November 7, 2012

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Database Will Integrate Data from Clinical Testing Labs & Literature

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This week, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a new database known as ClinVar, which will make physicians’ jobs much easier. The NIH is located in Bethesda, Maryland, and ClinVar integrates dozens of existing databases. It also provides a central place for clinical testing laboratories to deposit their data, since most of this […]

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November 7, 2012

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First Sighting of the Spade-Toothed Whale

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The spade-toothed whale (Mesoplodon traversii) is a little known species of beaked whales. They were first discovered in 1872 when bone fragments were found on Pitt Island, in New Zealand. The scientists published their findings in the journal Current Biology. In the last 140 years, the only signs of the existence of these whales were […]

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November 7, 2012

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US Ignition Facility Will Spend Less Time on Energy Research

Laser lab shifts focus

The world’s most powerful laser ignition facility is set to emphasize its nuclear weapons research after unsuccessfully campaigning to demonstrate the principles of a fusion power plant. At the US National Ignition Facility (NIF), scientists and engineers have been working on how to focus the 192 laser beams on a gold lined “hohlraum” capsule, just […]

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November 7, 2012

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New Chinese Survey Reveals Extensive Coastal Pollution

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A national marine survey of China’s marine resources paints a disturbing portrait of its current coastal environment. The survey was launched in 2004 by the Chinese State Oceanic Administration (SOA) and was finally completed last month. The unpublished survey shows that roughly 90% of coastal cities suffer from intermittent water shortages. China’s mangrove swamps have […]

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November 7, 2012

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Photons Traverse Optical Obstacles as Both a Wave and Particle Simultaneously

Mystery of Wave-Particle Duality

A photon can act as a particle one moment, following a well-defined path like a tiny projectile, and a wave the next, overlapping with its ilk to produce interference patterns, much like a ripple on the water. Wave-particle duality is one of the key features of quantum mechanics, and it’s not easily understood in layman’s […]

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November 7, 2012

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Early Treatment Triggers Significant Improvements in Children with ASD

early treatment made significant improvements in behavior of children with autism spectrum disorders

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, a team of scientists measured changes in brain activity after two five-year-olds with ASD received pivotal response treatment, finding that with early treatment, children with ASD made significant improvements in behavior, communication, and brain function. When given early treatment, children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) made significant improvements in behavior, […]

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November 7, 2012

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Genetically Modified Tomatoes Counteract Heart Disease

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Researchers have developed a genetically modified tomato that produces a certain peptide which will lower the plaque buildup in the arteries of mice. This could also work in humans. The researchers presented their findings at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012. The GM tomato produces 6F, a small peptide that mimics the action of […]

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November 7, 2012

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Star Formation in the Universe has Decreased Drastically

how the Universe is thought to have evolved

In a new study, an international team of scientists established that the rate of star formation in the Universe is now only 1/30th of what it was at its peak and that this decline will continue. While parts of the world experience economic hardship, a team of Portuguese, UK, Japanese, Italian and Dutch astronomers has […]

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November 7, 2012

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High School Popularity Influences Potential Earnings Later in Life

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A new study indicates that the top fifth of the high school popularity pyramid garnered 10% more in wages nearly 40 years after graduation, compared to the bottom fifth. This study was published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Popularity wasn’t viewed by the researchers as an innate personality trait. Instead, popularity is lucrative […]

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November 6, 2012

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General Anesthetic Induces Slow Oscillations, Disrupts Brain Communication

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Little is known about general anesthetics, the drugs that put patients in a coma-like state, feeling no pain or discomfort while being operated on. A new study shows that these classes of drugs change the activity of a specific region of the brain and make it more difficult for the parts to communicate. The scientists […]

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November 6, 2012

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Blind Mole Rats May Hold Cellular Clues to Effective Treatments for Cancer

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New cell cultures from two species of blind mole rats, Spalax judaei and Spalax golani, behave in ways that render them impervious to the growth of tumors. The scientists published their findings in the journal PNAS. Vera Gorbunova, from the University of Rochester in New York, and her colleagues have shown that the rodents have […]

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November 6, 2012

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Exploring Chemical Changes at the Molecular Scale

ultrabright X-ray laser pulses can reveal details of chemically important molecules

Using X-ray emission spectroscopy, a team of researchers reveal chemical information about molecules before they are destroyed. Research at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory demonstrates that ultrashort, ultrabright X-ray laser pulses can reveal details of chemically important molecules at room temperature and in their natural state. The technique could aid studies of photosynthesis and industrial catalysts, […]

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