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Social Media Driving STD Epidemic in Rhode Island

May 29, 2015 | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

An outbreak of STDs over several years has been driven by social media hookup sites and risky sex, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health. The state announced that it was combating an “epidemic of STDs”– and released some startling statistics.


Quake, Tsunami Factors Hide Off Californian Coast

May 29, 2015 3:00 pm | by American Geophysical Union | Comments

While their attention may be on the San Andreas Fault, residents of coastal Southern California could be surprised by very large earthquakes– and even tsunamis– from several major faults that lie offshore. Research into the undersea landscape off of Southern California and northern Baja California has revealed more worrisome details about a tectonic train wreck in the Earth’s crust with the potential for magnitude 7.9 to 8.0 earthquakes.


Fluid in Human Eye Contains 386 Previously Unknown Proteins

May 29, 2015 3:00 pm | by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers | Comments

Researchers conducting a comprehensive proteomics analysis of human aqueous humor samples identified 763 proteins— including 386 proteins detected for the first time— in this clear fluid that helps maintain pressure in the eye and nourishes the cornea and the lens. These proteins could have a role in disease processes affecting the eye and serve as valuable biomarkers for the development of diagnostics and drug candidates.


You May Be Able to Sleep Away Prejudices

May 29, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Conversation, Gareth Gaskell | Comments

Imagine being able to erase the innermost prejudices you are most ashamed of by simply turning on a sound machine before going to bed. It may sound fantastical, but a new study has shown that our biases can indeed be counteracted while we sleep.


Natural Enzyme May Be Antibiotics Alternative

May 29, 2015 3:00 pm | by Agricultural Research Service | Comments

Lysozyme, a naturally occurring antimicrobial enzyme, is used in food and beverage applications such as cheese- and wine-making. Now, it may also prove useful as an antibiotic alternative for improved feed efficiency and growth in pigs.


Feds May Lower Requisite Level of Ethanol in Gas

May 29, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | Comments

The Obama administration is proposing to reduce the overall amount of ethanol blended in the nation's gasoline in coming years, a blow to renewable fuel companies that have pushed to keep high volumes of their product flowing into drivers' gas tanks.


Cold Impacts Lifespan in Both Directions

May 29, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Michigan | Comments

Century-old wisdom holds that cold-blooded creatures— flies, worms, fish— live longer in colder environments. And more recent studies have found it's true for mammals as well. But new research on roundworms adds a new layer of complexity to the existing models, showing that colder temperatures are not beneficial in all circumstances.


Neuroscientists Find Seat of Anxious Decisions in the Brain

May 29, 2015 3:00 pm | by MIT, Anne Trafton | Comments

Some decisions arouse far more anxiety than others. Researchers have now identified a neural circuit that appears to underlie decision-making in this type of situation, which is known as approach-avoidance conflict. The find could help researchers to discover new ways to treat psychiatric disorders that feature impaired decision-making, such as depression, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.


ICYMI: Rise and Fall of NIH, Pompeii Restoration Like a Time Machine, Debate Over Nonacademic Skills

May 29, 2015 9:07 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Welcome to Laboratory Equipment's new Friday series, In Case You Missed It (ICYMI), where we bring you three trending news stories from the week.Questions about the NIH, amazing photos from Pompeii and the debate over nonacademic skills are on the menu this week. 


Lab Creates Hurricanes on Demand

May 29, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press, Jennifer Kay | Comments

Researchers trying to figure out what makes some hurricanes strengthen into catastrophic monsters have a new lab that allows them to generate tropical storm conditions with the flip of a switch. The lab is known as the Surge-Structure-Atmosphere Interaction, or SUSTAIN.


Mystery Goo Fades from California Beaches

May 29, 2015 8:31 am | by Associated Press, Christopher Weber | Comments

Seven miles of shutdown Southern California beaches, their surf made sticky by an oily goo of mysterious origin, could soon reopen if cleanup continues at the current clip. Crews scouring seven miles of Southern California beaches had scooped up truckloads of mysterious oily goo Thursday and the area might be clean enough to reopen Friday.


Dinosaurs were Warm-blooded, Study Says

May 29, 2015 7:00 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Since their bones were first discovered in the 19th century, dinosaurs were thought to be simply giant dead lizards. Even the name translates to “terrible lizard” in Greek. But they may have much more in common with modern-day birds than was originally thought. A new study released today posits that the dinosaurs were warm-blooded – and not simply large cold-blooded reptiles.


Cool Roof Tech Chills Heat Islands, Lowers Emissions

May 29, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Technology Sydney | Comments

Sydney materials scientists are claiming a breakthrough in cool roof technology with a surface they've developed that will stay cooler than the ambient air temperature, even under the mid-summer Australian sun. The development, with major implications for reducing the heat load in urban areas and consequently cutting energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.


EPA Issues Rules to Protect Water

May 29, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | Comments

Drinking water for 117 million Americans will be protected under new rules shielding small streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution and development, the Obama administration has said. The White House said the rules, issued by the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, would provide much-needed clarity for landowners, but some Republicans and farm groups said they go much too far.


Ben and Jerry’s Unveils New Climate Change Ice Cream Flavor

May 28, 2015 3:14 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Ben and Jerry’s, the ice-cream company founded by two self-described hippies from Vermont, has a new flavor to raise awareness about climate change. Save Our Swirled, or S.O.S., was unveiled this week by the company, the latest in a series of social message campaigns for the ice cream giant.


Software IDs Rumors on Twitter

May 28, 2015 3:00 pm | by Univ. of Michigan | Comments

Rumors and their negative effects can spread rapidly in these hyperconnected times. That's why a team of researchers have developed software to help society identify and correct erroneous claims on Twitter.



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