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UnitedHealth to Trim ACA Exchanges to 'Handful' of States

April 19, 2016 1:40 pm | by Associated Press, Tom Murphy | News | Comments

UnitedHealth, the nation's biggest health insurer, will cut its participation in public health insurance exchanges to only a handful of states next year after expanding to nearly three dozen for this year.

Chernobyl Wildlife Emerges Again on First Remote Cameras

April 19, 2016 1:06 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

For 30 years, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone has been one of the most avoided areas on Earth. The area surrounding the world’s largest-ever nuclear disaster was evacuated and only occasionally visited by humans. But nature finds a way.

North Korean Volcano Could be Ready to Blow

April 19, 2016 10:06 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Mt. Paektu is an enigmatic volcano along the border of North Korea and China. Its eruption about 1,000 years ago was one of the largest volcanic episodes in recorded history. Since then, it’s been mostly quiet.

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Researchers Coax Molecules into Assembling Themselves

April 19, 2016 9:17 am | by McMaster University | News | Comments

Imagine throwing Lego pieces into the air and seeing them fall to the ground assembled into the shape of a house or plane. Nature effortlessly does the equivalent all the time, using molecules as building blocks.

Genes Connected to Wellbeing, Depression, Neuroticism Identified

April 19, 2016 9:13 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

An international group of more than 190 scientists who analyzed the genomes of 298,420 individuals have found genetic variants that may influence our sense of wellbeing, depression and neuroticism. The study is one of the largest genomic studies to date on behavioral genetics.

Did Human Limbs Evolve from Sharks' Gills?

April 19, 2016 8:51 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

Latest analysis shows that human limbs share a genetic program with the gills of cartilaginous fishes such as sharks and skates, providing evidence to support a century-old theory on the origin of limbs that had been widely discounted.

Scorpion Venom Could Help Develop Better Pharmaceuticals

April 19, 2016 8:44 am | by UC Davis | News | Comments

Normally, people consider scorpions to be dangerous because of their venomous sting, but an international group of researchers recently discovered that a particular family of toxins, the calcins, found in some venom, might also have a unique beneficial function.

Study: Dinosaurs Were Declining Long Before Asteroid Hit

April 19, 2016 8:41 am | by Associated Press, Malcolm Ritter | News | Comments

Dinosaurs were in decline long before an asteroid strike polished them off about 66 million years ago, a study says. It's the latest contribution to a long-running debate.

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USC Researcher Awarded $11.25M Grant to Develop Brain-machine Decision Making Tech

April 18, 2016 4:43 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A machine could monitor the neural activity of a tired pilot and make flying the plane easier – or a device could make a car dashboard simpler to operate at moments of distraction. Brain-machine interfaces making such synergy possible are the goal of a major new grant.

Analyzer Detects Compounds at Low Concentrations

April 18, 2016 4:29 pm | by Gasera Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

Gasera One from Gasera is a multi-gas analyzer capable of detecting hydrocarbons, inorganic, fluorocarbons, anestehtics and corrosives at low concentrations.

Controller Increases Chiller’s Operating Range

April 18, 2016 4:25 pm | by TECA Corp. (ThermoElectric Cooling America Corp.) | TECA Corp. (ThermoElectric Cooling America Corp.) | Product Releases | Comments

TECA’s TLC-900 Bench Top Liquid Chiller has been upgraded with a Pulse Width Modulating (PWM) controller incorporating four PID temperature ranges.

Cameras Address Demanding Low-light Situations

April 18, 2016 4:19 pm | by Princeton Instruments | Princeton Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Princeton Instruments’ SOPHIA series ultra-low-noise cameras is engineered to address the most demanding low-light-level scientific applications.

Big Bodies Came Along with Big Brains for Early Hominids

April 18, 2016 3:06 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

As hominids evolved from Australopithecus to the genus Homo, brains and bodies both grew dramatically. It has traditionally been believed that both traits were naturally selected for their survival advantage, independently but at the same time.

Bumble Bees Born with Ability to Collect Pollen by Buzzing

April 18, 2016 3:02 pm | by University of Stirling | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered that wild bumblebees are born with the ability to remove pollen from nectarless flowers using high-frequency vibrations. The study is the first to show that the ability to vibrate flowers to extract pollen is an innate behavior.

Increased Protein Key for Early Child Development

April 18, 2016 2:56 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Analyzing data from more than 3,500 children from Guatemala and the Philippines, researchers found that upping protein by just one egg per week positively affected growth in children, which could lead to better outcomes later.

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