October 18, 2012

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Antibiotic Resistance Genes Found in a Colorado River System

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In the Rocky Mountains, the South Platte River system flows east through the Coloradan plateau that has plenty cattle ranches, sheep pastures, dairy farms, and water treatment plants. A new survey shows how human activities have affected the concentrations of antibiotic-resistant genes in the watershed. The researchers published their findings in the journal Environmental Science […]

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October 18, 2012

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New Model for Vaccination Against Genital Herpes

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Working with mice, a team of scientists at Yale University developed a new vaccination model that offers a promising vaccination strategy against the herpes simplex virus and other STIs such as HIV-1. Yale researchers have developed a new model for vaccination against genital herpes, a disease for which there has been no cure and no […]

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October 18, 2012

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Daddy Longlegs with Leg Span of 12 Inches Discovered

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A daddy longlegs with a leg span of over 12 inches was discovered in the caves of Laos. Opiliones are an order of arachnids, and are commonly referred to as harvestmen. There are currently 6,500 species of harvestmen worldwide, though the number of extant species may exceed 10,000. The harvestmen was collected by Peter Jager, […]

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October 18, 2012

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Jupiter’s Atmosphere Experiencing Large Scale Changes

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New data from NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility and the Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea help show the serious changes that have occurred in Jupiter’s atmosphere over the last few years. Jupiter, the mythical god of sky and thunder, would certainly be pleased at all the changes afoot at his namesake planet. As the planet gets […]

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October 18, 2012

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InTouch’s RP-VITA Remotely-Controlled Robotic Surgeons

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Robots are set to enter operating theaters, albeit remotely controlled. InTouch Health Care is developing robots that will allow doctors to provide their expertise and care remotely. These robots aren’t replacement doctors, but will extend the reach of most physicians. The company’s new robot, RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant) was shown at the […]

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October 18, 2012

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Traumatic Memories Manipulated in Sleeping Mice

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Researchers at Stanford University have been able to provide sleep-based therapies to deal with traumatic memories, which could reduce fearful responses during waking hours. The scientists presented their findings at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sleep-based therapies could help treat conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder. One of the most common treatments […]

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October 18, 2012

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Simulation May Explain Saturnian System

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Saturn’s odd mix of mid-sized satellites are among the strangest in the outer Solar System. With widely varying densities and locations, measuring between 300 to 1,500 kilometers in diameters, these moons have some distinctive characteristics. Some are made up almost completely of ice, and some are rockier and geologically active. Some even show evidence of […]

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October 18, 2012

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Cobalt-Graphene Catalyst Performs Nearly as Well as Platinum

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Researchers at Brown University have developed a cheaper and more durable catalyst using graphene, cobalt, and cobalt-oxide nanoparticles that can catalyze the oxygen reduction reaction nearly as well as platinum. Providence, Rhode Island [Brown University] — There’s a new contender in the race to find an inexpensive alternative to platinum catalysts for use in hydrogen […]

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October 17, 2012

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FDA States Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Tied to More Drugs

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A second steroid that has been manufactured by New England Compounding Center has been linked to another potential meningitis infection. The ongoing fungal meningitis outbreak has infected 231 people and killed 16. NECC was responsible for the 52,848 vials of methylprednisolone acetate, a steroid that is injected to alleviate back pain, which caused the outbreak. […]

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October 17, 2012

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Transgenic Animal Research Lacks Funding & Approval in the USA

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Scientifically unfounded assertions about transgenic foods and animals are widely circulating in the American zeitgeist. Claims that transgenic foods are responsible for the rise of autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes are seen in different media, from documentaries to the news. Using genetic modification of animals to reduce food costs and improve […]

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October 17, 2012

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HARPES Technique Reveals Ferromagnetic Secrets of Dilute Magnetic Semiconductors

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Using a new technique called HARPES, a team of scientists look to uncover the origin of the ferromagnetism in dilute magnetic semiconductors. Spintronic technology, in which data is processed on the basis of electron “spin” rather than charge, promises to revolutionize the computing industry with smaller, faster and more energy efficient data storage and processing. […]

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October 17, 2012

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Study Shows Broca’s Area Has Multiple Roles

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In a new study, MIT neuroscientists found that Broca’s area actually consists of two distinct subunits, one focuses selectively on language processing, while the other is part of a brain-wide network that appears to act as a central processing unit for general cognitive functions. A century and a half ago, French physician Pierre Paul Broca […]

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October 17, 2012

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Plans to Protect Antarctic Sea Faces Difficult Challenges

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The seas surrounding Antarctica are among the world’s most pristine, but fishing vessels are set to move in. Next week, there is a meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) that may try to contain the rush to access the region’s natural resources. There are currently four proposals to […]

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October 17, 2012

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Scientists Discover a New Type of Cosmic Ray

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Scientists using the XMM-Newton X-ray astronomy satellite discovered a new signature of a source of low-energy hadronic cosmic rays in the vicinity of the Arches cluster. Using the European X-ray astronomy satellite XMM-Newton(1), researchers from CNRS(2) and CEA (3) have discovered a new source of cosmic rays. In the vicinity of the remarkable Arches cluster, […]

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October 17, 2012

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War of the Badgers Erupts in England

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The issue at hand is that the common badger, Meles meles, one of the largest predators left in the British Isles, while loved by the public, is a bane to farmers, as they infect cattle with bovine tuberculosis. The disease could cost the UK government $1.6 billion in control measures and compensation over the next […]

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