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Birds’ Wings Collapse to Counter Turbulence

October 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Oxford | News | Comments

Collapsible wings may be a bird's answer to turbulence, according to a study in which an eagle carried its own “black box” flight recorder on its back.

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Lake Erie Increasingly Susceptible to Blooms

October 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

Lake Erie has become increasingly susceptible to large blooms of toxin-producing cyanobacteria since 2002, potentially complicating efforts to rein in the problem in the wake of this year's Toledo drinking water crisis.

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Facebook, Apple to Pay for Employee Fertility Treatments

October 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Barbara Ortutay | News | Comments

Facebook and Apple will now give up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs. The move comes amid stiff competition for skilled engineers, and as many of the biggest firms try to diversify their male-dominated ranks to include and appeal to more women.

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Nurses Cite Bad Planning in Ebola Spread

October 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Matt Sedensky, Martha Mendoza | News | Comments

An Ebola patient was left in an open area of an emergency room for hours, and nurses treating him worked without proper protective gear and faced constantly changing protocols, according to a statement released by the largest nurses' union. Among those nurses was Nina Pham, who now has Ebola. The CDC has said some breach of protocol probably sickened Pham, but the union says protocols were either non-existent or changing constantly.

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Cigarette Ash Finds Use as Water Cleaner

October 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

Arsenic, a well-known poison, can be taken out of drinking water using sophisticated treatment methods. Now, scientists have come up with a new low-cost, simple way to remove arsenic using leftovers from another known health threat— cigarettes.

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'Breathalyzer' May Help Monitor Dolphin Health

October 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

Alcohol consumption isn't the only thing a breath analysis can reveal. Scientists have been studying its possible use for diagnosing a wide range of conditions in humans— and now in the beloved bottlenose dolphin.

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Time in Orphanage Linked to Thinner Brain Tissue

October 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Washington | News | Comments

Children who began life in overcrowded orphanages with bleak conditions and minimal human contact show that early childhood neglect is associated with changes in brain structure. New research has found that children who spent their early years in these institutions have thinner brain tissue in cortical areas that correspond to impulse control and attention.

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Brighter, Energy-saving Flat Lights Based on Nanotubes

October 15, 2014 7:00 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Electronics based on carbon, especially carbon nanotubes, are emerging as successors to silicon for making semiconductor materials. They may enable a new generation of brighter, low-power, low-cost lighting devices that could challenge the dominance of LEDs in the future and help meet society's ever-escalating demand for greener bulbs.

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Electric Vehicle Tech Packs Punch in Small Package

October 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Using 3-D printing and novel semiconductors, researchers have created a power inverter that could make electric vehicles lighter, more powerful and more efficient. At the core of this development is wide band gap material made of silicon carbide with qualities superior to standard semiconductor materials.

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Researchers Uncover Evolution of Extreme Parasites

October 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Basel | News | Comments

Extreme adaptations of species often cause such significant changes that their evolutionary history is difficult to reconstruct. Now, zoologists have discovered a new parasite species that represents the missing link between fungi and an extreme group of parasites.

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We're Hardwired to See Spiders

October 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Inside Science News Service, Nala Rogers | News | Comments

The spider's iconic leggy shape can abruptly yank our attention, even when we’re focused on something else, according to a new study. Other shapes such as houseflies and hypodermic needles don’t draw our attention in the same way. This suggests that spiders may be hardwired into our visual systems, helping us avoid a threat that our ancestors faced for millions of years.

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Infographic: Light-activated Drug May Aid Diabetes Meds

October 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

Diabetes drugs that promote the release of insulin from the pancreas can, in some cases, cause side effects because of their actions on other organs such as the brain and heart. Now, scientists have created a drug for type 2 diabetes that is switched on by blue light, which they hope will improve treatment of the disease.

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Chemical in Blood Helps Power Pests' Immune System

October 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Kansas State Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers looked at how protein molecules in the blood of insects function in insects' immune system. Pest may be sickened to learn to that the scientists have discovered a genetic mechanism that helps compromise their immune system.

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Nerve Cells Key to Environment-sensitive Material

October 15, 2014 7:00 am | by UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Scientists have taken proteins from nerve cells and used them to create a “smart” material that is extremely sensitive to its environment. This marriage of materials science and biology could give birth to a flexible, sensitive coating that is easy and cheap to manufacture in large quantities.

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Report Aims to Optimize Selection of Chemicals

October 15, 2014 7:00 am | by National Academy of Sciences | News | Comments

A new report develops and demonstrates a decision framework for evaluating potentially safer substitute chemicals as primarily determined by human health and ecological risks. This new framework is informed by previous efforts by regulatory agencies, academic institutions and others to develop alternative assessment frameworks that could be operationalized.

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