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500,000 Photos Will Help Coral Reef

November 24, 2014 7:00 am | by The Univ. of Queensland | News | Comments

A picture is worth considerably more than a thousand words to marine scientists working on the Catlin Seaview Survey, as they study more than 500,000 images in research to improve coral reef health. They are analyzing 360-degree underwater images to perform a global marine environment health check.

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Exceptional Control Behind Dragonflies' Fluid Flight

November 24, 2014 7:00 am | by American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics | News | Comments

Dragonflies can easily right themselves and maneuver tight turns while flying. Each of their four wings is controlled by separate muscles, giving them exquisite control over their flight.

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Tropical Creature Inspires Fix for Icy Issue

November 24, 2014 7:00 am | by American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics | News | Comments

Ice poses major impediments to winter travel, accumulating on car windshields and airplane wings and causing countless unsuspecting pedestrians to dramatically lose their balance. Now, a team of researchers has developed a new way to prevent ice buildup on surfaces like airplane wings, finding inspiration in an unusual source: the poison dart frog.

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Phone Counseling Helps Heavy Drinkers Quit Smoking

November 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Yale Cancer Center | News | Comments

Smokers who drink heavily have a tougher time quitting cigarettes than smokers who drink moderately or not at all. However, a multi-center study found that modifying tobacco-oriented telephone counseling to help hazardous drinkers can help them quit smoking.

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Laughs from Lab: Nov. 24, 2014

November 24, 2014 7:00 am | News | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week with a smile on your face. So, here’s a science joke you might like. Q: Why are chemists great for solving problems?

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Bee Brains Shed Light on Human Memories

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Queensland | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered that genes switch off as memories are being formed, allowing for new connections between nerve cells. The discovery could eventually lead to a key for treating conditions such as autism and dementia.

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Olive Oil Can Improve Heart Health

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Glasgow | News | Comments

Regular consumption of olive oil can drastically improve heart health– especially in people who do not normally eat a Mediterranean diet, according to new research. The study was set up to examine the effect of phenolics, natural compounds found in plants including olives, on heart health.

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Polyethylene, Glazing Disinfect Soil

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by American Society for Horticultural Science | News | Comments

Soil solarization, a process that uses solar radiation to rid the soil of pests, is most common in regions with high solar radiation and high temperatures during the summer season. New research has found that soil solarization is most effective when moist soil is covered tightly with polyethylene inside a high tunnel covered with glazing.

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Bandits Steal Suspected Ebola-tainted Blood

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Boubacar Diallo | News | Comments

It was a highway robbery but the bandits got more than they bargained for when they stopped a taxi van in Guinea and made off with blood samples that are believed to be infected with the deadly Ebola virus. Authorities publicly appealed on national radio Friday to the unidentified robbers to hand over the samples that were stolen during a 165-mile trek from central Kankan prefecture to a test site in southern Gueckedou.

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Laser Accurately Measures Trees

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. College London | News | Comments

A terrestrial laser scanning technique that allows the structure of vegetation to be 3-D-mapped to the millimeter is more accurate in determining the biomass of trees and carbon stocks in forests than current methods, according to new research. The study authors believe it could be an important development in the monitoring of carbon stocks for worldwide climate policy-making.

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Research Aims to ID Genetics of Deadly Dog Disease

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tufts Univ. | News | Comments

Veterinary researchers are working to decipher the genetics of bloat, a common cause of death in large dogs. For veterinarians and breeders, bloat remains a baffling disease that’s difficult to prevent or treat.

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Scientists Find Ancient Buried Canyon in Tibet

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Caltech | News | Comments

A team of geologists has discovered an ancient, deep canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in south Tibet, north of the eastern end of the Himalayas. The researchers say that the ancient canyon— thousands of feet deep in places— effectively rules out a popular model used to explain how the massive and picturesque gorges of the Himalayas became so steep, so quickly.

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LabOutlook: November 2014

November 21, 2014 12:28 pm | by Laboratory Equipment | Digital Editions | Comments

The November issue of LabOutlook features a cover story on a swallowable pill coated with tiny microneedles that inject medicine into the lining of the stomach. This issue also includes a Gift-giving Guide for the Science-minded, as well as other articles on the future of imaging, particle size analysis and an amazing microscopy photo gallery.

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This Week @ NASA, November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014 11:00 am | Podcasts | Comments

“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” NASA is with you when you fly NASA invited social media members Nov. 18 and 19 to the agency’s Armstrong Flight Research Center for a two-day event highlighting the ways NASA is with you when you fly. The NASA social gave participants an exclusive look at the latest tools and technologies being developed to improve the efficiency, safety and adaptability of air transportation.

Salinity Matters to Sea Level Changes

November 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | News | Comments

Using ocean observations and a large suite of climate models, scientists have found that long-term salinity changes have a stronger influence on regional sea level changes than previously thought.

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