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Sham Cancer Charities Charged by Feds with Bilking $187 M

May 19, 2015 1:30 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Four sham cancer charities were charged with bilking more than $187 million from consumers by telling donors the funds would help cancer patients, including children– but then pocketed the money, federal authorities announced.

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Green Gloves are Comfortable, Sustainable

May 19, 2015 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Spring Green and Kimberly-Clark Forest Green Nitrile Exam Gloves deliver a range of benefits, including enhanced dexterity, strong wet and dry grip and a way to reduce lab waste.

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Pipettes Fill Gap for PCR Applications

May 19, 2015 12:00 pm | INTEGRA Biosciences | Product Releases | Comments

INTEGRA has expanded its VIAFLO II electronic pipette range to include 50 uL models.

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Spray System for Coatings is Easy to Use

May 19, 2015 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Motum TS Spray System from Empire Laboratory Automation Systems provides a compact, easy-to-use benchtop device for spraying coatings onto substrates of any type.

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Rodents’ Disease-carrying Threat Predicted by Researchers

May 19, 2015 11:04 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In the 14th century, Europe was devastated by the Black Death, a scourge spread by rodent populations. Now, a group of 21st century researchers are trying to forecast where rats and mice and other critters are most likely to spread viruses, bacteria, fungi and other illnesses communicable to humans.

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ISS Could Get Laser to Shoot Down Space Junk

May 19, 2015 9:54 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Dead satellites adrift, rocket fragments and shards of tools orbit the planet. The International Space Station has to take evasive action and constantly be on guard for incoming projectiles. But a laser on one of the space station’s modules could shoot the space junk, slowing it enough so that it falls out of orbit.

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Study Explains Nature's Reason for Gender

May 19, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of East Anglia | News | Comments

Biologists have long puzzled about how evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless requirement for efficiency, allows the existence of males— when in so many species their only contribution to reproduction are spermatozoa. Now, research has found, when males compete and females choose over reproduction, it improves population health and protects against extinction, even in the face of genetic stress from high levels of inbreeding.

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Climate, Migration Mean We’ll Be Sweating the Future

May 19, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

The combination of global warming and shifting population means that by mid-century, there will be a huge increase in the number of Americans sweating through days that are extremely hot. People are migrating into areas— especially in the South— where the heat is likely to increase more, according to a study that highlighted the places where the double whammy looks to be the biggest.

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The Chemistry Behind the World's Best Bagels

May 19, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

Many agree that the Big Apple has the best bagels in the world, but many disagree on why. Dive into the chemistry of these tasty breakfast treats with the help of a top chef.

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Image of the Week: Shape of Mountains May Be Key to Saving Species

May 19, 2015 7:00 am | by Princeton Univ. | News | Comments

We perceive most mountain ranges as pyramid-shaped masses that steadily narrow as they slope upward. Scientists have found, however, that is not the case. Besides reshaping the mountains in our mind's eye, the findings could lead scientists to reconsider conservation strategies for mountain animal species threatened by climate change.

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Ancient Eternal Flames May Spark Modern Interest

May 19, 2015 7:00 am | by Springer | News | Comments

Seeps from which gas and oil escape were formative to many ancient cultures and societies. They gave rise to legends surrounding the “eternal flames” that were central to ancient religious practices. Modern geologists and oil and gas explorers can learn much by delving into the geomythological stories about the religious and social practices of the ancient world.

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How Microbes Gain Power While Making Methane

May 19, 2015 7:00 am | by Stanford Univ. | News | Comments

Scientists have solved a long-standing mystery about methanogens, unique microorganisms that transform electricity and carbon dioxide into methane. They have demonstrated how methanogens obtain electrons from solid surfaces. The discovery could help scientists design electrodes for microbial "factories" that produce methane gas and other compounds sustainably.

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New Catalysts Are Cheaper, Greener

May 19, 2015 7:00 am | by Yale Univ. | News | Comments

Chemists have helped develop a family of new chemical catalysts that are expected to lower the cost and boost the sustainability of the production of chemical compounds used by a number of industries.

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Oxygen on Mars? NASA Plans to Start Bacteria and Algae Gardens

May 18, 2015 3:33 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

In an Indiana lab, a chamber that mimics the temperature fluctuations, solar radiation and atmospheric pressure of Mars is providing a sample environment of what pioneer organisms might help create a hospitable ecosystem– and human habitation– on the Red Planet.  

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Scientists Reactivate Youthful Vigor in Adult Brains

May 18, 2015 3:00 pm | by UC Irvine | News | Comments

Researchers have successfully recreated a critical juvenile period in the brains of adult mice. They reactivated brain plasticity– the rapid and robust changes in neural pathways and synapses as a result of learning and experience.

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