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Is Europe Putting Cancer Research at Risk?

July 25, 2014 | by European Society for Medical Oncology | Comments

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has expressed concern that the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation could make cancer research impossible and add a significant burden to both doctors and cancer patients.               

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Chemists Create Greener Green Flame

July 25, 2014 3:01 pm | by LMU | Comments

Chemists have developed a new formulation for the generation of green flames. Unlike conventional mixtures, the new blend of reactants is environmentally benign, and it produces a green flame of previously unattained purity.                   

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Simultaneous Ocean Warming May Have Ended Ice Age

July 25, 2014 2:57 pm | by Oregon State Univ. | Comments

Scientists have long been concerned that global warming may push Earth’s climate system across a “tipping point,” where rapid melting of ice and further warming may become irreversible – a hotly debated scenario with an unclear picture of what this point of no return may look like. A newly published study probed the geologic past to understand mechanisms of abrupt climate change. 

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Police Seek Man Who Refused TB Treatment

July 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Prosecutors in Northern California say they have obtained an arrest warrant for a tuberculosis patient who has refused treatment and may be contagious, putting those around him at risk. By law, health officials can't force a patient to be treated for tuberculosis, but officials can use the courts to isolate him from the public.

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'Alarm Clock' Could Awaken Immune System to Fight Cancer

July 25, 2014 1:26 pm | by Norris Cotton Cancer Center | Comments

Researchers are exploring ways to wake up the immune system so it recognizes and attacks invading cancer cells. Tumors protect themselves by tricking the immune system into accepting everything as normal, even while cancer cells are dividing and spreading. One pioneering approach uses nanoparticles to jumpstart the body's ability to fight tumors.

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Molecule Puts Scientists Closer to Hydrogen Storage

July 25, 2014 1:21 pm | by ANSTO | Comments

Scientists say that the newly discovered “28copper15hydride” puts us on a path to better understanding hydrogen, and potentially even how to get it in and out of a fuel system, and is stored in a manner that is stable and safe – overcoming Hindenburg-type risks.

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Algorithm Targets Just the Right Data

July 25, 2014 1:15 pm | by MIT | Comments

For a range of common applications in which data is either difficult to collect or too time-consuming to process, a new technique can identify the subset of data items that will yield the most reliable predictions.                         

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Total Darkness at Night Key to Breast Cancer Therapy

July 25, 2014 1:10 pm | by Tulane Univ. | Comments

Exposure to light at night, which shuts off nighttime production of the hormone melatonin, renders breast cancer completely resistant to tamoxifen, a widely used breast cancer drug. The study is the first to show that melatonin is vital to the success of tamoxifen in treating breast cancer.

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Parched West is Using Up All Underground Water

July 25, 2014 9:12 am | by Univ. of California, Irvine | Comments

A new study finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought.

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Ruling on Antibiotics in Livestock Reversed

July 25, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling in 2012 by a district court that sided with several health and consumer organizations that sued the FDA after the agency decided against holding the hearings.

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Researchers ID One Route to Malaria Drug Resistance

July 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington Univ. in St. Louis | Comments

Researchers have uncovered a way the malaria parasite becomes resistant to an investigational drug. The discovery is also relevant for other infectious diseases including bacterial infections and tuberculosis.                         

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Antioxidant Biomaterial Promotes Healing

July 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Northwestern Univ. | Comments

For the first time ever, researchers have created a biodegradable biomaterial that is inherently antioxidant. The material can be used to create elastomers, liquids that turn into gels, or solids for building devices that are more compatible with cells and tissues.                  

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Only 8.2% of DNA is ‘Functional’

July 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Oxford Univ. | Comments

Only 8.2 percent of human DNA is likely to be doing something important, or is “functional.” This figure is very different from one given in 2012, when some scientists involved in the ENCODE project stated that 80 percent of our genome has some biochemical function.

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Dust Increases Cloud Cover

July 25, 2014 7:00 am | by PNNL | Comments

Surprisingly, cloud cover increases when more dust blows off the west coast of Africa. Researchers calculated more clouds as more dust flowed from Africa over the Atlantic Ocean.                              

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Global Wildlife Decline Drives Crime, Child Labor

July 25, 2014 7:00 am | by UC Santa Barbara | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of researchers examined how wildlife decline can result in loss of food and employment, which in turn engenders increased crime and fosters political instability.                                       

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Study Shows How to Power Cali With Wind, Water, Sun

July 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Stanford Univ. | Comments

Imagine a smog-free Los Angeles, where electric cars ply silent freeways, solar panels blanket rooftops and power plants run on heat from beneath the earth, from howling winds and from the blazing desert sun. A new study finds that it is technically and economically feasible to convert California’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to one powered by clean, renewable energy. 

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