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Amazon Ponders Self-Driving Vehicles for More Efficient, Cheaper Delivery

Amazon is studying self-driving vehicles. The goal (probably): Amazon's own fleet of self-driving vehicles to speed delivery. Pretty soon, no more need for UPS or FedEx.

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This Artificial Womb Could Revolutionize the Way We Treat Premature Babies 

Incubators and ventilators are invaluable when treating extremely premature infants, but they’re a far cry from the cozy confines of a mother’s womb. In an effort to create an environment that more closely approximates the real thing, researchers have now developed an artificial womb that could dramatically reduce…


NASA Is Developing 3D-Printed Chain Mail to Protect Ships and Astronauts

Chain mail was an essential tool for medieval warriors hoping to avoid a quick (or slow) death by a sword. But NASA engineers hope a similar material, with a few modern upgrades, could prove to be just as useful for spacecraft and astronauts looking to survive the rigors of outer space.


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Whether you want to strike out on your own on the app store or start a career in software engineering, you're going to need to learn to code. Today, SkillWise is offering up ten beefy courses that will help you navigate the fundamentals of modern programming.

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Deadspin The Saints Have The Right Offense For Adrian Peterson | The Slot Ivanka Trump Got Booed at

Deadspin The Saints Have The Right Offense For Adrian Peterson | The Slot Ivanka Trump Got Booed at German Women’s Summit | Fusion We Now Know Which Cops Assaulted David Dao on His United Flight—and They’re Still Blaming Him | The Root Why Does the Idea of a Confident, Fat Black Woman Make You So Uncomfortable? |


Apple Delays ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Show, Should Just Kill It Instead

Back in February, Apple excitedly told the world that its first original series, the Carpool Karaoke spin-off, would be launching in April. Now, according to Reuters, the premiere has been pushed back until “later this year.”


Angela Ahrendts talks Apple store makeover, why Tim Cook hired her

The tech giant's senior vice president of retail has overseen Apple stores’ most significant redesign since they opened around 15 years ago

New ‘Genius’ Television Series Will Explore the Twists and Turns of Einstein’s Life

A new show from National Geographic will focus on the life of Albert Einstein, showcasing him as both an older and younger man, and with an eye towards his personal life -- not simply his scientific endeavors.

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This Interactive Map Shows You When the Weather is Best for Your Next Vacation

If you’re not sure exactly where you want to go on your next vacation, or you know where but are flexible on when you go, this interactive map uses 10+ years of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) data to show you what the weather will be like. This first step in travel planning makes sure you’ll…


How to Actually Enjoy the Painful Pleasure of Spicy Food

Spicy food is the best food, but between the painful capsaicinoids, the bloating from drinking too much water, and the inevitable sweating, spicy food can also be uncomfortable to eat. Here are some tips to enjoy the spice without the bloating, sweat, and tears.


Three Great Wireless Headphones That Are Better Than Beats

Wireless headphones are rapidly becoming a necessity in our dongle-tangled gadget universe, but the options are endless. We set out to find a pair of high-quality, wireless on-ear headphones for the discerning listener who wants to cruise the streets in style.


Someone Turned the Lights On in Pripyat, 31 Years After Chernobyl


Polish adventurers took a trip to Pripyat just ahead of the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, to see if any of that ancient Soviet tech still worked. It did.

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Maker Pro News: Printing Houses, Flying Cars, and More

Overview on VR in the maker pro market, updates on automobiles, and round-ups of all our recent 3D printer reviews and Edible Innovations.

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Edible Innovations: Founding a Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Factory

Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring founded Dandelion Chocolate to bring unique bean-to-bar chocolate to the city of San Francisco.

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Stamping the Moon’s Craters onto a Leather Notebook Cover

If you are looking for something to hold your small writing pad, why not make a notebook cover that features a celestial object?

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Luke Skywalker Might Have Something Surprising in His Possession in The Last Jedi

The Rampage movie could be even more insane than we imagined. Arrow’s producers tease casualties for the season finale. An important Riverdale season 2 character has been cast—but there’s a catch. Plus, more teases for Harley Quinn’s arrival on Gotham, and new pictures from the next episode of Doctor Who. Spoilers now!


He’s The Last Male Northern White Rhino On Earth, And He’s Now On Tinder

In his Tinder profile, Sudan is described as “one of a kind” — and that’s not a baseless boast.

He’s the last male northern white rhino on the planet and, as his profile explains, “the fate of my species literally depends on me.”

On Tuesday, Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy and dating app Tinder announced a joint campaign to raise awareness about Sudan’s plight, and to raise funds to support efforts to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

“We partnered with [the conservancy] to give the most eligible bachelor in the world a chance to meet his match,” Matt David, Tinder’s head of communications, said in a statement.

“I perform well under pressure. I like to eat grass and chill in the mud,” reads Sudan’s Tinder profile.“6 ft tall and 5,000lbs if it matters.”

Starting Tuesday, Tinder users in 140 countries could stumble upon Sudan’s profile as they swipe through potential matches. Users will have the option to swipe right on Sudan; if they do, they’ll see a message that features a link where they can donate.

Sudan, who lives at the conservancywhere he’s protected 24/7 by armed guards, is one of three remaining northern white rhinos on Earth. The other two — females named Najin and Fatu — also live at the sanctuary. Attempts to breed the rhinos naturally have thus far failed, however.

In a last-ditch effort to save the northern white rhino, scientists have turned to in vitro fertilization.IVF is a challenging, costly andcontroversialsolution, but it’s the “last option” left to save the subspecies, the conservancy’s CEO Richard Vigne said in a statement this week.

Researchers in the United States, Germany and Japan are currently testing ways to use IVF on Najin and Fatu, as well as female southern white rhinos, with Sudan’s stored sperm, said the conservancy.

Southern white rhinos number about 17,000 in the wild but are a distinct subspecies. Still, crossing the two subspecies would be better than extinction, conservationists say.

The research consortium says it hopes to establish a herd of 10 northern white rhinos after five years of using IVF. If it works, it’ll be the first time artificial reproduction will successfully be carried out in a rhino species.

But according to Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, which is involved in the IVF effort,“financial support remains the biggest challenge to this project.”

“To win this run against time it is verycrucial to find major funds as quickly as possible,” a spokesperson for the German institute said this week.

Tinder said its campaign aims to help raise the $9 million needed for research into the“assisted reproductive techniques” that scientists hope could save the animal.

“As a platform that makes millions of meaningful connections every day, raising awareness about Sudan the rhino and the importance of finding his match seemed like something we could support in a really impactful way,” a Tinder spokesperson told Mashable. “We’ve heard countless stories about Tinder babies, but this would be the first match to save a species.”

Humans were responsible for the steep decline in the numbers of the northern whites; this is our chance at redemption. #mosteligiblebachelor

— Ol Pejeta (@OlPejeta) April 25, 2017

In 1960,more than 2,000 northern white rhinoslived in the wild, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature. Poaching, however, decimated this number to just 15 by 1984.

“The plight that currently faces the northern white rhinos is a signal to the impact that humankind ishaving on many thousands of other species across the planet,” Vigne said.

Tinder and the Ol Pejeta Conservancy have both expressed hope that this campaign could mark a positive turning point for the critically endangered subspecies.

“I would not be surprised if Mr. Sudan turned out to be one of our most Right Swiped users,” Tinder’s David said on Tuesday.

Dominique Mosbergen is a reporter at HuffPost covering climate change, extreme weather and extinction. Send tips or feedback to or follow her on Twitter.

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American Media Are Getting People at Home Ready for War With North Korea

Remember what it felt like a couple of months ago when you, as an American, didn’t give much thought to North Korea? I’d like you to try and remember that feeling over the next couple of weeks, because the US government wants that to change. The past month has shown a tremendous shift in news coverage about North…


Four short links: 25 April 2017

Citizen Neuroscience, Counter-Drone Techniques, Cloud Vision Illusions, and Advanced R

Mozak -- citizen science neuroscience game. Help us build models of brain cells, and help scientists learn more about the brain through your efforts! Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System Techniques -- U.S. Army's advice on dealing with drones. Google's Cloud Vision API is Not Robust to Noise -- we show that by adding sufficient noise to the image, the API generates completely different outputs for the noisy image, while a human observer would perceive its original content. We show that the attack is consistently successful by performing extensive experiments on different image types, including natural images, images containing faces, and images with texts. Advanced R -- Hadley Wickham's book.

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Why Smartphone Speed Tests Don’t Tell You What You Think They Do


You can learn some things from "speed test" videos, but not as much as you'd expect.

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The 4 words Apple exec wants Gen Z to say

Watch Angela Ahrendts' in-depth conversation with Norah O'Donnell Tue., April 25, 2017 on "CBS This Morning"

How can I use InSpec to ensure my web application infrastructure is secure?

Learn how to perform a security assessment on a MySQL database with InSpec.

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How can I use InSpec to verify my Linux installation in a Docker container is secure?

Learn how to integrate InSpec and detect weaknesses in your Docker container.

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How can I use InSpec over SSH to verify that my Linux installation is secure?

Learn how to perform security assessments with InSpec over SSH.

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Infinite Blooms Give Us A Disorienting Glimpse Into Nature

John Edmark, a sculptor, inventor, and Stanford professor, loves spirals. When making his mesmerizing “blooms” Edmark wants people to say “wow, how’s that possible?” In this lovely little clip, he explains how it all works.


Estimating wealth from outer space

Cities and villages illuminated at night are common in wealthy regions such as Europe. This is different in developing countries: Satellite data shows that many dark spots are visible next to illuminated regions. Two political scientists from the University of Konstanz, Professor Nils Weidmann and Dr. Sebastian Schutte, evaluated satellite data of night light emissions and compared them with wealth estimates collected in large surveys.

UVA finds way to speed search for cancer cures dramatically

A new technique will let a single cancer research lab do the work of dozens, dramatically accelerating the search for new treatments and cures. And the technique will benefit not just cancer research but research into every disease driven by gene mutations, from cystic fibrosis to Alzheimer's disease.

3-D printing and Hollywood special FX bring heightened reality to surgical training

Using 3-D printing and Hollywood-style special effects, researchers constructed a neurosurgical training simulation model whose physical and functional qualities closely mimic those of the head and brain structures of an adolescent human patient.

Predicting the movement and impacts of microplastic pollution

Microplastics, which are particles measuring less than 5 mm, are of increasing concern. They not only become more relevant as other plastic marine litter breaks down into tiny particles, they also interact with species in a range of marine habitats. A study in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management takes a look at how global climate change and the impact of changing ocean circulation affects the distribution of marine microplastic litter.

Elevated biomarker following surgery linked to increased risk of death

Among patients undergoing noncardiac surgery, peak postoperative high-sensitivity troponin T measurements (proteins that are released when the heart muscle has been damaged) during the first three days after surgery were associated with an increased risk of death at 30 days, according to a study published by JAMA.

Toronto’s subways expose passengers to more air pollution than Montreal, Vancouver systems

A new study co-authored by U of T Engineering professor Greg Evans shows that subways increase our personal exposure to certain pollutants, even as they decrease overall emissions -- and that Toronto has the highest levels in Canada.

Who you are influences what you eat more than food shopping environment, study finds

Much attention and effort has focused on providing healthy food outlets in areas considered 'food deserts' in order to improve a neighborhood's diet. But a new study finds that who a person is may matter more than where they shop in predicting their consumption of unhealthy food.

What the age of your brain says about you

Researchers used neuroimages of the brain to identify biomarkers that show how the structures of a person's brain age. Being able to predict someone's brain age could be a valuable tool to help clinicians make timely medical interventions, believes James Cole of Imperial College London in the UK. He is the lead author of a study in Springer Nature's journal Molecular Psychiatry that identified so-called brain-predicted age as a useful biomarker.

Enzyme treatment reduces alcohol-induced liver damage in mouse models

Massachusetts General Hospital investigators report that an intestinal enzyme previously shown to keep bacterial toxins from passing from the gastrointestinal system into the bloodstream may be able to prevent or reduce the liver damage caused by excess alcohol consumption.

Warm winds: New insight into what weakens Antarctic ice shelves

New research describes for the first time the role that warm, dry winds play in influencing the behaviour of Antarctic ice shelves.

Insecticide-induced leg loss does not eliminate biting in mosquitoes

Researchers at LSTM have found that mosquitoes that lose multiple legs after contact with insecticide may still be able to spread malaria and lay eggs.

Novel phage therapy saves patient with multidrug-resistant bacterial infection

Scientists and physicians at University of California San Diego School of Medicine, working with colleagues at the US Navy Medical Research Center -- Biological Defense Research Directorate (NMRC-BDRD), Texas A&M University, a San Diego-based biotech and elsewhere, have successfully used an experimental therapy involving bacteriophages -- viruses that target and consume specific strains of bacteria -- to treat a patient near death from a multidrug-resistant bacterium.

Published data reveals new mechanism to inhibit oligomers, key driver of Alzheimer’s

Peer-reviewed results published in the journal CNS Drugs elucidate a new molecular mechanism of action for tramiprosate, the active agent in Alzheon's Phase 3-ready drug candidate, ALZ-801. Scientists discovered that tramiprosate blocks production of neurotoxic beta amyloid oligomers by 'enveloping' the Aß42 amyloid peptide, and prevents its misfolding and aggregation. This enveloping prevents the self-assembly of misfolded amyloid monomers into toxic oligomers that cause neurotoxicity and clinical progression in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Low-sodium diet might not lower blood pressure

A new study that followed more than 2,600 men and women for 16 years found that consuming less sodium wasn't associated with lower blood pressure. The study adds to growing evidence that current recommendations for limiting sodium intake may be misguided.

Decrease in cardiovascular diseases benefits persons with diabetes

The incidence of cardiovascular diseases in Sweden has decreased sharply since the late 1990s. These are the findings of a study from Sahlgrenska Academy which included almost three million adult Swedes. In relative terms, the biggest winners are persons with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Study finds new genetic variants associated with extreme old age

The search for the genetic determinants of extreme longevity has been challenging, with the prevalence of centenarians (people older than 100) just one per 5,000 population in developed nations.But a recently published study by Boston University School of Public Health and School of Medicine researchers, which combines four studies of extreme longevity, has identified new rare variants in chromosomes 4 and 7 associated with extreme survival and with reduced risks for cardiovascular and Alzheimer's disease.

Study: Early organic carbon got deep burial in mantle

Rice University petrologists who recreated hot, high-pressure conditions from 60 miles below Earth's surface have found a new clue about a crucial event in the planet's deep past.

SwRI-led team discovers lull in Mars’ giant impact history

(Southwest Research Institute) From the earliest days of our solar system's history, collisions between astronomical objects have shaped the planets and changed the course of their evolution. Studying the early bombardment history of Mars, scientists at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the University of Arizona have discovered a 400-million-year lull in large impacts early in Martian history.

Post-fracture care: Do we need to educate patients rather than doctors?

This multicenter, randomized controlled trial involved 436 women, aged 50-85 years, who had attended hospital for treatment of a fragility fracture of the wrist or upper arm. The intervention group received repeated oral and written information about fragility fractures and osteoporosis management by a case manager, who prompted the patients to visit their primary care physicians to ask for BMD testing and management. This was found to improve the rate of post-fracture BMD testing by 20%.

GW study finds 33 percent of seafood sold in six DC eateries mislabeled

Scientists at the George Washington University used a powerful genetic technique to test seafood dinners sold in six District restaurants and found 33 percent had been mislabeled.

More patients can avoid hospital admissions after emergency room visits for diverticulitis

Emergency room (ER) visits for diverticulitis, an inflammation of an outgrowth or pouching in the colon that can cause severe abdominal pain, have increased 21 percent in recent years. However, these ER visits don't have to land patients in the hospital as frequently as they do, according to new findings published as an 'article in press' on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website.

Children with reading and spelling difficulties lag behind their peers despite special education

The reading skills of children with reading and spelling difficulties (RSD) lag far behind the age level in the first two school years, despite special education received from special education teachers. Furthermore, the spelling skills of children who in addition to RSD had other learning difficulties also lagged behind their peers in the first two school years. The follow-up study was carried out at the University of Eastern Finland.

Experts outline pathway for generating up to 10 terawatts of power from sunlight by 2030

The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world's energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized.

New atlas provides highest-resolution imagery of the Polar Regions seafloor

The most comprehensive and high-resolution atlas of the seafloor of both Polar Regions is presented this week (Tuesday April 25) at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna.

Astrophysicists studied the ‘rejuvenating’ pulsar in a neighboring galaxy

(Lomonosov Moscow State University) The Lomonosov Moscow State University scientists published the results of a study of the unique ultra-slow pulsar XB091D. This neutron star is believed to have captured a companion only a million years ago and since then, has been slowly restoring its rapid rotation. The young pulsar is located in one of the oldest globular star clusters in the Andromeda galaxy, where the cluster may once have been a dwarf galaxy.

‘Cyclops’ algorithm spots daily rhythms in cells

Humans, like virtually all other complex organisms on Earth, have adapted to their planet's 24-hour cycle of sunlight and darkness. That circadian rhythm is reflected in human behavior, of course, but also in the molecular workings of our cells. Now scientists have developed a powerful tool for detecting and characterizing those molecular rhythms -- a tool that could have many new medical applications.

New method to grow womb lining and mimic menstrual cycle in the laboratory dish

Scientists have succeeded in growing three-dimensional cultures of the endometrium, the uterus' inner lining, in a dish. These so-called endometrial organoids promise to shed light onto the processes that occur during the monthly menstrual cycle and open up the possibility of studying diseases of the uterus.

College students exposed to toxic flame retardants in dust from dormitory furnishings

A new study shows that students living in college dormitories are exposed to high levels of toxic flame retardants in dust. In the analysis, led by Silent Spring Institute, scientists measured dozens of flame retardants in dorm dust samples, including carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and chemicals that affect brain function. The results also included some of the highest levels ever reported.

Movie research results: Multitasking overloads the brain

Previous research shows that multitasking, which means performing several tasks at the same time, reduces productivity by as much as 40%. Now a group of researchers specialising in brain imaging has found that changing tasks too frequently interferes with brain activity. This may explain why the end result is worse than when a person focuses on one task at a time.

What do electrolytes actually do? (video)

Sports drink commercials love talking about them, but what are electrolytes and what happens if we don't have enough? Electrolytes are salts that we need in our body. They help control the movement of water in our cells along with vital nerve pulses. Sweating is one way you lose electrolytes. This video reveals the ins and outs of electrolytes and whether you should reach for a sports drink after running around the block. Find out in the latest Reactions video.

Predicting people’s ‘brain age’ could help to spot who is at risk of early death

A method for predicting someone's 'brain age' based on MRI scans could help to spot who might be at increased risk of poor health and even dying at a younger age.

New interface allows more efficient, faster technique to remotely operate robots

A new interface designed by Georgia Institute of Technology researchers allows users to simply point and click on an item, then choose a grasp, to control a robot remotely.

Researchers make tool for understanding cellular processes more useful

Brown University researchers have developed methods to use data from FRAP, an experiment used to study how molecules move inside cells, in ways it's never been used before.

Low levels of ‘memory protein’ linked to cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s disease

This discovery, described online in the April 25 edition of eLife, will lead to important research and may one day help experts develop new and better therapies for Alzheimer's and other forms of cognitive decline.

Facebook can function as safety net for the bereaved, study finds

Neuroscientists have long noted that if certain brain cells are destroyed by, say, a stroke, new circuits may be laid in another location to compensate, essentially rewiring the brain. Northeastern's William Hobbs has found that social networks respond similarly after the death of a close mutual friend, providing support during the grieving process.

When Hollywood met neurosurgery

A team of computer engineers and neurosurgeons, with an assist from Hollywood special effects experts, reports successful early tests of a novel, lifelike 3-D simulator designed to teach surgeons to perform a delicate, minimally invasive brain operation.

75 years of geriatrics expertise on display at 2017 AGS Annual Scientific Meeting

More than 2,500 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, long-term and managed care providers, healthcare administrators, students, and other geriatrics stakeholders will come together for a program built from more than 800 abstract submissions and inclusive of more than 100 events.

Novel mode of antidepressant action may help patients unresponsive to SSRIs

Research at Osaka University identified a novel mode of action for a potential antidepressant that also leads to nerve cell growth in the mouse hippocampus. The activator of a serotonin receptor uses a different mechanism to the most commonly used antidepressants, SSRIs. This is a promising finding for the millions of patients who do not respond well to current treatments.

New guidance for management of aromatase-inhibitor related bone loss in breast cancer

Women treated with aromatase-inhibitors (AI) for breast cancer experience a two to four-fold increase in bone loss compared to the normal rate of bone loss with menopause -- and as a result they are at heightened risk of fracture. This new Position Statement, jointly published by seven international and European organizations, identifies fracture-related risk factors in these patients and outlines key management strategies to help prevent bone loss and fractures.

Environmental enrichment triggers mouse wound repair response

Living in a stimulating environment has a wide range of health benefits in humans and has even been shown to fight cancer in mice, but the underlying mechanisms have been unclear. A study published April 25 in Cell Reports reveals that cognitive stimulation, social interactions, and physical activity increase lifespan in mice with colon cancer by triggering the body's wound repair response.

Revolutionary method reveals impact of short circuits on battery safety

How lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries behave under short-circuit conditions can now be examined using a new approach developed by a UCL-led team to help improve reliability and safety.

Few researchers consider hearing loss in healthcare communication: Study

Of the 67 papers reviewed, only 16 (23.9 percent) included any mention of hearing loss.

A survival guide for retail startups

Research on retail startups found that spending on employee training along with managing rapid inventory turnover are keys to survival.

80-year-old ‘viable’ anthrax strain debunked using advanced genomic sequencing

A team of international researchers has found that a strain of anthrax-causing bacterium thought to have been viable 80 years after a thwarted World War I espionage attack, was, in reality, a much younger standard laboratory strain. The team speculates that the mix-up was due to commonplace laboratory contamination.

Study finds first molecular genetic evidence of PTSD heritability

A large new study from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium provides the first molecular genetic evidence that genetic influences play a role in the risk of getting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after trauma.

Cognitive skills differ across cultures and generations

An innovative study of children and parents in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom reveals cultural differences in important cognitive skills among adolescents but not their parents. The results are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

New survey hints at exotic origin for the Cold Spot

A supervoid is unlikely to explain a 'Cold Spot' in the cosmic microwave background, according to the results of a new survey, leaving room for exotic explanations like a collision between universes. The researchers, led by postgraduate student Ruari Mackenzie and Professor Tom Shanks in Durham University's Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, publish their results in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Emergency care, prescribing, end-of-life care among highlights at #AGS17

Potentially inappropriate medications, the future of Advance Care Planning (ACP), and improved emergency care for older adults are among headline presentations anchoring the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS17), to be held May 18-20 in San Antonio, Texas.

Scientist invents way to trigger artificial photosynthesis to clean air

A chemistry professor in Florida has just found a way to trigger the process of photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean air and producing energy all at the same time. The process has great potential for creating a technology that could significantly reduce greenhouse gases linked to climate change, while also creating a clean way to produce energy.

Parkinson’s disease will be curable with cortisol

DGIST's research team has identified the mechanism of dopaminergic neuronal death inhibition using stress hormone cortisol. The study suggests new direction for studies on degenerative brain disease by changing the perception of stress.

Screening for preeclampsia in pregnant women recommended

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for preeclampsia in pregnant women with blood pressure measurements throughout pregnancy. The report appears in the April 25 issue of JAMA.

Genetics and environment combine to give everyone a unique sense of smell

Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators have shown that receptors in the noses of mice exposed to certain smells during life are different to genetically similar mice that lived without those smells. Published today in eLife, the study found it is this combination of genetics and experience that gives each individual a unique sense of smell.

A novel form of iron for fortification of foods

Whey protein nanofibrils loaded with iron nanoparticles: ETH researchers are developing a new and highly effective way of fortifying iron into food and drinks.

Researchers map the evolution of dog breeds

When people migrate, Canis familiaris travels with them. Piecing together the details of those migrations has proved difficult because the clues are scattered across the genomes of hundreds of dog breeds. However, in Cell Reports, researchers have used gene sequences from 161 modern breeds to assemble an evolutionary tree of dogs. The map of dog breeds, which is the largest to date, unearths new evidence that dogs traveled with humans across the Bering land bridge.

Potential new treatment for kidney failure in cancer patients

Kidney dysfunction is a frequent complication affecting more than 50 percent of all cancer patients, and is directly linked to poor survival. Despite the high occurrence, it is still not clear how presence of a tumor contributes to kidney dysfunction and how this can be prevented. A new study from researchers at Uppsala University shows that kidney dysfunction can be caused by the patient's own immune system, 'tricked' by the tumor to become activated.

Chemotherapy drug may increase vulnerability to depression

A chemotherapy drug used to treat brain cancer may increase vulnerability to depression by stopping new brain cells from growing, according to a new King's College London study out today in Translational Psychiatry.

Study of transgender preschoolers assesses preferences and identity

Gender may be the earliest identity and social category to emerge in development, research suggests, and acquiring knowledge about one's gender is considered a critical part of early childhood development. In one of the first examinations of early gender development among transgender preschoolers, a new study has found that these children were just as likely as nontransgender children to have preferences associated with their gender, and to have as strong and clear a sense of their gender identity.

Model for multivalley polaritons

IBS scientists model the formation of multivalleys in semiconductor microcavities, bringing new ideas to the emerging valleytronics field.

Delay in colonoscopy following positive screening test associated with increased risk of colorectal

Among patients with a positive fecal immunochemical test result, compared with follow-up colonoscopy at eight to 30 days, follow-up after 10 months was associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer and more advanced-stage disease at the time of diagnosis, according to a study published by JAMA.

MIT engineers manipulate water using only light

A new system developed by engineers at MIT could make it possible to control the way water moves over a surface, using only light. This advance may open the door to technologies such as microfluidic diagnostic devices whose channels and valves could be reprogrammed on the fly, or field systems that could separate water from oil at a drilling rig, the researchers say.

A more than 100% quantum step toward producing hydrogen fuel

Efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are advancing on various significant fronts. Initiatives include research focused on more efficient production of gaseous hydrogen fuel by using solar energy to break water down into components of hydrogen and oxygen. In an article published in Nature Energy, lead author Yong Yan, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, reported a key breakthrough in the basic science essential for progress toward this goal.

College students, worms help scientists find new genetic clues to sleep

Through a combination of experiments with college students and laboratory worms, researchers have identified the first specific genes to show molecular alterations associated with short sleep duration.

Understanding the correct architectures of IMM proteins

A new study, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), developed a new technique to understand the correct architectures of IMM proteins, using special chemical tools.

Parents’ use of emotional feeding increases emotional eating in school-age children

Emotional eating is not uncommon in children and adolescents, but why youth eat emotionally has been unclear. Now a new longitudinal study from Norway has found that school-age children whose parents fed them more to soothe their negative feelings were more likely to eat emotionally later on. The reverse was also found to be the case, with parents of children who were more easily soothed by food being more likely to feed them for emotional reasons.

For many women, body image and sex life may suffer after episiotomy

Women who have episiotomies after childbirth reported having poorer body image and less satisfying sex lives than women who tear and heal naturally.

Unique womb-like device could reduce mortality and disability for extremely premature babies

A unique womb-like environment designed by pediatric researchers could transform care for extremely premature babies, by mimicking the prenatal fluid-filled environment to give the tiniest newborns a precious few weeks to develop their lungs and other organs.

Studying a catalyst for blood cancers

Researchers at Sylvester today published a paper in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, which describes how TET2 loss can open the door for mutations that drive myeloid, lymphoid, and other cancers.

Bad feelings can motivate cancer patients

Feeling down is a common side effect of being diagnosed with cancer. Anxiety, guilt, and distress often come hand-in-hand with diagnosis and treatment.But a recent study by researchers from Concordia and the University of Toronto shows that these seemingly negative emotions can actually be good for patients.

How to protect human rights: 40 policy recommendations for the EU

Fight people smuggling by offering more options for legal migration to the EU. Stop sending migrants back to regions where their human rights are at stake. These are just a few of the recommendations presented by FRAME, a large-scale research project on the EU and human rights that is coordinated by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium).

Patients with positive fecal screening test, sooner is better for colonoscopy

The risk of colorectal cancer increased significantly when colonoscopy was delayed by more than nine months following a positive fecal screening test, according to a large Kaiser Permanente study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Artificial intelligence may help diagnose tuberculosis in remote areas

Researchers are training artificial intelligence models to identify tuberculosis (TB) on chest X-rays, which may help screening and evaluation efforts in TB-prevalent areas with limited access to radiologists, according to a new study.

Children conceived after fertility treatments are at increased risk for pediatric cancers

'The research concludes that the association between IVF and total pediatric neoplasms and malignancies is significant,' Prof. Sheiner says. 'With increasing numbers of offspring conceived after fertility treatments, it is important to follow up on their health.'

Modeling reveals how policy affects adoption of solar energy photovoltaics in California

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, inspired by efforts to promote green energy, are exploring the factors driving commercial customers in Southern California, both large and small, to purchase and install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. As the group reports this week in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, they built a model for commercial solar PV adoption to quantify the impact of government incentives and solar PV costs.

New chlamydia drug targets discovered using CRISPR and stem cells

Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and their collaborators at the University of British Columbia have created an innovative technique for studying how chlamydia interacts with the human immune system. The results, reported today (April 25) in Nature Communications, identify novel drug targets for the sexually transmitted disease.

Ammonium nitrogen input increases the synthesis of anticarcinogenic compounds in broccoli

In the quest for less contaminating fertilizing strategies, a study by the UPV/EHU has explored the use of ammonium-based fertilizers, less widely used than the nitrate for fertilizing owing to the reduced growth displayed by the plants. The comparison between these two sources of nitrogen has revealed a higher amount of glucosinolates in the case of ammonium nutrition. This gives the plants greater insecticidal capacity and this is of great interest nutritionally as these are anticarcinogenic substances.
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