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September 28 2014

Brain scans reveal 'gray matter' differences in media multitaskers


Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains, according to new research. People who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower grey-matter density in one particular region of the brain compared to those who use just one device occasionally.

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September 28 2014

Diet affects sperm competitiveness


It's well known that omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LC-PUFA) can help to prevent heart disease but new research has found that these essential fatty acids can also increase the chance of paternity success.

The results published today in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters looked at the guppy Poecilia reticulata, a live-bearing fish with a highly promiscuous mating system in which sperm typically compete for fertilisations.

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September 28 2014

Daily Intake of Fruits, Vegetables Boosts Mental Health


Fruits and vegetables could be as good for your mental wellbeing as it is for your physical health, according to a recent study.

Researchers from the University of Warwick found that high and low mental wellbeing were consistently associated with an individual's fruit and vegetable consumption.


Related: Brain repair 'may be boosted by curry spice'

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September 28 2014

A wriggly solution to a first-world problem


Australian researchers have achieved groundbreaking results in a clinical trial using hookworms to reduce the symptoms of celiac disease.

The results are also good news for sufferers of other inflammatory conditions such as asthma and Crohn's disease.

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September 28 2014

Novel antibiotic class created


Scientists have designed a new class of antibiotic which seeks and destroys resistance genes in bacteria.

The unique approach could be used to genetically engineer bacteria in our bodies to become less dangerous.

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September 28 2014

Bacterial 'communication system' could be used to stop, kill cancer cells, study finds


A molecule used as a communication system by bacteria can be manipulated to prevent cancer cells from spreading, a study has demonstrated. "During an infection, bacteria release molecules which allow them to 'talk' to each other," said the lead author of the study. "Depending on the type of molecule released, the signal will tell other bacteria to multiply, escape the immune system or even stop spreading.".

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September 27 2014

The Man on a Quest to Open-Source Cancer Research


Isaac Yonemoto is a chemist, but he’s been writing software code since he was a kid. He calls himself a “semi-recreational” programmer, and now, he’s running an experiment that combines this sideline with his day job. In short, he’s using open source software techniques to kickstart the world of cancer research.

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September 27 2014

Manly faces aren’t first pick in all cultures


A new study could debunk the theory that women living where rates of infectious disease are high prefer men with faces that shout testosterone when choosing a mate.

By the end of the study, that theory crumbled amid patterns too subtle to detect when tested with 962 adults drawn from 12 populations living in various economic systems in 10 nations.

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September 27 2014

This Hair Growing Laser Helmet Was Just Approved By The FDA


Apira Science's iGrow Hair Growth system is now available over-the-counter. The funky looking device uses lasers and LEDs to illuminate the scalp with red light, which according to the manufacturer is supposed to work.

iGrow is being touted as "a convenient, cost-effective, and clinically proven solution for androgenetic alopecia— patterned baldness — an ailment affecting more than 70% of American men.".

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September 27 2014

Study of 600,000 Trees Shows Climate Change Has Increased Growth Rate By 70%


Measurements by scientists at the Munich University of Technology have revealed tree growth rates have rapidly increased by 70 percent compared to 50 years ago. The scientists conducted their study on experimental forest plots which are well-controlled, and compared their data to historical data taken continuously since 1870.


Related: It's official! Summer of 2014 was hottest on record

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September 27 2014

36 Bits of Good News to Cure Your Ocean Blues


1. After learning about the harmful effects of ocean-borne plastic, a group of fifth and sixth grade students persuaded Dunkin' Donuts to phase out the use of foam cups. These kids are superheroes.


Related: Guilt-free doughnuts: Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme pledge to stop using palm oil

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September 27 2014

This Massive Squirrel Has Been Saved from Extinction


It only took about half a century, but the once-rare Delmarva fox squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus) now has a healthy population once again, placing it in a position to finally leave the protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). If that happens, this giant squirrel—which can reach an astonishing 75 centimeters in length—would join just 29 other species that have been declared recovered under the ESA.

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September 27 2014

Narwhal's tusk may be its status symbol


Although the narwhal (Monodon monoceros) is well-known throughout popular culture, the purpose of its iconic tusk is not. The appendage—which is actually a single tooth that protrudes from the whale’s upper left jaw—can grow up to 2 to 3 meters in length and is found almost exclusively in males.

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September 27 2014

Geologists find well water chemicals changed prior to two different earthquakes


A team of researchers with members from Iceland, Sweden and Saudi Arabia has found evidence of chemical changes to underground well water prior to two different earthquakes that occurred in 2012 and 2013 in Iceland. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the researchers acknowledge that their findings do not suggest that they have found a reliable earthquake precursor, but they do believe they may be on to something. S.E. Ingebritsen with the U.S. Geological Survey and M. Manga with the University of California, describe the research in a News & Views piece in the same journal issue and suggest that more such research be done.

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September 27 2014

Why The Gods Came To Earth


The biggest mystery associated with the gods is why they came here in the first place. There are a variety of theories as to why an advanced civilization would come to the Earth. The one that often surfaces is that there were problems on their home world such as overpopulation, pollution, or a shortage of natural resources. These issues could have caused a group of explorers to leave their planet and seek out new life and new civilizations. It could be that their home world was destroyed and a lucky few managed to escape. Perhaps the Galactic Federation of Planets needed to create a way station between heaven (Asgard) and hell (Hel).

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September 27 2014

Nasa's Maven spacecraft could solve mystery of Mars's missing water


Mars was once awash with water. With the arrival of Nasa’s Maven mission at the red planet, we may finally be close to working out where it all went

You might not have heard of Nasa’s latest Mars mission. Unlike the hoopla that surrounded the arrival and landing of their 2012 Curiosity Rover, Maven has slipped into orbit relatively quietly. It will not land on the surface but, arguably, is the more important of the two missions.

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September 27 2014

Most stars are born in clusters, some leave 'home'


New modeling studies from Carnegie's Alan Boss demonstrate that most of the stars we see were formed when unstable clusters of newly formed protostars broke up. These protostars are born out of rotating clouds of dust and gas, which act as nurseries for star formation. Rare clusters of multiple protostars remain stable and mature into multi-star systems. The unstable ones will eject stars until they achieve stability and end up as single or binary stars.

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