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Using a Paper Clip to Stop an Aircraft Carrier  

When fantastical science logic leaves the screen and stops being fun -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-22 13:06:31



From the Farside --AlienCon: "10,000 Attendees Believe Extraterrestrials Visited Earth Before Recorded History"  

      PASADENA, Calif. — "It was barely two hours into Day 1 of AlienCon and 500 years of accepted history and science were already being tossed out. Three thousand people had gathered inside the Civic Auditorium here for a panel discussion featuring presenters from "Ancient Aliens," a History Channel documentary series. "Everyone had questions: about whether we were alone in the universe; about what our government really knows; about humanity's very origins." One ...

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2018-07-22 07:25:03



Lava Boat Bombed by Kilauea and Other Volcanic News  

Kilauea's putting on a dangerous show -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-22 05:02:11



Satellite images give the lie to claim that the deadly Branson thunderstorm "came out of nowhere"  

Weather forecasts and remote sensing imagery show that the Branson duck boat tragedy was avoidable The duck boat tragedy in Branson, Missouri, was made all the more horrible by the fact that it was completely avoidable. While Jim Pattison Jr., president of the company that owns Ride the Ducks Branson, claimed the storm "came out of nowhere," nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, a severe thunderstorm watch had been issued by the National Weather Service at 11:20...

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2018-07-21 20:16:26



Strange Math Equations May Underlie the Laws of Nature (Today's Top Science Headline)  

    "New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called "octonions." Cohl Furey, a mathematical physicist at the University of Cambridge, is finding links between the Standard Model of particle physics and the octonions, numbers whose multiplication rules are encoded in a triangular diagram called the Fano plan. In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey ren...

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2018-07-21 18:27:21



The Alien Observatory --"When We see Something Unusual, That's Out of Whack, It Can Be a Sign of Life"  

    "If you find a system in equilibrium, you've found something that's dead. Or something that's not alive," said David Catling, a planetary scientist and astrobiologist at the University of Washington. "The phrase Earth-like does not refer to a planet that necessarily resembles modern-day Earth at all," Olson said. "It's actually a very broad term that encompasses a broad variety of worlds. It includes hazy worlds like the Archean; it includes icy worlds like the 'snowball Ear

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2018-07-21 13:50:24



Does Sugar Really Suppress the Immune System?  

Eating sugar may put your white blood cells into a temporary coma. But there’s a lot more to the story of how sugar affects our immune response -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-21 13:39:21



How to weigh stars with gravitational lensing  

Astronomers have published the predictions of the passages of foreground stars in front of background stars. A team of astronomers, using ultra-precise measurements from the Gaia satellite, have accurately forecast two passages in the next months. Each event will produce shifts in the background star's position due to the deflection of light by gravity, and will allow the measurement of the mass of the foreground star, which is extremely difficult to determine by other means.

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2018-07-21 12:36:21



Sahara dust may make you cough, but it's a storm killer  

The bad news: Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa -- totaling a staggering 2 to 9 trillion pounds worldwide -- has been almost a biblical plague on Texas and much of the Southern United States in recent weeks. The good news: the same dust appears to be a severe storm killer.

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2018-07-21 12:33:57



Following a New Trail of Crumbs to Agriculture's Origins  

Archaeologists have found tiny pieces of ancient bread from hunter-gatherers that predate agriculture by about 4,000 years -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-21 11:52:02



Glimmers Of Hope In the Dark Battle To Save Bats  

Hidden away in the woods near the upstate New York town of Lake George is a cave. The entrance of the cavern, an abandoned graphite mine, is almost perfectly round, with a trickle of water running out of it. On a weekday morning in late February, researchers, led by Carl Herzog, a wildlife biologist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, gather at the cave mouth and swap hiking boots for waders before filing in. Kate Ritzko, a fish and wildlife technician for th

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2018-07-21 11:33:16



Eagle-eyed machine learning algorithm outdoes human experts  

Researchers have trained computers to quickly and consistently detect and analyze microscopic radiation damage to materials under consideration for nuclear reactors. And the computers bested humans in this arduous task.

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2018-07-21 11:12:35



Speculative Zoology, a Discussion  

Of flightless future bats, alt–timeline dinosaurs—a homage to Dixoniana... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-21 10:48:36



Using adrenaline in cardiac arrests results in less than one percent more people leaving hospital alive  

A clinical trial of the use of adrenaline in cardiac arrests has found that its use results in less than 1 percent more people leaving hospital alive -- but almost doubles the risk of severe brain damage for survivors of cardiac arrest. The research raises important questions about the future use of adrenaline in such cases and will necessitate debate amongst healthcare professionals, patients and the public.

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2018-07-21 10:04:01



Resisting the Depersonalization of the Work Space  

No one likes a bare desk, least of all the people who have to sit there -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-21 09:48:05



Houseplants could one day monitor home health  

A student from two unrelated disciplines -- plant sciences and architectural design -- explore the future of houseplants as aesthetically pleasing and functional sirens of home health. Their idea is to genetically engineer house plants to serve as subtle alarms that something is amiss in our home and office environments.

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2018-07-21 09:43:31



The need for speed: Why malaria parasites are faster than human immune cells  

Elementary cytoskeleton protein is different in parasites and represents a starting point for a possible new therapy against malaria infections.

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2018-07-21 07:11:16



A molecular key for delaying the progression of Multiple Sclerosis is found  

In the lab it was possible to improve the symptoms in the chronic phase of the disease while encouraging the repair of the nervous tissue, and the challenge now is to move the research forward in humans.

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2018-07-21 06:41:05



"Unveiling the Unknown Milky Way" --ESA's Gaia Spacecraft 'Redefines the Foundations of Astronomy'  

          One might think that the galaxy is completely mapped. Large parts of the Milky Way it are obscured by gas and dust, and it is hard to discern structure from the vantage of the solar system. Gaia is not only expected to clarify the spiral structures of the galaxy today, but because the satellite traces how stars move, astronomers can wind the clock backward and see how the galaxy evolved over the past 13 billion years—a field known as galactic archa...

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2018-07-21 06:17:26



A peek into the interplay between sleep and wakefulness  

The ventrolateral preoptic nucleus (VLPO) in the brain plays a critical role in the initiation and maintenance of sleep, while the lateral posterior part of the hypothalamus contains neuronal populations implicated in maintenance of arousal. Now, a new study reveals that these arousal-related neurons are heavily innervated by GABAergic neurons in the preoptic area including the VLPO. The work provides important information to understand the mechanisms that control animals' sleep/wakefulness stat

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2018-07-21 05:51:17



Doctors rely on more than just data for medical decision-making  

A new study finds patients with similar medical profiles receive different treatments based on doctors' 'gut feelings.'

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2018-07-21 05:33:40



Speed up solving complex problems: Be lazy and only work crucial tasks  

A new improvement to a programming technique called 'lazy grounding' could solve hard-set and complex issues in freight logistics, routing and power grids by drastically reducing computation times.

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2018-07-21 05:30:34



Wave energy converters are not geared towards the increase in energy over the last century  

Wave energy converters are designed to generate the maximum energy possible in their location and take a typical year in the location as a reference. Researchers have been exploring how ocean energy in Ireland has evolved during the last century. The results reveal an increase of up to 40%, which directly affects the output of the converters.

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2018-07-21 04:49:14



Parakeet pecking orders, basketball match-ups, and the tenure-track  

Researchers describe a new algorithm called SpringRank that uses wins and losses to quickly find rankings lurking in large networks. When tested on a wide range of synthetic and real-world datasets, ranging from teams in an NCAA college basketball tournament to the social behavior of animals, SpringRank outperformed other ranking algorithms in predicting outcomes and in efficiency.

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2018-07-21 03:45:10



On the anniversary of the first Moon landing 49 years ago, here are some stunning images you may have never seen  

It has been not quite a half-century since human beings stepped foot on another planetary body for the first time. Forty-nine years ago today, to be exact. It was on July 20, 1969 when Neil A. Armstrong, Commander of the Apollo 11 mission, descended the steps of the Lunar Module and upon reaching the surface uttered these instantly famous words: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." (Btw, if you think he didn't actually say "a man," thereby committing a gram...

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2018-07-21 03:41:47



New particles are formed also in the polluted air of major cities  

Researchers have discovered a mechanism that leads to atmospheric new particle formation in megacities.

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2018-07-21 01:39:04



Opportunity's Science Team Remains Vigilant  

Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 19, 2018 The dust storm on Mars is continuing as a Planet-encircling Dust Event (PEDE) with no indication of receding at this time. The storm has sustained high atmospheric opacity conditions over the Opportunity site for several weeks without any change. There is no indication at this time of the storm abating or clearing. Since the last contact with the rover on Sol 5111 (June 10, 2018), it

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2018-07-20 18:02:19



Census Bureau nominee becomes lightning rod for debate over 2020 census  

Steven Dillingham's strong credentials may be secondary to partisan fight over President Donald Trump's policies

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2018-07-20 17:55:18



Discovering Structure in the Outer Corona  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jul 19, 2018 In 1610, Galileo redesigned the telescope and discovered Jupiter's four largest moons. Nearly 400 years later, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope used its powerful optics to look deep into space - enabling scientists to pin down the age of the universe. Suffice it to say that getting a better look at things produces major scientific advances. In a paper published on July 18 in The Astroph

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2018-07-20 16:49:35



Burton Richter, Nobel Prize–winning physicist with influence in Washington, D.C., dies  

When particle physics was in chaos, his discovery of a key particle brought clarity

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2018-07-20 16:35:50



Wearable device measures cortisol in sweat  

By drawing in a bit of sweat, a patch can reveal how much cortisol a person is producing. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone but is involved in many important physiological functions.

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2018-07-20 15:41:20



Nature's antifreeze inspires revolutionary bacteria cryopreservation technique  

Warwick UK (SPX) Jul 18, 2018 The survival mechanisms of polar fish have led scientists at the University of Warwick to develop of a revolutionary approach to 'freeze' bacteria. The new technique could radically improve the work to store and transport human tissue. Researchers from the Department of Chemistry and Warwick Medical School have established a way to cryopreserve (or 'freeze') a broad range of bacteria

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2018-07-20 15:20:18



US opioid prescribing rates by congressional district  

Congressional districts with the highest opioid prescribing rates are predominantly concentrated in the southeastern U.S., with other hotspots in Appalachia and the rural west, according to the first study to focus on opioid prescribing rates at the congressional district level.

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2018-07-20 13:57:57



Nuclear Bomb Sensors Eavesdrop on Whales  

A network of hydrophones intended to monitor nuclear tests may prove useful for conservation -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-20 13:41:30



Genome damage from CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing higher than thought  

Scientists have discovered that CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing can cause greater genetic damage in cells than was previously thought. This has safety implications for future gene therapies using CRISPR/Cas9 as the unexpected damage could lead to dangerous changes in some cells. The study revealed that standard DNA tests miss finding this genetic damage, and that caution and specific testing will be required for any potential gene therapies.

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2018-07-20 13:19:34



Gene regulator may contribute to protein pileup in exfoliation glaucoma  

In exfoliation glaucoma, a protein dandruff clogs the outflow pathway for the fluid in our eyes. Scientists have evidence that variants of the same gene that enables us to make connective tissue by crosslinking proteins is associated with this unusual glaucoma.

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2018-07-20 13:13:13



Secondhand smoke causing thousands of still births in developing countries  

Exposure to secondhand smoke is causing thousands of stillbirths in developing countries, according to new research.

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2018-07-20 13:04:26



Study Ties Autism to Maternal High Blood Pressure, Diabetes  

Children born to women who had diabetes or high blood pressure while pregnant are at an increased risk of autism, two new studies suggest -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-20 12:17:50



Who Owns the Moon? A Space Lawyer Answers  

Did the Stars and Stripes on the moon signify the establishment of an American colony? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-20 12:12:16



New material: Two faces offer limitless possibilities  

Named for the mythical god with two faces, Janus membranes -- double-sided membranes that serve as gatekeepers between two substances -- have emerged as a material with potential industrial uses.

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2018-07-20 12:11:09



Lockheed Martin and ThalesRaytheonSystems to provide NATO with Battlespace Intelligence System  

Farnborough UK (SPX) Jul 18, 2018 Lockheed Martin and ThalesRaytheonSystems are joining forces to provide the NATO Alliance with a territorial Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) command and control capability. This Teaming Agreement, signed in the presence of Raytheon and Thales, the two shareholders of the joint venture, establishes a transatlantic team that combines the depth and breadth of decades of expertise from Lockheed Mart

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2018-07-20 11:53:47



Effect of genetic factors on nutrition: The genes are not to blame  

Individualized dietary recommendations based on genetic information are currently a popular trend. A team has systematically analyzed scientific articles and reached the following conclusion: There is no clear evidence for the effect of genetic factors on the consumption of total calories, carbohydrates, and fat. According to the current state of knowledge, the expedience of gene-based dietary recommendations has yet to be proven.

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2018-07-20 11:48:28



Martian Atmosphere Behaves as One  

Noordwijk, The Netherlands (ESA) Jul 19, 2018 Understanding the Martian atmosphere is a key topic in planetary science, from its current status to its past history. Mars's atmosphere continuously leaks out to space and is a crucial factor in the planet's past, present, and future habitability - or lack of it. The planet has lost the majority of its once much denser and wetter atmosphere, causing it to evolve into the dry, arid world we see

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2018-07-20 11:41:51



Response to HIV/AIDS epidemic at risk of 'dangerous complacency' as urgent change in approach is needed  

HIV rates persist in high risk, marginalized populations and the Commission authors warn that a resurgence of the epidemic is likely as the largest generation of young people age into adolescence and adulthood. * Stalling of HIV funding in recent years endangers HIV control efforts. Historic 'exceptionalism' of HIV treatment and care may no longer be sustainable; services will likely need to be part of wider health care supporting related diseases and conditions.

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2018-07-20 11:24:31



Exploring The Lost Moons Of Our Solar System  

On Tuesday, Jupiter officially "gained" 10-12 moons. But that doesn't make up for the dozens of moons the solar system has lost over time. Unlike the recent crop, the long lost moons were of pretty substantial size. This includes even a few now missing moons for Jupiter. The king of our planets started out in a gas envelope, like the other planets. It's system had quite a bit of heft, but the slow drag of this cloud may have pulled in moons as large as Mercury into the inner hell...

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2018-07-20 10:57:25



Here's the sexual harassment report that felled a famed geneticist—and his defense  

Even after he was asked to stop, Francisco Ayala repeatedly directed unwelcome attention toward women, university found

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2018-07-20 10:55:19



ANU scientists discover the world's oldest colors  

Canberra, Australia (SPX) Jul 18, 2018 Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) and overseas have discovered the oldest colours in the geological record, 1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments extracted from rocks deep beneath the Sahara desert in Africa. Dr Nur Gueneli from ANU said the pigments taken from marine black shales of the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, West Africa, were more than half a billion yea

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2018-07-20 10:44:13



Most common shoulder operation is no more beneficial than placebo surgery  

Researchers show that one of the most common surgical procedures in the Western world is probably unnecessary. Keyhole surgeries of the shoulder are useless for patients with 'shoulder impingement', the most common diagnosis in patients with shoulder pain.

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2018-07-20 10:17:09



Using Herbicides to Save Endangered Snails  

Sometimes, toxic chemicals are actually a good thing -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-20 09:55:45



"Monumental" --Searching for Signs of Life on Saturn's Titan: A Strange, Earth-like World   

        Titan is much too cold for liquid water to be present on the surface. Although this is not a favorable scenario for life-bearing molecules to form, there is hope. Radar measurements from Cassini, which orbited Saturn for 13 years, were able to peer through Titan's optically thick atmosphere, revealing the terrain of this enigmatic world. What was revealed was unexpected - Titan is active. Cassini's radar instrument unveiled lakes, dunes, mountains, river...

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2018-07-20 09:53:18



"Monumental" --Searching for Signs of Life on Saturn's Titan: An Eerie, Earth-like World   

    Titan is much too cold for liquid water to be present on the surface. Although this is not a favorable scenario for life-bearing molecules to form, there is hope. Radar measurements from Cassini, which orbited Saturn for 13 years, were able to peer through Titan's optically thick atmosphere, revealing the terrain of this enigmatic world. What was revealed was unexpected - Titan is active. Cassini's radar instrument unveiled lakes, dunes, mountains, river valleys, and no...

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2018-07-20 09:53:18



Sympathy for the Devil: Shark Week Should Remind Us Humans Are the Apex Predator  

For every human they kill, we kill literally millions of them -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-20 09:40:16



Sea Level Rise Could Inundate the Internet  

Extreme sea level rise could swamp internet cabling and hubs by 2033—and coastal cities like New York, Seattle and Miami are at greatest risk. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-20 09:37:50



Laser experiments lend insight into metal core at heart of the Earth  

Edinburgh UK (SPX) Jul 18, 2018 Scientists have discovered fresh insights into the metallic core at the centre of our planet. The findings could aid understanding of how the Earth was formed from elements in space, some 10 billion years ago. They could also shed light on the fundamental physical nature of nitrogen, one of the most abundant elements in the atmosphere. An international team of researchers carri

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2018-07-20 09:25:42



Long-term effectiveness of therapy for common cause of kidney failure  

Among individuals with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, those who were treated with tolvaptan for up to 11 years had a slower rate of kidney function decline compared with historical controls. Annualized kidney function decline rates of tolvaptan-treated patients did not change during follow-up.

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2018-07-20 09:11:02



Complementary medicine for cancer can decrease survival  

People who received complementary therapy for curable cancers were more likely to refuse at least one component of their conventional cancer treatment, and were more likely to die as a result, according to researchers.

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2018-07-20 08:55:54



Diabetes raises risk of cancer, with women at even greater likelihood, a major new study has found  

A global review involving almost 20 million people has shown that having diabetes significantly raises the risk of developing cancer, and for women the risk is even higher. Researchers also found diabetes (type 1 and type 2) conferred an additional risk for women, compared to men, for leukaemia and cancers of the stomach, mouth and kidney, but less risk for liver cancer.

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2018-07-20 08:47:15



New findings on intercellular communication  

This is a nice example of a rather unexpected discovery: by studying the development of the blood vessels of the brain, researchers have just shed light on a question that was pending for 10 years! They provide a molecular mechanism conferring ligand specificity to Wnt signaling, an ancestral communication pathway present in all vertebrates.

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2018-07-20 08:16:39



Researchers upend conventional wisdom on thermal conductivity  

Houston TX (SPX) Jul 18, 2018 Scientists have long known that diamond is the best material for conducting heat, but it has drawbacks: It is costly and is an electrical insulator; when paired with a semiconductor device, diamond expands at a different rate than the device does when it is heated. Now a group of researchers from around the United States has reported that a crystal grown from two relatively common mineral

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2018-07-20 07:57:52



People love to hate do-gooders, especially at work  

Highly cooperative and generous people can attract hatred and social punishment, especially in competitive environments, new University of Guelph study finds.

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2018-07-20 07:38:39



Heart attack risk on the rise for pregnant women and death rate remains high  

Study shows that the risk of having a heart attack while pregnant, giving birth, or during the two months after delivery, continues to increase for American women.

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2018-07-20 07:36:26



GMV and Tecnobit partners with Skydel  

Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jul 19, 2018 GMV, Tecnobit and Skydel reports that they are working to adapt Skydel's Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) simulation solution to support the latest developments of the Galileo GNSS, synchronizing with the European efforts to bring a modern, highly-accurate and secure positioning system to the market. GMV, Tecnobit, and Skydel aim to provide corporations, universities, and research

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2018-07-20 07:22:47



NASA Brings Latest Aerospace Technologies to AirVenture 2018  

Visitors to AirVenture Oshkosh 2018 can get a close look at the latest in NASA aerospace technology during the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual airshow Monday, July 23, through Sunday, July 29, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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2018-07-20 07:16:43



Medicaid expansion boosts employment  

A new study found individuals with disabilities were more likely to be employed in states that expanded Medicaid than their peers in non-expansion states, reducing the need to live in poverty to qualify for Medicaid coverage.

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2018-07-20 07:12:30



5 Things to Watch as the Trump Administration Weakens Car Rules  

Legal battles loom and pollution levels could rise as fuel economy standards are relaxed -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-20 07:09:21



Scientists reverse aging-associated skin wrinkles and hair loss in a mouse model  

Researchers have reversed wrinkled skin and hair loss, hallmarks of aging, in a mouse model. When a mutation leading to mitochondrial dysfunction is induced, the mouse develops wrinkled skin and extensive, visible hair loss in a matter of weeks. When the mitochondrial function is restored by turning off the gene responsible for mitochondrial dysfunction, the mouse returns to smooth skin and thick fur, indistinguishable from a healthy mouse of the same age.

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2018-07-20 07:07:10



New battery could store wind and solar electricity affordably and at room temperature  

A new type of flow battery that involves a liquid metal more than doubled the maximum voltage of conventional flow batteries and could lead to affordable storage of renewable power.

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2018-07-20 06:55:23



Greening vacant lots reduces feelings of depression in city dwellers  

Greening vacant urban land significantly reduces feelings of depression and improves overall mental health for the surrounding residents, researchers show in a new randomized, controlled study. The findings have implications for cities across the United States, where 15 percent of land is deemed ''vacant'' and often blighted or filled with trash and overgrown vegetation.

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2018-07-20 06:41:10



New study shows certain video games can improve health in children with obesity  

A new study showed for the first time that video games, in combination with fitness coaching and a step tracker, helped overweight children lose weight, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol and increase their physical activity.

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2018-07-20 06:35:46



New solar sailing technology for NASA  

Researchers is taking solar sailing to the next level with advanced photonic materials. This new class of materials could be used to steer reflected or transmitted photons and enable near-Earth, interplanetary and interstellar space travel.

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2018-07-20 06:34:33



SLAC's ultra-high-speed 'electron camera' catches molecules at a crossroads  

Menlo Park CA (SPX) Jul 18, 2018 An extremely fast "electron camera" at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has produced the most detailed atomic movie of the decisive point where molecules hit by light can either stay intact or break apart. The results could lead to a better understanding of how molecules respond to light in processes that are crucial for life, like photosynthesis and vision,

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2018-07-20 06:21:52



Seeking 72-hour Space Environment Forecasts with Updates on the Hour  

Washington DC (SPX) Jul 19, 2018 Models for providing hourly terrestrial weather forecasts anywhere in the world have become increasingly precise-our smartphones buzz or chirp with local alerts of approaching thunderstorms, heavy snow, flash floods, and big events like tornados and hurricanes. The military relies on accurate weather forecasts for planning complex operations in the air, on ground, and at sea. But when it c

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2018-07-20 06:10:53



MIT Astronomers Solve Enduring Mystery of a Dimming Star  

    For nearly a century, astronomers have puzzled over the curious variability of young stars residing in the  Taurus-Auriga Dark Clouds, a gathering of molecular clouds (above) which host stellar nurseries containing thousands of infant stars constellation some 450 light years from Earth. One star in particular has drawn astronomers' attention. Every few decades, the star's light has faded briefly before brightening again. In recent years, astronomers have observed the s

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2018-07-20 05:53:07



World's fastest human-made spinning object could help study quantum mechanics  

Researchers have created the fastest human-made spinning object in the world, which they believe will help them study material science, quantum mechanics and the properties of vacuum.

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2018-07-20 05:45:44



DARPA, Lockheed Martin Demonstrate Technologies to Enable a Connected Warfighter Network  

Fort Worth TX (SPX) Jul 18, 2018 Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently performed a series of flight tests demonstrating how a system of systems (SoS) approach enables seamless - and rapid - integration across air, space, land, sea and cyber in contested environments. The demonstrations held at the Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, California, were part of a

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2018-07-20 05:38:27



The cause of prostate cancer progression to incurable stage has likely been uncovered  

Researchers have discovered novel genes and mechanisms that can explain how a genomic variant in a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs11672691 influences prostate cancer aggressiveness. Their findings also suggest ways to improve risk stratification and clinical treatment for advanced prostate cancer.

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2018-07-20 05:33:39



How many neutrons can you cram into an atom? More than physicists thought  

Extra-heavy calcium isotope may herald higher limits for nuclear binding

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2018-07-20 05:26:07



Top stories: itchy salmon, the world's oldest bread, and new hope for a disfiguring disease  

This week's top Science news

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2018-07-20 05:24:07



"Melt Proof!" --NASA's Parker Probe Will Swoop Unharmed Within 4" of the Sun   

  This summer, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. If Earth was at one end of a yard-stick and the Sun on the other, Parker Solar Probe will make it to within four inches of the solar surface. Inside that part of the solar atmosphere, a region known as the corona, Parker Solar Probe will provide unprecedented observations of what drives the wide range of particles, energy and heat that cours

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2018-07-20 05:23:27



Mass Extinctions  

It wasn’t all bad news.

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2018-07-20 05:20:48



Fewer injuries in girls' sports when high schools have athletic trainers  

Availability of a full-time certified athletic trainer in high school reduces overall and recurrent injury rates in girls who play on the soccer or basketball team, according to a new study.

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2018-07-20 05:18:25



Why Nature Prefers Couples, Even for Yeast  

Some species have the equivalent of many more than two sexes, but most do not. A new model suggests the reason depends on how often they mate -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-20 05:13:04



Archaeologists Find Unexpected Contents Inside Alexandria Coffin  

Since the announcement of its discovery earlier this month, the buried sarcophagus in Alexandria, Egypt, created a lot of speculation about who might be inside. Given the coffin's large size and composition of granite, which would have had to be mined hundreds of miles away, experts said it was possible the coffin contained a man of importance, perhaps a nobleman of Alexander the Great. There was also a lot of online chatter about the possibility of unleashing a curse by opening the presum...

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2018-07-20 04:57:57



Moving On Up  

How behavioral science could boost upward mobility in housing voucher programs -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-20 04:43:44



Clouds  

Sailors of the sky.

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2018-07-20 04:40:28



Treating dementia with the healing waves of sound  

Ultrasound waves applied to the whole brain improve cognitive dysfunction in mice with conditions simulating vascular dementia and Alzheimer's disease. It is possible that this type of therapy may also benefit humans.

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2018-07-20 04:25:15



How Can Scientists Help Make Cities More Sustainable?  

Researchers have data. Corporate executives have innovations. Mayors have real problems to solve. Yet these people do not necessarily understand how they can help one another make cities healthier... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-07-20 04:22:59



Sea pickles are adapting to the Pacific Northwest  

Tubular colonial jellies known as pyrosomes that arrived in 2014 along North America's Pacific Northwest Coast appear to be adapting to cooler water and may become permanent residents.

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2018-07-20 03:40:39



Phages work together to suppress CRISPR bacterial immunity  

CRISPR are an essential part of bacterial immunity designed to defend against foreign DNA. In bacteria, CRISPR acts just like it does in human cells as a pair of scissors, in their case with the goal of cutting strands of infecting DNA. While researchers have known that CRISPR is found in roughly half of all bacteria in the wild, they did not know much about the molecular battle between CRISPRs and invading viruses or phages.

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2018-07-20 03:35:54



Inside the Cosmodrome: Where Russia launches Americans into space  

BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - That rocket looked so tiny from a mile away. Shining white against the dull beige sands of Baikonur, the Soyuz had three people on board all set for a ride to the International Space Station. From this distance, though, it appeared fragile, like a child's plaything. Standing beside me was a member of the backup crew, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques. He passed the time talking to me about other launches he had seen. When the Soyuz finally lighted its engines...

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2018-07-20 02:47:46



How plant breeding technologies could make fruits and vegetables more exciting to eat  

Forget vegetables with dull colors and fuzzy skin or fruits that lack of flavor -- the produce aisle of the future could offer plant products that are designed for creative cooks and fussy eaters. In a new article, food researchers describe how new breeding technologies have the potential to enhance the shape, size, color, and health benefits of produce, as well as to inform conventional breeding programs.

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2018-07-20 02:39:15



Protecting autonomous grids from potentially crippling GPS spoofing attacks  

Not long ago, getting a virus was about the worst thing computer users could expect in terms of system vulnerability. But in our current age of hyper-connectedness and the emerging Internet of Things, that's no longer the case. With connectivity, a new principle has emerged, one of universal concern to those who work in the area of systems control. That law says, essentially, that the more complex and connected a system is, the more susceptible it is to disruptive cyber-attacks.

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2018-07-20 02:26:45



Diabetes during pregnancy may increase baby's heart disease risk  

Gestational diabetes may increase the risk of blood vessel dysfunction and heart disease in offspring by altering a smooth muscle protein responsible for blood vessel network formation. Understanding of the protein's function in fetal cells may improve early detection of disease in children.

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2018-07-20 02:23:38



Neural inflammation plays critical role in stress-induced depression  

A group of researchers has discovered that neural inflammation caused by our innate immune system plays an unexpectedly important role in stress-induced depression. This insight could potentially lead to the development of new antidepressants targeting innate immune molecules.

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2018-07-20 02:02:43



Autonomous Cars  

Bots on wheels.

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2018-07-20 01:38:10



Physics treasure hidden in a wallpaper pattern  

An international team of scientists has discovered a new, exotic form of insulating material with a metallic surface that could enable more efficient electronics or even quantum computing. The researchers developed a new method for analyzing existing chemical compounds that relies on the mathematical properties like symmetry that govern the repeating patterns seen in everyday wallpaper.

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2018-07-20 01:32:34



Personality  

Who do you think you are?

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2018-07-20 01:20:16



Scientists identify most pressing issues posed by chemicals in the environment  

Chemicals released into the environment by human activity are resulting in biodiversity loss; increased natural hazards; threats to food, water and energy security; negative impacts on human health and degradation of environmental quality. Now, an international study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry involving scientists from the University of York has identified the 22 most important research questions that need to be answered to fill the most pressing knowledge gaps over the

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2018-07-20 01:18:27



Octopuses  

These boneless brainiacs play by their own rules.

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2018-07-20 01:08:28



Drug now in clinical trials for Parkinson's strengthens heart contractions in animals  

A drug currently in clinical trials for treating symptoms of Parkinson's disease may someday have value for treating heart failure, according to results of early animal studies.

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2018-07-20 01:05:10






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