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Company Charged in Oil Spill that Fouled California Beaches

May 17, 2016 2:33 pm | by Associated Press, Brian Melley | News | Comments

A Texas pipeline company responsible for spilling more than 140,000 gallons of crude oil on the California coast last year was indicted on dozens of criminal charges in the disaster that closed popular beaches and killed sea lions and birds.

Genome Sequencing Reveals Clues About Giraffes' Long Necks

May 17, 2016 2:28 pm | by Penn State University | News | Comments

For the first time, the genomes of the giraffe and its closest living relative, the reclusive okapi of the African rainforest, have been sequenced -- revealing the first clues about the genetic changes that led to the evolution of the giraffe’s exceptionally long neck.

Experimental Drug Against Hepatitis C Slows Zika Infection in Mice

May 17, 2016 12:21 pm | by KU Leuven | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that an experimental antiviral drug against hepatitis C slows down the development of Zika in mice.

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Tut’s Tomb Has No Secret Doorways, Experts Say – Touching off Angry Debate

May 17, 2016 9:59 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Last summer, a University of Arizona archaeologist made a stunning claim: that new laser scans had revealed secret doorways in King Tut’s tomb. The Egyptian state media was gushing over the possibility of new riches tucked away there.

Environmental Chambers Feature Unique Airflow System

May 17, 2016 9:37 am | by Thermo Fisher Scientific | Thermo Fisher Scientific | Product Releases | Comments

The CE-marked range of Thermo Scientific Environmental Chambers provide temperature control above and below ambient for drug stability testing, shelf-life testing, insect studies or controlled storage.

Expanded CDS Support for IC Systems

May 17, 2016 9:35 am | by Metrohm USA | Metrohm USA | Product Releases | Comments

Metrohm has expanded its ion chromatography instruments and accessories supported by Waters’ Empower Chromatography Data Software (CDS).

Sorbent Tube Specifically Designed for PAH Analysis

May 17, 2016 9:32 am | by Markes Intenational Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Markes’ new sorbent tube is dedicated to the reliable analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in air.

Discovery in Maize Genome May Lead to More Efficient Plant Breeding

May 17, 2016 9:30 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

For astronomers, “dark matter” is the largely hypothetical substance that accounts for approximately 85 percent of the matter in the universe. Now, plant scientists have discovered a different kind of “dark matter” in the maize genome.

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Long-term Memory Has Back-up Plan

May 17, 2016 9:23 am | by New York University | News | Comments

A team of scientists has identified the existence of a back-up plan for memory storage, which comes into play when the molecular mechanism of primary long-term memory storage fails.

Paris Climate Agreement Cannot be Met Without Emissions Reduction Target for Agriculture

May 17, 2016 9:19 am | by University of Vermont | News | Comments

Scientists have calculated, for the first time, the extent to which agricultural emissions must be reduced to meet the new climate agreement's plan to limit warming to 2°C in 2100.

'Liquid Wire' Material Inspired by Spiders' Silk

May 17, 2016 9:11 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Why doesn't a spider's web sag in the wind or catapult flies back out like a trampoline? The answer, according to new research by an international team of scientists, lies in the physics behind a 'hybrid' material produced by spiders for their webs.

Imported Forest Pests Cause $2 Billion in Damage Annually

May 17, 2016 8:55 am | by Associated Press, Mary Esch | News | Comments

A new study estimates that 63 percent of U.S. forest land, or about 825 million acres, is at risk of increased damage from established pests, and new pests continue to arrive with cargo shipments from overseas.

Greenpeace Calls Out Fisheries Scientist for Undisclosed Industry Funding

May 16, 2016 3:13 pm | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The advocacy organization Greenpeace has accused Ray Hilborn, a prominent fishery scientist, of being an "overfishing denier" who has also failed to disclose receiving millions of dollars in funding from seafood industry groups in dozens of published papers.

First Penile Transplant in U.S. Performed

May 16, 2016 1:43 pm | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

A team of surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital announced today that they have performed the nation's first genitourinary reconstructive (penile) transplant. The 15-hour operation took place earlier this month.

Artificial Intelligence Replaces Physicists

May 16, 2016 1:31 pm | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Physicists are putting themselves out of a job, using artificial intelligence to run a complex experiment. The experiment created an extremely cold gas trapped in a laser beam, known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, replicating the experiment that won the 2001 Nobel Prize.

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