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Rearchers Eliminate HIV Virus from Cultured Human Cells for First Time

July 21, 2014 — The HIV-1 virus has proved to be tenacious, inserting its genome permanently into its victims' DNA, forcing patients to take a lifelong drug regimen to control the virus and prevent a fresh ... full story

Bacteria Manipulate Salt to Build Shelters to Hibernate

July 25, 2014 — For the first time, researchers have detected an unknown interaction between microorganisms and salt. When Escherichia coli cells are introduced into a droplet of salt water that is left to dry, ... full story

Steam Energy from the Sun: New Spongelike Structure Converts Solar Energy Into Steam

July 24, 2014 — A new material structure generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure -- a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam -- is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on ... full story

Newly Discovered Gut Virus Lives in Half the World's Population

July 24, 2014 — Odds are, there's a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades. A new study has found that more than half the world's population is host to a newly ... full story

Biologist Warn of Early Stages of Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction Event

July 24, 2014 — The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. Scientists ... full story

Trees Save Lives, Reduce Respiratory Problems

July 25, 2014 — In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, scientists have calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of ... full story

Climate Change Increases Risk of Crop Slowdown in Next 20 Years

July 25, 2014 — The world faces a small but substantially increased risk over the next two decades of a major slowdown in the growth of global corn and wheat yields because of climate change, according to new ... full story

Saharan Dust Is Key to Formation of Bahamas' Great Bank, Study Finds

July 24, 2014 — Saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamas islands, a new study suggests. Researchers showed that iron-rich Saharan dust provides the nutrients necessary for specialized ... full story

Brain's Dynamic Duel Underlies Win-Win Choices

July 24, 2014 — People choosing between two or more equally positive outcomes experience paradoxical feelings of pleasure and anxiety, feelings associated with activity in different regions of the brain, according ... full story

Maltreatment Affects the Way Children's Genes Are Activated

July 24, 2014 — In a new study, researchers found that maltreatment affects the way children's genes are activated, which has implications for their long-term development and health. The researchers examined ... full story

Bacteria Swim With Whole Body, Not Just Propellers

July 21, 2014 — Many bacteria swim using flagella, corkscrew-like appendages that push or pull bacterial cells like tiny propellers. It's long been assumed that the flagella do all the work during swimming, ... full story

'Naοve' Pluripotent Human Embryonic Stem Cells Created

July 24, 2014 — Embryonic stem cell (ESC) research has been hampered by the inability to transfer research and tools from mouse ESC studies to their human counterparts, in part because human ESCs are “primed” ... full story

Intensity of Hurricanes: New Study Helps Improve Predictions of Storm Intensity

July 25, 2014 — While predicting the path of hurricanes has gotten better, little has been done to improve predicting a storm's intensity. That is, until now. "The air-water interface -- whether it had ... full story

Earlier Stone Age Artifacts Found in Northern Cape of South Africa

July 24, 2014 — Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other ... full story

How to Power California With Wind, Water and Sun

July 24, 2014 — New research outlines the path to a possible future for California in which renewable energy creates a healthier environment, generates jobs and stabilizes energy ... full story

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Tyrannosaur Pack-Hunting Theory Aided By New Footprints

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Dogs Appear To Become Jealous Of Owners' Attention

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Epigenetic Changes Can Drive Cancer, Study Shows

July 26, 2014 — A mouse model has been created providing the first in vivo evidence that epigenetic alterations alone can cause cancer. Epigenetic alterations don't change the DNA sequence but how it is 'read.' In ... full story

New Brain Pathways for Understanding Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity Uncovered

July 25, 2014 — Researchers have identified neural pathways that increase understanding of how the brain regulates body weight, energy expenditure, and blood glucose levels – a discovery that can lead to new ... full story

Primary Texting Bans Associated With Lower Traffic Fatalities, Study Finds

July 25, 2014 — States that allow officers to pull over a driver for texting while driving saw fewer deaths than those that use secondary enforcement of texting bans. Some states have banned all drivers from texting ... full story

Slow Walking Speed, Memory Complaints Can Predict Dementia

July 25, 2014 — A study involving nearly 27,000 older adults on five continents found that nearly 1 in 10 met criteria for pre-dementia based on a simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have ... full story

Anti-Inflammatory Drug Can Prevent Neuron Loss in Parkinson's Model

July 25, 2014 — An experimental anti-inflammatory drug can protect vulnerable neurons and reduce motor deficits in a rat model of Parkinson's disease, a study has shown. The findings demonstrate that the drug, ... full story

Manipulating Key Protein in Brain Holds Potential Against Obesity, Diabetes

July 25, 2014 — A protein that controls when genes are switched on or off plays a key role in specific areas of the brain to regulate metabolism, researchers have found. The research potentially could lead to new ... full story

Clearing Cells to Prevent Cervical Cancer

July 25, 2014 — A novel approach to preventing cervical cancer has been described by researchers, based on findings showing successful reduction in the risk of cervical cancer after removal of a discrete population ... full story

Experiences at Every Stage of Life Contribute to Cognitive Abilities in Old Age

July 25, 2014 — Early life experiences, such as childhood socioeconomic status and literacy, may have greater influence on the risk of cognitive impairment late in life than such demographic characteristics as race ... full story

Test Increases Odds of Correct Surgery for Thyroid Cancer Patients

July 25, 2014 — The routine use of a molecular testing panel increases the likelihood of performing the correct initial surgery for thyroid cancer patients by 30 percent, researchers report. "Before this test, about ... full story

Nanoparticle 'Alarm Clock' Tested to Awaken Immune Systems Put to Sleep by Cancer

July 25, 2014 — Researchers are exploring ways to wake up the immune system so it recognizes and attacks invading cancer cells. One pioneering approach uses nanoparticles to jumpstart the body’s ability to fight ... full story

Why Do Men Prefer Nice Women? Responsiveness and Desire

July 25, 2014 — Does responsiveness increase sexual desire in the other person? Do men perceive responsive women as more attractive, and does the same hold true for women's perceptions of men? A recent study ... full story

Brain Tumor Causes, Risk Factors Elude Scientists

July 25, 2014 — Today, nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor, and yet, when it comes to pinpointing causes or risk factors, scientists are still searching for answers. "Unlike the strong ... full story

Humans Share Fairness Concerns With Other Species

July 24, 2014 — Humans aren’t the only species to react strongly to actions they consider unfair. A similar drive for fairness in monkeys and some dogs may offer insight into people’s desire for equity, ... full story

Protein Couple Controls Flow of Information Into Brain's Memory Center

July 24, 2014 — Neuroscientists have succeeded in providing new insights into how the brain works by analyzing tissue samples from mice to identify how two specific proteins, 'CKAMP44' and 'TARP Gamma-8', act upon ... full story

Early Warning Sign for Babies at Risk of Autism: Early Joint Attention Predicts Later Autism Symptoms

July 24, 2014 — Researchers have found that early joint attention -- such as making eye contact to communicate about a toy, without smiling -- predicts later autism symptoms. The findings help identify children that ... full story

Joblessness Could Kill You, but Recessions Could Be Good for Your Health

July 24, 2014 — While previous studies of individuals have shown that employees who lose their jobs have a higher mortality rate, more comprehensive studies have shown, unexpectedly, that population mortality ... full story

A Reward Is Valued More If You Choose It Yourself: New Quirky Byproduct of Learning from Reward

July 24, 2014 — Many people value rewards they choose themselves more than rewards they merely receive, even when the rewards are actually equivalent. A new study provides evidence that this long-observed quirk of ... full story

Metastatic Brain Tumor Treatment Could Be on the Horizon With Use of SapC-DOPS

July 24, 2014 — A new study has provided hope that previously studied SapC-DOPS could be used for treatment of brain cancer that has spread. "These results support the potential of SapC-DOPS for the diagnosis and ... full story

Background TV Can Be Bad for Kids

July 24, 2014 — Leaving the television on can be detrimental to children's learning and development, according to a new study. Researchers found that background television can divert a child’s attention from play ... full story

Community Service Programs That Include Reflection Found to Be More Beneficial to Youth

July 24, 2014 — Using meta-analysis to asses 49 studies from around the world, researchers have found that community service that includes reflection is more beneficial for adolescents than community service that ... full story

Common Blood Thinner for Pregnant Women Proven Ineffective

July 24, 2014 — A daily injection to the belly commonly prescribed for pregnant women at risk of developing blood clots is found to be ineffective. As many as one in 10 pregnant women have a tendency to develop ... full story

Overweight, Obese Preschoolers Lose More Weight When Parent Is Also Treated

July 24, 2014 — Primary care treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers works better when treatment targets both parent and child compared to when only the child is targeted. The study results suggest that ... full story

Stronger Early Reading Skills Predict Higher Intelligence Later

July 24, 2014 — A study of 1,890 identical twins has found that strong early reading skill might positively affect later intelligence. The twins, who are part of an ongoing longitudinal study in the United Kingdom, ... full story

Wireless Home Automation Systems Reveal More Than You Would Think About User Behavior

July 24, 2014 — Home automation systems that control domestic lighting, heating, window blinds or door locks offer opportunities for third parties to intrude on the privacy of the inhabitants and gain considerable ... full story

Dog Jealousy: Study Suggests Primordial Origins for the 'Green-Eyed Monster'

July 23, 2014 — Dogs exhibit jealous behaviors. The first experimental test of jealousy in dogs supports the view that there may be a more basic form of jealousy, which evolved to protect social bonds from ... full story

Age of Puberty in Girls Influenced by Which Parent 'Imprinted' Genes Are Inherited from

July 23, 2014 — The age at which girls reach sexual maturity is influenced by 'imprinted' genes, a small sub-set of genes whose activity differs depending on which parent passes on that gene, according to new ... full story

How Stress Hormones Promote Brain's Building of Negative Memories

July 23, 2014 — Scientists have discovered a key component to better understanding how traumatic memories may be strengthened in women. Their study's findings suggest that developing clinical treatments that could ... full story

Strategy Proposed for Preventing Diseases of Aging

July 23, 2014 — Researchers argue that medicine focuses too much on fighting diseases individually instead of concentrating on interventions that prevent multiple chronic diseases and extend healthy lifespan. They ... full story

Rosemary, Oregano Contain Diabetes-Fighting Compounds

July 23, 2014 — The popular culinary herbs oregano and rosemary are packed with healthful compounds, and now lab tests show they could work in much the same way as prescription anti-diabetic medication, scientists ... full story

Controlling Childbirth Pain Tied to Lower Depression Risk

July 23, 2014 — Controlling pain during childbirth and post delivery is linked to reduced risk of postpartum depression, says a perinatal psychiatrist, based on a new study. The study showed postpartum depression ... full story

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Magnets for Fusion Energy: High-Temperature Superconductor Achieves New World Record for Electrical Current

July 25, 2014 — Scientists have achieved an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, which is by far the highest in the world, by using the new idea of assembling the state-of-the-art yttrium-based high-temperature ... full story

New System to Detect Mercury in Water Systems

July 25, 2014 — A new ultra-sensitive, low-cost and portable system for detecting mercury in environmental water has been developed by researchers. "The promising sensing performance of this system along with its ... full story

Breakthrough Laser Experiment Reveals Liquid-Like Motion of Atoms Within an Ultra-Cold Cluster

July 25, 2014 — A new study has furthered our understanding of how tiny nanosystems function, unlocking the potential to create new materials using nanosized ‘building ... full story

Antioxidant Biomaterial Promotes Healing

July 24, 2014 — The first-ever inherently antioxidant biomaterial has been created by researcher. It has the potential to prevent failure in medical devices and surgical implants. The lead researcher said the new ... full story

New Approach to Form Non-Equilibrium Structures

July 24, 2014 — Researchers get closer to understanding the fundamentals of non-equilibrium, self-assembled structures, unlocking potential in a variety of fields. By injecting energy through oscillations, ... full story

New Characteristics of Complex Oxide Surfaces Revealed

July 24, 2014 — A combination of microscopy and data processing has given researchers an unprecedented look at the surface of a material known for its unusual physical and electrochemical ... full story

Atomic Structure of Key Muscle Component Revealed

July 24, 2014 — Adding to the growing fundamental understanding of the machinery of muscle cells, a group of biophysicists describe -- in minute detail -- how actin filaments are stabilized at one of their ends to ... full story

Fukushima Accident Underscores Need for U.S. to Seek out New Information About Nuclear Plant Hazards

July 24, 2014 — A new congressionally mandated report concludes that the overarching lesson learned from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident is that nuclear plant licensees and their regulators must actively ... full story

Cost-Effective, Solvothermal Synthesis of Heteroatom (S or N)-Doped Graphene Developed

July 24, 2014 — A research team has developed cost-effective technology to synthesize sulfur-doped and nitrogen-doped graphenes which can be applied as high performance electrodes for secondary batteries and fuel ... full story

Dream Come True for Chemists? Creating Organic Zeolites

July 24, 2014 — Traditionally, zeolites have been derived from inorganic material like silicon or aluminum. For the past several years, one research team has focused on combining zeolites with organic polymers whose ... full story

New Mass Map of Distant Galaxy Cluster Is Most Precise Yet

July 24, 2014 — Astronomers have mapped the mass within a galaxy cluster more precisely than ever before. Created using observations from Hubble's Frontier Fields observing program, the map shows the amount and ... full story

Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets: 'Hot Jupiters' Had Only One-Tenth to One One-Thousandth the Amount of Water Predicted

July 24, 2014 — Astronomers have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the Sun -- and have come up nearly dry. The three planets, known as HD 189733b, HD 209458b, ... full story

Voyager Spacecraft Might Not Have Reached Interstellar Space

July 23, 2014 — In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other humanmade object. But, in the nearly two ... full story

New Approach in Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Target Alien Polluters

July 23, 2014 — Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist if ... full story

Atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's Largest Moon

July 23, 2014 — An astronomer has published the results of the comparison of his model of Titan's atmosphere with the latest ... full story

Lives and Deaths of Sibling Stars

July 23, 2014 — In a new image from ESO, young stars huddle together against clouds of glowing gas and lanes of dust. The star cluster, NGC 3293, would have been just a cloud of gas and dust itself about ten million ... full story

Satellite Galaxies Put Astronomers in a Spin

July 23, 2014 — Astronomers have studied 380 galaxies and shown that their small satellite galaxies almost always move in rotating discs. However, such satellite galaxy discs are not predicted by current models of ... full story

NASA's Fermi Finds a 'Transformer' Pulsar

July 22, 2014 — In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed. The pulsar's radio beacon vanished, while at the ... full story

Hubble Traces Halo of a Galaxy More Accurately Than Ever Before: An in-Depth Look at Giant Elliptical Galaxy Centaurus A

July 22, 2014 — Astronomers have probed the extreme outskirts of the stunning elliptical galaxy Centaurus A. The galaxy's halo of stars has been found to extend much further from the galaxy's center than expected ... full story

Boosting the Force of Empty Space: Theorists Propose Way to Amplify Force of Vacuum Fluctuations

July 22, 2014 — Vacuum fluctuations may be among the most counter-intuitive phenomena of quantum physics. Theorists have now proposed a way to amplify their force. The researchers believe that their proposed ... full story

Collecting Just the Right Data: Algorithm Helps Identify Which Data to Target

July 25, 2014 — Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon and Netflix. ... full story

Artificial Intelligence Identifies the Musical Progression of the Beatles

July 24, 2014 — Computer scientists have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can analyze and compare musical styles, which they have used to study the musical progression of the ... full story

Nearly 50 Years of Lemur, Other Primates Data Now Available Online

July 24, 2014 — A 48-year archive of life history data for the world's largest and most diverse collection of endangered primates is now digital and available online. The database allows visitors to view and ... full story

Unleashing the Power of Quantum Dot Triplets

July 24, 2014 — Another step towards faster computers relies on three coherently coupled quantum dots used as quantum information units. Quantum computers have yet to materialize. Yet, scientists are making progress ... full story

The Birth of Topological Spintronics: New Material Combo Could Lead to More Efficient Computers

July 23, 2014 — The discovery of a new material combination that could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic is the first promising indication that it may be possible to build a practical ... full story

New Model Helps Explain How Provisions Promote or Reduce Wildlife Disease

July 23, 2014 — Scientists have long known that providing supplemental food for wildlife, or resource provisioning, can sometimes cause more harm than good. Ecologists have now developed a new mathematical model to ... full story

A Crystal Wedding in the Nanocosmos May Lead to Fast Multi-Functional Processing Units on Single Chip

July 23, 2014 — Researchers have succeeded in embedding nearly perfect semiconductor crystals into a silicon nanowire. With this new method of producing hybrid nanowires, very fast and multi-functional processing ... full story

Scientists Find Way to Maintain Quantum Entanglement in Amplified Signals

July 23, 2014 — Physicists have found a way to preserve quantum entanglement of particles passing through an amplifier and, conversely, when transmitting a signal over long ... full story

Can Machines Think? Misidentification of Humans as Machines in Turing Tests

July 23, 2014 — Pairs were set up and judges were tasked with identifying whether who they were talking to was human or a computer. Can machines be successful in 'being human' in real ... full story

Electronic Nose Could Aid in Rescue Missions

July 23, 2014 — Researchers have developed a device that allows multiple robotic platforms to follow the path of certain odors. A technology which could aid the search and rescue of people in case of natural ... full story

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Fire Ecology Manipulation by California Native Cultures

July 26, 2014 — Before the colonial era, 100,000s of people lived on the land now called California, and many of their cultures manipulated fire to control the availability of plants they used for food, fuel, tools, ... full story

Monitoring Rise and Fall of the Microbiome

July 25, 2014 — Close analysis of bacteria in the human digestive tract reveals links to diet and other lifestyle factors, researchers report. Trillions of bacteria live in each person's digestive tract. Scientists ... full story

'Light Pollution' May Affect Love Lives of Birds in the Viennese Forests

July 25, 2014 — Artificial light in cities exerts negative effects on humans, animals, and their environment. In an ongoing research project, behavioral biologists are investigating how blue tits in the Viennese ... full story

Parched West Is Using Up Underground Water: Study Points to Grave Implications for Western U.S. Water Supply

July 24, 2014 — A new study finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a ... full story

Moose Drool Inhibits Growth of Toxic Fungus

July 24, 2014 — Research shows a surprisingly effective way to fight against a certain species of toxic grass fungus: moose saliva. Inspired by an earlier study that showed that moose grazing and saliva distribution ... full story

Global Wildlife Decline Driving Slave Labor, Organized Crime

July 24, 2014 — Global decline of wildlife populations is driving increases in violent conflicts, organized crime and child labor around the world, according to a experts. Researchers call for biologists to join ... full story

Linking Microbial, Immune Environment in Semen to HIV Viral Load, Transmission

July 24, 2014 — HIV infection re-shapes the relationship between semen bacteria and immune factors which in turn affects viral load, suggesting that the semen microbiome plays a role in sexual transmission of HIV, ... full story

No Returning to Eden: Researchers Explore How to Restore Species in a Changing World

July 24, 2014 — Reversing the increasing rate of global biodiversity losses may not be possible without embracing intensive, and sometimes controversial, forms of threatened species management, according to ... full story

Leaf-Mining Insects Destroyed With the Dinosaurs, Others Quickly Appeared

July 24, 2014 — After the asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous period that triggered the dinosaurs' extinction and ushered in the Paleocene, leaf-mining insects in the western United States completely ... full story

New Perspective on Agricultural Plastic, Debris Burning, and Air Quality

July 24, 2014 — To reduce fire hazard, wildland managers often utilize the silvicultural practice of mechanically cutting woody shrubs and suppressed trees. These cuttings and other post-logging debris are then ... full story

Pesticide Linked to Three Generations of Disease: Methoxychlor Causes Epigenetic Changes

July 24, 2014 — Researchers say ancestral exposures to the pesticide methoxychlor may lead to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease and obesity in future ... full story

Synchronization of North Atlantic, North Pacific Preceded Abrupt Warming, End of Ice Age

July 24, 2014 — Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push Earth's climate system across a 'tipping point,' where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible -- a hotly ... full story

Corn and Soy Insecticides Similar to Nicotine Found Widespread in Midwest U.S. Rivers

July 24, 2014 — Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new study. This is the first broad-scale investigation of ... full story

Vasculature of the Hive: How Honey Bees Stay Cool

July 23, 2014 — Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. New research also supports ... full story

Sapronoses: Diseases of Another Kind, Caused by Pathogenic Microorganisms

July 23, 2014 — The drought that has the entire country in its grip is affecting more than the color of people's lawns. It may also be responsible for the proliferation of a heat-loving amoeba commonly found in warm ... full story

Bird 'Backpacks' Put Wood Thrush Migration on the Map

July 23, 2014 — Researchers have created the first migratory connectivity map produced for a songbird, using tracking from both breeding and winter sites. They were able to trace the route taken by wood thrushes ... full story

Urban Heat Boosts Some Pest Populations 200-Fold, Killing Red Maples

July 23, 2014 — Urban 'heat islands' are slowly killing red maples in the southeastern United States, research shows. One factor that researchers have found that impacts the situation is that warmer temperatures ... full story

15-Year Analysis of Blue Whale Range Off California Finds Conflict With Shipping Lanes

July 23, 2014 — A comprehensive analysis of the movements of blue whales off the West Coast found that their favored feeding areas are bisected by heavily used shipping lanes, increasing the threat of injury and ... full story

Major Impact of Climate Change on Antarctic Fur Seals

July 23, 2014 — Genetic analysis of Antarctic fur seals, alongside decades of in-depth monitoring, has provided unique insights into the effect of climate change on a population of top-predators. The findings show ... full story

How Much Magma Is Hiding Beneath Our Feet? Mysteries of Earth's Crust Pierced

July 23, 2014 — Molten rock, or magma, has a strong influence on our planet and its inhabitants, causing destructive volcanic eruptions and generating some of the giant mineral deposits. Our understanding of these ... full story

Four-Billion-Year-Old Chemistry in Cells Today

July 24, 2014 — Parts of the primordial soup in which life arose have been maintained in our cells today according to scientists. Research has revealed how cells in plants, yeast and very likely also in animals ... full story

3-D Image of Paleolithic Child's Skull Reveals Trauma, Brain Damage

July 23, 2014 — Three-dimensional imaging of a Paleolithic child's skull reveals potentially violent head trauma that likely lead to brain ... full story

Ancient Genetic Material from Caries Bacterium Obtained for the First Time

July 23, 2014 — Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that cause dental caries, has increased the change in its genetic material over time, possibly coinciding with dietary change linked to the ... full story

Mammoth and Mastodon Behavior Was Less Roam, More Stay at Home

July 21, 2014 — Their scruffy beards weren't ironic, but there are reasons mammoths and mastodons could have been the hipsters of the Ice Age. According to new research, the famously fuzzy relatives of elephants ... full story

Science and Art Bring Back to Life 300-Million-Year-Old Specimens of a Primitive Reptile-Like Vertebrate

July 21, 2014 — Paleontologists have recreated the cranial structure of a 308-million-year-old lizard-like vertebrate that could be the earliest example of a reptile and explain the origin of all vertebrates that ... full story

Tooth Plaque Provides Unique Insights Into Our Prehistoric Ancestors' Diet

July 16, 2014 — An international team of researchers has found new evidence that our prehistoric ancestors had a detailed understanding of plants long before the development of agriculture. By extracting chemical ... full story

Brain of World's First Known Predators Discovered

July 16, 2014 — Scientists have found the fossilized remains of the brain of the world's earliest known predators, from a time when life teemed in the oceans but had not yet colonized the land. The discovery reveals ... full story

Animal Foraging Tactics Unchanged for 50 Million Years

July 15, 2014 — Animals have used the same technique to search for food that's in short supply for at least 50 million years, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed fossilized sea urchin trails from northern ... full story

Dodos and Spotted Green Pigeons Are Descendants of an Island Hopping Bird

July 15, 2014 — The mysterious spotted green pigeon was a relative of the dodo, according to scientists who have examined its genetic make-up. The authors say their results support a theory that both birds are ... full story

New Feathered Predatory Fossil Sheds Light on Dinosaur Flight

July 15, 2014 — A new raptorial dinosaur fossil with exceptionally long feathers has provided exciting insights into dinosaur flight. A new article asserts that the fossil has a long feathered tail that scientists ... full story

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Shift Work Linked to Heightened Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

July 24, 2014 — Shift work is linked to a heightened risk of developing type 2 diabetes, with the risk seemingly greatest among men and those working rotating shift patterns, indicates an analysis of the available ... full story

Greater Odds of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Those With Military Service, Study Finds

July 23, 2014 — Men and women who have served in the military have a higher prevalence of adverse childhood events (ACEs), suggesting that enlistment may be a way to escape adversity for some. ACEs can result in ... full story

Nano-Sized Chip Picks Up Scent of Explosives Molecules Better Than Dog's Nose

July 23, 2014 — A groundbreaking nanotechnology-inspired sensor picks up the scent of explosives molecules better than a detection dog's nose. The device is mobile, inexpensive, and highly accurate, detecting ... full story

Could Tailored Golf Balls Improve Golfing Performance?

July 23, 2014 — Elements such as trip wires, dimples and sand-grain roughness on the surface of a body have been shown to be effective in reducing drag on objects such as golf balls, which helps them fly ... full story

Experts to Combat Potential 'Health Catastrophe' of Deadly Tuberculosis Among People With Diabetes

July 23, 2014 — New research aims to estimate the benefits of different ways to carry out screening both patients with tuberculosis (TB) for diabetes and the other way around in parts of the world where both ... full story

'Quack' Child Psychology Practices Identified by Study

July 23, 2014 — A recent poll of 139 experts has been conducted to discredit “quack” treatments and assessments for children. The study identifies and rates pseudoscientific and potentially harmful practices. ... full story

Safeguarding Belize's Barrier Reef With Conservation Drones

July 22, 2014 — Seeking to gain a high-tech edge over illegal fishers, the Government of Belize will use “eyes in the sky” to enforce fishing regulations in the biodiverse Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve and ... full story

Vulnerability of Sharks as Collateral Damage in Commercial Fishing Shown by Study

July 22, 2014 — A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species when captured as unintentional bycatch in commercial longline fishing operations found large differences in survival rates ... full story

Study Reveals 'Unhappiest' Cities in the U.S.

July 22, 2014 — New research identifies the unhappiest cities in the U.S., but finds that some young people are still willing to relocate to them for a good job opportunity or lower housing prices. The analysis ... full story

Natural-Terrain Schoolyards Reduce Children's Stress, Says Study

July 22, 2014 — Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children's stress and inattention, according to a ... full story

Powerful New Source of Up-to-Date Information on Economic Activity

July 10, 2014 — Researchers have developed a new data infrastructure for measuring economic activity. The infrastructure uses aggregated and de-identified data on transactions and account balances from Check, a ... full story

Computer Security: 'Melbourne Shuffle' Secures Data in the Cloud

July 10, 2014 — Encryption might not be enough for all that data stored in the cloud. Usage patterns -- which files are accessed and when -- can give away secrets as well. Computer scientists have developed an ... full story

Neuroeconomists Confirm Warren Buffett's Wisdom: Brain Research Suggests an Early Warning Signal Tips Off Smart Traders

July 7, 2014 — Investment magnate Warren Buffett has famously suggested that investors should try to 'be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy only when others are fearful.' That turns out to be excellent ... full story

Putting a Price Tag on the 2 Degree Celsius Climate Target

July 2, 2014 — Addressing climate change will require substantial new investment in low-carbon energy and energy efficiency -- but no more than what is currently spent on today's fossil-dominated energy system, ... full story

Oil Palm Plantations Threaten Water Quality, Scientists Say

June 30, 2014 — Indonesia pays a price for a lucrative crop used in many household products. Palm plantations damage freshwater streams that supply drinking water to millions of people. Found in thousands of ... full story

Are You Seen as a Jerk at Work? Many People Are Oblivious to How They Come Across to Counterparts and Colleagues

June 30, 2014 — New research shows that many people seen by others as under-assertive or over-assertive think they're appropriately assertive. The study also reveals that people seen as getting assertiveness right ... full story

Back Away, Please: Humans Tend to Fear Things Approaching, Even If Non-Threatening

June 23, 2014 — We still have negative feelings about things that approach us -- even if they objectively are not threatening, according to new research. Though we modern humans don't really consider such fear, it ... full story

New Research Proves Gender Bias Extraordinarily Prevalent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fields

June 23, 2014 — With everyone from the federal government to corporate America working to encourage more women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields, you would think the doors would ... full story

Android Security Weaknesses Caused by Performance Design Identified

June 19, 2014 — Researchers have identified a weakness in one of Android’s security features. The research identifies an Android performance feature that weakens a software protection called Address Space Layout ... full story

Crucial Security Problem in Google Play: Thousands of Secret Keys Found in Android Apps

June 18, 2014 — Researchers have discovered a crucial security problem in Google Play, the official Android app store. The study is the first to make a large-scale measurement of the huge marketplace, using ... full story

Try, Try Again? Study Says No: Trying Harder Makes It More Difficult to Learn Some Aspects of Language, Neuroscientists Find

July 21, 2014 — Neuroscientists find that trying harder makes it more difficult to learn some aspects of language. When it comes to learning languages, adults and children have different strengths. Adults excel at ... full story

Philosopher Uses Game Theory to Understand How Words, Actions Acquire Meaning

July 21, 2014 — Why does the word "dog" have meaning? If you say "dog" to a friend, why does your friend understand you? A philosopher aims to address these types of questions in his latest research, which focuses ... full story

Brain Waves Show Learning to Read Does Not End in 4th Grade, Contrary to Popular Theory

July 21, 2014 — Teachers-in-training have long been taught that fourth grade is when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn. But a new study tested the theory by analyzing brain waves and found ... full story

Large Twin Study Suggests That Language Delay Due More to Nature Than Nurture

July 21, 2014 — A study of 473 sets of twins followed since birth found twins have twice the rate of language delay as do single-born children. Moreover, identical twins have greater rates of language delay than do ... full story

Months Before Their First Words, Babies' Brains Rehearse Speech Mechanics

July 14, 2014 — New research in 7- and 11-month-old infants shows that speech sounds stimulate areas of the brain that coordinate and plan motor movements for speech. The study suggests that baby brains start laying ... full story

Want a Higher GPA in College? Join a Gym

July 10, 2014 — For those students looking to bump up their grade point averages during college, the answer may not be spending more time in a library or study hall, but in a gym. New research shows that students ... full story

Same Genes Drive Mathematics and Reading Ability

July 8, 2014 — About half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability, say scientists who led a study into the genetic basis of cognitive traits. While ... full story

Working Memory Is Key to Early Academic Achievement

July 8, 2014 — Working memory in children is linked strongly to reading and academic achievement, a new study has shown. Moreover, this finding holds true regardless of socio-economic status. This suggests that ... full story

3-D Printer to Aid the Visually Impaired Students in Their Educational Endeavors

July 2, 2014 — New technology has been developed to make tactile objects with ease thanks to the convergence technology of 3-D printing and 3-D thermal reflow treatment, which can be denoted as the revolution in ... full story

Learn Dutch in Your Sleep: Listening to Lessons While Sleeping Reinforces Memory

June 30, 2014 — When you have learned words in another language, it may be worth listening to them again in your sleep. A study has now shown that this method reinforces memory. "Our method is easy to use in daily ... full story

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