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NASA Announces Plan to Search for Alien Life

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Many scientists believe we are not alone in the universe. Experts from NASA and its partner institutions have announced their roadmap to the search for life in the universe, an ongoing journey that involves a number of current and future telescopes.

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Scientists Find Brain of Early Predator

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Arizona | News | Comments

Paleontologists have identified the exquisitely preserved brain in the fossil of one of the world's first known predators that lived in the Lower Cambrian, about 520 million years ago. The discovery revealed a brain that is surprisingly simple and less complex than those known from fossils of some of the animal's prey.

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Fracking Industry Seeks Better Chemicals

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Inside Science News Service, Patricia Waldron | News | Comments

Scientists haven't solved every potential problem with fracking. But they are working to replace many of the chemicals in the fluid, which contains sand, biocides, mineral-dissolving acids and more.

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Experts: Top 10 Food Parasites

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Helena Helmby | News | Comments

Increasing globalization and transportation of food products across the globe means we are all increasingly at risk of catching something unwanted from our favorite foods. Now, experts have ranked the most damaging food-borne parasites according to number of cases, global distribution and health impact.

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Method Monitors, May Control Stink Bug Population

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered certain stink bug pheromone components and made them artificially in the lab for the first time. These substances can be used to monitor and manage their populations.

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Bubble Wrap Can Be Tiny Test Tubes

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Popping the blisters on the bubble wrap might be the most enjoyable thing about moving. Now, scientists propose a more productive way to reuse the packing material— as a sheet of small, test tube-like containers for medical and environmental samples. Their report shows that analyses can take place right in the bubbles.

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Scientist of the Week: John VandeBerg

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

John VandeBerg and a team from the Texas Biomedical Research Institute have established unequivocally, in a natural animal model, that the incidence of malignant melanoma in adulthood can be dramatically reduced by the consistent use of sunscreen in infancy and childhood.

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Scientists Trap, Kill Malaria Parasite

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Washington Univ. School of Medicine in St. Louis | News | Comments

Scientists may have found a way to imprison the malaria parasite in its protective chamber inside red blood cells. This causes it to stop growing and die.

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Sexual Harassment, Assault Common on Field Studies

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

A survey of 142 men and 516 women with experience in field studies in anthropology, archaeology, geology and other scientific disciplines reveals that many of them– particularly the younger ones– suffered or witnessed sexual harassment or sexual assault while at work in the field.

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Transplanting Gene into Hearts Yields Biological Pacemakers

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute | News | Comments

Cardiologists have developed a minimally invasive gene transplant procedure that changes unspecialized heart cells into “biological pacemaker” cells that keep the heart steadily beating. The procedure is the result of a dozen years of research.

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Scientifically Rich Facts About Money

July 17, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

In this video, ACS examines four scientific facts about money. Did you know those dollar bills in your pocket have a hint of cocaine on them? Or that there are hidden inks and features to prevent counterfeiting? These are just a couple fascinating facts about money to make you scientifically richer.

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Lawyers: Emails, Photos Shouldn't Die with You

July 16, 2014 1:03 pm | by Associated Press, Anne Flaherty | News | Comments

When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts? A group of influential lawyers says yes, unless you specify otherwise in a will. The Uniform Law Commission was expected to endorse a plan today to automatically give loved ones access to— but not control of— all digital accounts, unless otherwise specified.

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Assay Spots Fake Malaria Drugs, Could Save Thousands of Lives

July 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by Oregon State Univ. | News | Comments

Chemists and students in science and engineering have created a new type of chemical test, or assay, that’s inexpensive, simple and can tell whether or not one of the primary drugs being used to treat malaria is genuine– an enormous and deadly problem in the developing world.

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Glass Surface Reduces Glare, Reflection

July 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

If you’ve ever tried to watch a video on a tablet on a sunny day, you know you have to tilt it at just the right angle to get rid of glare or invest in a special filter. But, scientists are reporting that they’ve developed a novel glass surface that reduces both glare and reflection, which continue to plague even the best mobile displays today.

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HIV Number Unchanged Since 2012

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Maria Cheng | News | Comments

The number of people living with HIV worldwide has remained virtually unchanged in the past two years and AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest since peaking almost a decade ago, according to a report from the UN AIDS agency released today.

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