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Amazonian Adventure is Just a Click Away

March 2, 2015 8:43 am | by Associated Press, Michael Liedtke | News | Comments

For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images released today are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps.

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Treadmill Ability Indicator of Mortality

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Analyzing data from 58,000 heart stress tests, cardiologists report they have developed a formula that estimates one’s risk of dying over a decade based on a person’s ability to exercise on a treadmill at an increasing speed and incline.

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Whales Inspire New Fluid Sensor

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by The Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville | News | Comments

How can a humpback whale and a device that works on the same principle as the clicker that starts your gas grill help an unmanned aerial vehicle fly longer and with more stability? Well, it all starts with biological structures called tubercles that the whale uses for its unique maneuvers in the ocean.

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Genes Show Where Penguins Lived During Ice Age

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Southampton | News | Comments

A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age, and that the Ross Sea in Antarctica was likely the refuge for one of these populations.

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Printing Offers New Drug Delivery Method

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Society of Interventional Radiology | News | Comments

Researchers and engineers collaborated to print catheters, stents and filaments that were bioactive, giving these devices the ability to deliver antibiotics and chemotherapeutic medications to a targeted area in cell cultures.

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Microscopy Takes Giant Leap

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | Videos | Comments

There is a resolution revolution underway. Building powerful instruments that shatter the physical limits of optical microscopy, scientists are beginning to watch molecular processes as they happen, and in three dimensions.  

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Commercialization Boot Camp for Scientists

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor. Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

In the last three years, the NSF has taught more than 700 teams of scientists how to commercialize their technology using serial entrepreneur Steve Blank’s “Lean Startup” method. Sharing a common interest to promote societal benefits, NSF teamed with the NIH to pioneer the same program to support biomedical innovation and translation.  

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Laughs from Lab: March 2

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | News | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week with a smile on your face. With years of science experience, we've heard every science joke there is. This week’s joke was submitted to us by Mark. Q: Why did the chemist die? 

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Laboratory Equipment: February 2015

February 27, 2015 5:05 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s February issue gets you ready for Pittcon, which is just two weeks away in New Orleans. Inside, find a cover story examining the research discoveries that push science forward year after year, and expect to make a showing at this year’s Pittcon. Life science articles discuss personalized medicine and its effect on cancer, as well as system integration as the key to efficiency. Other articles include how to choose the right plastic tubing, and how to choose the right rotary evaporation pump. Don’t forget to check out the supplements, Chromatography Techniques and the Pittcon Digest 2015. 

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Your Brain Knows Your Next Move Before You Do

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

With half a second's planning, an animal’s brain prepares it to quickly and precisely execute complex movements. Scientists have identified a neural circuit that transforms the flurry of activity that occurs during this preparatory period into commands that direct muscle movements.

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Smokers Use Nicotine in Multiple Forms

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

The first peek at a major study of how Americans smoke suggests many use combinations of products, and often e-cigarettes are part of the mix. It's a preliminary finding, but it highlights some key questions as health officials assess electronic cigarettes.

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Raw Milk is More Dangerous than Beneficial

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Tufts Univ. | News | Comments

Raw milk is milk that has not undergone pasteurization, the bacteria-killing heat treatment designed to reduce human pathogens and increase shelf life. Unpasteurized milk can contain potentially harmful and deadly pathogens. So, why do people go so crazy for raw milk? They do so because of the supposed health benefits, which include improved immunity, allergy relief and gastrointestinal health.

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Cancer Drug Tested in Dogs Moves on to Humans

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans. The drug, called PAC-1, first showed promise in the treatment of pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers, and is still in clinical trials in dogs with osteosarcoma.

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Statistical Mechanics Will Save You from Zombies

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by American Physical Society | News | Comments

Reading World War Z, an oral history of the first zombie war, inspired researchers to explore how an "actual" zombie outbreak might play out in the U.S. Focusing on a fictional zombie outbreak as an approach to disease modeling suggests heading for the hills, in the Rockies, to save your brains from the undead.

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Algae Key to Coral Survival in the World's Hottest Reefs

February 27, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Southampton | News | Comments

A new species of algae has been discovered in reef corals of the Persian Gulf where it helps corals to survive seawater temperatures of up to 36 C— temperatures that would kill corals elsewhere.

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