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Unsung hero of science: Assessment

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 1:42pm
Assessment adds enormous value to the scientific landscape, creating foundations for government and society.
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Premature death in delinquent youth

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 1:42pm
Researchers have found alarming premature mortality rates for delinquent youth.
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Majority of opioid medications not safely stored in homes with children, survey finds

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 1:41pm
Nearly 70 percent of prescription opioid medications kept in homes with children are not stored safely, a new study finds.
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Switched-on DNA: Sparking nano-electronic applications

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 1:41pm
DNA, the stuff of life, may very well also pack quite the jolt for engineers trying to advance the development of tiny, low-cost electronic devices. Much like flipping your light switch at home -- only on a scale 1,000 times smaller than a human hair -- a team has now developed the first controllable DNA switch to regulate the flow of electricity within a single, atomic-sized molecule.
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Basking sharks seek out winter sun

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 1:41pm
The winter habits of Britain's basking sharks have been revealed for the first time. Scientists have discovered some spend their winters off Portugal and North Africa, some head to the Bay of Biscay and others choose a staycation around the UK and Ireland.
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'Tully monster' mystery is far from solved, group argues

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 1:41pm
Last year, headlines in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American and other outlets declared that a decades-old paleontological mystery had been solved. The 'Tully monster,' an ancient animal that had long defied classification, was in fact a vertebrate, two groups of scientists claimed. Specifically, it seemed to be a type of fish called a lamprey. The problem with this resolution? According to a group of paleobiologists, it's plain wrong.
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Using statistics ethically to combat 'a scientific credibility crisis'

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 9:51pm
Can statistics increase the value of science to society?
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Bee decline threatens US crop production

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 9:51pm
The first-ever study to map US wild bees suggests they are disappearing in the country's most important farmlands.
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Examining exploding stars through the atomic nucleus

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 9:51pm
Imagine being able to view microscopic aspects of a classical nova, a massive stellar explosion on the surface of a white dwarf star (about as big as Earth), in a laboratory rather than from afar via a telescope. Cosmic detonations of this scale and larger created many of the atoms in our bodies. A safe way to study these events in laboratories on Earth is to investigate the exotic nuclei or 'rare isotopes' that influence them.
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Mapping a path to better oral health

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 9:51pm
Dentists aren't the only people who influence how we take care of our teeth; our friends and family play a big role, too.
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How to build a bio-bot: Researchers share design and development of biological machines

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 9:51pm
Creating tiny muscle-powered robots that can walk or swim by themselves -- or better yet, when prompted -- is more complicated than it looks.
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Historic detection of gravitational waves

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 9:51pm
A scientist who has been involved with nearly every aspect of the development and ultimate success of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), will give a talk about the project's historic detection of gravitational waves.
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Adaptable model recommends response strategies for Zika, other pandemics

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 9:51pm
A new biological-behavioral-operational computer model could help policy makers choose the best intervention strategies to rapidly contain an infectious disease outbreak. The model is based on the dynamics of disease transmission across different environments and social settings, and provides critical information about how to mitigate infection, monitor risk and trace disease during a pandemic.
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Tool for a cleaner Long Island Sound

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 9:51pm
Ecologists have pinpointed sources of nitrogen pollution along Long Island Sound, and shows municipalities what they might do to alleviate it.
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Repetitive head injuries may not cause movement problems for former NFL players

Sun, 19/02/2017 - 9:51pm
Former NFL players who had repeated head injuries may not have significant problems with motor functions later in life, according to a preliminary study.
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Second cause of hidden hearing loss identified

Sat, 18/02/2017 - 1:40pm
Some people can pass a hearing test but have trouble understanding speech in a noisy environment. New research identifies a new mechanism for this condition just years after its discovery.
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Yeast found in babies' guts increases risk of asthma

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 9:25pm
Microbiologists have found a yeast in the gut of new babies in Ecuador that appears to be a strong predictor that they will develop asthma in childhood. The new research furthers our understanding of the role microscopic organisms play in our overall health.
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There and back again: Catalyst mediates energy-efficient proton transport for reversibility

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 9:24pm
A complex with a proton pathway and stabilized by outer coordination sphere interactions is reversible for hydrogen production/oxidation at room temperature and pressure, researchers have found.
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Micro-RNA may amplify effectiveness of sorafenib in difficult liver cancer cases

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 9:23pm
Only 25% of patients respond to sorafenib treatment, so researchers have endeavored to understand its mechanism of action and discover a way to boost its effectiveness.
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Speciation is not all about good looks: For stick insects, the right partner should smell good too

Fri, 17/02/2017 - 9:22pm
An attractive scent is just as important as good looks when it comes to choosing a mate -- at least among stick insect populations.
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