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Brazil opens vast Amazon reserve to mining

The previously-protected area is bigger than Denmark and is thought to be rich in gold...

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Will fairy tale Białowieża forest survive Poland’s fight with the EU?

Campaigners in Poland are worried about the future of one of Europe's last primeval forests, as the Polish government defies an EU order to stop logging there...

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Amid environmental change, lakes surprisingly static

In recent decades, change has defined our environment in the United States. Agriculture intensified. Urban areas sprawled. The climate warmed. Intense rainstorms became more c...

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Could nicotine reduction help curb addiction?

A new study examining the effects of nicotine reduction among more vulnerable smokers supports the FDA's recent recommendation for lowering nicotine to non-addict...

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What causes algal blooms to become toxic?

Domoic acid is a potent neurotoxin produced by marine algae and discovered in 1987 as the cause of amnesic shellfish poisoning. Scientists have made substantial progress in un...

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High-resolution modeling assesses impact of cities on river ecosystems

New mapping methods can help urban planners minimize the environmental impacts of cities' water and energy demands on surrounding stream ecologies...

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Studies reveal worrisome trend for health of wild dolphins

Twelve years of data on the health of two Atlantic bottlenose dolphin populations paints a grim reality concerning the wellbeing of the Atlantic Ocean...

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Researcher identifies a new way to treat HIV

Medical treatment that targets human proteins rather than ever-mutating viruses may one day help HIV-positive people whose bodies have built a resistance to 'cock...

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Allergies? Exhausted regulatory T cells may play a role

New research highlights the importance of immune cell metabolism for maintaining a balanced immune response...

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The science of fluoride flipping

So much of what happens inside cells to preserve health or cause disease is so small or time-sensitive that researchers are just now getting glimpses of the complexities unfol...

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Screening reduces mortality for those with detectable type 2 diabetes but not for general population, large studies find

Screening for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors may not reduce mortality and cardiovascular disease in the general population, suggests new research...

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Taking loads of vitamin B could increase your risk of lung cancer

Health The price of supplements might be pretty steep. Because B vitamins are water soluble and don't cause acute toxicity (i.e. sudden death), large do...

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Arsenic risk in Pakistan much greater than expected

Arsenic-contaminated groundwater may threaten the health of 50 to 60 million people in Pakistan. This is shown by a study in which data from 1,200 groundwater samples was anal...

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Disease-carrying mosquitoes rare in undisturbed tropical forests

A new study concludes that conserving old-growth tropical rainforest is 'highly recommended' to prevent new outbreaks of viral and parasitic mosquito...

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Your UTI keeps coming back because we use too many antibiotics

Ask Us Anything Antibiotic resistance is making your UTI harder to treat. What UTIs are, how we get them, how to treat them, and how that's al...

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Dolphin that existed along South Carolina coast long ago

Researchers have discovered a species of extinct dolphin off the coast of South Carolina...

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New microbe has potential to help rebalance Earth's nitrogen cycle

Microbiologists have now provided unparalleled insight into the Earth's nitrogen cycle, identifying and characterizing the ammonia-oxidizing microbe, Nitrospira i...

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New fly fossil sheds light on the explosive radiation of flies during the Cenozoic Era

The first unambiguous fossil from the botfly family adds to the few known fossils of a major clade of flies (Calyptratae), shedding light on their rapid radiation during the C...

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Confederate submarine crew killed by their own weapon

A powerful shockwave from the H.L. Hunley's own weapon killed the crew of the Confederate combat submarine as it sunk a Union ship. This finding comes from a four...

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A pair of medical magnets shows promise as a new tool for creating an anastomosis

An experimental device that employs a pair of magnets offers surgeons a new safe and simple alternative to standard methods for creating an anastomosis for the first time in n...

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You and some 'cavemen' get a genetic checkup

Evolution has weeded out genetic variants associated with diseases for millennia and propagated variants that protect against ailments, a comparative genetics study shows. But...

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'Alarmingly high' levels of arsenic in Pakistan's ground water

Up to 60 million Pakistanis are at risk from the deadly chemical, according to a new water analysis...

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The mystery of a spooky Confederate submarine might finally be solved

Military We may finally know what killed Civil War soldiers on the Hunley. The first submarine to take down an enemy vessel was found with its crew still sitti...

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How cells hack their own genes

DNA in all organisms from yeast to humans encodes the genes that make it possible to live and reproduce. But these beneficial genes make up only 2% of our DNA. Now researchers...

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Black holes: Scientists 'excited' by observations suggesting formation scenarios

Physicists have described how observations of gravitational waves limit the possible explanations for the formation of black holes outside of our galaxy; either they are spinn...

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Major leap towards data storage at the molecular level

Scientists have now demonstrated that storing data with a class of molecules known as single-molecule magnets is more feasible than previously thought...

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More than expected hidden beneath Andean Plateau

Seismologists investigating how Earth forms new continental crust have compiled more than 20 years of seismic data from a wide swath of South America's Andean Pla...

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'Nano-hashtags' could provide definite proof of Majorana particles

An advanced quantum chip will be able to provide definitive proof of the mysterious Majorana particles and a crucial step towards their use as a building block for future quan...

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Methane from tundra, ocean floor didn't spike during previous natural warming period

The last ice age transition to a warmer climate some 11,500 years ago did not include massive methane flux from marine sediments or the tundra, new research suggests. Instead,...

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First X-rays detected from mystery supernovas

Scientists appear to have found the first X-rays coming from type Ia supernovae...

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Putting it to the test

A rapid portable screening test for liver cancer has been created that doesn't involve sending a specimen to a blood lab and cuts the wait time for results from t...

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How muscles work: New insight

Muscle malfunctions may be as simple as a slight strain after exercise or as serious as heart failure and muscular dystrophy. A new technique now makes it possible to look muc...

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On the other hand, the immune system can also cause cancer

A new study describes how immune response designed to scramble viral DNA can scramble human DNA as well, sometimes in ways that cause cancer...

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Altered mitochondria associated with increased autism risk

Mitochondria, the tiny structures inside our cells that generate energy, may play a key role in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A provocative new study suggests that variatio...

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'Dragonfly’ dual-quadcopter aims to explore Titan, Saturn’s largest moon

The Dragonfly mission concept would use an instrumented, radioisotope-powered, dual-quadcopter to explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan, one of our solar system’...

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Understanding Caribbean mammal extinctions of the past spurs renewed focus on conservation

Paleontologists report they have clear evidence that the arrival of humans and subsequent human activity throughout the islands of the Caribbean were likely the primary causes...

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How 139 countries could be powered by 100 percent wind, water, and solar energy by 2050

The latest roadmap to a 100 percent renewable energy future outlines infrastructure changes that 139 countries can make to be entirely powered by wind, water, and sunlight by...

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Climate change is luring Kodiak bears away from their iconic salmon streams

Kodiak brown bears are abandoning salmon -- their iconic prey -- due to climate change, according to a new study...

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Discovery fuels hope for Rett syndrome treatment

Researchers have relieved symptoms of Rett syndrome in a mouse model with a small molecule that works like the dimmer switch in an electrical circuit...

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Personality drives purchasing of luxury goods

People who are extraverted and on low incomes buy more luxury goods than their introverted peers to compensate for the experience of low financial status, finds new research...

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Use of brain-computer interface, virtual avatar could help people with gait disabilities

Researchers have shown for the first time that the use of a brain-computer interface augmented with a virtual walking avatar can control gait, suggesting the protocol may help...

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Chemists get step closer to replicating nature with assembly of new 3-D structures

Chemists have created a series of three-dimensional structures that take a step closer to resembling those found in nature...

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Invasive rhododendrons damage woodland environment

New study shows invasive rhododendrons damage woodland environment but are not poisoning the soil...

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Blood test for colitis screening using infrared technology could reduce dependence on colonoscopy, study finds

A fast, simple blood test for ulcerative colitis using infrared spectroscopy could provide a cheaper, less invasive alternative for screening compared to colonoscopy, which is...

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Arctic radar to probe 'space weather'

The UK contributes to a sophisticated new radar to map the Sun's impacts on Earth's high atmosphere...

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Here's what you need to know about the Samsung Note8 smartphone

Technology It packs dual cameras, animated messages, and a split-screen option for multitasking. The Note line endures. Read on...

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Smokers in clinical studies who say they've quit often haven't

A new US study has found that a high proportion of smokers enrolled in stop-smoking programs during a hospital stay report having quit when in fact they have not. The findings...

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New guidelines point way toward more effectively addressing hypertension in kids, teens

The first new national guidelines since 2004 on identifying and treating high blood pressure in children and adolescents (aged 3-18 years old) have now been published. The rep...

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Antipsychotics common for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Antipsychotic medication is frequently being prescribed to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, often without a psychiatric diagnosis, a new study has...

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Scientists are solving the mystery of Earth’s thermostat

From Our Blogs: Nexus Media News Our planet can control its climate—very slowly. A new study provides the first-ever evidence of a global thermost...

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How to charge your devices the right way

DIY Give those batteries long, healthy lives. The batteries in your phone and laptop have a finite lifespan, which you can extend by treating them right. Here&am...

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How fish recognize toxic prey

Predator animals have long been known to avoid devouring brightly colored and patterned prey, and now an international study has revealed more about how they recognize toxic s...

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New insights into the world of trypanosomes

Such detailed images of the pathogen that causes sleeping sickness inside a host are unique so far: They illustrate the manifold ways in which the parasites move inside a tset...

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Children with fragile X syndrome have a bias toward threatening emotion

Anxiety occurs at high rates in children with fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common form of inherited intellectual disability. Children with co-occurring anxiety tend to f...

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Treating arthritis with algae

Researchers are pursuing a new approach to treating arthritis. This is based on a polysaccharide, a long-chain sugar molecule, originating from brown algae. When chemically mo...

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A song's structure can be linked to its popularity

Music can elicit strong emotions, which can be hard to describe. A new study has found that a simple change in harmonic structure can contribute to our preference for certain...

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'Shapeshifter' that regulates blood clotting is visually captured for the first time

It has not been possible to witness exactly how von Willebrand factor senses and harnesses mechanical forces in our blood vessels -- until now. Medical researchers have reveal...

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High levels of 'good' cholesterol linked to excessive mortality

In striking contrast to the general perception, researchers have shown in a new study that people with extremely high levels of HDL -- the 'good' cho...

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Comparing food allergies: Animals and humans may have more in common than you think

Not only people, but mammals like cats, dogs and horses suffer from symptoms and problems of food intolerance and allergies. Scientists have now condensed the knowledge about...

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Wing shape helps swifts glide through storms, study suggests

They are among nature's best fliers, spending most of their time in flight. Now scientists have shed new light on how swifts can glide with ease, whatever the wea...

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Psychotic disorders and obesity: New report shows big waistlines are to blame

A number of factors, including obesity, shorten the lifespan for those with schizophrenia by 20 years and by 10 years for those with bipolar disorder compared to the general p...

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Researchers link high levels of 'good' cholesterol with excessive mortality

In striking contrast to the general perception, researchers have shown in a new study that people with extremely high levels of HDL -- the 'good' cho...

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The breaking point: What happens around the edge of a crack?

What, exactly, happens right around the edge of the crack, in the area in which those large stresses are concentrated? A new study explains that the processes that take place...

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DNA sensor system developed for specific and sensitive measurement of cancer-relevant enzyme activity

The development of DNA sensor systems is of great importance for advances in medical science. Now another piece of the puzzle for the development of personalized medicine has...

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Lego proteins revealed

Lego-like assemblies should have formed relatively frequently during evolution, suggest researchers. Could this assembly method be common, or even easy to reproduce? Their ans...

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Clear it, but will they come? Native plants need re-seeding after rhododendron removal, study finds

Native plants need a helping hand if they are to recover from invasive rhododendron, Scottish ecologists have discovered. A new study in the reveals that – even at sites cle...

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Understanding how omega-3 dampens inflammatory reactions

Omega-3 fatty acids, which we primarily get through eating fatty fish, have long been thought to be good for our health. Many dietary studies have suggested that high intake i...

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Cognitive-behavioral therapy particularly efficient in treating ADHS in adults

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) group training was shown to achieve the same results as neurofeedback training in treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...

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Genetic map reveals heat tolerance traits in peas

As the global climate changes and temperatures continue to rise, heat stress is becoming a major limiting factor for pea cultivation. A new study indicates that pea plants wit...

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So-called 'bright girl effect' does not last into adulthood, study finds

The notion that young females limit their own progress based on what they believe about their intelligence -- called the 'bright girl effect' -- does...

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Mosquitoes fatally attracted to deadly, sweet-smelling potion

Mosquitoes have a sweet tooth, relying on plant nectar to survive. Exploiting this weakness, scientists have developed an environmentally friendly eradication method whereby t...

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Spinning plant waste into carbon fiber for cars, planes

Using plants and trees to make products such as paper or ethanol leaves behind a residue called lignin. That leftover lignin isn't good for much and often gets bu...

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What the world's tiniest 'monster truck' reveals

The world's shortest race by distance -- a fraction of the width of a human hair -- was a huge success for scientists working at the nanoscale. It spurred interes...

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Artificial intelligence helps with earlier detection of skin cancer

New technology uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help detect melanoma skin cancer earlier...

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Canadian children's nutrition suffers during school hours

Canadian children don't eat enough vegetables, fruit and dairy products during school hours, causing them to fall short of several daily dietary recommendations o...

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Surprising new feature defines placental mammals as a group

By performing detailed dissections and corresponding examinations of embryological development, researchers show that the muscles that control the unique mammalian perineal st...

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The toes tell the tale

Though modern horses now have a single toe, their earliest ancestors had three on their front legs, and four on the back. Scientists are shedding new light on what drove those...

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Parenting style reduces kids' distress in war

Researchers have found that maternal authoritativeness and warmth helps to protect against psychological distress and mental health symptoms in children exposed to war. The re...

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Liquid nutrition may benefit children with Crohn's disease

An analysis of published studies indicates that exclusive enteral nutrition -- when individuals receive only liquid nutrition -- may be an effective treatment for children wit...

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Sub-tropical corals vulnerable, new study shows

The vulnerability and conservation value of sub-tropical reefs south of the Great Barrier Reef -- regarded as climate change refuges -- has been highlighted in a new study. Th...

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A more complete picture of the nano world

Aerosol particles are among the many materials whose chemical and mechanical properties cannot be fully measured until scientists develop a better method of studying materials...

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More than 99 percent of the microbes inside us are unknown to science

A survey of DNA fragments circulating in the blood suggests the microbes living within us are vastly more diverse than previously known. In fact, 99 percent of that DNA has ne...

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New world record with strongest resistive magnet

New 41.4-Tesla instrument paves way for breakthroughs in physics and materials research...

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Best ever image of a star's surface, atmosphere

Using ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer astronomers have constructed the most detailed image ever of a star -- the red supergiant star Antares. They have...

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Big and strong may not last as long, according to prof

Women are considerably less exhausted after natural, dynamic muscle exercises than men of similar age and athletic ability, new research has found...

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Wild sheep grazed in the Black Desert 14,500 years ago

Excavations of architecture and associated deposits left by hunter-gatherers in the Black Desert in eastern Jordan have revealed bones from wild sheep -- a species previously...

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Supermarkets could trick you into buying fewer calories

Supermarkets could help their customers consume fewer calories by making small changes to the recipes of own-brand food products to reduce the calories contained in the produc...

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Clear link between heavy vitamin B intake and lung cancer

B vitamins are among the most popular supplements on the market in the United States. Some, like B6 and B12, are marketed and sold as products that can boost your energy. But...

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How sleep apnea may contribute to normal-tension glaucoma risk

People with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), a disorder characterized by repetitive episodes of paused and shallow breathing during sleep, are approximately ten times...

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People who hear voices in their head can also pick up on hidden speech

Science The secret to both might lie in how our brains experience the world Psychologists have long wondered why some even psychologically healthy people hear...

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Self-powered paper-based 'SPEDs' may lead to new medical-diagnostic tools

A new medical-diagnostic device made out of paper detects biomarkers and identifies diseases by performing electrochemical analyses -- powered only by the user's...

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Tricking the eye to defeat shoulder surfing attacks

Researchers have developed the first application to combat 'shoulder-surfing' of PINS and passwords: a hybrid-image keyboard that appears one way to...

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Firing of neurons changes the cells that insulate them

Through their pattern of firing, neurons influence the behavior of the cells that upon maturation will provide insulation of neuronal axons, according to a new study. The find...

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Does a mother's pre-pregnancy weight determine her child's metabolism?

The link between a mother's body mass index (BMI) before pregnancy and the metabolic traits of her children is likely mediated by shared genetics and familial lif...

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Hubble's twisted galaxy

Gravity governs the movements of the cosmos. It draws flocks of galaxies together to form small groups and more massive galaxy clusters, and brings duos so close that they beg...

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Large asteroid to safely pass Earth on Sept. 1

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Brown dwarf weather forecasts improved

Dim objects called brown dwarfs, less massive than the Sun but more massive than Jupiter, have powerful winds and clouds -- specifically, hot patchy clouds made of iron drople...

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Like adults, children show bias in attributing mental states to others

Young children are more likely to attribute mental states to characters that belong to the same group as them relative to characters that belong to an outside group, according...

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The moving Martian bow shock

Physicists throw new light on the interaction between the planet Mars and supersonic particles in the solar wind...

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When given the chance to pay less, patients choose cheaper prescription drugs

As prescription drug spending continues to rise in the United States, along with prices for new and well-established drugs, insurers, employers and patients are searching for...

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