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Specific Gene Controls Strawberry Sweetness

April 18, 2014 | by The Conversation, Madeleine Martiniello | Comments

Two studies have found that the distinct flavor of strawberry has been linked to a specific gene, present in some varieties of the fruit– but not in others. The gene, FaFAD1, controls a key flavor volatile compound in strawberries called gamma-decalactone, which is described as fruity, sweet or peachy and contributes to fruit aroma.

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Gecko-inspired Adhesive Now Has Real World Uses

April 18, 2014 1:18 pm | by Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst | Comments

A team of inventors has created a new, more versatile version of their creation, Geckskin, which can adhere strongly to a wider range of surfaces, yet releases easily, like a gecko’s feet.

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'Dressed' Laser May Induce Rain, Lightning

April 18, 2014 1:03 pm | by Univ. of Central Florida | Comments

Researchers are developing a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning.

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Ancient Landscape Exists Beneath Greenland's Ice

April 18, 2014 12:50 pm | by NSF | Comments

Some of the landscape underlying the massive Greenland ice sheet may have been undisturbed for 2.7 million years, ever since the island became completely ice-covered, according to researchers.

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Structure of Sodium Channels Key to Pain, Cardiac Treatments

April 18, 2014 12:31 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | Comments

Researchers have discovered that the structure of sodium channels is different than previously believed. They hope this will lead to improvements in drugs that act on the sodium channel to treat a range of cardiac and pain conditions.

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Farms Must Report Pig Infections

April 18, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year.

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Asian Pollution Affects World’s Weather

April 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

The first study that combines different scales into one model to simulate the effects of Asian pollution on the Pacific storm track has shown that the pollution can influence weather over much of the world. These results show that using multiple scales in one model greatly improves the accuracy of climate simulations.

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Credit Card-sized Anthrax Detector Aids Agriculture

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Bacillus anthracis, the bacteria that causes anthrax, is commonly found in soils all over the world and can cause serious, often fatal, illness in both humans and animals. Now, a credit card-sized anthrax detection cartridge makes testing safer, easier, faster and cheaper.

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Satellites Can Monitor Volcanoes

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Sophie Bushwick | Comments

Predicting when a volcano will blow its top takes constant monitoring. Researchers are now looking to satellites as a valuable eye in the sky, since they can observe the ground around volcanoes for signs of deformation.

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NASA's Moon-orbiting Robot Crashes

April 18, 2014 8:32 am | by Associated Press, Marcia Dunn | Comments

NASA's small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon.

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Electrically Controlled Polymer Changes its Properties

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences | Comments

Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarization filters and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to a new polymer that unprecedentedly combines optical and electrical properties.

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Growth Removal Procedure Can Actually Spread Cancer

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Matthew Perrone | Comments

The FDA is warning women that a surgical procedure to remove noncancerous growths from the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body.

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Observatories Confirm First Earth-sized Potentially Habitable Planet

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Gemini Observatory | Comments

The first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting within the habitable zone of another star has been confirmed by two observatories. The initial discovery is one of a handful of smaller planets found by Kepler and verified using large ground-based telescopes.

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Team Visualizes New Crystallization Process

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

Researchers have combined a tiny, bright X-ray beam with high-speed X-ray cameras to shoot a movie showing how organic molecules form different types of ordered structures or crystals.

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System Disruption May Release Huge Amounts of Methane

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by European Association of Geochemistry | Comments

Researchers have shown that humic substances act as fully regenerable electron acceptors which helps explain why large amount of methane are held in wetlands instead of being released to the atmosphere. However, there are worries that if this system is disrupted it may release large amounts of methane back into the atmosphere.

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Researchers Grow Material One Level at a Time

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Penn State Materials Research Institute | Comments

Researchers have shown the ability to grow high-quality, single-layer materials one on top of the other using chemical vapor deposition.

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