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Body Temperature Triggers Polymer to Change Shape

February 9, 2016 9:46 am | by University of Rochester | Comments

Polymers that visibly change shape when exposed to temperature changes are nothing new. But researchers created a material that undergoes a shape change that can be triggered by body heat alone.


Predicting who will Develop Multiple Sclerosis

February 9, 2016 9:42 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | Comments

By focusing on first-degree family members of MS patients, a research team seeks to better understand the sequence of events that leads some people to develop the disease.


Mayo Clinic Team Finds Another Species of Lyme Bacteria

February 9, 2016 9:36 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Mayo Clinic scientists say they have found a new species of bacteria causing Lyme disease in the Midwest, with elevated levels of bacteria in the blood.


Walnut-rich Diet Improves Heart Health

February 9, 2016 9:32 am | by Edelman Seattle | Comments

A new study found that a diet containing unsaturated fats, such as those found in walnuts and olive oil, has similar weight loss effects as a lower fat, higher-carbohydrate diet. The research also showed walnuts positively impact heart health markers.


Teaching is Part of Human Genome, Says Anthropologist

February 9, 2016 9:18 am | by Washington State University | Comments

An anthropologist who conducted a small study with the Aka pygmy people concludes that teaching is a part of human nature.


Could Gravitational Waves, Evidence of Einstein’s Relativity, be Unveiled this Week?

February 9, 2016 8:55 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A century ago, Albert Einstein developed his general theory of relativity – a masterwork that the rest of the scientific community has been grappling with ever since. Now, evidence of gravitational waves may be presented at a press conference this week.


Roach-like Robots may Help in Disasters

February 9, 2016 8:45 am | by Associated Press, Seth Borenstein | Comments

Repulsive as they may be, roaches have the remarkable ability to squish their bodies down to one quarter their normal size, yet still scamper at lightning speed. The cockroach inspired scientists to create a mini-robot that can mimic those feats.


New Cause of Strong Earthquakes Identified

February 8, 2016 3:01 pm | by Penn State University | Comments

A geologic event known as diking can cause strong earthquakes with a magnitude between 6 and 7, according to an international research team.


‘Big-Mouthed’ Fish from Cretaceous Period Discovered

February 8, 2016 2:57 pm | by DePaul University | Comments

An international team of scientists has discovered two new plankton-eating fossil fish species of the genus called Rhinconichthys from the oceans of the Cretaceous Period.


CSIRO to Cut Up to 350 Jobs As Climate Change ‘Answered’

February 8, 2016 2:46 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

As many as 350 jobs will be cut from Australia’s prestigious CSIRO. News outlets published parts of an internal email that said the cuts were going to disproportionately affect the organization’s vaunted climate research divisions.


Wolf Species Have ‘Howling Dialects’

February 8, 2016 2:39 pm | by University of Cambridge | Comments

The largest quantitative study of howling, and first to use machine learning, defines different howl types and finds that wolves use these types more or less depending on their species, resembling a howling dialect.


Artistic Space Odyssey to Broadcast People's Messages to the Stars

February 8, 2016 2:27 pm | by University of Edinburgh | Comments

Messages from around the world are to be beamed into space at the speed of light as part of a cultural project to create a celestial time capsule.


Cotton Candy Machine Inspires Method to Make Artificial Organs

February 8, 2016 2:23 pm | by Vanderbilt University | Comments

Cotton candy machines may hold the key for making life-sized artificial livers, kidneys, bones and other essential organs.


Lung Health Depends on Frequent Sighing

February 8, 2016 12:49 pm | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

Sighing isn’t just a way to express emotion. According to a new study, sighing is a necessary process to maintain overall health – and is done much more frequently than we may notice.


Experimental Transplant Surgery Scandal Results in Another Resignation

February 8, 2016 10:01 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A celebrity surgeon whose high-profile experimental transplant procedures have come under fire is sending ripples through the Swedish scientific community. A top Nobel Prize administrator has now resigned in the wake of the investigation.



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