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Atom-thick CCD Could Capture Images

December 19, 2014 3:25 pm | by Rice Univ. | News | Comments

An atomically thin material may lead to the thinnest-ever imaging platform. Synthetic two-dimensional materials based on metal chalcogenide compounds could be the basis for superthin devices, according to researchers.

OCD May Be Product of Brain Running Amuck

December 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

New research suggests that misfiring of the brain's control system might underpin...

Type O Blood Linked to Lower Diabetes Risk

December 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Diabetologia | News | Comments

A study of more than 80,000 women has uncovered different risks of developing type 2 diabetes...

Expectant Fathers Have Changing Hormones, Too

December 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

Impending fatherhood can lower two hormones— testosterone and estradiol— for men, even before...

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Science Announces 2014’s Top 10 Breakthroughs

December 19, 2014 7:00 am | by American Association for the Advancement of Science | News | Comments

The Rosetta spacecraft caught up with the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko beyond Mars this August, and its preliminary results— along with the studies it will allow in the near-future— top this year's list of the most important scientific breakthroughs, according to the editors of Science.

Proteins Drive Cancer to Change

December 19, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Anne Trafton | News | Comments

A new study implicates a family of RNA-binding proteins in the regulation of cancer, particularly in a subtype of breast cancer. These proteins, known as Musashi proteins, can force cells into a state associated with increased proliferation.

Single Protein Linked to Multiple Allergic Reactions

December 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a single protein as the root of painful and dangerous allergic reactions to a range of medications and other substances. If a new drug can be found that targets the problematic protein it could help smooth treatment for patients with conditions ranging from prostate cancer to diabetes to HIV.


Moving to Cities is Linked to Diabetes in Developing World

December 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Endocrine Society | News | Comments

One factor that can raise a person’s risk of developing diabetes and other metabolic problems is chronic exposure to the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol can counteract insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar, and slow the body’s production of it. As people in developing nations relocate from rural areas to cities, the increased stress is affecting their hormone levels and making them more susceptible to diabetes.

Expectant Fathers Have Changing Hormones, Too

December 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

Impending fatherhood can lower two hormones— testosterone and estradiol— for men, even before their babies are born, according to a study. Other studies indicate that men's hormones change once they become fathers, and there is some evidence that this is a function of a decline after the child's birth. This is the first to show that the decline may begin even earlier, during the transition to fatherhood.

Ibuprofen Linked to Long Lifespan in Several Species

December 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Texas A&M AgriLife Research | News | Comments

Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter drug worldwide, added to the healthy lifespan of yeast, worms and flies in a recent study. The treatment, given at doses comparable to the recommended human dose, added about 15 percent more to the species lives. In humans, that would be equivalent to another dozen or so years of healthy living.

Colorado Funds Medical Marijuana Research

December 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Kristen Wyatt | News | Comments

Colorado will spend more than $8 million researching marijuana's medical potential— a new frontier because government-funded marijuana research traditionally focuses on the drug's negative health effects.

Brain Research Sheds Light on Navigation

December 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. College London | News | Comments

It has long been known that some people are better at navigating than others, but until now it has been unclear why. A new study shows that the strength and reliability of “homing signals” in the human brain vary among people and can predict navigational ability.


Ancient Fossil Gives Clues to Fossil Formation

December 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Missouri | News | Comments

A new study is challenging accepted ideas about how ancient soft-bodied organisms become part of the fossil record. Findings suggest that bacteria involved in the decay of those organisms play an active role in how fossils are formed— often in a matter of just a few tens to hundreds of years.

Guest Blog: Five Flu Myths Busted

December 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Conversation, Derek Gatherer | Blogs | Comments

It’s that time of the year again. You probably think I mean Christmas, but as a virologist the sight of glitter, fairy lights and mounting pine trees immediately makes me think of the flu season. And if there’s one thing that can ruin your family’s Christmas, it’s the arrival of that unwanted guest. There are lots of myths around about flu. So, here’s a quick guide to some common knowledge that actually turns out to be wrong.

Crows Are Even Smarter than Thought

December 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Iowa | News | Comments

Crows have long been heralded for their high intelligence— they can remember faces, use tools and communicate in sophisticated ways. Now a study has found crows also have the brain power to solve higher-order, relational-matching tasks, and they can do so spontaneously. That means crows join humans, apes and monkeys in exhibiting advanced relational thinking.

Europe Rules Obesity a Disability

December 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Vitnija Saldava | News | Comments

Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled today— a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff. The ruling, which is binding across the EU, has such profound implications for employment law that experts expect EU nations to challenge it.

Migraines Linked to Facial Paralysis Risk

December 18, 2014 7:00 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

Migraine headaches may double the risk of a nervous system condition that causes facial paralysis, called Bell’s palsy. Bell’s palsy affects between 11 and 40 per 100,000 people each year. Headaches are the most common disorder of the nervous system and affect about 12 percent of the U.S. population.


How to Make Safe Eggnog

December 18, 2014 7:00 am | by North Carolina State Univ. | News | Comments

Eggnog is a holiday treat, but it contains– surprise– eggs. So how come it’s okay for us to drink it? Here are a few questions and answers about eggnog and food safety.

Hypertension Drug May Help Smokers Quit

December 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Yale Univ. | News | Comments

Smokers trying to quit often light up a cigarette to deal with stress. Now, an interdisciplinary team of researchers has shown that guanfacine, a medication approved for treating hypertension that reduces stress and enhances cognition, shows promise as a smoking cessation aid.

Q&A: Grant Zazula and the Disappearance of Mastodons

December 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week’s Scientist of the Week is Grant Zazula, a paleontologist for the government of Yukon. He and a team debunked theories that over-hunting by early humans led to the disappearance of mastodons from the Arctic and Subarctic.

Do Carrots Really Aid Eyesight?

December 18, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

It's something your mother told you time and time again at the dinner table: "Eat your carrots, they'll help you see better!" So, was she right?

Earth May Have Made Its Own Water

December 18, 2014 7:00 am | by The Ohio State Univ. | News | Comments

A new study is helping to answer a longstanding question that has recently moved to the forefront of earth science: Did our planet make its own water through geologic processes, or did water come to us via icy comets from the far reaches of the solar system? The answer is likely “both.” And the same amount of water that currently fills the Pacific Ocean could be buried deep inside the planet right now.

Radiation in Airplane Cockpits on Par with Tanning Beds

December 18, 2014 7:00 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Airline pilots can be exposed to the same amount of UV-A radiation as that from a tanning bed session because airplane windshields, commonly made of polycarbonate plastic or multilayer composite glass, do not completely block UV-A radiation.

Hugs May Help Health

December 17, 2014 2:19 pm | by Carnegie Mellon Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. They found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.

Ancient, Hydrogen-rich Waters Found Around the Globe

December 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Toronto | News | Comments

A team of scientists has mapped the location of hydrogen-rich waters found trapped kilometers beneath Earth's surface in rock fractures in Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia. Common in Precambrian Shield rocks— the oldest rocks on Earth— the ancient waters have a chemistry similar to that found near deep sea vents, suggesting these waters can support microbes living in isolation from the surface.

Mistletoe May Help Liver

December 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

For some people, mistletoe might one day represent more than a kiss at Christmas time: it may mean better liver health. Researchers have found that a compound produced by a particular variety of the plant can help fight obesity-related liver disease in mice.

Alcohol Calories Will Be Printed on Menus in 2015

December 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar. New menu labeling rules from the FDA will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November.

Heat Releases Phthalates from Vinyl Mattress Covers

December 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

The U.S. continues to look at the use and regulation of phthalates, which have been associated with health problems. Of particular concern is the safety of these plastic additives to children. When warmed by sunlight or a body’s heat, vinyl covers for crib mattresses release more phthalates.

Two Years Later: 14 Charged for Meningitis Outbreak

December 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Denise Lavoie | News | Comments

In the biggest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine, 14 owners or employees of a Massachusetts pharmacy were charged today in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people.

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