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Hitler Had a Diseased Brain that Caused His Downfall

July 1, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Adolf Hitler, the fascist leader responsible for millions of deaths through genocide and world war, has long been suspected of having Parkinson’s Disease toward the end of this life. It was the disease that helped bring about crucial mistakes leading to his downfall, according to a new study.

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Saber-toothed Cat’s Fangs Grew Twice as Fast, But Appeared Late

July 1, 2015 4:11 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The saber-toothed cat’s trademark canine teeth grew at a tremendous rate– but appeared later than those of the big felines still alive today. Smilodon fatalis’ two huge front teeth grew 6 millimeters per month– double the rate of African lions’ canine teeth– but weren’t full developed until they were three years old, because they had so far to grow.

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Brain Circuit Stops Us from Being Overwhelmed by Powerful Odors

July 1, 2015 2:24 pm | by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers have reported their discovery of a neural circuit in the mouse olfactory bulb that explains how our mammalian cousins— and by extension, we— are able to adjust the gain on intense odors. There’s a need to dial down powerful signals sampled from the environment, for the simple reason that they would otherwise overpower the nerve cells that receive and process them.

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'Safe Alternative' St. John's Wort Has Same Side Effects as Antidepressants

July 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

Researchers have compared the pattern of spontaneous reported adverse drug reactions to St. John’s Wort— a herbal treatment for depression— and fluoxetine— a commonly prescribed antidepressant. They found that St. John’s Wort can produce the same adverse reactions as the drug, and serious side effects can occur when the two are taken together.

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Universe May Be Less Crowded than Thought

July 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

There may be far fewer galaxies further out in the universe than might be expected, suggests a new study based on simulations conducted on the Blue Waters supercomputer. The study shows the first results from the Renaissance Simulations, a suite of extremely high-resolution adaptive mesh refinement calculations of high redshift galaxy formation.

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How Old You Feel Impacts Your Well-being

July 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by NC State Univ. | News | Comments

New research has found that how old you feel changes on a daily basis– and that may have very real ramifications for monitoring your well-being. The researchers also wanted to determine if other variables that could be tracked on a daily basis could be used to predict how old someone felt on any given day. They can.

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Scientific Beliefs Divided by Age as Well as Politics

July 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

Age divides U.S. public opinion about science issues as much as political ideology, a new analysis of recent polling shows. There are dramatic generation gaps in opinions on global warming, offshore drilling, nuclear power, childhood vaccines, gene modification to reduce a baby’s disease risk, untested medicine use, lab tests on animals and evolution.

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Targeted LEDs May Be Efficient Enough to Grow Plants in Space

July 1, 2015 2:20 pm | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

A study has showed that targeting plants with red and blue LEDs provides energy-efficient lighting in contained environments, a finding that could advance the development of crop-growth modules for space exploration.

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The Top 10 New Species of 2015

July 1, 2015 1:55 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has announced the Top 10 New Species as described in calendar year 2014. The annual list, established in 2008, calls attention to discoveries that are made even as species are going extinct faster than they are being identified. See all 10 here.

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Cranberry Juice Each Day Keeps Disease Risk at Bay

July 1, 2015 12:39 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two glasses of cranberry juice a day might keep some disease away, according to a new study. Low-calorie cranberry juice improves several risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

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Detector Audibly Warns of Leaks

July 1, 2015 12:00 pm | Omega Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OMEGA Engineering’s series of CE-compliant ultrasonic leak detectors features an ultrasonic sound range of 20 to 100 kHz.

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Upgrades Optimize Multimode Reader’s Productivity

July 1, 2015 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tecan has updated its Spark 10M Multimode Reader with a cuvette port for absorbance measurements and an enhanced detection module, straightforward performance of immunoassays using PerkinElmer’s Alpha Technology and a number of advanced software features.

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Versatile Crosslinker Covers Multiple Applications

July 1, 2015 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Spectroline’s easy-to-use Spectrolinker XL-1000 UV crosslinker provides enhanced accuracy, making it a versatile instrument for the biotech researcher.

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South Africans Used Milk-based Paint 49,000 Years Ago

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Colorado Boulder | News | Comments

An international research team has discovered a milk-and ochre-based paint dating to 49,000 years ago that inhabitants of South Africa may have used to adorn themselves with or to decorate stone or wooden slabs.

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FDA Considers Safety Precautions for Liquid Nicotine

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products. The FDA says it is responding to an uptick in nicotine poisonings reported by emergency rooms and poison centers nationwide, many involving infants and children.

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Tonight’s Forecast: A Chance of Migrating Birds

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Oklahoma | News | Comments

Using the nation’s weather radar network, two doctoral students have developed a technique for forecasting something other than the weather: the orientation behavior of birds as they migrate through the atmosphere at night. The students have discovered a way to use the latest dual-polarization radar upgrade to measure broad-scale flight orientation of nocturnal migrant birds.

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