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Shedding light on darker parts of our genetic heritage  

More than half of our genome consists of transposons, DNA sequences that are reminiscent of ancient, extinct viruses. Transposons are normally silenced by a process known as DNA methylation, but their activation can lead to serious diseases. Very little is known about transposons but researchers in an international collaboration project have now succeeded for the first time in studying what happens when DNA methylation is lost in human cells. These findings provide new insight into how changes...

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2019-07-19 19:59:10



How to Make a Mouse Hallucinate  

A real-time capture of brain-circuit activity shows how simple it is to change what an animal sees -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-19 19:45:08



Nations with strong women's rights likely to have better population health and faster growth  

Nations with strong women's rights are more likely to have better health and faster growth than those who don't promote and protect these values.

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2019-07-19 19:39:25



Understanding the mode of action of the primaquine: New insights into a 70 year old puzzle  

Researchers have taken significant steps in understanding the way that the anti-malarial drug primaquine (PQ) works, which they hope will lead to the development of new, safer and more effective treatments for malaria.

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2019-07-19 19:34:02



Atomically precise models improve understanding of fuel cells  

Simulations from researchers in Japan provide new insights into the reactions occurring in solid-oxide fuel cells by using realistic atomic-scale models of the electrode active site based on microscope observations instead of the simplified and idealized atomic structures employed in previous studies. This better understanding of how the structures in the cells affect the reactions could give clues on ways to improve performance and durability in future devices.

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2019-07-19 19:28:34



Study shows relationship between type of delivery and twins' psychological development  

A research team has analyzed for the first time the effect of the type of delivery on twins' psychological development and intelligence, demonstrating that cesarean section carries an independent risk in these multiple births.

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2019-07-19 17:41:55



How long does a surgery take? Researchers create model  

For years, surgeons have estimated how long a surgery will take. Now, researchers have created a model using data from more than 45k surgeries over four years.

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2019-07-19 17:28:56



X-ray mapping enhances potential of lightweight magnesium  

Engineers have discovered a technique for creating stronger, lightweight magnesium alloys. This finding could be of significant benefit to the automobile and aerospace industries.

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2019-07-19 17:21:17



3q29 deletion survey: Distinct social profile, high ASD risk  

3q29 deletion syndrome is a strong risk factor for both schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder. People with the rare condition have a distinct neuropsychiatric profile, researchers found.

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2019-07-19 16:49:51



Transfer of oncogene in colon cancer cells demonstrated  

For years, doctors and scientists have known very little about why patients can receive drugs successfully for months, or even years, before developing a drug resistance. Now researchers propose that there is a cellular as well as molecular cause to this phenomenon in colon cancer, with potential application to other similarly aggressive cancers as well.

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2019-07-19 16:36:38



Elon Musk's Secretive Brain Tech Company Debuts a Sophisticated Neural Implant  

Neuralink says it can robotically implant more than 3,000 flexible-polymer electrodes in a rat or monkey brain. The device is still a long way from routine human use, however -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-19 16:21:25



Offering children a wide variety and large quantities of snack food encourages them to eat more  

Offering children a wide variety and large quantities of snack food encourages them to eat more - and may contribute to weight problems, a new study has found. The research also found that how snacks are presented (in a large or small container) has little influence on how much children snack.

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2019-07-19 16:20:23



Astronauts less likely to faint on Earth if they exercise in space; findings may help others with fainting issues  

Up to two hours of endurance and resistance exercises daily during a long space flight mission, combined with IV fluid replacement after landing, helps astronauts prevent dizziness and fainting during normal activity when they return to Earth. The study findings also have implications for a variety of people with health conditions that cause them to faint when standing up, and people on bed rest for long periods.

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2019-07-19 15:23:47



Genetic similarities of osteosarcoma between dogs and children  

A bone cancer known as osteosarcoma is genetically similar in dogs and human children, according to the results of a new study. The findings could help break the logjam in the treatment of this deadly disease, which hasn't seen a significant medical breakthrough in nearly three decades.

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2019-07-19 14:53:23



Air pollution linked to increase in newborn intensive care admissions  

Infants born to women exposed to high levels of air pollution in the week before delivery are more likely to be admitted to a newborn intensive care unit (NICU), suggests a new analysis.

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2019-07-19 14:21:41



Sustainable land management key to reducing Amazon wildfires  

The unrelenting deforestation of the Amazon region could lead to a dramatic increase to the risk of destructive wildfire outbreaks, research has shown.

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2019-07-19 14:11:53



This AI Solves The Rubik's Cube Way Better Than You  

(Credit: rcherem/shutterstock) In 1974, an architecture professor named Erno Rubik built a movable piece of art to help his students understand three-dimensional problems. Though his own creation took him more than a month to solve, it soon became an iconic puzzle game, the Rubik's cube.  The goal of the game is to re-arrange the faces of a cube decorated with 54 multi-colored squares so that each face shows a solid block of color. There are 43 quintillion potential ways to ar...

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2019-07-19 13:27:23



Biologist leads pioneering study on stress  

A biologist conducted a pioneering research study that could help us to better understand the role of dopamine in stress resilience in humans through analyzing wild songbirds. This study could lead to increased prevention and treatment of stress-related disorders.

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2019-07-19 13:25:08



In China, Mental Health Care Goes Virtual  

Why are VR companies launching their mental health care programs in the nation? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-19 13:01:16



Q&A: Shuttle Astronaut Mike Massimino on the Legacy of Apollo 11  

Neil Armstrong’s “one small step” shaped a generation of future explorers—and even the first tweet sent from space -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-19 12:58:07



Gene linked to severe liver damage  

Researchers have found that a gene known as AEBP1 may play a central role in the development, severity and potential treatment of liver disease. One of the study's major findings is that AEBP1 regulates the expression of a network of at least nine genes related to fibrosis: AKR1B10, CCDC80, DPT, EFEMP1, ITGBL1, LAMC3, MOXD1, SPP1, and STMN2.

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2019-07-19 12:52:35



Hearing loss tied with mental, physical, and social ailments in older people  

Hearing loss has a profound impact on older people, as it can lead to anxiety, restricted activity, and perhaps even cognitive decline and dementia. Research has examined associations of hearing loss with outdoor activity limitations, psychological distress, and memory loss in people aged 65 and over. All three conditions were significantly worse when there was hearing loss. The findings support early interventions such as use of hearing aids.

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2019-07-19 11:55:02



Elon Musk Confirms SpaceX's Starhopper Survived Recent Fireball  

An artist rendition of Starship on a future flight in space. (Credit: SpaceX) In a series of Twitter responses, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed Starhopper, the prototype for the company's next generation of spacecraft, survived what appeared to be an explosion during a recent test. On Tuesday, July 16, Starhopper had undergone a "static fire test" to check recently added Raptor engines on a testing pad in Boca Chica, Texas. But about five seconds after the test, a fireball s...

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2019-07-19 11:54:58



More women using cannabis daily before and during pregnancy, research finds  

The number of women using cannabis in the year before they get pregnant and early in their pregnancies is increasing, and their frequency of use is also rising, according to new data.

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2019-07-19 10:56:21



Flexible user interface distribution for ubiquitous multi-device interaction  

Researchers have developed mobile software platform technology that allows a mobile application (app) to be executed simultaneously and more dynamically on multiple smart devices. Its high flexibility and broad applicability can help accelerate a shift from the current single-device paradigm to a multiple one, which enables users to utilize mobile apps in ways previously unthinkable.

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2019-07-19 10:37:42



Eco-friendly composite catalyst and ultrasound removes pollutants from water  

Scientists have developed a wastewater treatment process that uses a common agricultural byproduct to effectively remove pollutants and environmental hormones, which are known to be endocrine disruptors.

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2019-07-19 09:39:01



As Temperatures Soar During Heat Wave, So Will CO2  

Greenhouse gas emissions will spike as grid operators fire up more power plants -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-19 09:32:30



Unusually high carbon stocks and tree diversity in Panama's Darien forest  

Through a participatory forest-carbon monitoring project in the Darien forest of Panama, scientists and a team of trained indigenous technicians found that, even in disturbed areas, it maintained the same tree species richness and a disproportionately high capacity to sequester carbon.

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2019-07-19 09:04:58



Science Means Not Knowing  

It’s an uncomfortable feeling, but it pushes us to seek a deeper understanding of the world around us -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-19 09:04:13



Turkestan cockroach selling online is a companion of the common household cockroach  

The Turkestan cockroach (commonly known as the red runner roach or rusty red roach), which is popular as food for pet reptiles, has an interneuron extremely sensitive to sex pheromones emitted by American cockroaches, providing evidence that the Turkestan cockroach is phylogenetically close to the American cockroach and the smoky brown cockroach belonging to the genus Periplaneta.

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2019-07-19 08:59:51



Smart irrigation model predicts rainfall to conserve water  

A predictive model combining information about plant physiology, real-time soil conditions and weather forecasts can help make more informed decisions about when and how much to irrigate. This could save 40 percent of the water consumed by more traditional methods, according to new research.

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2019-07-19 08:47:49



NASA: Last month was the warmest June on record. Will July turn out to be the warmest month ever observed?  

Satellite image of a wildfire blazing in in the Qeqqata Kommunia of western Greenland. The image consists of data acquired by a Sentinel satellite on July 14th, 2019 in the infrared and visible parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. (Source: Copernicus Sentinel Data processed by Pierre Markuse) Last month has gone into the books as the warmest June on record, beating out 2016 by a comfortable margin, according to the latest global analysis by NASA. Now, more than half way through

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2019-07-19 08:11:06



One Small Scoop, One Giant Impact for Mankind  

Just before Neil Armstrong climbed back into the lunar module, he scooped up a few last-minute soil samples--which upturned our understanding of planetary formation. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-19 08:04:13



Many of the deadliest cancers receive the least amount of research funding  

Many of the deadliest or most common cancers get the least amount of nonprofit research funding, reports a new study. 'Embarrassing' or stigmatized cancers, like lung and liver, are underfunded. Colon, endometrial, liver and bile duct, cervical, ovarian, pancreatic and lung cancers were all poorly funded compared to how common they are and how many deaths they cause, the study found. In contrast, breast cancer, leukemia, lymphoma and pediatric cancers were all well-funded, respective to their im

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2019-07-19 08:01:56



2016 US election linked to increase in preterm births among US Latinas  

A significant jump in preterm births to Latina mothers living in the U.S. occurred in the nine months following the November 8, 2016 election of President Donald Trump, according to a new study.

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2019-07-19 07:48:02



Successful application of machine learning in the discovery of new polymers  

As a powerful example of how artificial intelligence (AI) can accelerate the discovery of new materials, scientists in Japan have designed and verified polymers with high thermal conductivity -- a property that would be the key to heat management, for example, in the fifth-generation (5G) mobile communication technologies. Their study highlights the great advantages of machine learning methods over traditional ways of searching for high-performance materials.

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2019-07-19 07:32:42



Simulation explores how insects glean compass direction from skylight  

A computational simulation suggests that insects may be capable of using the properties of light from the sky to determine their compass direction with an error of less than two degrees.

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2019-07-19 07:27:34



Boosting the discovery of new drugs to treat spinal cord injuries using zebrafish  

A research team led by Leonor Saúde, Principal Investigator at Instituto de Medicina Molecular, in partnership with the company Technophage, SA, has designed a simple and efficient platform that uses zebrafish to discover and identify new drugs to treat spinal cord lesions. This study is the proof-of-concept for the use of this zebrafish platform that, combined with drug repurposing, has the potential to accelerate the translation period from the discovery to the clinics.

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2019-07-19 07:03:15



This deep neural network fights deepfakes  

Researchers have developed a deep neural network architecture that can identify manipulated images at the pixel level with high precision by studying the boundaries of objects in the image.

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2019-07-19 06:37:12



Bridging the nanoscale gap: A deep look inside atomic switches  

A team of researchers has gained unprecedented insight into the inner workings of an atomic switch. By investigating the composition of the tiny metal 'bridge' that forms inside the switch, their findings may spur the design of atomic switches with improved performance.

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2019-07-19 06:09:57



Why Do Mosquitos Love Biting Some People More Than Others?  

Mosquitos are an annoyance to all — but some people seem to attract them far more than others. (Credit: mycteria/Shutterstock) As I slept unaware beneath the stars one night in early July, what I can only assume to be a legion of mosquitoes declared war against my forehead. I've been a mosquito magnet as long as I can remember, so I should have foreseen the itchy misery they would deliver upon my face. I offered them an exposed patch of flesh, they took it. Eight times. But ...

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2019-07-19 05:06:49



Alzheimer's Meeting: Lifestyle Factors Are the Best--and Only--Bet Now for Reducing Dementia Risk  

Researchers are still optimistic about finding disease-altering medicines—just not anytime soon -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-19 04:58:07



Air Force releases request for proposals for new ICBM system  

Kirtland AFB NM (AFNS) Jul 17, 2019 The Air Force released a request for proposals for its Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program July 16. The request is for the weapon system's Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase and includes five production lot options to produce and deploy the weapon system. The two contractors for GBSD's current Technology Maturation an

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2019-07-19 04:50:23



Visceral leishmaniasis diagnostic tests  

Accurate and timely diagnosis of the tropic disease visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is one of the pillars for reducing VL deaths. Currently available serological tests for diagnosing VL vary widely in their performance and may, as a whole, be inadequate for VL diagnosis, researchers report.

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2019-07-19 04:49:08



DARPA Announces Microsystems Exploration Program  

Washington DC (SPX) Jul 17, 2019 Over the past few decades, DARPA's Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) has enabled revolutionary advances in electronics materials, devices, and systems, which have provided the United States with unique defense and economic advantages. To continue its path of successful electronics innovation, DARPA has announced a new MTO effort called the Microsystems Exploration program. The Microsyst

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2019-07-19 04:31:36



NASA funding is helping students build cubesats  

Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 18, 2019 University of Arizona researchers will use $3 million in NASA funding over three years to research the low-gravity surface environments of asteroids, and to provide students from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to design, build and operate CubeSats, or miniature satellites at the UA. The project was selected through NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project Ins

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2019-07-19 04:14:17



How Poetry Can Help Communicate Science  

It can break down the barriers that separate experts from the rest of us -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-19 04:08:51



Discovering how diabetes leads to vascular disease  

A team scientists and physicians has identified a cellular connection between diabetes and one of its major complications -- blood vessel narrowing that increases risks of several serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke.

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2019-07-19 03:40:55



Geoscientists discover mechanisms controlling Greenland ice sheet collapse  

New radar technology allowed geoscientists to look at Greenland's dynamic ice-ocean interface that drives sea level rise.

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2019-07-19 03:38:48



Third European service module for Orion to ferry astronauts on Moon landing  

Paris (ESA) Jul 18, 2019 NASA and ESA have a long term plan for Europe to deliver the European Service Modules for Orion. With NASA's announcement to bring humans back to the lunar surface before the end of 2024, it was also decided that the third ESA-provided European Service Module will contribute to this mission. The Artemis-3 mission is slated to launch on NASA's Space Launch System in 2024 and will send up to

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2019-07-19 03:36:25



Take a bath 90 minutes before bedtime to get better sleep  

Biomedical engineers have found a way for people to get better shuteye. Systematic review protocols allowed researchers to analyze thousands of studies linking water-based passive body heating, or bathing and showering with warm/hot water, with improved sleep quality.

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2019-07-19 03:25:40



Newly discovered biosynthetic pathway in bacteria recipe for drug discovery and production  

Researchers have described a novel biochemical strategy used by bacteria to synthesize natural products.

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2019-07-19 03:09:15



Newly discovered neural pathway processes acute light to affect sleep  

Either to check the time or waste time, people often look at their smartphones after waking in the middle of the night. While this acute burst of light does make it more difficult to fall back to sleep, a new study reports that it won't interfere with the body's overall circadian rhythms.

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2019-07-19 02:56:30



Largest genomic study on type 2 diabetes in sub-Saharan African populations  

Researchers have performed the largest GWAS study on type 2 diabetes in the sub-Saharan African populations, revealing an association between the disease and previously unlinked ZRANB3 gene. By using animal models, their results show that dysfunction of the ZRANB3 gene has major repercussions on insulin production. This link may hold key answers to the treatment of type 2 diabetes in all populations.

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2019-07-19 02:44:23



Red wine's resveratrol could help Mars explorers stay strong  

Washington DC (SPX) Jul 18, 2019 Mars is about 9 months from Earth with today's tech, NASA reckons. As the new space race hurtles forward, Harvard researchers are asking: how do we make sure the winners can still stand when they reach the finish line? Published in Frontiers in Physiology, their study shows that resveratrol substantially preserves muscle mass and strength in rats exposed to the wasting effects of simulated

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2019-07-19 02:22:27



Mapping the Moon and Worlds Beyond  

Tucson AZ (SPX) Jul 18, 2019 In 1972, it took an astronaut going on a spacewalk to do what Lynn Carter now can do with a few mouse clicks over lunch. Carter, a planetary science professor at the Univerity of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, points to a small, framed photograph above her desk. It shows the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the last crewed mission to the moon, cruising high above the grey, cratered expanse below.

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2019-07-19 01:18:24



Emotion-detection applications built on outdated science, report warns  

Software that purportedly reads emotions in faces is being deployed or tested for a variety of purposes, including surveillance, hiring, clinical diagnosis, and market research. But a new scientific report finds that facial movements are an inexact gauge of a person's feelings, behaviors or intentions.

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2019-07-18 20:36:07



Low doses of radiation promote cancer-capable cells  

New research finds that low doses of radiation equivalent to three CT scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-capable cells a competitive advantage over normal cells.

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2019-07-18 20:22:54



The unpopular truth about biases toward people with disabilities  

Needing to ride in a wheelchair can put the brakes on myriad opportunities -- some less obvious than one might think. New research sheds light on the bias people have toward people with disabilities, known as 'ableism,' and how it shifts over time.

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2019-07-18 20:20:46



Physicists use mathematics to trace neuro transitions  

Unique in its application of a mathematical model to understand how the brain transitions from consciousness to unconscious behavior, a study may have just advanced neuroscience appreciably. The findings, surprisingly by physicists, suggest that the subliminal state is the most robust part of the conscious network.

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2019-07-18 20:15:19



Greater prevalence of congenital heart defects in high intensity oil and gas areas  

Mothers living near more intense oil and gas development activity have a 40-70% higher chance of having children with congenital heart defects (CHDs) compared to those living in areas of less intense activity, according to a new study.

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2019-07-18 19:32:49



'Crystal clocks' used to time magma storage before volcanic eruptions  

The molten rock that feeds volcanoes can be stored in the Earth's crust for as long as a thousand years, a result which may help with volcanic hazard management and better forecasting of when eruptions might occur.

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2019-07-18 19:17:38



Climate Change Will Strain Federal Finances  

Climate-related disasters are happening more frequently and affecting a broad cross-section of the economy -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-18 19:07:55



How low oxygen builds a bigger, stronger alligator heart  

Researchers are beginning to understand why some alligators develop stronger hearts after enduring low oxygen during early development in the egg.

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2019-07-18 19:07:51



AI radar system that can spot miniature drones 3 kilometers away  

Engineers have made a Small AESA radar system with a super-resolution algorithm.

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2019-07-18 18:57:15



Improving the signal-to-noise ratio in quantum chromodynamics simulations  

A study describes a new technique for simulating particle ensembles that are 'large' (at least by the standards of particle physics). The technique improves the signal-to-noise ratio and thus the precision of the simulation; crucially, it can also be used to model ensembles of baryons: a category of elementary particles that includes the protons and neutrons that make up atomic nuclei.

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2019-07-18 18:50:33



Maternal race not a factor for children experiencing a 'language gap'  

Researchers have discovered that race plays no role in the amount and quality of the words mothers use with their children, or with the language skills their children later develop.

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2019-07-18 18:37:26



Link found between gut bacteria, successful joint replacement  

Having healthy gut flora -- the trillions of bacteria housed in our intestines -- could lower the risk of infection following knee and hip replacement surgeries, while an unhealthy intestinal flora may increase the risk of infection.

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2019-07-18 18:28:47



Scientists stimulate neurons to induce particular perceptions in mice's minds  

Hallucinations are spooky and, fortunately, fairly rare. But, a new study suggests, the real question isn't so much why some people occasionally experience them. It's why all of us aren't hallucinating all the time.

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2019-07-18 18:07:57



Strong storms also play big role in Antarctic ice shelf collapse  

Warming temperatures and changes in ocean circulation and salinity are driving the breakup of ice sheets in Antarctica, but a new study suggests that intense storms may help push the system over the edge.

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2019-07-18 17:10:17



New research identifies gene that hides cancer cells from immunotherapy  

A team has identified a gene that could make immunotherapy treatments, specifically checkpoint inhibitors, work for a wider variety of cancer patients. The study found that when the DUX4 gene is expressed in cancer cells, it can prevent the cancer from being recognized and destroyed by the immune system.

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2019-07-18 16:42:12



Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can increase men's risk of stroke and heart attack  

Aging men with low testosterone levels who take testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) are at a slightly greater risk of experiencing an ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), or myocardial infarction, especially during the first two years of use, reports a new study. The findings confirm concerns voiced by many health agencies about the potential risks associated with the treatment.

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2019-07-18 16:24:36



Biomaterial-delivered chemotherapy leads to long-term survival in brain cancer  

A combination of chemotherapy drugs during brain cancer surgery using a biodegradable paste, leads to long-term survival, researchers have discovered.

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2019-07-18 16:14:47



Simulations fix the cracks in magnetic mirrors  

Physicists show that 'magnetic mirrors' plasma leaks can be minimized if specific conditions are met. The insights gathered could solve a decades-old problem of low plasma confinement times and high loss rates in magnetic mirrors.

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2019-07-18 16:11:34



'Trojan horse' anticancer drug disguises itself as fat  

A stealthy new drug-delivery system disguises chemotherapeutics as fat in order to outsmart, penetrate and destroy tumors. Thinking the drugs are tasty fats, tumors invite the drug inside. Once there, the targeted drug activates, immediately suppressing tumor growth.

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2019-07-18 15:23:41



Cleaning our water with groundbreaking 'bioinspired' chemistry  

Synthetic chemicals, including pesticides, medications and household cleaners, often end up in our waterways. Even in small amounts these substances can affect wildlife, plants and humans, and a number of them have shown resistance to normal water treatment methods. Researchers blazed the trail for a new field of sustainable chemistry by unveiling powerful, safe and inexpensive oxidation catalysts inspired by biological processes that break down even the most stubborn micropollutants.

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2019-07-18 14:06:21



"Metronome" Neurons Act Like Timekeepers in Mouse Brains  

Brain cells that tick at regular intervals may coordinate neural activity like the conductor of an orchestra -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-18 13:06:31



Neuroscientists discover neuron type that acts as brain's metronome  

By measuring the fast electrical spikes of individual neurons in the touch region of the brain, neuroscientists have discovered a new type of cell that keeps time so regularly that it may serve as the brain's long-hypothesized clock or metronome.

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2019-07-18 12:51:23



Genetic differences between strains of Epstein-Barr virus can alter its activity  

Researchers have identified how differences in the genetic sequence of the two main strains of the cancer-associated Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) can alter the way the virus behaves when it infects white blood cells.

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2019-07-18 12:42:48



Scientists discover how mosquito brains integrate diverse sensory cues to find a host  

A team has discovered how the female mosquito brain integrates visual and olfactory signals to identify, track and hone in on a potential host for her next blood meal. They discovered that, after the mosquito's olfactory system detects certain chemical cues, the mosquito uses her visual system to scan her surroundings for certain shapes and fly toward them, presumably associating those shapes with potential hosts.

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2019-07-18 12:21:56



AI is Coming Closer to Deciphering Lost Languages  

Researchers had a lucky break that helped them crack the code of Egyptian hieroglyphics, like the ones shown on this artifact. But many lost languages remain undeciphered, with no Rosetta Stone to point the way. (Credit: Zoran Karapancev/shutterstock) Since the invention of writing several thousands of years ago, humans have come up with myriad scripts that turn the phonetic sounds of spoken languages into something visual. Most of these written languages have already been deciphered, f

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2019-07-18 12:11:08



Group calls on international community to prevent dementia by preventing stroke  

The risk factors for stroke and dementia are the same, and a growing body of evidence demonstrates that preventing stroke can also prevent some dementias. Now, a group of experts is calling on the global community to come together to take action on preventing dementia by preventing stroke.

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2019-07-18 11:58:21



Metal oxide-infused membranes could offer low-energy alternative for chemical separations  

Researchers are working on membranes that could separate chemicals without using energy-intensive distillation processes.

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2019-07-18 11:56:10



AFRL and IBM to pioneer quantum information technology for DoD  

Rome NY (SPX) Jul 13, 2019 The Air Force Research Laboratory is breaking new ground in their efforts to partner with industry, academia, and the Department of Defense to apply quantum information science to Air Force concerns and ensure they remain the most advanced and capable force in the World. AFRL has formally joined the IBM Q Network, the first ever partnership of its kind in the Department of Defense. This al

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2019-07-18 11:01:04



Study finds key metabolic changes in patients with chemotherapy-associated cardiotoxicity  

Researchers embarked on a study to investigate whether early changes in energy-related metabolites in the blood -- measured shortly after chemotherapy -- could be used to identify patients who developed heart toxicity at a later time.

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2019-07-18 10:55:08



New frog species discovered  

An international team of researchers have identified and described two new frog species.

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2019-07-18 10:51:03



Access to contraception not 'silver bullet' to stem population growth in Africa  

The population of sub-Saharan Africa is set to double by 2050, yet a new study challenges a common misconception that this is caused solely by inadequate family planning.

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2019-07-18 10:38:46



Three New ISS Crew Members to Launch on July 20  

(Credit: NASA) Exactly 50 years after the first humans stepped foot on the moon, three astronauts will blast off into space to join the current crew on the International Space Station. On July 20, NASA astronaut Drew Morgan, European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano, and Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, will launch from Kazakhstan around 12:28 EDT. After a four-hour orbit around Earth, the crew will travel the last two hours to the ISS, docking around 6:50 p.m. EDT.

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2019-07-18 10:36:39



Lionfish ear-bones reveal a more mobile invasion  

Researchers have little information about how grown lionfish might invade or move to new waters because tracking small marine organisms poses difficulties. One way to investigate their movements, though, is to study stable isotopes in their ear-bones.

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2019-07-18 10:30:04



New pathways for sensory learning in the brain  

Researchers have developed an automated, robotic training device that allows mice to learn at their leisure. The technology stands to further neuroscience research by allowing researchers to train animals under more natural conditions and identify mechanisms of circuit rewiring that occur during learning.

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2019-07-18 10:24:33



SIRT6 over-expression may prevent progression of diabetes, study finds  

A new animal study explores an alternative sirtuin-based therapy to block the development of obesity and cardiomyopathy under conditions of excess nutrition, when diet restriction and regular exercise are not feasible.

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2019-07-18 10:23:28



Researchers explain muscle loss with menopause  

New research has shown that estrogen is essential to maintaining muscle stem cell health.

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2019-07-18 10:01:33



Researchers use Twitter and AI to see who is hitting the gym  

A new study used machine learning to find and comb through exercise-related tweets from across the United States, unpacking regional and gender differences in exercise types and intensity levels.

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2019-07-18 09:45:33



India to make new bid to launch Moon rocket on Monday  

New Delhi (AFP) July 18, 2019 India will make a new bid to launch a landmark mission to the Moon on Monday, a week after aborting lift-off at the last minute because of a fuel leak, officials said. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said it had rescheduled the launch of Chandrayaan-2, or Moon Chariot-2, for 2:43 pm (0913 GMT) on Monday. India is aiming to become just the fourth nation after Russia, the Uni

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2019-07-18 09:22:33



Algae-killing viruses spur nutrient recycling in oceans  

Scientists have confirmed that viruses can kill marine algae called diatoms and that diatom die-offs near the ocean surface may provide nutrients and organic matter for recycling by other algae, according to a new study.

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2019-07-18 09:19:18



Toward molecular computers: First measurement of single-molecule heat transfer  

Heat transfer through a single molecule has been measured for the first time by an international team of researchers.

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2019-07-18 09:18:11



Resveratrol, Compound in Red Wine, Could Help Astronauts Walk on Mars  

(Credit: HappyRichStudio/Shutterstock) The same stuff that's been linked to red wine's heart-health benefits could also someday help astronauts walk on Mars. In a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology, researchers say that resveratrol, a compound found in wines, could lessen muscle loss on the long trip to Mars. The Trouble With Traveling to Mars Currently, a one-way trip to Mars will take something like nine months. To make the trek, whichever sp...

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2019-07-18 09:10:32



A material way to make Mars habitable  

Boston MA (SPX) Jul 17, 2019 People have long dreamed of re-shaping the Martian climate to make it livable for humans. Carl Sagan was the first outside of the realm of science fiction to propose terraforming. In a 1971 paper, Sagan suggested that vaporizing the northern polar ice caps would "yield ~10 s g cm-2 of atmosphere over the planet, higher global temperatures through the greenhouse effect, and a greatly increased li

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2019-07-18 08:47:53



When the Moon Was a Monster  

Some 70 years before the Apollo 11 landing, a malevolent natural satellite first landed on the big screen -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-07-18 08:28:33



Waking up sleeping bacteria to fight infections  

Researchers have identified a mechanism of how sleepy bacteria wake up. This finding is important, as sleepy cells are often responsible for the stubbornness of chronic infections. Findings reveal new perspectives on how to treat chronic infections, for example by forcing bacteria to wake up.

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2019-07-18 08:21:52






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