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Why We Need A New Telescope To Search For Alien Life
A new federally commissioned report recommends the construction of a new type of space telescope to help find life on other planets or discover other solar systems like ours. Bruce Macintosh, an astrophysicist at Stanford University who was a member
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Brain’s ‘Gatekeeper’ Decides Which Details Need Attention
Neuroscientists know a lot about how our brains learn new things, but not much about how they choose what to focus on while they learn. Now, researchers have traced that ability to an unexpected place in the brain. In order to learn about the world,
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Tooth Loss Can Be A Sign Of Malnutrition In Older Adults
Older adults are at risk for both impaired oral health and malnutrition, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed the health records of 107 community-dwelling senior citizens who received treatment at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine clini
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How Horror Movies Turn Fear Into Fun
There’s a lot of thought behind a good scare in our favorite horror movies, according to film expert Jason Middleton. A scholar and experimental filmmaker, Middleton is an associate professor of English and the director of the film and media studies
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Rural And Urban Kids In U.S. Have Same Cancer Survival Odds
Living in a rural or urban area at the time of a cancer diagnosis has no impact on a child’s chance of survival, a new study shows. “The widespread availability of public health insurance for children and adolescents and a nationwide network of pedia
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Playing Video Games To Cope With Anxiety May Flag Addiction
Understanding why people play video games could help identify who is at risk for a gaming disorder, a new study shows. Researchers surveyed college students about their frequency of video game play, coping strategies, anxiety, and symptoms of various
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A Few Drinks Can Change How Memories Form
Just a few drinks changes how memories are formed at the fundamental, molecular level, according to a new study with flies. One of the many challenges with battling alcohol addiction and other substance abuse disorders is the risk of relapse, even af
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Cannabis Extract Relieves Chronic Pain Minus The ‘High’
Researchers have pinpointed how cannabidiol, or CBD, can relieve pain safely without the side effects. In the wake of cannabis legalization in Canada, a team of scientists has delivered encouraging news for chronic pain sufferers by pinpointing the e
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Wasp-inspired Robots Open Doors By Themselves
Researchers have modified small flying robots to grab and haul heavy loads with the help of powerful winches and two previous inventions: gecko adhesives and microspines. A closed door is just one of many obstacles that poses no barrier to a new type
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CRISPR Pinpoints Gene That Switches Butterfly Wing Color
Scientists have used genome sequencing and CRISPR to home in on a single gene that controls wing color in butterflies. Heliconius butterflies are a diverse and colorful group of species that live throughout tropical regions of Central and South Ameri
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Absurdly Expensive ‘Himalayan Viagra’ Faces Extinction
A parasitic fungus that grows wild throughout the Himalayas and sells for more than its weight in gold could vanish if current harvesting and climate trends continue, researchers warn. The fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis, survives by preying on ghost
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This Plant Protein Plays ‘Chess’ With Bacterial Invaders
Plant scientists have shed new light on a genetic pathway that influences both plant growth and disease resistance. The findings make this pathway a promising target for breeding new crop varieties that can fight pathogens without sacrificing perform
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Why Parents Don’t Vaccinate Their Kids Against HPV
Fear of encouraging sexual activity is not a common reason why parents avoid immunizing their kids against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, according to a new survey analysis. Doctors frequently cite parental fears of inciting early sex
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Successful Leaders Prioritize Their Moral Compass
Leaders who value morality outperform their unethical peers, regardless of industry, company size, or role, according to new research. But because we all define a “moral leader” differently, leaders who try to do good may face unexpected difficulties
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These Spear Points May Be North America’s Oldest Weapons
Scientists believe newly-discovered, 15,500-year-old spear points are the oldest weapons ever found in North America. The findings raise new questions about the settlement of early peoples on the continent. As reported in Science Advances, scientists
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Layered Core Could Be Key To Longer-lasting Fuel Cells
Researchers have developed a new alloy catalyst that both reduces platinum use and holds up well in fuel cell testing. One factor holding back the widespread use of eco-friendly hydrogen fuel cells in cars, trucks, and other vehicles is the cost of t
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Not All Gut Bacteria Bounce Back After Antibiotics
While almost all gut bacteria recover after exposure to antibiotics, six months afterward, the gut still lacks nine common beneficial bacterial species, according to new research. The use of antibiotics has long been linked to changes in the composit
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How Moral Outrage Can Turn Into Social Change
While outrage is generally considered a hurdle in the path to civil discourse, new research suggests outrage—specifically, moral outrage—may have beneficial outcomes, such as inspiring people to take part in long-term collective action. In a literatu
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How 600,000 Pounds Of Dead Fish Affected Alaskan Trees
Dead salmon—more than 600,000 pounds of them—that researchers threw on one side of a shallow creek in Alaska over 20 years have had an unexpected benefit: healthier, faster-growing trees. Hansen Creek, a small stream in southwest Alaska, is hard to p
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Better Preterm Baby Data Could Put Parents At Ease
New research provides updated figures on the risks of extremely preterm babies surviving with or without major disability as they progress through intensive care. The new findings mean doctors can counsel families more accurately and offer hope to pa
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‘Media Multitasking’ Might Mess With Our First Impressions
Researchers have found a link between spending too much time on digital devices and how we form first impressions. The study examines the relationship between people who use multiple digital devices at once (known as media multitaskers) and how they
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Information Technology In Nursing Homes Bolsters Care
Nursing homes that adopt more sophisticated information technologies are seeing specific improvements in the quality of care, a new study shows. These improvements include significant decreases in urinary tract infections, patients reporting moderate
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Origami And 3D Printing Merge To Make Complex Stuff Easily
Researchers have merged the ancient art of origami with 21st century technology to create a one-step approach to fabricating complex structures whose light weight, expandability, and strength could have a variety of applications, including biomedical
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Can ‘Winter Swimming’ Treatment Lead To Weight Loss?
Stimulating the body’s cold and nicotine receptors burns energy, suppresses appetite, and may lead to weight loss, a study with mice shows. Inspired by everyday life, researchers wondered whether they could pharmacologically imitate some of the effec
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Ancient Crystals Shed Light On Earth’s Earliest History
Scientists have discovered crystals that formed earlier than 4 billion years ago in the Barberton Mountains of South Africa. To geologists, Earth’s early history is somewhat of a black box. Volcanoes, magma seas, and meteorite impacts defined our pla
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Water Stuck In Glaciers May Change Sea Level Predictions
Researchers have discovered water stored within a glacier in Greenland. The water storage has been a missing component for models aiming to predict how melting glaciers will affect the planet. The rapidly changing Greenland ice sheet is a major contr
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‘Negative Feedback’ Boosts Diversity Of Tropical Forests
The population of a common tropical tree species increases mainly where it is rare—rather than in locations where it is common, according to a 10-year study that used high-resolution satellite imaging. “There are more tree species living in an area n
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Compound Targets ‘Undruggable’ Prostate Cancer Cells
A new type of molecule blocks the action of genes that drive the growth of therapy-resistant prostate cancer, according to a new study. “Rather than continue making compounds that are just like older drugs, the focus of our work has been to rethink t
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3D Printing Method Produces Magnetic Parts
Researchers have developed a method that uses 3D printing to create products containing magnets. When Kai von Petersdorff-Campen decided to make an artificial heart pump using 3D printing, he didn’t expect that his project would attract so much atten
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VR New York Gives Future Social Workers A New Way To Train
A new virtual reality simulation of New York City is helping social work students practice in the virtual world before heading into the real thing. “It’s convenient but it’s also a safe way to explore the area,” says Nikki Vega, a student at the New
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