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Driverless cars working together can speed up traffic by 35%  

A fleet of driverless cars working together to keep traffic moving smoothly can improve overall traffic flow by at least 35%, researchers have shown.

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2019-05-20 12:20:53



Epidemiology: Measures for cleaner air  

Worldwide, a broad range of measures have been introduced to reduce outdoor air pollution. A systematic review by epidemiologists takes stock of the evidence, and recommends a greater focus on improved evaluation methods and study design.

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2019-05-20 12:04:26



Can a hands-on model help forest stakeholders fight tree disease?  

An aggressive new strain of sudden oak death, a disease that's killed millions of trees, has turned up in Oregon, posing a threat to timber production. Scientists are using a 3D model called Tangible Landscape to help stakeholders work together to find ways to contain the disease's spread.

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2019-05-20 11:23:17



Downstream Gateway: bringing space down to Earth  

Paris (ESA) May 20, 2019 ESA is launching its Downstream Gateway, a 'one-stop shop' service for all downstream opportunities, creating links between new and emerging business sectors and the capabilities being developed in ESA programmes. 'Downstream' means all those activities based on space technology, or using a space-derived system in a space or non-space environment, that may result in an application, product

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2019-05-20 11:10:50



'Super corals' give glimmer of hope for world's dying reefs  

Tokyo (AFP) May 14, 2019 Hawaiian "super corals" that have recovered despite living in warm and acidic water offer a glimmer of hope that dying reefs across the world could be saved, a new study says. The research suggests that the gloomiest climate change picture of a world without the kaleidoscope underwater habitats could still be avoided, according to lead author Christopher Jury. "It's unfortunately but ine

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2019-05-20 10:55:55



How to Be a Data-Driven Parent  

Economist Emily Oster explains how to make the best decisions for your particular child, using the scientific evidence at hand -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-20 10:44:24



The air we breathe  

Paris (ESA) May 20, 2019 Air pollution is a global environmental health problem, especially for those living in urban areas. Not only does it negatively impact our ecosystems, it considerably affects our health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 8 million premature deaths per year are linked to air pollution, more than double of previous estimates. One of the pollutants with the strongest ev

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2019-05-20 10:32:08



Nearly 1 in 5 parents say their child never wears a helmet while riding a bike  

Despite evidence that helmets are critical to preventing head injuries, not all children wear them while biking, skateboarding and riding scooters, a new national poll finds.

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2019-05-20 10:11:33



Kavli and Nobel Laureates Tackle Science's Big Questions  

Highlights from an hour-long panel of Kavli and Nobel prizewinners at the National Academy of Sciences -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-20 09:45:46



The healing power of a smile: A link between oral care and substance abuse recovery  

A new study links the benefits of comprehensive oral care to the physical and emotional recovery of patients seeking treatment for substance use disorder.

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2019-05-20 09:30:26



Economists find net benefit in soda tax  

A team of economists has concluded that soda taxes serve as a 'net good,' an assessment based on an analysis of health benefits and consumer behavior.

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2019-05-20 09:09:40



How to Reverse the Assault on Science  

We need to let non-scientists know that science isn't based on "proof," but rather on the practice of testing and checking one another's work -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-20 08:41:39



Health Researchers Must Work   

So how should they go about it? -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-20 08:39:31



A quarter of glacier ice in West Antarctica is now unstable  

Paris (ESA) May 20, 2019 By combining 25 years of ESA satellite data, scientists have discovered that warming ocean waters have caused the ice to thin so rapidly that 24% of the glacier ice in West Antarctica is now affected. A paper published in Geophysical Research Letters describes how the UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) used over 800 million measurements of Antarctic ice sheet height recor

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2019-05-20 08:19:36



Water cycle wrapped  

Paris (ESA) May 20, 2019 As our climate changes, the availability of freshwater is a growing issue for many people around the world. Understanding the water cycle and how the climate and human usage is causing shifts in natural cycling processes is vital to safeguarding supplies. While numerous satellites measure individual components of the water cycle, it has never been described as a whole over a particular region -

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2019-05-20 07:02:28



Sedation and controlled paralysis do not improve survival of ICU patients with ARDS  

Reversibly paralyzing and heavily sedating hospitalized patients with severe breathing problems do not improve outcomes in most cases, according to a clinical trial conducted at dozens of North American hospitals. The trial -- which was stopped early due to futility -- settles a long-standing debate in the critical care medicine community.

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2019-05-20 06:08:15



Stroke, cancer and heart disease: Key acid-activated protein channel  

Researchers have discovered a long-sought protein, the proton-activated chloride channel (PAC), that is activated in acidic environments and could protect against the tissue-damaging effects of stroke, heart attack, cancer and inflammation. The researchers believe the discovery of this protein could provide a new drug target for potential therapies for stroke and other health issues.

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2019-05-20 04:37:19



Good leadership and values key to staff satisfaction  

Tourism and hospitality firms that score highly for leadership and cultural values see higher staff satisfaction, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed almost 298,000 online review ratings by employees for 11,975 firms in the US to find the key elements of job satisfaction and employee turnover in high-contact services.

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2019-05-20 04:34:53



Cancer drug could be repurposed to provide treatment for brain aneurysms  

An important class of drug used to treat cancer patients could be used to treat brain aneurysms, according to new research.

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2019-05-20 04:33:59



New recommendations for stroke systems of care to improve patient outcomes  

To translate advances in scientific knowledge and innovations in stroke care into improvements in patient outcomes, comprehensive stroke systems of care must be in place to facilitate optimal stroke care delivery. New recommendations support policies that standardize the delivery of stroke care, lower barriers to emergency care for stroke, ensure stroke patients receive care at appropriate hospitals in a timely manner and improve access to secondary prevention and rehabilitation and recovery res

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2019-05-20 04:33:55



The Next Wave of Immuno-Oncology  

A cutting-edge therapy currently used for blood cancers is now being adapted to fight solid tumors -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-20 03:58:20



New potential for tracking severe storms  

Paris (ESA) May 20, 2019 Even just within the last couple of months, Cyclones Fani, Idai and Kenneth have brought devastation to millions. With the frequency and severity of extreme weather like this expected to increase against the backdrop of climate change, it is more important than ever to forecast and track events accurately. And, an ESA satellite is helping with the task in hand. Soon to celebrate 10 years i

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2019-05-20 03:53:40



Organ Stealing and Slavery Rampant [Video]  

Ocean microbes long thought to depend exclusively on eating turn out to have a solid, if sinister, Plan B -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-19 19:56:02



Big data reveals hidden subtypes of sepsis  

Much like cancer, sepsis isn't simply one condition, but rather many conditions with varying clinical characteristics that could benefit from different treatments, according to the results of a study involving more than 100,000 patients. These findings could explain why several recent clinical trials of treatments for sepsis, the number one killer of hospitalized patients, have failed.

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2019-05-19 15:57:40



Here's Looking at You! Astrobee's First Robot Completes Initial Hardware Checks in Space  

Moffett Field CA (SPX) May 19, 2019 NASA astronaut Anne McClain performs the first series of tests of an Astrobee robot, Bumble, during a hardware checkout. To her right is the docking station that was installed in the Kibo module on the International Space Station on Feb. 15. Bumble, and another robot named Honey, launched to the space station on Apr. 17, aboard Northrop Grumman's eleventh commercial resupply services missi

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2019-05-19 14:53:29



Is NASA looking at the wrong rocks for clues to Martian life?  

Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2019 In 2020, NASA and European-Russian missions will look for evidence of past life on Mars. But while volcanic, igneous rock predominates on the Red Planet, virtually the entire Earth fossil record comes from sedimentary rocks. Addressing the problem in Frontiers in Earth Science, Swedish scientists have begun compiling evidence of fossilized microbes in underexplored igneous rock environment

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2019-05-19 14:31:35



NASA Team Teaches Algorithms to Identify Life  

Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 19, 2019 If you've seen dental plaque or pond scum, you've met a biofilm. Among the oldest forms of life on Earth, these ubiquitous, slimy buildups of bacteria grow on nearly everything exposed to moisture and leave behind common tell-tale textures and structures identifying them as living or once-living organisms. Without training and sophisticated microscopes, however, these biofilms can be diffi

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2019-05-19 14:19:45



Mars 2020 Is Coming Together  

Pasadena CA (JPL) May 20, 2019 An engineer inspects the completed spacecraft that will carry NASA's next Mars rover to the Red Planet, prior to a test in the Space Simulator Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. From the top down, and suspended by cables, is the complete cruise stage, which will power and guide the Mars 2020 spacecraft on its seven-month voyage to the Red Planet. Di

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2019-05-19 13:20:57



India's 2nd Moon Mission to Be Cheaper than Half of Avengers Endgame's Budget  

New Delhi (Sputnik) May 20, 2019 The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has started to offer details about its most ambitious space mission to date, Chandrayaan 2, in bits and pieces, indicating that the agency is known for cost-effective launches among satellite-makers and may not delay the second lunar mission any further. ISRO has announced that all the modules are being prepared for the launch of Chandrayaan-2

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2019-05-19 12:55:09



China launches new BeiDou navigation satellite  

Xichang (XNA) May 20, 2019 China sent a new satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 11:48 p.m. Friday. Launched on a Long March-3C carrier rocket, it is the fourth BDS-2 backup satellite and the 45th satellite of the BDS satellite family. After being sent to the geostationary earth orbit and in-orbit tests, it will be

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2019-05-19 12:50:42



Monitoring Earth's shifting land  

Paris (ESA) May 20, 2019 The monitoring of land subsidence is of vital importance for low-lying countries, but also areas which are prone to peculiar ground instability. Land subsidence is the lowering or sinking of the ground's surface, owing to changes that take place underground. Subsidence is usually due to a combination of ground water overexploitation, mining, natural consolidation of sediments and rapid urb

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2019-05-19 12:26:47



Walking and strength training may decrease the risk of dying from liver disease  

Physical activity, including walking and muscle-strengthening activities, were associated with significantly reduced risk of cirrhosis-related death, according to new research. Chronic liver disease is increasing, partly due to the obesity epidemic, and currently there are no guidelines for the optimal type of exercise for the prevention of cirrhosis-related mortality.

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2019-05-19 11:52:52



Fly over Mount Sharp on Mars  

Pasadena CA (JPL) May 20, 2019 Ever wanted to visit Mars? A new animated video shows what it would be like to soar over Mount Sharp, which NASA's Curiosity rover has been climbing since 2014. This video highlights several regions on the mountain that are intriguing to Curiosity's scientists, chief among them what the science team calls the "clay-bearing unit," where Curiosity has just started analyzing rock samples. The

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2019-05-19 11:02:49



NASA Testing Method to Grow Bigger Plants in Space  

Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) May 19, 2019 In an effort to increase the ability to provide astronauts nutrients on long-duration missions as the agency plans to sustainably return to the Moon and move forward to Mars, the Veg-PONDS-02 experiment is currently underway aboard the International Space Station. The present method of growing plants in space uses seed bags, referred to as pillows, that astronauts push water into with a sy

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2019-05-19 11:01:40



Growth in life expectancy in Australia slows  

After 20 years of rapid increases in life expectancy at birth, the rate of growth in Australia is now falling behind most other high-income nations, meaning better control of health risk factors such as obesity will be needed if further life expectancy increases are to be achieved, research shows.

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2019-05-19 10:14:47



3D Earth in the making  

Paris (ESA) May 20, 2019 A thorough understanding of the 'solid Earth' system is essential for deciphering the links between processes occurring deep inside Earth and those occurring nearer the surface that lead to seismic activity such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the rise of mountains and the location of underground natural resources. Thanks to gravity and magnetic data from satellites along with seismology,

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2019-05-19 10:04:12



Analyze This: Space Station Facility Enables Rapid Biomedical Analysis  

Houston TX (SPX) May 19, 2019 In its role as a unique orbiting laboratory, the International Space Station provides a broad range of equipment for conducting health and life sciences research. However, the equipment available for cellular and molecular biology is limited compared to capabilities found in laboratories on Earth. To address this limitation, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) commissioned an innovative biomed

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2019-05-19 09:38:23



After the Moon, people on Mars by 2033...or 2060  

Washington (AFP) May 18, 2019 On December 11, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed a directive ordering NASA to prepare to return astronauts to the Moon "followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations." The dates fixed by the space agency are 2024 for the Moon and Mars in 2033, but according to experts and industry insiders, reaching the Red Planet by then is highly improbable barring a Herculean effort on t

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2019-05-19 08:16:43



Button batteries can rapidly damage stomach lining before symptoms appear  

Damage to the lining of the stomach can occur quickly when children swallow button batteries; therefore, clinicians should consider prompt endoscopic removal, even when the child is symptom free and the battery has passed safely through the narrow esophagus, according to new research. The recommendations represent a change from current practice of watching and waiting.

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2019-05-19 07:41:53



Researchers document impact of coffee on bowels  

Coffee drinkers know that coffee helps keep the bowels moving, but researchers in Texas are trying to find out exactly why this is true, and it doesn't seem to be about the caffeine, according to a new study. Researchers, feeding rats coffee and also mixing it with gut bacteria in petri dishes, found that coffee suppressed bacteria and increased muscle motility, regardless of caffeine content.

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2019-05-19 06:55:49



Lunar South Pole Atlas Is Reference for Mission Planners  

Houston TX (SPX) May 19, 2019 The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), managed by Universities Space Research Association (USRA), has a new online resource available for the Moon's south pole. Given NASA's recent direction to implement Space Policy Directive-1 landing astronauts at the south pole by 2024, the LPI has compiled a series of maps, images, and illustrations designed to provide context and reference for those inte

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2019-05-19 06:50:07



Be Careful with Occam’s Razor, You Might Cut Yourself  

A biologist-philosopher cautions against banishing from our worldview things that science cannot comprehend -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-19 06:47:44



'Stepped' treatment reduces drinking in patients with HIV  

People with HIV who drink too much were more likely to reduce drinking after undergoing an approach to care known as integrated stepped alcohol treatment, according to a new study. The finding supports greater use of this treatment model in HIV clinics to improve outcomes for patients with both HIV and drinking problems, the researchers said.

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2019-05-19 04:38:17



NASA Taps 11 American Companies to Advance Human Lunar Landers  

Washington DC (SPX) May 19, 2019 NASA has selected 11 companies to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration program. This effort will help put American astronauts - the first woman and next man - on the Moon's south pole by 2024 and establish sustainable missions by 2028. "To accelerate our return to the Moon, we are challenging our traditional ways of doing business. We wi

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2019-05-19 01:40:23



Moon Blobs, Collapsars and Long Planets  

A roundup of recent research with astrobiological implications -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-19 01:38:04



NASA Selects Studies for Future Space Communications and Services  

Cleveland OH (SPX) May 19, 2019 NASA has selected eight U.S. companies to conduct five-month studies and explore conceptual space communication system designs for future NASA near-Earth missions. The agency's Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program is studying Space Relay Partnership and Services to establish public-private partnerships with U.S. commercial companies in an effort to evolve NASA's existing comm

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2019-05-19 01:01:57



A Journey through Gromov's Gap  

Moon Duchin shares an abstract theorem with surprising connections to gerrymandering -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-18 12:41:45



Failure to Launch Syndrome  

Call it failure to launch or Peter Pan syndrome, it’s the phenomenon of adult children not making the transition to adulthood. The Savvy Psychologist explores why Peter Pans stay on the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-18 10:14:02



39 Years Ago Today: The Big Ba-Boom That Changed Volcanology  

Thirty-nine years ago today, Mount St. Helens erupted in a rare lateral blast, and changed volcanology forever. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-18 07:14:47



Research reveals insulin-producing beta cells may change function in diabetes  

A revolutionary new study using only materials derived from humans has revealed that insulin-producing beta cells can change their function in diabetes -- and that this change may be reversible.

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2019-05-18 07:08:40



Tiny Tyrannosaur Named the "Coyote King"  

Fossils found in New Mexico reveal a carnivorous dinosaur from before the time of T. rex -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-18 04:12:27



Colorectal cancer incidence on the rise among young adults in several high-income countries  

The incidence of colon and rectal cancer in adults younger than 50 years has increased substantially over the latest available 10-year period in several high-income countries, going against a decline or stabilisation trend in the incidence of colorectal cancers within the overall populations of high-income countries.

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2019-05-17 20:59:55



Earliest evidence of the cooking and eating of starch  

New discoveries made at the Klasies River Cave in South Africa's southern Cape, where charred food remains from hearths were found, provide the first archaeological evidence that anatomically modern humans were roasting and eating plant starches, such as those from tubers and rhizomes, as early as 120,000 years ago.

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2019-05-17 20:45:49



Development of a displacement sensor to measure gravity of smallest source mass ever  

One of the most unknown phenomena in modern physics is gravity. Its measurement and laws remain somewhat of an enigma. Researchers have revealed important information about a new aspect of the nature of gravity by probing the smallest mass-scale.

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2019-05-17 20:01:09



Death of the middleman? Imagining a cheaper, fairer marketplace for digital goods  

Researchers see a blockchain-driven future where cars, homes and appliances can buy and sell digital information.

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2019-05-17 19:58:06



Early dengue virus infection could 'defuse' zika virus  

The Zika virus outbreak in Latin America has affected over 60 million people up to now. The infection can have potentially fatal consequences for pregnant women and their unborn children: many children have subsequently been born with malformations of the head (microcephaly). A particularly high incidence of these Zika-associated malformations exists in northeastern Brazil. Scientists tried to find out the reasons for this regional cluster and discovered a surprising protective factor.

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2019-05-17 18:55:01



Metals influence C-peptide hormone related to insulin  

Metals such as zinc, copper and chromium bind to and influence a peptide involved in insulin production, according to new work. The research is part of a new field of 'metalloendocrinology' that takes a detailed look at the role of metals in biological processes in the body.

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2019-05-17 18:46:17



New findings could lead to improved vaccinations against sexually transmitted infections  

In a new study, researchers show how skin vaccination can generate protective CD8 T-cells that are recruited to the genital tissues and could be used as a vaccination strategy for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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2019-05-17 18:44:05



Scientists capture first-ever video of body's safety test for T-cells  

For the first time, immunologists have captured on video what happens when T-cells undergo a type of assassin-training program before they get unleashed in the body. A new imaging technique that allowed for the videos holds promise for the fight against autoimmune disorders such as Type 1 diabetes.

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2019-05-17 18:22:12



Museum volunteers discover new species of extinct heron at North Florida fossil site  

When the bones of an ancient heron were unearthed at a North Florida fossil site, the find wasn't made by researchers but by two Florida Museum of Natural History volunteers. A previously unknown genus and species, the heron has been named Taphophoyx hodgei.

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2019-05-17 17:56:17



Nanoscale sculpturing leads to unusual packing of nanocubes  

Scientists found that cubic nanoparticles surrounded by thick DNA shells pack in a never-before-seen 'zigzag' pattern.

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2019-05-17 17:54:05



Study examines consequences of workplace bullying  

New research reveals how frequently being the target of workplace bullying not only leads to health-related problems but can also cause victims to behave badly themselves. The study found that in some cases this is characterized by a lack of problem solving and high avoidance coping strategies.

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2019-05-17 16:39:01



A new approach to targeting cancer cells  

A research team has come up with a new approach to targeting cancer cells that circumvents a challenge faced by currently available cancer drugs.

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2019-05-17 16:37:48



Nobelist: Harness Evolution As Problem-Solving Algorithm  

Frances Arnold, the CalTech scientist who shared the 2018 Prize in Chemistry, says evolution can show us how to solve problems of sustainability. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-17 15:30:27



Novel framework for tracking developments in optical sensors  

Researchers have developed a 3D technology map which systematically compares optical sensors, providing a much needed benchmark to define the standards and track developments in this rapidly growing industry.

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2019-05-17 15:09:34



Dangerous pathogens use this sophisticated machinery to infect hosts  

A detailed new model of a bacterial secretion system provides directions for developing precisely targeted antibiotics.

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2019-05-17 14:55:32



Opposite pathways in forest recovery  

Tropical forests are being deforested at an alarming rate to make way for agriculture; the good news is that they can regrow naturally when the fields are abandoned. An international research team found that regenerating wet and dry forests actually show opposite pathways. This implies a fundamental change in our understanding of how tropical forests change, with consequences for forest restoration and biodiversity.

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2019-05-17 14:53:23



Bowel cancer rising among young adults in Europe  

The rate of bowel cancer -- otherwise known as colorectal cancer or CRC -- is rising among adults aged 20-49 in Europe, suggests new research.

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2019-05-17 14:40:17



Electric field-based dressing helps heal wound infections  

Researchers have found a way to charge up the fight against bacterial infections using electricity. Scientists have developed a dressing that uses an electric field to disrupt biofilm infection in wounds.

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2019-05-17 14:32:33



'Smart' insulin could prevent hypoglycemia during diabetes treatment  

Bioengineers have developed a new type of insulin that could help prevent hypoglycemia in people who use the drug to manage diabetes.

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2019-05-17 14:12:56



Machine learning speeds modeling of experiments aimed at capturing fusion energy on Earth  

Machine learning can help bring to Earth the clean fusion energy that lights the sun and stars. Researchers are using this form of artificial intelligence to create a model for rapid control of plasma -- the state of matter composed of free electrons and atomic nuclei, or ions -- that fuels fusion reactions.

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2019-05-17 14:05:24



Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materials  

Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. Despite some promising advances, researchers said, a full understanding of how to processes ring polymers into practical materials remains elusive. In a new study, researchers identified a mechanism called 'threading' that takes place when a polymer is stretched -- a behavior not witnessed before. This new insight may lead to new processing methods for sustainable polymer materials.

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2019-05-17 13:25:12



Molecular structure of one of Alzheimer's stickier culprits  

Researchers have mapped the molecular structure and dynamics of an aggressive protein modification that spurs on Alzheimer's disease. A new study offers greater understanding of the microscopic, toxic protein fragments, called beta amyloids, that cause rapid acceleration of Alzheimer's disease.

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2019-05-17 12:56:04



Ultra-clean fabrication platform produces nearly ideal 2D transistors  

Columbia Engineering researchers report that they have demonstrated a nearly ideal transistor made from a 2D material stack -- with only a two-atom-thick semiconducting layer -- by developing a completely clean and damage-free fabrication process. Their method shows vastly improved performance compared to 2D semiconductors fabricated with a conventional process, and could provide a scalable platform for creating ultra-clean devices in the future.

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2019-05-17 12:37:21



Changes in subsistence hunting threaten local food security  

Scientists say that subsistence hunting in Neotropical rain forests -- the mainstay of local people as a source of protein and a direct connection to these ecosystems -- is in jeopardy from a variety of factors.

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2019-05-17 10:30:04



ALMA Discovers Aluminum Around Young Star  

Tokyo, Japan (SPX) May 17, 2019 Researchers using ALMA data discovered an aluminum-bearing molecule for the first time around a young star. Aluminum rich inclusions found in meteorites are some of the oldest solid objects formed in the solar system, but their formation process and stage is still poorly linked to star and planet formation. The discovery of aluminum oxide around a young star provides a crucial chance to study th

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2019-05-17 10:16:46



Scientists propose rethinking 'endangered species' definition to save slow-breeding giants  

Conservation decisions based on population counts may fail to protect large, slow-breeding animals from irrevocable decline, according to new research.

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2019-05-17 10:07:13



Orbiting NASA instrument to examine Boston's carbon emissions, plant life  

Boston MA (SPX) May 15, 2019 The International Space Station has picked up a new hitchhiker - the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3. On May 4, NASA launched its latest mission, catapulting an instrument capable of monitoring global carbon dioxide emissions toward the space station, where it has latched on to catch a ride around Earth for the next three years. In addition to carbon dioxide, the observatory, known as OCO-3, will

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2019-05-17 09:49:56



Planet-Hunter CubeSat Images Los Angeles  

Pasadena CA (JPL) May 17, 2019 A small satellite designed to hunt for new planets beyond the solar system recently looked down at Earth to capture an image of California's "City of Stars." The greater Los Angeles area stands out in these images from ASTERIA, the Arcsecond Space Telescope Enabling Research in Astrophysics, a satellite not much larger than a briefcase. ASTERIA is a CubeSat, or a small satellite composed o

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2019-05-17 09:46:25



China develops new-generation rockets for upcoming missions  

Beijing (XNA) May 17, 2019 China has developed a number of new-generation carrier rockets to take the country's space industry to the next level. b>The Long March-7 br> /b> The Long March-7 is a medium-sized carrier rocket with high reliability and safety. It is designed to launch cargo vehicles during the construction of China's manned space station project and meet the long-term demand for upgrading manned carri

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2019-05-17 09:39:52



Current vaccination policies may not be enough to prevent measles resurgence  

Current vaccination policies may not be sufficient to achieve and maintain measles elimination and prevent future resurgence in Australia, Ireland, Italy, the UK and the US, according to a new study.

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2019-05-17 09:38:52



Finding the 'Goldilocks' level of enthusiasm for business pitches  

Researchers found how long an entrepreneur displays the highest level of excitement during a pitch also plays a major role in predicting success in receiving funding.

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2019-05-17 09:36:43



Being sick in the morning can be different from being sick at night  

Researchers discuss how time of day affects the severity of afflictions ranging from allergies to heart attacks.

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2019-05-17 09:27:02



Processed Foods, Regardless Of Nutrition, Still Worse For You  

You probably already had a feeling you should skip the vending machine for an afternoon snack. But it turns out ultra-processed foods are even worse than we already thought. A new study, out in Cell Metabolism, shows these foods cause weight gain even when they don't have more fat, sugar, or carbohydrates than their healthier counterparts. There's something about the processing itself that causes people to eat more before they feel full. On the flip side, switching to a whole food di...

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2019-05-17 09:05:18



Owning a dog is influenced by our genetic make-up  

Scientists have studied the heritability of dog ownership using information from 35,035 twin pairs from the Swedish Twin Registry. The new study suggests that genetic variation explains more than half of the variation in dog ownership, implying that the choice of getting a dog is heavily influenced by an individual's genetic make-up.

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2019-05-17 09:05:10



Ernst Haeckel: Pioneer of modern science  

Evolutionary biologist Ernst Haeckel became the first person to define the term ecology in his work published in 1866, entitled 'General Morphology of Organisms'. Science historians and biologists have now worked out just how close his original classification is to our modern understanding of ecology.

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2019-05-17 08:14:58



Stigma deterring elite athletes with mental health issues from seeking help  

Stigma is the main reason why elite athletes with mental health issues don't seek the help they need, finds a summary of the available evidence.

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2019-05-17 08:02:59



Hubble Spies a Galaxy Deformed and Rejuvenated by a Near Collision  

A cosmic hit-and-run some 30 million light-years away has left one galaxy with an identity crisis. For billions of years, the now-irregular NGC 4485 lived a nice and normal life as a standard spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs). Then, a few million years back, NGC 4485 experienced a near-miss when the equivalent of a galactic semi-truck (NGC 4490) careened past it, creating a gravitational wake that wreaked havoc for both parties. The

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2019-05-17 07:11:53



Louisiana-based Geocent's Advanced Aerospace Materials to Fly Aboard International Space Station  

Metairie LA (SPX) May 16, 2019 Geocent, LLC, a national Information Technology and Engineering firm with its headquarters in Louisiana, was informed by NASA that its innovative materials for radiation shielding and thermal barrier coatings were chosen to fly aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to evaluate their potential applications for lunar habitation, long-term deep space missions such as Mars, and other unspecif

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2019-05-17 06:47:26



Oscar Avalos Dreams in Titanium  

Pasadena CA (JPL) May 17, 2019 You could say Oscar Avalos' JPL career was a Christmas miracle. As a young Mexican American immigrant, Avalos and his parents traveled back to Colima, Mexico, every December to spend the holidays in their hometown with family and friends. But a trip in 1980 proved life-altering. Then a freshman at Manual Arts High School in South Los Angeles, Avalos had his heart set on becoming an auto me

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2019-05-17 06:38:51



'Imagine...' -- our attitudes can change solely by the power of imagination  

Our attitudes can be influenced not only by what we actually experience but also by what we imagine.

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2019-05-17 05:54:56



Galaxy Blazes with New Stars Born from Close Encounter  

Baltimore MD (SPX) May 17, 2019 The irregular galaxy NGC 4485 shows all the signs of having been involved in a hit-and-run accident with a bypassing galaxy. Rather than destroying the galaxy, the chance encounter is spawning a new generation of stars, and presumably planets. The right side of the galaxy is ablaze with star formation, shown in the plethora of young blue stars and star-incubating pinkish nebulas. The left

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2019-05-17 05:54:19



DLR tests the City-ATM system at the Kohlbrand Bridge in Hamburg  

Hamburg, Germany (SPX) May 16, 2019 Parcel-delivery drones, air taxis and uncrewed inspection aircraft will to fly over cities and interact with one another in the future. They must be able to recognise and avoid one another, ideally before even taking off. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and its partners in the City Air Traffic Management (City-ATM) project conducted successful f

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2019-05-17 05:48:54



China's Chang'E 4 Mission Discovers New "Secrets" from Far Side of the Moon  

Beijing, China (SPX) May 17, 2019 A lunar lander named for the Chinese goddess of the Moon may have lessened the mystery of the far side of the Moon. The fourth probe of Chang'E (CE-4) was the first mission to land on the far side of the Moon, and it has collected new evidence from the largest crater in the solar system, clarifying how the Moon may have evolved. A theory emerged in the 1970s that in the Moon's infancy, an

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2019-05-17 05:23:42



Toy transformers and real-life whales inspire biohybrid robot  

Researchers create a remote-controlled soft robot that can transform itself to conduct targeted drug delivery against cancer cells.

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2019-05-17 05:11:12



Heart of next-generation chip-scale atomic clock  

Physicists have demonstrated an experimental, next-generation atomic clock -- ticking at high 'optical' frequencies -- that is much smaller than usual, made of just three small chips plus supporting electronics and optics.

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2019-05-17 05:08:58



How a member of a family of light-sensitive proteins adjusts skin color  

Researchers have found that opsin 3 -- a protein closely related to rhodopsin, the protein that enables low-light vision -- has a role in adjusting the amount of pigment produced in human skin, a determinant of skin color.

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2019-05-17 05:03:31



Researchers unravel mechanisms that control cell size  

A multidisciplinary team has provided new insight into underlying mechanisms controlling the precise size of cells. The researchers found that 'the adder,' a function that guides cells to grow by a fixed size from birth to division, is controlled by specific proteins that accumulate to a threshold.

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2019-05-17 04:57:55



The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of   

It's not just bad storytelling—it’s because the storytelling style changed from sociological to psychological -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2019-05-17 04:27:29



Wearable cooling and heating patch could serve as personal thermostat and save energy  

Engineers have developed a wearable patch that could provide personalized cooling and heating at home, work, or on the go. The soft, stretchy patch cools or warms a user's skin to a comfortable temperature and keeps it there as the ambient temperature changes. It is powered by a flexible, stretchable battery pack and can be embedded in clothing. Researchers say wearing it could help save energy on air conditioning and heating.

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2019-05-17 04:25:34






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