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'Journalologists' use scientific methods to study academic publishing. Is their work improving science?  

Decades spent studying peer review, publication bias, and more have challenged the status quo, but journalologists say they have a long way to go

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2018-09-19 22:28:30



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



Mosquitoes Could Carry Plastic Particles Into the Food Chain  

Microplastics stay in the insects’ bodies from larva to adulthood -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 18:49:35



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



Here's what the devastating flooding from Florence looks like from space  

You've probably seen imagery shot in the Carolinas showing the devastating flooding that Hurricane Florence left its wake. Now, check out what that flooding looks like from space — in the before-and-after animation above of false-color satellite images. The images were acquired by NASA's bus-sized Terra satellite, which circles Earth in a polar orbit 483 above the surface. The before image was captured on August 26th; the after image on September 18th. Flooded waterways in the po...

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2018-09-19 13:59:06



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



Female Cockroaches May Cluster Together to Avoid Male Harassment  

Pacific beetle cockroaches form groups and kick out unwanted suitors -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 13:09:52



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



Watch a hurricane put a dent in Earth's crust  

Researchers used GPS data to track daily movement of water after major rainfall

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2018-09-19 12:39:49



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



Implantable Drug-Making Cells  

Releasing drugs directly into patients’ bodies as they are needed is fast becoming feasible -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 12:17:45



Reimagining of Schrödinger's Cat Breaks Quantum Mechanics—and Stumps Physicists  

In a multi-“cat” experiment the textbook interpretation of quantum theory seems to lead to contradictory pictures of reality, physicists claim -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 12:17:40



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



Scientists develop new way to prevent spacecraft errors  

Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 19, 2018 Scientists from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI and the Russian Academy of Sciences' Scientific Research Institute of System Development have recently developed components for designing fault-tolerant asynchronous circuits, which can be used in space vehicles, the MEPhI press service reports. Microcircuits that are traditionally used in cars and computers are poorly suited t

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2018-09-19 11:41:34



NASA's GOLD instrument captures its first image of the Earth  

Boulder CO (SPX) Sep 19, 2018 NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, instrument powered on and opened its cover to scan the Earth for the first time, resulting in a "first light" image of the Western Hemisphere in the ultraviolet. GOLD will provide unprecedented global-scale imaging of the temperature and composition at the dynamic boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space. The instrument w

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2018-09-19 11:17:36



100th Ariane 5 will carry Horizons 3e and Azerspace-2 Intelsat 38  

Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Sep 19, 2018 For its sixth launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit two telecommunications satellites using an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center (CSG): Horizons 3e, installed as the upper passenger, for Intelsat and its partner SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation; along with Azerspace-2/Intelsat 38, as the lower passenger, for Azercosmos and Intelsat. With this 300th mission of its three-member launcher

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2018-09-19 11:15:15



Leaving Academic Science Doesn't Make You a Failure  

The notion that intellectual freedom and fulfilling careers can't be found elsewhere is simply wrong -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 10:59:52



NASA Updates Preview Briefing for International Space Station Spacewalks, Live Coverage  

Experts from NASA will preview two upcoming spacewalks outside the International Space Station to continue upgrades to the orbiting laboratory's power system in a briefing at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 27, at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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2018-09-19 10:59:36



New White House Biodefense Plan Omits Climate Change  

Research has shown that warming may aide the spread of some infectious diseases -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 10:27:57



Trump's biodefense plan aims to improve coordination across agencies  

New Cabinet-level committee and point people named

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2018-09-19 10:10:43



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



Juno image showcases Jupiter's brown barge  

Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2018 Jupiter's "brown barge" feature is the subject of a new photograph snapped by Juno's camera. Like Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the brown barge is shaped by cyclone-like weather patterns in the gas giant's atmosphere. But unlike the red spot, which is round, the barge is longer and boxier. The brown barge isn't always easy to pick out. Its colors often blend relatively seamlessly wit

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2018-09-19 09:47:27



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



Lab-Grown Meat  

Meat produced without killing animals is heading to your dinner table -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 09:33:42



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



SpaceX Open to Deploying Orbital Weapons for US  

Washington (Sputnik) Sep 19, 2018 In July 2018, Defense Undersecretary for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin called for the deployment of space-based sensors aimed at detecting ballistic missile launches at their early stages. He also suggested stationing interceptors in orbit around Earth capable of downing such missiles. SpaceX's President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell announced during the Air Force

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2018-09-19 09:04:03



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



Florence, Mangkhut bring data and destruction to coastal scientists  

Deadly storms are omens of things to come, climate researchers warn

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2018-09-19 08:55:54



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



Pirates Needed Science Too  

On International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here's an eye-patch-witness account of how science helps in all walks of life, even piracy -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 08:23:11



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



ExoMars orbiter highlights radiation risk for Mars astronauts  

Berlin, Germany (ESA) Sep 19, 2018 Astronauts on a mission to Mars would be exposed to at least 60% of the total radiation dose limit recommended for their career during the journey itself to and from the Red Planet, according to data from the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter being presented at the European Planetary Science Congress, EPSC, in Berlin, Germany, this week. The orbiter's camera team are also presenting

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2018-09-19 07:31:54



'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



"Wild, Wonderful" West Virginia's Decapitated Mountains and Deformed Fish  

A scientist documents the poisoning of the state’s waters by the coal industry -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 07:28:52



Orion's first Service Module integration complete  

Bremen, Germany (ESA) Sep 19, 2018 Last week at the Airbus integration hall in Bremen, Germany, technicians installed the last radiator on the European Service Module for NASA's Orion spacecraft marking the module's finished integration. ESA's European service module will provide power, water, air and electricity to NASA's Orion exploration spacecraft that will eventually fly beyond the Moon with astronauts. The European Se

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2018-09-19 07:06:41



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



The US Space Force - A Sixth Branch of the Military  

Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 19, 2018 President Trump recently directed Pentagon officials to start the process of creating a sixth branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force. Based on initial Pentagon activities toward standing up this new military entity, it may prove to be one of the most organizationally disruptive events since the Pentagon was established some 70 years ago. Even in view of the many objections to such a move,

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2018-09-19 06:48:30



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



ECOSTRESS Maps LA's Hot Spots  

Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 19, 2018 NASA's ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) captured new imagery of variations in surface-temperature patterns in Los Angeles County. The first of its kind to be taken by the agency's newest Earth-observing mission, it is more detailed than previous imagery and, unlike prior imagery, was acquired at different times of the day. ECOSTRESS measures s

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2018-09-19 06:04:44



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



10 Tips to Supercharge Your Running Routine  

By rethinking our running habits we can maximize running’s benefits and minimize its shortcomings -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 05:08:37



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



Nuclear pasta, the hardest known substance in the universe  

Montreal, Canada (SPX) Sep 19, 2018 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. Matthew Caplan, a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University, and his colleagues from Indiana University and the California Institute of Technology, successfully ran the largest computer simulations ever conducted of

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2018-09-19 03:16:35



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



Planet Vulcan Found  

Gainesville FL (SPX) Sep 19, 2018 Among the TV series Star Trek's many charms are its rich universe of characters and planets. Now, the Dharma Planet Survey, in a new study led by University of Florida (UF) astronomer Jian Ge and team including Tennessee State University (TSU) astronomers Matthew Muterspaugh and Gregory Henry, has shown that science fiction may be a little less so; the Dharma project has discovered what may be S

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2018-09-19 02:59:30



First Particle Tracks Seen in Prototype International Neutrino Experiment  

Geneva, Switzerland (SPX) Sep 19, 2018 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). DUNE's scientific mission is dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of neutrinos, the most abundant (and most mysterious) matter particles in the universe. Neutrinos are all aro

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2018-09-19 02:57:22



Attempting Contact With Opportunity Multiple Times A Day  

Pasadena CA (JPL) Sep 19, 2018 The Opportunity team is increasing the frequency of commands it beams to the rover via the dishes of NASA's Deep Space Network from three times a week to multiple times per day. No signal from Opportunity has been heard since Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018). It is expected that Opportunity has experienced a low-power fault and perhaps, a mission clock fault and then an up-loss timer fault.

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2018-09-19 02:45:18



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



NSF spells out new sexual harassment policy: Talk to us  

New rules require universities to notify the National Science Foundation of harassment findings or administrative actions against grantees

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2018-09-19 02:19:18



Giant Ice Volcanoes Once Covered Dwarf Planet Ceres  

A new study suggests a strange and surprisingly lively geological cycle for the small world -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 02:16:08



Watch robotic 'skins' give life to inanimate toys  

Flexible cuffs could also be used for space missions, rescue vehicles

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2018-09-19 02:10:26



S. Korea launches its first missile-capable submarine  

Seoul (AFP) Sept 14, 2018 South Korea launched its first ever missile-capable attack submarine on Friday, despite a recent diplomatic thaw with the nuclear-armed North. The $700 million, 3,000-tonne Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine is capable of firing both cruise and ballistic missiles and the first of three planned diesel-electric boats to go into service in the next five years. It represented a "leap forward in th

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2018-09-19 02:01:42



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



Hurricane Communication Is as Complex as the Storms Themselves  

Wind intensity categories are a narrow and misleading gauge of hurricane-related risks -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 01:53:21



Sea Otters' Powerful Paw Prey Perception  

The marine mammals have extraordinarily sensitive touch—which helps them nab prey in the absence of other sensory cues. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-09-19 01:53:18



Watch This Creepy Robo-Skin Turn a Stuffed Animal Into a Robot  

via GIPHY Every single episode of MacGyver would have been ruined had he gotten his hands on a few patches of a new robotic skin developed by researchers at Yale University. A diversion to distract cartel enforcers? Wrap a stick of dynamite in robotic skin and it'll walk itself around the corner and explode. Snatch keys from the warden's neck? Stick a few of those skins together to make a robotic arm. Escape from a flying airplane? Well, in that situation he tied a parachute to a c...

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2018-09-19 01:49:02



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



Magellanic Clouds Due May Have Been a Trio  

Perth, Australia (SPX) Sep 19, 2018 Two of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way - the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds - may have had a third companion, astronomers believe. Research published this week describes how another "luminous" galaxy was likely engulfed by the Large Magellanic Cloud some three to five billion years ago. ICRAR Masters student Benjamin Armstrong, the lead author on the study, said most stars i

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2018-09-19 01:07:26



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






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