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Simple Blood Test Can Diagnose Cancer

July 28, 2014 1:15 pm | by Univ. of Bradford | News | Comments

Researchers have devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not. The test will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms, saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures, such as colonoscopies and biopsies.

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Government Plans Controversial Seismic Testing of Sea Floor

July 28, 2014 9:18 am | by Wayne Parry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal government is planning to use sound blasting to conduct research on the ocean floor along most of the East Coast, using technology similar to that which spawned a court battle between environmentalists and researchers in New Jersey this summer.

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Building 'Invisible' Materials with Light

July 28, 2014 9:13 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new method of building materials using light could one day enable technologies that are often considered the realm of science fiction, such as invisibility cloaks and cloaking devices.                           

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Scientists Find Six New Genetic Risk Factors for Parkinson's

July 28, 2014 9:08 am | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | News | Comments

Using data from over 18,000 patients, scientists have identified more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson's disease, including six that had not been previously reported.                                   

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Industrial Lead Pollution Beat Explorers to the South Pole

July 28, 2014 9:03 am | by Desert Research Institute | News | Comments

Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in December of 1911. More than 100 years later, an international team of scientists have proven that air pollution from industrial activities arrived long before.                   

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Beer-loving Bugs Swarm in Midwest

July 28, 2014 8:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for at least one car crash this week in Wisconsin.                        

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Dinos Fell Victim to Perfect Storm of Events

July 28, 2014 8:47 am | by Univ. of Edinburgh | News | Comments

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say. A fresh study using up-to-date fossil records and improved analytical tools has helped palaeontologists to build a new narrative of the prehistoric creatures' demise, some 66 million years ago.

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Trees Save 850 Lives a Year

July 28, 2014 7:00 am | by U.S. Forest Service's Northern Research Station | News | Comments

In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms.

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NASA Seeks Proposals for Mars Communications Satellites

July 28, 2014 7:00 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet.                             

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Slow Walking Speed Can Predict Dementia

July 28, 2014 7:00 am | by Albert Einstein College of Medicine | News | Comments

A study involving nearly 27,000 older adults on five continents found that nearly 1 in 10 met criteria for pre-dementia based on a simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints. People who tested positive for pre-dementia were twice as likely as others to develop dementia within 12 years.  

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Study Vindicates 'Missing the Pause' Climate Models

July 28, 2014 7:00 am | by Michael Hopkin, Editor of The Conversation | News | Comments

Climate models can recreate the slowdown in global warming since 1998, as long as they correctly factor in crucial variables such as the state of the El Niño system. The discovery vindicates the models against the accusation that they failed to predict the “alleged hiatus” in surface warming.

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Chemists Create Greener Green Flame

July 25, 2014 3:01 pm | by LMU | News | Comments

Chemists have developed a new formulation for the generation of green flames. Unlike conventional mixtures, the new blend of reactants is environmentally benign, and it produces a green flame of previously unattained purity.                   

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Simultaneous Ocean Warming May Have Ended Ice Age

July 25, 2014 2:57 pm | by Oregon State Univ. | News | Comments

Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push Earth’s climate system across a “tipping point,” where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible – a hotly debated scenario with an unclear picture of what this point of no return may look like. A newly published study probed the geologic past to understand mechanisms of abrupt climate change. 

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Police Seek Man Who Refused TB Treatment

July 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors in Northern California say they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. By law, health officials can't force a patient to be treated for tuberculosis, but officials can use the courts to isolate him from the public.

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'Alarm Clock' Could Awaken Immune System to Fight Cancer

July 25, 2014 1:26 pm | by Norris Cotton Cancer Center | News | Comments

Researchers are exploring ways to wake up the immune system so it recognizes and attacks invading cancer cells. Tumors protect themselves by tricking the immune system into accepting everything as normal, even while cancer cells are dividing and spreading. One pioneering approach uses nanoparticles to jumpstart the body's ability to fight tumors.

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