From the somatic cell to the germ cell

Science Daily - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:32am
A regulatory pathway that changes the way cells divide in plants has been discovered by a team of researchers.
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Lost your appetite? Try inviting yourself to dinner

Science Daily - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:32am
Eating in front of a mirror — or even with a picture of yourself eating — makes food more appealing, new research suggests.
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Metastasized breast cancer: Surgery prior to drug treatment not beneficial

Science Daily - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:31am
Women suffering from metastasized breast cancer do not benefit from surgery performed prior to drug treatment, new research indicates. This could cause a paradigm shift in treatment of the disease.
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Synthetic nanochannels for iodide transport

Science Daily - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:31am
Exchange of iodide (iodine ions) between bloodstream and cells is crucial for the health of several organs and its malfunctioning is linked to goiter, hypo- and hyperthyroidism, breast cancer, and gastric cancer. Researchers have devised nanostructures that function as channels for iodide transport in cell membranes. This study may lead to diagnosis and treatment of iodide transport disorders.
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World first: Stem cell treatment for lethal STAT1 gene mutation shows 'disappointing,' but promising results

Science Daily - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:31am
The first ever study assessing how patients with "gain of function" mutation of the STAT1 gene respond to stem cell transplantation has taken place, yielding disappointing results, say researchers.
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A fish of all flavors

Science Daily - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:31am
Receptors are how the body senses its environment. Upon the binding of a ligand, a receptor will initiate a chain of events that elicits a response. Our olfactory system depends on approximately 400 receptors to give us our sense of smell. Taste, however, operates with a much smaller number: The combination of only three members of the taste receptor type 1 (T1r) family can detect a wide range of sweet and savory flavors in humans.
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Making vessels leaky on demand could aid drug delivery

Science Daily - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:29am
Scientists use magnets and nanoparticles to cause 'leaks' in blood vessels on demand. The technique could help in the delivery of therapeutics to targeted areas in the body, including deep tissues and organs.
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Why do Americans own handguns? Fear of crime and a broader sense of danger

Science Daily - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:29am
A new psychological theoretical framework suggests US handgun ownership is motivated by combination of fear of crime and a general sense that the world is an unpredictable dangerous place.
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Ingredient of life found around infant Sun-like stars

Science Daily - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:29am
ALMA has observed stars like the Sun at a very early stage in their formation and found traces of methyl isocyanate -- a chemical building block of life. This is the first ever detection of this prebiotic molecule towards solar-type protostars, the sort from which our Solar System evolved. The discovery could help astronomers understand how life arose on Earth.
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Behavioral 'nudges' offer a cost-effective policy tool

Science Daily - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:28am
Governments around the world have increasingly turned to behavioral science to help address various policy problems -- new research shows that some of the best-known strategies derived from behavioral science, commonly referred to as 'nudges,' may be extremely cost effective.
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A 'Feel-Good Moment for Science': Volunteers Spot the Sun's Newest Neighbor

Space.com - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:00am
Citizen scientists have spotted a failed star, known as a brown dwarf, just 100 light-years from the sun.
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Don't Let an Old Myth Prevent Your Child from Seeing the Solar Eclipse

Space.com - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:00am
Joe Rao's second book, "Looking Up!: The Science of Stargazing," debunks an old myth about solar eclipses and teaches kids (and parents) how to safely experience this amazing event.
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A 'Feel-Good Moment for Science': Volunteers Spot the Sun's Newest Neighbor

Space.com - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:00am
Citizen scientists have spotted a failed star, known as a brown dwarf, just 100 light-years from the sun.
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Don't Let an Old Myth Prevent Your Child from Seeing the Solar Eclipse

Space.com - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:00am
Joe Rao's second book, "Looking Up!: The Science of Stargazing," debunks an old myth about solar eclipses and teaches kids (and parents) how to safely experience this amazing event.
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What's Next for NASA's New Astronaut Class?

Space.com - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 10:45am
NASA has welcomed a dozen more people into its astronaut family, but the new additions aren't ready to launch just yet.
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What's Next for NASA's New Astronaut Class?

Space.com - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 10:45am
NASA has welcomed a dozen more people into its astronaut family, but the new additions aren't ready to launch just yet.
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SpaceX Preps Its Next Used Rocket for Launch (Photo)

Space.com - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 10:31am
SpaceX rolled a preflown Falcon 9 first stage into a hangar at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday (June 3) — the same day that a (completely new) Falcon 9 launched a used SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule.
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SpaceX Will Launch Secretive X-37B Spaceplane's Next Mission

Slashdot - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 10:00am
schwit1 quotes a report from Los Angeles Times: SpaceX will launch the Air Force's X-37B experimental spaceplane later this year, in the military's latest vote of confidence in the Elon Musk-led space company. This will be the first time SpaceX has launched the uncrewed robotic vehicle. United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., has launched the spaceplane's previous four missions atop one of its Atlas V rockets. The Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, which is responsible for the X-37B's experimental operations, said it was "very excited" for the fifth flight, which will test how special electronics and heat pipes will fare during a long-duration space mission. The Air Force has two of the spaceplanes, which look like miniature versions of the space shuttle and are known officially as X-37B Orbital Test Vehicles. The first X-37B was launched in 2010.

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James Gunn's Post-Guardians 3 Plans Include New 'Element for Marvel Cosmic Universe'

Space.com - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 9:29am
Your man in the MCU, apparently.
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