How to get high-quality RNA from chemically complex plants

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:36pm
RNA extraction is a notoriously tricky and sensitive lab procedure, but new protocols are quicker, more effective, and more reliable than previous methods. The protocols are featured in bench-ready form with detailed notes and a troubleshooting guide tested extensively on a diverse selection of woody, aromatic, and aquatic plants.
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Herpes offers big insights on coughing -- and potential new remedies

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:36pm
Cough treatments could change dramatically after the herpes virus helped researchers discover that the respiratory tract links to two different parts of the nervous system.
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Glancing at greenery on a city rooftop can markedly boost concentration levels

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:36pm
Glancing at a grassy green roof for only 40 seconds markedly boosts concentration, a new study concludes. The green roof provided a restorative experience that boosted those mental resources that control attention, researchers say.
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Two new, very large classes of RNAs found to be linked to cancer biomark

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:36pm
Two new classes of RNAs have been identified that are closely associated with a protein known to be a prognostic biomarker for breast cancer and could play a role in progression of prostate cancer.
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Communication made easier for children with cerebral palsy

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:35pm
A European initiative has developed a new brain-computer interface system to enhance communication skills of people with cerebral palsy from childhood, improving the relationship with their environment and the expression of emotions.
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Friendships start better with a smile

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:35pm
If you want to strike up a new relationship, simply smile. It works because people are much more attuned to positive emotions when forming new bonds than they are to negative ones such as anger, contempt or sadness. Don't try to fake it, however, because people can recognize a sincere smile a mile away, according to an American study that sheds light on how relationships are formed and maintained.
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Low-altitude aerial images allow early detection of devastating avocado disease

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:34pm
The laurel wilt pathogen can severely damage Florida's avocado crop, which provides a $100 million-a-year economic impact on Florida. But the new camera images can give growers a jump-start on the disease.
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'Decoder ring' powers found in micro RNA

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:34pm
MicroRNA can serve as a "decoder ring" for understanding complex biological processes, a team of chemists has found. Their study points to a new method for decrypting the biological functions of enzymes and identifying those that drive diseases.
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Anti-pollution rules have uncertain effects

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:34pm
Air pollution regulations issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are estimated to save thousands of lives annually. A new study, however, says these estimates are more uncertain than commonly believed.
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Carbon nanothreads from compressed benzene

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:34pm
The thinnest possible linear thread that still retains a diamond-like structure was created by the extreme compression and decompression of the common chemical benzene. The threads may have outstanding mechanical and electronic properties. Further, the synthesis method opens up possible variations that could lead to new materials.
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Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable

Slashdot - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:34pm
mpicpp writes with word that Charter Communications has struck a $56 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable; if the deal goes through (which the article says is likely, according to Macquarie Research analyst Amy Yong -- at least more likely than the recently scotched Comcast-Time Warner deal), it would mean that the second- and third-largest U.S. cable companies would share a letterhead, and more than 20 percent of the country's ISP market. From the linked Reuters article: The Federal Communications Commission immediately served notice that it would closely scrutinize the deal, focusing not only on absence of harm but benefits to the public. Charter, in which Malone-chaired Liberty Broadband Corp owns about 26 percent, is offering about $195.71 in cash-and-stock for each Time Warner Cable share, based on Charter's closing price on May 20. Including debt, the deal values Time Warner Cable at $78.7 billion. A key area of regulatory concern would be competition in broadband Internet.

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'Green-mix' concrete: An environmentally friendly building material

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:32pm
Scientists have developed an environment friendly version of building concrete called green-mix concrete.
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Can a little loving kindness improve our mental health?

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:32pm
Mindfulness - an ancient Buddhist approach to meditation - is attracting increasing attention in the 21st century as a non-invasive treatment for stress and depression. But can it improve mental well-being in young people?
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Enhancing the productivity of yarn makers

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:32pm
Researchershave developed a new yarn manufacturing technology that can increase productivity with less energy consumption.
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Ozone antiseptic shows potential for treating severe gum infections

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:32pm
A powerful new antiseptic agent, called ozone nanobubble water, holds promise for the treatment of periodontitis, or severe gum infections, according to new research.
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Mapping Singapore’s urban heat island phenomenon

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:32pm
Researchers in Singapore are developing a microclimatic modelling tool to prevent further deterioration of the country’s urban heat island phenomenon.
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Computers Can’t Recognize These Wild Faces as Faces

Wired News - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 1:00pm

Two German designers capture the point at which computer vision software draws a blank.

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Oldest old less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 12:57pm
Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be investigated or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts, reveals a national audit of hospital deaths.
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Road traffic noise linked to heightened risk of midriff bulge

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 12:57pm
Road traffic noise is linked to a heightened risk of developing a mid-riff bulge, indicates new research.
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Very overweight teens may double their risk of bowel cancer in middle age

Science Daily - Tue, 26/05/2015 - 12:57pm
Being very overweight in your teens may double the risk of developing bowel cancer by the time you are middle aged, suggests new research.
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