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Review Finds Fathers’ Age, Lifestyle Associated with Birth Defects

May 16, 2016 8:54 am | by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center | News | Comments

A growing body of research is revealing associations between birth defects and a father’s age, alcohol use and environmental factors. These defects result from epigenetic alterations that can potentially affect multiple generations.

Laughs from Lab: May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016 8:50 am | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week off with a smile. So, here's a science joke you might like. Q: What was the biologist wearing on his first date with a hot chick?

Christina’s World: Iconic Painting Displays Disease now ID’ed

May 13, 2016 4:44 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The iconic painting shows a young woman laying in a field, staring longingly up at a farmhouse on a clear bright day.


Astronomy Specifically Dates 2,500-year-old Poem by Sappho

May 13, 2016 4:34 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The ancient poet was renowned for her evocations of beauty and love in clear and musical language unlike any other. Sappho’s lyrics from ancient Greece survived millennia to the present-day, and are still considered some of the finest verse in history.

Ancient Irish Musical History Found in Modern India

May 13, 2016 3:13 pm | by Australian National University | News | Comments

An archaeologist studying musical horns from iron-age Ireland has found musical traditions, thought to be long dead, are alive and well in south India.

Spain Evacuates 9,000 from Massive Tire Fire Near Madrid

May 13, 2016 3:09 pm | by Associated Press, Alan Clendenning and Ciaran Giles | News | Comments

Spanish officials ordered 9,000 people evacuated Friday night from a large apartment complex after a raging fire at a sprawling tire dump sent spectacular, toxic clouds of black smoke into the sky.

Precious Element Spotted in Space

May 13, 2016 3:05 pm | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

A team of astronomers has detected a rare gas 4,000 light years away from Earth. The discovery was made using the largest antenna of NASA's Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex.

Nanotechnology Improves Holographic Capabilities

May 13, 2016 3:02 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Holograms are a ubiquitous part of our lives. They are in our wallets—protecting credit cards, cash and driver's licenses from fraud—in grocery store scanners and biomedical devices.


ACS Report Assesses Progress Against Goals Set for Nation

May 13, 2016 2:53 pm | by American Cancer Society | News | Comments

A new report assesses how the nation fared against the ambitious challenge goal set by the American Cancer Society to reduce the cancer death rates by 50 percent over 25 years ending in 2015. 

Fruit Discovery Offers New Treatments for Obesity, Diabetes

May 13, 2016 2:30 pm | by University of Warwick | News | Comments

A combination of two compounds found in red grapes and oranges could be used to improve the health of people with diabetes, and reduce cases of obesity and heart disease.

Rare Human Disease Found in Dogs

May 13, 2016 2:21 pm | by Michigan State University | News | Comments

A rare, severe form of pulmonary hypertension, which up until now has only been classified as a human lung disease, has also been discovered in dogs.

Earthworms Build Huge Mounds Dotting Tropical Wetlands in South America

May 13, 2016 10:09 am | by PLOS | News | Comments

Earthworms are the engineers behind the 75,000 km2, densely packed, regularly spaced, and mound-patterned landscapes, called surales, in the South American seasonal tropical wetlands.

MIT Reveals Ingestible Origami Robot

May 13, 2016 10:06 am | by MIT | News | Comments

Researchers have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.

WHO: Cities in World’s Poorest Countries Have Terrible Air Pollution

May 13, 2016 9:57 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The vast majority of cities in the world’s poorer countries have unhealthy amounts of air pollution, while urban areas in richer nations have better air to breathe, according to new findings by the World Health Organization.

Breast Cancer Drug Reduces Seizures

May 13, 2016 9:36 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A class of drug that inhibits estrogen production and is used to treat breast cancer has been found to quickly and effectively suppress dangerous brain seizures, according to a new study.


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