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Specific Gene Controls Strawberry Sweetness

April 18, 2014 | by The Conversation, Madeleine Martiniello | Comments

Two studies have found that the distinct flavor of strawberry has been linked to a specific gene, present in some varieties of the fruit– but not in others. The gene, FaFAD1, controls a key flavor volatile compound in strawberries called gamma-decalactone, which is described as fruity, sweet or peachy and contributes to fruit aroma.

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NY Agency Sponsors Weeklong Earth Day Events

April 21, 2014 8:02 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The state Department of Environmental Conservation of New York is commemorating the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day with a weeklong series of events around the state.

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Pain Tolerance Linked to Genetics

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by American Academy of Neurology | Comments

Researchers may have identified key genes linked to why some people have a higher tolerance for pain than others, according to a study released.

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Peru Flooded with Counterfeit Contraceptives

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all.

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Animal Study Sheds Light Improving Immunity in Preemies

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia | Comments

A new animal study sheds light on immunology in newborns by revealing how gut microbes play a crucial role in fostering the rapid production of infection-fighting white blood cells, called granulocytes.

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Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) | Comments

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is taking place April 20-26, 2014. MLPW provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel.

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Under Some LEDs Different Whites May Appear Uniform

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Penn State Univ. | Comments

For years, companies have been adding whiteners to laundry detergent, paints, plastics, paper and fabrics to make whites look "whiter than white." But now, with a switch away from incandescent and fluorescent lighting, different degrees of whites may all look the same.

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Impact Glass Stores Bio-data for Millennia

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Brown Univ. | Comments

Asteroid and comet impacts can cause widespread ecological havoc, killing off plants and animals on regional or even global scales. But, new research shows that impacts can also preserve the signatures of ancient life at the time of an impact.

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Gecko-inspired Adhesive Now Has Real World Uses

April 18, 2014 1:18 pm | by Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst | Comments

A team of inventors has created a new, more versatile version of their creation, Geckskin, which can adhere strongly to a wider range of surfaces, yet releases easily, like a gecko’s feet.

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'Dressed' Laser May Induce Rain, Lightning

April 18, 2014 1:03 pm | by Univ. of Central Florida | Comments

Researchers are developing a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning.

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Ancient Landscape Exists Beneath Greenland's Ice

April 18, 2014 12:50 pm | by NSF | Comments

Some of the landscape underlying the massive Greenland ice sheet may have been undisturbed for 2.7 million years, ever since the island became completely ice-covered, according to researchers.

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Structure of Sodium Channels Key to Pain, Cardiac Treatments

April 18, 2014 12:31 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | Comments

Researchers have discovered that the structure of sodium channels is different than previously believed. They hope this will lead to improvements in drugs that act on the sodium channel to treat a range of cardiac and pain conditions.

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Farms Must Report Pig Infections

April 18, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year.

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Asian Pollution Affects World’s Weather

April 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

The first study that combines different scales into one model to simulate the effects of Asian pollution on the Pacific storm track has shown that the pollution can influence weather over much of the world. These results show that using multiple scales in one model greatly improves the accuracy of climate simulations.

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Credit Card-sized Anthrax Detector Aids Agriculture

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Bacillus anthracis, the bacteria that causes anthrax, is commonly found in soils all over the world and can cause serious, often fatal, illness in both humans and animals. Now, a credit card-sized anthrax detection cartridge makes testing safer, easier, faster and cheaper.

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Satellites Can Monitor Volcanoes

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Sophie Bushwick | Comments

Predicting when a volcano will blow its top takes constant monitoring. Researchers are now looking to satellites as a valuable eye in the sky, since they can observe the ground around volcanoes for signs of deformation.

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