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October 7, 2015

Oct. 2, 2015 — Scientists have compared the diets of two caterpillar species, expecting the one that exclusively consumed plants containing toxic chemicals would more easily incorporate toxins into its body than ... read more

First-Aid for Defective Mucus

Oct. 2, 2015 — Proper lubrication is crucial to keep not only machines but also humans functioning smoothly. The mucus membranes in our mouths, eyes, stomachs and genital area help keep friction to a minimum and ... read more

Researchers Design 'Biological Flashlight' Using Light-Producing Ability of Shrimp

Oct. 2, 2015 — Researchers describe the design and engineering of the new bioluminescent imaging tool called the “LumiFluor” in a new report. Using the natural light-producing ability of deep-sea shrimp, the ... read more

Chore or Stress Reliever: Study Suggests That Washing Dishes Decreases Stress

Oct. 1, 2015 — Mindfully washing dishes calms the mind and decreases stress, a new study shows. The study looked at whether washing dishes could be used as an informal contemplative practice that promotes a ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Climate change is causing more than just warmer oceans and erratic weather. According to scientists, it also has the capacity to alter the shape of the ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers have presented a new way of doing machine learning that enables semantically related concepts to reinforce each other. So, for instance, an object-recognition algorithm would learn to ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — As easy as it might seem, seeking new species among cultivated plants could be actually quite tricky. While looking into the undescribed orchid, known at the market as 'Big Pink', ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — The shared patterns of gene expression in the limbs and phallus are generated in part by a common set of noncoding DNA, also called 'elements' or 'enhancers,' which act to control ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Many of us have had the experience of disagreeing with friends or family about which celebrity is more attractive. Now, researchers show in a study of twins that those differences of opinion are ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Robbers and thieves are flying in the fields of southeastern North Dakota, but these larcenists aren't your typical criminals, prowling around in masks and disguises. They are hawk moths and ... read more

Tweets from Mobile Devices Are More Likely to Be Egocentric

Oct. 1, 2015 — It's now normal behavior to take selfies or live Tweet an event, but can a mobile device really be an extension of ones self? Tweets from mobile devices are more likely to employ egocentric ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — A otolaryngology resident and bioengineering student have used 3-D printing techniques to create more lifelike models to help aspiring surgeons -- who currently practice on soap, apples, and ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — Success of the energy turnaround will depend decisively on the extended use of renewable energy sources. However, their efficiency partly is much smaller than that of conventional energy sources. The ... read more

New Way of Retaining Quantum Memories Stored in Light

Sep. 30, 2015 — Chinese scientists uncover a novel way of stopping light in a state that stores information encoded in photons, opening the door to applications in quantum information ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — Scientists have recorded measurements of X-rays of energies up to 10 MeV caused by electrons accelerated in the intense electric fields inside a ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — Many bachelor mammals, including lions, mountain gorillas, monkeys, and mice, attack and kill the offspring of other males--a form of infanticide--yet display parental behavior once they themselves ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers in Malaysia have succeeded in carrying out a research on developing a reproductive technology for saltwater crocodiles. The study aimed at developing a breeding technology such as ... read more

Sep. 30, 2015 — Scientists have been exploring new ways to 'smell' signs of cancer by analyzing what's in patients' breath. In a new study, one team now reports new progress toward this goal. The ... read more

Could 'The Martian's' Scientist Survive on Potatoes Alone?

Sep. 29, 2015 — In the movie "The Martian," the main character is stranded on Mars and must rely on his own super-science knowledge to survive. Because the crew had packed some potatoes for a Thanksgiving ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — Brain scientists didn't just study how recognition of familiarity and novelty arise in the mammalian brain, they actually took control, inducing rats to behave as if images they'd seen ... read more

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