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Planet 1,200 Light Years Away Could be Habitable, UCLA Team Finds

May 31, 2016 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Multiple models show that a planet 1,200 light years away from us could be habitable – although it would look very different from our own Earth. Kepler-62f was discovered in 2013, but there was little information about the exoplanet’s orbit and atmosphere.


Doubling Down on Schrödinger's Cat

May 31, 2016 3:10 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Yale physicists have given Schrödinger's famous cat a second box to play in, and the result may help further the quest for reliable quantum computing.

‘Aleppo Boil’ Disfiguring Disease Surging in War-torn Syria

May 31, 2016 3:05 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The “Aleppo Boil” is a disfiguring disease particular to its namesake city in Syria. For centuries, it has been an infectious disease that has struck the poor and dispossessed in the ancient country, leaving them with horrific wounds.

Children's Digestive Health Across Europe 'in Crisis'

May 31, 2016 2:57 pm | by Spink Health | News | Comments

A report investigating the current state of digestive health in children has revealed alarming trends in disease incidence and inequalities in the provision of digestive healthcare services for children across Europe.


New Study Refutes Previous Claim that Endurance Training can Cause Heart Damage

May 31, 2016 2:44 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Sports medicine physicians have found no evidence of heart damage from long-term endurance training by elite master athletes.

Fast, Stretchy Circuits Could Yield New Wave of Wearable Electronics

May 31, 2016 2:37 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

A team of engineers has created the world's fastest stretchable, wearable integrated circuits, an advance that could drive the Internet of Things and a much more connected, high-speed wireless world.

U.S. Army Camera Captures Explosives in Fine Detail

May 31, 2016 2:30 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Improved optical techniques allow U.S. Army researchers to image explosions in high resolution at 20,000-40,000 frames per second resolutions and costs approaching computer simulations.

Understanding the Brain's Trigger for Binge Behavior

May 31, 2016 2:24 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Rats that responded to cues for sugar with the speed and excitement of binge-eaters were less motivated for the treat when certain neurons were suppressed, researchers discovered.

New Signs of Stress Damage in Brain Discovered

May 31, 2016 9:55 am | by Rockefeller University | News | Comments

New research shows that when mice experience prolonged stress, structural changes occur within a little-studied region of their amygdala, a part of the brain that regulates basic emotions, such as fear and anxiety.


Deep, Old Water Explains Why Antarctic Ocean Hasn't Warmed

May 31, 2016 9:49 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

New research finds that ocean currents explain why the seawater surrounding Antarctica has stayed at roughly the same temperature while most of the rest of the planet has warmed.

'90-90-90' Program a Cost-effective Way to Treat HIV in South Africa, Study Shows

May 31, 2016 9:41 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

A new study finds that implementing the United Nations targets for HIV testing and treatment would be an expensive but ultimately very cost-effective way to increase survival, reduce the number of children orphaned by HIV, and contain the global AIDS epidemic.

Narcotic Painkillers Prolong Pain in Rats

May 31, 2016 9:25 am | by University of Colorado at Boulder | News | Comments

Opioids like morphine have now been shown to paradoxically cause an increase in chronic pain in lab rats, findings that could have far-reaching implications for humans.

Dancing Hairs Alert Bees to Floral Electric Fields

May 31, 2016 9:12 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

Tiny, vibrating hairs may explain how bumblebees sense and interpret the signals transmitted by flowers, according to a new study.

Rice, Mung Bean Remains Help Solve Madagascan Mystery

May 31, 2016 9:07 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Researchers have helped solve one of the enduring mysteries of the ancient world: why the inhabitants of Madagascar speak Malagasy, a language otherwise unique to Southeast Asia and the Pacific - a region located at least 6,000 km away.

Vitamin Protects Mice from Diabetes Complications

May 27, 2016 1:11 pm | News | Comments

A naturally occurring vitamin, nicotinamide riboside (NR), can lower blood sugar levels, reduce fatty liver and prevent peripheral nerve damage in mouse models of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Fasting-like Diet Reduces Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

May 27, 2016 1:02 pm | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Evidence is mounting that a diet mimicking the effects of fasting has health benefits beyond weight loss, with a new USC-led study indicating that it may reduce symptoms of multiple sclerosis.


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