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Light-matter interaction without interference  

Quantum dots might constitute the foundation of quantum communication. They are an efficient interface between matter and light, with photons emitted by the quantum dots transporting information across large distances. However, structures form by default during the manufacture of quantum dots that interfere with communication. Researchers have now successfully eliminated these interferences.

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2019-08-24 02:59:52

How gonorrhea develops resistance to antibiotics  

As public health officials worry about the emergence of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, researchers are tracing how antibiotics bind to a gonococcal protein, information that can help lead to new antimicrobials.

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2019-08-24 02:41:07

New approaches to heal injured nerves  

Researchers have deciphered new mechanisms that enable the regeneration of nerve fibers. This could open up new treatment approaches for the brain, optic nerve, and spinal cord injuries.

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2019-08-24 02:01:39

Migrating mule deer don't need directions, study finds  

Mule deer navigate in spring and fall mostly by using their knowledge of past migration routes and seasonal ranges, according to a new study.

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2019-08-23 19:55:52

Can't get thinner than this: Synthesis of atomically flat boron sheets  

Scientists have found a simple method for producing atomically thin layers of oxidized borophene, a promising 2D boron-based nanomaterial that could serve in a variety of fields.

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2019-08-23 19:32:51

Heart attack patients with mild cognitive impairment get fewer treatments  

New research finds people with mild cognitive impairment don't always receive the same, established medical treatment that patients with normal cognitive functioning get when they have a heart attack.

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2019-08-23 19:26:22

Analytical tool designs corkscrew-shaped nano-antennae  

Researchers have derived analytically how corkscrew-shaped nano-antennas interact with light.

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2019-08-23 18:56:01

Laser-produced uranium plasma evolves into more complex species  

Mapping the evolution of complex uranium oxide species has practical applications from Mars exploration to nuclear proliferation detection.

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2019-08-23 17:56:16

Self-rolling sensors take heart cell readings in 3D  

A new organ-on-an-electronic-chip platform uses self-rolling biosensor arrays to coil up and measure the electrophysiology of heart cells in 3D.

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2019-08-23 14:46:50

Tech time not to blame for teens' mental health problems  

A new study suggests that the time adolescents are spending on their phones and online is not that bad. The study tracked young adolescents on their smartphones to test whether more time spent using digital technology was linked to worse mental health outcomes.

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2019-08-23 13:22:03

Bioprinting complex living tissue in just a few seconds  

Researchers have developed an extremely fast optical method for sculpting complex shapes in stem-cell-laden hydrogels and then vascularizing the resulting tissue. Their groundbreaking technique stands to change the field of tissue engineering.

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2019-08-23 12:56:49

Can researchers engage safely with the food industry?  

Researchers are exploring ways to help scientists better protect their work from the influence of the food industry.

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2019-08-23 12:50:20

Do single people suffer more?  

Researchers have confirmed the analgesic effects of social support - even without verbal or physical contact.

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2019-08-23 12:35:54

What's killing sea otters? Parasite strain from cats  

Many wild southern sea otters in California are infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, yet the infection is fatal for only a fraction of sea otters, which has long puzzled the scientific community. A new study identifies the parasite's specific strains that are killing southern sea otters, tracing them back to a bobcat and feral domestic cats from nearby watersheds.

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2019-08-23 12:27:23

A new method for quantifying crystal semiconductor efficiency  

Scientists have found a new way to successfully detect the efficiency of crystal semiconductors.

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2019-08-23 12:10:51

Your heart's best friend: Dog ownership associated with better cardiovascular health  

Owning a pet may help maintain a healthy heart, especially if that pet is a dog, according to a new analysis. The study examines the association of pet ownership -- specifically dog ownership -- with cardiovascular disease risk factors and cardiovascular health.

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2019-08-23 11:46:07

Brain's astrocytes play starring role in long-term memory  

Researchers have discovered that star-shaped cells called astrocytes help the brain establish long-lasting memories. The work could inform therapies for disorders in which long-term memory is impaired, such as traumatic brain injury or dementia.

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2019-08-23 11:42:03

Researchers find a way to stop lung damage due to the body's immune response  

Researchers have discovered a new way to stop harmful inflammation in the lungs due to sepsis and injury. They found a molecule, present during inflammation that binds to white blood cells allowing them to pass from the blood stream into the tissue and cause severe damage.

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2019-08-23 11:40:48

Evolution designed by parasites  

A new paper explores an overlooked aspect of the relationship between parasites and their hosts by systematically discussing the ways in which parasitic behavior manipulation may encourage the evolution of mechanisms in the host's nervous and endocrine systems.

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2019-08-23 11:34:14

How red-eared invaders are hurting California's native turtles  

Western pond turtles got fatter and healthier after scientists removed nearly 200 invasive red-eared slider turtles from the UC Davis Arboretum, reports a new study. The study is the first to quantify competition between these two species in the wild.

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2019-08-23 11:17:45

Experiments illuminate key component of plants' immune systems  

Biologists have shed new light on a crucial aspect of the plant immune response. Their discovery, revealing how plant resistance proteins trigger localized cell death, could lead to new strategies for engineering disease resistance in next-generation crops.

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2019-08-23 11:14:29

Cell suicide could hold key for brain health and food security  

Research into the self-destruction of cells in humans and plants could lead to treatments for neurodegenerative brain diseases and the development of disease-resistant plants. A study has identified the role certain proteins play in cellular suicide.

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2019-08-23 11:09:03

Successful egg harvest breaks new ground in saving the northern white rhinoceros  

There are only two northern white rhinos left worldwide, both of them female. Saving this representative of megafauna from extinction seems impossible under these circumstances, yet an international consortium of scientists and conservationists just completed a procedure that could enable assisted reproduction techniques to do just that.

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2019-08-23 11:04:38

A novel technology for genome-editing a broad range of mutations in live organisms  

Researchers have developed a new tool -- dubbed SATI -- to edit the mouse genome, enabling the team to target a broad range of mutations and cell types. The new genome-editing technology could be expanded for use in a broad range of gene mutation conditions such as Huntington's disease and the rare premature aging syndrome, progeria.

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2019-08-23 10:44:14

The technology behind Bitcoin may improve the medications of the future  

Researchers have developed a prototype of an app that may potentially prescribe the optimal dose of medicine for the individual patient, as well as prevent counterfeit products.

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2019-08-23 10:20:12

Nano-thermometer takes temperature inside cells  

Scientists have developed a nano-thermometer able to take temperatures inside cells. The technique takes advantage of the fluorescent properties of a modified molecular rotor and the viscosity of the cell.

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2019-08-23 09:01:51

Junk food intake in children reduced by health education that addresses emotional issues  

Teacher training followed by classroom education with information, activities, and emotional support improves lifestyles in teachers and students, according to new research. The study suggests that knowledge alone is insufficient to change behavior.

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2019-08-23 08:28:22

Study suggests weight loss regardless of psychiatric medication use  

A new study suggests that individuals who take anti-depressants and/or anti-psychotics and participate in a weight management program can lose weight whether or not they take psychiatric medications, according to a new report. The study is the first to examine weight loss outcomes in individuals taking anti-depressants or anti-psychotics alone, in combination or not at all.

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2019-08-23 08:26:21

The case for retreat in the battle against climate change  

With sea level rise and extreme weather threatening coastal communities, it's no longer a question of whether they are going to retreat; it's where, when and how. In a new paper, researchers advocate for a managed and planned retreat, not a short-term spur of the moment reaction to a massive storm.

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2019-08-23 08:24:02

Biomaterials smarten up with CRISPR  

The CRISPR-Cas system has become the go-to tool for researchers who study genes in an ever-growing list of organisms, and is being used to develop new gene therapies that potentially can correct a defect at a single nucleotide position of the vast reaches of the genome. It is also being harnessed in ongoing diagnostic approaches for the detection of pathogens and disease-causing mutations in patients.

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2019-08-23 08:03:15

Helping NASA spacecraft travel faster and farther with math  

By combining cutting-edge machine learning with 19th-century mathematics, a mathematician is working to make NASA spacecraft lighter and more damage tolerant by developing methods to detect imperfections in carbon nanomaterials used to make composite rocket fuel tanks and other spacecraft structures.

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2019-08-23 07:36:23

Videos of chemical synthesis at atomic resolution achieved  

For the first time, researchers have managed to view previously inaccessible details of certain chemical processes. They have shown there are significant discrete stages to these processes which build on our knowledge of chemical synthesis. These details could aid in the development of methods to synthesize chemicals with greater control and precision than ever before. Methods such as these could be useful in materials science and in drug development.

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2019-08-23 07:09:09

Research details impact of energy development on deer habitat use  

Mule deer avoid areas close to such human disturbance, even when there's quality forage in those areas.

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2019-08-23 06:28:53

Malaria control success in Africa at risk from spread of multi-drug resistance  

In the first continent-wide genomic study of malaria parasites in Africa, scientists have uncovered the genetic features of Plasmodium falciparum parasites that inhabit different regions of the continent, including the genetic factors that confer resistance to anti-malarial drugs. This sheds new light on the way that drug resistance is emerging in different locations and moving by various routes across Africa, putting previous success in controlling malaria at risk.

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2019-08-23 06:19:13

Psychiatric illnesses are common in adults and children with kidney failure  

Between 1996 and 2013, approximately 27% of adults, 21% of elderly adults, and 16% of children with kidney failure in the United States were hospitalized with a psychiatric diagnosis in the first year of kidney failure. The prevalence of hospitalizations with psychiatric diagnoses increased over time across age groups, mostly due to secondary diagnoses.

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2019-08-23 06:18:02

Pollution and winter linked with rise in heart attack treatment  

Heavily polluted areas have a higher rate of angioplasty procedures to treat blocked arteries than areas with clean air, according to new research. Procedures are even more common in winter, the most polluted time of year.

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2019-08-23 06:16:52

Big brains or big guts: Choose one  

A global study comparing 2,062 birds finds that, in highly variable environments, birds tend to have either larger or smaller brains relative to their body size. Birds with smaller brains tend to use ecological strategies that are not available to big-brained counterparts.

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2019-08-23 06:06:10

The Paleozoic diet: Why animals eat what they eat  

In what likely is the first study on the evolution of dietary preferences across the animal kingdom, researchers report several unexpected discoveries, including that the first animal likely was a carnivore and that humans, along with other omnivores, belong to a rare breed.

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2019-08-23 05:34:43

How microbes generate and use their energy to grow  

Researchers have shed light on how bacteria and baker's yeast generate and use their energy to grow. Knowing about cells' energy use is essential for industrial biotech processes.

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2019-08-23 05:12:14

Study models new method to accelerate nanoparticles  

Researchers have modeled a method to manipulate nanoparticles as an alternative mode of propulsion for tiny spacecraft that require very small levels of thrust. The team simulated a system that uses light to generate an electromagnetic field to move the particles from a reservoir, funneled through an injector, then shot out of an accelerator to produce thrust.

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2019-08-23 04:58:58

Elite athletes have poor oral health despite brushing twice daily  

Elite athletes have high rates of oral disease despite brushing their teeth more frequently than most people, finds a new study.

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2019-08-23 04:54:46

'100-year' floods will happen every 1 to 30 years, according to new flood maps  

Researchers have developed new maps that predict coastal flooding for every county on the Eastern and Gulf Coasts and find 100-year floods could become annual occurrences in New England; and happen every one to 30 years along the southeast Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico shorelines.

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2019-08-23 04:48:13

How the sun damages our skin  

Researchers have discovered the mechanism through which ultraviolet radiation, given off by the sun, damages our skin.

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2019-08-23 04:24:07

The fat of the land: Estimating the ecological costs of overeating  

Researchers have proposed a way to measure the ecological impact of global food wastage due to excessive consumption. The results suggest that direct food waste -- thrown away or lost from field to fork -- is a mere hors-d'œuvre.

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2019-08-23 04:06:35

Children of incarcerated parents have more substance abuse, anxiety  

Children of incarcerated parents are six times more likely to develop a substance use disorder in adulthood and nearly twice as likely to have diagnosable anxiety compared to children whose parents were not incarcerated, according to new research.

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2019-08-23 03:29:04

Scurrying roaches help researchers steady staggering robots  

To walk or run with finesse, roaches and robots coordinate leg movements via signals sent through centralized systems. Though their moving parts are utterly divergent, researchers have devised handy principles and equations to assess how both beasts and bots locomote and to improve robotic gait.

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2019-08-23 03:09:58

Cracking a decades-old test, researchers bolster case for quantum mechanics  

Researchers have developed creative tactics to get rid of loopholes that have long confounded tests of quantum mechanics. With their innovative method, the researchers were able to demonstrate quantum interactions between two particles spaced more than 180 meters (590 feet) apart while eliminating the possibility that shared events during the past 11 years affected their interaction.

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2019-08-23 02:58:32

Frying oil consumption worsened colon cancer and colitis in mice, study shows  

Food scientists have shown that feeding frying oil to mice exaggerated colonic inflammation, enhanced tumor growth and worsened gut leakage, spreading bacteria or toxic bacterial products into the bloodstream.

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2019-08-23 02:44:14

How memories form and fade  

Researchers have identified the neural processes that make some memories fade rapidly while other memories persist over time.

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2019-08-23 02:20:23

In a quantum future, which starship destroys the other?  

Quantum mechanics boasts all sorts of strange features, one being quantum superposition -- the peculiar circumstance in which particles seem to be in two or more places or states at once. Now, an international group of physicists flip that description on its head, showing that particles are not the only objects that can exist in a state of superposition -- so can time itself.

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2019-08-23 02:18:12

Map of malaria behavior set to revolutionize research  

The first detailed map of individual malaria parasite behavior across each stage of its complicated life cycle has been created by scientists. Researchers used advanced single-cell technology to isolate individual parasites and measure their gene activity. The result is the Malaria Cell Atlas, which gives the highest resolution view of malaria parasite gene expression to date and monitors how individual parasites change as they develop in both the mosquito and human host.

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2019-08-23 02:07:06

International team discovers unique pathway for treating deadly children's brain cancer  

An international team of researchers has discovered a new pathway that may improve success against an incurable type of children's brain cancer. The study results suggest that scientists have identified a unique way to disrupt the cellular process that contributes to Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG).

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2019-08-23 01:29:21

Addressing causes of mortality in Zambia  

Despite the fact that people in sub-Saharan Africa are now living longer than they did two decades ago, their average life expectancy remains below that of the rest of the world population. A new study looked into the importance of various causes of death in Zambia and how eliminating the most prominent of these would impact life expectancy in the country.

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2019-08-23 01:27:16

Key areas of measles virus polymerase to target for antiviral drug development  

Targeting specific areas of the measles virus polymerase, a protein complex that copies the viral genome, can effectively fight the measles virus and be used as an approach to developing new antiviral drugs to treat the serious infectious disease, according to a new study.

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2019-08-23 01:08:22

Lasers enable engineers to weld ceramics, no furnace required  

Smartphones that don't scratch or shatter. Metal-free pacemakers. Electronics for space and other harsh environments. These could all be made possible thanks to a new ceramic welding technology. The process works in ambient conditions and uses less than 50 watts of laser power, making it more practical than current ceramic welding methods that require heating the parts in a furnace.

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2019-08-22 18:17:49

Genetic diversity couldn't save Darwin's finches  

Researchers found that Charles Darwin's famous finches defy what has long been considered a key to evolutionary success: genetic diversity. The study of the finches of the Galapagos Islands could change the way conservation biologists think about species with naturally fragmented populations to understand their potential for extinction. 

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2019-08-22 16:56:23

Carriers of Alzheimer's genetic marker have greater difficulty harnessing past knowledge  

Adults carrying a gene associated with a higher risk of Alzheimer's disease had a harder time accessing recently acquired knowledge, even though they didn't show any symptoms of memory problems, according to a new study.

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2019-08-22 15:55:24

New tool mines scientific texts for fusion protein facts  

A new computational tool called ProtFus screens scientific literature to validate predictions about the activity of fusion proteins -- proteins encoded by the joining of two genes that previously encoded two separate proteins.

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2019-08-22 15:36:51

A single gene determines whether a fly has a good sense of sight or a good sense of smell  

Trade-offs in the sizes of visual and olfactory organs are a common feature of animal evolution, but the underlying genetic and developmental mechanisms have not been clear. A study reveals that a single DNA variant that affects the timing of sensory organ development in fruit flies could explain the size trade-off between eyes and antennae, potentially providing a quick route to behavioral changes and adaptation.

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2019-08-22 14:48:59

Health care workers unprepared for magnitude of climate change  

An epidemic of chronic kidney disease that has killed tens of thousands of agricultural workers worldwide, is just one of many ailments poised to strike as a result of climate change, according to researchers.

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2019-08-22 14:27:12

Here's how early humans evaded immunodeficiency viruses  

The cryoEM structure of a simian immunodeficiency virus protein bound to primate proteins shows how a mutation in early humans allowed our ancestors to escape infection while monkeys and apes did not. SIV's Nef protein forms a solid link between two primate proteins, tetherin and AP-2, forcing the destruction of tetherin, which normally prevents new SIV virions from budding off. A mutation in human tetherin disrupted binding, thwarting SIV budding -- until HIV evolved a work-around.

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2019-08-22 14:21:40

Scientists successfully innoculate, grow crops in salt-damaged soil  

Researchers may have found a way to reverse falling crop yields caused by increasingly salty farmlands throughout the world. Scientists have used bacteria found in the roots of salt-tolerant plants to successfully inoculate alfalfa plants against overly salty soil.

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2019-08-22 14:16:15

High-precision technique stores cellular 'memory' in DNA  

Researchers have created a technology called DOMINO to store complex 'memories' in the DNA of living cells, including human cells. This memory storage capacity can form the foundation of complex circuits that trigger a cellular event, such as producing a fluorescent protein, when a specific event or sequence of events occurs.

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2019-08-22 12:52:34

There are way more species of horseshoe bats than scientists thought  

Horseshoe bats are bizarre-looking animals with giant ears and elaborate flaps of skin on their noses that they use like satellite dishes. There are about a hundred different species of horseshoe bats -- and that number is only going to grow. By studying the DNA of horseshoe bat specimens in museum collections, scientists have discovered that there are probably a dozen new species of horseshoe bat that haven't been officially described yet.

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2019-08-22 12:31:45

Scratching the surface of how your brain senses an itch  

Light touch plays a critical role in everyday tasks, such as picking up a glass or playing a musical instrument, as well as for detecting the touch of, say, biting insects. Researchers have discovered how neurons in the spinal cord help transmit such itch signals to the brain. The findings could help contribute to a better understanding of itch and could lead to new drugs to treat chronic itch, which occurs in such conditions as eczema, diabetes and even some cancers.

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2019-08-22 12:29:38

E-cigs can trigger same lung changes seen in smokers, emphysema  

Scientists found that the lungs of vapers -- like the lungs of smokers -- have elevated levels of protease enzymes, a condition known to cause emphysema in smokers. The researchers also found that the nicotine in vaping liquids is responsible for the increase in protease enzymes.

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2019-08-22 12:27:24

Memory research: Fruit flies learn their body size once for an entire lifetime  

Drosophila melanogaster develops stable long-term memory for its body size and reach through motion parallax while walking.

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2019-08-22 12:24:58

Visualizing strong magnetic fields with neutrons  

Researchers have developed a new method with which strong magnetic fields can be precisely measured. They use neutrons obtained from the SINQ spallation source. In the future, it will therefore be possible to measure the fields of magnets that are already installed in devices and thus are inaccessible by other probing techniques.

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2019-08-22 12:13:18

Genes tell the story of how the Asian tiger mosquito spread  

Over the last 40 years, the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, has invaded every continent thanks to the transportation of its eggs via human trade and transportation. Researchers have now used the genomes of the mosquitoes to track the history of the invasion and expansion of the species through Albania, Italy, and Greece.

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2019-08-22 11:43:01

Slow electrons to combat cancer  

Slow electons can be used to destroy cancer cells - but how exactly this happens has not been well understood. Now scientists have been able to demonstrate that a previously little-observed effect actually plays a pivotal role: Due to a process called interatomic Coulombic decay, an ion can pass on additional energy to surrounding atoms. This frees a huge number of electrons, with precisely the right amount of energy to cause optimal damage to the DNA of the cancer cells.

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2019-08-22 11:18:46

Early life on Earth limited by enzyme  

A single enzyme found in early single-cell life forms could explain why oxygen levels in the atmosphere remained low for two billion years during the Proterozoic eon, preventing life colonizing land.

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2019-08-22 11:15:34

Anxiety, depression linked to more opioid use after surgery  

Surgeons wielding their life-saving scalpels, laparoscopic tools, or other implements to repair or remove what ails their patients understand all too well that pain is an unavoidable part of the healing process. Yet the current opioid crisis has made the standard prescribing practices for these highly effective analgesics fraught with risk. New research could help clinicians mitigate that risk by identifying which patients are more likely to continue to use opioids after their immediate recovery

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2019-08-22 11:08:03

Climate change will alter waves along half the world's coast  

New research finds that a warming planet will also alter ocean waves along more than 50% of the world's coastlines. This research has significant implications for coastal flooding and erosion.

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2019-08-22 10:59:27

High-intensity step training boosts stroke survivors' walking skills  

High-intensity step training that mimics real world conditions may better improve walking ability in stroke survivors compared to traditional, low-impact training.

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2019-08-22 10:28:01

Brain finds order amidst chaos  

How does the brain find order amidst a sea of noise and chaos? Researchers have found the answer by using advanced simulation techniques to investigate the way neurons talk to each other. They found that by working as a team, cortical neurons can respond even to weak input against the backdrop of noise and chaos, allowing the brain to find order.

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2019-08-22 10:11:28

Structure of protein nano turbine revealed  

Scientists have determined the first structure of a cell's rotary engine using state-of-art microscopy.

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2019-08-22 09:39:56

Adaptation to life in cattle may be driving E. coli to develop harmful features  

Research led by Kyushu University finds that E. coli from cattle share widespread genetic similarities with those that cause food poisoning in humans, indicating that the traits that are harmful to humans may emerge to improve survival in the bovine intestine.

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2019-08-22 09:38:50

Enzyme that helps protect us from stress linked to liver cancer growth  

An enzyme induced by stress to help reduce production of damaging free radicals is also used by liver cancer to regulate two major cell proliferation pathways that enable the cancer to thrive, scientists report.

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2019-08-22 09:38:02

Materials scientists build a synthetic system with compartments like real cells  

Polymer chemists and materials scientists have achieved some notable advances that mimic Nature, but one of the most common and practical features of cells has so far been out of reach -- intracellular compartmentalization. Now researchers tell how they take advantage of differences in electrical charge to create an 'all aqueous,' water-in-water construct that achieves compartmentalization in a synthetic system.

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2019-08-22 09:17:11

Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed  

An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission's next phase.

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2019-08-22 09:13:51

Computer model could help test new sickle cell drugs  

A new computer model that captures the dynamics of the red blood cell sickling process could help in evaluating drugs for treating sickle cell disease.

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2019-08-22 08:55:46

Artificial muscles bloom, dance, and wave  

Researchers have developed an ultrathin, artificial muscle for soft robotics. The advancement was demonstrated with a robotic blooming flower brooch, dancing robotic butterflies and fluttering tree leaves on a kinetic art piece.

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2019-08-22 08:46:51

Dietary zinc protects against Streptococcus pneumoniae infection, study finds  

Researchers have uncovered a crucial link between dietary zinc intake and protection against Streptococcus pneumoniae, the primary bacterial cause of pneumonia.

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2019-08-22 08:27:08

Physical activity at any intensity linked to lower risk of early death  

Clear evidence that higher levels of physical activity -- regardless of intensity -- are associated with a lower risk of early death in middle aged and older people.

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2019-08-22 08:18:28

Detecting hydrothermal vents in volcanic lakes  

Changes in the behaviour of hydrothermal vents may be indicative of changes in the volcanic system underneath, thus being a useful precursor for the next generation of early warning systems. New exploration approaches will help improving site-specific risk assessment and monitoring concepts by taking a closer look at hydrothermal vents.

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2019-08-22 07:32:46

Explaining earthquakes we can't feel  

Researchers have explained mysterious slow-moving earthquakes known as slow slip events with the help of computer simulations. The answer, they learned, is in rocks' pores.

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2019-08-22 07:29:44

Switching electron properties on and off individually  

Electrons have different properties - and they all can be used to create order in solid objects. This order determines the properties of the material. Experiments now show: It is possible to influence different characteristics of the electrons separately from each other. Closely interwoven quantum phenomena can thus be understood individually.

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2019-08-22 07:28:47

Storms on Jupiter are disturbing the planet's colorful belts  

Coordinated observations of Jupiter in early 2017 by six ground-based telescopes and Hubble allowed astronomers to study the evolution of bright plumes and connect them with cloud movements deep in the planet. They show that these plumes originate 80 kilometers below the surface cloud deck and rise up quickly into the stratosphere, where supercooled ammonia freezes to form ammonia ice clouds. The plumes create disturbances in the belts and even change their color.

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2019-08-22 07:10:49

Are we really protecting rivers from pollution? It's hard to say, and that's a problem  

More public and private resources than ever are being directed to protecting and preserving aquatic ecosystems and watersheds. Whether mandated for land development, farming or in response to the growing severity and number of natural disasters - scientists found evidence that decades of watershed restoration and mitigation projects have taken place, but their impact is mostly perceived; data is relatively undocumented -- or simply missing.

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2019-08-22 07:10:05

New technique could streamline design of intricate fusion device  

Stellarators, twisty machines that house fusion reactions, rely on complex magnetic coils that are challenging to design and build. Now, a physicist has developed a mathematical technique to help simplify the design of the coils.

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2019-08-22 07:03:33

Omega-3 fats have little or no effect on type 2 diabetes  

Increasing omega-3 fats in the diet has little or no effect on risk of type 2 diabetes.

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2019-08-22 06:56:16

Shocking rate of plant extinctions in South Africa  

Plant extinctions from South Africa's three biodiversity hot spots represent 45.4 percent of all extinctions from 10 of the world's 36 hotspots, new research finds.

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2019-08-22 06:55:50

First microscopic look at a tiny phenomenon with big potential implications  

Matter behaves differently when it's tiny. At the nanoscale, electric current cuts through mountains of particles, spinning them into vortexes that can be used intentionally in quantum computing. The particles arrange themselves into a topological map, but the lines blur as electrons merge into indistinguishable quasiparticles with shifting properties. The trick is learning how to control such changeable materials.

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2019-08-22 06:48:43

China's two-child policy has led to 5.4 million extra births  

The introduction of China's universal two-child policy, that permits all couples to have two children, has led to an extra 5.4 million births, finds a new study.

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2019-08-22 06:40:55

Smartphone app makes parents more attuned to their babies' needs, research shows  

A new app has been designed to help new parents become more 'tuned in' to what their babies are thinking and feeling.

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2019-08-22 05:52:40

Yet another way dogs help the military: aeromedical patient evacuations  

Animal-assisted therapy has many benefits in health care. Yet, its biological and psychosocial effects in the military are unknown, especially for injured, airlifted patients. Researchers teamed up with a non-profit animal organization that trains therapy dogs to see if an animal-assisted intervention could reduce stress in this setting. Results showed that levels of the stress biomarkers cortisol, alpha-amylase, and immunoglobulin A, significantly decreased after a 20-minute intervention with t

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2019-08-22 05:49:30

Memory T cells shelter in bone marrow, boosting immunity in mice with restricted diets  

Even when taking in fewer calories and nutrients, humans and other mammals usually remain protected against infectious diseases they have already encountered. This may be because memory T cells, which are located throughout the body and required to maintain immune responses to infectious agents. A new study in mice also found that animals undergoing dietary restriction were better protected against tumors and bacterial infections than animals with unrestricted diets.

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2019-08-22 05:46:09

Scorpion toxin that targets 'wasabi receptor' may help solve mystery of chronic pain  

Researchers have discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the 'wasabi receptor,' a chemical-sensing protein found in nerve cells that's responsible for the sinus-jolting sting of wasabi. Because the toxin triggers a pain response, scientists think it can be used as a tool for studying chronic pain and inflammation, and may eventually lead to the development of new kinds of non-opioid pain relievers.

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2019-08-22 05:27:16

Air pollution linked to risk of premature death  

A new international study has found that air pollution is linked to increased cardiovascular and respiratory death rates. The study is the largest of its kind to investigate the short-term impacts of air pollution on death, conducted over a 30-year period. The study analyzed data on air pollution and mortality in 24 countries and regions.

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2019-08-22 04:39:32

New study reveals carbon nanotubes measurement possible for the first time  

Scientists report an entirely new approach to manipulation of carbon nanotubes that allows physical measurements to be made on carbon nanotubes that have previously only been possible by theoretical computation.

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2019-08-22 04:11:08

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