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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist and Writer, Dies at 82

August 31, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Oliver Sacks, neurologist and writer, died on Sunday at age 82. Sacks cataloged both disease, and the diversity of human response to it, over decades. He again entered the public eye writing about his own encounter with terminal cancer – conveying a sense of gratitude for his long life in a much-heralded New York Times piece.

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Obama Visits Alaska to Tout Climate Policy, Renames Mt. McKinley

September 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

President Barack Obama traveled to Alaska yesterday to push change-policies. Part of the agenda involved renaming North America’s tallest mountain. Alaska, stretching up to the Arctic Circle, has been experiencing wildfires, bigger storm surges, glacier melt and some of the quickest shore erosion seen in the world, the president said in his latest weekly address.

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Three Major Hurricanes Line Up in Pacific

August 31, 2015 1:25 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Three major hurricanes lined up in the middle of the Pacific Ocean over the weekend. The three Category Four storms Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena were the first to all be active at that strength during the same time in the Pacific, according to experts.

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Nocturnal Insects Can Sense Airstream Turbulence

August 31, 2015 1:21 pm | by Rothamsted Research | News | Comments

When nocturnal insects make their high-flying journeys through the darkness of night, they may have more than an internal compass to guide them on their way. 

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DNA-guided 3-D Printing Makes LEGOs from Human Tissue

August 31, 2015 1:06 pm | by UCSF | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique to build tiny models of human tissues, called organoids, more precisely than ever before using a process that turns human cells into a biological equivalent of LEGO bricks. These mini-tissues in a dish can be used to study how particular structural features of tissue affect normal growth or go awry in cancer.

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Ultrathin Sheets Uncover New Class of Wrapped Shapes

August 31, 2015 12:57 pm | by UMass Amherst | News | Comments

Experimental and theoretical physicists have teamed up to use much thinner sheets than ever before to successfully wrap droplets. Thinner, highly-bendable sheets lift standard constraints and allow for a new class of wrapped shapes.

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Wind Turbines Are Booming, But is the Return Worth It?

August 31, 2015 12:47 pm | by University of Kansas | News | Comments

Researchers have evaluated the effects of large wind farms on atmospheric flow and its implications for how much renewable energy the turbines can generate.

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Swan Necks Hold Secrets to Better Drones

August 31, 2015 12:37 pm | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford University | News | Comments

The way whooper swans stabilize their heads has influenced the design of a camera suspension system that could allow drones to record steadier video.

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Mummy of Pharaoh’s Stablemaster Shows Earliest Heart-disease Death

August 31, 2015 12:06 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The mummified remains of a stablemaster from Ancient Egypt shows the earliest evidence of a death from heart disease, according to an Egyptologist. Nebiri was “chief of the stables” under Thutmoses III, of the 18th Dynasty in the 15th century B.C., according to Raffaella Bianucci of the University of Turin.

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Study: Cold Weather Associated With Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack

August 31, 2015 10:28 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

Cold weather is associated with a higher risk of severe heart attack. The six year study found that each 10 C drop in temperature was associated with a 7% increased risk of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most severe form of heart attack.

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New 'Tissue Velcro' Could Help Repair Damaged Hearts

August 31, 2015 10:21 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

Engineers just made assembling functional heart tissue as easy as fastening your shoes. The team has created a biocompatible scaffold that allows sheets of beating heart cells to snap together just like Velcro.

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Tail as Old as Time: Researchers Trace Ankylosaur's Tail Evolution

August 31, 2015 10:09 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

How did the ankylosaur get its tail club? According to research that traces the evolution of the ankylosaur's distinctive tail, the handle arrived first on the scene, and the knot at the end of the tail followed.

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Food May Be Addictive

August 31, 2015 7:00 am | by European College of Neuropsychopharmacology | News | Comments

An international group of researchers have found that food craving activates different brain networks between obese and normal weight patients. This indicates that the tendency to want food may be “hard-wired” into the brain of overweight patients, becoming a functional brain biomarker.

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One Dose of Cocaine Alters Perception of Emotions

August 31, 2015 7:00 am | by European College of Neuropsychopharmacology | News | Comments

In a study, researchers took 24 students with light to moderate cocaine use, and gave them either 300 mg of oral cocaine, or a placebo. After one to two hours, each participant was then subject to a series of biochemical tests, as well as the facial emotion recognition test to measure response to a series of basic emotions. The subjects who took cocaine found it more difficult to recognize negative emotions.

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Laughs from Lab: August 31, 2015

August 31, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week with a smile on your face. So, here’s a science joke you might like. Q: Why did hydrogen marry carbon?

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Raw Oysters Harbor Norovirus, Say Scientists – But Seafood Experts Shrug

August 28, 2015 2:24 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Oysters serve as a major reservoir for noroviruses– the raw ones should be avoided, according to a new study. But seafood industry experts say the shellfish danger is overstated.

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