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U.S. Astronaut Scott Kelly: An Extraplanetary Ansel Adams

November 20, 2015 3:52 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Circling the Earth for his 238th day, Scott Kelly has already set a record as the American spending the longest time in space. But he’s also become something of an extraplanetary Ansel Adams. Using a hashtag, “#EarthArt” he has created a running gallery of the planet from above.


Personalized Diets Most Effective, Say Israeli Researchers

November 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Not all digestive tracts are created equal, and personalized diets tailored to a person’s gut bacteria could be the future, researchers said in a new study. Food reactions are generally averaged among small cohort groups – meaning that people who are outliers can, and will, respond in a vastly different way to the same foods.


New Detector may Aid Asteroid Mining, Planetary Research

November 20, 2015 2:42 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

A team of scientists has proposed a new type of gamma-ray spectroscope that has ideal properties for planetary exploration and asteroid mining. The key to the new instrument is a recently discovered material, europium-doped strontium iodide.


Half of Amazonian Tree Species are Globally Threatened

November 20, 2015 2:30 pm | by The Field Museum | News | Comments

More than half of all tree species in the world’s most diverse forest may be globally threatened, according to a new study. But the study also suggests that Amazonian parks, reserves and indigenous territories, if properly managed, will protect most of the threatened species.


Researchers Create 'Electronic Plants'

November 20, 2015 2:19 pm | by Linköping University | News | Comments

With the help of the channels that distribute water and nutrients in plants, a research group has built the key components of electronic circuits. They show how roses can produce both analog and digital electronic circuits, which over the long term could be used, for example, to regulate the plant’s physiology.


Trade may not Alleviate Climate-induced Farming Problems

November 20, 2015 12:27 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

A new study suggests that international trade will do little to alleviate climate-induced farming problems. Instead, it indicates that countries will have to alter their own patterns of crop production to lessen farming problems — and even then, there will be significant net losses in production under the basic scenarios projected by climate scientists.  


MRI Scans Show Location of Happiness in Brain

November 20, 2015 12:16 pm | by Kyoto University | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered the meaning of happiness from a neurological perspective. Overall happiness, according to their study, is a combination of happy emotions and satisfaction of life coming together in the precuneus, a region in the medial parietal lobe that becomes active when experiencing consciousness.


Nanotechnology Will Sustain Us in Space

November 20, 2015 11:08 am | by S. H. Jucha, Author, The Silver Ships | Blogs | Comments

Expansion of the human race into space will require conquering new and unique problems. Obstacles that were overcome in early space exploration have already made invaluable contributions to today’s technologies and helped tackle problems we have faced planet-side.


Collaboration Speeds the Pace of Cancer Research

November 20, 2015 11:01 am | by Dava Stewart, Contributing Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Often, there is a gulf between scientific research and clinical care. The researchers who study the causes and possible cures for diseases such as cancer are a step removed from the clinicians who provide care and from the patients who suffer the conditions, even though both types of professionals have the same ultimate goal.


Blood Test Predicts Patients Recovery from Surgery

November 20, 2015 9:47 am | by American Society of Anesthesiologists | News | Comments

A simple blood test taken before surgery may predict how quickly patients recover from their procedure, suggests a new study. Identifying a patient’s immune state from blood samples taken before surgery revealed patterns that may predict speed of recovery from postoperative pain and dysfunction.


Insulin Pill Offers Pain-free Blood Sugar Management

November 20, 2015 9:39 am | by University of California, Santa Barbara | News | Comments

More than 29 million individuals in the United States have undiagnosed or diagnosed diabetes, according to 2014 estimates. Many of these people require regular insulin shots. Researchers are developing an insulin pill that could soon offer a pain-free blood sugar management option to people with diabetes.


Galaxy with Heartbeat gets Pulse Taken

November 20, 2015 9:35 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Astronomers have found a galaxy with a heartbeat — and they’ve taken its pulse. They are the first to measure the effect that pulsating, older red stars have on the light of their surrounding galaxy.


ICYMI: Bill Nye the Science Guy Knows How to Fix Climate Change

November 20, 2015 9:34 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week. Bill Nye's ideas to fix climate change, a new eyeless daddy longlegs species, and a holiday special on the physics of balloons all made headlines this week.


GMO Salmon Approved by FDA, in First-of-its-kind Decision

November 20, 2015 9:31 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has determined that a genetically-engineered animal is fit for human consumption. The AquAdvantage salmon marketed by AquaBounty Technologies was approved by the federal agency on Thursday, clearing the way for it to be sold to consumers.


Research Challenges Underlying Principles of Physics

November 20, 2015 9:25 am | by Plymouth University | News | Comments

An international team of physicists has published research on the decay of subatomic particles called kaons – which could change how scientists understand the formation of the universe.



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