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The Top 10 New Species of 2015

July 1, 2015 1:55 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has announced the Top 10 New Species as described in calendar year 2014. The annual list, established in 2008, calls attention to discoveries that are made even as species are going extinct faster than they are being identified. See all 10 here.

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Cranberry Juice Each Day Keeps Disease Risk at Bay

July 1, 2015 12:39 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two glasses of cranberry juice a day might keep some disease away, according to a new study. Low-calorie cranberry juice improves several risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.

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Detector Audibly Warns of Leaks

July 1, 2015 12:00 pm | Omega Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OMEGA Engineering’s series of CE-compliant ultrasonic leak detectors features an ultrasonic sound range of 20 to 100 kHz.

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Upgrades Optimize Multimode Reader’s Productivity

July 1, 2015 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Tecan has updated its Spark 10M Multimode Reader with a cuvette port for absorbance measurements and an enhanced detection module, straightforward performance of immunoassays using PerkinElmer’s Alpha Technology and a number of advanced software features.

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Versatile Crosslinker Covers Multiple Applications

July 1, 2015 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Spectroline’s easy-to-use Spectrolinker XL-1000 UV crosslinker provides enhanced accuracy, making it a versatile instrument for the biotech researcher.

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Hitler Had a Diseased Brain that Caused His Downfall

July 1, 2015 10:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Adolf Hitler, the fascist leader responsible for millions of deaths through genocide and world war, has long been suspected of having Parkinson’s Disease toward the end of this life. It was the disease that helped bring about crucial mistakes leading to his downfall, according to a new study.

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South Africans Used Milk-based Paint 49,000 Years Ago

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Colorado Boulder | News | Comments

An international research team has discovered a milk-and ochre-based paint dating to 49,000 years ago that inhabitants of South Africa may have used to adorn themselves with or to decorate stone or wooden slabs.

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FDA Considers Safety Precautions for Liquid Nicotine

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Matthew Perrone | News | Comments

Federal health officials are considering whether to require new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine formulas used with e-cigarettes and other emerging tobacco products. The FDA says it is responding to an uptick in nicotine poisonings reported by emergency rooms and poison centers nationwide, many involving infants and children.

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Tonight’s Forecast: A Chance of Migrating Birds

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Oklahoma | News | Comments

Using the nation’s weather radar network, two doctoral students have developed a technique for forecasting something other than the weather: the orientation behavior of birds as they migrate through the atmosphere at night. The students have discovered a way to use the latest dual-polarization radar upgrade to measure broad-scale flight orientation of nocturnal migrant birds.

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Subatomic Particles May Help Detect Damaged Pipes

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by Inside Science News Service, Charles Choi | News | Comments

Of all the parts of the nation's infrastructure that one might want least to fail, nuclear power plants might rank the highest. U.S. nuclear power plants are on average more than 30-years-old. Now, researchers have suggested they could noninvasively scan infrastructure for weak points with the aid of subatomic particles streaking down from the sky.

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Fall of Dinos Meant Rise of Fish

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by UC San Diego | Videos | Comments

A pair of paleobiologists have determined that the world’s most numerous and diverse vertebrates– ray-finned fishes– began their ecological dominance of the oceans 66 million years ago, aided by the mass extinction event that killed off dinosaurs.

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Long-life Cartridges Suited for Sterile Filtration

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | Porvair Filtration Group | Product Releases | Comments

Porvair’s Biofil R cartridges are an addition to the Biofil polyethersulphone Food Safety and USP Class IV approved range of filters, and feature a technology that renders the product super-hydrophilic.

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U.S. Air Force Working on Air Vehicle that Travels Mach 5

June 30, 2015 3:27 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Air Force is working on a vehicle that travels five times the speed of sound, according to multiple reports. The hypersonic vehicle, traveling up to Mach 5, is expected to be completed by 2023.

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Tonight, Venus, Jupiter Appear as One

June 30, 2015 2:41 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Throughout the month of June, the two brightest planets in the night sky— Venus and Jupiter— have converged for a jaw-dropping close encounter. In fact, every night in June, the separation between Venus and Jupiter visibly shrank. The main event occurs tonight.

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Midwestern Flooding Risk Underestimated by Five Feet

June 30, 2015 2:20 pm | by Washington Univ. in St. Louis | News | Comments

As floodwaters surge along major rivers in the Midwestern U.S., a new study suggests federal agencies are underestimating historic 100-year flood levels on these rivers by as much as five feet, a miscalculation that has serious implications for future flood risks, flood insurance and business development in an expanding floodplain.

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