Steep rise of the Bernese Alps

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:54pm
The striking North Face of the Bernese Alps is the result of a steep rise of rocks from the depths following a collision of two tectonic plates. This steep rise gives new insight into the final stage of mountain building and provides important knowledge with regard to active natural hazards and geothermal energy.
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Passive smoking: Acrolein inhibits immune response, hence accelerating tumor growth

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:54pm
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that every year 600,000 deaths are caused by passive smoking worldwide. Now researchers have, for the first time, identified the organic compound acrolein (acrylic aldehyde) as one of the main causes of failure of the immune defense to tumors due to passive smoking.
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US Military's 'Gremlin' Program Lets Pilots Launch and Snag Drones in Midair

Space.com - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:53pm
The fairy-tale-inspired "Gremlin" program aims to launch and retrieve drones in midair.
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Survivors of childhood brain tumors have increased body fat

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:50pm
New research findings suggest that one of the most important risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, which is excess total and central fat in the body, is present relatively early in survivors of childhood brain tumors. This may program their future risk of these diseases and impact their outcomes.
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Inactive teens develop lazy bones

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
Inactive teens have weaker bones than those who are physically active, according to a new study.
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Facial recognition software helps diagnose rare genetic disease

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
Researchers have successfully used facial recognition software to diagnose DiGeorge Syndrome, a rare, genetic disease in Africans, Asians and Latin Americans. This is the newest addition to the Atlas of Human Malformations in Diverse Populations launched last year.
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Amazingly fast, cheap genome sequencing: Zika virus mosquito genome assembled from scratch

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
A team of scientists has developed a new way to sequence genomes, which can assemble the genome of an organism, entirely from scratch, dramatically cheaper and faster.
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Experts successfully test a novel oil spill cleanup technology

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
Tests of a novel technology that can accelerate the combustion of crude oil floating on water demonstrated its potential to become an effective tool for minimizing the environmental impact of oil spills. The Flame Refluxer, developed by fire protection engineering researchers, could make it possible to burn off spilled oil quickly while producing relatively low levels of air pollutants.
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Predatory lizard enters Brazil clandestinely

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
Anolis porcatus, a species native to Cuba, has been identified in several areas near the Port of Santos on the São Paulo coast, in Brazil. Its introduction into this area may threaten the survival of local lizard populations. A DNA study suggests these lizards could have come from Florida, where they're also exotic, rather than directly from Cuba.
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Most remaining smokers in US have low socioeconomic status

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
After decades of declining US smoking rates overall, most remaining smokers have low income, no college education, no health insurance or a disability. About 15 percent of US adults -- more than 36 million -- continue to smoke cigarettes. Half to three-fourths of them have one or more low-socioeconomic disadvantages, and the lowest socioeconomic categories have the highest smoking rates. The study concludes that continuing tobacco use is now concentrated among the least advantaged portion of society.
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In a sample of blood, researchers probe for cancer clues

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
One day, patients may be able to monitor their body's response to cancer therapy just by having their blood drawn. A new study has taken an important step in that direction by measuring a panel of cancer proteins in rare, individual tumor cells that float in the blood.
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Seven months after Rio Olympics, Zika continues to plague babies in urban slums

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
The near-paranoia related to Zika leading up to the 2016 Rio Games could have been avoided by heeding the lessons of previous epidemics, argues a new study.
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Surprising culprit in nerve cell damage identified

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
Scientists have implicated a specific molecule in the self-destruction of axons, the wiring of the nervous system. Understanding just how that damage occurs may help researchers find a way to halt it.
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Scientists get closer look at living nerve synapses

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
The brain hosts an extraordinarily complex network of interconnected nerve cells that are constantly exchanging electrical and chemical signals at speeds difficult to comprehend. Now, scientists report that they have been able to achieve -- with a custom-built microscope -- the closest view yet of living nerve synapses.
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Parallel computation provides deeper insight into brain function

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
New computational software is hundreds of times faster than conventional tools, opening up new opportunities to understand how individual neurons and networks of neurons function.
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Chance find has big implications for water treatment's costs and carbon footprint

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
A type of bacteria accidentally discovered during research could fundamentally reshape efforts to cut the huge amount of electricity consumed during wastewater clean-up. The discovery has upended a century of conventional thinking. The microorganisms -- 'comammox' (complete ammonia oxidizing) bacteria -- can completely turn ammonia into nitrates.
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Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:49pm
Astronomers have identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, known as SDSS J0104+1535, is a member of the so-called halo -- the outermost reaches -- of our galaxy, made up of the most ancient stars.
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Spread of ages is key to impact of disease, animal study finds

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:48pm
How a disease outbreak affects a group of animals depends on the breakdown of ages in the population, research has shown.
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Big data approach to predict protein structure

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:48pm
Nothing works without proteins in the body; they are the molecular all-rounders in our cells. If they do not work properly, severe diseases, such as Alzheimer's, may result. To develop methods to repair malfunctioning proteins, their structure has to be known. Using a big data approach, researchers have now developed a method to predict protein structures.
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Shared genetic origin for ALS/MND and schizophrenia

Science Daily - Fri, 24/03/2017 - 2:48pm
A new study indicates that the causes of ALS/MND and schizophrenia are biologically linked. The scientists say that the new findings have major implications for how we classify diseases and that they challenge the existing divide between neurology and psychiatry.
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