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Wolf Pack Seen in Northern California for First Time Since 1924

August 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Jeff Barnard | News | Comments

California has its first wolf pack since the state's gray wolf population went extinct in 1924. State and federal authorities announced this week that a remote camera captured photos earlier this month of two adults and five pups in southeastern Siskiyou County.

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Brief Blindness as a Baby Causes Permanent Brain Changes

August 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Montreal | News | Comments

A brief period of postnatal visual deprivation, when early in life, drives a rewiring of the brain areas involved in visual processing, even if the visual restoration is completed well before the baby reaches one year of age.

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Why We're Still Trailing Natural Silk

August 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Oxford | News | Comments

Artificial silks have improved greatly in recent years. As fully biological materials, they perform well in medical applications, such as artificial cartilage. They are also more sustainable than the synthetic plastics they replace. But they aren’t as strong as their natural counterparts. Now, a research team has taken an important step to understanding why we still trail behind.

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Bill Aims to Warn Consumers: Smart TVs Can Record Conversations

August 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Julia Horowitz | News | Comments

Readers who scanned the user manual for a new Samsung smart TV may have been surprised to learn their household conversations could be recorded without their knowledge. And, conversations, including personal or sensitive information, may be captured and transmitted to a third party if users turned on wireless voice recognition.  

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Hunting Larger Fish, Animals Isn't Sustainable

August 20, 2015 2:12 pm | by Associated Press, Seth Borenstein | News | Comments

Humans are fishing and hunting animals that are the wrong size and age, in an unsustainable way that flies in the face of nature, a new study finds. Long-held conservation policies and traditions that tell fishermen to throw back small fry and encourage hunters to bag only the biggest trophies often hurt species instead of helping them.

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Review of ‘Smart Drug’ Shows it Enhances Cognition

August 20, 2015 2:03 pm | by Univ. of Oxford | News | Comments

The drug modafinil was developed to treat narcolepsy, but it is widely used as a “smart drug” to promote cognitive enhancement, where qualities such as alertness and concentration are desired to assist someone with, for example, exam preparation.

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Can't Decide? Blame Your Brain Waves

August 20, 2015 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Zurich | News | Comments

Some people find it difficult to make decisions. In a new study, neuroeconomists have revealed that the intensity of the communication between different regions of the brain dictates whether we are indecisive or not.

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Master Switch Underlies Human Obesity

August 20, 2015 2:00 pm | by MIT, Helen Knight | News | Comments

There may be a new approach to prevent and even cure obesity. By analyzing the cellular circuitry underlying the strongest genetic association with obesity, researchers have unveiled a new pathway that controls human metabolism by prompting our adipocytes, or fat cells, to store fat or burn it away.

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Food to Take on New Colors Sans Artificial Dyes

August 20, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Candice Choi | News | Comments

Several major food makers are hoping to win over customers by vowing to rid their products of artificial ingredients. But replicating the vivid colors Americans have to expect without synthetic dyes presents technical and regulatory challenges, and in some cases will mean new hues for popular products.

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Exasperated NASA Debunks Asteroid Rumors of Doomsday – Again

August 20, 2015 12:58 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The world of blogs and social media has proven to be a fertile breeding ground for doomsday prophecy. A rumor making the rounds has an asteroid making impact near Puerto Rico next month, causing pandemonium across the planet at that time. NASA has now directly addressed the rumor, with an exasperated blog post of its own.

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Personal Incubator has Wide Temperature Range

August 20, 2015 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Torrey Pines Scientific’s EchoTherm Model IC25XR Fully Programmable, Personal Incubator, Heater, Chiller, Freezer is suited for use on the benchtop with a wide range of samples.

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3-D Cell Cultures in Under One Hour

August 20, 2015 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Lonza distributes the RAFT (Real Architecture For 3D Tissue) 3D Cell Culture System from TAP Biosystems.

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Working Longer Hours Increases Risk of Stroke, Study Says

August 20, 2015 10:48 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Working longer hours increases the risk of stroke, according to a new European study. Physical inactivity, heavy drinking and a tendency to ignore symptoms of health problems could all be part of the reason that people who spend extra hours at the office had a 33 percent higher risk for cerebrovascular events.

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‘Godzilla El Nino’ on its Way This Fall

August 20, 2015 8:07 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

We could be headed for one, if not the, strongest El Niño in recorded history this fall, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Late last week, NWS said all its computer models are now predicting a strong El Niño that will peak in the late fall or early winter.

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'Sexy' Signals Aren't Passed to Offspring

August 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

Animal sex signals, communications between partners indicating health, the capacity to produce healthy offspring and more, were thought to be beneficial and passed down from generation to generation. However, these signals can actually adaptively disappear in descendants.

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