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Athletic ability and finger length linked?

Researchers have studied the correlation between athletic ability and finger length...

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Schoolchildren who use e-cigarettes are more likely to try tobacco

New research suggests that teenagers who had tried an e-cigarette were almost four times more likely to start smoking a conventional cigarette within a year, when compared to...

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The Illuminating Power of Eclipses

A total solar eclipse seen on the Nile River in Egypt in 1900. Observations during solar eclipses have generated a wealth of knowledge across many fields throughout history...

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Drones will fly into the path of the eclipse to study weather

Aviation As the sky does dark, robots will conduct atmospheric science. Drones in Nebraska and Oklahoma will fly during the eclipse to measure the impact of so...

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The laws of attraction: Pheromones don't lie, fruit fly research suggests

For the first time, scientists have shown that a female fruit fly's pheromone signals can actually tell males how much energy her body has invested in egg product...

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How to avoid email pileups

DIY Six tips to keep your inbox under control. What is the best way to review and action the emails you get every day? Probably the opposite of what you are do...

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New gene catalog of ocean microbiome reveals surprises

Oceanographers report completing the largest single-site microbiome gene catalog constructed to date. With this new information, the team discovered nutrient limitation is a c...

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Cigarette makers shifted stance on nicotine patches, gum, study shows

Tobacco companies have known for decades that, without counseling, NRT hardly ever works, and that consumers often use it to complement smoking. This insight from the formerly...

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Engineering team images tiny quasicrystals as they form

What makes quasicrystals so interesting? Their unusual structure. Now scientists are actively pursuing this relatively new area of study...

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Study validates East Antarctic ice sheet to remain stable even if western ice sheet melts

A new study validates that the central core of the East Antarctic ice sheet should remain stable even if the West Antarctic ice sheet melts...

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Gold nanostars and immunotherapy vaccinate mice against cancer

By combining an FDA-approved cancer immunotherapy with an emerging tumor-roasting nanotechnology, researchers improved the efficacy of both therapies in a proof-of-concept stu...

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AI implications: Engineer's model lays groundwork for machine-learning device

In what could be a small step for science potentially leading to a breakthrough, an engineer has taken steps toward using nanocrystal networks for artificial intelligence appl...

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Chemists confirm that whiskey really does taste better with a splash of water

Science The logic behind your bartender's advice. Chemists figure out the logic behind your bartender's advice...

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Worm atlas profiles gene readouts in every cell type in the animal

A worm atlas has been built that profiles gene readouts for every kind of cell in the animal. This is the first time this type of comprehensive profiling for a multi-cellular...

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Gene that makes large, plump tomatoes identified

Farmers can grow big, juicy tomatoes thanks to a mutation in the cell size regulator gene that occurred during the tomato domestication process...

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New technique overcomes genetic cause of infertility

Scientists have created healthy offspring from genetically infertile male mice, offering a potential new approach to tackling a common genetic cause of human infertility...

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Disrupted gut microbiome makes children more susceptible to amoebic dysentery

Children with lower diversity of microbial species in their intestines are more susceptible to severe infection with the Entamoeba histolytica parasite, according to a new stu...

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Tuberculosis drug may work better than others in its class

Treatment of tuberculosis involves a combination of several drugs, sometimes including drugs from a class known as fluoroquinolones. Using computer simulations, scientists hav...

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Brain regions most likely to cause epilepsy seizures

Scientists have developed a new way to detect which areas of the brain contribute most greatly to epilepsy seizures, according to a new study. The strategy could help surgeons...

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Communicating in a foreign language takes emotion out of decision-making

If you could save the lives of five people by pushing another bystander in front of a train to his death, would you do it? And should it make any difference if that choice is...

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Artificial womb raises hope for premature babies

Researchers hope an artificial womb used to incubate healthy baby lambs can be used in future technology for premature babies...

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Non-toxic, lubricant-infused coatings deter mussels and prevent their attachment by disrupting their mechanosensory and adhesive systems

Mussels are one of the worst perpetrators of biofouling, or the unwanted accumulation of organisms on underwater structures. A team of scientists has demonstrated that a lubri...

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An unusual white dwarf may be a supernova leftover

Astronomers have identified a white dwarf star in our galaxy that may be the leftover remains of a recently discovered type of supernova...

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Discovery could lead to new catalyst design to reduce nitrogen oxides in diesel exhaust

Researchers have discovered a new reaction mechanism that could be used to improve catalyst designs for pollution control systems to further reduce emissions of smog-causing n...

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New terahertz imaging approach could speed up skin cancer detection

Researchers have developed a new terahertz imaging approach that, for the first time, can acquire micron-scale resolution images while retaining computational approaches desig...

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Super-photostable fluorescent labeling agent for super-resolution microscopy

Chemists have developed a super-photostable fluorescent dye, PhoxBright 430 (PB430), to visualize cellular ultrastructure by super resolution microscopy. The exceptional photo...

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New Pathology Atlas maps genes in cancer to accelerate progress in personalized medicine

A new Pathology Atlas is launched today with an analysis of all human genes in all major cancers showing the consequence of their corresponding protein levels for overall pati...

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Bacteria stab amoebae with micro-daggers

Researchers have discovered a type of bacteria that uses tiny daggers to prevent itself from being eaten by amoebae. The scientists also resolved the three-dimensional structu...

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Female mouse embryos actively remove male reproductive systems

A protein called COUP-TFII determines whether a mouse embryo develops a male reproductive tract, according to new research. The discovery changes the long-standing belief that...

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Early Indian Ocean trade routes bring chicken, black rat to eastern Africa

The earliest introduction of domestic chickens and black rats from Asia to the east coast of Africa came via maritime trade routes between the 7th and 8th centuries AD...

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Antibiotics found to weaken body's ability to fight off disease

Adding another reason for doctors to avoid the overuse of antibiotics, new research shows that a reduction in the variety of microbes in the gut interferes with the immune sys...

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Matter: A Speedier Way to Catalog Human Cells (All 37 Trillion of Them)

A light micrograph showing Caenorhabditis elegans, a worm in which scientists used a new method to determine cell types...

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Older users like to snoop on Facebook, but worried others might snoop on them

Older adults are drawn to Facebook so they can check out pictures and updates from family and friends, but may resist using the site because they are worried about who will se...

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Model for lighter armor developed

Engineers are working on developing new light-weight ceramic materials that resist fracture. They are working to better understand exactly how these materials, which are suite...

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How particular fear memories can be erased

Researchers have devised a method to selectively erase particular fear memories by weakening the connections between neurons involved in forming these memories. In their exper...

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Surprising discovery about how neurons talk to each other

New findings challenge existing dogma that neurons release fixed amounts of chemical signal at any one time and could have implications for brain disorders including Parkinson...

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Hemorrhagic fevers: Countering inflammation to prevent circulatory failure

Hemorrhagic fevers are severe viral diseases that are often fatal. Researchers have now identified messenger substances of the immune system, which in infected mice lead to th...

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Neuroscientists discover a brain circuit dedicated to retrieving memories

Neuroscientists who study memory have long believed that when we recall an event, our brains turn on the same hippocampal circuit that was activated when the memory was origin...

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Untangling what goes on when a relationship is being questioned

Knowing whether to stay in or leave a romantic relationship is often an agonizing experience and that ambivalence can have negative consequences for health and well-being. Now...

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Slowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them

A new study suggests it may be possible to slow dangerous infections by manipulating the messages microbes send to one another, allowing the body to defeat an infection withou...

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Ray of hope for more abundant wheat crops

Using infrared gas analyzers connected to a miniature controlled environment chamber, botanists have simulated a sudden increase in sunlight following shade, and measured the...

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Peroxisomes identified as 'fighters' in the battle against bacterial infections

Peroxisomes are required for cells in the innate immune response to bacteria and fungi. Now scientists have found that peroxisomes are necessary for proper functioning of the...

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Reed warblers have a sense for magnetic declination

Researchers recently showed that migratory reed warblers depend on an internal geomagnetic map to guide them on their long-distance journeys. But it wasn't clear...

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A lot of people are getting injured while shaving their pubic hair

Health But how big a deal is it really? A quarter of people who groom down there say they injury themselves. Three quarters of people are lying...

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Trilobites: Researchers Offer Solution to Puzzle of Sea Snakes With Jet-Black Skin

Researchers have found that turtle-headed sea snakes living closer to humans lose their colored bands to become darker, solid-colored snakes, as a result of pollution...

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I write about space for a living—and I’m probably skipping the total eclipse

Space Even partial eclipses can be exciting. Listen, it's ok if you don't migrate with millions of other people to see a two-minute-long ev...

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Graphene-like materials printed with inkjet printer

Researchers have developed inks made of graphene-like materials for inkjet printing. New black phosphorous inks are compatible with conventional inkjet printing techniques for...

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Young people with chronic illness more likely to attempt suicide

Young people between the ages of 15 and 30 living with a chronic illness are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their healthy peers, according to a new study...

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Poisonings went hand in hand with the drinking water in ancient Pompeii

The ancient Romans were famous for their advanced water supply. But the drinking water in the pipelines was probably poisoned on a scale that may have led to daily problems wi...

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Telling people not to 'down' drinks could make them drink more

Campaigns designed to stop young people 'bolting' drinks can be ineffective and can even make them more likely to do it, new research suggests...

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Whales turn tail at ocean mining noise

A new international study has measured the effect of loud sounds on migrating humpback whales as concern grows as oceans become noisier. Scientists have said one of the main s...

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Astrophysicists predict Earth-like planet in star system only 16 light years away

Astrophysicists have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away. The team investigated the star system Gliese 832 for additio...

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Some Democrats See Tax Reform as a Path to Taxing Carbon

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, second from left, and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, third from left, hope to curry bipartisan support for a carbon tax as part of a larg...

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Some Democrats See Tax Overhaul as a Path to Taxing Carbon

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, second from left, and Brian Schatz of Hawaii, third from left, hope to curry bipartisan support for a carbon tax as part of a larg...

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Digging in the dirt: Researchers develop new methods for assesing risk of subsurface phosphorus

New methods for assessing the loss of phosphorus in soil have now been developed by researchers. While current measurements focus mainly on surface runoff, the new research is...

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Gender norms are still important for women's choice of college major

Traditional cultural norms about gendered roles and femininity still matter for women's choice of college major, according to new research. Researcher have shown...

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Scientists develop novel immunotherapy technology for prostate cancer

A novel immunotherapeutic strategy for the treatment of cancer based on the use of synthetic DNA to directly encode protective antibodies against a cancer-specific protein has...

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Four Earth-sized planets detected orbiting the nearest sun-like star

Astronomers have discovered four Earth-sized planets orbiting the nearest sun-like star, tau Ceti, which is about 12 light years away and visible to the naked eye. These plane...

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Art Review: How Do You Paint an Eclipse? Work Fast in the Dark

A 1925 painting by Howard Russell Butler in “Transient Effects: The Solar Eclipses and Celestial Landscapes of Howard Russell Butler,” at the Princeton University Art Muse...

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How the genome sets its functional micro-architecture

Scientists now show how DNA is organized into specific regions, and that this depends on a combination of genomic distance and the presence of the CTCF protein...

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‘Euro Devil’: Fossil of carnivorous marsupial relative discovered in E Europe

Scientists have discovered fossil remains of a new carnivorous mammal in Turkey, one of the biggest marsupial relatives ever discovered in the northern hemisphere...

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Brain chemical NPGL controls appetite and body fat composition: Beneficial for our ancestors; potential cause of obesity pandemic

NPGL, a recently discovered protein involved in brain signalling, has been found to increase fat storage by the body – even when on a low-calorie diet...

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Estrogen-mediated brain protection directly linked to intake of fatty acids found in oils

Scientists are increasingly appreciating estrogen's role in brain health. The latest research connecting DHA synthesis to estrogen production, and consequentially...

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Dissolvable, easy-to-use milk capsules for your coffee

Have your coffee without spilling the milk: researchers have developed a milk capsule that dissolves when placed in a hot drink. Not only does this reduce the consumption of p...

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Are stem cells the link between bacteria and cancer?

A new mechanism of stomach gland regeneration reveals impact of Helicobacter pylori infection...

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Experiences of stroke survivors with visual impairments examined

A new study identifies simple measures that could substantially improve the quality of life of stroke survivors with visual impairments...

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Florida flood risk study identifies priorities for property buyouts

A study of flood damage in Florida proposes prioritizing property buyouts based on flood risk, ecological value, and socioeconomic conditions. Forecasters say an above-normal...

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Eye patterns in children: The development of anxiety and emotion

We now know that anxious children tend to avoid making eye contact, and this has consequences for how they experience fear. New research shows that the shorter and less freque...

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Researcher looks to the future of bone replacements

A new artificial bone design has been developed that can be customized and made with a 3-D printer for stronger, safer and more effective bone replacements, explains a new rep...

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Smoking linked to frailty in older adults

A recent article finds that current smoking in older people increases the risk of developing frailty, though former smokers did not appear to be at higher risk...

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Noninvasive retinal imaging may improve early detection of Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease (AD) represents the leading cause of dementia worldwide. Currently, challenges in making an early and definitive diagnosis of AD limit opportu...

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Smoking raises risk of aneurysm recurrence after endovascular treatment

A history of smoking significantly increases the chance that survivors will experience recurrence of a brain aneurysm, according to a new study. Researchers say it&#03...

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Cardiac ICU patient composition is changing over time

A new study finds slightly more than half of heart patients are admitted to the CICU for noncardiac conditions, such as sepsis or renal failure, rather than for a heart condit...

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Energy dense foods may increase cancer risk regardless of obesity status

While there is a proven link between obesity and certain types of cancer, less is known about how the ratio of energy to food weight, otherwise known as dietary energy density...

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Simulation shows the high cost of dementia, especially for families

A new simulation of the dementia epidemic estimates the economic impact the disease has on households and public insurance programs and provides a tool for projecting the impa...

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NASA Protects its super heroes from space weather

When astronauts travel in space they can't see or even feel radiation. However, NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is studying the effects radiation...

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Ocean exploration uncovers one of Cuba's hidden natural treasures

After nearly two years of planning, a team of scientists from the US and Cuba has explored never-before-studied mesophotic coral reefs during a month-long circumnavigation of...

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Computer approaches human skill for first time in mapping brain

Scientist, for the first time, have developed a computer algorithm that is nearly as accurate as people are at mapping brain neural networks -- a breakthrough that could speed...

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Looking to the future of bone replacements

A new artificial bone design has been developed that can be customized and made with a 3-D printer for stronger, safer and more effective bone replacements, explains a new rep...

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Want to make new friends? Talk about your favorite TV shows online

New research identifies how watching fictional television series and participating in online forums that are dedicated to the shows can help female audiences express themselve...

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Opioids overused in migraine treatment, regardless of race

African-Americans are more likely to experience debilitating migraine headaches than whites, but a new study probing the issue found no evidence of racial disparities in treat...

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Probiotics can prevent sepsis in infants, study shows

A special mixture of good bacteria in the body reduced the incidence of sepsis in infants in India by 40 percent at a cost of only $1 per infant, new research has found...

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In a nutshell: Walnuts activate brain region involved in appetite control

Double-blind test bolsters observational data that walnuts promote feelings of fullness. Results provide a quantitative measure for testing other compounds' abili...

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Trilobites: Trying to Match the Face? Don’t Look at the Hair

Tested with this and other pairings of comparable difficulty, subjects accepted about 24 percent of fake matches. Novices were conned most easily, a study found, when the two...

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Trilobites: Why You Can’t Trust Yourself to Match Photos of Strangers’ Faces

Tested with this and other pairings of comparable difficulty, subjects accepted about 24 percent of fake matches. Novices were conned most easily, a study found, when the two...

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Fizzy soda water could be key to clean manufacture of flat wonder material: Graphene

As graphene's popularity grows as an advanced 'wonder' material, the speed and quality at which it can be manufactured will be paramount...

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Changing tides: Lake Michigan could best support lake trout and steelhead

Invasive mussels and less nutrients from tributaries have altered the Lake Michigan ecosystem, making it more conducive to the stocking of lake trout and steelhead than Chinoo...

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New strategy to treat aggressive lung cancer

Research on a novel therapeutic avenue for an aggressive and difficult to treat subgroup of lung cancer has now been shared in a new article...

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Injecting manure instead of spreading on surface reduces estrogen loads

With water quality in the Chesapeake Bay suffering from excess nutrients and fish populations in rivers such as the Susquehanna experiencing gender skewing and other reproduct...

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Daily e-cigarette users had highest rates of quitting smoking

Among US adults who were established smokers in the past five years, those who use e-cigarettes daily were significantly more likely to have quit cigarettes compared to those...

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Scientists discover powerful potential pain reliever

Chemists have discovered a powerful pain reliever that acts on a previously unknown pain pathway. The compound is as effective at relieving neuropathic pain in injured mice as...

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Comparing the jaws of porcupine fish reveals three new species

Researchers compared fossil porcupine fish jaws and tooth plates collected on expeditions to Panama, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil with those from museum specimens and modern...

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America’s craft breweries are on an environmental crusade

From Our Blogs: Nexus Media News Beer gets green. Craft brewers across the country are finding innovative ways to guard the water, soil, air and cli...

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Scientists found something surprising at the heart of these jellyfish galaxies

Space An incredibly luminous snack. Our galaxy is a spiral, making its way through space with a classic, carefree pinwheel shape that we all know and love. Not...

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Problems with DNA replication can cause epigenetic changes that may be inherited for several generations

Scientists reveal that a fault in the process that copies DNA during cell division can cause epigenetic changes that may be inherited for up-to five generations. They also ide...

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Larvaceans provide a pathway for transporting microplastics into deep-sea food webs

A new article shows that filter-feeding animals called giant larvaceans can collect and consume microplastic particles, potentially carrying microplastics to the deep seafloor...

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Heart failure patients, clinicians have differing perceptions of risk level

Physicians identified a majority of patients with advanced heart failure as at high risk for transplant, left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or death while few of those pati...

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Heavily-used pesticide linked to breathing problems in farmworkers' children

New study finds that elemental sulfur is linked to reduced lung function, more asthma-related symptoms and higher asthma medication use in children living about a half-mile or...

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Spray-on electric rainbows: Making safer electrochromic inks

A flick of a switch, and electrochromic films change their colors. Now they can be applied more safely and more commonly thanks to an innovative chemical process that makes th...

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Lithium-air batteries: Mystery about proposed battery material clarified

A compound called lithium iodide (LiI) has been considered a leading material for lithium-air batteries, which could deliver more energy per pound compared to today&#0...

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