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First Research Links California Quakes to Oil Operations

February 5, 2016 9:15 am | by Associated Press, Ellen Knickmeyer | News | Comments

A 2005 spate of quakes in California's Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes.

Martin Shkreli Infuriates Congress

February 4, 2016 3:49 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical CEO who has reveled in vilifying headlines since notoriously jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000 percent, angered legislators on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Pluto’s Mysterious, Floating Hills

February 4, 2016 2:31 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The nitrogen ice glaciers on Pluto appear to carry intriguing cargo: numerous, isolated hills that may be fragments of water ice from Pluto’s surrounding uplands.

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Index Gives Earth 82% Chance of Being ‘Habitable’

February 4, 2016 2:09 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

We know the Earth is habitable because — well, here we are. But would it look like a good candidate for life from hundreds of light-years away?

More to Health than BMI, UCLA Study Says

February 4, 2016 2:03 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Body-mass index has become a rule of gauging health – and could even be the basis for some health insurance premium costs. But some 75 million Americans who are “overweight” or “obese” are misclassified, according to the overly simple BMI calculator.

Ancient Wildebeest-like Animal Shared 'Bizarre' Feature with Dinosaur

February 4, 2016 1:50 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered that the little-known hoofed mammals, Rusingoryx atopocranion, had a very unusual, trumpet-like nasal passage similar only to the nasal crests of lambeosaurine hadrosaur dinosaurs.

Footsteps Could Power Mobile Devices

February 4, 2016 12:11 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

When you’re on the go and your smartphone battery is low, in the not-so-distant future, you could charge it simply by plugging it into your shoe.

Modeling How the Brain Makes Complex Decisions

February 4, 2016 12:03 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers have built the first biologically realistic mathematical model of how the brain plans and learns when faced with a complex decision-making process.

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Genetic Cause of Rare 'Allergy' to Vibration Revealed

February 4, 2016 11:30 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a genetic mutation responsible for a rare form of inherited hives induced by vibration, also known as vibratory urticaria.

Tiny Luxembourg Looks to Space for Resources

February 4, 2016 9:50 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The tiny nation of Luxembourg, sandwiched between France and Germany, has never had much territorial claim for the land and minerals on this planet. But now the nation announced its intention to look for resources and materials in the great beyond of space.

Scientists in Germany Switch on Nuclear Fusion Experiment

February 4, 2016 9:33 am | by Associated Press, Frank Jordans | News | Comments

Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.

Simplified Nutritional Labels Spur Healthier Choices

February 4, 2016 9:28 am | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

A study involving more than 535,000 grocery shoppers found that the simpler a product's packaging and nutritional information is, the more likely consumers are to purchase it.

Purifying Water with Leaf-mimicking Device

February 4, 2016 9:14 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A team has come up with a kind of device that mimics two of a leaf's processes — photosynthesis and transpiration — to harness solar energy to purify water.

Process of Fixing Mistakes in Peer-reviewed Research Flawed, Scientists Say

February 4, 2016 9:09 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

Commentary written by a group of scientists points out that journals are slow to respond and even slower to take action when questions regarding the accuracy of a published research paper are raised.

Scientists Discover Important Genetic Source of Human Diversity

February 4, 2016 8:53 am | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

Researchers report that humans have a surprisingly high number of genes in which one of two copies has been randomly silenced. They suggest that the phenomenon is an important source of genetic diversity among people.

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