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  • NASA completes LADEE mission with planned impact on moon's surface

    19 April 2014, 7:37 pm

    Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. PDT Thursday,…
  • Immune cells to be tested on the International Space Station

    19 April 2014, 9:00 am

    The human body is fine-tuned to Earth's gravity. Scientists are now conducting an experiment on the International Space Station (ISS) to study whether this also applies to human cells. We know the effect of gravity on muscles, bones and joints inside out; it…
  • SpaceX-3 launches science cargo to International Space Station

    18 April 2014, 9:26 pm

    A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft full of NASA cargo, experiments and equipment blazed into orbit Friday, April 18, aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket. The astronauts aboard the International Space Station will unload the supplies after the Dragon arrives at the…
  • Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America

    18 April 2014, 7:02 pm

    A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no…
  • Treating depression in Parkinson's Disease patients: New research

    18 April 2014, 4:14 pm

    Interesting new information has been found from a study on depression and neuropsychological function in Parkinson's disease. The study, which assessed cognitive function in depressed and non-depressed patients with PD, found that the dopamine replacement…
  • Researchers rethink 'natural' habitat for wildlife

    18 April 2014, 4:14 pm

    Protecting wildlife while feeding a world population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050 will require a holistic approach to conservation that considers human-altered landscapes such as farmland, according to researchers. A new study finds that a…
  • MRI, on a molecular scale: System could one day peer into the atomic structure of individual…

    18 April 2014, 4:14 pm

    A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system that can produce nano-scale images, and may one day allow researchers to peer into the atomic structure of individual molecules, has been developed by researchers. For decades, scientists have used techniques like…
  • Religious music brings benefit to seniors' mental health

    18 April 2014, 4:14 pm

    A new article reports that among older Christians, listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over their lives. In particular, listening to gospel…
  • Finding turns neuroanatomy on its head: Researchers present new view of myelin

    18 April 2014, 4:14 pm

    Neuroscientists have made a discovery that turns 160 years of neuroanatomy on its head. Myelin, the electrical insulating material long known to be essential for the fast transmission of impulses along the axons of nerve cells, is not as ubiquitous as thought,…
  • No-till soil organic carbon sequestration rates published

    18 April 2014, 4:13 pm

    For the past 20 years, researchers have published soil organic carbon sequestration rates. Many of the research findings have suggested that soil organic carbon can be sequestered by simply switching from moldboard or conventional tillage systems to no-till…
  • Proteins conspire to make breast cancer cells resistant to drug treatment

    18 April 2014, 4:13 pm

    The interaction between two proteins called BCAR1 and BCAR3 is responsible for resistance to antiestrogen drugs, paving the way for improved diagnostic and treatment strategies. “Drug resistance is one of the most serious obstacles to breast cancer…
  • Future heat waves pose risk for population of Greater London

    18 April 2014, 2:49 pm

    The effects of future heat waves on people living in Greater London in 2050 has been modeled in a study, which concludes that the risk of heat-related deaths could be significantly reduced if buildings were adapted properly for climate change. The model, which…
  • ADHD: Scientists discover brain's anti-distraction system

    18 April 2014, 2:12 pm

    Psychologists have made a brain-related discovery that could revolutionize doctors' perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders. This discovery opens up the possibility that environmental and/or genetic factors may hinder or suppress a specific…
  • 'Dressed' laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning

    18 April 2014, 2:12 pm

    The adage "Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it" may one day be obsolete if researchers further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. Other possible uses of…
  • Tissue scarring in scleroderma: New clues

    18 April 2014, 2:12 pm

    A discovery by scientists could lead to potential new treatments for breaking the cycle of tissue scarring in people with scleroderma. The concept for new therapeutic options centers on findings identifying the role that a specific protein plays in promoting…
  • Plants with dormant seeds give rise to more species

    18 April 2014, 2:12 pm

    Seeds that sprout as soon as they're planted may be good news for a garden. But in the wild, a plant whose seeds sprouted at the first warm spell or rainy day would risk disaster. More than just an insurance policy against late frosts or unexpected dry spells,…
  • Better way to deal with bad memories suggested

    18 April 2014, 2:11 pm

    A simple and effective emotion-regulation strategy that has neurologically and behaviorally been proven to lessen the emotional impact of personal negative memories, researchers have shown. "Sometimes we dwell on how sad, embarrassed, or hurt we felt during an…
  • 'Exotic' material is like a switch when super thin

    18 April 2014, 2:11 pm

    Researchers have shown how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate, from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick. Ever-shrinking electronic devices could get down to atomic dimensions with the…
  • Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces

    18 April 2014, 2:11 pm

    The ability to stick objects to a wide range of surfaces such as drywall, wood, metal and glass with a single adhesive has been the elusive goal of many research teams across the world, but now a team inventors describe a new, more versatile version of their…
  • Impact glass from asteroids and comets stores biodata for millions of years

    18 April 2014, 2:11 pm

    Bits of plant life encapsulated in molten glass by asteroid and comet impacts millions of years ago give geologists information about climate and life forms on the ancient Earth. Scientists exploring large fields of impact glass in Argentina suggest that what…
  • Under some LED bulbs whites aren't 'whiter than white'

    18 April 2014, 2:11 pm

    For years, companies have been adding whiteners to laundry detergent, paints, plastics, paper and fabrics to make whites look 'whiter than white,' but now, with a switch away from incandescent and fluorescent lighting, different degrees of whites may all look…
  • Innovative strategy to facilitate organ repair

    18 April 2014, 2:11 pm

    A significant breakthrough could revolutionize surgical practice and regenerative medicine. Researchers have demonstrated that the principle of adhesion by aqueous solutions of nanoparticles can be used in vivo to repair soft-tissue organs and tissues. This…
  • Impurity size affects performance of emerging superconductive material

    18 April 2014, 2:11 pm

    Impurities can hurt performance -- or possibly provide benefits -- in a key superconductive material that is expected to find use in a host of applications, including future particle colliders. The size of the impurities determines whether they help or hinder…
  • Mom's diet mirrors child's food allergies

    18 April 2014, 2:08 pm

    A long-term study evaluating maternal diet’s impact on food allergy in later life is expected to uncover causes of allergy in children. A particular focus for the project is the different effects of allergenic foods in different contexts.
  • Chronic inflammation linked to 'high-grade' prostate cancer

    18 April 2014, 8:33 am

    Men who show signs of chronic inflammation in non-cancerous prostate tissue may have nearly twice the risk of actually having prostate cancer than those with no inflammation, according to results of a new study. The link between persistent inflammation and…
  • Boomers' dark secret: Booze; What their caregivers don’t know or don't ask could end up hurting…

    18 April 2014, 8:33 am

    By 2015, all baby boomers will be 50 or older. In an editorial, one expert writes that, unlike members of previous generations, many of these individuals have been using alcohol (and other drugs) for their entire adult lives. There are consequences. “Alcohol…
  • Impact of childhood bullying still evident after 40 years

    17 April 2014, 9:25 pm

    The negative social, physical and mental health effects of childhood bullying are still evident nearly 40 years later, according to new research. The study is the first to look at the effects of bullying beyond early adulthood. Just over a quarter of children…
  • Is UK shale gas extraction posing a risk to public health?

    17 April 2014, 9:25 pm

    More needs to be done to investigate the risks to human health that extracting shale gas poses, suggests one expert, who says that risk reduction technologies should be deployed, but that reviewing the public health implications of shale gas development…
  • Experts call for higher exam pass marks to close performance gap between international, UK medical…

    17 April 2014, 9:25 pm

    The pass mark for a two-part test that international medical graduates must pass to work as a doctor in the UK should be raised to reduce differences in performance between international and UK medical graduates, suggest researchers. But they warn that this…
  • Recalculating costs of combination vaccines

    17 April 2014, 7:20 pm

    One of the most popular vaccine brands for children may not be the most cost-effective choice. And doctors may be overlooking some cost factors when choosing vaccines, driving the market toward what is actually a more expensive option, according to a new…

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