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New Rice Crop Could Feed World, Curb Climate Change, Study Says

July 23, 2015 9:36 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Half the world’s population depends on rice to survive. But, rice crops are releasing massive amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas. Now, a group of researchers has unveiled a genetically modified super rice that has more starch, yet releases a fraction of the harmful methane.

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Q&A: Charles Carter, Catalysts and the Beginning of Life

July 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Laboratory Equipment’s scientist of the week is Charles Carter from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He and a team provided direct evidence for how primordial proteins developed the ability to accelerate the central chemical reaction necessary to synthesize proteins, allowing life not long after Earth was created.

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Teeth Reveal Exposure to Metals, Toxins over Lifetime

July 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai | News | Comments

According to researchers, teeth are of particular interest for the measurement of chemical exposure in fetal and childhood development. They provide a chronological record of exposure from their microchemical composition in relation to defined growth lines, like the rings in a tree trunk.

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Model May Solve Supernova Mystery

July 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Michigan State Univ. | Videos | Comments

Giant stars die a violent death. After a life of several million years, they collapse into themselves and then explode in what is known as a supernova. How these stars explode remains a mystery. However, recent work may bring some answers to this astronomical question.

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Stem Cells Can Be Programmed to Act Naturally

July 23, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Stem cells hold great potential for addressing a variety of conditions from spinal cord injuries to cancer, but they can be difficult to control. Now, scientists are reporting a new way to mimic the body’s natural approach to programming these cells.

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Capturing Engine Heat May Boost Gas Mileage

July 23, 2015 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Automakers are looking for ways to improve their fleets’ average fuel efficiency, and scientists may have a new way to help them. Researchers are reporting the development of a material that could convert engine heat that’s otherwise wasted into electrical energy to help keep a car running— and reduce the need for fuels.

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Finalists Announced for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards

July 22, 2015 3:21 pm | by Advantage Business Media | News | Comments

R&D Magazine has announced the Finalists for the 53rd annual R&D 100 Awards, which honor the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year. This year’s winners will be presented with their honors at the annual black-tie awards dinner on November 13, 2015 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Alzheimer’s Drug Solanezumab is Again Proposed – This Time as a Slowing Agent

July 22, 2015 2:16 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Solanezumab is a drug that held great hope for treating Alzheimer’s disease, but was declared ineffective in beating the disease three years ago. Now, a new trial is claiming it can slow the progress of the disease– if it is given early enough to patients.

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Habitual Sugary Drinks Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

July 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

Researchers analyzed the results of 17 observational studies and found that habitual consumption of sugar sweetened drinks was positively associated with incidence of type 2 diabetes, independently of obesity status.

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Fireflies Can Shed Light on Diagnostics

July 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

In biology and medicine, we often need to detect biological molecules. Scientists have chemically tweaked the enzyme responsible for the light of fireflies to make it "sniff out" target biological molecules and give out a light signal. The result is a cheap, simple and highly accurate detection system that can change the face of the field.

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E-cigs May Be Equally Addictive

July 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigs” have been touted as a tool smokers can use to wean themselves off of traditional cigarettes, which many believe are more harmful than their “e” counterparts. But because e-cig liquid also contains nicotine and emits carcinogens, is that perception really true?

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Watch the Car, Not Driver to Cut Accidents

July 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Joel Shurkin | News | Comments

Researchers say the key to new technologies designed to reduce accidents caused by sleepy or text-happy drivers is to watch the car, not its driver. If their research can be adapted for new cars, fatigue, a major cause of severe accidents, could be managed.

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Dark Matter is Déjà-vu All Over Again

July 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo | News | Comments

Dark matter keeps galaxies, stars, our solar system and our bodies intact. Yet no one has been able to observe it, and it has often been regarded as a totally new exotic form of matter. A new theory says dark matter acts remarkably similar to subatomic particles known to science since the 1930s.

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Pope Francis Hosts Environmental Conference with World’s Mayors

July 22, 2015 1:11 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Putting action behind his revolutionary words, Pope Francis called a meeting of the leaders of the world’s largest cities and states, asking for their help to change the world’s course on climate change.

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Bionic Eye Implanted in Britain

July 22, 2015 9:32 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A bionic eye implant to treat a common cause of blindness in the elderly was implanted for the first time in Great Britain, according to the developer of the device. So far, the results appear inconclusive– but there is hope it could treat others in the future, according to the company.

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