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Scientists find evidence of 27 new viruses in bees

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
An international team of researchers has discovered evidence of 27 previously unknown viruses in bees. The finding could help scientists design strategies to prevent the spread of viral pathogens among these important pollinators.
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The seed that could bring clean water to millions

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Carnegie Mellon University's Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Professors Bob Tilton and Todd Przybycien recently co-authored a paper with Ph.D. students Brittany Nordmark and Toni Bechtel, and alumnus John Riley, further refining a process that could soon help provide clean water to many in water-scarce regions. The process, created by Tilton's former student and co-author Stephanie Velegol, uses sand and plant materials readily available in many developing nations.
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Rare in-vivo study shows weak brain nodes have strong influence on memory network

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
The majority of existing simulation studies show that the parts of the brain with high connectivity, the so-called 'hubs', are most important when it comes to several different cognitive tasks. But the results of a rare in-vivo study by Gino Del Ferraro of The City College of New York recently published in Nature demonstrates that the nucleus accumbens (NAc) -- a part of the brain with weak connections -- plays an unexpectedly influential role in enhancing the memory network.
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Why 9 to 5 isn't the only shift that can work for busy families

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
A new study from the University of Washington finds that the impacts of parent work schedules on children vary by age and gender, and often reflect which shift a parent works. Rotating shifts -- a schedule that varies day by day or week by week -- can be most problematic for children.
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Chameleon-inspired nanolaser changes colors

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Chameleons change color by controlling the spacing among nanocrystals on their skin. Northwestern University's nanolaser changes color similarly -- by controlling the spacing among metal nanoparticles.
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Researchers find last of universe's missing ordinary matter

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have helped to find the last reservoir of ordinary matter hiding in the universe.
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Potential to replace race as a risk factor for kidney-transplant failure

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Marva Moxey-Mims, M.D., FASN, says APOLLO study researchers hope that clarifying the role of the APOL1 gene in kidney-transplant failure could lead to fewer discarded kidneys, which could boost the number of available kidneys for patients awaiting transplants.
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T. Rex couldn't stick out its tongue, new research shows

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Dinosaurs are often depicted as fierce creatures, baring their teeth, with tongues wildly stretching from their mouths like giant, deranged lizards. But new research reveals a major problem with this classic image: Dinosaurs couldn't stick out their tongues like lizards. Instead, their tongues were probably rooted to the bottoms of their mouths in a manner akin to alligators.
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No, asylum seekers are not a 'burden' for European economies

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Does the arrival of asylum seekers lead to a deterioration in the economic performance and public finances of the European countries that host them? The answer is no, according to economists from the CNRS, Clermont-Auvergne and Paris-Nanterre universities, who have estimated a dynamic statistical model based on thirty years of data from fifteen countries in Western Europe. On the contrary, the economic impact tends to be positive as some of the asylum seekers become residents.
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Established medications combat lung cancer tumor growth

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Two research groups have discovered that the growth of an intractable type of lung cancer in mouse models can be restrained with a class of drug known as kinase inhibitors.
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Research reveals zero proof probiotics can ease your anxiety

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
A study from the University of Kansas appearing Wednesday in PLOS ONE found evidence that probiotics can reduce anxiety in rodents, but not in humans.
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Asylum seekers positively affect host countries' economy, though on slower timescale

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Asylum seekers fleeing to Western European countries to escape war-ridden areas positively affect a host countries' economy, according to a new report that analyzes 30 years' worth of economic and migration data.
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The sounds of climate change

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
In a new study in Science Advances, researchers describe a way to quickly sift through thousands of hours of field recordings to estimate when songbirds arrive at their Arctic breeding grounds. Their research could be applied to any dataset of animal vocalizations to understand how migratory animals are responding to climate change.
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Scientists calculate impact of China's ban on plastic waste imports

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Scientists from the University of Georgia have calculated the potential global impact of China's ban on plastic waste imports and how this policy might affect efforts to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the world's landfills and natural environment.
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Joint venture: Breakthrough treatment for crippling jaw disease created by UCI, others

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
A first-ever tissue implant to safely treat a common jaw defect, known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction, has been successfully tested by UCI-led researchers in a large animal model, according to new findings.
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Study of 800 million tweets finds distinct daily cycles in our thinking patterns

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Our mode of thinking changes at different times of the day and follows a 24-hour pattern, according to new findings published in PLOS ONE. University of Bristol researchers were able to study our thinking behavior by analyzing seven billion words used in 800 million tweets.
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Fossils show ancient primates had grooming claws as well as nails

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Humans and other primates are outliers among mammals for having nails instead of claws. But how, when and why we transitioned from claws to nails has been an evolutionary head-scratcher.
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What a pain: The iPad neck plagues women more

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Gender and posture -- not screen time -- are biggest factors behind developing 'iPad neck' and shoulder pain, UNLV study finds.
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Double jeopardy: The high costs of living in Nairobi's slums

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Tenants in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, receive drastically inferior household services and pay more rent compared to those in its formal settlements, according to new research from the University at Buffalo School of Management.
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Cooler computing through statistical physics?

Jun 20 2018 - 00:06
Recent breakthroughs in nonequilibrium statistical physics have revealed opportunities to advance the 'thermodynamics of computation,' a field that could have far-reaching consequences for how we understand, and engineer, our computers.
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