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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



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



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



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



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



A world without brick-and-mortar stores? Even avid online shoppers say, 'no, thanks'  

The majority of consumers, even those who prefer online shopping, think the extinction of brick-and-mortar stores would be bad for society, according to a new study that explores consumers' perceptions of today's transforming retail environment.

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2018-11-14 16:43:45



Microgel powder fights infection and helps wounds heal  

While making smart glue, a team of engineers discovered a handy byproduct: hydrogen peroxide. In microgel form, it reduces bacteria and virus ability to infect by at least 99.9 percent.

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2018-11-14 16:43:41



Natural solutions can reduce global warming  

A new study found that 21 percentof the United States' greenhouse gas pollution (1.2 Pg CO2e year) could be removed through enhanced management of forest, grassland, agricultural, and coastal areas. An offset at this level would be the equivalent to pollution from every single US car and truck on the road.

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2018-11-14 16:00:45



Massive impact crater from a kilometer-wide iron meteorite discovered in Greenland  

An international team has discovered a 31-km wide meteorite impact crater buried beneath the ice-sheet in the northern Greenland. This is the first time that a crater of any size has been found under one of Earth's continental ice sheets.

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2018-11-14 16:00:42



Late Miocene ape maxilla (upper jaw) discovered in western India  

An ape maxilla (upper jaw) from the Late Miocene found in the Kutch basin, in western India, significantly extends the southern range of ancient apes in the Indian Peninsula, according to a new study.

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2018-11-14 16:00:36



How we use music as a possible sleep aid  

Many individuals use music in the hope that it fights sleep difficulties, according to a new study.

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2018-11-14 16:00:33



Parents shouldn't worry if their infant doesn't sleep through the night by a year old  

The authors of a study found that a large percentage of healthy babies don't start sleeping through the night even at a year old. The research team also examined whether infants who didn't sleep for six or eight consecutive hours were more likely to have problems with psychomotor and mental development, and found no association. The researchers also found no correlation between infants waking up at night and their mothers' postnatal mood.

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2018-11-14 16:00:21



Symbiosis a driver of truffle diversity  

Truffles are the fruiting bodies of the ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungal symbionts residing on host plant roots. In many Ascomycota and Basidiomycota lineages, truffle-forming species have evolved independently in nearly every major group. This suggests that symbiosis drives evolution of truffle diversity and selects for specific traits.

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2018-11-14 14:43:28



For arid, Mars-like Peruvian desert, rain brings death  

When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. Instead, the water brought death. Planetary astrobiologists has found that after encountering never-before-seen rainfall three years ago at the arid core of Peru's Atacama Desert, the heavy precipitation wiped out most of the microbes that had lived there.

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2018-11-14 14:43:24



Deep-time evolution of animal life on islands  

A new article describes two new fossil relatives of marsupials that shed light on how a unique island ecosystem evolved some 43 million years ago during the Eocene.

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2018-11-14 14:43:18



First tally of US-Russia polar bears finds a healthy population  

The first scientific assessment of polar bears that live in the Chukchi Sea region that spans the US and Russia finds the population is healthy and does not yet appear to be suffering from declining sea ice.

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2018-11-14 14:43:15



Competition for shrinking groundwater  

Groundwater, which has been used to irrigate crops, satiate livestock and quench thirst in general for thousands of years, continues to be a vital resource around the world.

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2018-11-14 14:43:12



Alcohol ads with pro-drinking comments on Facebook boost desire to drink, study finds  

Alcohol advertisements on social media sites such as Facebook can increase young adults' desire to drink if the ads contain pro-drinking comments from users, according to new research.

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2018-11-14 13:20:45



Cold Super-Earth found orbiting closest single star to Sun  

The nearest single star to the Sun hosts an exoplanet at least 3.2 times as massive as Earth -- a so-called super-Earth. One of the largest observing campaigns to date using data from a world-wide array of telescopes has revealed this frozen, dimly lit world. The newly discovered planet is the second-closest known exoplanet to the Earth. Barnard's star is the fastest moving star in the night sky.

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2018-11-14 13:20:40



Researchers discover novel 'to divide or to differentiate' switch in plants  

Scientists have uncovered a novel mechanism in plants that controls an important decision step in stomatal lineage to divide asymmetrically or to differentiate. This is a decisive step for the formation of stomata, tiny pores on the plant surface, produced by asymmetric cell division.

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2018-11-14 13:20:28



Tropical trees in the Andes are moving up -- toward extinction  

In the most comprehensive study of its kind, biologists have found that tropical and subtropical forests across South America's Andes Mountains are responding to warming temperatures by migrating to higher, cooler elevations, but probably not quickly enough to avoid the loss of their biodiversity, functional collapse, or even extinction.

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2018-11-14 13:20:22



Climate simulations project wetter, windier hurricanes  

New supercomputer simulations by climate scientists have shown that climate change intensified the amount of rainfall in recent hurricanes such as Katrina, Irma, and Maria by 5 to 10 percent. They further found that if those hurricanes were to occur in a future world that is warmer than present, those storms would have even more rainfall and stronger winds.

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2018-11-14 13:20:19



Large areas of the Brazilian rainforest at risk of losing protection  

Up to 15 million hectares of the Brazilian Amazon is at risk of losing its legal protection, according to a new study.

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2018-11-14 13:20:17



Seismic study reveals huge amount of water dragged into Earth's interior  

Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep Earth than previously estimated, according to a first-of-its-kind seismic study that spans the Mariana Trench.

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2018-11-14 13:20:13



Recommending plants to benefit and attract pollinators  

Pollinating insects are integral to the health of all terrestrial ecosystems and agriculture worldwide. As homeowners attempt to conserve pollinators through horticulture practices, they often seek the advice and guidance of horticulture retail employees regarding what plants they can successfully include on their properties to maximize their intended benefit to pollinators as well as to their home ecosystems.

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2018-11-14 13:20:11



A new approach to detecting cancer earlier from blood tests  

Cancer scientists have combined 'liquid biopsy,' epigenetic alterations and machine learning to develop a blood test to detect and classify cancer at its earliest stages.

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2018-11-14 13:20:00



Houston's urban sprawl increased rainfall, flooding during Hurricane Harvey  

Researchers found that Houston's urban landscape directly contributed to the torrential rainfall and deadly flooding of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Houston's risk for extreme flooding was 21 times greater due to urbanization. The results highlight the human role in extreme weather events and the need to consider urban and suburban development when calculating hurricane risk.

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2018-11-14 13:19:57



Putting food-safety detection in the hands of consumers  

Researchers have developed a wireless system that leverages the cheap RFID tags already on hundreds of billions of products to sense potential food contamination -- with no hardware modifications needed. With the simple, scalable system, the researchers hope to bring food-safety detection to the general public.

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2018-11-14 13:19:54



Mothers infected by dengue may have babies with higher risk of severe Zika, and vice versa  

Two new studies provide evidence that previous Dengue infection in pregnant mothers may lead to increased severity of Zika in babies, and that previous Zika infection in mice mothers may increase severity of Dengue infection in their pups. The research supports that maternally acquired antibodies for one virus can assist infection by the other by a process unique to flaviviruses.

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2018-11-14 12:03:26



Bias-based bullying does more harm, is harder to protect against  

A new study finds that bias-based bullying does more harm to students than generalized bullying, particularly for students who are targeted because of multiple identities, such as race and gender. What's more, the study finds that efforts to mitigate these harms are less effective against bias-based bullying.

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2018-11-14 12:03:23



Climate control of Earth's critical zone  

New research by geoscientists shines a light on this hidden world from ridgetops to valley floors and shows how rainfall shapes the part of our planet that is just beyond where we can see.

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2018-11-14 12:03:19



How exercise could help fight drug addiction  

The siren call of addictive drugs can be hard to resist, and returning to the environment where drugs were previously taken can make resistance that much harder. However, addicts who exercise appear to be less vulnerable to the impact of these environmental cues. Now, research with mice suggests that exercise might strengthen a drug user's resolve by altering the production of peptides in the brain.

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2018-11-14 12:03:17



Rainforest vine compound starves pancreatic cancer cells  

Pancreatic cancer cells are known for their ability to thrive under extreme conditions of low nutrients and oxygen, a trait known in the cancer field as 'austerity.' The cells' remarkable resistance to starvation is one reason why pancreatic cancer is so deadly. Now researchers have identified a compound from a Congolese plant that has strong ''antiausterity'' potential, making pancreatic cancer cells susceptible to nutrient starvation.

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2018-11-14 12:03:14



Older adults' abstract reasoning ability predicts depressive symptoms over time  

Age-related declines in abstract reasoning ability predict increasing depressive symptoms in subsequent years, according to data from a longitudinal study of older adults in Scotland.

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2018-11-14 12:03:11



Epoxy compound gets a graphene bump  

Researchers combine epoxy with a tough graphene foam and carbon nanotube scaffold to build a resilient composite that's tougher and as conductive as other compounds but as light as pure epoxy.

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2018-11-14 12:03:08



Middle Eastern desert dust on the Tibetan plateau could affect the Indian summer monsoon  

Large quantities dust from the deserts of the Middle East can settle on the Tibetan Plateau, darkening the region's snowpack and accelerating snow melt. A new atmospheric modeling study suggests that, in some years, heavy springtime dust deposition can set off a series of feedbacks that intensify the Indian summer monsoon. The findings could explain a correlation between Tibetan snowpack and the Indian monsoon first observed by British meteorologist Henry Blanford in 1884.

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2018-11-14 12:01:32



Soil's history: A solution to soluble phosphorus?  

New research suggests that, over time, less phosphorus fertilizer may be necessary on agricultural fields.

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2018-11-14 10:44:14



Gravitational waves from a merged hyper-massive neutron star  

For the first time astronomers have detected gravitational waves from a merged, hyper-massive neutron star.

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2018-11-14 10:44:08



Quantum science turns social  

Researchers developed a versatile remote gaming interface that allowed experts as well as hundreds of citizen scientists all over the world through multiplayer collaboration and in real time to optimize a quantum gas experiment in a lab. Both teams quickly used the interface to dramatically improve upon the previous best solutions, that scientists had established after months of careful optimization. The experiment aims to unravel how humans solve complex, natural science problems.

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2018-11-14 10:44:02



Salmon are shrinking and it shows in their genes  

Male salmon are maturing earlier and becoming smaller, and it shows in their genes. This was the discovery of a study that examined scale samples from salmon over a 40-year period, and looked at the population genetic profile of a gene that determines salmon's age of maturity and size. The results show that the 'big salmon gene version' has become rarer in the population over time, and has been replaced by the 'small salmon gene version'.

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2018-11-14 10:43:56



Diabetic foot ulcers heal quickly with nitric oxide technology  

Around the world, 425 million people live with diabetes and upwards of 15 percent develop foot ulcers, which increases their risk of death 2.5 times. A new nitric oxide-releasing technology has the potential to cut down the healing time of diabetic foot ulcers from 120 days to 21 days.

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2018-11-14 10:41:16



Next step on the path towards an efficient biofuel cell  

Fuel cells that work with the enzyme hydrogenase are, in principle, just as efficient as those that contain the expensive precious metal platinum as a catalyst. However, the enzymes need an aqueous environment, which makes it difficult for the starting material for the reaction -- hydrogen -- to reach the enzyme-loaded electrode. Researchers solved this problem by combining previously developed concepts for packaging the enzymes with gas diffusion electrode technology.

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2018-11-14 10:40:51



Earth's magnetic field measured using artificial stars at 90 kilometers altitude  

In 2011, researchers proposed that artificial guide stars could be used to measure the Earth's magnetic field in the mesosphere. An international group of scientists has recently managed to do this with a high degree of precision. The technique may also help to identify magnetic structures in the solid Earth's lithosphere, to monitor space weather, and to measure electrical currents in the part of the atmosphere called ionosphere.

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2018-11-14 10:40:48



When electric fields make spins swirl  

Scientists have reported the discovery of small and ferroelectrically tunable skyrmions. Published in Nature Materials, this work introduces new compelling advantages that bring skyrmion research a step closer to application.

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2018-11-14 10:40:40



Nanotubes built from protein crystals: Breakthrough in biomolecular engineering  

Researchers at Tokyo Tech have succeeded in constructing protein nanotubes from tiny scaffolds made by cross-linking of engineered protein crystals. The achievement could accelerate the development of artificial enzymes, nano-sized carriers and delivery systems for a host of biomedical and biotechnological applications.

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2018-11-14 10:40:35



Checking very preterm babies' head size can help identify long-term IQ problems  

Regular early head circumference assessments add valuable information when screening for long-term neurocognitive risk - according to new research.

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2018-11-14 10:40:29



So, you think you're good at remembering faces, but terrible with names?  

The cringe-worthy experience of not being able to remember an acquaintance's name leads many of us to believe we are terrible with names. However, new research has revealed this intuition is misleading; we are actually better at remembering names than faces.

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2018-11-13 21:59:06



Pain can be a self-fulfilling prophecy  

A new brain imaging study of 34 people found that when people expect to feel intense pain, they do, even if they aren't subjected to painful stimuli. Surprisingly, these false expectations can persist even when reality demonstrates otherwise, the study found.

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2018-11-13 17:13:38



If your diet fails, try again; your heart will thank you  

Risk factors for cardiovascular disease closely track with changes in eating patterns, even only after a month or so.

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2018-11-13 17:13:35



Optimization of alloy materials: Diffusion processes in nano particles decoded  

A research team discovers atomic-level processes which can provide new approaches to improving material properties.

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2018-11-13 15:51:56



Visualizing 'unfurling' microtubule growth  

Living cells depend absolutely on microtubules that form a scaffolding for moving materials inside the cell. Microtubule fibers are hollow rods made of much smaller tubulin subunits that spontaneously assemble at one end of the rod, but exactly how they do this inside the crowded environment of living cells has been a mystery. Now researchers have uncovered the mechanism that puts these blocks in place.

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2018-11-13 15:51:53



Synthetic DNA-delivered antibodies protect against Ebola in preclinical studies  

Scientists have successfully engineered novel DNA-encoded monoclonal antibodies (DMAbs) targeting Zaire Ebolavirus that were effective in preclinical models. Study results showed that DMAbs were expressed over a wide window of time and offered complete and long-term protection against lethal virus challenges. DMAbs may also provide a novel powerful platform for rapid screening of monoclonal antibodies enhancing preclinical development.

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2018-11-13 15:51:50



Carbon emissions will start to dictate stock prices  

Companies that fail to curb their carbon output may eventually face the consequences of asset devaluation and stock price depreciation, according to a new study.

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2018-11-13 14:42:31



Your heart hates air pollution; portable filters could help  

The fifth-leading risk factor for mortality worldwide, air pollution presents a major heart health risk. A simple intervention could help people breathe easier at home.

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2018-11-13 14:36:01



Hands-only CPR training kiosks can increase bystander intervention, improve survival  

Hands-Only CPR training kiosks are becoming more widespread and are an effective training tool, a new analysis finds.

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2018-11-13 14:18:23



New methods to identify Alzheimer's drug candidates with anti-aging properties  

Old age is the greatest risk factor for many diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cancer. Geroprotectors are a recently identified class of anti-aging compounds. New research has now identified a unique subclass of these compounds, dubbed geroneuroprotectors (GNPs), which are AD drug candidates and slow the aging process in mice.

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2018-11-13 14:18:14



Unintended consequences of dams and reservoirs  

An international team of drought scientists show that while many dams and reservoirs are built, or expanded, to alleviate droughts and water shortages, they can paradoxically contribute to making them worse.

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2018-11-13 14:18:04



Overlooked trends in annual precipitation reveal underestimated risks worldwide  

Researchers have reanalyzed global annual precipitation using quantile regression to reveal overlooked trends. Linear trends in US and global climate assessments reflect changes in mean annual precipitation, but these may not reflect changes across other quantiles in the precipitation probability distribution, including tails (very high and low precipitation levels), leading to systematic mischaracterization of climate risk. Applications in future climate studies could allow for risk assessment

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2018-11-13 14:18:01



Why your number of romantic partners mirrors your mother  

A new national study shows that people whose mothers had more partners -- married or cohabiting -- often follow the same path. Results suggest that mothers may pass on personality traits and relationship skills that make their children more or less likely to form stable relationships.

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2018-11-13 14:17:58



Carbon goes with the flow  

Many people see the carbon cycle as vertical -- CO2 moving up and down between soil, plants and the atmosphere. However, new research adds a dimension to the vertical perspective by showing how water moves massive amounts of carbon laterally through ecosystems -- especially during floods. These findings -- which analyzed more than 1,000 watersheds, covering about 75 percent of the contiguous US -- have implications for climate change and water quality.

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2018-11-13 14:17:55



Scientists shed light on semiconductor degradation mechanism  

SiC-based electrical devices degrading will be improved by controlling the semiconductor material deformation with atomic level.

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2018-11-13 11:54:46



Back-to-the-future plants give climate change insights  

If you were to take a seed and zap it into the future to see how it will respond to climate change, how realistic might that prediction be? More so than was previously realized, according to a new study.

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2018-11-13 11:54:40



'Rare' jellyfish not so rare  

When the Rhizostoma luteum jellyfish was discovered at the beginning of the 19th century in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, only nine specimens were identified. For years, it was so inconspicuous that later, in the 20th century, it failed to turn up for six decades. A team of scientists, with the help of a citizen initiative, has now confirmed that it is not really as difficult to find as previously believed.

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2018-11-13 11:54:38



Fish recognize their prey by electric colors  

The African elephantnose fish generates weak electrical pulses to navigate its environment. This localization sense apparently shows an astonishing similarity to vision, as a study now shows. The study demonstrates that different objects have different electrical ''colors''. Fish use these colors for instance to distinguish their favorite food - mosquito larvae - from other small animals or plants.

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2018-11-13 11:54:35



Weightlifting is good for your heart and it doesn't take much  

Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found. The results show benefits of strength training are independent of running, walking or other aerobic activity.

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2018-11-13 11:54:30



'Waltzing' nanoparticles could advance search for better drug delivery methods  

Scientists paired drug-delivering nanoparticles like dance partners to reveal that molecules attach to targets on cells differently based upon their position in time. The discovery could improve methods for screening drugs for therapeutic effectiveness.

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2018-11-13 11:54:27



Warmer winter temperatures linked to increased crime  

Milder winter weather increased regional crime rates in the United States over the past several decades, according to new research that suggests crime is related to temperature's effect on daily activities.

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2018-11-13 11:04:11



New finding of particle physics may help to explain the absence of antimatter  

With the help of computer simulations, particle physics researchers may be able to explain why there is more matter than antimatter in the Universe. The simulations offer a new way of examining conditions after the Big Bang, and could provide answers to some fundamental questions in particle physics.

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2018-11-13 11:04:08



The dawn of a new era for genebanks  

One important aspect of biodiversity is genetic variation within species. A notable example is the variety of cultivars of crop plants. Scientists have now characterized at the molecular level a world collection of barley, comprising seed samples from more than 22,000 varieties.

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2018-11-13 11:04:05



Moths and magnets could save lives  

Bioengineers have combined a virus that infects moths with magnetic nanoparticles to create a potential new therapy for inherited genetic diseases like muscular dystrophy, sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and some forms of cancer.

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2018-11-13 11:03:59



Deepwater Horizon oil spill's dramatic effect on stingrays' sensory abilities  

Marine fishes rely on their sensory systems to survive. A study is the first to quantify the physiological effects of whole crude oil on the olfactory function of a marine vertebrate -- the Atlantic stingray. Results of the study, confirm that exposure to crude oil, at concentrations mimicking those measured in coastal areas following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, significantly impaired olfactory function in the Atlantic stingray after just 48 hours of exposure.

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2018-11-13 11:03:53



The illusion of multitasking boosts performance  

Our ability to do things well suffers when we try to complete several tasks at once, but a series of experiments suggests that merely believing that we're multitasking may boost our performance by making us more engaged in the tasks at hand.

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2018-11-13 11:03:50



Stealth-cap technology for light-emitting nanoparticles  

Scientists have succeeded in significantly increasing the stability and biocompatibility of special light-transducing nanoparticles. They have developed so-called ''upconverting'' nanoparticles that not only convert infrared light into UV-visible light, but also are water-soluble, remain stable in complex body fluids, and can be used to store medications. They have created a tool that could potentially make the fight against cancer more effective.

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2018-11-13 11:03:47



New scheduling system could help reduce flight delays  

Scheduling and coordinating air traffic can be difficult, but taking the airlines' and passengers' delay costs into account can actually save airlines money and result in fewer delays, according to a new study.

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2018-11-13 11:03:44



Detecting light in a 'different dimension'  

Scientists have dramatically improved the response of graphene to light through self-assembling wire-like nanostructures that conduct electricity.

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2018-11-13 11:03:41



Arctic sea ice: Simulation versus observation  

As an indicator of the impacts of climate change, Arctic sea ice is hard to beat. Scientists have observed the frozen polar ocean advance and retreat at this most sensitive region of the Earth over decades for insight on the potential ripple effects on assorted natural systems: global ocean circulation, surrounding habitats and ecosystems, food sources, sea levels and more.

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2018-11-13 11:03:35



Solution in fight against fake graphene  

A new study has uncovered a major problem - a lack of graphene production standards has led to many cases of poor quality products from suppliers. Such practices can impede the progress of research that depend fundamentally on the use of high-quality graphene.

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2018-11-13 11:03:32



Emotional intelligence: A new criterion for hiring?  

The cognitive skills of a future employee are examined during a job interview. However, qualifications and a nice character don't necessarily mean that the interviewee will be a competent colleague. The individual's emotional intelligence has to be factored in, that is, his capacity to understand, regulate and manage emotions in the specific context of the work environment. Researchers have now devised an emotional intelligence test that measures emotional competences at work.

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2018-11-13 11:03:29



Doubly-excited electrons reach new energy states  

Scientists have now characterized the higher energy levels reached by electrons in resonance in three-particle systems, which are too complex to be described using simple equations. This theoretical model is intended to offer guidance for experimentalists interested in observing these resonant structures in positronium ions.

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2018-11-13 11:03:27



Tailoring the surface of carbon may hold the key to monitoring patient blood in real-time  

Machine learning is increasing the pace of development of customised carbon surfaces with a wide variety of applications.

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2018-11-13 11:03:24



Autism behaviors show unique brain network fingerprints in infants  

A new study has identified unique functional brain networks associated with characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 12- and 24-month old children at risk for developing ASD.

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2018-11-13 11:03:21



Microorganisms help production  

Oil is still the most economically attractive resource for fuels and basic chemicals that can be used to manufacture everyday products such as plastic bottles and detergent. New biotechnological processes aim to simplify the use of renewable biomass as an alternative to the fossil raw material and make it more cost-effective.

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2018-11-13 11:03:19



Rising sea levels may build, rather than destroy, coral reef islands  

Rising global sea levels may actually be beneficial to the long-term future of coral reef islands, such as the Maldives, according to new research. Low-lying coral reef islands are typically less than three meters above sea level, making them highly vulnerable to rising sea levels associated with climate change. However, research has found new evidence that the Maldives -- the world's lowest country -- formed when sea levels were higher than they are today.

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2018-11-13 11:03:14



Business as usual for Antarctic krill despite ocean acidification  

A new study has found that Antarctic krill are resilient to the increasing acidification of the ocean as it absorbs more C02 from the atmosphere due to anthropogenic carbon emissions. Krill are one of the most abundant organisms on Earth and a critical part of the Southern Ocean marine ecosystem.

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2018-11-13 08:09:30



Climate change damaging male fertility  

Climate change could pose a threat to male fertility -- according to new research. New findings reveal that heatwaves damage sperm in insects - with negative impacts for fertility across generations. The research team say that male infertility during heatwaves could help to explain why climate change is having such an impact on species populations, including climate-related extinctions in recent years.

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2018-11-13 08:09:27



Treating obesity: One size does not fit all  

Understanding the very different characteristics of subgroups of obese patients may hold the key to devising more effective treatments and interventions, new research found.

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2018-11-13 08:09:23



The first cave-dwelling centipede from southern China  

Scientists report the first cave-dwelling centipede so far known from southern China. Collected last year during a survey in Gaofeng village, Guizhou Province, the species turned out to not only had been successfully hiding away from biologists in the subterranean darkness, but that it also represented the first in its whole order to be discovered underground in the country.

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2018-11-13 08:09:17



Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions  

Today's birds descend from a small number of bird species living before the dinosaur extinction. Some of the birds that went extinct, the enantiornithines, were actually more common than and out-competed modern bird ancestors. Analysis of a newly described fossil, the most complete known from the Americas, demonstrates, too, that the enantiornithines were as agile and strong in flight as the ancestors of modern birds. Why, then, did enantiornithines die out and modern birds flourish?

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2018-11-13 08:09:08



Purple bacteria 'batteries' turn sewage into clean energy  

Purple phototrophic bacteria -- which can store energy from light -- when supplied with an electric current can recover near to 100 percent of carbon from any type of organic waste, while generating hydrogen gas for use as fuel.

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2018-11-13 08:09:03



Can scientists change mucus to make it easier to clear, limiting harm to lungs?  

For people with conditions such as cystic fibrosis and COPD, mucus can get too thick and sticky; coughing alone can't clear it. Infections develop, leading to severe chronic disease and early death. Now, for the first time, scientists have shown why coughing often cannot tear mucus apart and away from the airway lining. And they showed how to make mucus thinner and less sticky so coughing can become a therapeutic aid.

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2018-11-12 19:19:14






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