Syndicate content Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily
Updated: 6 min 42 sec ago

Superconductivity seen in a new light

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 12:25pm
Superconducting materials have the characteristic of letting an electric current flow without resistance. Researchers have managed to lift the veil on the electronic characteristics of high-temperature superconductors. Their research show that the electronic densities measured in these superconductors are a combination of two separate effects. As a result, they propose a new model that suggests the existence of two coexisting states.
Categories: Science

Seasonal influenza vaccination during pregnancy may reduce risk of stillbirth

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 12:25pm
Seasonal influenza vaccination may guard against stillbirth, a new study suggests. Researchers in Western Australia analyzed data from nearly 60,000 births that occurred during the southern hemisphere's 2012 and 2013 seasonal influenza epidemics, and found that women who received the trivalent influenza vaccine during pregnancy were 51 percent less likely to experience a stillbirth than unvaccinated mothers.
Categories: Science

Could new class of fungicides play a role in autism, neurodegenerative diseases?

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 12:25pm
A class of commonly used fungicides has been found that produce gene expression changes similar to those in people with autism and neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease.
Categories: Science

Minorities' homicide victimization rates fall significantly compared to whites'

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 12:24pm
While homicide victimization rates declined for whites, blacks, and Hispanics in the United States from 1990-2010, the drop was much more precipitous for the two minority groups, new research concludes.
Categories: Science

Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery offers viable option for select heart patients

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 12:24pm
Patients undergoing minimally invasive mitral valve repair or replacement (mini-MVR) have similar outcomes as patients undergoing conventional surgery and also experience shorter hospital stays and fewer blood transfusions, according to an article.
Categories: Science

Fossil of 'early spider' discovered; 305 million years old

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 4:42am
Researchers have discovered the fossil of a 305-million-year-old arachnid, which will help scientists to understand more about the early origins of modern-day spiders.
Categories: Science

Could a computer tell you when your time is up?

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 1:10am
Statisticians, computer scientists and medics are launching a new project to predict how long you will live. They will use 'Big Data' to predict life expectancy -- and particularly how various chronic diseases and their treatments impact longevity.
Categories: Science

‘Concern’ over GPs prescribing ‘unnecessary’ antibiotics for toothache

Thu, 31/03/2016 - 1:10am
Over half of all patients who visited their GP with a dental problem in the last 10 years were not offered a long-term treatment for their pain and were instead prescribed antibiotics, often unnecessarily, new research has found.
Categories: Science

Management techniques for masked chafer grubs in turfgrass

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:44pm
A new article explains the biology of white grubs, also known as masked chafers, and discusses options for managing them.
Categories: Science

Ewing Sarcoma: New compounds may aid in development of targeted therapies for a rare pediatric cancer

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:44pm
Two recently discovered compounds have shown promise in preclinical studies for treating Ewing sarcoma, a rare cancer that predominantly affects children and adolescents.
Categories: Science

A cheaper, lighter moth trap may make citizen science projects more affordable

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:44pm
A cheaper, lighter moth trap can improve the ability of students and other citizen scientists to traps and collect insects.
Categories: Science

Tracking 'marine heatwaves' since 1950: How the 'blob' stacks up

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:44pm
A tally of Northern Hemisphere marine heatwaves since 1950 shows that prolonged warm periods have recurred regularly in the past, but are being pushed into new territory by climate change.
Categories: Science

Tracking deer by NASA satellite

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:44pm
Mule deer mothers are in sync with their environment, with reproduction patterns that closely match the cycles of plant growth in their habitat. And new research using NASA satellite data shows that tracking vegetation from space can help wildlife managers predict when does will give birth to fawns.
Categories: Science

Second quantum revolution a reality with chip-based atomic physics

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:44pm
Physicists believe chip-based atomic physics holds promise to make the second quantum revolution -- the engineering of quantum matter with arbitrary precision -- a reality. With recent technological advances in fabrication and trapping, hybrid quantum systems are emerging as ideal platforms for a diverse range of studies in quantum control, quantum simulation and computing.
Categories: Science

One step closer to sustainable hydrogen production

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:44pm
By lengthening nanorods, hydrogen production can happen quicker and more sustainably, researchers have discovered. The researchers determined that lengthening nanorods to 50 nanometers, a size 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a hair, increased the hydrogen production rate of a rare form of titania called brookite, only accessible at the nanoscale.
Categories: Science

Starvation as babies makes bees stronger as adults

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:42pm
Researchers have discovered that short-term starvation as larvae (baby bees) actually makes honey bees more resilient to nutritional deprivation as adults. This is the first time that an anticipatory mechanism, called 'predictive adaptive response,' has been found in social organisms.
Categories: Science

Link between Zika virus and fetal brain damage confirmed

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:42pm
Zika virus can be detected in blood samples taken from a pregnant woman while brain damage is developing, as well as isolated in cell culture from the brain tissue of the fetus.
Categories: Science

Phase-3 drug trial for refractory rheumatoid arthritis succeeds

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:42pm
A new drug appears to help people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, but eventually stop benefitting from the use of the current top treatment: injectable, bioengineered proteins that interfere with the action of a powerful inflammatory substance.
Categories: Science

Technology to enable unzipping of the graphene plane

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:31pm
A research team has developed a technique, which enables unzipping of the graphene plane without uncontrollable damage.
Categories: Science

Wireless-powered network gets its fair share

Wed, 30/03/2016 - 10:29pm
Calculations reveal how sensors must take turns to harvest power efficiently from a data hub.
Categories: Science