Water vapor sets some oxides aflutter

Science Daily - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 5:09pm
A team of scientists has discovered a phenomenon that could have practical applications in solar cells, rechargeable battery electrodes, and water-splitting devices.
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New strategy to accelerate plant breeding by turbocharging gene banks

Science Daily - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 5:09pm
A new study may help scientists sift through vast amounts of plant seeds stored in gene bank facilities across the globe to identify those useful to plant breeders attempting to produce better varieties.
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Analysis of DNA from early settlers of the pacific overturns leading genetic model

Science Daily - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 5:09pm
A scientific team analyzed DNA from people who lived in Tonga and Vanuatu between 2,500 and 3,100 years ago, and were among the first people to live in these islands. The results overturn the leading genetic model for this last great movement of humans to unoccupied but habitable lands.
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Unique bacterial chemist in the war on potatoes

Science Daily - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 5:09pm
An eccentric enzyme known so far only to exist in a single type of bacterium breaks down a toxin related to TNT and pesticides with counterintuitive moves.
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Hearing the same sound twice in each ear helps insects locate their mates

Science Daily - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 5:04pm
An incredibly advanced hearing system which enables a group of insects to listen to the same sound twice with each ear, helping them to locate the sound’s origin with pinpoint accuracy, has been discovered by scientists.
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How safe and effective are new drugs for stroke prevention?

Science Daily - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 5:04pm
For decades, warfarin was the only oral blood thinner available to reduce the risk of stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation. Warfarin use is cumbersome, because it requires ongoing blood test to monitor the effect and has numerous drug and food interaction. Now a number of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulant (NOAC) drugs are available for patients with atrial fibrillation and claim to revolutionize the care for patients with atrial fibrillation.
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Study identifies risk factors for physical decline among survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome

Science Daily - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 5:04pm
Most survivors of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) decline physically in the five years after hospital discharge, and those at higher levels of risk of decline are older and had greater medical problems prior to hospitalization for ARDS, investigators have found.
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Visually Impaired Amateur Astronomer Helps Everyone See the Cosmos

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 4:58pm
Tim Doucette, who was born legally blind, is an amateur astronomer and the co-founder of an observatory in Quinan, Nova Scotia, that caters to a wide range of visual abilities.
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A Venus-Moon Pairing to Delight Skygazers Tonight

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 4:52pm
This evening (Oct.3) as darkness is falling, be sure to take a look low toward the west-southwest part of the sky for a beautiful celestial tableau: a lovely crescent moon and the brilliant planet Venus.
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Congressmen Seek Answers About Falcon 9 Accident

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 4:44pm
Ten members of Congress sent a letter to several government agencies about the Sept. 1 explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9, raising questions about government use and oversight of the launch vehicle.
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Why Is Jeff Bezos Going to Crash His Rocket?

Space.com - Mon, 03/10/2016 - 4:30pm
Blue Origin to test New Shepard capsule escape system, booster survival unlikely.
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