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Logging Hit ‘Fast Forward’ On An Entire River’s Erosion
The effects of logging show that human activity can significantly erode bedrock, causing geology to fast forward, according to new research. Geologic time is supposed to be slow, and the most solid object should be bedrock. But the new study, which f
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Find Greater Success By Embracing ‘Soft’ Deadlines
New research on project management finds that embracing uncertainty around deadlines can lead to greater success. The work offers a way to peek under the hood of deadlines, map out their uncertainty, and fold it into a project management system. “Our
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Self-driving Cars Could Make For More Pollution
The benefits of self-driving cars will likely make us want to drive more. Those extra miles could partially or completely offset any potential energy savings, research finds. Previous studies have shown that greater fuel efficiency induces some peopl
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To Stop Wasting Fertilizer, Find Dud Spots In Corn Fields
Big data can help corn farmers pinpoint specific parts of their fields that consistently produce either good or bad yields, research shows. This will not only save them time and money, but also solve one of the most widespread environmental problems
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When Companies File An IPO, Local ZIP Codes Get A Boost
After a business files for an initial public offering, or IPO, communities with ZIP codes close to the company’s headquarters benefit, research finds. Specifically, they see a rise in certain home prices and consumer spending—and creations of new bus
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‘CSI’ Conservation Uses Tiger Spit And Conch Fritters
Scientists have come up with a new way to collect DNA from endangered species—extract it from degraded and left-behind materials, including feces, saliva, and even food products. The near impossibility of collecting DNA samples from rare and elusive
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Model Can Predict Tariff Impact Ahead Of Time
New research explores the complexity of tariffs as a trade tool in a global economy. A global trade war initially launched with Trump Administration tariffs on Chinese steel in 2018 indeed boosted domestic steel production. But as analysts learned ho
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Morphing Origami Could Lead To Better Concert Halls And Drones
A new type of origami can morph from one pattern to another—or even a hybrid of two patterns—instantly altering many of its structural characteristics. The research could unlock new types of origami-based structures or metamaterials that leverage the
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Rain On Other Side Of The Planet Foreshadows California Heat
When heavy rain falls over the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia and the eastern Pacific Ocean, it is a good indicator that temperatures in central California will reach 100°F in four to 16 days, according to new research. Heat waves are common in Cali
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Quick Learners Have Speedier Neurons
The speed with which a person is able to grasp, process, understand, store, and use information comes down to the speed and timing with which the neurons in the brain fire off, research finds. The closer the gap between the firing of one neuron and t
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We Finally Know How General Anesthesia Works
In a new study,researchers found that to knock you out, different anesthesia drugs hijack the neural circuitry that makes you fall sleep. The discovery of general anesthesia 170 years ago was a medical miracle, enabling millions of patients to underg
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Same-sex Couples 73% More Likely To Get Mortgage Denial
Mortgage lenders are less likely to approve same-sex couples, research finds. Researchers in Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business analyzed national mortgage data from 1990 to 2015 and found the approval rate for same-sex couples was 3 to 8
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System Restores Some Pig Brain Function Hours After Death
Researchers restored circulation and cellular activity in a pig’s brain four hours after its death, the team reports. The finding challenges long-held assumptions about the timing and irreversible nature of the cessation of some brain functions after
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Stress Doesn’t Stop Male Lizards From Showing Off
The physical traits and behaviors that lizards use to attract potential mates and fend off competitors may be so important that they don’t change in the face of stress. A new study shows that low levels of stress-associated hormones don’t affect the
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Can Ginkgo Biloba Seeds Fight Skin Infections?
Extracts from the seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree show antibacterial activity on pathogens that can cause skin infections such as acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema, a new study finds. The findings show that the extracts inhibit the growth of Cu
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A New Kind Of Signal Points To Neutron Star Mergers
NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered a bright burst of X-rays in a galaxy 6.6 billion light years from Earth. This event likely signaled the merger of two neutron stars—dense stellar objects packed mainly with neutrons—and could give astro
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This ‘Body Awareness’ Training Cuts Relapse Rate
A new type of body awareness training helps women recover from drug addiction, according to new research. The women made marked improvements, and many of those improvements lasted for more than a year, the researchers say. It’s the first time researc
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What It Means When Lungs Crackle And Wheeze
Crackling and wheezing lungs could be the sounds of a disease progressing, according to new research. A new study describes how the mechanics that produce those noises with every breath are likely a cause of injury and inflammation. The findings, bas
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Sticky Patch Reduces Damage After Heart Attack
An adhesive patch can provide support for damaged heart tissue, report researchers. The new patch may one day help  reduce the stretching of heart muscle that often occurs after a heart attack. Researchers developed the patch, which they made from a
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What Can We Learn From The Notre Dame Fire?
A horrific fire claimed most of the roof and iconic spire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on April 15, a destructive event that caused potentially even more harm to the 12th century building’s historic and religious artifacts and treasures. C
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Scientists Use ‘X-ray Vision’ To See How Catfish Nab Prey
Scientists used a powerful X-ray imaging system to discover how catfish move joints throughout their head in a concerted manner to suck in their prey. The imaging system, which tracked catfish as they caught and swallowed prey, helped scientists deve
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Opioid Epidemic May Have Cost US $37B In Tax Revenue
The opioid epidemic may have cost state and federal governments in the United States up to $37.8 billion in lost tax revenue due to opioid-related employment loss, according to a new study. Additionally, the researchers found that Pennsylvania was on
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Can An Algorithm Replace Animal Testing For Chemicals?
A low-cost, high-speed algorithm may make using animals to test the toxicity of chemicals a thing of the past. Toxicity testing—determining the amount of exposure to a chemical that is unsafe for humans—is vital to the safety of millions of workers i
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1 Gene Connects Stem Cells In The Brain And The Gut
Researchers have identified a new factor that is essential for maintaining the stem cells in the brain and gut. The loss of this factor may contribute to anxiety and cognitive disorders and to gastrointestinal diseases. The organs in our bodies house
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Political Divide Takes A Toll On Immigrants’ Health
A new study, drawn from a broader research project on immigrant health highlights the ways partisan rhetoric and cultural divides become stressors that can lead to poor health. Health is more than the genes we inherit from our parents, the food we ea
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CRISPR Can Turn Human Cells Into Biocomputers
Researchers have integrated two CRISPR-Cas9-based core processors into human cells, a step towards creating powerful biocomputers. Controlling gene expression through gene switches based on a model borrowed from the digital world has long been one of
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Home Batteries Can Sap Your Solar System’s Value
The energy produced over the lifetime of rooftop solar panels more than makes up for the energy it takes to make, mount, and eventually recycle them. But adding a home battery can lower those dividends, new research finds. Previous studies estimated
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Gestational Diabetes Ups Future Risk For Kids
Children of mothers who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy could be at increased risk of type 1 diabetes themselves, according to a new study. Early detection of diabetes is important in children and youth, as many—about 25 percent—only receiv
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Can Brain Scans Spot CTE In The Living?
Experimental PET scans on living people can detect abnormal brain tissue—called tau protein—in patterns similar to those in the brains of deceased people diagnosed with CTE after death, report researchers. For the time being, the only way for scienti
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Signs Of Despair Rise Among Gen X-ers
Indicators of despair—depression, suicidal ideation, drug use, and alcohol abuse—are rising among Americans in their late 30s and early 40s across most demographic groups, according to new research. These findings suggest that the increase in “deaths
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