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October 26, 2016

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October 26, 2016

Space Travel Affects Spine of Astronauts, NASA Study Shows

Oct. 25, 2016 — How does space travel affect the spine? Astronauts on long missions in space have atrophy of the muscles supporting the spine—which don't return to normal even several weeks after their return ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — For the first time scientists can see how the shells of tiny marine organisms grow atom-by-atom, a new study reports. The advance provides new insights into the mechanisms of biomineralization and ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — A microbe that ‘eats’ both methane and iron: microbiologists have long suspected its existence, but were not able to find it - until now. Researchers have discovered a microorganism that couples ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — For the first time, research has found that human-made noise can have a detrimental impact on an animal’s use of scent – putting them at greater risk of being attacked by ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — For many people, nanotechnology belongs in the realm of science fiction. Researchers have solved the mystery of the blue sheen on the leaves of some begonias and have found that their chloroplasts ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Tracking atmospheric particles in a pristine environment will help scientists understand the impact of industrial aerosols on climate, say researchers at conclusion of a study on Amazonian ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Scientists have reconstructed the ancient atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) record from about 300 million years ago. Their study reveals previously unknown fluctuations of atmospheric CO2 at levels ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Authenticity is an important trait, and zebrafish take it especially seriously. An interdisciplinary team of researchers has discovered that zebrafish engage more with 3D-moving robotic models of ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Low-frequency vibrations of the Ross Ice Shelf are likely causing ripples and undulations in the air above Antarctica, a new study finds. Using mathematical models of the ice shelf, the study's ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — There is significant variation in how different cultures over time have dealt with the dead. Yet, at a very basic level, funerals in the Sonoran Desert thousands of years ago were similar to what ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached the symbolic and significant milestone of 400 parts per million for the first time in 2015 and surged again to new records ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Directed motion seems simple to us, but the coordinated interplay of complex processes is needed, even for seemingly simple crawling motions of worms or snails. By using a gel that periodically ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — A new publication on the bird-like dinosaur Avimimus, from the late-Cretaceous suggests they were gregarious, social animals -- evidence that flies in the face of the long-held mysticism surrounding ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Environmental contaminants such as PFASs can be transferred from mother to offspring through the placenta and mother's milk, exposing the young mammal before and after birth. PFASs are a family ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — One of the most detailed genomic studies of any ecosystem to date has revealed an underground world of stunning microbial diversity, and added dozens of new branches to the tree of life. The ... read more

Is Energy Storage Via Pumped Hydro Systems Is Possible on a Very Small Scale?

Oct. 24, 2016 — Pumped-storage hydroelectricity systems are to be found throughout the world, but always on a large scale. Researchers investigated whether energy storage via pumped hydro systems is possible on a ... read more

Active Agent from the Caribbean Sea Cucumber Could Improve Treatment for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Oct. 24, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a new option for treating malignant pleural mesothelioma. For the first time in the world, they were able to show in a preclinical study, both in the cell culture and in ... read more

Climate Change Driving Toad Disease from Fungus in Pyrenees

Oct. 23, 2016 — The effect of global warming on fungal disease in frogs and toads has been quantified by researchers for the first time, a new report ... read more

U.S. Winter Outlook Predicts Warmer, Drier South and Cooler, Wetter North

Oct. 23, 2016 — Forecasters are saying that La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year. The Climate Prediction Center issued a La Nina watch this month, predicting the climate phenomenon is likely ... read more

Measuring the Forces of Biology

Oct. 21, 2016 — Biology, at the nitty-gritty level of motor proteins, DNA, and microtubules, takes its cue from physics. But while much is known about the biological components that form such cellular stuctures, ... read more

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