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The Search for Knowledge is Over

June 29, 2015 3:04 pm | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Learning from mistakes is a vital lesson in life, be it your own mistakes or someone else’s. We use this inherited knowledge every day to make important life decisions and shape the future. A new open-access protocols repository gives researchers the ability to share and discover knowledge quickly.

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SCOTUS Rules Against EPA

June 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press, Sam Hananel | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration's attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may only be a temporary setback for regulators. The justices split 5 to 4 along ideological lines to rule that the EPA failed to take cost into account when it first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.

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Research Sheds Light on Sprite Formation

June 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Florida Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new study has improved our understanding of a spectacular phenomena, called sprites, which are fireworks-like electrical discharges, sometimes preceded by halos of light, in earth's upper atmosphere. It has been long thought that atmospheric gravity waves play an important role in the initiation of sprites but no previous studies provided convincing arguments to support that idea.

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Forgetfulness and Errors Can Signal Alzheimer’s Decades Before Diagnosis

June 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

More than 2,000 people from Chicago without Alzheimer’s were cognitively tested every three years for 18 years. The study found that mistakes on memory and thought tests may give an indication of the future onset of Alzheimer’s, up to 18 years before diagnosis, according to a new study.

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Don’t Blame Earthquake for Mud Volcano Disaster

June 29, 2015 12:43 pm | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

New research hopes to close the debate on whether a major mud volcano disaster in Indonesia was triggered by an earthquake or had man-made origins.

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Study: Whooping Cough Comeback Caused by Those Vaccinated?

June 29, 2015 12:26 pm | by Santa Fe Institute | News | Comments

The dramatic resurgence of whooping cough has puzzled public health officials, who have pointed to the waning effectiveness of the current vaccine and growing anti-vaccine sentiment as the most likely culprits. But that might not be the whole story.

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Secret Behind Glass Formation is Shattered

June 29, 2015 12:19 pm | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

Scientists have described how glasses form at the molecular level and provided a possible solution to a problem that has stumped scientists for decades.

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Implantable Drug Delivery Device Clears Hurdle

June 29, 2015 12:04 pm | by MIT News Office | News | Comments

Flagship product — a birth-control microchip — is backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Two Decades After Rwanda Genocide Wiped Them Out, Lions Reintroduced to African Nation

June 29, 2015 10:02 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The frenzied killing left as many as 1 million dead in just 100 days. But amid the chaos of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the nation’s lions were also wiped out. Now, two decades after they were killed in the country-wide horror, the big cats are being brought back.

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Scientists: Why Are Most Alzheimer's Patients Women?

June 29, 2015 9:31 am | by Associated Press, Lauren Neergaard | News | Comments

Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it's just because they tend to live longer than men. What else may put woman at extra risk? Could it be genetics? Biological differences in how women age? Maybe even lifestyle factors?

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Tomorrow Will Be a Longer Day

June 29, 2015 9:10 am | by NASA Goddard | News | Comments

Strictly speaking, a day lasts 86,400 seconds. However, the day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or "leap" second, will be added.

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Chemistry Key to Future Jet Engines

June 29, 2015 8:49 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | Videos | Comments

The Periodic Table may not sound like a list of ingredients but, for a group of materials scientists, it’s the starting point for designing the perfect chemical make-up of tomorrow’s jet engines.

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Dogs Turn Their Noses From Bombs To Truffles

June 29, 2015 8:32 am | by Associated Press, Terence Chea | News | Comments

The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the pungent fungus prized by chefs and foodies. As more landowners plant orchards in hopes of harvesting truffles, more dogs are being trained to detect the earthy delicacies, which take several years to ripen on tree roots underground.

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Concrete Heals Itself Like Skin

June 29, 2015 8:01 am | by American Concrete Institute | News | Comments

Concrete is like a living body, in that it can self-heal its own small wounds— cracks— as an intrinsic characteristic. However, cracks do not heal easily in conventional concrete because of its rather brittle nature, which calls into question the effectiveness of self-healing in conventional concrete materials with no control over crack formation.

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Laughs from Lab: June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week with a smile on your face. So, here’s a science joke you might like. Q: What should you never call a research scientist?

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