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Cotton Candy Cure for Future of Organ Transplants

ACSH - 1 hour 33 min ago

Leon Bellan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University uses creative vision and a $40 cotton candy machine from Target to create capillaries to keep tissues viable and functional for transplantation. Continue reading →

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Walgreens Selling to Heroin Users? Yes, to Save Their Lives

ACSH - 2 hours 7 min ago

A silly article makes it appear as though Walgreens is someone contributing to the heroin addiction problem, but all the company is doing is making the life-saving antidote, naloxone, available in its stores. Continue reading →

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Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction

Science2.0 - 2 hours 15 min ago

BATON ROUGE - For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime, called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained. Physicists have concluded that the detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed.


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Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction

General - 2 hours 15 min ago

BATON ROUGE - For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime, called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained. Physicists have concluded that the detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed.


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Learning About Struggles Of Famous Scientists May Help Students Succeed In Science

Science2.0 - 2 hours 15 min ago

WASHINGTON -- High school students may improve their science grades by learning about the personal struggles and failed experiments of great scientists such as Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

In the study, 402 9th- and 10th-grade students from four New York City high schools in low-income areas of the Bronx and Harlem were divided into three groups. The control group read an 800-word typical science textbook description about the great accomplishments of Einstein, Curie and Michael Faraday, an English scientist who made important discoveries about electromagnetism.


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Learning About Struggles Of Famous Scientists May Help Students Succeed In Science

General - 2 hours 15 min ago

WASHINGTON -- High school students may improve their science grades by learning about the personal struggles and failed experiments of great scientists such as Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

In the study, 402 9th- and 10th-grade students from four New York City high schools in low-income areas of the Bronx and Harlem were divided into three groups. The control group read an 800-word typical science textbook description about the great accomplishments of Einstein, Curie and Michael Faraday, an English scientist who made important discoveries about electromagnetism.


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Tiny Worm Opens Big Discovery On Nerve Degeneration

Science2.0 - 2 hours 15 min ago

A discovery in a transparent roundworm has brought scientists one step closer to understanding nerve degeneration.

University of Queensland researchers have discovered the worm contains two proteins that play a role in the degeneration of axons in nerve cells.

Project leader Associate Professor Massimo Hilliard, from the Queensland Brain Institute, said axons - long, thread-like nerve cell sections that transmit information - were one of the first parts destroyed in neurodegenerative disease.


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Tiny Worm Opens Big Discovery On Nerve Degeneration

General - 2 hours 15 min ago

A discovery in a transparent roundworm has brought scientists one step closer to understanding nerve degeneration.

University of Queensland researchers have discovered the worm contains two proteins that play a role in the degeneration of axons in nerve cells.

Project leader Associate Professor Massimo Hilliard, from the Queensland Brain Institute, said axons - long, thread-like nerve cell sections that transmit information - were one of the first parts destroyed in neurodegenerative disease.


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Age-specific Rates Of Dementia In Decline — But Not The Number Of New Patients

ACSH - 2 hours 51 min ago

In a surprising report, researchers using data from the long-term Framingham study have shown that the age-specific incidence (of new cases) of dementia have actually fallen by 44 percent since 1977. The number of new cases, however, will continue to rise as the population ages. Continue reading →

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Undoing 35 Years Of Progress? Resistance To AIDS Meds in Africa

ACSH - 3 hours 16 min ago

Until recently, it looked like the AIDS epidemic in Africa might finally be controlled, due to the widespread use of anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs. But, poor compliance has caused HIV to mutate in a way such that tenofovir, one of the most important ARV drugs, often no longer works. This threatens not only Africa, but the rest of the world as well. Continue reading →

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Science Acceptance: The Urban-Rural Divide

ACSH - 4 hours 1 min ago

When it comes to the Zika virus, rural and urban people have much different ideas on how to prevent it in the U.S. Continue reading →

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Four Different Ways Couples Show They Care

Science2.0 - 6 hours 25 min ago

Want to suck all of the fun out of romance and dating? Talk with a humanities scholar in family dating researcher. 

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a University of Illinois academic has identified four distinct approaches that dating couples use to develop deeper commitment. "The four types of dating couples that we found included the dramatic couple, the conflict-ridden couple, the socially involved couple, and the partner-focused couple," said Brian Ogolsky, assistant professor of human development and family studies.


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Four Different Ways Couples Show They Care

General - 6 hours 25 min ago

Want to suck all of the fun out of romance and dating? Talk with a humanities scholar in family dating researcher. 

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a University of Illinois academic has identified four distinct approaches that dating couples use to develop deeper commitment. "The four types of dating couples that we found included the dramatic couple, the conflict-ridden couple, the socially involved couple, and the partner-focused couple," said Brian Ogolsky, assistant professor of human development and family studies.


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Internet Searches Reflect Increase In E-Cigarette Popularity

Science2.0 - 7 hours 2 min ago

The Oxford Dictionaries selected "vape"--as in, to smoke from an electronic cigarette or inhalation device --as word of the year in 2014. Internet users' search behavior tells a similar story. 


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Internet Searches Reflect Increase In E-Cigarette Popularity

General - 7 hours 2 min ago

The Oxford Dictionaries selected "vape"--as in, to smoke from an electronic cigarette or inhalation device --as word of the year in 2014. Internet users' search behavior tells a similar story. 


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New Government Guidelines Won't Impact Alcohol Drinking

Science2.0 - 7 hours 20 min ago

New government guidelines claiming a link between alcohol and cancer won't have a direct impact on drinking, but they do raise awareness of harm and so may alter social attitudes towards alcohol, according to an editorial in The BMJ.

Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge and a member of the committee that produced the guidelines, concedes there is no evidence about any impact of health related guidelines on behavior, including for alcohol, risk information is still worth a try.  


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New Government Guidelines Won't Impact Alcohol Drinking

General - 7 hours 20 min ago

New government guidelines claiming a link between alcohol and cancer won't have a direct impact on drinking, but they do raise awareness of harm and so may alter social attitudes towards alcohol, according to an editorial in The BMJ.

Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge and a member of the committee that produced the guidelines, concedes there is no evidence about any impact of health related guidelines on behavior, including for alcohol, risk information is still worth a try.  


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Why Not Recycled Concrete?

Science2.0 - 7 hours 35 min ago

From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can't we recycle concrete from our deteriorating infrastructure for use as material in new buildings and bridges? It's a question that a team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame is examining.


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Why Not Recycled Concrete?

General - 7 hours 35 min ago

From paper towels to cups to plastic bottles, products made from recycled materials permeate our lives. One notable exception is building materials. Why can't we recycle concrete from our deteriorating infrastructure for use as material in new buildings and bridges? It's a question that a team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame is examining.


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Why You May Skimp On Your Valentine's Day Gift

Science2.0 - 7 hours 35 min ago

Imagine that you're buying a box of chocolates for a loved one on Valentine's Day, and the store is offering a free gift if you buy a slightly inferior box of chocolates instead of the best chocolates in the store. Which do you buy?

You are more likely to go for the inferior box, according to new research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, published in the Journal of Consumer Research.


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