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Scientist of the Week: Jeffrey Bada

July 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Jeffrey Bada and a team from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego analyzed samples of prebiotic materials created in 1958 by the famous chemist Stanley Miller.

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Student Develops Screw-on Filter for Clean Water

July 23, 2014 2:18 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

According to the World Health Organization, 3.4 million people die from water-related diseases every year. A research team spent a year researching a membrane filter and developing a prototype. What makes the DrinkPure filter unique is that you can screw it on to virtually any plastic bottle. It doesn't require a pump or a reservoir.

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Temperature Increase Good for Forage Plants

July 23, 2014 2:08 pm | by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo | News | Comments

A 2 C increase in temperature around the world by 2050, according to one of the scenarios predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, may be advantageous to the physiology and the biochemical and biophysical processes involved in the growth of forage plants such as Stylosanthes capitata Vogel, a legume used for livestock grazing in tropical countries like Brazil.

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Key to Aging: Prevent Disease, Don't Treat it

July 23, 2014 2:03 pm | by Washington Univ. School of Medicine | News | Comments

Medicine focuses almost entirely on fighting chronic diseases in a piecemeal fashion as symptoms develop. Instead, more efforts should be directed to promoting interventions that have the potential to prevent multiple chronic diseases and extend healthy lifespans.

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Voyager 1 May Not Have Reached Intersteller Space

July 23, 2014 1:53 pm | by American Geophysical Union | News | Comments

In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object. But, in the nearly two years since that historic announcement, and despite subsequent observations backing it up, uncertainty about whether Voyager 1 really crossed the threshold continues. 

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Nano-chip Sniffs Out Explosives Better than Dogs

July 23, 2014 1:47 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv Univ. | News | Comments

Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs to safeguard airports and other public areas against terrorist attacks. A revolutionary new electronic chip with nano-sized chemical sensors is about to make their job much easier.  

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Popeye-approved: Spinach as Alternative Fuel

July 23, 2014 1:44 pm | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel.                              

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Head of Troubled CDC Anthrax Lab Resigns

July 23, 2014 1:38 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the government lab that potentially exposed workers to live anthrax has resigned. Michael Farrell was head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab since 2009. He submitted his resignation Tuesday.                    

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Rosemary, Oregano Have Diabetes-fighting Compounds

July 23, 2014 9:49 am | by ACS | News | Comments

The popular culinary herbs oregano and rosemary are packed with healthful compounds, and now lab tests show they could work in much the same way as prescription anti-diabetic medication. Scientists found that how the herbs are grown makes a difference, and they also identified which compounds contribute the most to this promising trait.

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Developed-country E-waste Harming Developing Countries

July 23, 2014 9:37 am | by ACS | News | Comments

As local and national governments struggle to deal with ever-growing piles of electronic waste (e-waste), scientists are now refining the picture of just how much there is and where it really ends up. Nearly a quarter of e-waste that developed countries discard floods into just seven developing countries — with major potential health risks for the people who live there.

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Human Platelets Can Be Generated in Bioreactor

July 23, 2014 9:27 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

Scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a scalable, next-generation platelet bioreactor to generate fully functional human platelets in vitro. The work might help address blood transfusion needs worldwide.                           

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RFID Tags Reveal Beehive Dynamics

July 23, 2014 9:23 am | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place.

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Infographic: British Supermarket Powered by Food Waste

July 23, 2014 9:03 am | by Sainsbury's | News | Comments

British supermarket Sainsbury's has announced plans for one of its grocery stores to come off the national grid. Industry partners Biffa and Sainsbury's have developed an innovative facility that will allow Sainsbury’s Cannock store to run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste.

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Childbirth Pain Linked to Postpartum Depression

July 23, 2014 8:46 am | by Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

Controlling pain during childbirth and post delivery may reduce the risk of postpartum depression. Findings are based on a new Chinese study that found women who had pain control with epidural anesthesia during a vaginal delivery had a much lower risk for postpartum depression than women who didn't have the epidural.

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Image: Lives and Deaths of Sibling Stars

July 23, 2014 8:43 am | by ESO | News | Comments

Despite some evidence suggesting that there is still ongoing star formation in NGC 3293, it is thought that most, if not all, of the nearly 50 stars in this cluster were born in one single event. Even though they are the same age, they do not all have the dazzling appearance of a star in its infancy; some of them look positively elderly, giving astronomers the chance to explore how and why stars evolve at different speeds.

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