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Scientists develop plastic flexible magnetic memory device

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 2:54pm
Scientists have successfully embedded a powerful magnetic memory chip on a flexible plastic material. This malleable memory chip hails a breakthrough in the flexible electronics revolution, and brings researchers a step closer towards making flexible, wearable electronics a reality in the near future.
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Social behavior of male mice needs estrogen receptor activation in brain region at puberty

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 2:54pm
Testosterone plays a major role in controlling behavior associated with masculinity in many mammals. In early development, testosterone is involved in the formation and organization of "male" neural pathways, on which it then acts to regulate various behaviors in adulthood.
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Ship engine emissions adversely affect macrophages

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 2:54pm
Ship emissions adversely affect the health of inhabitants of coastal regions. This was the main finding of a study on the influence of ship engine emissions on macrophages in the lungs. Since macrophages also play a key role in lung diseases such as COPD, the study is important for understanding the health risks of ship exhausts.
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Climate research: How meltwater from the ice sheets disturbed the climate 10,000 years ago

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 2:54pm
How will the melting of ice in Greenland affect our climate? In order to gain an idea how that process might look like, researchers have taken a look into the past. In the early Holocene period -- approximately 11,700 to 8,000 years ago -- a large ice sheet melted in North America. By analyzing dripstones in caves (speleothems) and using computer simulations, an international team reconstructed the consequences.
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Massive diabetic foot disease costs

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 2:54pm
New research shows preventable hospitalization from diabetic foot disease is costing Australia hundreds of millions of dollars each year.
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New detector overcomes key challenge in using light for wireless communications

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 2:54pm
In an advance that could one day make light-based wireless communications ubiquitous, researchers have demonstrated a conceptually new approach for detecting optical communication signals traveling through the air.
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Milk works best to extinguish the heat from chile peppers

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:47pm
The next time you bite off more than you can handle in regard to a hot chile pepper, your best bet is to drink some milk, according to new research.
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Patients with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:42pm
Patients with OCD are 10 times more likely to commit suicide, contrary to what was previously thought.A new study shows that the main predictor of suicide in OCD patients is a previous suicide attempt, which offers opportunities for prevention.
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Is schizophrenia a disorder of the immune system?

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:42pm
Using data from the largest ever genetic study of schizophrenia, researchers have shed light on the role of the immune system.
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How to increase the fat burned during exercise

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:42pm
When we exercise, our body’s oxidation of fat and carbohydrates depends on the intensity and duration of the activity. A new study analyses the effect of consuming an alkaloid, p-synephrine, on the burning of lipids and refutes the value of “miracle” diets: it is not possible to lose more than a kilogram of fat per month.
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Beware of antioxidant supplements, warns scientific review

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:41pm
The lay press and thousands of nutritional products warn of oxygen radicals or oxidative stress and suggest taking so-called antioxidants to prevent or cure disease. Researchers have analyzed the evidence behind this. The result is a clear warning: do not take these supplements unless a clear deficiency is diagnosed by a healthcare professional.
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Travelers import superbugs

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:41pm
Many tourists returning from India were found colonized with multidrug-resistant 'superbugs'. Microbiologists also isolated a strain possessing a gene which can make these life-threatening bacteria resistant to the last active antibiotic option.
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Microplastics - a cause for concern

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:38pm
Plastics became widespread after the second World War, and as a material, plastic is still relatively young. Microscopic plastic particles, or microplastics, have caught the eye of researchers only quite recently. Microplastics come with plenty of questions, but for the time being, only few answers are available.

“Microplastics are a Pandora’s Box of a kind, or at least an infinite source of research questions. However, research evidence relating to microplastics and their effects remains scarce,” says Researcher Samuel Hartikainen from the University of Eastern Finland. His research focuses on the chemical properties of microplastics.
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Chimpanzees who travel are more frequent tool users

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:17pm
Travel fosters tool use in wild chimpanzees and it may also have been a driving force in early technological evolution by humans.
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Weird quantum effects stretch across hundreds of miles

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:16pm
Scientists have discovered strange quantum effects hold, even over hundreds of miles. In longest test of quantum mechanics, researchers find neutrinos, traveling over 450 miles at close to speed of light, have no single identity.
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Same genes could make us prone to both happiness and depression

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:16pm
Researchers suggest that while no gene 'causes' mental ill health, some genes can make people more sensitive to the effects of their environment -- for better and for worse -- leading to both mental ill health and enhanced mental resilience.
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Cave discoveries shed new light on Native and European religious encounters in the Americas

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:16pm
Archeologists have discovered remarkable evidence which shows how the first generations of Europeans to arrive in the Americas engaged with indigenous peoples and their spiritual beliefs deep inside the caves of a remote Caribbean island.
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Scientists predict academic acheivement from DNA alone

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:16pm
Scientists have used a new genetic scoring technique to predict academic achievement from DNA alone. This is the strongest prediction from DNA of a behavioral measure to date.
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Metastatic prostate cancer cases skyrocket: More lax screening rather than more aggressive disease?

Tue, 19/07/2016 - 1:16pm
The number of new cases of metastatic prostate cancer climbed 72 percent in the past decade from 2004 to 2013, reports a new study. The report considers whether a recent trend of fewer men being screened may be contributing to the rise, or whether the disease has become more aggressive -- or both. The highest increase is among men ages 55 to 69, who could benefit the most from screening and early treatment.
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Chronic fatigue syndrome flare-ups caused by straining muscles and nerves

Mon, 18/07/2016 - 11:41pm
Mild to moderate muscle and nerve strain provokes symptom flares in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome.
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