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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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Magnetic Particles Help Fight Olive Oil Counterfeiting

April 24, 2014 1:46 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

An invisible label could ensure that expensive olive oil isn't counterfeit or adulterated. The tag comprises tiny magnetic DNA particles encapsulated in a silica casing and mixed with the oil.

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Preserved Blood Doesn’t Belong to Louis XVI

April 24, 2014 1:30 pm | by Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) | News | Comments

The results of an international study indicate that the DNA recovered from the inside of a pumpkin, previously attributed to the French King Louis XVI, does not actually belong to the monarch, guillotined in 1793.

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Ultrasound IDs Plaque Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

April 24, 2014 1:10 pm | by North Carolina State Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have developed an ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack or stroke.

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FDA Suggests Regulations for E-cigarettes

April 24, 2014 1:02 pm | by Associated Press, Michael Felberbaum | News | Comments

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the FDA.

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Live Long and Prosper

April 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by Cell Press | Podcasts | Comments

In this edition, we learn about: Battling the serious immune reaction that happens with sepsis, with Peter Ward (special issue of Trends in Molecular Medicine). The link between cell metabolism, fertility, and lifespan, with Shawn Ahmed (6:30) (Cell Reports). Other great research highlights from around Cell Press (12:00).

Massive Landslide Prompts Fish Run Observation

April 24, 2014 12:50 pm | by Associated Press, Phuong Le | News | Comments

As search crews continue to look for two missing people in the Washington landslide, scientists are also closely monitoring how the slide is affecting federally endangered fish runs, including Chinook salmon and steelhead.

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County Halts Medical Waste-based Energy Production

April 24, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press, Steven DuBois | News | Comments

An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to generate electricity after learning the waste it's been burning may include tissue from aborted fetuses.

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Vermont Leads GMO Labeling Campaign

April 24, 2014 12:26 pm | by Associated Press, Dave Gram | News | Comments

Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified foods, under a bill approved by both legislative chambers and favored by the governor.

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Oxygen Diminishes Heart's Regenerative Ability

April 24, 2014 12:14 pm | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers previously discovered that the newborn animal heart can heal itself completely, whereas the adult heart lacks this ability. Now, research by the same team has revealed why the heart loses its incredible regenerative capability in adulthood, and the answer is quite simple– oxygen.

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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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