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Sheepdog Study Could Have Deep Impact

August 27, 2014 7:00 am | by Natural Environment Research Council | News | Comments

Sheepdogs use just two simple rules to round up large herds of sheep, scientists have discovered. The findings could lead to the development of robots that can gather and herd livestock, crowd control techniques, or new methods to clean up the environment.

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Medtech, Pharma Start Hot, But Fizzle Out

August 27, 2014 7:00 am | by Evaluate Ltd. | News | Comments

An M&A frenzy that accounted for nearly $90 billion of equity set the pace for the first half of 2014 in the pharma and biotech sectors, but a slowdown in IPOs and six months of volatile market activity could tarnish the year’s shimmering start.

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Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Heightens Later Obesity Risk

August 27, 2014 7:00 am | by Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research | News | Comments

A study examining body mass index in a large clinical sample of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders has found that rates of excess weight/obesity are elevated in children with partial fetal alcohol syndrome.

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Brain Benefits from Bariatric Surgery

August 27, 2014 7:00 am | by Endocrine Society | News | Comments

Weight loss surgery can curb alterations in brain activity associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing and organizing.

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Collaborative Care Improves Depression in Teens

August 27, 2014 7:00 am | by JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association | News | Comments

Among adolescents with depression seen in primary care, a collaborative care intervention that included patient and parent engagement and education resulted in greater improvement in depressive symptoms at 12 months than usual care.

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Genomics Key to Healthier Canola Oil, Tastier Broccoli

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Arizona | News | Comments

Genomics researchers have unraveled the genetic code of the rapeseed plant, most noted for a variety whose seeds are made into canola oil. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, turnip, collared greens, mustard and canola oil are all different incarnations of the same plant genus, Brassica.

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Early Human's Skull Not Human-like

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Wits Univ. | News | Comments

The Taung Child, South Africa’s premier hominin discovered 90 years ago, never ceases to transform and evolve the search for our collective origins. Now, researchers are casting doubt on theories that Australopithecus africanus shows the same cranial adaptations found in modern human infants and toddlers– in effect disproving current support for the idea that this early hominin shows infant brain development in the prefrontal region.

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UN Urges Crackdown on e-Cigs

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, John Hielprin | News | Comments

Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes— banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors— until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said today.

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Astronomers Combine Lenses for Best View of Merging Galaxies

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by ESO | News | Comments

The famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes used a magnifying lens to reveal barely visible but important evidence. Astronomers are now combining the power of many telescopes on Earth and in space with a vastly larger form of cosmic lens to study a case of vigorous star formation in the early Universe.

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Existing Plants Will Spew More than 300 B Tons of CO2

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by UC Irvine | News | Comments

Existing power plants around the world will pump out more than 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide over their expected lifetimes, significantly adding to atmospheric levels of the climate-warming gas.

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European MRSA Came from Africa

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

The predominant strain of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infecting people in Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa derived from a single sub-Saharan ancestor, a team of international researchers have reported.

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Wii Balance Boards May Help MS Patients

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

A balance board accessory for a popular video game console can help people with multiple sclerosis reduce their risk of accidental falls. MRI scans showed that use of the Nintendo Wii Balance Board system appears to induce favorable changes in brain connections associated with balance and movement.

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The Agricultural Lab of the Future

August 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Blogs | Comments

GE, Panasonic, Toshiba and Fujitsu—one can easily point out the similarities between these companies. They have long been recognized and heralded for their work in the electronics and semiconductor industry. However, given their recent investments, it’s possible that this editorial written 20 years down the road may reflect on these companies as agricultural powerhouses instead.

Scientist in the Spotlight: Resurrecting Extinct Predators

August 26, 2014 9:43 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Russell Garwood, a research fellow at the Univ. of Manchester, England, worked with Jason Dunlop, a curator at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, to create a video of the movements of an extinct arachnid. The arachnid was one of the first land predators and lived 410 million years ago. Garwood and Dunlop used exceptionally detailed fossils from the Natural History Museum in London to recreate its walking gait.

Printing a Better Community

August 26, 2014 9:37 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor | Articles | Comments

Open-source software and 3-D printing have redefined the approach to traditional laboratory equipment, as well as how we view global R&D.

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