bacterial diversity  

Researchers performed detailed whole-community sequencing on the microbial communities of three maternal body sites (vagina, gut, and oral cavity) over the course of pregnancy from the first trimester through delivery revealing variations in bacterial diversity.

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2018-09-19 07:02:15



Mineral weathering from thawing permafrost can release substantial CO2  

The amount of carbon dioxide released from thawing permafrost might be greater than previously thought, according to a new study by ecologists. The research is the first to document the potential for substantial contributions of CO2 from thawing permafrost to the atmosphere through an inorganic process called mineral weathering.

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2018-09-19 06:35:40



Strength-based exercises could help child obesity fight, study finds  

Encouraging young people to do strength-based exercises -- such as squats, push ups and lunges -- could play a key role in tackling child obesity, research suggests.

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2018-09-19 06:09:32



Looking back in time to watch for a different kind of black hole  

A simulation has suggested what astronomers should look for if they search the skies for a direct collapse black hole in its early stages.

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2018-09-19 06:06:36



Scientists identify three causes of Earth's spin axis drift  

Using observational and model-based data spanning the entire 20th century, scientists have for the first time have identified three broadly-categorized processes responsible for Earth's spin axis drift -- contemporary mass loss primarily in Greenland, glacial rebound, and mantle convection.

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2018-09-19 06:05:37



Cannabinoid drugs make pain feel 'less unpleasant, more tolerable'  

Researchers have determined that cannabinoid drugs do not appear to reduce the intensity of experimental pain, but, instead, may make pain feel less unpleasant and more tolerable.

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2018-09-19 05:58:13



Why do we love bees but hate wasps?  

A lack of understanding of the important role of wasps in the ecosystem and economy is a fundamental reason why they are universally despised whereas bees are much loved, according to new research.

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2018-09-19 05:34:43



New research identifies abundant endangered fish below waterfall in San Juan River  

A new study provides insight into the magnitude of the effect this waterfall has on endangered fishes in the San Juan River. From 2015-2017 more than 1,000 razorback sucker and dozens of Colorado pikeminnow were detected downstream of the waterfall. Some fish moved to this location from up to 600 miles away in the Colorado River.

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2018-09-19 05:17:42



Microbubble scrubber destroys dangerous biofilms  

Stiff microbial films often coat medical devices, household items and infrastructure such as the inside of water supply pipes, and can lead to dangerous infections. Researchers have developed a system that harnesses the power of bubbles to propel tiny particles through the surfaces of these tough films and deliver an antiseptic deathblow to the microbes living inside.

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2018-09-19 05:14:33



Gaia hints at our Galaxy's turbulent life  

Our Milky Way galaxy is still enduring the effects of a near collision that set millions of stars moving like ripples on a pond, the Gaia star mapping mission has shown.

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2018-09-19 04:29:55



Origami inspires highly efficient solar steam generator  

Water covers most of the globe, yet many regions still suffer from a lack of clean drinking water. If scientists could efficiently and sustainably turn seawater into clean water, a looming global water crisis might be averted. Now, inspired by origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, researchers have devised a solar steam generator that approaches 100 percent efficiency for the production of clean water.

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2018-09-19 04:11:28



Multi-directional activity control of cellular processes as a new tool  

The spatial and temporal dynamics of proteins or organelles plays a crucial role in controlling various cellular processes and in development of diseases. Yet, acute control of activity at distinct locations within a cell cannot be achieved. Scientists now present a new chemo-optogenetic method that enables tunable, reversible, and rapid control of activity at multiple subcellular compartments within a living cell.

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2018-09-19 03:58:33



New nanoparticle superstructures made from pyramid-shaped building blocks  

In research that may help bridge the divide between the nano and the macro, chemists have used pyramid-shaped nanoparticles to create what might be the most complex macroscale superstructure ever assembled.

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2018-09-19 03:57:23



Flu season forecasts could be more accurate with access to health care companies' data  

New research shows that data routinely collected by health care companies -- if made available to researchers and public health agencies -- could enable more accurate forecasts of when the next flu season will peak, how long it will last and how many people will get sick.

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2018-09-19 03:40:01



Wave-particle interactions allow collision-free energy transfer in space plasma  

A team finds evidence of collisionless energy transfer occurring in the plasma of Earth's magnetosphere.

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2018-09-19 03:11:18



Seeing pesticides spread through insect bodies  

A team provides insights into the distribution of pesticides within insects using a newly developed method of insect sample preparation.

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2018-09-19 03:09:21



Women who breastfeed for at least five months have more kids  

New research shows that women who breastfeed their first child for five months or longer are more likely to have three or more children, and less likely to have only one child.

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2018-09-19 02:42:20



Diverse forests are stronger against drought  

Researchers report that forests with trees that employ a high diversity of traits related to water use suffer less of an impact from drought. The results, which expand on previous work that looked at individual tree species' resilience based on hydraulic traits, lead to new research directions on forest resilience and inform forest managers working to rebuild forests after logging or wildfire.

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2018-09-19 01:54:30



Light provides spin  

Physicists have proven that incoming light causes the electrons in warm perovskites to rotate thus influencing the direction of the flow of electrical current. They have thus found the key to an important characteristic of these crystals, which could play an important role in the development of new solar cells.

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2018-09-19 01:19:27



Outside competition breeds more trust among coworkers  

Working in a competitive industry fosters a greater level of trust amongst workers, finds a new study.

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2018-09-19 01:12:49



Why some human genes are more popular with researchers than others  

Historical bias is a key reason why biomedical researchers continue to study the same 10 percent of all human genes while ignoring many genes known to play roles in disease, according to a new study. This bias is bolstered by research funding mechanisms and social forces.

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2018-09-18 21:57:50



Tweaking cells' gatekeepers could lead to new way to fight cancer  

Researchers have devised a way to manipulate numbers of individual nuclear pores -- a breakthrough that may one day stop cancerous cells from proliferating out of control.

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2018-09-18 21:55:40



How slick water and black shale in fracking combine to produce radioactive waste  

Study explains how radioactive radium transfers to wastewater in the widely-used method to extract oil and gas.

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2018-09-18 21:47:01



The nocturnal pollinators: Scientists reveal the secret life of moths  

A new study suggests moths have an important but overlooked ecological role -- dispensing pollen over large distances under the cover of darkness.

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2018-09-18 20:31:47



CRISPR screen reveals new targets in more than half of all squamous cell carcinomas  

Researchers sheds light on p63 activity in squamous cell carcinoma of the lung, providing an actionable path forward to drug development against this known cause of cancer.

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2018-09-18 19:52:44



Better chemo drug adsorption onto targeted delivery capsules  

One of the challenges in cancer research is improving the delivery of chemo drugs to enhance their efficacy while decreasing the risk of side effects. Scientists now perform a theoretical prediction of adsorption of a well-known chemo drug onto active carbon with aluminium inclusions, to show its potential as an oral chemotherapy delivery capsule.

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2018-09-18 18:38:41



First particle tracks seen in prototype for international neutrino experiment  

The largest liquid-argon neutrino detector in the world has just recorded its first particle tracks, signaling the start of a new chapter in the story of the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE).

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2018-09-18 15:22:41



New hurdle for developing immunotherapies  

A new discovery tosses a new wrench into the process of building better molecules to develop immunotherapies.

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2018-09-18 15:18:30



Jararaca pit vipers: Giant' specimens proliferation linked to fewer predators  

In São Paulo, Brazil, it is the lesser presence of predators, not large food supply, that can explain why an isolated green area concentrates more giant pit vipers than a wide forest reserve.

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2018-09-18 14:25:09



For-profit hospitals correlated with higher readmission rates  

Patients who receive care in a for-profit hospital are more likely to be readmitted than those who receive care in nonprofit or public hospitals, according to a new study.

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2018-09-18 13:58:05



International study suggest ancient globalization  

Using energy consumption as a measure, a team of international scientists has found that ancient civilizations engaged in globalization more than previously believed, suggesting that an integrated global economy is nothing new and may have benefited societies for ages.

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2018-09-18 13:35:04



Solving the gut inflammation puzzle  

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), an umbrella term for a number of gut disorders -- including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease -- remains a clinical challenge. Now, researchers have identified a protein that drives intestinal inflammation. This finding highlights new opportunities for creating targeted therapeutics.

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2018-09-18 13:30:43



Florida Keys' corals are growing but have become more porous  

Researchers have long questioned what impact climate change has on the rate at which corals are growing and building reef habitats in the Florida Keys. A new study explored this topic, finding both good and bad news. The rate of coral skeletal growth in the Florida Keys has remained relatively stable over time, but the skeletal density of the region's corals is declining, possibly due to ocean acidification.

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2018-09-18 13:10:02



A key to climate stabilization could be buried deep in the mud  

While scientists fear that rising temperatures could unleash a 'bomb' of carbon from Earth's soil carbon reservoirs, a new study suggests these reservoirs might actually be more stable than predicted.

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2018-09-18 13:01:14



Electrochemistry: Greater than the sum of its parts  

Scientists have developed a new model that merges basic electrochemical theory with theories used in different contexts, such as the study of photoelectrochemistry and semiconductor physics, to describe phenomena that occur in any electrode.

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2018-09-18 12:58:08



Global trade in exotic pets threatens endangered parrots through the spread of a virus  

Beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) in wild parrot populations has been detected in eight new countries, raising concerns for threatened species. This highlights the need for greater awareness of the risks of the spread of infectious disease associated with the international trade in live parrots.

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2018-09-18 12:45:07



Neuroscience of envy: Activated brain region when others are rewarded revealed  

Researchers showed that part of the macaque brain alters the sense of value felt upon receiving a reward in a manner dependent on the receipt of rewards by one's peers. This finding on the neuroscience of envy provides insight into how all primates, including humans, compare their material wellbeing with that of others and are potentially motivated to compete for limited resources.

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2018-09-18 12:39:39



Sleep deprived people more likely to have car crashes  

A new study indicates that people who have slept for fewer than seven of the past 24 hours have higher odds of being involved in and responsible for car crashes. The risk is greatest for drivers who have slept fewer than four hours.

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2018-09-18 12:27:41



Zika vaccine shows promise for treating deadly brain cancer  

Researchers have successfully deployed a Zika virus vaccine to target and kill human glioblastoma brain cancer stem cells, which had been transplanted into mice. In a new study, the team shows that a live, attenuated version of the Zika virus could form the basis of a new treatment option for this fatal brain cancer.

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2018-09-18 12:12:24



Cash, carbon, crude: How to make oil fields bury emissions  

A new analysis looks at what it would take for oil companies to start pumping millions of tons of carbon dioxide into their wells to boost crude production -- and what it would mean for the climate.

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2018-09-18 12:11:18



Making happiness last longer  

The happiness derived from a purchase may last longer for those who set broader goals for the experience.

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2018-09-18 11:26:35



Searching for clues on extreme climate change  

Nearly 13,000 years ago, pines in southern France experienced a cold snap, which scientists have now reconstructed. The study about the consequences of a drastic climate change event in past and its implications for our future.

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2018-09-18 11:17:02



Nuclear pasta, the hardest known substance in the universe  

A team of scientists has calculated the strength of the material deep inside the crust of neutron stars and found it to be the strongest known material in the universe.

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2018-09-18 11:15:45



Extremely small and fast: Laser ignites hot plasma  

When light pulses from an extremely powerful laser system are fired onto material samples, the electric field of the light rips the electrons off the atomic nuclei. A plasma is created. The electrons couple with the laser light in the process. When flying out of the target, they pull the atomic cores behind them. In order to experimentally investigate this complex acceleration process scientists have developed a novel type of diagnostics for innovative laser-based particle accelerators.

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2018-09-18 11:13:37



Capitalizing on sleep-wake cycle can drastically increase digital ad profits from social media  

New research shows digital content platforms can increase traffic to their websites from social media and boost digital ad profits by at least 8 percent, simply by aligning their posting schedules with target audiences' sleep-wake cycles.

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2018-09-18 11:12:29



Hardwired for laziness? Tests show the human brain must work hard to avoid sloth  

Society has encouraged people to be more physically active, yet we are actually becoming less active. This new study offers a possible explanation: Our brains may be innately attracted to sedentary behavior. Electroencephalograms showed that test subjects had to summon extra brain resources when trying to avoid physical inactivity.

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2018-09-18 10:55:18



First gut bacteria may have lasting effect on ability to fight chronic diseases  

New research showing that the first bacteria introduced into the gut have a lasting impact, may one day allow science to adjust microbiomes -- the one-of-a-kind microbial communities that live in our gastrointestinal tracts -- to help ward off serious chronic diseases.

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2018-09-18 10:48:52



Jumping genes work together to control programmed deletion in the genome  

Scientists have discovered a new family of molecules that work together to precisely remove unwanted DNA during reproduction in single-celled, freshwater organisms called ciliates.

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2018-09-18 10:48:36



Engineered E. coli using formic acid and CO2 as a C1-refinery platform strain  

A research group has developed an engineered E. coli strain that converts formic acid and CO2 to pyruvate and produces cellular energy from formic acid through reconstructed one-carbon pathways. The strategy described in this study provides a new platform for producing value-added chemicals from one-carbon sources.

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2018-09-18 10:46:41



Do we trust people who speak with an accent?  

A recently published study shows that unless they speak in a confident tone of voice, you're less likely to believe someone who speaks with an accent. And, interestingly, as you make this decision different parts of your brain are activated, depending on whether you perceive the speaker to be from your own 'in-group' or from some type of 'out-group' (e.g., someone with a different linguistic or cultural background).

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2018-09-18 10:41:14



How birds can stay slim, even when they overeat  

Noticing that songbirds never seem to get fat despite overeating at bird feeders, environmental biologists wondered whether the amount of energy birds put into singing, fidgeting, or exercising could be adjusted in ways that regulate weight. Researchers now explore whether songbirds needn't worry about their calorie counts because they can control the way their bodies use energy.

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2018-09-18 10:27:04



Intestinal bacteria produce electric current from sugar  

Intestinal bacteria can create an electric current, according to a new study. The results are valuable for the development of drugs, but also for the production of bioenergy, for example.

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2018-09-18 10:22:31



Eelgrass wasting disease has new enemies: Drones and artificial intelligence  

Every year, the world loses an estimated 7 percent of its seagrasses. While the reasons are manifold, one culprit has long confounded scientists: eelgrass wasting disease. This September a team of biologists is zeroing in on the problem, in the first study of the disease to stretch along the Pacific Coast from southern California to Alaska.

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2018-09-18 10:14:57



In a tiny worm, a close-up view of where genes are working  

Researchers have produced new resources for research involving the roundworm C. elegans: a comprehensive view of which genes are active in each of the four major tissues of adult worms, as well as a tool for predicting gene activity across 76 more specific cell types.

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2018-09-18 10:06:04



How cells repurpose their garbage disposal systems to promote inflammation  

Researchers have unraveled new insights into the way cells leverage G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and their cellular waste disposal systems to control inflammation. The findings suggest some existing cancer drugs that inhibit these cellular activities might be repurposed to treat vascular inflammation, which occurs when artery-blocking plaques form in atherosclerosis.

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2018-09-18 10:05:05



Use of electrical brain stimulation to foster creativity has sweeping implications  

Researchers address neuro-ethical concerns associated with the increasing use of transcranial electrical stimulation (tES).

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2018-09-18 09:55:26



Father's obesity in early puberty doubles asthma-risk for future offspring  

Boys who have considerable weight gain between childhood and puberty, double the risk of having asthma as an adult, and for future offspring.

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2018-09-18 09:36:48



Drugs that stop mosquitoes catching malaria could help eradicate the disease  

Researchers have identified compounds that could prevent malaria parasites from being able to infect mosquitoes, halting the spread of disease.

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2018-09-18 09:26:13



Eating foods with low nutritional quality ratings linked to cancer risk in large European cohort  

The consumption of foods with higher scores on the British Food Standards Agency nutrient profiling system (FSAm-NPS), reflecting a lower nutritional quality, is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer.

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2018-09-18 09:22:42



Transparent loudspeakers and MICs that let your skin play music  

An international team of researchers has presented an innovative wearable technology that will turn your skin into a loudspeaker.

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2018-09-18 08:39:34



New insights into DNA phase separation  

A recent study has presented the notion of 'DNA Phase Separation', which suggests that the DNA within the nucleus may trigger phase separation, like oil in water.

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2018-09-18 08:39:29






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