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Mice on Hallucinogens Shed Light on Schizophrenia

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Southern Denmark | News | Comments

In an attempt to understand exactly what happens in the brain of schizophrenic people, researchers have analyzed proteins in the brains of rats that have been given hallucinogenic drugs. This may pave the way for new and better medicines.

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‘Wrench’ Key to Stronger, More Effective Antibiotics

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by North Carolina State Univ. | News | Comments

Research may turn an enzyme that acts as a specialized “wrench” in antibiotic assembly into a set of wrenches that will allow for greater customization. By modifying this enzyme, scientists hope to be able to design and synthesize stronger, more adaptable antibiotics from less expensive, natural compounds.

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Greenland's Ice Shows U.S. Clean Air Act’s Success

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Washington | News | Comments

By analyzing samples from the Greenland ice sheet, atmospheric scientists found clear evidence of the U.S. Clean Air Act. They also discovered a link between air acidity and how nitrogen is preserved in layers of snow.

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Space Study to Measure Gravity's Impact on Plant Cells

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

An experiment, which will test how plant cells sense and respond to different levels of gravity, is scheduled to launch aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on Monday.

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Fatal Bat Disease Spreads to Half of U.S.

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, John Flesher, Todd Richmond | News | Comments

A fungal disease that has killed millions of North American bats is spreading and has now been detected in half of the U.S.

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Fruit Flies have Latent Bioluminescence

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Massachusetts Med School | News | Comments

New research shows that fruit flies are secretly harboring the biochemistry needed to glow in the dark— otherwise known as bioluminescence.

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Body Heat Charges Generator

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by KAIST | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a glass fabric-based thermoelectric generator that is extremely light and flexible and produces electricity from the heat of the human body.

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'Body Hack' App Lets You Shortcut Jet-Lag

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

A different kind of jet-lag mobile app, released by mathematicians, reveals previously unknown shortcuts that can help travelers snap their internal clocks to new time zones as efficiently as possible.

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Sunlight Generates Hydrogen in Silicon

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Penn State Univ. | News | Comments

Porous silicon, manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy, can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material.

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U.N. to Consider Geoengineering

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Karl Ritter | News | Comments

The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is under pressure this week as it considers whether geoengineering, a controversial idea, should be part of the tool kit that governments use to keep global warming in check.

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Mechanical Forces Affect T-Cell Functions

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

T-cells use a complex process to recognize foreign pathogens and diseased cells. Researchers have added a new level of understanding to that process by describing how the T-cell receptors use mechanical contact– the forces involved in their binding to the antigens– to make decisions about whether or not the cells they encounter are threats.

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Filter Recovers 80 Percent of Gold in Cell Phone Scrap

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

Cell phone scrap can contain precious metals, such as gold and copper. Now, researchers have developed a biological filter, made of mushroom mycelium mats, enabling recovery of as much as 80 percent of the gold in electronic scrap.

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Climate Drove Evolution of Ice Age Predators

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County | Videos | Comments

Researchers, working at the famous La Brea Tar Pits, are probing the link between climate warming and the evolution of Ice Age predators, attempting to predict how animals will respond to climate change today.

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Ancestral Grass May Save Modern Wheat

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Agricultural Research Service | News | Comments

Scientists have pinpointed the location of a gene in a little-known ancient grass that could help save one of the world's most important cereal crops from an unrelenting fungus.

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FDA: Sweetened Honey Isn't Honey

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure that shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued this week would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

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