Making spines from sea water

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:28pm
How do creatures like sea urchins take up the calcium they need to build hard structures? A new study sheds some light on this mystery.
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Availability of human food shortens and disrupts bears' hibernation

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:27pm
With winter approaching, bears all over the world are getting ready to hibernate. New research suggests that not all bears will spend entire winter in their dens, however, especially where baiting and other kinds of bear feeding is performed for hunting purposes and diversion from human settlements.
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Guppies: Study sorts the maths whizzes from the dunces

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:24pm
Some guppies have a better sense of maths than others. It allows some to find the biggest shoal possible in which to be protected against predators, while others are better at choosing fruitful foraging ground.
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Avoiding spiritual struggles and existential questions is linked with poorer mental health

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:10pm
Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns—the “big questions” of life—is linked with poorer mental health, including higher levels of depression, anxiety and difficulty regulating emotions, according to a new study.
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Study shows promising clinical activity, safety results of KTE-C19 in aggressive B-cell non-hodgkin lymphoma

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:10pm
Immune cellular therapy is a promising new area of cancer treatment. Anti-cancer therapeutics, such as chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) modified T cells, can be engineered to target tumor-associated antigens to attack and kill cancer cells. This allows for an improved precision medicine approach to treating cancer.
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New mechanism to control human viral infections discovered

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:10pm
A long-sought-after mechanism has been found in human cells that creates immunity to influenza A virus, which causes annual seasonal epidemics and occasional pandemics.
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Superior crystals grow from levitating droplets

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:09pm
Crystals that don’t experience mechanical stress during growth, will be of superior quality. Researchers are looking into the ability to levitate the liquid metal in a new study.
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Re-emergence of syphilis traced to pandemic strain cluster

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:09pm
Over the last few decades, an age-old infectious disease has been re-emerging globally: syphilis. Using techniques to analyze low levels of DNA, an international research team has now shown that all syphilis strains from modern patient samples share a common ancestor from the 1700s. Furthermore, their research demonstrates that strains dominating infections today originate from a pandemic cluster that emerged after 1950, and these strains share a worrying trait: resistance to the second-line antibiotic azithromycin.
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Why the flounder is flat

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:09pm
Scientists have long been puzzled by the flounder's asymmetrical physiology. The mechanism that triggers the unusual asymmetry has now been identified by comparing the genomes of two related fish species.
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Let the Jumping Spiders Leap Into Your Heart (Metaphorically)

Wired News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm
You've got things wrong about spiders. The post Let the Jumping Spiders Leap Into Your Heart (Metaphorically) appeared first on WIRED.
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New Google Trusted Contacts Service Shares User Location In Real Time

Slashdot - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 4:00pm
Reader Trailrunner7 writes: Google has spent a lot of time and money on security over the last few years, developing new technologies and systems to protect users' devices. One of the newer technologies the company has come up with is designed to provide security for users themselves rather than their laptops or phones. On Monday Google launched a new app for Android called Trusted Contacts that allows users to share their locations and some limited other information with a set of close friends and family members. The system is a two-way road, so a user can actively share her location with her Trusted Contacts, and stop sharing it at her discretion. But, when a problem or potential emergency comes up, one of those contacts can request to get that user's location to see where she is at any moment. The app is designed to give users a way to reassure contacts that they're safe, or request help if there's something wrong.

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Obama Has a Plan to Fix Cybersecurity, But Its Success Depends on Trump

Wired News - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 3:37pm
Obama's presidential commission on cybersecurity wants consumer product security ratings and a new generation of government hackers. Will Trump listen? The post Obama Has a Plan to Fix Cybersecurity, But Its Success Depends on Trump appeared first on WIRED.
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Nat Geo's 'Mars' Colonists Grow Even More Ambitious in New Episode

Space.com - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 3:30pm
Tonight's (Dec. 5) new episode of National Geographic's "Mars" miniseries will demonstrate the importance of thinking realistically about big dreams while expanding a human settlement on the Red Planet.
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Amazon Unveils 'Self-driving' Brick-and-Mortar Convenience Store

Slashdot - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 3:20pm
Amazon announced Monday it has built a convenience store in downtown Seattle that deploys a gaggle of technologies similar to those used in self-driving cars to allow shoppers to come in, grab items and walk out without going through a register (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternate source). From a report on Seattle Times: The 1,800 square-foot store, officially dubbed "Amazon Go," is the latest beach in brick-and-mortar retail stormed by the e-commerce giant, which already has bookstores and is working on secretive drive-through grocery locations. It's clearly a sign that Amazon sees a big opportunity in revolutionizing the staid traditions of Main Street commerce. Located on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Blanchard Street, the store is open to Amazon employees participating in a testing program. It is expected to be open to the public in early 2017.

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Drug/catheter combination for labor induction could save women 2.4 million hours of labor annually, study shows

Science Daily - Mon, 05/12/2016 - 3:16pm
Labor induction is one of the most common medical procedures in the world, with nearly one-quarter of women who deliver in the U.S. undergoing the procedure each year (totaling roughly 1 million). Despite its widespread use, labor induction is costly and still has no widely accepted “best practice.” Now, new research is showing what may be the best available method for inducing labor, which may be necessary under circumstances including medical conditions such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes or other health risks to the mom or baby.
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