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Toddlers Emulate Peers, Apes Don't

October 31, 2014 | by Association for Psychological Science | News | Comments

From the playground to the board room, people often conform to the behavior of those around them as a way of fitting in. New research shows that this behavioral conformity appears early in human children, but isn’t evidenced by apes like chimpanzees and orangutans.

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Device Yields Close-up Look at How Cancer Moves

October 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by Johns Hopkins Univ. | News | Comments

Engineers have invented a lab device to give cancer researchers an unprecedented microscopic look at metastasis, the complex way that tumor cells spread through the body. By shedding light on precisely how tumor cells travel, the device could uncover new ways to keep cancer in check.

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Dark Matter is Decreasing

October 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Portsmouth | News | Comments

New research offers a novel insight into the nature of dark matter and dark energy and what the future of our Universe might be. Researchers have found hints that dark matter, the cosmic scaffolding on which our Universe is built, is being slowly erased, swallowed up by dark energy.

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Sugar-free Candy is Dangerous for Dogs

October 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by Kansas State Univ. | News | Comments

When taking home a stash of candy, keep an eye on the sugar-free kind. While it may be a good alternative for humans, just a small amount can be life-threatening for pets. One stick of sugar-free gum can be toxic to your dog.

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Oxygen Levels Delayed the Appearance of Animals

October 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by UC Riverside | News | Comments

Researchers are reporting that oxygen levels during the billion or more years before the rise of animals were only 0.1 percent of what they are today. Earth’s atmosphere couldn’t have supported a diversity of creatures, regardless of other factors.

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Hair Tests Link Drug Use to Birth Defects

October 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. College London | News | Comments

Drug tests on 517 mothers in English inner city hospitals found that nearly 15 percent had taken recreational drugs during pregnancy and that mothers of babies with birth defects of the brain were significantly more likely to have taken drugs than mothers with normal babies. The study found no significant links between recreational drug use and any other type of birth defect.

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Kevlar Key to Tough Electronics

October 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | News | Comments

Researchers were able to weave high-strength, highly conductive yarns made of tungsten metal on Kevlar— body armor material— by using atomic layer deposition, a process commonly used for producing memory and logic devices.

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X-rays Put Nuclear Waste in New Light

October 31, 2014 2:00 pm | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | News | Comments

Researchers have used synchrotron X-rays to gain understanding into bulging nuclear waste containers. They want to find the safest solution to the bulging, long before there is any chance of a problem.

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5 Tips for Better Weighing

October 31, 2014 1:57 pm | by Michelle Taylor and Jon Dipierro, Advantage Business Media | Videos | Comments

Join Editor-in-Chief Michelle Taylor as she counts the ways to an optimized weighing process. After all, better weighing skills mean better weighing accuracy.                                       

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Daylight Savings May Endanger Diabetics

October 31, 2014 7:00 am | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

Soon, many will turn back the hands of time as part of the twice-annual ritual of daylight saving time. That means remembering to change the alarm clock next to the bed. But for some diabetics who use insulin pumps, a scientist suggests that remembering to change the time on this device should be the priority.

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Research Sheds Light on Source of Stem Cells

October 31, 2014 7:00 am | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

A study has provided insights into where stem cells come from and could advance research in regenerative medicine. The work also has significant implications for fertility research.

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Oceans Arrived on Earth Early

October 31, 2014 7:00 am | by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | News | Comments

Water is essential for life on the planet, but the answers to two key questions have eluded us: where did Earth's water come from and when? While some hypothesize that water came late to Earth, well after the planet had formed, findings from a new study significantly move back the clock for the first evidence of water on Earth and in the inner solar system.

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Research Finds Key to Cheaper Biofuels, Improved Crops

October 31, 2014 7:00 am | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

By manipulating a plant’s metabolic pathways, two scientists have figured out a way to genetically rewire plants to allow for an exceptionally high level of control over the spatial pattern of gene expression, while at the same time boosting expression to very high levels. Now, they have launched a startup company to apply this technology for developing low-cost biofuels that could be cost-competitive with gasoline and corn ethanol.

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Bats Like to Hang Out with Friends

October 31, 2014 7:00 am | by Centre for Ecology & Hydrology | News | Comments

New research has shown that despite moving house frequently, bats choose to roost with the same social groups of “friends.” The study found that different social groups roost in separate, though adjacent, parts of woodland. The findings have important implications for conservation as bats may not be able to move to another area if a section of woodland is felled.

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Navigation, Locating Occurs Sans External Cues

October 31, 2014 7:00 am | by PLOS | News | Comments

Researchers have identified the amount of information the brain needs in order to navigate and accurately estimate location. They determined that animal brains can, in principle, use a memory map to estimate location without external cues– such as sight, smell, touch and sound.

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Water-fueled Microrockets Neutralize Threats

October 31, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

With fears growing over chemical and biological weapons falling into the wrong hands, scientists are developing microrockets to fight back against these dangerous agents, should the need arise. Now, they have created spherical micromotors that rapidly neutralize chemical and biological agents and use water as fuel.

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