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Paper Sensor Monitors Sun Exposure

May 26, 2016 3:18 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Summer is around the corner — time for cookouts and sunbathing. But too much sun can result in sunburn, which is the main cause of skin cancer.


Scientists Create 'Magnetic Charge Ice'

May 26, 2016 3:14 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

A team of scientists has created a new material, called “rewritable magnetic charge ice,” that permits an unprecedented degree of control over local magnetic fields and could pave the way for new computing technologies.


Evidence of Ice Age at Martian North Pole

May 26, 2016 3:00 pm | by Southwest Research Institute | Comments

Using radar data collected by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, evidence of an ice age has been recorded in the polar deposits of Mars.


Why Size Matters for the Fruit Fly

May 26, 2016 2:50 pm | by Associated Press, Seth Borenstein | Comments

For a long time, the debate has gone on: Does size matter to females? Biologists now say, definitively, that it does — among fruit flies.


Rise in Off-label Prescriptions for Antidepressants

May 26, 2016 2:47 pm | by McGill University | Comments

Antidepressant use in North America has increased over the last two decades. A suspected reason for this trend is that primary care physicians are increasingly prescribing antidepressants for nondepressive indications.


Creatures Weren't Safer in South During Dinosaur Extinction

May 26, 2016 2:34 pm | by University of Leeds | Comments

A study of more than 6,000 marine fossils from the Antarctic shows that the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs was sudden and just as deadly to life in the polar regions.


New Technique Captures Activity of Entire Brain in a Snapshot

May 26, 2016 2:29 pm | by Rockefeller University | Comments

When it comes to measuring brain activity, scientists have tools that can take a precise look at a small slice of the brain (less than one cubic millimeter), or a blurred look at a larger area.


Original Zika Virus Papers from 1940s Found

May 26, 2016 9:24 am | by University of Glasgow | Comments

Handwritten original research documents relating to the first known identification of the Zika virus have been uncovered at the University of Glasgow's Archive.


Prenatal Fruit Consumption Boosts Babies' Cognitive Development

May 26, 2016 9:17 am | by University of Alberta | Comments

Most people have heard the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It’s an old truth that encompasses more than just apples.


Analyzing How Ecosystems Handle Environmental Disturbances

May 26, 2016 9:12 am | by Umea University | Comments

The approach is to study how many species there are in an ecosystem and what proportion of these can replace species that are hard hit by environmental disturbances.


High Altitude Archaeology: Prehistoric Paintings Revealed

May 26, 2016 9:01 am | by University of York | Comments

Studying the rock paintings of Abri Faravel, a rock shelter in the Southern French Alps 2,133m above sea level, archaeologists used car batteries to power laser and white-light scanners in a logistically complex operation.


NASA's Yearlong Spaceman Still Has Sore Feet, Fatigue

May 26, 2016 8:43 am | by Associated Press, Marcia Dunn | Comments

Retired astronaut Scott Kelly gave his first major address to NASA employees Wednesday, confiding that while he may have looked good upon landing in Kazakhstan at the beginning of March, he didn't feel that well after returning from the ISS.


Better Hurricane Predictions – by Flying Through the Seeds of the Storm

May 25, 2016 4:48 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins next week, bringing some measure of annual forecast anxiety to millions for the next six months. But the uncertainty will be a little less extreme thanks to new forecasting models.


Q&A: John Cooke and the Effects of Long-term PPI Use on Cardiovascular Health

May 25, 2016 4:42 pm | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is John Cooke, of Houston Methodist Research Institute. Cooke and team have conducted multiple studies on the health effects of long-term proton pump inhibitor use and found that the class of drugs causes accelerated aging of blood vessels.


Ancient Beer-brewing Facility in China Reveals Use of Surprising Ingredient

May 25, 2016 3:20 pm | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

Archaeologists have unearthed 5,000-year-old “beer-making tool kits” from underground rooms at the Mijiaya site in the Central Plain of China. The discovery marks the oldest beer-making facility ever discovered in the country.



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