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Faux Coral Could Clean Ocean

July 24, 2015 7:00 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

A new material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals, like mercury, from the ocean. The creators say their material could provide inspiration for other approaches to removing pollutants.

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NASA Discovers Planet Most Similar to Earth

July 24, 2015 7:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The planet is about 60 percent larger than Earth, has a 385-day orbit around a star with the same temperature as our sun and is located in a “habitable zone” where liquid water could pool on its potentially rocky surface. It is the closest thing to Earth that has yet been found by humans reaching out into the universe.

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Heavy Utensils Make Your Food More Enjoyable

July 24, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Oxford | News | Comments

While the design (think shape, material, ergonomics) of a piece of cutlery is what we all think we are judging, maybe what drives our preference for one eating utensil over another is an often overlooked but substantial characteristic: its weight.

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Invisibility Cloaks May Be Possible

July 24, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

Celebrate the International Year of Light by exploring the science behind light, sight and invisibility.

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Teens’ Hours Spent on Social Media Associated with Mental Health Problems

July 23, 2015 2:39 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Teens who use social media the most are more likely to report mental health problems, suicidal thoughts and psychological distress, according to a new Canadian study. The group of 753 students in grades seven to 12 in Ontario were shown to have as much as six times more frequency to have suicidal thoughts.

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Modern Technology Deciphers Ancient Hebrew Scroll

July 23, 2015 2:01 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Modern technology has brought to life the ancient words on a charred Hebrew scroll which were undecipherable for 45 years. The scroll, burnt approximately 1,500 years ago inside the Holy Ark of the synagogue at Ein Gedi, shows the beginning of the Book of Leviticus– and is the oldest such scroll of its kind other than the famed Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Evidence Pushes Back History of Agriculture

July 23, 2015 2:00 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv Univ. | News | Comments

Until now, researchers believed farming was "invented" some 12,000 years ago in the Cradle of Civilization— Iraq, the Levant, parts of Turkey and Iran— an area that was home to some of the earliest known human civilizations. A new discovery offers the first evidence that trial plant cultivation began far earlier— some 23,000 years ago.

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Small Oxygen Jump Helped Animals Take First Breaths

July 23, 2015 2:00 pm | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

If oxygen was a driver of the early evolution of animals, only a slight bump in oxygen levels facilitated it. This discovery calls into question the long held theory that a dramatic change in oxygen levels might have been responsible for the appearance of complicated life forms like whales, sharks and squids evolving from less complicated life forms, such as microorganisms, algae and sponges.  

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College Social Life Can Predict Later Well-being

July 23, 2015 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Rochester | News | Comments

It’s well known that being socially connected promotes a person’s overall and psychological health. A new study shows that the quantity of social interactions a person has at 20— and the quality of social relationships that person has at age 30— can benefit her well-being later in life.

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Commercial Meat May Be Vehicle for Disease-causing Klebsiella

July 23, 2015 2:00 pm | by Milken Institute School of Public Health | News | Comments

Chicken, turkey and pork sold in grocery stores harbors disease-causing bacteria known as Klebsiella pneumoniae, according to a new study. The research shows that contaminated meat may be an important source of human exposure to Klebsiella.

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Kiwis Are Colorblind

July 23, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists say they have sequenced the genome of the brown kiwi for the first time, revealing that the shy, flightless bird likely lost its ability to see colors after it became nocturnal tens of millions of years ago.

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Patch Prevents Jeeps from Being Hacked

July 23, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Dee-Ann Durbin | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler says it has a software fix that will prevent future hacking into the Jeep Cherokee and other vehicles. The fix is a response to a recent article in Wired magazine about two well-known hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who remotely took control of a Jeep Cherokee through its UConnect entertainment system.

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Pump Doesn’t Require Lubricant

July 23, 2015 12:00 pm | New Star Environmental, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

New Star Environmental’s Rocker 430 Vacuum/Pressure Pump is driven by pistons without the need of lubricant, regular oil changes or maintenance and produces no oil mist exhaust.

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Filtration Pump Suited for Field Gas Sampling

July 23, 2015 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

KNF Neuberger, Inc.’s PJ26078-811 is a lightweight 12-volt mini-Laboport pump designed for in-field use.

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Sample Prep Filters for Environmental Needs

July 23, 2015 12:00 pm | Horizon Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Horizon Technology’s EcoLine filters expand the company’s sample preparation offering for filter needs in the environmental market.

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