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July 1, 2015

Misquotes and Memes: Did Ben Franklin Really Say That?

July 1, 2015 — As Independence Day approaches, social media is lighting up with memes and quotes from the nation’s Founding Fathers. But did George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin actually say ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by 2040 unless costly mitigation efforts are installed to modify seawater used in the ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Three-quarters of the population will get an itchy red rash if exposed to the urushiol oil inside poison ivy's leaves, stem and roots. One-quarter of people will not have any reaction to ... read more

July 1, 2015 — As fireflies are delighting children across the country with their nighttime displays, scientists are closing in on a better understanding of how the insects produce their enchanting ... read more

New Epigenetic Mechanism Revealed in Brain Cells

July 1, 2015 — For decades, researchers in the genetics field have theorized that the protein spools around which DNA is wound, histones, remain constant in the brain, never changing after development in the womb. ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Perhaps not the brightest of cephalopods, the California market squid (Doryteuthis opalescens) has amazing light-manipulating ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A new pair of brain-imaging studies suggest that researchers may be able to predict how likely young adults are to develop problem drinking or risky sexual behavior in response to stress. The ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Researchers have found a previously unidentified mechanism that helps explain why stem cells undergo self-renewing divisions but their offspring do ... read more

July 1, 2015 — The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft first began orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in August 2014. Almost immediately, scientists began to wonder about several surprisingly ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Scientists have peered into the eye-like structure of single-celled marine plankton called warnowiids and found it contains many of the components of a complex ... read more

July 1, 2015 — People have evolved to be smarter and taller than their predecessors, a study of populations around the world ... read more

July 1, 2015 — When it comes to communicating with each other, some cells may be more "old school" than was previously thought. Certain types of stem cells use microscopic, threadlike nanotubes to ... read more

Groundwater Modeling Breakthrough

July 1, 2015 — A newly discovered equation is expected to greatly improve the reliability and functionality for hundreds of important water models used by everyone from irrigators and city planners to climate ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A materials science and engineering team has developed a new energy cell that can store large-scale solar energy even when it's ... read more

Helping Students Stick With Online Courses

July 1, 2015 — Researchers showed that a dropout-prediction model trained on data from one offering of a course can help predict which students will stop out of the next ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered key principles about the way vision-neurons work, explaining how the brain uses sensory information to guide the decisions that drive ... read more

July 1, 2015 — A study reveals how the hippocampus contributes to social behavior. The brain region that helps people tell whether an object is near or far may also guide how emotionally close they feel to others ... read more

July 1, 2015 — In the first study of its kind researchers found that neurons in a specific brain region play a key role in rapidly forming memories about every day events, a finding that may result in a better ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Astronomers have confirmed the existence of a young giant gas planet still embedded in the midst of the disk of gas and dust surrounding its parent star. For the first time, scientists are able to ... read more

Sleep Deprivation Could Reduce Intrusive Memories of Traumatic Scenes

July 1, 2015 — A good night's sleep has long been recommended to those who have experienced a traumatic event. But a new study provides preliminary experimental work suggesting it could actually be the wrong ... read more

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