NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings
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NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26,…

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Mouse Teeth Providing New Insights into Tissue Regeneration
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Mouse Teeth Providing New Insights into Tissue Regeneration

Researchers hope to one day use stem cells to heal burns, patch damaged heart tissue, even grow kidneys and other transplantable organs from scratch. This dream edges closer to reality…

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A mechanism shared by healing wounds and growing tumors
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A mechanism shared by healing wounds and growing tumors

Like an image in a broken mirror, a tumor is a distorted likeness of a wound. Scientists have long seen parallels between the two, such as the formation…

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Human forebrain circuits under construction – in a dish
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Human forebrain circuits under construction – in a dish

National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded neuroscientists have created a 3D window into the human brain’s budding executive hub assembling itself during a critical period in prenatal development. What’s…

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Rare Brightening of a Supernova’s Light found by Palomar Observatory
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Rare Brightening of a Supernova’s Light found by Palomar Observatory

An international team of astronomers has, for the first time, seen the strong cosmic magnification and multiple images of a class of supernova called Type Ia. Type Ia…

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Team makes fuel from food waste
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Team makes fuel from food waste

A group of mechanical and civil and environmental engineering students at Virginia Tech are converting leftover food waste to produce electricity through a biogas generator as part of…

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Move Over, Superman! NIST ‘Spectral Fingerprinting’ Sees Through Concrete to Detect Early Corrosion
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Move Over, Superman! NIST ‘Spectral Fingerprinting’ Sees Through Concrete to Detect Early Corrosion

When you suffer a fall, an on-the-field collision or some other traumatic blow, the first thing the doctor will do is take an X-ray, CT scan or MRI…

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Brain tissue structure could explain link between fitness and memory
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Brain tissue structure could explain link between fitness and memory

Studies have suggested a link between fitness and memory, but researchers have struggled to find the mechanism that links them. A new study by University of Illinois researchers…

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Wireless power could enable ingestible electronics
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Wireless power could enable ingestible electronics

Researchers at MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory have devised a way to wirelessly power small electronic devices that can linger in the…

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Scientists Create a Fluid-Filled Artificial Womb for Preterm Babies
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Scientists Create a Fluid-Filled Artificial Womb for Preterm Babies

Researchers led by a fetal surgeon Alan Flake at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia have developed a new device that functions much like a human womb. A paper…

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In-Flight Hydrogen Production from Water and Aluminum could Drastically Reduce CO2 Emissions
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In-Flight Hydrogen Production from Water and Aluminum could Drastically Reduce CO2 Emissions

Engineers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology had devised and patented a safe and inexpensive technique for generating hydrogen from water and aluminum particles on-demand while in-flight. The…

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Scientists Build Bricks from Simulated Martian Soil
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Scientists Build Bricks from Simulated Martian Soil

With plans to visit and later even potentially colonize Mars well underway, scientists and engineers around the world are working on viable solutions to issues regarding the establishment…

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Let’s get dirty – scientists encourage fighting the fear of dirt
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Let’s get dirty – scientists encourage fighting the fear of dirt

Entire life we‘ve been told to keep ourselves clean. Washing your hands after coming from outside now is a must and everyone does it or, as we think,…

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Nothing goes to waste – Toyota starts testing of its hybrid power generation system
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Nothing goes to waste – Toyota starts testing of its hybrid power generation system

Humanity must find new ways of reducing its carbon emissions. It is a crucial part of sustainable development we will have to achieve. Energy production is one of…

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Reunited with his own head – how come that a dinosaur lost his head for almost a century?
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Reunited with his own head – how come that a dinosaur lost his head for almost a century?

Would you want to be separated from your head for almost a century? Well, one dinosaur skeleton lived this way for a very long time. But now finally…

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3-D-printable implants may ease damaged knees
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3-D-printable implants may ease damaged knees

A cartilage-mimicking material created by researchers at Duke University may one day allow surgeons to 3-D print replacement knee parts that are custom-shaped to each patient’s anatomy. Human…

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Tiny tech reprograms immune cells to fight cancer
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Tiny tech reprograms immune cells to fight cancer

Stephan created his T cell–homing nanoparticles as a way to bring the power of cellular cancer immunotherapy to more people. Cell-based cancer-killing immunotherapies are currently only available through…

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Using light to propel water
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Using light to propel water

A new system developed by engineers at MIT could make it possible to control the way water moves over a surface, using only light. This advance may open…

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Tick protein helps antibiotics combat MRSA super bug
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Tick protein helps antibiotics combat MRSA super bug

A protein derived from ticks enhances the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, according to a Yale-led study. The strategy of using the protein…

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New 2-D materials conduct electricity near the speed of light
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New 2-D materials conduct electricity near the speed of light

Physicists at the University of California, Irvine and elsewhere have fabricated new two-dimensional materials with breakthrough electrical and magnetic attributes that could make them building blocks of future…

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A Chicken-Egg Question: Where Do Baby Genes Come From?
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A Chicken-Egg Question: Where Do Baby Genes Come From?

New genes are more likely to appear on the stage of evolution in full-fledged form rather than gradually take shape through successive stages of “proto genes” that become…

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Cassini’s First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones
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Cassini’s First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is set to make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017. Because that gap is a…

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New strategy produces stronger polymers
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New strategy produces stronger polymers

Plastic, rubber, and many other useful materials are made of polymers — long chains arranged in a cross-linked network. At the molecular level, these polymer networks contain structural…

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Stabilizing molecule could pave way for lithium-air fuel cell
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Stabilizing molecule could pave way for lithium-air fuel cell

Lithium-oxygen fuel cells boast energy density levels comparable to fossil fuels and are thus seen as a promising candidate for future transportation-related energy needs. Several roadblocks stand in…

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Lunar, Martian Greenhouses Designed to Mimic Those on Earth
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Lunar, Martian Greenhouses Designed to Mimic Those on Earth

While astronauts have successfully grown plants and vegetables aboard the International Space Station, NASA scientists at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida are collaborating with a university team…

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From sustainable hydrocarbons to spin liquids
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From sustainable hydrocarbons to spin liquids

Fuel such as petrol is made up of hydrocarbons – a family of molecules consisting entirely of carbon and hydrogen. Pigment and dye, coal and tar are made…

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Scientists discover two repurposed drugs that arrest neurodegeneration in mice
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Scientists discover two repurposed drugs that arrest neurodegeneration in mice

A team of scientists who a few years ago identified a major pathway that leads to brain cell death in mice, have now found two drugs that block…

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NASA’s Cassini, Voyager Missions Suggest New Picture of Sun’s Interaction with Galaxy
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NASA’s Cassini, Voyager Missions Suggest New Picture of Sun’s Interaction with Galaxy

New data from NASA’s Cassini mission, combined with measurements from the two Voyager spacecraft and NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, suggests that our sun and planets are…

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Brain Stimulation Boosts Cognitive Performance while Training
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Brain Stimulation Boosts Cognitive Performance while Training

A cognitive scientist from the Sandia National Laboratories, Mike Trumbo, has demonstrated that, under certain conditions, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can improve both working memory capacity and…

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Caterpillars of the Greater Wax Moth can Digest Polyethylene
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Caterpillars of the Greater Wax Moth can Digest Polyethylene

For the most part, plastic is a tough material, which takes a fairly long time to break down under natural conditions and thereby poses a riddle to global…

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Changing Colors of Nanoparticles
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Changing Colors of Nanoparticles

Like a chameleon changing colors to blend into the environment, Lawrence Livermore researchers have created a technique to change the color of assembled nanoparticles with an electrical stimulant.…

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Study highlights deadliest effects of hypothetical asteroid strike
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Study highlights deadliest effects of hypothetical asteroid strike

Violent winds and shockwaves would account for more than 60 per cent of lives lost if an asteroid were to hit the Earth, according to a new University…

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Brain circuit enables split-second decisions when cues conflict
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Brain circuit enables split-second decisions when cues conflict

When animals hunt or forage for food, they must constantly weigh whether the chance of a meal is worth the risk of being spotted by a predator. The…

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Making Batteries From Waste Glass Bottles
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Making Batteries From Waste Glass Bottles

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion…

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No Evidence for Long-Term Reduction in Empathy due to Playing Violent Video Games
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No Evidence for Long-Term Reduction in Empathy due to Playing Violent Video Games

Some studies (e.g., Carnagey et al., 2007a,b; Staude-Muller et al., 2008) had suggested that, on average, regular players of violent video games tend to be less empathetic and…

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Facebook Helps Reduce Government Corruption, Study Finds
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Facebook Helps Reduce Government Corruption, Study Finds

A new study, conducted by Sudipta Sarangi of the Virginia Tech Department of Economics, indicates that social media in general – and Facebook in particular – can act…

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A once forgotten element holds promise for the future of electronics
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A once forgotten element holds promise for the future of electronics

Discovered more than 100 years ago, black phosphorus was soon forgotten when there was no apparent use for it. In what may prove to be one of the…

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Three metre long sea scorpion could slash you to death with its tail
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Three metre long sea scorpion could slash you to death with its tail

There are plenty of scary animals in the world, but nothing like in prehistoric era. For example, there was a three metre sea scorpion, which used its tail…

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A huge breakthrough: malaria protein could help treat aggressive forms of bladder cancer
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A huge breakthrough: malaria protein could help treat aggressive forms of bladder cancer

Developing new drugs always takes a long time, because everything has to be tested and perfected. However, there is another way of treating some conditions – using therapies…

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Three-metre sea scorpion was the original sea monster
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Three-metre sea scorpion was the original sea monster

Four hundred thirty million years ago, long before the evolution of barracudas or sharks, a different kind of predator stalked the primordial seas. The original sea monsters were…

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Ancient Enzyme Protects Lungs from Common Irritant Produced by Bugs and Mold
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Ancient Enzyme Protects Lungs from Common Irritant Produced by Bugs and Mold

The beetle’s tough shell and the crab’s sturdy armor both owe their strength to a compound called chitin (pronounced “KAI-tin”), one of the toughest known natural materials and…

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Tweaking a molecule’s structure can send it down a different path to crystallization
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Tweaking a molecule’s structure can send it down a different path to crystallization

Silky chocolate, a more effective medical drug or solar panels all require the same thing: just the right crystals to make the material. Now scientists trying to understand…

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Water slide for aluminium – see how Ford recycles 9 thousand tons of metal every month
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Water slide for aluminium – see how Ford recycles 9 thousand tons of metal every month

All of us have to recycle – it really does help our planet and humanity. However, recycling in our home is not as important as one in huge…

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An incredible bus for touring around Europe – how does it have 20 beds?
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An incredible bus for touring around Europe – how does it have 20 beds?

Did you know that original stretched limousines were invented for band tours? Extra space was needed for musical instruments and band members. But nowadays tour buses are used…

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Male bird learns to apeal to his partner – brings just the kind of food she desires
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Male bird learns to apeal to his partner – brings just the kind of food she desires

For some reason, men are often compared to pigs. However, a research done by scientists from Victoria University of Wellington reveals that men actually have something in common…

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Plant Genes May Lack Off Switch, But Have Volume Control
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Plant Genes May Lack Off Switch, But Have Volume Control

Scientists at the University of California, Davis have discovered that DNA sequences thought to be essential for gene activity can be expendable. Sequences once called junk sometimes call…

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Study overturns seminal research about the developing nervous system
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Study overturns seminal research about the developing nervous system

New research by scientists at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCLA overturns a long-standing paradigm about how axons — thread-like…

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Using CRISPR to Reverse Retinitis Pigmentosa and Restore Visual Function
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Using CRISPR to Reverse Retinitis Pigmentosa and Restore Visual Function

Using the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute at UC San Diego Health, with colleagues in China,…

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Subaru Ascent – an interesting contender in a crowded market
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Subaru Ascent – an interesting contender in a crowded market

SUV‘s are all the rage these days. It is not that we suddenly got taller and bigger, or decided to drive to remote forest campsite every weekend. It…

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“Hand area” in the brain learns to support other tasks when person does not have one limb
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“Hand area” in the brain learns to support other tasks when person does not have one limb

It is not uncommon to see a person without one limb. Although in many cases it is a result of some kind of injury or a disease, many…

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Since we still cannot have electric heavy-duty trucks, Toyota is offering a solution
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Since we still cannot have electric heavy-duty trucks, Toyota is offering a solution

The world is becoming electric – fossil fuels are so yesterday. However, electric trucks are moving rather slowly – development of long-range electric trucks is going to take…

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Rare Supernova Discovery Ushers in New Era for Cosmology
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Rare Supernova Discovery Ushers in New Era for Cosmology

With the help of an automated supernova-hunting pipeline and a galaxy sitting 2 billion light years away from Earth that’s acting as a “magnifying glass,’’ astronomers have captured…

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Crystals Grown Aboard Space Station Provide Radiation Detecting Technology
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Crystals Grown Aboard Space Station Provide Radiation Detecting Technology

Research into crystal growth in microgravity was one of the earliest investigations conducted aboard the International Space Station and is continued to this day. The unique microgravity environment…

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Study: Brain Stimulation Restores Memory During Lapses
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Study: Brain Stimulation Restores Memory During Lapses

A team of neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania has shown for the first time that electrical stimulation delivered when memory is predicted to fail can improve memory…

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Potentially habitable ‘super-Earth’ is prime target for atmospheric study
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Potentially habitable ‘super-Earth’ is prime target for atmospheric study

The study of alien worlds is entering its next phase as astronomers amass the best planets outside our Solar System to look for signs of life. A newly…

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Southampton researchers use heart drug to treat eye disease in groundbreaking study
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Southampton researchers use heart drug to treat eye disease in groundbreaking study

Researchers in Southampton are leading a groundbreaking study into whether or not a drug used to treat heart failure could save the sight of patients with a currently…

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Researchers discover mitochondrial “circuit breaker” that protects heart from damage
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Researchers discover mitochondrial “circuit breaker” that protects heart from damage

A team of scientists from the National Institutes of Health has discovered biological mechanisms that appear to prevent damage to the heart muscle’s “power grid,” the network of…

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Sleeping like a baby? Think again – babies snore and that is bad
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Sleeping like a baby? Think again – babies snore and that is bad

We say that they sleep like angels and when someone is enjoying some calm deep sleep, we say that they sleep like babies. However, some children are not…

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Ford to use more and more bamboo in its cars – it may be better than some synthetic materials!
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Ford to use more and more bamboo in its cars – it may be better than some synthetic materials!

Making a car requires a lot of creative thinking. Although the majority of automotive market belongs to just a handful of corporations, competition between them is really tough.…

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Finally a breakthrough! Fresh-grown brain tissue will save animals and dodge ethical norms
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Finally a breakthrough! Fresh-grown brain tissue will save animals and dodge ethical norms

Humans should be easy research subjects. They understand the importance of science and scientific method, they know what must be done in order for us to survive and…

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Explained: Neural networks
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Explained: Neural networks

In the past 10 years, the best-performing artificial-intelligence systems — such as the speech recognizers on smartphones or Google’s latest automatic translator — have resulted from a technique…

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Cassini Sees ‘Flying-Saucer’ Moon Atlas Up Close
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Cassini Sees ‘Flying-Saucer’ Moon Atlas Up Close

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn’s moon, Atlas, were taken on April 12, 2017, by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of about 7,000 miles…

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Advantage for Catalysts: Water
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Advantage for Catalysts: Water

Researchers resolve key question on titanium oxide, water interactions RICHLAND, Wash. – When a molecule of water comes in for a landing on the common catalyst titanium oxide,…

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Mysterious Cosmic Explosion Puzzles Astronomers
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Mysterious Cosmic Explosion Puzzles Astronomers

A mysterious flash of X-rays has been discovered by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory in the deepest X-ray image ever obtained. This source likely comes from some sort of…

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Brain’s ‘GPS’ does a lot more than just navigate
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Brain’s ‘GPS’ does a lot more than just navigate

The part of the brain that creates mental maps of one’s environment plays a much broader role in memory and learning than was previously thought, according to new…

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How did the Proton Get Its Spin?
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How did the Proton Get Its Spin?

Calculating a proton’s spin used to be an easy college assignment. In fact, Carl Gagliardi remembers answering that question when he was a physics graduate student in the…

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Some of Greenland’s coastal ice will be permanently lost by 2100
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Some of Greenland’s coastal ice will be permanently lost by 2100

The glaciers and ice caps that dot the edges of the Greenland coast are not likely to recover from the melting they are experiencing now, a study has…

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‘Fuzzy’ fibers can take rockets’ heat
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‘Fuzzy’ fibers can take rockets’ heat

To stand up to the heat and pressure of next-generation rocket engines, the composite fibers used to make them should be fuzzy. The Rice University laboratory of materials…

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Toyota FT-4X Concept  – it will free you from the city
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Toyota FT-4X Concept – it will free you from the city

There is a weird trend in car culture – more and more people want to drive SUV‘s despite the fact that they live in the city. Urban environment…

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Stress flips cocaine relapse to ‘on’; research switches it back to ‘off’
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Stress flips cocaine relapse to ‘on’; research switches it back to ‘off’

A heartbreaking phenomenon of addiction is that just a brief stressful episode can trigger relapse. In a detailed new cocaine addiction study conducted in rat models, which closely…

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How some battery materials expand without cracking
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How some battery materials expand without cracking

When you charge a battery, or when you use it, it’s not just electricity but also matter that moves around inside. Ions, which are atoms or molecules that…

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Nanopores could map small changes in DNA that signal big shifts in cancer
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Nanopores could map small changes in DNA that signal big shifts in cancer

Detecting cancer early, just as changes are beginning in DNA, could enhance diagnosis and treatment as well as further our understanding of the disease. A new study by…

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Genetic study reveals how hepatitis C interacts with humans
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Genetic study reveals how hepatitis C interacts with humans

Researchers at the University of Oxford have for the first time developed a method for analysing and comparing the genetic makeup of the hepatitis C virus (HCV), as…

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The more active the fly, the faster its brain works
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The more active the fly, the faster its brain works

In order to react to changes in the environment in good time, the brain must analyze the signals it receives from the eyes rapidly and accurately. For example,…

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Leaf vein structure could hold key to extending battery life
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Leaf vein structure could hold key to extending battery life

The natural structure found within leaves could improve the performance of everything from rechargeable batteries to high-performance gas sensors, according to an international team of scientists. The researchers…

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Volkswagen ready to introduce a new car – 3in1 combination for luxury lovers
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Volkswagen ready to introduce a new car – 3in1 combination for luxury lovers

Volkswagen is coming out strong from the infamous dieselgate scandal. Its new strategy is creating fully electric cars, featuring some interesting design, which should, probably, make them more…

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Earth-Sized ‘Tatooine’ Planets Could Be Habitable
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Earth-Sized ‘Tatooine’ Planets Could Be Habitable

With two suns in its sky, Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine in “Star Wars” looks like a parched, sandy desert world. In real life, thanks to observatories such…

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ALMA Investigates ‘DeeDee,’ a Distant, Dim Member of Our Solar System
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ALMA Investigates ‘DeeDee,’ a Distant, Dim Member of Our Solar System

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers have revealed extraordinary details about a recently discovered far-flung member of our solar system, the planetary body 2014 UZ224, more informally…

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Religion does not promote anorexia nervosa – anyone surprised?
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Religion does not promote anorexia nervosa – anyone surprised?

We as a society have to live by the rules. There are laws that we must follow, social norms binding our actions, judgmental eyes of our close ones,…

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Research identifies brain cells that keep mice active
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Research identifies brain cells that keep mice active

Researchers at King’s College London and the Francis Crick Institute have discovered a type of brain cell that prevents mice from being overly immobile. The research provides insight…

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Primordial galaxy discovered is first of its kind
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Primordial galaxy discovered is first of its kind

Years of meticulous observing have resulted in a cosmic discovery that comes from an era dating back 13.1 billion years, giving scientists a detailed glimpse of what may…

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Birth control for rats – genius solution to a large problem
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Birth control for rats – genius solution to a large problem

Pests, such as rats, are known to cause many problems for large cities around the world. Nowadays they are not spreading plague, but they are still destroying infrastructure,…

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‘Neuron-reading’ Nanowires Could Accelerate Development of Drugs to Treat Neurological Diseases
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‘Neuron-reading’ Nanowires Could Accelerate Development of Drugs to Treat Neurological Diseases

A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed nanowires that can record the electrical activity of neurons in fine detail. The new…

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NASA Space Technology Research Fellow Studies New Heatshield-making Technique
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NASA Space Technology Research Fellow Studies New Heatshield-making Technique

A fresh approach to designing and manufacturing heat-thwarting thermal protection systems (TPS) for spacecraft is being developed and tested, offering the promise of fabricating larger tile sizes while…

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Dieting causes epigenetic changes during ageing
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Dieting causes epigenetic changes during ageing

Reduced food consumption extends the lifespan of many organisms, including primates. The biology behind how this is achieved, however, is not yet fully understood. Researchers at the Max…

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New technology can detect tiny ovarian tumors
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New technology can detect tiny ovarian tumors

Most ovarian cancer is diagnosed at such late stages that patients’ survival rates are poor. However, if the cancer is detected earlier, five-year survival rates can be greater…

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Seeking for compensation after a traffic accident is not always a good idea
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Seeking for compensation after a traffic accident is not always a good idea

Pretty much none of us are protected from road accidents, unless one stays at home all the time. Sometimes a small accident can only cause some minor damage,…

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Sugar itself is not bad for your teeth and 4 other surprising facts about sugar
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Sugar itself is not bad for your teeth and 4 other surprising facts about sugar

We eat sugar every day in massive amounts even without knowing it. It is everywhere, even in food that is seemingly not sweet. And we do know it…

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Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth
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Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in the upper atmosphere above Earth’s poles, they also can do…

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Hubble Spots Auroras on Uranus
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Hubble Spots Auroras on Uranus

This is a composite image of Uranus by Voyager 2 and two different observations made by Hubble — one for the ring and one for the auroras. Ever…

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NASA’s MAVEN Reveals Mars Has Metal in its Atmosphere
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NASA’s MAVEN Reveals Mars Has Metal in its Atmosphere

Mars has electrically charged metal atoms (ions) high in its atmosphere, according to new results from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. The metal ions can reveal previously invisible activity in…

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Why the hell do humans still have sex? Scientists finally have the answer
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Why the hell do humans still have sex? Scientists finally have the answer

Why in the world do we have sex? Seems like a stupid question, doesn‘t it? But for the scientists it is one of the fundamental mysteries they are…

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NASA’s Hubble Takes Close-up Portrait of Jupiter
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NASA’s Hubble Takes Close-up Portrait of Jupiter

On April 3, 2017, as Jupiter made its nearest approach to Earth in a year, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope viewed the solar system’s largest planet in all of…

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Researchers Discover a Surprising Property of Glass Surfaces
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Researchers Discover a Surprising Property of Glass Surfaces

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new technique to study the surface of different types of glass. Using this technique, they discovered a surprising property…

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To help map their environment, bats wiggle their noses and ears
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To help map their environment, bats wiggle their noses and ears

Humans, and most other mammals, have just four muscles joining their ears to their head.  Bats have more than 20, and they use them to execute a precise…

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What’s in a Placenta? A Transcriptomic View
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What’s in a Placenta? A Transcriptomic View

A human placenta may appear to be nothing more than a bloody blob that swooshes out in the wake of a baby, but it nurtures the members of…

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Is 15,000 steps really the new 10,000?
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Is 15,000 steps really the new 10,000?

Over the years, the notion of 10,000 daily steps has been frequently espoused as a healthy goal, including by this very website. However, a new study out of…

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Phase 2 Zika vaccine trial begins in U.S., Central and South America
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Phase 2 Zika vaccine trial begins in U.S., Central and South America

Vaccinations have begun in a multi-site Phase 2/2b clinical trial testing an experimental DNA vaccine designed to protect against disease caused by Zika infection. The vaccine was developed…

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Graphene Lid Revitalizes Imaging Technique
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Graphene Lid Revitalizes Imaging Technique

By capping liquids with graphene, an ultrathin sheet of pure carbon, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their colleagues have revitalized and extended…

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Study finds support for new forms of liquid water
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Study finds support for new forms of liquid water

Putting water in a (really) tight spot and cranking up the pressure could reveal new sides of its already mercurial personality, says a new international study co-authored by…

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