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Eliminating Cigarette Pollution Through Bricks

May 23, 2016 2:16 pm | by RMIT University | News | Comments

RMIT researchers have shown how fired-clay bricks made with cigarette butts can save energy and help solve a global littering problem.

Fresh Lunar Craters Discovered

May 23, 2016 2:03 pm | by Southwest Research Institute | News | Comments

A team of scientists discovered two geologically young craters—one 16 million, the other between 75 and 420 million years old—in the Moon's darkest regions.

Peach Pits Inspire New Defense System for Seeds

May 23, 2016 1:53 pm | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Don’t eat the core, it’s poisonous: it's something parents often say to their children before they eat their first peach. Peach pits do in fact contain amygdalin, a substance which can degrade into hydrogen cyanide in the stomach.

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FDA Approved Medical Devices Based on Flawed Data, Study Shows

May 23, 2016 1:48 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Some high-risk medical devices used in obstetrics and gynecology were approved by the FDA based on flawed data, according to a recent study.

USDA Issues Historic Fine Against Biotech Company in Animal Welfare Settlement

May 23, 2016 11:46 am | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc. has agreed to pay a $3.5 million fine, and revoke its research registration and dealer license in accordance with terms of a legal settlement with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Hacking Memory to Follow Through with Intentions

May 23, 2016 9:41 am | by Association for Psychological Science | News | Comments

Whether it's paying the electric bill or taking the clothes out of the dryer, there are many daily tasks that we fully intend to complete and then promptly forget about.

Blood Test Uncovers Undiagnosed Diabetes Patients

May 23, 2016 9:32 am | by American Osteopathic Association | News | Comments

A retrospective review of medical records found the HbA1C test, commonly used to diagnose and manage diabetes, can effectively detect hidden disease among hospital patients with hyperglycemia.

List of Top 10 New Species for 2016 Released

May 23, 2016 9:26 am | by SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry | News | Comments

New to science, as announced by ESF: A species on humans' family tree, a brilliant red fish and a dainty damselfly with a racy name.

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How Beneficial Are Low-salt Diets?

May 23, 2016 9:22 am | by McMaster University | News | Comments

A large worldwide study has found that, contrary to popular thought, low-salt diets may not be beneficial and may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death compared to average salt consumption.

Rapid Rise of Mesozoic Sea Dragons

May 23, 2016 9:16 am | by University of Bristol | News | Comments

In the Mesozoic, marine reptiles such as ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs were top predators in the oceans. But their origins and early rise to dominance have been somewhat mysterious.

Insect Waste Threatens to Damage Marble at India's Taj Mahal

May 23, 2016 9:05 am | by Associated Press, Biswajeet Banerjee | News | Comments

Swarms of insects breeding in a polluted river near the Taj Mahal are threatening the intricate marble inlay work at the 17th century monument to love by leaving green and black patches of waste on its walls.

Laughs from Lab: May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016 8:57 am | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week off with a smile. So, here's a science joke you might like. Q: What was the name of the first electricity detective?

Mechanism that Reduces Effect of Cocaine on Brain Found

May 20, 2016 12:47 pm | by McGill University Health Center | News | Comments

A type of brain cell known as microglia plays a key role in reducing the effects of cocaine in the brain, according to a new study.

Insect-sized Robots Use Static Electricity to Stick to Surfaces

May 20, 2016 12:42 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Small drones need to stay aloft do their jobs — whether that’s searching for dangerous gas leaks or remotely monitoring atmospheric conditions. But this effort can quickly drain battery-powered energy.

Stegosaurus Bite Strength Revealed

May 20, 2016 12:33 pm | by University of Birmingham | News | Comments

The first detailed study of a Stegosaurus skull shows that the dinosaur had a stronger bite than suspected, enabling it to eat a wider range of plants than other plant-eating dinosaurs.

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