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Scientists Find Weak Spots in Ebola’s Defenses

November 18, 2014 7:00 am | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists have identified weak spots on the surface of the Ebola virus that are targeted by the antibodies in ZMapp, the experimental drug cocktail administered to several patients during the recent Ebola outbreak. The study provides a revealing 3-D picture of how the ZMapp antibodies bind to Ebola.

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Huge Solar Plant Isn't Getting Results

November 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Michael Blood | News | Comments

The largest solar power plant of its type in the world— once promoted as a turning point in green energy— isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: the sun isn't shining as much as expected.

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Image of the Week: How Men, Women Adapt Differently to Spaceflight

November 18, 2014 7:00 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A new diagram shows the key differences between men and women in cardiovascular, immunologic, sensorimotor, musculoskeletal and behavioral adaptations to human spaceflight.

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AI Creates Magic Tricks

November 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Queen Mary Univ. of London | Videos | Comments

Researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well as the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks. The system then created completely new variants on the tricks.

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Low-cal Diets Slow Aging

November 18, 2014 7:00 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

The adage “you are what you eat” has been around for years. Now, important new research provides another reason to be careful with your calories. Neuroscientists have shown that calorie-reduced diets stop the normal rise and fall in activity levels of close to 900 different genes linked to aging and memory formation in the brain.

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Wind Firm Aims to Block Bird-death Data

November 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Dina Cappiello | News | Comments

A company that operates at least 13 wind energy facilities across three states is suing in federal court to block the U.S. government from releasing information about how many birds are found dead at its facilities. Pacificorp of Portland, Oregon, is seeking an injunction in U.S. District Court in Utah to prevent the Interior Department from releasing information it considers confidential.

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World Stem Cell Summit

November 17, 2014 3:35 pm | Events

The 10th Annual World Stem Cell Summit is the largest interdisciplinary stem cell meeting with organizers from the Mayo Clinic, Kyoto Univ., the Univ. of Texas Health Science Center, BioBridge Global and many more.

Scientists: Sun Will Wake Comet Lander

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Frank Jordans | News | Comments

There is a strong chance Europe's comet lander will wake up from hibernation as it nears the sun, raising hopes for a second series of scientific measurements from the surface next year, scientists involved in the mission said today. Shortly before its primary battery ran out, ESA decided to attempt to tilt the lander's biggest solar panel toward the sun— a last-ditch maneuver that scientists believe may have paid off.

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Governments Kill Poultry to Stem Bird Flu

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Gregory Katz | News | Comments

Chickens were being killed in the Netherlands, and Britain is preparing to kill ducks, after two cases of bird flu were discovered in Europe. But, officials insisted Monday that the risk to public health was very low.

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How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Bacteria

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by BioMed Central | News | Comments

As many as 80 million bacteria are transferred during a 10 second kiss, according to research that also found that partners who kiss each other at least nine times a day share similar communities of oral bacteria.

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Recipe for Long-life in Lizards: Live Slow, Die Old

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tel Aviv Univ. | News | Comments

Doctors tell us that the frenzied pace of the modern 24-hour lifestyle— in which we struggle to juggle work commitments with the demands of family and daily life— is damaging to our health. But while life in the slow lane may be better, will it be any longer? Yes, if you’re a reptile.

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Surgeon with Ebola Dies in Nebraska Hospital

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Nelson Lampe | News | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died today while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, where two other Ebola patients have been successfully treated, the facility said. He was given the experimental drug ZMapp and received a plasma transfusion from an Ebola survivor— a treatment that is believed to provide antibodies to fight the virus.

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Study of Brothers Suggests Genes Affect Sexuality

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lindsey Tanner | News | Comments

Some scientists believe several genes might affect sexual orientation. Researchers who led the new study of nearly 800 gay brothers say their results bolster previous evidence pointing to genes on the X chromosome.

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Menthol Combines with Nicotine to Desensitize Airways

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Georgetown Univ. Medical Center | News | Comments

Menthol acts in combination with nicotine to desensitize receptors in lungs' airways that are responsible for nicotine's irritation, say neuroscientists. Their study supports the notion that menthol is not just a flavoring, but has a pharmacologic effect.

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Ban Sought for Testing Cosmetics on Animals

November 17, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press, Frederic Frommer | News | Comments

Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar prohibition in the U.S. The effort could be a tough sell in a Republican-controlled Congress. But, the bill would not affect animals used for biomedical research.

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