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Private browsing gets more private

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
A new MIT system uses JavaScript decryption algorithms embedded in web pages and code obfuscation to patch security holes left open by web browsers' private-browsing functions.
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Genetics makes Asians and Europeans susceptible to severe dengue

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
As globalization and climate change spread tropical infectious diseases around the globe, not all populations have the same degree of susceptibility. Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, CNRS and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Health-University of Porto (i3S) identified gene variants common in people of Asian and European ancestry, making them more prone than those of African origin to developing severe dengue, which can lead to potentially fatal dengue shock syndrome.
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Scientists take step toward safer batteries by trimming lithium branches

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
A collaborative team of researchers from Shinshu University in Japan have found a new way to curb some of the potential dangers posed by lithium ion batteries. Repeated lithium deposition/dissolution during charge/discharge can cause serious accidents due to the deposition of lithium dendrites that penetrate the separator and induce internal short-circuiting. The researchers hope to solve the issues with a plating technology and eventually achieve a compact and high-capacity battery.
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New link between gut bacteria and obesity

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have discovered a new link between gut bacteria and obesity. They found that certain amino acids in our blood can be connected to both obesity and the composition of the gut microbiome.
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Complex inhalers prevent patients from taking medicine

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
Respiratory disease patients with arthritis could struggle to manage their conditions because their inhalers are too fiddly for them to use, University of Bath research has found.
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Insights into familial middle-age dementia suggest new avenues for treatment

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) is a common cause of hereditary dementia, but the molecular events driving the disease are poorly understood. Researchers centered at Tokyo Medical and Dental University(TMDU) developed a mouse model to study a form of FTLD linked to mutations in the PGRN gene (FTLD-TDP). The team discovered that tau protein phosphorylation is a key early event in the pathology of FTLD-TDP, and identified key players in tau phosphorylation that represent potential therapeutic targets.
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Combating sulphuric acid corrosion at wastewater plants

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
Writing in Water Research, Austrian researchers from TU Graz and the University of Graz discuss new materials that prevent damage from microbial induced concrete corrosion.
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Stem cell study may result in stronger muscles in old age

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
As we grow older, our muscular function declines. A new study by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows how an unexpectedly high number of mutations in the stem cells of muscles impair cell regeneration. This discovery may result in new medication to build stronger muscles even when in old age. The study is published in Nature Communications.
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Screening for fracture risk in postmenopausal women is cost-effective

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
A recent Journal of Bone and Mineral Research analysis indicates that screening for fracture risk in older postmenopausal women is a good use of healthcare resources--in other words, it's cost-effective.
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Nanomushroom sensors: One material, many applications

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
The Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit at OIST has developed new innovative biosensing material for counting dividing cells and detecting biomolecules.
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Impact of misunderstanding genetic tests for heart conditions

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
Patients who undergo genetic testing for inherited heart disease need to be better informed to know how to interpret the results and understand the impact the results will have on their life, a University of Sydney study has found.
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Domestic goat dating back to the Neolithic Corded Ware period identified in Finland

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
Goat hairs have been found in a grave structure that was discovered in the 1930s in Kauhava, western Finland. These are the oldest animal hairs found in Finland. From the perspective of Finnish prehistory, the finding supports the evidence of animal husbandry practised during the Corded Ware period, while also revealing details of burial rituals.
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A specific new ELISA method for analyzing cetuximab

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
Cetuximab (CET) is a monoclonal antibody that inhibits epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) used for immunotherapy of different types of cancer. This study describes the development and full validation of a new enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) with high sensitivity and selectivity for bioanalysis of CET.
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Being raised in greener neighborhoods may have beneficial effects on brain development

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
A study by ISGlobal, a center supported by the 'la Caixa' Banking Foundation, in collaboration with Hospital del Mar and UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health, shows for the first time that exposure to green space during childhood is associated with beneficial structural changes in the developing brain.
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New approach to improve nitrogen use, enhance yield, and promote flowering in rice

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
Using nitrogen fertilizer increases crop yields, but excess runoff causes environmental pollution. Moreover, in grains such as rice, large amounts of nitrogen fertilizer can delay flowering, leaving the crop vulnerable to late-season cold weather. A recent study in The Plant Cell identified a rice nitrate transporter that can be overexpressed to increase grain yield and accelerate flowering. This approach has the potential to improve grain yields while avoiding the downside of late maturation.
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Fear and hoping: Adding hope to health messages may motivate better behaviors

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
While fear about health concerns may grip people, adding a little hope to a message might make people more willing to take preventative actions, according to researchers.
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The 'loudness' of our thoughts affects how we judge external sounds

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
The 'loudness' of our thoughts -- or how we imagine saying something -- influences how we judge the loudness of real, external sounds, a team of researchers from NYU Shanghai and NYU has found.
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Playing both ends: Amphibian adapted to varied evolutionary pressures

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
Caecilian, Siphonops annulatus, a limbless amphibian found throughout Brazil, has a concentration of enlarged mucous glands in its head region and a concentration of enlarged poison glands in its posterior region. These concentration appear to have evolved from different selective pressures: the ability to tunnel into the ground and to defend oneself from predators.
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Study tracks evolutionary transition to destructive cancer

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
In a new study, researchers at ASU's Biodesign Institute led an international team to explore how evolutionary processes guide the pathways of cells. Their results, which appear in the advanced online edition of the journal Nature Communications, point to influences leading some cells to remain stable over time while driving others to become cancerous and expand without limit.
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Transforming patient health care and well-being through lighting

Eurekalert - Feb 23 2018 - 00:02
The world of health care is changing rapidly and there is increased interest in the role that light and lighting can play in improving health outcomes for patients and providing healthy work environments for staff, according to many researchers. Recently, the Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, together with the Illumination Engineering Society (IES), sponsored a workshop to explore pathways to define and promote the adoption of lighting systems specifically for health-care environments.
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