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Dust Increases Cloud Cover

July 25, 2014 7:00 am | by PNNL | News | Comments

Surprisingly, cloud cover increases when more dust blows off the west coast of Africa. Researchers calculated more clouds as more dust flowed from Africa over the Atlantic Ocean.                              

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Droplet-trapping Material Could Ease Water, Energy Crisis

July 25, 2014 7:00 am | by NSF | Videos | Comments

Small-scale advances in fluid physics, materials engineering and nanoscience have brought scientists one step closer to mimicing the way a desert beetle collects and drinks water. Understanding how liquids interact with different materials can lead to more efficient, inexpensive processes and products, and might even lead to airplane wings impervious to ice and self-cleaning windows.

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Global Wildlife Decline Drives Crime, Child Labor

July 25, 2014 7:00 am | by UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of researchers examined how wildlife decline can result in loss of food and employment, which in turn engenders increased crime and fosters political instability.                                       

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Study Shows How to Power Cali With Wind, Water, Sun

July 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Stanford Univ. | News | Comments

Imagine a smog-free Los Angeles, where electric cars ply silent freeways, solar panels blanket rooftops and power plants run on heat from beneath the earth, from howling winds and from the blazing desert sun. A new study finds that it is technically and economically feasible to convert California’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one powered by clean, renewable energy. 

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Modern Cells Still Perform Ancient Reactions

July 24, 2014 3:01 pm | by Univ. of East Anglia | News | Comments

Parts of the primordial soup in which life arose have been maintained in our cells today. Research reveals how cells in plants, yeast and very likely also in animals still perform ancient reactions thought to have been responsible for the origin of life- some four billion years ago.

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Immune Response Worsens Brain Injuries, Disorders

July 24, 2014 2:35 pm | by Cleveland Clinic | News | Comments

Could the body's own immune system play a role in memory impairment and cognitive dysfunction associated with conditions like chronic epilepsy, Alzheimer's, dementia and concussions? According to a new study, yes.                                

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Biologist: Early Signs of Sixth Mass Extinction

July 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by Stanford Univ. | News | Comments

The planet's current biodiversity is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event.

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Chemist Develops X-ray Vision for QA

July 24, 2014 2:20 pm | by Technical Univ. of Denmark | News | Comments

A researcher has developed a method that uses X-rays for the rapid identification of substances present in an indeterminate powder. The new technique has the capacity to recognize advanced biological molecules, such as proteins.                  

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A.I. Shows Musical Progression of the Beatles

July 24, 2014 2:11 pm | by Lawrence Technological Univ. | News | Comments

Music fans and critics know that the music of the Beatles underwent a dramatic transformation in just a few years, but until now there hasn’t been a scientific way to measure the progression. That could change now that computer scientists at Lawrence Technological Univ. have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can analyze and compare musical styles, enabling research into the musical progression of the Beatles.

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Recessions are Good for your Health

July 24, 2014 2:07 pm | by Univ. of Drexel | News | Comments

Being unemployed increases your risk of death, but recessions decrease it. Sound paradoxical? Researchers thought so too. While previous studies of individuals have shown that employees who lose their jobs have a higher mortality rate, more comprehensive studies have shown, unexpectedly, that population mortality actually declines as unemployment rates increase.

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Audit: NASA Doesn't Have the Money for Big Rockets

July 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.                                               

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China Lifts Quarantine After Man Dies of Bubonic Plague

July 24, 2014 8:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A nine-day quarantine imposed on parts of a northern Chinese city where a man died of bubonic plague has been lifted. A total of 151 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province after authorities determined they had come in contact with a man who died of the plague July 16.

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Death-trap Cave to be Excavated

July 24, 2014 8:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America's most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils: the bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

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Glucose Helps Alaska Frogs 'Overwinter' to Survive

July 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Fairbanks | Videos | Comments

Repeated freezing and thawing might not be good for the average steak, but each fall it might help wood frogs prepare to survive Alaska’s winter cold. Frogs prevent the freeze-pop effect by packing their cells with glucose, a kind of sugar that reduces drying and stabilizes cells, a process scientists call cryoprotection.

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Urban Heat Boosts Pests 200x, Kills Red Maples

July 24, 2014 7:00 am | by NC State Univ. | News | Comments

New research shows that urban “heat islands” are slowly killing red maples in the southeastern United States. One factor is that researchers have found warmer temperatures increase the number of young produced by the gloomy scale insect – a significant tree pest – by 300 percent, which in turn leads to 200 times more adult gloomy scales on urban trees.

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