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Jaws Didn't Wipe Out His Cousin

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Manchester | News | Comments

New research suggests our jawed ancestors weren't responsible for the demise of their jawless cousins as had been assumed. Instead, researchers believe rising sea levels are more likely to blame.

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Breathing Your Way to Thinness

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of New South Wales | News | Comments

Despite a worldwide obsession with diets and fitness regimes, many health professionals cannot correctly answer the question of where body fat goes when people lose weight. The most common misconception among doctors, dieticians and personal trainers is that the missing mass has been converted into energy or heat. The correct answer is that most of the mass is breathed out as CO2.

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Fruit Fights Depression in Women

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Queensland | News | Comments

A six-year study of more than 6,000 Australian women has revealed a clear link between fruit consumption and the development of depressive symptoms. Women who eat fewer than two servings of fruit a day face a greater risk of developing depression.

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Interaction with Music Sparks Language Development

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

Music training has well-known benefits for the developing brain, especially for at-risk children. But youngsters who sit passively in a music class may be missing out. In a study designed to test whether the level of engagement matters, researchers found that children who regularly attended music classes and actively participated showed larger improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers.

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There Was No Single Paleo Diet

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Georgia State Univ. | News | Comments

The Paleolithic diet, or caveman diet, is a weight-loss craze in which people emulate the diet of plants and animals eaten by early humans during the Stone Age. But, there's very little evidence that any early hominids had specialized diets or there were specific food categories that seemed particularly important.

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Study Sheds Light on How Greenland’s Ice is Vanishing

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. at Buffalo | Videos | Comments

New research provides what the authors think is the first comprehensive picture of how Greenland’s ice is vanishing. It suggests that current ice sheet modeling studies are too simplistic to accurately predict future sea level rise, and that Greenland may lose ice more rapidly in the near future than previously thought.

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Early Attentiveness Boosts Later School Results

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

In a new study, researchers investigated task attentiveness and the ability to regulate emotions, using data from more than 3,400 children who participated in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. They found that attempts to improve children's attentiveness in the early years could be rewarded with better literacy and math abilities by ages six to seven.

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Study Hopes to Bridge Gap Between Scientists, Public

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

A Michigan State Univ. professor will use a $310,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how scientists can become better communicators. The project will study how scientists both view and communicate with the public.

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Young Scientists Must Be Seen, Heard

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, David Riglar, Douglas Hilton | News | Comments

Postdoctoral scientists are the engines of biomedical research. As early career researchers, they conduct the most experiments and are responsible for sculpting how we treat disease in decades to come. But, as a major stakeholder in discussions about the future of biomedical research, their views are often overlooked.

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Seven School Districts to Add Computer Science in Gov’t Deal

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Josh Lederman, Kimberly Hefling | News | Comments

Smartphones and laptops have become essential tools for today's teenagers. But learning how these devices work has often taken a backseat to other priorities in U.S. schools. The White House wants to help change that direction. It announced that the seven largest school districts in the U.S. are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to all their students.

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STEM Postdocs are Highly, But Incorrectly, Trained

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Gary McDowell | News | Comments

The STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics supposedly suffer from a shortage of graduates. But, there are plenty of STEM graduates; the U.S. is just training them the wrong way. It’s true there are many professional STEM vacancies but there are also many STEM grads who could fill them. The problem is the current training pipeline doesn’t direct graduates to these non-academic jobs.

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TV Series Showcases Girls in STEM

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Richard Hudson and his team at Twin Cities Public Television are putting middle school girls in front of a national audience on the PBS series "SciGirls." This is the first television science series designed specifically for girls, ages eight to 12, to inspire and empower them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Students Design Better Workstations

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

New school and office workspace designs, created by a group of Penn State engineering students, are intended to allow users to share space and materials while maintaining their own work areas— a dual purpose the researchers say has been neglected.

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Kits Produce High DNA Purities

December 17, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Isohelix’s GeneFiX range of DNA saliva collection and purification products includes a storage component and three kits. The GeneFiX Collector is designed to quickly and easily store DNA long-term from saliva using an integrated stabilization buffer.

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Higgs Boson May Be Piece of Matter-antimatter Puzzle

December 16, 2014 2:00 pm | by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

Several experiments have helped explain some– but not all– of the imbalance between matter and antimatter in the universe. Now, a theorist and his colleagues have laid out a possible method for determining if the Higgs boson is involved.

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