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Two Minutes Can Alter Newborns' Development

December 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Granada | News | Comments

A study has demonstrated that delaying the cutting of the umbilical cord in newborns by two minutes leads to a better development of the baby during the first days of life. The work revealed that the timing of cutting the umbilical cord influences the resistance to oxidative stress in newborns.

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Nuclear Power Key to Protecting Biodiversity

December 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

Leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity. In an open letter to environmentalists with more than 60 signatories, the scientists ask the environmental community to weigh up the pros and cons of different energy sources.

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Scientists Tackle One of Dementia's Biggest Questions

December 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Southampton | News | Comments

Researchers are tackling one of the biggest questions about dementia studies: why might current approaches in Alzheimer’s trials be failing? To answer this question the scientists wanted to understand the results of a clinical trial that took place over a decade ago.

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Hot Days Are Bad for American Wallets

December 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

Hotter days mean less cold cash for Americans, according to a new study matching 40 years of temperatures to economics. Days that averaged about 77 F ended up reducing people's income by about $5 a day when compared with days that were about 20 degrees cooler.

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Cancer Patients Employ Mice as Avatars

December 15, 2014 8:39 am | by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione | News | Comments

Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same— with the hope of curing their own disease. They are paying a private lab to breed mice that carry bits of their own tumors so treatments can be tried first on the customized rodents. The idea is to see which drugs might work best on a specific person's cancer.

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App Triggers Horrible Traffic for Locals

December 15, 2014 8:27 am | by Associated Press, John Rogers | News | Comments

When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling by their homes a year or so ago, they were baffled. When word spread that the explosively popular new smartphone app Waze was sending many of those cars through their neighborhood in a quest to shave five minutes off a daily rush-hour commute, they were angry and ready to fight back.

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Logic, Memory Combine for 'High-rise' Chip

December 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

For decades, the mantra of electronics has been smaller, faster, cheaper. Today, engineers add a fourth word— taller. A team is revealing how to build “high-rise” chips that could leapfrog the performance of the single-story logic and memory chips on today's circuit cards.

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Cells Can Be Reprogrammed to Burn Fat

December 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

White adipose tissue stores excess calories as fat that can be released for use in other organs during fasting. Mammals also have small amounts of brown adipose tissue, which primarily acts as an effective fat burner for the production of heat. Now, researchers have uncovered the mechanism by which white fat cells from humans gets reprogrammed to become browner.

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Dogs Process Speech the Same Way We Do

December 15, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Victoria Ratcliffe, David Reby | Videos | Comments

Human speech is complex, communicating not only words but also tone, as well as information about the speaker such as their gender and identity. To what extent can a dog pick up on these different cues? Sometimes it may seem like your dog doesn’t want to listen. But, in a new study, researchers found that he may understand more than he lets on.

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Today in Lab History: Gustave Eiffel

December 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Gustave Eiffel, born Dec. 15, 1832, was a French civil engineer and architect, most famous for the Eiffel Tower, built as the entrance arch for the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris. However, he started his career, in 1855, working as an unpaid assistant is his brother-in-law’s foundry.

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Uncooled IR Camera Suited for R&D Apps

December 15, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sierra-Olympic Technologies’ Viento 320 IR camera features 320 x 240 px resolution with a 17-um pixel pitch. Intuitive and easy to integrate into new or existing systems, the uncooled infrared camera has user-selectable NTSC or PAL analog video and simultaneous 14-bit/8-bit Camera Link digital video outputs.

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Laughs from Lab: Dec. 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 7:00 am | News | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week with a smile of your face. With years of science experience, we've heard every science joke there is. So, here’s a science joke you might like. Q: What weapon can you make from the elements potassium, nickel and iron?

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Fish Use Diet Smell to Hide from Predators

December 12, 2014 3:09 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A species of small fish uses a homemade coral-scented cologne to hide from predators, a new study has shown, providing the first evidence of chemical camouflage from diet in fish.

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Computer Failure Shut Down London's Airspace Today

December 12, 2014 2:58 pm | by Associated Press, Danica Kirka, Gregory Katz | News | Comments

The airspace over London was briefly closed Friday afternoon because of what authorities said was a computer failure at one of Britain's two air traffic control centers. The British government demanded an investigation into the "unacceptable" disruption. The 35-minute shutdown caused flight delays in and out of London and flight slowdowns in other parts of Europe that officials said would linger into Saturday.

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Greener Deicers Still Damaging

December 12, 2014 2:41 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Brian Owens | News | Comments

Every year, as winter closes in, transportation authorities prepare to deploy their stockpiles of salt and sand to keep the roads and highways safe and ice-free for drivers. In the U.S., roughly 18 million metric tons of road salt are spread on the roads each year. All that salt does not just disappear along with the ice in the spring; it sticks around, and can have major effects on the surrounding ecosystems and even drinking water.

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