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Diagnosing Strokes in 10 Minutes with Drop of Blood

December 1, 2015 2:57 pm | by Cornell Univ. | Comments

Minutes count when treating stroke, but current diagnostics can take as long as three hours, and require careful lab work and skilled technicians to arrive at a conclusive diagnosis. Now scientists have developed a device that helps diagnose stroke in less than 10 minutes using a small drop of blood.


Researchers Witness Trap-jaw Ants' Unique Leaping Ability for First Time

December 1, 2015 2:50 pm | by Lauren Scrudato, Associate Editor | Comments

The Odontomachus rixosus, or trap-jaw ant, has long been known to hurl and fling itself away from danger using its strong mandibles. But now, researchers have reported that the species is the only one out of 326 genera that can also jump using its legs.


Broccoli Sprouts May Help Treat Cancer

December 1, 2015 2:17 pm | by Texas A&M Univ. | Comments

A compound in broccoli sprouts may not only help prevent cancer but also treat it. Sulforaphane is found in vegetables such as kale, cauliflower and cabbage — and in particularly high concentrations in young broccoli sprouts.  


Fungus Spreads, Killing World’s Bananas

December 1, 2015 2:11 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

The bananas you know and love are known as the Cavendish variety. They were introduced in the 1960s, to replace a variety nearly wiped out by a fungus. But now the Cavendish banana is in danger from a new strain of the same fungus spreading inexorably outward from the South Pacific, scientists warn in a new study.


Virus DNA Discovered in Bones of WWII Casualties

December 1, 2015 2:02 pm | by University of Helsinki | Comments

A group of researchers have been the first to find the genetic material of a human virus from old human bones. The study analyzed the skeletal remains of World War II casualties from the battlefields of Karelia.


NYC Implements Warning Labels on Foods with 1 Teaspoon Salt

December 1, 2015 1:23 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

Two slices of New York City pizza loaded with toppings might have to come with a warning, starting today. The city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene began its labeling program, affixing a salt shaker logo warning next to menu items containing more than the daily allowance of sodium.


Apollo 16 Rocket Impact Crater Spotted on Moon 43 Years after Launch

December 1, 2015 9:49 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

NASA shot a rocket at the moon in 1972 as part of Apollo 16, to see what would happen. Except they lost track of the missile shortly after launching it – and for decades it was lost to space. Now a moon orbiter has apparently spotted the long-lost rocket’s crater on the lunar surface, according to a report.


Distracted Dining Dangerous for Health, Study Shows

December 1, 2015 9:34 am | by University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences | Comments

A new study reveals that distracted dining may be as dangerous to your health as distracted driving is to your safety on the highway. Results from the study showed that the effects of the distraction were more marked for parents than for children.


Video Library Pinpoints Cues that Signal Sarcasm

December 1, 2015 9:25 am | by McGill Univeristy | Comments

For people with autism spectrum disorder or diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, any form of non-literal speech such as sarcasm can be confusing. A new video inventory of indirect speech could help with diagnosis and clinical testing of these disorders.


Dolphins' Mercury Levels Linked to Human Exposure Risk

December 1, 2015 9:12 am | by Florida Atlantic University | Comments

What do mercury levels in dolphins say about mercury levels in humans? Quite a bit, according to a new study, which sheds light on the potential dangers of consuming locally caught seafood. The study centers around dolphins living in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida and humans who live along the estuary and consume much of the same seafood.


First Fossilized Peaches Discovered in Southwest China

December 1, 2015 9:05 am | by Penn State Univ. | Comments

The sweet, juicy peaches we love today might have been a popular snack long before modern humans arrived on the scene. Scientists have found eight well-preserved fossilized peach endocarps, or pits, in southwest China dating back more than two-and-a-half million years.


Sub-Saharan African Development Plans Spell ‘Environmental Disaster’

November 30, 2015 4:08 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Comments

A massive sprawl of planned development in Sub-Saharan Africa is an “environmental disaster” in the making, according to a new study. The 33 corridors are already planned to bring 53,000 kilometers of infrastructure to bolster agricultural, mineral and other exports.


World's Largest Ice Sheets Threatened by Volcanic Eruptions

November 30, 2015 2:51 pm | by Durham University | Comments

Massive volcanic eruptions could cause localized warming that might destabilize some of the world's biggest ice sheets, according to new research. Scientists investigated links between very large volcanic eruptions and polar temperatures during the last Ice Age.


Rapid Growth of Microscopic Plankton Puzzles Scientists

November 30, 2015 2:44 pm | by John Hopkins University | Comments

A microscopic marine alga is thriving in the North Atlantic to an extent that defies scientific predictions, suggesting swift environmental change as a result of carbon dioxide absorbed by the ocean. The meaning of these findings remains to be seen—as does whether the rapid growth in the tiny floating phytoplankton’s population is good or bad news for the planet.


New Phase of Carbon Discovered

November 30, 2015 2:34 pm | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air.



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