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Fall of Dinos Meant Rise of Fish

July 1, 2015 7:00 am | by UC San Diego | Videos | Comments

A pair of paleobiologists have determined that the world’s most numerous and diverse vertebrates– ray-finned fishes– began their ecological dominance of the oceans 66 million years ago, aided by the mass extinction event that killed off dinosaurs.

Record Soybean Crop Planted But Rain Slows Progress

June 30, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground in the U.S., though a wet few months...

'Pulse' May Rejuvenate Skin's Look, Function

June 30, 2015 2:20 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have devised a non-invasive technique that harnesses pulsed electric fields to...

Image of the Week: Foraging is More Sustainable than Grain Feeds

June 30, 2015 2:20 pm | by Springer | News | Comments

Small-scale livestock farming in the tropics can become more intensive yet sustainable if more...

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Baby Kangaroo Given Second Chance – in Wallaby Pouch

June 30, 2015 1:39 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Makaia, a baby tree kangaroo, was just over 5-weeks-old after his 3-year-old mother was killed by a falling tree branch in November at an Australian zoo. So, the zookeepers set the kangaroo up with a foster mother– a wallaby.

Nature Hikes Battle Mental Illness, Study Says

June 30, 2015 11:54 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Take a hike– it might just clear your mind of the clutter of the modern world. A 90-minute walk in a natural setting reduces a harmful thought process, and decreases activity in a part of the brain associated with mental illness and depression.

‘Centipede from Hell’ Discovered Deep in Croatian Mountain

June 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Deep under a mountain in Croatia, lurking in the darkest and deepest caves known to man, lurks a predator. Its powerful jaws bear poison glands, it has elongated antennae to feel out the unremitting dark and long curved claws allow it to seize and tightly hold prey.

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Digital Fear is Real, Fun

June 30, 2015 7:00 am | by Indiana Univ. | News | Comments

With the advent of video games, a frequently asked question has been whether we get as engrossed in them emotionally as we do when we see a scary movie. The answer is yes and many game players enjoy the fear caused by the zombies, disfigured humans and darkness they often encounter.

Sugary Beverages Kill 184,000 Globally Each Year, Study Says

June 29, 2015 4:45 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Sugar-sweetened beverages cause an estimated 184,000 deaths each year across the globe, according to a new study. The analysis was compiled using death and disability statistics factoring in rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancers from 2010.

Forgetfulness and Errors Can Signal Alzheimer’s Decades Before Diagnosis

June 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

More than 2,000 people from Chicago without Alzheimer’s were cognitively tested every three years for 18 years. The study found that mistakes on memory and thought tests may give an indication of the future onset of Alzheimer’s, up to 18 years before diagnosis, according to a new study.

Implantable Drug Delivery Device Clears Hurdle

June 29, 2015 12:04 pm | by MIT News Office | News | Comments

Flagship product — a birth-control microchip — is backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Two Decades After Rwanda Genocide Wiped Them Out, Lions Reintroduced to African Nation

June 29, 2015 10:02 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The frenzied killing left as many as 1 million dead in just 100 days. But amid the chaos of the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the nation’s lions were also wiped out. Now, two decades after they were killed in the country-wide horror, the big cats are being brought back.

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Scientists: Why Are Most Alzheimer's Patients Women?

June 29, 2015 9:31 am | by Associated Press, Lauren Neergaard | News | Comments

Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it's just because they tend to live longer than men. What else may put woman at extra risk? Could it be genetics? Biological differences in how women age? Maybe even lifestyle factors?

Dogs Turn Their Noses From Bombs To Truffles

June 29, 2015 8:32 am | by Associated Press, Terence Chea | News | Comments

The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the pungent fungus prized by chefs and foodies. As more landowners plant orchards in hopes of harvesting truffles, more dogs are being trained to detect the earthy delicacies, which take several years to ripen on tree roots underground.

Attractive Female Flies Are Harmed by Males

June 29, 2015 7:00 am | by The Univ. of Queensland | News | Comments

Too much male sexual attention harms attractive females, according to a new research. The study showed that male harassment of females hampered the species’ ability to adapt to new environmental conditions.

Spectrum of Sun Damage Discovered

June 26, 2015 2:26 pm | by Newcastle Univ. | News | Comments

As pharmacists warn that the public is confused by sunscreen labeling, scientists have detailed the DNA damage that can occur to skin across the full range of ultraviolet radiation providing an invaluable tool for sun-protection and the manufacturers of sunscreen. 

Life in Antarctic is Diverse, Unusually Structured

June 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by Monash Univ. | News | Comments

In a comprehensive assessment of Antarctic biodiversity, scientists have revealed the region is more diverse and biologically interesting than previously thought. The researchers looked at how recent investigations have revealed the continent and surrounding ocean is rich in species.

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Rats Dream of a Happy Future

June 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. College London | News | Comments

During sleep or rest, a rat’s hippocampus starts planning future paths to seek out food. According to researchers, the brain appears to be rehearsing totally novel journeys that the animals need to take in order to reach the food.

Your Cat Isn’t Cute and Harmless

June 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. of Exeter | News | Comments

Cat owners fail to realize the impact of their cat on wildlife according to new research. Cats are increasingly earning themselves a reputation as wildlife killers with estimates of animals killed every year by domestic cats in the UK numbering into the millions.

Flag Smut Infecting Kansas Wheat for First Time Since 1930s

June 26, 2015 12:19 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A fungal infection not seen on Midwestern wheat since the Great Depression is now reported to be spreading, according to reports. Flag smut has infested 39 fields in western and central Kansas– the first time it’s been spotted in the state since the 1930s.

ICYMI: Failed GM Wheat, Urine in the Pool, Nike Raises $1 B for Cancer Research

June 26, 2015 8:17 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief | News | 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. A failed, costly GM wheat project from the UK, unhealthy pool conditions, and a huge donation for early cancer detection research are on the menu this week. 

Serotonin May Reduce Dementia Related-impulsiveness

June 26, 2015 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

Restoring the low levels of the chemical serotonin may help improve brain function and reduce impulsiveness in some dementia patients, according researchers. Their study suggests a potential new treatment for people affected by frontotemporal dementia.

Researchers Watch How Anthrax Spores Grow in Cultured Human Tissues

June 26, 2015 7:00 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Cultured human lung cells infected with a benign version of anthrax spores have yielded insights into how anthrax grows and spreads in exposed people. The study will help provide credible data for human health related to anthrax exposure and help officials better understand risks related to a potential anthrax attack.

Disabled People Pilot Robot with Thoughts

June 26, 2015 7:00 am | by EPFL | Videos | Comments

Using a telepresence system, 19 people– including nine quadriplegics– were able to remotely control a robot located in a university laboratory. This multi-year research project aims to give a measure of independence to paralyzed people.

Baboon Troops Make Democratic Decisions

June 25, 2015 3:17 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Baboons make group decisions based more on a democratic spirit than the power of the alpha males, according to a new study. The primates made decisions together where to go and what to do.

Together, Weight Loss, Vitamin D Reduce Disease-causing Inflammation

June 25, 2015 2:20 pm | by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplementation, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to the development and progression of several diseases, including some cancers.

Brain Atlas Could Aid Diagnosis of Diseases

June 25, 2015 2:20 pm | by Univ. of Edinburgh | News | Comments

A digital map of the aging brain could aid the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, a study suggests. The atlas could aid diagnosis by comparing patients’ MRI scans with a map of the healthy aging brain.

Wash. Gov. Asks for 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man to be Returned to Natives for Reburial

June 25, 2015 12:10 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Kennewick Man, a 9,000-year-old skeleton, has been the subject of a legal back-and-forth ever since he was dug out of a Washington river in 1996. The Native American groups in the area called him the “Ancient One,” and unsuccessfully fought in court to get him reburied. One week after advanced genetic testing apparently proved their claims, they are getting support from Gov. Jay Inslee.

How to Start a Life Science Company

June 25, 2015 8:18 am | by Michelle Taylor, Editor-in-Chief and Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

In this one-minute video, hear from Steve Blank, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, most recognized for developing the methodology behind the Lean Startup movement. Recently, Blank adapted this method specifically for life science companies, which he says are among the hardest to start. 

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