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When Viruses Kill Diatoms, Other Algae Benefit Big Time
Viruses can kill marine algae called diatoms and diatom die-offs near the ocean surface may provide nutrients and organic matter for recycling by other algae, according to a new study. The study also reveals that environmental conditions can accelera
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Ableism Might Stay Quiet But It Grows With Age
Biases toward people with disabilities, called ableism, increase with age and over time, research finds. At the same time, the findings show that people grow less likely to show how they really feel publicly. “Disabilities are a sensitive, uncomforta
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1 Gene May Stymy Promising Alzheimer’s Drugs
A human gene present in 75 percent of the population is a key reason why a class of drugs for Alzheimer’s disease seemed promising in animal studies but failed in human studies. While a previous study investigated the function of the gene in tissue c
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This Network Boosts Confidence At Home After Stroke
Returning home after a stroke may go better with a support network involving social work case managers and online resources, research finds. As reported in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, researchers developed the Michigan Stroke Tr
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‘Metronome’ Neurons Set The Beat For Rodent Brains
A newly discovered type of cell in the brain keeps time so regularly that it may serve as the brain’s long-hypothesized clock or metronome, report researchers. The researchers measured the fast electrical spikes of individual neurons in the touch reg
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‘Micro-bristle Bot’ Is So Small It’s Hard To See
Swarms of “micro-bristle-bots” could one day work together to sense environmental changes, move materials, or perhaps one day repair injuries inside the human body. This new type of tiny 3D-printed robot moves by harnessing vibration from piezoelectr
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Laser Cooling Chills Radium Ions For The First Time
Researchers have successfully used laser cooling on radium ions for the first time. Given that lasers are known for heating things up, laser cooling may seem a contradiction in terms. However, scientists have devised a way to use the technology to ac
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Team Finds Clues To Gulf War Illness Brain Dysfunction
A new discovery could one day lead to treatment for the chronic neuroinflammation and resulting brain dysfunction associated with Gulf War illness, researchers say. Veterans from the first Gulf War have suffered for years from a variety of psychologi
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Could Electrical Pulses Get Wounds To Heal Faster?
Researchers have created the first large-scale simulation of cells’ response to electrical pulses. Electroporation is a process in which an electrical field is applied to cells to increase the permeability of the cell membrane. It’s already in experi
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Minecraft Teaches Young People How To Lead
A whole generation of young people have been teaching themselves skills in leadership and community-building online, according to a new study on the game Minecraft. These self-governing internet communities, in the form of games, social networks, or
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Small Triceratops Relative Walked On Two Feet
We have an unusually large trove of fossils to guide our understanding of Auroraceratops, a small-bodied plant-eating dinosaur, say researchers. Fossils from more than 80 individuals make Auroraceratops one of the few very early horned dinosaurs that
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Standard Approach To Mild Asthma Often Falls Short
Many patients with mild asthma may not benefit from inhaled steroid medications, the current standard treatment, according to the results of a new clinical trial. People with persistent asthma commonly receive prescriptions for inhaled glucocorticoid
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Sea Urchins Aren’t Just ‘Bad Guys’
Sea urchins play a more complex role in their ecosystems than previously believed, report researchers. Urchins have gotten a bad rap on the Pacific coast. The spiky sea creatures can mow down entire swaths of kelp forest, leaving behind rocky urchin
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Cold Probe Promises Cheaper Treatment For Breast Cancer
A reusable breast cancer treatment device could offer a low-cost alternative for women in low-income and low-resource countries. The tissue-freezing probe uses cryoablation, a method that kills cancerous tissue by exposing it to extremely cold temper
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Drug Could Treat Acid Issue In Chronic Kidney Disease
A new drug could one day control metabolic acidosis, a common condition that often accompanies chronic kidney disease, researchers say. Chronic kidney disease—which affects about 14 percent of Americans—kills more people each year than breast or pros
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3D Imaging Reveals Hidden History In Old Shells
High-resolution 3D imaging and new geometric deep learning approaches are revealing a fuller version of the story hidden in shells, researchers report. A clam shell may be a familiar find on the beach, but its intricate curves and markings tell a ric
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‘Refugee Corals’ Move To Escape Warming Seas
Coral reefs are retreating from equatorial waters and establishing new reefs in more temperate regions, a new study shows. Researchers say during the last four decades, the number of young corals on tropical reefs has declined by 85 percent—and doubl
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X-ray ‘Movie’ Captures Molecular Motion In Real Time
Ultra high speed X-ray pulses have allowed researchers to make a high-resolution “movie” of a molecule undergoing structural motions. The research, which appears in Nature Chemistry, reveals the dynamics of the processes in unprecedented detail—captu
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Why Some People Don’t Get Sick From Viruses Like Dengue
Clinical trial findings provide new insights into why some people get sick from flaviviral infections such as dengue fever and yellow fever, while others don’t. The findings point to immune cells undergoing stress and an altered metabolism as reasons
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Quantum Control With Light Paves Way For Ultra-fast Computers
Terahertz light can control some of the essential quantum properties of superconducting states, report researchers. Jigang Wang patiently explains his latest discovery in quantum control that could lead to superfast computing based on quantum mechani
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Why Planting A Flag On The Moon Was So Hard
When Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the United States flag on the moon 50 years ago on July 20, 1969, it represented a major feat of engineering, argues Annie Platoff. “The flag on the moon is a great illustration of the
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Device Recycles Waste Heat Into Light To Boost Solar Systems
Arrays of aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes could channel wasted heat and greatly raise the efficiency of solar energy systems, report researchers. The new invention is a hyperbolic thermal emitter that can absorb intense heat that would otherwise
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How The Moon Landing Still Shapes Our Lives
It’s hard to overstate the significance of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. Whether you view it as an unlikely feat of engineering, a definitive surge ahead in the Cold War, or even just really, really good live TV, Neil Armstrong’s “gian
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Gadget Counts Cancer Cells To See If Chemo Is Working
A new device can determine whether targeted chemotherapy drugs are working on individual cancer patients, report researchers. The portable device, which uses artificial intelligence and biosensors, is up to 95.9 percent accurate at counting live canc
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How Japan’s Royal Family Changes With The Times
Japan’s royal family has bound generations together through strong traditions that continue to shape the country’s culture, infrastructure, and public policy, argues Alice Y. Tseng. Tseng, chair of the department of history of art & architecture and
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Swampy Cells Coordinate Defenses In A Surprising Way
Without touching and with no electrical or chemical signals, certain single-celled organisms can communicate with each other to coordinate ultrafast contractions. The communication allows the aquatic cells, called Spirostomum, to release paralyzing t
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Rocks Cooled The Whole Planet 15 Million Years Ago
New indications as to what initiated a long phase of cooling in Earth’s climate and kept it going may debunk a long-held theory about the pre-ice-age cooling. Fifteen million years ago, the Earth’s climate entered into a period of slow, continuous co
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Sometimes Generic Drugs Actually Cost More
Some patients may pay more out of pocket for high-priced specialty generic drugs than their brand-name counterparts, researchers say. For a new study, researchers examined differences in brand-name and generic or biosimilar drug prices, formulary cov
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Most Americans Say OK To Compensating Kidney Donors
Most Americans say they support compensating kidney donors it means saving more lives, researchers say. Nearly a fifth of the respondents in a recent survey—or 18 percent—say they would reverse opposition to compensating donors if a form of non-cash
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People With Mental Health Disorders Amend The Descriptions
A new study is the first to seek input from people with common mental health issues on how diagnostic guidelines describe their disorders. “Including people’s personal experiences with disorders in diagnostic manuals will improve their access to trea
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