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Doctor Fights Overpopulation with Nonsurgical Contraceptive

May 21, 2015 10:07 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An Oregon doctor is researching a non-surgical, permanent contraceptive method for women in developing countries, with some funding from the Gates Foundation. The work is being done with an eye toward curbing overpopulation, and to improve quality of life in impoverished countries, they said.  

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Donate Your Body to Science, Without Dying First

May 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Typically, when someone chooses to donate their body to science, it’s as a cadaver. While cadavers are great learning tools, there’s something to be said for having access to living, breathing humans. Now, a group of scientists has discovered a way to circumvent the “you must be dead first” rule.

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John Glenn Believes in Science, God, Evolution

May 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

John Glenn, who declared as a 77-year-old in a news conference from space that "to look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is to me impossible," says facts about scientific discovery should be taught in schools— and that includes evolution.

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A Good Playlist Can Keep You Exercising

May 21, 2015 7:00 am | by University Health Network | News | Comments

Usually, there is a high dropout rate for cardiac rehab and suboptimal adherence to the self-management of physical activity. But, the use of personalized music playlists with tempo-pace synchronization increases adherence to cardiac rehab by almost 70 percent.

Mysterious Stone Tools Predate Man

May 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Malcolm Ritter | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a trove of stone tools far older than any ever found before. Nobody knows who made them— or why. At 3.3 million years old, they push back the record of stone tools by about 700,000 years. More significantly, they are half-a-million years older than any known trace of our own branch of the evolutionary tree.

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Folding Drone Speeds into Action

May 21, 2015 7:00 am | by EPFL | Videos | Comments

Inspired by origami, a folding drone unfurls and takes off in a third of a second. The moment it is turned on, the rotors engage, the articulated arms extend and the drone begins moving.  

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Today in Lab History: Robert A. Good

May 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Robert A. Good, an American doctor born May 21, 1922, was the first person to successfully transplant bone marrow between people who weren’t identical twins. He is considered to be the founder of immunology in its present form.

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Q&A: Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte and the Secret of Aging

May 21, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He and a team studying a rare premature aging disease, Werner syndrome, have found what they believe to be one of the underlying causes of normal human aging.  

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Crews Clean Californian Coast After Yesterday's Oil Spill

May 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Christopher Weber | News | Comments

Cleanup crews fanned out today along a stretch of scenic California coastline stained by thousands of gallons of crude oil that spilled from broken pipe and flowed into the Pacific Ocean. The broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours yesterday before it was shut off, creating a slick some four miles long about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara.

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Blanket Treats Jaundice in Infants

May 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by Michigan State Univ. | News | Comments

A new medical device that will improve the way infants with jaundice are treated is one step closer to market. The startup, TheraB Medical Products Inc., was developed by university students with the help of $150,000 in funding from Quantum Medical Concepts. TheraB has created the SnugLit Portable Phototherapy Blanket, a wearable swaddle that treats newborn jaundice.

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Light-emitting, Transparent Paper Key to Flexible Electronics

May 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

A new step has been made toward bendable electronics. Scientists have developed the first light-emitting, transparent and flexible paper out of environmentally friendly materials via a simple, suction-filtration method.

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Good Soil Can Offset Impacts of Global Warming

May 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | News | Comments

Maintaining a healthy and diverse soil community can buffer natural ecosystems against the damaging impacts of global warming. In a long-term study, researchers showed that small soil animals can limit the effects of climate change, which would otherwise stimulate the loss of carbon from the soil into the atmosphere.

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Skipping Meals May Lead to Abdominal Weight Gain

May 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by Ohio State Univ. | News | Comments

A new study in animals suggests that skipping meals sets off a series of metabolic miscues that can result in abdominal weight gain. In the study, mice that ate all of their food as a single meal and fasted the rest of the day developed insulin resistance in their livers. When the liver doesn’t respond to insulin signals telling it to stop producing glucose, that extra sugar in the blood is stored as fat.

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T. Rex Autopsy Coming to the Small Screen

May 20, 2015 1:07 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The deceased waits on the slab, under the glare of lights. But the corpse is 46 feet long, has a heart 100 times larger than a human’s and sharpened teeth up to a foot long. “T. rex Autopsy” is coming to the small screen, using a reconstructed and anatomically-complete dinosaur.

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Obama Warns Climate Change Presents National Security Dangers

May 20, 2015 10:37 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has called for action on climate change as a matter of health and environmental necessity for months. Now, he’s casting it as a matter of national security.

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