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Is This Going to Be a Stand-Up Fight, Sir, or Another Sloth Hunt?  

Ice age tracks show how humans harassed giant ground sloths -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-05-20 04:14:39



Are We Even Playing the Same Game?  

Playing against a range of opponents opens doors for strategy and problem-solving, but also lessons that loss and failure are not the same thing -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-05-19 09:10:01



Why SpaceX's "Block 5" Is a Big Deal  

Psst! Want a used rocket? I've got a lovely one for you, ready to fly today -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-05-19 08:47:13



Sexual Selection at Chicheley Hall  

A meeting of horned beetles and dinosaurs, peacocks and cichlid fishes… -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-05-19 08:31:32



TESS: NASA's New Alien Planet Hunter --Opens Its Eyes to the Cosmos for 1st-Light Image  

      "We learned from Kepler that there are more planets than stars in our sky, and now TESS will open our eyes to the variety of planets around some of the closest stars," Paul Hertz, the director of NASA's astrophysics division, said. "TESS will cast a wider net than ever before for enigmatic worlds." NASA's next planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is one step closer to searching for new worlds after successfully completing a lunar flyby on

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2018-05-19 06:48:32



After Controversy Over Industry Funding, NIH Halts Enrollment in Moderate Drinking Study  

The agency is investigating how money for the study was raised and whether it is still worth pursuing -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-05-19 04:54:41



Vermont Legislators Pass Law Allowing Drug Imports  

The state is the first to approve such legislation, but importation would still require federal sign-off -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-05-19 04:36:17



The Best Way to Use Compression Gear  

Tons of pro athletes are wearing compression gear and using compression machines to improve their performance. But do they really work? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-05-19 03:25:30



Researchers mimic comet moth's silk fibers to make 'air-conditioned' fabric  

In exploring the optical properties of the Madagascar comet moth's cocoon fibers, a team discovers the fibers' exceptional capabilities to reflect sunlight and to transmit optical signals and images, and develops methods to spin artificial fibers mimicking the natural fibers' nanostructures and optical properties.

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2018-05-18 20:09:02



Researchers operate lab-grown heart cells by remote control  

Researchers have developed a technique that allows them to speed up or slow down human heart cells growing in a dish on command -- simply by shining a light on them and varying its intensity. The cells are grown on a material called graphene, which converts light into electricity, providing a more realistic environment than standard plastic or glass laboratory dishes.

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2018-05-18 19:51:47



Blood type affects severity of diarrhea caused by E. coli  

A new study shows that a kind of E. coli most associated with 'travelers' diarrhea' and children in underdeveloped areas of the world causes more severe disease in people with blood type A. The bacteria release a protein that latches onto intestinal cells in people with blood type A, but not blood type O or B, according to a new study.

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2018-05-18 19:44:09



Immune cell provides cradle for mammary stem cells  

Researchers have made new discoveries about how an immune cell known as the macrophage, which normally fights infection by swallowing foreign invaders, nurtures mammary gland stem cells through a chemical signaling molecule. The study may provide important clues about the roles of macrophages in breast cancer progression.

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2018-05-18 18:36:35



A way to prevent pancreatic cancer from spreading post-surgery?  

New research suggests a strategy for lowering the odds of metastasis following successful pancreatic cancer surgery: The post-operative period, suggests a researcher, 'offers a window during which efforts might be made to keep cortisol levels down and T cells strong so the patient's own immune system can kill the cancer cells that have made their way to other parts of the body but until this point have been dormant.'

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2018-05-18 15:16:19



Despite spread to port city, Congo Ebola outbreak isn't an international emergency yet, WHO says  

Advisory committee says there's no "significant" threat yet of cross-border spread

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2018-05-18 14:52:40



Gunshot Sensors Pinpoint Destructive "Fish Bombs"  

Technology developed for urban crimes can help localize blasts that destroy coral reefs -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-05-18 13:57:06



One third of people aged 40-59 have evidence of degenerative disc disease  

Researchers have reported that one-third of people 40-59 years have image-based evidence of moderate to severe degenerative disc disease and more than half had moderate to severe spinal osteoarthritis.

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2018-05-18 13:45:06



Robotic assembly of the world's smallest house -- Even a mite doesn't fit through the door!  

A nanorobotics team has assembled a new microrobotics system that pushes forward the frontiers of optical nanotechnologies. Combining several existing technologies, the newly developed nanofactory builds microstructures in a large vacuum chamber and fixes components onto optical fiber tips with nanometer accuracy. The microhouse construction demonstrates how researchers can advance optical sensing technologies when they manipulate ion guns, electron beams and finely controlled robotic piloting.

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2018-05-18 13:12:59



Top stories: HPV vaccine debate, 2000-year-old pollution, and a lawmaker's views on sea level rise  

This week's top Science news

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2018-05-18 12:42:18



Keep the light off: A material with improved mechanical performance in the dark  

Researchers found that zinc sulfide crystals were brittle under normal lighting conditions at room temperature, but highly plastic when deformed in complete darkness. Deformation of zinc sulfide crystals in the dark also narrowed their band gap, which controls electrical conductivity. The team's findings showed the mechanical and electronic properties of inorganic semiconductors are sensitive to light, revealing a possible route to engineer the performance of inorganic semiconductors, which are

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2018-05-18 12:40:49



3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater, moves objects  

Engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery creation could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. It may also lead to artificial heart, stomach and other muscles, along with devices for diagnosing diseases, detecting and delivering drugs and performing underwater inspections.

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2018-05-18 12:35:15



Porous materials make it possible to have nanotechnology under control  

A research team is able to stabilize different metallic nanostructures by encapsulating them in porous monocrystalline materials.

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2018-05-18 12:25:28



Hookah responsible for over half of tobacco smoke inhaled by young smokers  

Smoking tobacco from a waterpipe, also known as a hookah, accounted for over half of the tobacco smoke volume consumed by young adult hookah and cigarette smokers in the US, a new analysis discovered. In the US, hookah smoking rates are increasing and cigarette smoking rates are decreasing, especially among young adults.

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2018-05-18 12:23:17



Buyer beware: Some water-filter pitchers much better at toxin removal  

Scientists compared three popular pitcher brands' ability to clear dangerous microcystins from tap water. They found that while one did an excellent job, other pitchers allowed the toxins -- which appear during harmful algal blooms (HABs) -- to escape the filter and drop into the drinking water.

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2018-05-18 11:37:39



Repeating seismic events offer clues about Costa Rican volcanic eruptions  

Repeating seismic events--events that have the same frequency content and waveform shapes--may offer a glimpse at the movement of magma and volcanic gases underneath Turrialba and Poas, two well-known active volcanoes in Costa Rica.

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2018-05-18 11:35:29



Slug Life: About That Injectable Memory Study  

A study claiming that a "memory" could be transferred from one animal to another in form of an injection has caused a lot of excitement. The Futurist said that Scientists Transferred Memories From One Snail to Another. Someday, They Could Do The Same in Humans. But I have to say I'm not convinced. In the paper, published in eNeuro, UCLA researchers Alexis Bedecarrats and collagues report that they extracted RNA from the neurons of sea slugs (Aplysia) after training them to be sensitive ...

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2018-05-18 11:07:04



Explaining the history of Australia's vegetation  

New research has uncovered the history of when and why the native vegetation that today dominates much of Australia first expanded across the continent.

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2018-05-18 10:49:53



Improving survival in pancreatic cancer with platinum-based chemotherapy  

A small study of adults with the most common form of pancreatic cancer adds to evidence that patients with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations long linked to a high risk of breast cancer have poorer overall survival rates than those without the mutations.

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2018-05-18 10:41:16



UPDATE: NASA, Orbital ATK Now Targeting May 21 for Next Resupply Mission to Space Station  

Orbital ATK, in conjunction with NASA, has moved the launch of its ninth contracted mission to the International Space Station to no earlier than 4:39 a.m. EDT Monday, May 21, to support further prelaunch inspections and more favorable weather conditions.

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2018-05-18 10:39:53



What bacteria can teach us about combating atrazine contamination  

Researchers are interested in harnessing the bacterial ability to degrade atrazine in order to remediate atrazine-polluted environments. They now describe previously unknown proteins involved in atrazine degradation.

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2018-05-18 10:36:40



Amgen's New Migraine Drug Will Cost 30 Percent Less Than Wall Street Expected  

Clinical trial patients had two fewer headaches a month compared with those who received a placebo  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-05-18 10:08:34



Antibacterial in your toothpaste may combat severe lung disease  

Researchers have found that when triclosan, a substance that reduces or prevents bacteria from growing, is combined with an antibiotic called tobramycin, it kills the cells that protect cystic fibrosis bacteria, known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, by up to 99.9 percent.

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2018-05-18 10:03:55



Matabele ants: Travelling faster with detours  

Ants do not always take the shortest route when they are in a hurry. Their navigational system occasionally makes them take detours to speed up their journey.

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2018-05-18 09:40:27



Researchers discover how body temperature wrecks potential dengue, Zika vaccine  

A major route toward creating effective vaccines against dengue virus and Zika involves the E protein that covers the surface of each viral particle. But creating such a vaccine has proven difficult for a number of reasons. Now researchers have delineated the details of one major barrier to a promising vaccine. It's something we all have -- a natural body temperature of about 98.6 degrees.

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2018-05-18 09:36:47



Evaluating active pressure management of induced earthquakes  

Can altering the amount or rate of fluid injection and production in an oil and gas field or carbon storage site affect induced earthquakes in that field? A physics-based simulation suggests that this type of "active pressure management" can be useful in controlling induced seismicity at certain wells.

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2018-05-18 09:30:19



Sugars in infant formulas pose risk to babies with inherited metabolic disorder  

Babies with inherited intolerance of fructose face a risk of acute liver failure if they are fed certain widely available formulas containing fructose, pediatricians and geneticists are warning. Baby formula manufacturers should remove fructose or sucrose, or explicitly label their products to allow parents to avoid those sweeteners if necessary, the doctors say.

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2018-05-18 09:09:36



A new map for a birthplace of stars  

A research group has created the most detailed maps yet of a vast seedbed of stars similar to Earth's sun.

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2018-05-18 08:54:47



Today's Top Space Headline --"We've Lost Contact!" --NASA's New Horizon's Mission to Pluto Was Nearly a Heartbreaker  

    "What made this even worse, was that every move had to be done by remote control with a nine-hour round-trip radio communication time between mission control and the spacecraft. Science classes teach how the speed of light is incredibly fast, how a signal moving at that speed can travel around the world in an eighth of a second or to the moon and back—a half-million-mile trip—in just two and a half seconds. But for the New Horizons team trying to get their spacecraft back...

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2018-05-18 08:53:09



Astronomers release most complete ultraviolet-light survey of nearby galaxies  

Capitalizing on the unparalleled sharpness and spectral range of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers is releasing the most comprehensive, high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of nearby star-forming galaxies.

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2018-05-18 07:54:01



How immune cells kill bacteria with acid  

The first line of immune defense against invading pathogens like bacteria are macrophages, immune cells that engulf every foreign object that crosses their way and kill their prey with acid. However, it is not yet entirely understood how the acidification process is established. In their quest to systematically study proteins that transport chemicals across cellular membranes, researchers characterized the critical role for transporter SLC4A7, providing valuable new insights for many pathologic

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2018-05-18 07:37:12



New NASA Chief Says He Will Protect Climate Research  

After his previous rejection of climate science, Jim Bridenstine tells employees he will keep politics out of the agency’s work -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-05-18 07:35:32



Ammunition with risks and side effects  

Hunting with lead shot is highly restricted or entirely banned in many countries due to the danger of poisoning birds and environment. However, alternative ammunition is not without its own risks, as was discovered in a recent study.

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2018-05-18 07:35:03



Trump to nominate Chris Fall, neuroscientist and policy veteran, to lead DOE Science  

Fall also served in Obama White House

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2018-05-18 07:02:22



Something killed a lot of sperm whales in the past—and it wasn't whalers  

Study of the sea giants' genetic diversity comes to surprising conclusion

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2018-05-18 06:50:11



Want to help your child succeed in school? Add language to the math, reading mix  

A new study finds that a child's language skills in kindergarten can predict his or her future proficiency in other subjects.

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2018-05-18 06:26:53



Erectile dysfunction drugs and flu vaccine may work together to help immune system fight cancer after surgery  

A new study suggests that a common treatment for erectile dysfunction combined with the flu vaccine may be able to help the immune system mop up cancer cells left behind after surgery. The study shows that this unconventional strategy can reduce the spread of cancer by more than 90 percent in a mouse model. It is now being evaluated in a world-first clinical trial.

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2018-05-18 06:20:25



FDA just approved the first drug to prevent migraines. Here's the story of its discovery—and its limitations  

A new class of drugs is finally offering relief for some who frequently suffer these powerful headaches.

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2018-05-18 06:12:54



Giraffes surprise biologists yet again  

New research has highlighted how little we know about giraffe behavior and ecology.

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2018-05-18 06:07:16



Head of controversial agency becomes Russian minister for science and higher education  

Mikhail Kotyukov headed the Federal Agency for Scientific Organizations, which seized control of the Russian Academy of Sciences's property after 2013 reform

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2018-05-18 06:04:13



Women sometimes feel regret after electing to freeze their eggs  

Most women feel empowered by elective procedures that enable them to bank eggs in case they can't conceive naturally later in life, researchers have found. But one in six become regretful, for reasons that researchers do not yet fully understand.

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2018-05-18 05:53:19



From the Farside --"Octopus Descended from Alien Organisms Delivered to Earth by Comets"  

    "It takes little imagination to consider that the pre-Cambrian mass extinction event(s) was correlated with the impact of a giant life-bearing comet (or comets), and the subsequent seeding of Earth with new cosmic-derived cellular organisms and viral genes," that hitched a ride to Earth on icy bolides. "Indeed," this principle applies to the sudden appearance in the fossil record of pretty well all major life forms." Cephalopods - octopuses, squids and nautiluses ...

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2018-05-18 05:46:07



Diamond 'spin-off' tech could lead to low-cost medical imaging and drug discovery tools  

An international team has discovered how to exploit defects in nanoscale and microscale diamonds and potentially enhance the sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance systems while eliminating the need for their costly and bulky superconducting magnets.

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2018-05-18 05:35:23



New era for blood transfusions through genome sequencing  

Scientists have leveraged the MedSeq Project -- the first randomized trial of whole genome sequencing in healthy adults -- to develop and validate a computer program that can comprehensively and cost-effectively determine differences in individuals' blood types with more than 99 percent accuracy.

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2018-05-18 05:16:46



Virtual-reality testing ground for drones  

Engineers have developed a new virtual-reality training system for drones that enables a vehicle to 'see' a rich, virtual environment while flying in an empty physical space. The system, which the team has dubbed 'Flight Goggles,' could significantly reduce the number of crashes that drones experience in actual training sessions. It can also serve as a virtual testbed for any number of environments and conditions in which researchers might want to train fast-flying drones.

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2018-05-18 04:59:31



Innovative light-delivery technique improves biosensors  

There is a continuing need for practical chip-based sensors that can be used at the point of care to detect cancer and other diseases. An innovative way to inject light into tiny silicon microdisks could help meet this need by bringing down the cost and improving the performance of chip-based biosensors.

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2018-05-18 04:39:29



Cannabis: It matters how young you start  

Researchers find that boys who start smoking pot before 15 are much more likely to have a drug problem at 28 than those who start at 15 or after.

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2018-05-18 04:32:51



A new system is designed that improves the quality of frozen horse sperm  

The method reduces ice crystals that form during cryopreservation and affect spermatozoon structure.

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2018-05-18 04:29:36



How far to go for satellite cloud image forecasting into operation  

Beijing, China (SPX) May 17, 2018 Cloud is a tracer for a variety of significant weather changes. Cloud images obtained from satellite remote sensing are of great help to weather forecasters in understanding the past and present weather processes in a macroscopic way. Forecasts directly made out of satellite cloud images are what meteorologists and forecasters dream about. Recent studies have shown that it has become possible to

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2018-05-18 03:50:47



Time-lapse video captures the ash plume from Hawaii's volcano exploding higher than Mt. Everest  

The biggest explosion yet from the Kilauea volcano propelled 1,000-pound rocks into the air, and sent ash rocketing 30,000 feet high The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island this morning sent an ash plume exploding about 30,000 feet high into the atmosphere. And as luck would have it, a camera was watching. The camera is located about 40 miles away on the Gemini North telescope atop 13,803-foot Mauna Kea. It's ordinarily is used to monitor the sky so that telescope ope...

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2018-05-18 03:49:07



Russia May Help China Create International Cosmonauts Rehabilitation Center  

Moscow (Sputnik) May 18, 2018 Russian scientific organizations are ready to assist China and its partners in creating an international rehabilitation center for cosmonauts, as well as other infrastructure needed for developing space medicine and biology, a spokesman for the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Science told Sputnik. "The IMBP [Institute of Biomedical Problems] is ready along with t

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2018-05-18 03:41:49



Asian tiger mosquito on the move  

Scientists have compared the ecological niches of the Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquito, both of which transmit infectious diseases, on various continents. The invasion time span plays an important role in their expansion and the Asian tiger mosquito has not yet arrived in all regions where it would find a suitable environment.

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2018-05-18 03:39:41



E. coli tailored to convert plants into renewable chemicals  

Jet fuel, pantyhose and plastic soda bottles: all three could be made from bioengineered bacteria.

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2018-05-18 03:30:01



Can a quantum drum vibrate and stand still at the same time?  

Researchers have studied how a 'drumstick' made of light could make a microscopic 'drum' vibrate and stand still at the same time.

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2018-05-18 03:29:56



Variations in placental microbiota appear related to premature birth  

Researchers have found a surplus of pathogenic bacteria in placentas from premature births, supporting the hypothesis that maternal infection may cause preterm birth.

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2018-05-18 03:21:25



Study confirms link between gamma rays, lightning strikes  

Washington DC (UPI) May 17, 2018 A new survey of downward terrestrial gamma ray flashes suggests the rare electromagnetic phenomena is linked with cloud-to-ground lightning. The Telescope Array is an observatory consisting of 507 scintillation surface detectors spread out across a massive expanse of the Utah desert. Between 2014 and 2016, the array detected 10 downward terrestrial gamma ray flashes, or TGFs. The

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2018-05-18 03:19:05



Battling bubbles: How plants protect themselves from killer fungus  

In the battle between plants and pathogens, molecules called small RNAs are coveted weapons used by both invaders and defenders. Researchers report how plants package and deliver the sRNAs they use to fight back against plant pathogens. The study focused on Botrytis cinerea, a fungus that causes a grey mold disease in strawberries, tomatoes, and almost all fruits, vegetables, and many flowers.

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2018-05-18 03:11:28



Probiotics to protect bees from an infection associated with colony collapse disorder  

Adding probiotics to bees' food helps make them more resistant to nosemosis, a fungal infection associated with colony collapse disorder that has been observed in Europe and North America over the past 20 years. Probiotics can decrease the mortality rate of this infection in bees by up to 40 percent, report researchers.

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2018-05-18 03:01:41



Scientists' discovery in Yellowstone 'extremely relevant' to origin of life  

Bozeman MT (SPX) May 17, 2018 Montana State University scientists have found a new lineage of microbes living in Yellowstone National Park's thermal features that sheds light on the origin of life, the evolution of archaeal life and the importance of iron in early life. Professor William Inskeep and his team of researchers published their findings May 14 in the scientific journal Nature Microbiology. "The discove

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2018-05-18 02:59:37



Single-tablet HIV treatment shows better outcomes over multi-tablet regimen  

HIV patients on a single-tablet daily regimen had better outcomes than patients taking multiple pills per day, a new study shows.

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2018-05-18 02:59:33



Small Packages to Test Big Space Technology Advances  

Washington DC (SPX) May 18, 2018 This weekend, when the next cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station lifts off from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, it will be carrying among its supplies and experiments three cereal box-sized satellites that will be used to test and demonstrate the next generation of Earth-observing technology. NASA has been increasing its use of CubeSats - small satellites bas

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2018-05-18 02:51:37



Dutch Radio Antenna To Depart For The Moon On Chinese Mission  

Dwingeloo, Netherlands (SPX) May 18, 2018 On 21 May 2018, the Chinese space agency will launch the relay satellite Chang'e 4 to an orbit behind the Moon. On board will be a Dutch radio antenna, the Netherlands Chinese Low-Frequency Explorer (NCLE). The radio antenna is the first Dutch-made scientific instrument to be sent on a Chinese space mission, and it will open up a new chapter in radio astronomy. The is instrument developed

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2018-05-18 02:48:41



NASA's Curiosity Rover Aims to Get Its Rhythm Back  

Pasadena CA (JPL) May 18, 2018 NASA's Curiosity rover could soon be drilling rocks on Mars again. Engineers have been working for the past year to restore the rover's full drilling capabilities, which were hampered in 2016 due to a mechanical problem. Later this weekend, they'll be adding percussion to a new technique already in use on Mars. This new technique is called Feed Extended Drilling, or FED. It lets Curiosity

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2018-05-18 02:33:21



Astronomers Release Most Complete Ultraviolet-Light Survey of Nearby Galaxies  

Baltimore MD (SPX) May 18, 2018 Capitalizing on the unparalleled sharpness and spectral range of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers is releasing the most comprehensive, high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of nearby star-forming galaxies. The researchers combined new Hubble observations with archival Hubble images for 50 star-forming spiral and dwarf galaxies in the local universe, of

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2018-05-18 02:32:18



New Zealand's secret recipe for active school travel: The neighborhood built environment  

Increased rates of active travel (e.g., walking or cycling) to school in New Zealand children and youth were associated with shorter distances to school, and neighborhoods with more connected streets, less residential density, and lower socio-economic status, reveals a new systematic meta-analysis.

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2018-05-18 02:26:55



New insights into malaria parasite  

Scientists have found that various stages of the development of human malaria parasites, including stages involved in malaria transmission, are linked to epigenetic features and how chromatin -- the complex of DNA and proteins within the nucleus -- is organized and structured in these parasites.

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2018-05-18 02:10:33



The dark side of our genes -- healthy aging in modern times  

Scientists collate the evidence for the mismatch between past evolutionary adaptation and our modern lives. They also ask whether natural selection linked to modernization might reduce globally the burden of some chronic diseases.

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2018-05-18 02:06:15



Amateur astronomer's data helps scientists discover a new exoplanet  

Yekaterinburg, Russia (SPX) May 18, 2018 One of the candidates previously found by the Kourovka Planet Search (KPS) project turned out to be the so-called hot Jupiter. The exoplanet, known as KPS-1b, orbits a star similar to the Sun with a period of 40 hours. The mass and size of the exoplanet KPS-1b are close to the characteristics of Jupiter, but it is located very close to its parent star. Due to such proximity to the star, th

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2018-05-18 02:05:56



NOAA finds rising emissions of ozone-destroying chemical banned by Montreal Protocol  

Boulder CO (SPX) May 17, 2018 Emissions of one of the chemicals most responsible for the Antarctic ozone hole are on the rise, despite an international treaty that required an end to its production in 2010, a new NOAA study shows. Trichlorofluoromethane, or CFC-11, is the second-most abundant ozone-depleting gas in the atmosphere and a member of the family of chemicals most responsible for the giant hole in the ozone l

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2018-05-18 01:51:52



Privatize the International Space Station? Not so fast, Congress tells Trump  

Washington (AFP) May 17, 2018 US President Donald Trump's controversial plan to privatize the International Space Station beginning in 2025 has met with strong opposition from lawmakers, including from some in the Republican majority. The US administration announced in February it wanted to redirect the money it spends on the ISS toward other space exploration projects, like returning to the Moon and eventually sending p

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2018-05-18 01:44:35



Insect gene allows reproductive organs to cope with harmful bacteria  

A group of biologists has studied Nasonia parasitic wasps, which are about the size of a sesame seed, and they serve as one of the best models to dissect and characterize the evolution of insect genomes.

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2018-05-18 01:44:32



UAE Astronaut to Fly to ISS Instead of US Businessman - Source  

Moscow (Sputnik) May 18, 2018 In April 2019, a professional cosmonaut from the United Arab Emirates may fly to the International Space Station (ISS) on board Russia's Soyuz spacecraft, instead of a US businessman who intended to become the next space tourist, a source from the space industry told Sputnik on Thursday. "A US businessman expressed his will to become the next space tourist. But, probably, he will not be ab

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2018-05-18 01:13:54



Study co-authored by UCLA scientists shows evidence of water vapor plumes on Jupiter moon  

Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 18, 2018 Using new modeling techniques to analyze data gathered in 1997 by the NASA Galileo spacecraft, astronomers have discovered surprising new details about one of Jupiter's moons. A paper published in Nature Astronomy offers the clearest evidence to date that there are "plumes" - eruptions of water vapor - venting from the surface of on an icy moon called Europa. Two UCLA scientists are co-aut

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2018-05-18 01:07:45



Discovery will impact design of drug delivery systems at the molecular level  

Researchers have made a discovery that will impact the design of not only drug delivery systems, but also the development of newer applications in water filtration and energy production. They made this discovery while investigating how the drug molecules in solution travel through a nanochannel drug-delivery system.

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2018-05-18 01:03:05



Hubble shows the local universe in ultraviolet  

Munich, Germany (SPX) May 18, 2018 Using the unparalleled sharpness and ultraviolet observational capabilities of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has created the most comprehensive high-resolution ultraviolet-light survey of star-forming galaxies in the local Universe. The catalogue contains about 8000 clusters and 39 million hot blue stars. Ultraviolet light is a major tracer of th

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2018-05-18 01:02:04



New catalyst upgrades greenhouse gas into renewable hydrocarbons  

Engineers have designed a most efficient and stable process for converting climate-warming carbon dioxide into a key chemical building block for plastics -- all powered using renewable electricity.

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2018-05-17 21:45:56



Shocking study shows one third of world's protected areas degraded by human activities  

A shocking study confirms that one third of the world's protected areas -- an astonishing 2.3 million square miles or twice the size of the state of Alaska - are now under intense human pressure including road building, grazing, and urbanization.

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2018-05-17 21:38:24



Autonomous Flatcars Could Help Drones Deliver Goods  

A research company is seeking funding to build a prototype autonomous, battery-powered flatcar that would serve as a platform for package-delivery drones. Cambridge Research & Development in New Hampshire has applied for a patent for the concept. The vehicle, Cambridge founder and CEO Ken Steinberg says, could carry and deliver freight or serve as a moving platform for autonomous package-delivery drones. The idea is to take advantage of railroad capacity that goes unused on commut...

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2018-05-17 20:48:22



The Story Of Southeast Asia Through Ancient DNA  

Southeast Asia is home to scores of different languages and cultures, but the story of how such diversity blossomed in the region has always been unclear. A new study out today turns to ancient DNA — a rare find in hot and humid environments — to track waves of human migration over the past 4,000 years. Ancient DNA  (aDNA) is a rare thing. It requires a narrow range of conditions — essentially, cold and dry — to be preserved more than a few centuries. To have found enough gene...

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2018-05-17 19:20:08



Materials scientists develop new forming technology: Processing glass like a polymer  

Pure quartz glass is highly transparent and resistant to thermal, physical, and chemical impacts. These are optimum prerequisites for use in optics, data technology or medical engineering. For efficient, high-quality machining, however, adequate processes are lacking. Scientists have developed a forming technology to structure quartz glass like a polymer.

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2018-05-17 19:20:05



'Undermatched' students less likely to graduate on time compared to peers  

A new study finds that undermatching -- when high-performing students, often from economically-disadvantaged households, attend less competitive colleges than their qualifications permit -- correlates to another higher education dilemma: delayed graduation. The study shows that students who undermatch are less likely to graduate college within four or six years compared to peers who do not undermatch.

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2018-05-17 18:49:41



Breakthrough in understanding rare lightning-triggered gamma-rays  

The Telescope Array detected 10 bursts of downward terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) between 2014 and 2016, more events than have been observed in rest of the world combined. They are the first to detect downward TGFs at the beginning of cloud-to-ground lightning, and to show where they originated inside thunderstorms. The array is by far the only facility capable of documenting the full TGF 'footprint' on the ground.

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2018-05-17 17:13:47



Everything You Need to Know about the Ebola Vaccine  

Public health workers are preparing to roll out inoculations even as the disease has spread to an urban location -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-05-17 16:37:01



Scientists analyze first ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia  

Researchers have completed the first whole-genome analysis of ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia Study identifies at least three major waves of human migration into the region over the last 50,000 years, each shaping the genetics of Southeast Asia.

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2018-05-17 16:12:48



Your Emergency Contact Does More Than You Think  

You know when you're filling out your medical paperwork and it asks for your emergency contact? Sure, the process might be annoying, but that emergency contact could actually be put to good use by researchers. Since many of us use a family member, those contacts can help scientists create family trees. And they can also be used for genetics and disease research, according to a study released Thursday in Cell. Discovering what diseases are inheritable can be a laborious and expensive pr...

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2018-05-17 16:04:13



Republican lawmaker: Rocks tumbling into ocean causing sea level rise  

Climate scientist tries to correct false statements at hearing

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2018-05-17 15:20:48



Continental shelf shape leads to long-lasting tsunami edge waves during Mexican earthquake  

The shape of the continental shelf off the southern Mexican coast played a role in the formation of long-lasting tsunami edge waves that appeared after last September's magnitude 8.2 earthquake.

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2018-05-17 15:01:07



Learning music or speaking another language leads to more efficient brains  

Whether you learn to play a musical instrument or speak another language, you're training your brain to be more efficient, suggests a new study. Researchers found that musicians and people who are bilingual utilized fewer brain resources when completing a working memory task, according to recently published findings.

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2018-05-17 14:26:11



Scientists uncover a new face of a famous protein, SWI2/SNF2 ATPase  

A team of scientists now have a deeper understanding of a large switch/sucrose non-fermentable (SWI/SNF) protein complex that plays a pivotal role in plant and human gene expression that causes life-threatening diseases such as cancer.

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2018-05-17 14:12:05



European wind energy generation potential in a 1.5 degree C warmer world  

The UK and large parts of northern Europe could become windier if global temperatures reach 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, according to a new study.

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2018-05-17 14:08:43



Vast ionized hydrogen cloud in the Whirlpool Galaxy revealed by ultra-sensitive telescope  

No one has ever seen what astronomers first observed using a refurbished 75-year-old telescope in the Arizona mountains. What it was turned out to be a massive cloud of ionized hydrogen gas spewed from a nearby galaxy and then essentially 'cooked' by radiation from the galaxy's central black hole.

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2018-05-17 13:50:36



Tracking ancient Rome's rise using Greenland's ice, and fighting fungicide resistance   

On this week's show: What lead pollution from the Roman Empire that fell on Greenland can tell us, and the emergence of resistance to antifungal drugs challenges human health and food security

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2018-05-17 13:24:31






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