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Beyond Queen's stomp-stomp-clap: Concerts and computer science converge in new research  

New research suggests how to get large numbers of people engaged in participating during a live performance like a concert -- or a lecture -- and channel that energy for a sustained time period.

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2019-06-14 18:36:27



Special fibroblasts help pancreatic cancer cells evade immune detection  

A subpopulation of fibroblasts called apCAFs can interact with the immune system to help pancreatic cancer cells avoid detection. Understanding how they work can be key in developing therapeutics for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.

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2019-06-14 17:57:21



Researchers find genes that could help create more resilient chickens  

Scientists have identified genes that may help farmers, especially ones in low- and middle-income countries, breed chickens that can resist one of the biggest disease threats facing poultry today.

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2019-06-14 17:14:46



A shady spot may protect species against rapid climate warming  

A shady refuge on a hot day could be more than a simple comfort in a warming world. Finding a cooler spot might save several species that would otherwise go extinct due to global warming, according to a new analysis.

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2019-06-14 16:06:14



Satellite observations improve earthquake monitoring, response  

Researchers report data gathered by orbiting satellites can yield more information about destructive earthquakes and can improve aid and humanitarian response efforts. The researchers looked at satellite data from several recent, large-magnitude earthquakes.

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2019-06-14 15:14:53



A rapid, easy-to-use DNA amplification method at 37°C  

Scientists have developed a way of amplifying DNA on a scale suitable for use in the emerging fields of DNA-based computing and molecular robotics. By enabling highly sensitive nucleic acid detection, their method could improve disease diagnostics and accelerate the development of biosensors, for example, for food and environmental applications.

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2019-06-14 11:33:04



Better prognosticating for dogs with mammary tumors  

For dogs with mammary tumors, deciding a course of treatment can depend on a variety of factors, some of which may seem to contradict one another. With a new, practical system developed by veterinarians, determining a prognosis and making treatment decisions should be an easier task.

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2019-06-14 10:57:25



Using waves to move droplets  

Using a technique called mechanowetting, researchers have come up with a way of transporting droplets by using transverse surface waves.

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2019-06-14 10:47:32



Vagus nerve stimulation study shows significant reduction in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms  

The results of a pilot study suggest that electro stimulation of one of the nerves connecting the brain to the body (the vagus nerve), could provide a novel treatment approach for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

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2019-06-14 10:33:19



Small cluster of neurons is off-on switch for mouse songs  

Researchers have isolated a cluster of neurons in a mouse's brain that are crucial to making the squeaky, ultrasonic 'songs' a male mouse produces when courting a potential mate.

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2019-06-14 09:41:14



Virus genes help determine if pea aphids get their wings  

Researchers shed light on the important role that microbial genes, like those from viruses, can play in insect and animal evolution.

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2019-06-14 09:32:24



Exciting plant vacuoles  

Researchers have filled two knowledge gaps: The vacuoles of plant cells can be excited and the TPC1 ion channel is involved in this process. The function of this channel, which is also found in humans, has been a mystery so far.

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2019-06-14 09:13:01



'Power shift' needed to improve gender balance in energy research  

Women still face significant barriers in forging successful and influential careers in UK energy research, a new high-level report has revealed.

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2019-06-14 09:11:33



Excess weight and body fat cause cardiovascular disease  

In the first Mendelian randomization study to look at this, researchers have found evidence that excess weight and body fat cause a range of heart and blood vessel diseases, rather than just being associated with it.

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2019-06-14 08:58:54



Discovery of new genetic causes of male infertility  

The man is implicated in about half of all cases of infertility. Despite the known importance of genetic factors in the non-production of sperm, only about 25% of these cases can be explained currently. Now a study has uncovered new potential genetic causes, and this discovery will help to develop better diagnostic tests for male infertility.

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2019-06-14 08:53:34



Scientists develop 'mini-brain' model of human prion disease  

Scientists have used human skin cells to create what they believe is the first cerebral organoid system, or 'mini-brain,' for studying sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). CJD is a fatal neurodegenerative brain disease of humans believed to be caused by infectious prion protein. The researchers hope the human organoid model will enable them to evaluate potential CJD therapeutics and provide greater detail about human prion disease subtypes.

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2019-06-14 08:36:03



'Hidden' phases of matter revealed through the power of light  

New chemistry research demonstrates how 'hidden' phases of matter can be activated by extremely fast pulses of light. This fundamental scientific breakthrough paves the way for creating materials that can be imbued with new properties, such as conducting electricity or making it magnetic.

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2019-06-14 08:28:24



No direct link between North Atlantic currents, sea level along New England coast  

A new study clarifies what influence major currents in the North Atlantic have on sea level along the northeastern United States.

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2019-06-14 07:17:27



Electron (or 'hole') pairs may survive effort to kill superconductivity  

The emergence of unusual metallic state supports the role of 'charge stripes' in the formation of charge-carrier pairs essential to resistance-free flow of electrical current.

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2019-06-14 07:02:10



Artificial nose identifies malignant tissue in brain tumours during surgery  

An artificial nose developed in Finland helps neurosurgeons to identify cancerous tissue during surgery and enables the more precise excision of tumors.

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2019-06-14 06:29:58



Researchers take two steps toward green fuel  

Researchers have developed a two-step method to more efficiently break down carbohydrates into their single sugar components, a critical process in producing green fuel.

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2019-06-14 06:13:45



It's not easy being green  

Despite how essential plants are for life on Earth, little is known about how parts of plant cells orchestrate growth and greening. By creating mutant plants, researchers have uncovered a cellular communication pathway sought by scientists for decades.

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2019-06-14 06:09:25



No evidence for increased egg predation in the Arctic  

Climate and ecosystems are changing, but predation on shorebird nests has changed little across the globe over the past 60 years, finds an international team of 60 researchers. The study published in Science on 14 June 2019 challenges a recent claim that shorebird eggs are more often eaten by predators due to climate change, and more so in the Arctic compared to the tropics. The research shows that these claims are a methodological artefact.

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2019-06-14 06:03:53



The challenges of North American specialty cut flowers  

Cut flower production in the United States and Canada has increased in recent years. Due to this resurgence, more information is needed regarding current production and postharvest issues.

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2019-06-14 05:29:45



Phantom sensations: When the sense of touch deceives  

Without being aware of it, people sometimes wrongly perceive tactile sensations. A new study shows how healthy people can sometimes mis-attribute touch to the wrong side of their body, or even to a completely wrong part of the body.

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2019-06-14 04:55:39



Discovery could lead to improved therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy  

Researchers found that the protein sarcospan can play a major role in combating heart failure in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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2019-06-14 04:43:01



Translating university lectures in multiple languages  

Researchers report a new machine translation system that outputs subtitles in multiple languages for archived university lectures. As countries like China and Japan expand their international student cohort, this system could relax language demands and allow the students to study in their mother tongue.

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2019-06-14 04:08:50



Immortal quantum particles  

Decay is relentless in the macroscopic world: broken objects do not fit themselves back together again. However, other laws are valid in the quantum world: new research shows that so-called quasiparticles can decay and reorganize themselves again and are thus become virtually immortal. These are good prospects for the development of durable data memories.

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2019-06-14 03:35:24



Language-savvy parents improve their children's reading development, study shows  

Parents with higher reading-related knowledge are not only more likely to have children with higher reading scores but are also more attentive when those children read out loud to them.

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2019-06-14 03:23:31



What drives Yellowstone's massive elk migrations?  

Yellowstone's migratory elk rely primarily on environmental cues, including a retreating snowline and the greening grasses of spring, to decide when to make the treks between their winter ranges and summer ranges, researchers show. Their study combined GPS tracking data from more than 400 animals in nine major Yellowstone elk populations with satellite imagery to create a comprehensive model of what drives these animals to move.

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2019-06-14 02:36:51



Hidden brain signals behind working memory  

Making a specific type of brain pattern last longer improves short-term memory in rats, a new study finds.

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2019-06-13 20:56:42



New imaging modality targets cholesterol in arterial plaque  

Researchers demonstrate a new imaging modality that successfully identifies the presence of cholesterol in the arterial plaque.

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2019-06-13 20:37:12



Pre-pregnancy weight affects infant growth response to breast milk  

In the first study of its kind, LSU Health New Orleans researchers report that women's pre-pregnancy overweight or obesity produces changes in breast milk, which can affect infant growth.

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2019-06-13 20:16:26



Many choices seems promising until you actually have to choose  

People faced with more options than they can effectively consider want to make a good decision, but feel they're unable to do so, according to the results of a novel study. Despite the apparent opportunities presented by a lot of options, the need to choose creates a 'paralyzing paradox,' according to the authors. 'You want to make a good choice, but feel like you can't.'

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2019-06-13 19:04:32



Taking the 'killer' out of natural killer cells  

The virus responsible for chickenpox and shingles employs a powerful strategy of immune evasion, inhibiting the ability of natural killer cells to destroy infected cells and produce molecules that help control viral infection, according to a a new study.

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2019-06-13 18:44:05



Carbon-neutral fuels move a step closer  

Chemists have developed an efficient process for converting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, a key ingredient of synthetic fuels and materials.

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2019-06-13 18:11:12



Lowering cholesterol is not enough to reduce hyperactivity of the immune system  

Despite treatment with statins, many patients with elevated cholesterol levels will still develop cardiovascular disease. It is apparent that not only cholesterol but also the immune system plays an important role in the development of atherosclerosis. Researchers now provide a novel potential explanation for this residual cardiovascular risk, related to persistent activation of the immune system in patients with hypercholesterolemia who are treated with statins.

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2019-06-13 17:36:29



Breaking the code: How is a mother's immunity transferred to her baby?  

A study has determined how a pregnant woman's vaccine-induced immunity is transferred to her child, which has implications for the development of more effective maternal vaccines.

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2019-06-13 17:20:12



Earth's heavy metals result of supernova explosion, research reveals  

New research suggests most of Earth's heavy metals were spewed from a largely overlooked kind of star explosion called a collapsar.

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2019-06-13 16:59:40



Half of Ebola outbreaks undetected  

An estimated half of Ebola virus disease outbreaks have gone undetected since it was discovered in 1976, according to new research. Although these tend to affect fewer than five patients, the study highlights the need for improved detection and rapid response, in order that outbreaks of Ebola and other public health threats are detected early and consistently.

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2019-06-13 16:41:09



Sensing food textures is a matter of pressure  

Food's texture affects whether it is eaten, liked or rejected, according to researchers, who say some people are better at detecting even minor differences in consistency because their tongues can perceive particle sizes.

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2019-06-13 16:39:56



Viruses found to use intricate 'treadmill' to move cargo across bacterial cells  

Using advanced technologies to explore the inner workings of bacteria, biologists have provided the first example of cargo within bacteriophage cells transiting along treadmill-like structures. The discovery demonstrates that bacteria have more in common with sophisticated human cells than previously believed.

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2019-06-13 16:16:55



The surprising reason why some lemurs may be more sensitive to forest loss  

Researchers compared the gut microbes of 12 lemur species across the island of Madagascar, where thousands of acres of forest are cleared each year. The team found that some lemurs harbor microbes that are more specialized than others for the forests where they live.

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2019-06-13 15:52:06



Enhanced human Blood-Brain Barrier Chip performs in vivo-like drug and antibody transport  

A team has leveraged its microfluidic Organs-on-Chips technology in combination with a developmentally-inspired hypoxia-mimicking approach to differentiate human pluripotent stem (iPS) cells into brain microvascular endothelial cells (BMVECs). The resulting 'hypoxia-enhanced BBB Chip' recapitulates cellular organization, tight barrier functions and transport abilities of the human BBB; and it allows the transport of drugs and therapeutic antibodies in a way that more closely mimics transport acr

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2019-06-13 15:07:23



People using third-party apps to analyze personal genetic data  

A new study finds that people who are initially motivated to learn about their ancestry with third-party personal genetics services frequently end up engaging with health interpretations of their genetic data, too.

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2019-06-13 14:53:27



Fetal genome involved in triggering premature birth  

Mutations in the gene that codes for SLIT2, a protein expressed in fetal cells in placentas and involved in directing the growth of the fetal nervous system, may contribute to premature births, possibly by activating the mother's immune system.

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2019-06-13 14:22:42



Monitoring educational equity  

A centralized, consistently reported system of indicators of educational equity is needed to bring attention to disparities in the US education system, says a new report. Indicators -- measures used to track performance and monitor change over time -- can help convey why disparities arise, identify groups most affected by them, and inform policy and practice measures to improve equity in pre-K through 12th grade education.

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2019-06-13 14:06:31



Genes for Good project harnesses Facebook to reach larger, more diverse groups of people  

The Genes for Good project has engaged more than 80,000 Facebook users, collected 27,000 DNA spit-kits, and amassed a trove of health survey data on a more diverse group of participants than has previously been possible.

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2019-06-13 13:44:45



Braces won't always bring happiness  

New research overturns the belief that turning your crooked teeth into a beautiful smile will automatically boost your self-confidence.

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2019-06-13 13:40:28



Once thought to be asexual, single-celled parasites caught in the act  

The single-celled parasite Leishmania can reproduce sexually, according to new research. The finding could pave the way towards finding genes that help the parasite cause disease.

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2019-06-13 13:19:43



New economic study shows combination of SNAP and WIC improves food security  

Forty million Americans are food insecure. Given the extent of food insecurity, a team of economists developed a methodology to analyze potential redundancies between two food assistance programs -- SNAP and WIC. Their research shows that participating in both programs compared to SNAP alone increases food security by at least 2 percentage points and potentially as much as 24 percentage points.

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2019-06-13 13:02:11



Warming waters in western tropical Pacific may affect West Antarctic Ice Sheet  

Warming waters in the western tropical Pacific Ocean have significantly increased thunderstorms and rainfall, which may affect the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and global sea-level rise, according to a new tudy.

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2019-06-13 12:58:05



Are we using biologic therapy properly?  

The introduction of infliximab (Remicade), the first biologic therapy approved for the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), did not result in lower rates of hospitalizations or intestinal surgeries among patients living with IBD in Ontario, according to a new study.

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2019-06-13 12:48:15



Research shows temperature, glyphosate increase probability for dicamba volatility  

New research suggests spraying dicamba in warm temperatures and adding glyphosate to a dicamba spray mixture could increase dicamba volatility, potentially leading to increased off-target movement and damage to non-tolerant plants.

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2019-06-13 12:38:25



'Locking' an arthritis drug may be key to improving it  

Attaching a removable lock to an arthritis drug can make it safer and more effective, according to a new study. The findings suggest a new way to improve the efficacy of a drug taken by millions of patients throughout the world.

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2019-06-13 12:28:41



Pre-qualifying education and training helps health workers tackle gender-based violence  

Gender-based violence (GBV) could be tackled more effectively by giving healthcare students wider and more practical education and training in identifying and responding to the 'warning signs' presented among patients they will encounter in professional life, according to a new study.

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2019-06-13 12:25:14



Married US moms aim to have first baby in the spring  

Educated and married American moms are more likely to try to time their pregnancy so that they have their first baby in the spring, according to new research.

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2019-06-13 12:23:12



'Virtual biopsy' device to detect skin tumors  

Using sound vibrations and pulses of near-infrared light, a scientist has developed a new 'virtual biopsy' device that can quickly determine a skin lesion's depth and potential malignancy without using a scalpel.

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2019-06-13 12:08:43



Salmonella resistant to antibiotics of last resort found in US  

Researchers have found a gene that gives Salmonella resistance to antibiotics of last resort in a sample taken from a human patient in the US The find is the first evidence that the gene mcr-3.1 has made its way into the US from Asia.

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2019-06-13 11:57:13



New 'king' of fossils discovered in Australia  

Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia.

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2019-06-13 11:12:27



Lower risk of Type 1 diabetes seen in children vaccinated against 'stomach flu' virus  

Vaccinating babies against a virus that causes childhood 'stomach flu' greatly reduces their chance of getting so sick that they need hospital care, a new study shows. But the study also reveals a surprise: Getting fully vaccinated against rotavirus in the first months of life is associated with a lower risk of developing Type 1 diabetes later on.

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2019-06-13 11:06:55



Low vitamin K levels linked to mobility limitation and disability in older adults  

Researchers evaluateD the association between biomarkers of vitamin K status and mobility limitation and disability, and found older adults with low levels of circulating vitamin K were more likely to develop these conditions.

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2019-06-13 10:42:06



Interactions between plant and insect-infecting viruses  

Aphids and the plant viruses they transmit cause billions of dollars in crop damage every year. Researchers are examining this relationship at the molecular level, which could lead to new methods for controlling the pests. The researchers uncovered what may be the first example of cooperation between a plant virus and an insect virus to increase their likelihood to spread.

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2019-06-13 10:39:02



Bitcoin causing carbon dioxide emissions comparable to Las Vegas or Hamburg  

The use of Bitcoin causes around 22 megatons in carbon dioxide emissions annually -- comparable to the total emissions of cities such as Las Vegas or Hamburg.

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2019-06-13 10:37:48



Even in young children: Higher weight = higher blood pressure  

Overweight 4-year-olds have a doubled risk of high blood pressure by age six, raising the hazard of future heart attack and stroke.

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2019-06-13 10:36:44



Researchers learned how to better combat muscle loss during space flights  

A new study has further documented how muscles are affected by reduced gravity conditions during space flight missions and uncovered how exercise and hormone treatments can be tailored to minimize muscle loss for individual space travelers.

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2019-06-13 09:46:37



Mysterious Majorana quasiparticle is now closer to being controlled for quantum computing  

Using a new approach, researchers detected the elusive Majorana quasiparticle, notable for being its own antiparticle and for its potential as the basis for a robust quantum computing system, in a device built from a superconductor, small magnetic elements, and a topological insulator.

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2019-06-13 09:36:43



Making the 'human-body Internet' more effective  

Human body communication (HBC) uses the human body to transmit power and data, much like the internet. Because it's a smaller and closed network, it has the benefit of being more secure and power efficient. In a recent study, a group of Japanese researchers used an equivalent circuit model to examine how different parameters affect HBC transmission characteristics.

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2019-06-13 09:13:57



New model more accurately predicts choices in classic decision-making task  

A new mathematical model that predicts which choices people will make in the Iowa Gambling Task, a task used for the past 25 years to study decision-making, outperforms previously developed models.

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2019-06-13 09:09:20



Superfast gene sequencing helps diagnose critically ill patients  

In an analysis of the real-world impact of a pioneering test called metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS), developed by scientists to diagnose patients with mysterious inflammatory neurological conditions, the technique was shown to identify infections better than any standard clinical method.

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2019-06-13 08:56:43



Early-season hurricanes result in greater transmission of mosquito-borne infectious disease  

The timing of a hurricane is one of the primary factors influencing its impact on the spread of mosquito-borne infectious diseases such as West Nile Virus, dengue, chikungunya and Zika, according to new research.

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2019-06-13 08:35:47



NASA's Fermi mission reveals its highest-energy gamma-ray bursts  

For 10 years, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has scanned the sky for gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), the universe's most luminous explosions. A new catalog of the highest-energy blasts provides scientists with fresh insights into how they work.

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2019-06-13 07:41:26



The whisper of schizophrenia: Machine learning finds 'sound' words predict psychosis  

Automated analysis of the two language variables -- more frequent use of words associated with sound and speaking with low semantic density, or vagueness -- can predict whether an at-risk person will later develop psychosis with 93 percent accuracy.

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2019-06-13 07:32:05



New research decodes plant defense system, with an eye on improving farming and medicine  

The plant circadian clock determines when certain defense responses are activated (often timed with peak activity of pests), and compounds used in defense affect the clock. New findings show how the clock regulates stomata opening/closure for defense, and how the defensive compound jasmonic acid influences the clock. This could lead to plants that are better at defending themselves, reducing the need for pesticides, and potentially influencing timing for human medical treatment.

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2019-06-13 07:20:44



Increase in resolution, scale takes CT scanning and diagnosis to the next level  

Researchers have developed a new, 3D tissue imaging technique, called X-ray histotomography. The technique allows researchers to study the details of cells in a zebrafish tissue sample without having to cut it into slices.

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2019-06-13 07:02:29



Adjuvant that prevents vaccine-enhanced respiratory disease in RSV identified  

A unique adjuvant, a substance that enhances the body's immune response to toxins and foreign matter, can prevent vaccine-enhanced respiratory disease, a sickness that has posed a major hurdle in vaccine development for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), according to a new study.

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2019-06-13 06:58:21



Squid could thrive under climate change  

When scientists subjected two-toned pygmy squid and bigfin reef squid to carbon dioxide levels projected for the end of the century, they received some surprising results.

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2019-06-13 06:55:45



Selective logging will not be enough to sustain timber production in Amazonia  

Amazonian forests are unlikely to provide enough timber to meet current demand over the long term, even with the use of improved logging practices. That is a key finding of a new study.

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2019-06-13 06:53:13



Migratory hoverflies 'key' as many insects decline  

Migratory hoverflies are 'key' to pollination and controlling crop pests amid the decline of many other insect species, new research shows.

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2019-06-13 06:16:30



Carbon-neutral fuel made from sunlight and air  

Researchers have developed a novel technology that produces liquid hydrocarbon fuels exclusively from sunlight and air. For the first time worldwide they demonstrate the entire thermochemical process chain under real field conditions.

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2019-06-13 05:49:03



Gut microbes eat our medication  

Researchers have discovered one of the first concrete examples of how the microbiome can interfere with a drug's intended path through the body. Focusing on levodopa (L-dopa), the primary treatment for Parkinson's disease, they identified which bacteria out of the trillions of species is responsible for degrading the drug and how to stop this microbial interference.

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2019-06-13 05:30:47



Lack of suitable roads for bicycling  

A researcher says a lack of suitable roads is a big reason why cycling participation rates in Australia and Queensland are so low.

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2019-06-13 05:21:30



Environmental oxygen triggers loss of webbed digits  

Free fingers have many obvious advantages on land, such as in locomotion and grasping, while webbed fingers are typical of aquatic or gliding animals. But both amphibians and amniotes -- which include mammals, reptiles, and birds -- can have webbed digits. Scientists now show that during embryo development, some animal species detect the presence of atmospheric oxygen, which triggers removal of interdigital webbing.

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2019-06-13 05:16:31



Liquid gold on the nanoscale  

Researchers have discovered what liquid gold looks like on the nanoscale -- and in doing so have mapped the way in which nanoparticles melt, which is relevant to the manufacturing and performance of nanotech devices.

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2019-06-13 04:43:03



Small currents for big gains in spintronics  

A new low-power magnetic switching component could aid spintronic devices.

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2019-06-13 04:39:24



Mutant bacterial receptor could point to new therapies against opportunistic pathogen  

Researchers have developed a new mutant version of a receptor used by a bacterial pathogen for a chemical communication process called quorum sensing, according to a new study.

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2019-06-13 04:34:22



Downward head tilt can make people seem more dominant  

We often look to people's faces for signs of how they're thinking or feeling, trying to gauge whether their eyes are narrowed or widened, whether the mouth is turned up or down. But new findings show that facial features aren't the only source of this information -- we also draw social inferences from the head itself.

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2019-06-13 04:34:16



Growing life expectancy inequality in US cannot be blamed on opioids alone  

A new study challenges a popularized view about what's causing the growing gap between the lifespans of more- and less-educated Americans -- finding shortcomings in the widespread narrative that the United States is facing an epidemic of 'despair.'

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2019-06-13 04:24:14



Materials informatics reveals new class of super-hard alloys  

A new method of discovering materials using data analytics and electron microscopy has found a new class of extremely hard alloys. Such materials could potentially withstand severe impact from projectiles, providing better protection for soldiers in combat.

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2019-06-13 04:20:12



People with mobility issues set to benefit from wearable devices  

Researchers are working on a project to develop wearable rehabilitative devices that can help disabled people sit, stand and walk in comfort.

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2019-06-13 04:12:57



Zebras' stripes could be used to control their temperature, study reveals  

New research indicates that zebras' stripes are used to control body temperature after all -- and reveals for the first time a new mechanism for how this may be achieved.

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2019-06-13 03:57:07



New method to rapidly, reliably monitor sickle cell disease  

Researchers have developed a rapid and reliable new method to continuously monitor sickle cell disease using a microfluidics-based electrical impedance sensor. This novel technology can characterize the dynamic cell sickling and unsickling processes in sickle blood without the use of microscopic imaging or biochemical markers. The technology is being developed with the hope of providing patients with a portable, standalone sensor to conveniently self-monitor the hematological parameters of their

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2019-06-13 03:41:51



Rheumatoid arthritic pain could be caused by antibodies  

A new study finds that antibodies that exist in the joints before the onset of rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain even in the absence of arthritis. Researchers believe that the finding can represent a general mechanism in autoimmunity and that the results can facilitate the development of new ways of reducing non-inflammatory pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.

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2019-06-13 03:30:58



Exercise may have different effects in the morning and evening  

Researchers have learned that the effect of exercise may differ depending on the time of day it is performed. In mice they demonstrate that exercise in the morning results in an increased metabolic response in skeletal muscle, while exercise later in the day increases energy expenditure for an extended period of time.

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2019-06-13 03:24:26



Genetic inequity towards endocrine disruptors  

Phthalates are used by industry in plastic products. Their toxic effect on the endocrine system is worrying. Indeed, the exposure of male fetuses to phthalates can have devastating consequences for the fertility. However, researchers show that phthalate susceptibility depends largely on the genetic heritage of each individual. These results raise the question of individual vulnerability and the possible transmission to future generations of epigenetic changes that should normally be erased durin

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2019-06-13 02:52:05



Two hours a week is key dose of nature for health and wellbeing  

Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according to a new large-scale study.

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2019-06-13 02:45:25



New quantum dot microscope shows electric potentials of individual atoms  

Researchers have developed a new method to measure the electric potentials of a sample at atomic accuracy. The new scanning quantum dot microscopy method could open up new opportunities for chip manufacture or the characterization of biomolecules such as DNA.

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2019-06-13 02:40:54



Deadly tick-borne virus cured with experimental flu drug, in mice  

An investigational flu drug cures mice infected with the rare but deadly Bourbon virus, according to a new study.

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2019-06-13 02:24:41



Formation of habitual use drives cannabis addiction  

A shift from brain systems controlling reward-driven use to habit-driven use differentiates heavy cannabis users who are addicted to the drug from users who aren't, according to a new study. The findings help explain how the brain becomes dependent on cannabis, and why not all cannabis users develop an addiction, even with long-term regular use.

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2019-06-13 02:12:45



Concert of magnetic moments  

Researchers have uncovered a new way how the electron spins in layered materials can interact.

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2019-06-13 02:05:10






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