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You could soon be manufacturing your own drugs—thanks to 3D printing  

Digitized chemistry on demand could also undermine drug counterfeiters

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2018-01-18 21:50:29



Paleolithic diet healthier for overweight women  

Overweight women after menopause who eat a Paleolithic diet can maintain weight loss in the long term. The levels of risk factors of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases also decrease.

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2018-01-18 21:30:35



North, east, south, west: The many faces of Abell 1758  

Resembling a swarm of flickering fireflies, this beautiful galaxy cluster glows intensely in the dark cosmos, accompanied by the myriad bright lights of foreground stars and swirling spiral galaxies. A1758N is a sub-cluster of Abell 1758, a massive cluster containing hundreds of galaxies. Although it may appear serene in this NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image, the sub-cluster actually comprises two even smaller structures currently in the turbulent process of merging.

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2018-01-18 20:56:56



Hunter-Gatherers Are Masters of Smell  

What's easier for you: identifying what color something is, or identifying a smell from a source you cannot see? If you're like most people, color comes more easily. That, however, isn't the case for all humans. According to a new study published Thursday in Current Biology, those who practice a hunter-gatherer lifestyle have an edge when it comes to naming a particular funk. Evolving at the Speed of Smell So why are people often better at describing what they see versus what th...

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2018-01-18 20:54:46



Using crumpled graphene balls to make better batteries  

The paper ball-like graphene particles stack into a porous scaffold to suppress filament growth of lithium metal that degrades the battery.

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2018-01-18 19:31:59



Method uses DNA, nanoparticles and lithography to make optically active structures  

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind technique for creating entirely new classes of optical materials and devices that could lead to light bending and cloaking devices -- news to make the ears of Star Trek's Spock perk up. Using DNA as a key tool, the scientists took gold nanoparticles of different sizes and shapes and arranged them in two and three dimensions to form optically active superlattices. The structures could be programmed to exhibit almost any color across the visible spect

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2018-01-18 19:26:27



What a U.S. Government Shutdown Would Mean for Science  

The National Institutes of Health would stop processing grants, but astronauts in space would keep working -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-01-18 19:20:59



What Happened the Last Time Antarctica Melted?  

Earlier this week, an international team of geologists and climate scientists parked their ship off the coast of West Antarctica and started drilling. Their mission: To find out why glaciers here melted millions of years ago and what that can tell us about what's happening today. Over the next couple months, their ship, the International Ocean Discovery Program's JOIDES Resolution, will drill at least five core samples reaching thousands of feet below the Ross Sea. These cores will le...

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2018-01-18 18:53:55



Why 1 Second Is 1 Second  

Just what is a second, exactly? The question has been open to interpretation ever since the first long-case grandfather clocks began marking off seconds in the mid-17th century and introduced the concept to the world at large. The answer, simply, is that a second is 1/60th of a minute, or 1/360th of an hour. But that's just pushing the question down the road a bit. After all, what's an hour? That answer is related to the best means of time-keeping ancient civilizations had — the movem...

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2018-01-18 18:46:26



human impact on forest still evident after 500 years  

Researchers have used high-tech tools to more precisely view where these cleared sites were and how much lasting impact they had on the rainforest in the Amazon Basin in South America.

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2018-01-18 18:46:22



2017 Ranked Among Three Hottest Years Ever  

The average amount of heat absorbed and trapped in the upper ocean last year was also higher than ever seen before -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-01-18 18:34:17



How a Small Nuclear Reactor Could Power a Colony on Mars or Beyond (Op-Ed)  

"Kilopower" could help humanity establish settlements on the moon, Mars and other bodies throughout the solar system.

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2018-01-18 18:16:50



Babies' babbling betters brains, language  

Babies are adept at getting what they need -- including an education. New research shows that babies organize mothers' verbal responses, which promotes more effective language instruction, and infant babbling is the key.

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2018-01-18 17:39:51



Scientists Move Closer to a Universal Flu Vaccine  

Researchers hope their new approach, which works well in lab animals, may save more lives -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-01-18 15:41:17



NASA Announces Updated Crew Assignments for Space Station Missions  

NASA is announcing an addition to the NASA lineup for upcoming launches, and making changes to some assignments for International Space Station missions in 2018.

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2018-01-18 15:26:08



Engineers Develop Thinnest Memory Storage Device for Faster and Smarter Computing  



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2018-01-18 15:06:00



Unearthed letters reveal changes in Fields Medal awards, and predicting crime with computers is no easy feat  

Podcast: The mysterious history of the Fields Medal, and using computers to predict crime

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2018-01-18 14:26:20



First global atlas of the bacteria living in your dirt  

What lives in your dirt? Researchers are one step closer to finding out after compiling the first global atlas of soil bacterial communities and identifying a group of around 500 key species that are both common and abundant worldwide.

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2018-01-18 14:17:33



Watch a robot made of DNA swing its arm  

A speedy DNA arm like this might one day be used to 3D print molecules

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2018-01-18 14:14:16



US Air Force's New Missile-Warning Satellite Launching Tonight: Watch It Live  

The U.S. Air Force's newest early-warning satellite for missile defense will launch into space from Florida tonight (Jan. 18) and you can watch the action live online.

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2018-01-18 13:48:05



Efficacy of antibody targeting Devic's disease proven in new animal model  

Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an autoimmune disease associated with NMO immunoglobulin G (NMO-IgG). A cure for NMO remains elusive. Researchers recently established a localized NMO rat model by injecting NMO-IgG into the spinal cord, and assessed the efficacy of anti-repulsive guidance molecule-a (RGMa) antibody in treating NMO. They found anti-RGMa antibody delayed the onset and attenuated the severity of clinical symptoms of NMO, suggesting that humanized anti-RGMa antibody is a potentially va

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2018-01-18 13:30:36



From healthcare to warfare: How to regulate brain technology  

Ethicists have outlined a new biosecurity framework specific to neurotechnology. While the researchers declare an outright ban of dual-use technology ethically unjustified, they call for regulations aimed at protecting the mental privacy and integrity of humans.

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2018-01-18 12:49:32



The 16 "Billion-Dollar Disasters" That Happened in 2017  

2017 was the U.S.’s most expensive year for climate disasters on record -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-01-18 12:44:57



Building blocks to create metamaterials  

Engineers have created a method to systematically design metamaterials using principles of quantum mechanics.

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2018-01-18 12:41:52



Bovine tuberculosis shows genetic diversity throughout Africa  

Bovine tuberculosis (BTB) is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis that affects cattle as well as other animals and humans. Now, by combining genotyping M. bovis samples from cows across African countries, researchers have been able to study the diversity and evolution of the disease.

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2018-01-18 12:36:24



First evidence of sub-Saharan Africa glassmaking  

Scholars have found the first direct evidence that glass was produced in sub-Saharan Africa centuries before the arrival of Europeans, a finding that the researchers said represents a 'new chapter in the history of glass technology.'

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2018-01-18 12:20:03



Americans are getting more ZZZZs  

Although more than one in three Americans still don't get enough sleep, a new analysis shows first signs of success in the fight for more shut eye.

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2018-01-18 12:01:28



India's Nuclear-Capable Agni-5 Ballistic Missile Aces Test Launch  

India successfully tested a long-range ballistic missile, the country's Ministry of Defence announced Thursday (Jan. 18).

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2018-01-18 11:32:12



College branding makes beer more salient to underage students  

Major beer companies have rolled out marketing campaigns and products -- such as 'fan cans,' store displays, and billboard ads -- that pair beer with university colors, mascots, and logos. Research shows that such campaigns may enhance the motivational significance of marketed beer brands, especially for students who identify strongly with their university. The researchers conclude that this effect could potentially increase underage students' alcohol consumption.

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2018-01-18 11:23:27



"Unlike Anything We've Seen Before" --Neutron-Star Merger Afterglow Continues to Brighten  

    The afterglow from the distant neutron-star merger detected last August has continued to brighten - much to the surprise of astrophysicists studying the aftermath of the massive collision that took place about 138 million light years away and sent gravitational waves rippling through the universe. New observations from NASA's orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory, reported in Astrophysical Journal Letters, indicate that the gamma ray burst unleashed by the collision is more...

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2018-01-18 10:46:38



Mobility patterns influence the spread and containment of an epidemic  

Contrary to expectations, recurring mobility between different cities or districts of a large city (for example, from home to work and back again) can minimize the spread of an epidemic.

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2018-01-18 10:42:16



20 percent more trees in megacities would mean cleaner air and water, lower carbon and energy use  

Planting 20 percent more trees in our megacities would double the benefits of urban forests, like pollution reduction, carbon sequestration and energy reduction. The authors of the study say city planners, residents and other stakeholders should start looking within cities for natural resources and conserve the nature in our urban areas by planting more trees.

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2018-01-18 10:42:08



Did Michigan Meteor Really Cause an Earthquake?  

The fireball’s sonic boom sparked a 2.0-magnitude seismic event -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-01-18 10:37:58



Large volcanic island flank collapses trigger catastrophic eruptions  

New research not only implies a link between catastrophic volcanic eruptions and landslides, but also suggests that landslides are the trigger. At the heart of Tenerife and standing almost 4 km high, Teide is one of the largest volcanoes on Earth. Over a period of several hundred thousand years, the previous incarnations of Teide have undergone a repeated cycle of very large eruptions, collapse, and regrowth.

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2018-01-18 10:31:11



Microbial Life in the Solar System Can Now Be Directly Detected --"First Since the Mars Viking Missions in the 70's"  

    "The search for life is a major focus of planetary exploration, but there hasn't been direct life detection instrumentation on a mission since the 70s, during the Viking missions to Mars," explains Dr Jacqueline Goordial. "We wanted to show a proof-of-concept that microbial life can be directly detected and identified using very portable, low-weight, and low-energy tools." At present, most instruments on astrobiology missions look for habitable conditions, small organic mole

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2018-01-18 10:18:23



"You Mess With It At Your Peril" --World's Biggest Wildlife Reserve Planned for Antarctica in Global Campaign" (Today's "Planet Earth Report")  

    "The Antarctic is a massively important area and you mess with it at your peril," said Callum Roberts, professor of marine conservation at the University of York, who says the sanctuary would also play a key role in tackling climate change - soaking up huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. "The Antarctic is very important in locking away carbon in deep-sea sediments. There is also a very rapid rate of sinking there - it has some of the coldest waters i...

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2018-01-18 09:29:22



A Space Magnet, Hunting Dark Matter, Turns Up Juicy Secrets of Cosmic Rays  

An experiment based on the International Space Station has turned up new results about the shape and character of mysterious cosmic rays.

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2018-01-18 09:19:27



'Liquid biopsy' promises early detection for cancer  

Combining DNA and protein markers brings researchers closer to a universal cancer screening test

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2018-01-18 09:11:06



Meteoritic stardust unlocks timing of supernova dust formation  

Dust is everywhere -- not just in your attic or under your bed, but also in outer space. To astronomers, dust can be a tool to study the history of our universe, galaxy, and Solar System. For example, observations indicate that type II supernovae -- explosions of stars more than ten times as massive as the Sun -- produce copious amounts of dust, but how and when they do so is not well understood.

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2018-01-18 09:09:27



Aid for oceans and fisheries in developing world drops by 30 percent  

Financial aid to fisheries in developing countries has declined by 30 percent, finds a new study. Projects focusing on climate issues in fisheries had a 77 percent decline over the five years studied.

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2018-01-18 09:07:34



World's oldest known oxygen oasis discovered  

In the Earth's early history, several billion years ago, only traces of oxygen existed in the atmosphere and the oceans. Today's air-breathing organisms could not have existed under those conditions. The change was caused by photosynthesizing bacteria, which created oxygen as a by-product - in vast amounts. 2.5-billion-year-old rock layers on several continents have yielded indications that the first big increase in the proportion of oxygen in the atmosphere took place then.

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2018-01-18 08:53:48



Left at the Next Pulsar: Spacecraft Could Navigate by the Stars  

By relying on three or four pulsing stars to navigate, missions could calculate spacecraft locations faster and more accurately than they can using current methods.

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2018-01-18 08:41:19



Single blood test screens for eight cancer types  

Researchers have developed a single blood test that screens for eight common cancer types and helps identify the location of the cancer.

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2018-01-18 08:23:53



Crawling Robot Baby Bravely Explores Carpet Gunk  

To find out just how your relaxed vacuuming schedule is affecting your baby's airway, researchers built a slightly frightening robotic infant. This legless, metallic baby crawled across five wool rugs from real people's homes in Finland. (The grounded aluminum tape covering the robot helped to minimize static during its 25 crawling sessions of 20 minutes each.) Researchers had asked the people sharing their rugs not to vacuum for two weeks beforehand. As the robot crawled, advanced ins...

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2018-01-18 08:23:06



Cellular mechanism for severe viral hepatitis identified  

Medical scientists identified a cellular mechanism causing inflammatory changes in regulatory T cells that can lead to severe viral hepatitis. Research on this mechanism will help further understand the nature of various inflammatory diseases and lead to the development of relevant clinical treatments.

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2018-01-18 08:18:46



Global analysis reveals how sharks travel the oceans to find food  

You've heard of "you are what you eat" - this research shows that for sharks, the more relevant phrase is "you are where you ate."

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2018-01-18 08:13:03



Convergent evolution of gene regulation in humans and mice  

Organisms that aren't closely related may evolve similar traits as they adapt to similar challenges. It's called convergent evolution, and familiar examples include the wings of birds, bats, and insects, and echolocation in bats and dolphins. Now, molecular biologists have found evidence of convergent evolution in an important mechanism of gene regulation in humans and mice.

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2018-01-18 08:10:46



Trump's "Fake News Awards" Are Both Absurd and Dangerous  

Behavioral science research suggests they could actually give weight to his media-bashing agenda -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-01-18 08:03:26



How did we evolve to live longer?  

Researchers show that a collection of small adaptations in proteins that respond to stress, accumulated over millennia of human history, could help to explain our increased natural defenses and longer lifespan.

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2018-01-18 07:57:50



Why animals diversified on Earth: Cancer research provides clues  

Can tumors teach us about animal evolution on Earth? Researchers believe so and now present a novel hypothesis of why animal diversity increased dramatically on Earth about half a billion years ago. A biological innovation may have been key.

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2018-01-18 07:56:51



Grumman to support BACN airborne communications system  

Washington (UPI) Jan 16, 2018 The U.S. Air Force has awarded $172 million to Northrop Grumman to manage the payload technology for a battlefield communications system. This one-year contract, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, provides the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node with payload operation and support. The BACN system allows ground troops to reach needed support over mountainous terra

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2018-01-18 07:53:31



Today's Top Space Headline: "Here Come the Star-Trek Voyages" --NASA Will Navigate Deep Space Using Pulsars  

    Half a century ago, astronomers observed their first pulsar: a dead, distant, ludicrously dense star that emitted pulses of radiation with remarkable regularity. So consistent was the object's signal that astronomers jokingly nicknamed it LGM-1, short for "little green men."   It wasn't long before scientists detected more signals like LGM-1, reports today's Wired. That decreased the odds that these pulses of radiation were the work of intelligent extraterrestrials. B

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2018-01-18 07:49:20



Default setting in electronic medical records 'nudged' emergency department physicians to limit opioid prescriptions to 10 tablets  

For patients who have never been prescribed opioids, larger numbers of tablets given with the initial prescription is associated with long-term use and more tablets leftover that could be diverted for misuse or abuse. Implementing a default option for a lower quantity of tablets in the electronic medical records (EMR) discharge orders may help combat the issue by "nudging" physicians to prescribe smaller quantities consistent with prescribing guidelines.

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2018-01-18 07:42:03



Satellite Images Capture Rare Snowfall in the Sahara Desert  

Satellite photos show parts of Africa's Sahara Desert blanketed in snow following a rare winter storm that occurred on Jan. 7, 2018.

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2018-01-18 07:27:42



Broad Institute takes a hit in European CRISPR patent struggle  

European Patent Office revokes patent on gene-editing technology

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2018-01-18 07:26:15



Postmortem schizophrenia study identifies shifts in patterns of glutamate and GABA in visuospatial working memory network  

Disruptions in certain regions of the visuospatial working memory network may lead to its impairment in schizophrenia, according to a new study.

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2018-01-18 07:23:52



Next Mars Analog mission will help improve efficiency and reduce dust exposure  

Daytona Beach, FL (SPX) Jan 18, 2018 As NASA and others look to return humans to the Moon for longer durations, lunar dust remains an industry concern. Apollo mission crew members described the dust as similar to sandpaper, having a texture like graphite and scent similar to gunpowder, causing throat and skin irritation, and respiratory issues. The extreme abrasiveness of the dust was reported to eat through layers of gloves

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2018-01-18 07:11:04



Developing a secure, un-hackable net  

London, UK (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 A method of securely communicating between multiple quantum devices has been developed by a UCL-led team of scientists, bringing forward the reality of a large-scale, un- hackable quantum network. To date, communicating via quantum networks has only been possible between two devices of known provenance that have been built securely. With the EU and UK committing 1 billion euro and 270 mill

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2018-01-18 07:10:56



Long-term warming trend continued in 2017: NASA, NOAA  

Continuing the planet's long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists.

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2018-01-18 07:05:30



Warming Arctic climate constrains life in cold-adapted mammals  

A new study has uncovered previously unknown effects of rain-on-snow events, winter precipitation and ice tidal surges on the muskoxen.

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2018-01-18 07:02:38



Nearly 100 scientists spent 2 months on Google Docs to redefine the p-value. Here's what they came up with  

A radical proposal would let researchers decide what constitutes significance

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2018-01-18 06:57:03



'Alien attack' in Tokyo as Space Invaders turns 40  

Tokyo (AFP) Jan 17, 2018 Block graphic aliens dropped down the window panes of a Tokyo skyscraper before being blasted into oblivion by enthusiastic gamers celebrating 40 years of the arcade sensation "Space Invaders". Four decades after the game took the world by storm, a high-tech exhibition is allowing enthusiasts to save the world from extra-terrestrial invasion in a variety of novel ways. Part of the instal

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2018-01-18 06:41:02



Columbus: 10 years a lab  

Paris (ESA) Jan 18, 2018 In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue... In 2008 another Columbus sailed into space. Next month, Europe's Columbus laboratory achieves 10 years in orbit. Circling our planet at 28 800 km/h, this element of the International Space Station created space history as the first European module dedicated to long-term research in weightlessness. Throughout this year, we will be celebrating

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2018-01-18 06:38:41



AI 'scientist' finds that toothpaste ingredient may help fight drug-resistant malaria  

An ingredient commonly found in toothpaste could be employed as an anti-malarial drug against strains of malaria parasite that have grown resistant to one of the currently used drugs. This discovery was aided by Eve, an artificially intelligent 'robot scientist.'

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2018-01-18 06:36:15



'First Light' images from CERES FM6 Earth-observing instrument  

Hampton VA (SPX) Jan 18, 2018 It's working! The covers on the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System Flight Model 6 (CERES FM6) opened Jan. 5, allowing it to scan Earth for the first time. The instrument was one of five that launched Nov. 18, 2017, on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration's (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System 1 (JPSS-1). After reaching polar orbit Nov. 18, the satellite became known

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2018-01-18 06:28:11



Statins to help prevent scar tissue in the eye?  

According to a new study, statin medication seems to reduce the risk of repeated surgery in patients who undergo a vitrectomy to treat a detached retina. The researchers believe that statins might prevent the formation of scar tissue inside the eye.

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2018-01-18 06:19:18



Blasting dental plaque with microbubbles  

Researchers have found a way to remove plaque from dental implants to improve oral hygiene.

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2018-01-18 06:16:03



Temporary 'bathtub drains' in the ocean concentrate flotsam  

An experiment using hundreds of plastic drifters in the Gulf of Mexico shows that rather than simply spread out, as current calculations would predict, many of them clumped together in a tight cluster.

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2018-01-18 06:05:33



How NASA Is Prepping Its New Megarocket to Shoot for the Moon in 2019  

It's going to be a busy year for engineers who are building NASA's new Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule in order to ready both vehicles for their first launch together, which is planned for 2019.

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2018-01-18 06:01:15



Reminding people about vaccinations can increase rates of immunization  

Rates of immunization against infectious diseases in children and adults are improving, but under-vaccination remains a problem that results in vaccine-preventable deaths and illnesses.

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2018-01-18 05:55:57



Genomics reveals key macrophages' involvement in systemic sclerosis  

A new international study has made an important discovery about the key role of macrophages, a type of immune cell, in systemic sclerosis (SSc), a chronic autoimmune disease which currently has no cure.

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2018-01-18 05:46:43



ASU engineer showcases NASA research for Congress  

Tempe AZ (SPX) Jan 18, 2018 To help NASA better explore outer space, Yuji Zhao headed to Capitol Hill with NASA's best and brightest collaborators in academia to talk space tech with U.S. Congress members. Zhao, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Arizona State University's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, was one of only three faculty members from across the country invited to join

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2018-01-18 05:45:51



Even without El Niño, 2017 temperatures still soared  

Last year was the second or third warmest on record

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2018-01-18 05:41:26



Synthetic Species Designed to Shun Sex with Wild Organisms  

Engineered organisms that cannot breed with wild counterparts could prevent transgenic plants from spreading genes -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-01-18 05:41:25



Why People Dislike Really Smart Leaders  

Those with an IQ above 120 are perceived as less effective, regardless of actual performance -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-01-18 05:40:18



Salmonella Could Have Caused 16th Century Epidemic  

Using a new algorithm, geneticists uncovered the pathogen that could have caused a massive epidemic in the Aztec empire: Salmonella bacteria. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-01-18 05:26:32



Distorted view amongst smokers of when deadly damage caused by smoking will occur  

Smokers have a distorted perception on when the onset of smoking-related conditions will occur, according to a new study.

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2018-01-18 05:24:04



Scorcher! 2017 Ranked Among Three Hottest Years Ever  

Last year was one of the three warmest years on record, according to a new report by NASA and NOAA.

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2018-01-18 05:19:57



Space.com Talks with Astronaut Scott Tingle in Space Today!  

Today at 12:20 p.m. EST (1720 GMT), Space.com will make a long-distance connection with NASA astronaut Scott Tingle on the International Space Station, and we want you to join us! Do you have a question for Tingle in space? Let us know!

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2018-01-18 05:13:02



In Trump's first year, science advice sees a marked decline  

Advisory panels lost more members, met less often than during previous transitions

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2018-01-18 05:10:48



Effect of general anesthesia on developing brain  

Scientists have reviewed scientific studies on the potentially adverse effects of exposing developing brains to general anesthesia.

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2018-01-18 04:44:54



Hunter-gatherers have a special way with smells  

When it comes to naming colors, most people do so with ease. But, for odors, it's much harder to find the words. One notable exception to this rule is found among the Jahai people, hunter-gatherers living in the Malay Peninsula. For them, odors are just as easy to name as colors. Now a new study suggests that the Jahai's special way with smell is related to their hunting and gathering lifestyle.

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2018-01-18 04:42:56



Himawari-8 data simulation allows 10-min updates of rain and flood predictions  

Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Jan 18, 2018 Using the power of Japan's K computer, scientists from the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science and collaborators have shown that incorporating satellite data at frequent intervals - ten minutes in the case of this study - into weather prediction models can significantly improve the rainfall predictions of the models and allow more precise predictions of the rapid development of a

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2018-01-18 04:41:46



Applications now open for the Space Debris Training Course  

Paris (ESA) Jan 18, 2018 Space debris is a hazard to our satellites and spacecraft as well as a contributor to near-Earth space pollution. To help raise awareness of this issue, ESA's Education Office is organising the first ESA Academy Space Debris Training Course. The Space Debris Training Course will be hosted at the ESA Academy's Training and Learning Centre in ESEC, Redu, Belgium, from 16 to 20 April 2018. Un

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2018-01-18 04:41:09



Lifespan of fuel cells maximized using small amount of metals  

Researchers have described a new technique to improve chemical stability of electrode materials which can extend the lifespan by employing a very little amount of metals. Using computational chemistry and experimental data, the team observed that local compressive states around the Sr atoms in a perovskite electrode lattice weakened the Sr-O bond strength, which in turn promote strontium segregation.

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2018-01-18 04:40:30



Raytheon awarded $641M for ballistic missile defense system testing  

Washington (UPI) Jan 16, 2018 The Missile Defense Agency has awarded Raytheon with a contract to test multiple radar platforms to support the Ballistic Missile Defense System. The terms of the $641 million deal were announced Friday by the Department of Defense. The contract awards Raytheon with an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity cost-plus-incentive- and cost-plus-award-fee, which could provide the c

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2018-01-18 04:21:59



Europe's space agency braces for Brexit fallout  

Paris (AFP) Jan 17, 2018 The European Space Agency (ESA) is drawing up contingency plans for projects, commercial deals, and staffing that may be adversely affected by Brexit, senior officials said Wednesday. Programmes throw in flux by Britain's pending departure from the European Union (EU) include the Copernicus satellite constellation to monitor environmental damage, and the Galileo satellite navigation system.

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2018-01-18 03:51:22



First vaccine in the world developed against grass pollen allergy  

Around 400 million people world-wide suffer in some form or other from a grass pollen allergy (rhinitis) - with the usual symptoms such as a runny nose, cough and severe breathing problems. Medical researchers have now shown in a Phase II-b study with 180 patients in 11 European centers, that four injections of the synthetically manufactured vaccine BM32 in the first year and a top-up in the second year of treatment relieve the sufferers' symptoms by at least 25%.

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2018-01-18 03:49:45



Lunar Fountain? Accessible Ice Could Lurk in Moon's Lava Tubes  

New images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggest there is an underground network of lava tubes beneath the lunar surface that could offer astronauts easy access to water.

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2018-01-18 03:43:05



New technique for finding life on Mars  

Miniaturized scientific instruments and new microbiology techniques successfully identified and characterized microorganisms living in Arctic permafrost -- one of the closest analogs to Mars on Earth. By avoiding delays that come with having to return samples to a laboratory for analysis, the methodology could also be used on Earth to detect and identify pathogens during epidemics in remote areas.

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2018-01-18 03:31:52



Droning While Drunk Is Now Illegal in New Jersey  

Alcohol affects everyone a bit differently—some people take a few sips of beer and they're stumbling all over, while others can ingest far more and still walk straight. You see, consuming alcohol affects the brain, which can impact your coordination and ability to think clearly—both of which are important to safely operating vehicles of all kinds, including drones. As of Monday, it is illegal in New Jersey for people to fly drones under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as reporte...

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2018-01-18 03:16:57



Flu may be spread just by breathing  

It is easier to spread the influenza virus (flu) than previously thought, according to a new study. People commonly believe that they can catch the flu by exposure to droplets from an infected person's coughs or sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces. But, new information about flu transmission reveals that we may pass the flu to others just by breathing.

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2018-01-18 03:09:27



Coupling experiments to theory to build a better battery  

Researchers has reported that a new lithium-sulfur battery component allows a doubling in capacity compared to a conventional lithium-sulfur battery, even after more than 100 charge cycles.

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2018-01-18 03:04:48



A centuries-old math equation used to solve a modern-day genetics challenge  

Researchers developed a new mathematical tool to validate and improve methods used by medical professionals to interpret results from clinical genetic tests.

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2018-01-18 02:35:38



Stingray soft robot could lead to bio-inspired robotics  

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jan 15, 2018 UCLA bioengineering professor Ali Khademhosseini has led the development of a tissue-based soft robot that mimics the biomechanics of a stingray. The new technology could lead to advances in bio-inspired robotics, regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics. The simple body design of stingrays, specifically, a flattened body shape and side fins that start at the head and end at the base

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2018-01-18 02:31:44



Lawmakers Prod SpaceX and NASA on Fate of Secret Zuma Mission  

House lawmakers on Wednesday (Jan. 17) pressed SpaceX and NASA officials on what exactly happened to the secret Zuma spacecraft launched into space this month on one of the company's Falcon 9 rockets.

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2018-01-18 02:31:11



How a Mormon lawyer transformed archaeology in Mexico—and ended up losing his faith  

The scientific legacy of a quest to prove the Book of Mormon

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2018-01-18 02:23:30



New robot can help treat rare birth defect  

Researchers have created a robot that can be implanted into the body to aid the treatment of esophageal atresia, a rare birth defect that affects a baby's esophagus.

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2018-01-18 02:19:16



Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017: NASA, NOAA  

Earth's global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA.

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2018-01-18 02:09:18



Can Robots Tighten the Bolts on a Rickety Caregiver Sector?  

Robotic aides could relieve the burden of caring for a growing elderly and disabled population—if we can take advantage of technological advances without ignoring human needs -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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2018-01-18 02:08:21






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