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Car crash-test dummies move beyond young, thin and male

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:39pm
Using medical data collected by trauma experts, elderly and obese dummies are being used to help car manufacturers create safer vehicles for today's drivers.
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Improving prognoses for a sustainable future

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:08pm
Whether it's electric automobiles, renewable energy, carbon tax or sustainable consumption, sustainable development requires strategies that meet people's needs without harming the environment. Before such strategies are implemented, their potential impact on environment, economy, and society needs to be tested. These tests can be conducted with the help of computer models that depict future demographic and economic development and that examine the interplay between industry and the climate. But computer models play a significant role in environmental policy, but offer only a partial picture of the industrial system, say experts.
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Quantum optical sensor tested in space for the first time, with a laser system from Berlin

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:08pm
For the first time ever, a cloud of ultra-cold atoms has been successfully created in space on board of a sounding rocket. The MAIUS mission demonstrates that quantum optical sensors can be operated even in harsh environments like space – a prerequisite for finding answers to the most challenging questions of fundamental physics and an important innovation driver for everyday applications.
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Your Android device's Pattern Lock can be cracked within five attempts

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:08pm
The popular Pattern Lock system used to secure millions of Android phones can be cracked within just five attempts -- and more complicated patterns are the easiest to crack, security experts reveal.
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National cluster helps companies tap on new 3D printing technologies

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:08pm
Tissue implants customized to a patient could soon be printed using a new type of 3D-printer, say developers.
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Codes of ethics cause problems for overseas operations

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:08pm
Corporate codes of ethics can have reverse effects and mask anomalies or social evils in operations outsourced to low-wage countries, suggests a new study.
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Transplanted neurons incorporated into a stroke-injured rat brain

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:08pm
Today, a stroke usually leads to permanent disability – but in the future, the stroke-injured brain could be reparable by replacing dead cells with new, healthy neurons, using transplantation. Researchers have taken a step in that direction by showing that some neurons transplanted into the brains of stroke-injured rats were incorporated and responded correctly when the rat’s muzzle and paws were touched. 
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Mummy visualization impresses in computer journal

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:07pm
Using visualization technology, visitors to the British Museum can reveal the murder of the mummified Geberlein Man, 5,500 years ago.
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New biomarker allows better prediction of survival for patients with colorectal metastases

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:06pm
Liver metastases are formed from cancer cells that have originated in other organs and migrated to the liver via the bloodstream. Colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon/rectum) can be successfully treated by surgical resection of the metastases in combination with chemotherapy. Now a research team has identified a new biomarker that allows better prediction of survival following surgical removal of the metastases, as well as a change in the clinical significance of the biomarker following chemotherapy.
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Discrepancy between the theoretical, experimental results of a system of biological interest is resolved

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:06pm
A piece of research has resolved the tautomeric equilibrium of a model system of great biological interest. The work was made possible by setting up a piece of equipment that they themselves developed to characterize sets of molecules in a very accurate way. The research has thus put an end to the controversy that existed between the prior experiments and theoretical calculations that yielded contradictory and inconclusive results.
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Getting closer to an effective treatment for Parkinson's

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:06pm
A study shows new mechanisms behind Parkinson's disease, which can be key mechanisms for future treatment. More than 10 million people worldwide have Parkinson´s disease.
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Conserved role for ovo protein in reproductive cell development in mice and fruit flies

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:06pm
Germline cells are the only cells that develop into eggs or sperm, while somatic cells develop into the body. Progenitors of the germline, known as primordial germ cells (PGCs), differentiate into eggs or sperm after embryonic development. The expression of a select group of genes occurs in the PGCs of a number of different animal groups, indicating a possible conserved mechanism of germline gene activation. Until now, it has been unclear if Ovo was needed for normal germline development of the fruit fly, or whether the related mouse protein played a similar role in mouse embryos.
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Can the donut-shaped magnet 'CAPPuccino submarine' hunt for dark matter?

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:06pm
Scientists have clarified that toroidal magnets can also look for axions, one of the particle candidates for the mysterious dark matter.
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3-D bioprinter to print human skin

Mon, 23/01/2017 - 2:06pm
Scientists have presented a prototype for a 3D bioprinter that can create totally functional human skin. This skin is adequate for transplanting to patients or for use in research or the testing of cosmetic, chemical, and pharmaceutical products.
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Meditation and music may help reverse early memory loss in adults at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Sun, 22/01/2017 - 12:08am
In a recent study of adults with early memory loss, scientists found that practice of a simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with preclinical memory loss. 
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Facts, beliefs, and identity: The seeds of science skepticism

Sat, 21/01/2017 - 11:32pm
From climate skeptics to anti-vaxxers, psychologists are studying what motivates and drives our decisions to pay attention to some facts while ignoring others.
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For health and happiness, share good news

Sat, 21/01/2017 - 11:32pm
Service members, including both active and recently separated, have been called upon to fight overseas and to assist during natural disasters at home. They can face unique challenges when they return in both the workplace and at home. New research, focused on these service member couples in Oregon, confirms supportive, responsive partners provide a buffer to loneliness and sleep deficits among military couples.
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Processing speed training can improve cognitive ability, lift depression in the elderly

Sat, 21/01/2017 - 12:38am
A new Processing Speed Training Game (PSTG) has been developed for a Tablet PC, which they say can significantly improve processing speed and inhibition among healthy older adults, while also reducing their depressive moods when played regularly.
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Testing the water

Sat, 21/01/2017 - 12:38am
A new theoretical model reveals how droplets grow around tiny particles on a surface.
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Seoul virus outbreak associated with home-based rat-breeding facilities

Fri, 20/01/2017 - 8:43pm
Experts from CDC are working with the Illinois Department of Health and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to investigate cases of Seoul virus infections among eight people who worked at several rat-breeding facilities in the two states. Seoul virus is not commonly found in the United States, though there have been several reported outbreaks in wild rats. This is the first known outbreak associated with pet rats in the United States.
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