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Shifting Sea Level Influenced Galapagos' Diversity

April 24, 2014 | by Inside Science News Service, Ker Than | News | Comments

A new study suggests that rising and falling sea levels played a key role in the distribution of species across the Galapagos by repeatedly connecting and then isolating the 16 equatorial islands.

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Mantis Shrimp Key to Stronger Airplanes

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by UC Riverside | Videos | Comments

Inspired by the fist-like club of a mantis shrimp, a team of researchers has developed a design structure for composite materials that is more impact resistant and tougher than the standard used in airplanes.

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Gene Therapy May Improve Cochlear Implants

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

Researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants. They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.

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Scientists Watch Enormous Iceberg Drift

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists are watching an iceberg bigger than the island of Guam as it slowly moves away from an Antarctic glacier. Don’t worry: it’s more a wonder than a worry and is not a threat to shipping or sea level rise.

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Rainforest Survey May Aid Carbon Offset Schemes

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Leeds | News | Comments

Researchers studying the Amazon Basin have revealed unprecedented details of the size, age and species of trees across the region by comparing satellite maps with hundreds of field plots. These new insights could improve carbon offsetting initiatives.

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Vilified Protein Clusters Protect Brain

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Tel Aviv Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered that protein clusters implicated in neurodegenerative diseases actually serve to protect brain cells.

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Animal Study Suggests Astronauts Risk Cognitive Impairment

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Scientists report that rats exposed to high-energy particles, simulating conditions astronauts would face on a long-term deep space mission, show lapses in attention and slower reaction times, even when the radiation exposure is in extremely low dose ranges.

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Compound Halts Cocaine Addiction, Relapse Behaviors

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. at Buffalo | News | Comments

A novel compound that targets an important brain receptor has a dramatic effect against a host of cocaine addiction behaviors, including relapse behavior, an animal study has found.

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Archaeologists, Tribe Clash Over Remains

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Archaeologists and Native Americans are clashing over Indian remains and artifacts that were excavated during a construction project in the San Francisco Bay Area, but then reburied at an undisclosed location.

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Researchers Steer Chemical Reactions with Laser Pulses

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Vienna Univ. of Technology | News | Comments

Usually, chemical reactions just take their course, much like a ball rolling downhill. However, chemists using femtosecond laser pulses can change the distribution of electrons in molecules and the disturbance of the electrons can initiate chemical processes.

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Antibacterial Compound Linked to Cancer Cells

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Triclosan, a common antibacterial compound in soaps and other products, spurred the growth of breast cancer cells in lab tests and mice.

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Featured Report: Oil Spill Cleanup in Arctic Requires Increased Infrastructure

April 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by National Research Council | News | Comments

A changing climate is increasing the accessibility of U.S. Arctic waters to commercial activities such as shipping, oil and gas development and tourism. That’s raising concerns about the risk of oil spills. Now, a report says a full suite of proven oil response tools is needed to address potential oil spills in U.S. Arctic waters, but not all of them are readily available.

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How to Avoid Fracking Industry Water Woes

April 23, 2014 12:03 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

The shale gas boom has transformed the energy landscape in the U.S., but in some drier locations, it could cause conflict among the energy industry, residents and agricultural interests over already-scarce water resources.

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Physicist Demonstrates How the OED Was Wrong

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Queensland Univ. of Technology | News | Comments

In 2010, a physicist spotted a mistake in the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary that had gone unnoticed for 99 years. The OED incorrectly described atmospheric pressure, rather than gravity, as the operating force in a siphon. Now, he has proven the mistake by demonstrating the science of siphons.

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Google Maps Enables Time Traveling

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Michael Liedtke | News | Comments

Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps. The new twist on time travel is debuting as part of the "Street View" feature in Google's maps, a navigational tool that attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month.

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Man Among First in U.S. to Get Bionic Eye

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mike Householder | News | Comments

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Roger Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his sight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson and cat.

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