November 15, 2012

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Blood-Thinning Rodenticide is Killing Birds

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Canada and the US have started to restrict the use of rodent poisons based on blood thinners, as new research shows that the toxins accumulate in birds of prey and other animals. Anticoagulant rodenticides (ARs) work like the drug Warfarin on humans, which itself was used as a first generation AR, and was less lethal […]

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November 15, 2012

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Hawaiian Solar Observatory Granted Construction Permit

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The world’s largest solar telescope will finally be built atop Haleakala, the dormant volcano that is the highest peak on the island of Maui. Last week, Hawaii’s Board of Land and Natural Resources issued a construction permit for the 4-meter Advanced Technology Solar Telescope (ATST). Its 43.5-meter tall enclosure will tower over the other astronomical […]

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November 15, 2012

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Stanford’s Self-Healing Plastic Skin Could Lead to Improved Prosthetics

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Researchers in California have developed a synthetic version of skin that’s flexible, electrically conductive, and self-healing. The scientists published their findings in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. There has been a small boom in the last decade in the development of epidermal electronics, thin and flexible circuits that can be attached to skin or provide skin-like […]

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November 15, 2012

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New Image of Supernova Remnant W44

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Using combined data, astronomers have created a new image of supernova remnant W44, which is located roughly 10,000 light-years away in the constellation of Aquila. The aftershock of a stellar explosion rippling through space is captured in this new view of the supernova remnant called W44. The image combines longer-wavelength infrared and X-ray light captured […]

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November 14, 2012

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Practicing Meditation or Exercising Will Make You Sick Less Often

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In order to avoid getting a cold, people can try to meditate or exercise. A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that adults who practiced mindful meditation or moderately intense exercise for eight weeks suffered less from season ailments during the following winter than those who didn’t do either. The scientists published their […]

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November 14, 2012

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Chelation-Therapy Heart Trial Criticized

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There are millions of Americans seeking the use of complementary medicines, and many researchers applaud efforts to test and debunk folk treatments. However, what happens when such an alternative therapy actually works? In a study funded by the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) […]

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November 14, 2012

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Old Contaminants Decline in the Great Lakes While Newer Ones Rise

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The concentrations of legacy contaminants are decreasing quicker than previously reported in three of the Great Lakes, but stayed virtually the same in two other lakes. The scientists published their findings in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “These are very positive results. The lakes are improving and slowly cleaning themselves up,” states Thomas […]

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November 14, 2012

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Bactrian Camel Genome Might Help Survival in Harsh Environments

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Bactrian camels have sky-high blood glucose levels, a diet loaded with salt and tend to pack away fat. These evolutionary adaptations help them survive in extremely dry and cold regions of the world. The scientists published their findings in the journal Nature Communications. Chinese and Mongolian researchers have begun to unravel the genomic particularities behind […]

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November 14, 2012

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Jellyfish-Inspired Microchip Can Be Used to Capture Cancer Cells

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Scientists have built a jellyfish-inspired microchip that can capture cancer and other rare cells in human blood. The scientists published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Jellyfish capture food particles with their long tentacles, which are equipped with repeating patterns of sticky structures. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital […]

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November 14, 2012

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Astronomers Discover a Probable Free-Floating Planet, CFBDSIR2149

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Using the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope and ESO’s Very Large Telescope, astronomers discovered CFBDSIR2149, a large free-floating object near the AB Doradus Moving Group. Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope have identified a body that is very probably a planet wandering through space without a parent star. This is the most exciting free-floating […]

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November 14, 2012

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New Study Indicates False Memories Linger For Years

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Each time a memory is recalled, the memory is imperfectly re-stitched by the brain. Memories retain familiarity but can be filled with holes that have worn down with time. Research has shown that it is fairly easy to take advantage of our fallible memory. Simply changing a word in a question can contort what people […]

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November 14, 2012

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NASA’s 3-D Printing of Rocket Engine Parts Might Boost Larger Manufacturing Trend

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NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) is its first heavy-lift booster rocket since Saturn 5 took US astronauts to the moon. SLS will play a central role in the future of American spaceflight, but might also provide a critical test for technology expected to revamp the country’s ailing manufacturing industry. Selective Laser Melting (SLM) is being […]

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