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  • Following a protein's travel inside cells is key to improving patient monitoring, drug development

    23 April 2014, 11:15 am

    A technique to detect subcellular location of a protein has been developed by scientists. In science, "simple and accessible detection methods that can rapidly screen a large cell population with the resolution of a single cell inside that population has been…
  • More Americans in their golden years are going hungry

    23 April 2014, 11:15 am

    The seniors who are dealing with hunger are also facing negative health and nutrition consequences, American research indicates. In a country as wealthy as the United States, it may come as a surprise that one in 12 seniors do not have access to adequate food…
  • Airport security-style technology could help doctors decide on stroke treatment

    23 April 2014, 11:15 am

    A new computer program could help doctors predict which patients might suffer potentially fatal side-effects from a key stroke treatment. The program assesses brain scans using pattern recognition software similar to that used in airport security and passport…
  • Surface area of the digestive tract much smaller than previously thought

    23 April 2014, 11:15 am

    The internal surface area of the gastro-intestinal tract has long been considered to be between 180 and 300 square meters. Scientists have used refined microscopic techniques that indicate a much smaller area. The digestive tract, which passes from the mouth…
  • Fiction prepares us for a world changed by global warming

    23 April 2014, 10:27 am

    Climate fiction, or simply cli-fi, is a newly coined term for novels and films which focus on the consequences of global warming. New research shows how these fictions serve as a mental laboratory that allows us to simulate the potential consequences of…
  • In lab tests, the antimicrobial ingredient triclosan spurs growth of breast cancer cells

    23 April 2014, 10:27 am

    Some manufacturers are turning away from using triclosan as an antimicrobial ingredient in soaps, toothpastes and other products over health concerns. And now scientists are reporting new evidence that appears to support these worries. Their study found that…
  • Legalizing medical marijuana doesn't increase use among adolescents, study says

    23 April 2014, 10:27 am

    Parents and physicians concerned about an increase in adolescents' marijuana use following the legalization of medical marijuana can breathe a sigh of relief. According to a new study that compared 20 years worth of data from states with and without medical…
  • How to avoid water wars between 'fracking' industry and residents

    23 April 2014, 10:27 am

    The shale gas boom has transformed the energy landscape in the US, but in some drier locations, it could cause conflict among the energy industry, residents and agricultural interests over already-scarce water resources, say researchers. They add that degraded…
  • Steering chemical reactions with laser pulses

    23 April 2014, 10:27 am

    Ultra short laserpulses in the femtosecond-range give scientists a powerful new method of controlling chemical reactions. A team of researchers could now show that the fragmentation of carbohydrates can be controlled by these pulses.
  • Male-biased tweeting: Gender differences in the use of Twitter

    23 April 2014, 10:27 am

    Today women take an active part in public life. Without a doubt, they also converse with other women. In fact, they even talk to each other about other things besides men. As banal as it sounds, this is far from being the norm in Hollywood movies. The same…
  • Physical activity keeps hippocampus healthy in people at risk for Alzheimer's disease

    23 April 2014, 10:27 am

    Moderate physical activity may preserve the hippocampus -- the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation that is attacked first in Alzheimer's disease, a study of older adults at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease shows. It is the first…
  • High-calorie, low-nutrient foods in kids' TV programs

    23 April 2014, 10:26 am

    Fruits and vegetables are often displayed in the popular Swedish children’s TV show Bolibompa, but there are also plenty of high-sugar foods. A new study explores how food is portrayed in children’s TV programs, as well as the link between young…
  • Uniting community development efforts could benefit members of underserved communities

    23 April 2014, 10:22 am

    Although many organizations address poverty, they often serve similar demographics and may compete for clients and resources. Recently, researchers studied one effort to link community development organizations and concluded that this program is the hub that…
  • Toward unraveling the Alzheimer's mystery: New step points to proteins

    23 April 2014, 10:21 am

    Getting to the bottom of Alzheimer's disease has been a rapidly evolving pursuit with many twists, turns and controversies. In the latest crook in the research road, scientists have found a new insight into the interaction between proteins associated with the…
  • ADHD drug may help preserve self-control resources

    23 April 2014, 10:21 am

    Methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, may prevent the depletion of self-control, according to research. Self-control can be difficult -- sticking with a diet or trying to focus attention on a boring textbook are hard things to do. Considerable research…
  • New discovery helps solve mystery source of African lava

    23 April 2014, 10:21 am

    Floods of molten lava may sound like the stuff of apocalyptic theorists, but history is littered with evidence of such past events where vast lava outpourings originating deep in the Earth accompany the breakup of continents.
  • How Australia's Outback got one million feral camels: Camels culled on large scale

    23 April 2014, 10:19 am

    A new study has shed light on how an estimated one million-strong population of wild camels thriving in Australia's remote outback have become reviled as pests and culled on a large scale.
  • Political ravens? Ravens understand the relationships among others

    23 April 2014, 10:19 am

    Cognitive biologists have revealed that ravens do understand and keep track of the rank relations between other ravens. Such an ability has been known only from primates. Like many social mammals, ravens form different types of social relationships -- they may…
  • Picture books aren't just fun: Children learn sophisticated animal facts when parent read them

    23 April 2014, 10:18 am

    Children hear as much sophisticated information about animals when parents read picture book stories about animals as when they read flashcard-type animal vocabulary books, according to a new study. "Children do learn a lot when parents read books with them…
  • 2.5 million basketball injuries to high school athletes in 6 seasons, research finds

    23 April 2014, 10:18 am

    The first study to compare and describe the occurrence and distribution patterns of basketball-related injuries treated in emergency departments and the high school athletic training setting among adolescents and teens has been conducted. The study found that…
  • Hip width, sexual behavior compared

    23 April 2014, 10:17 am

    Hip width and risk of birth-related trauma may play a role in a woman's decision to have sex. Women who were more inclined to have one-night stands had wider hips, reveals a study into how a woman's build influences her sexual behavior. Results of the study…
  • Liquid spacetime: What if spacetime were a kind of fluid?

    23 April 2014, 9:52 am

    What if spacetime were a kind of fluid? This is the question tackled by theoretical physicists working on quantum gravity by creating models attempting to reconcile gravity and quantum mechanics. Some of these models predict that spacetime at the Planck scale…
  • Best practices in communication for animal world

    22 April 2014, 8:23 pm

    Effective communication is not just about the signaler, according to a new study. The receiver also needs to assess the signaler efficiently. For instance, one of the most effective strategies from the perspective of female birds is assessing groups of males…
  • Biting vs. chewing: Cutting their food helps kids behave better

    22 April 2014, 8:23 pm

    There's a new secret to get your child to behave at the dinner table -- cut up their food! This new study found that when 6- to 10-year-old children ate food that they had to bite with their front teeth, chicken on the bone, they were rowdier than when the…
  • Getting at the root of mountain pine beetle's rapid habitat expansion

    22 April 2014, 8:23 pm

    The mountain pine beetle has wreaked havoc in North America, across forests from the American Southwest to British Columbia and Alberta, with the potential to spread all the way to the Atlantic coast. Using a newly sequenced beetle genome, authors examined how…
  • Brain circuits involved in emotion discovered by neuroscientists

    22 April 2014, 8:23 pm

    A brain pathway that underlies the emotional behaviors critical for survival have been discovered by neuroscientists. The team has identified a chain of neural connections which links central survival circuits to the spinal cord, causing the body to freeze…
  • Cougars’ diverse diet helped them survive the mass extinction that wiped out the saber-tooth cat,…

    22 April 2014, 8:20 pm

    Cougars may have survived the mass extinction that took place about 12,000 years ago because they were not particular about what they ate, unlike their more finicky cousins the saber-tooth cat and American lion who perished, according a new analysis of the…
  • Physicists consider implications of recent revelations about the universe's first light

    22 April 2014, 4:23 pm

    Recent evidence that the universe expanded from microscopic to cosmic size in a mere instant brings with it important implications. During a live Google Hangout, leading astrophysicists from the University of Chicago and Stanford University discussed what this…
  • Effectiveness of medications for treating epileptic seizures in children examined

    22 April 2014, 4:23 pm

    Although some studies have suggested that the drug lorazepam may be more effective or safer than the drug diazepam in treating a type of epileptic seizures among children, a randomized trial finds that lorazepam is not better at stopping seizures compared to…
  • Specialized ambulance improves treatment time for stroke

    22 April 2014, 4:23 pm

    Using an ambulance that included a computed tomography scanner, point-of-care laboratory, telemedicine connection and a specialized prehospital stroke team resulted in decreased time to treatment for ischemic stroke, according to a study. "Our study showed…

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