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The Oldest Old Are Astonishingly Healthy

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People in their late 90s or older are often fitter than those 20 years younger. Traditional views of aging may need rethinking Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Why do we sleep?

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New research gives an insight into why we sleep

Are you going too far in your quest to keep well?

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Feel perpetually guilty that you're not doing enough to stay healthy? Wellness is all the rage – but we don't really know what it is. That's got to change

Physicists observe attosecond real-time restructuring of electron cloud in molecule

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The recombination of electron shells in molecules, taking just a few dozen attoseconds (a billionth of a billionth of a second) can now be viewed 'live,' thanks to a new method.

Tea Tuesdays: Matcha-maker, Matcha-maker, Make Me Some Tea

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Matcha green tea is taking off in America, but the Japanese have been drinking it for eight centuries. What happens when commercialism meets tradition?
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Trounced by a brain-training octogenarian

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Trounced by a brain-training octogenarian

How Cuba Could Help Prevent Lung Cancer In The U.S.

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For the U.S., reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba means more than imports of the world’s best cigars—it could mean a better way to stop their damage. Cuban… Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Robot pets to rise in an overpopulated world

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Robotic dogs are likely to replace the real thing in households worldwide in as little as a decade, as our infatuation with technology grows and more people migrate to high-density city living.

Electrons corralled using new quantum tool

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Researchers have succeeded in creating a new 'whispering gallery' effect for electrons in a sheet of graphene -- making it possible to precisely control a region that reflects electrons within the material. They say the accomplishment could provide a basic building block for new kinds of electron...

Hip strengthening might ease pain of clogged leg arteries

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Exercise to strengthen hip flexor muscles may increase how far some patients can walk without calf pain. Gait analysis reveals that people with clogged leg arteries use calf muscles to compensate for weakness of certain hip muscles.

GlaxoSmithKline scraps float plans for HIV business

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Drugmaker decides to retain ViiV Healthcare as part of a plan to revive performance and boost growth in emerging markets
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Solomon Islands dolphin hunts cast spotlight on small cetacean survival

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A new study on the impact of 'drive-hunting' dolphins in the Solomon Islands is casting a spotlight on the increasing vulnerability of small cetaceans around the world. From 1976 to 2013, more than 15,000 dolphins were killed by villagers in Fanalei alone, where a single dolphin tooth can fetch t...

Earthquakes: Supercycles in subduction zones

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When tectonic plates collide, they produce earthquakes like the recent one in Nepal. Researchers are providing new ways to explain how and why earthquake supercycles occur in zones where one plate moves under another, such as off the coast of Japan.

Mechanisms for continually producing sperm

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Continually producing sperm over a long time is important to procreate the next generation. Researchers have revealed that there are differences in reactivity to retinoic acid in spermatogonial stem cells, and these differences are a key factor to the persistence of sperm production with inexhaus...

Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?

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The theory that an asteroid impact killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is well accepted, but one puzzle is why another global catastrophe -- the huge, million-year eruption of the Deccan Traps flood basalts in India -- occurred at the same time. Geologists now argue this is not a coinci...

The trillion-frame-per-second camera

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Researchers have developed a new high-speed camera that can record events at a rate of more than 1-trillion-frames-per-second. That speed is more than one thousand times faster than conventional high-speed cameras. Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Tea Tuesdays: Tea-Drinking Tips For A Longer Life

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Researchers studying the Blue Zones, five regions around the world with lots of centenarians, have come up with this rule: "Drink coffee for breakfast, tea in the afternoon, wine at 5 p.m."

Human hunting weapons may not have caused the demise of the Neanderthals

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The demise of Neanderthals may have nothing to do with innovative hunting weapons carried by humans from west Asia, according to a new study. The researchers say their findings mean that we may need to rethink the reasons humans survived Neanderthals - and that we may not have behaved as differen...

Is the universe a hologram?

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The 'holographic principle,' the idea that a universe with gravity can be described by a quantum field theory in fewer dimensions, has been used for years as a mathematical tool in strange curved spaces. New results suggest that the holographic principle also holds in flat spaces. Our own univers...

Seven days: 17–23 April 2015

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The week in science: Nobel laureate leads stem-cell initiative; German science gets a boost; and comet spews dust from its dark side.Nature 520 412 doi: 10.1038/520412a

Deep national history of immigration predicts wide cultural comfort displaying emotion

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People who live in countries built on centuries of migration from a wide range of other countries are more emotionally expressive than people in more insular cultures, according to research. The study compared several social and demographic variables to the way people describe the rules for displ...

Black hole hunters tackle a cosmic conundrum

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Astrophysicists have not only proven that a supermassive black hole exists in a place where it isn't supposed to be, but in doing so have opened a new door to what things were like in the early universe.

Fruit fly studies shed light on adaptability of nerve cells

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This is a 3-D reconstructed image of the Drosophila optic ganglion where photoreceptor axons (blue) extend downwards to make connections with brain neurons. The synaptic connections formed by photoreceptors are... This news release is available in German. Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads ...
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One in four advanced lung cancer patients tested for EGFR mutations started on first-line treatment before test results available

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Lack of test results may impact treatment effectiveness and survival, survey in Europe, Asia and US reveals.

Genome Digest

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What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomesAds from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader

Proto-suns teeming with prebiotic molecules

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Complex organic molecules such as formamide, from which sugars, amino acids and even nucleic acids essential for life can be made, already appear in the regions where stars similar to our Sun are born. Astrophysicists have detected this biomolecule in five protostellar clouds and propose that it ...

Longest mammal migration raises questions about distinct species of whales

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A team of scientists has documented the longest migration of a mammal ever recorded -- a round-trip trek of nearly 14,000 miles by a whale identified as a critically endangered species that raises questions about its status as a distinct species. Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise w...

The Virtue of Being Short

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If you've ever had a tall man stand in front of you at a concert, blocking your view, and wished that he would have a heart attack, the odds were against you. Tall men are less likely to develop heart disease than are short men, according to research published last week in The New England Journal...

Insecticide contamination of global surface waters substantially higher than expected

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A new study evaluated for the first time comprehensive global insecticide contamination data for agricultural surface waters using the legally-accepted regulatory threshold levels (RTLs) as defined during the official pesticide authorization procedures. The results are alarming: more than 40% of ...

Eating out once a week may raise blood pressure

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Young adults who eat meals in restaurants rather than at home have a greater risk of high blood pressure, a new study suggests. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the leading risk factor for death associated with cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that young adults with pre-hyperten...
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Neuronal disorders and energy metabolism

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Scientists in Japan have have discovered how nerve cells adjust to low energy environments during the brain’s growth process. Their study may one day help find treatments for nerve cell damage and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Neurons in the brai...
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Synthetic muscle ready for launch

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NASA plans to send advanced material into space on Monday, April 13. The Synthetic Muscle™ has been developed to adhere to metal, and could be used in robotics in deep space travel such as travel to Mars because of its radiation resistance, scientists say. "Based on the good results we had on p...
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Megabucks pouring into global brain science projects

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What's going on in your head? Billions of dollars are being poured into giant projects around the world to figure it out

Don't blame kids if they do not enjoy school, study suggests

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When children are unmotivated at school, new research suggests their genes may be part of the equation.
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Obesity-related receptors have a unique structure

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Researchers have used the SPring-8 synchrotron facility in Harima, Japan to elucidate the structure of two receptors of adiponectin, a protein that is associated with obesity and diabetes. The researchers hope that in the future this work will pave the way toward designing drugs that target these...

Interest grows in vaccines to fight foodborne illness

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Global-health researchers look to supplement traditional tactics to reduce the health and economic impacts of food-borne pathogens.Nature News doi: 10.1038/nature.2015.17264

Mysterious desert fairy circles share pattern with skin cells

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Patterns appearing on both the very large and very small scale are extremely rare, but researchers have found a similar pattern in two apparently unrelated systems -- skin cells and fairy circles in the Namibian desert.

Fukushima disaster caused at least 1,232 fatalities last year as radiation death rate accelerates

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(NaturalNews) According to the most recent report, deaths in Japan attributable to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster have continued to increase. Last year, the number of deaths increased by 18 percent over the year before.A March 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered multiple...

New advancements in 3-D designs for neural tissue engineering

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Several new designs for 3-D neural tissue constructs are described using stem cells grown on nanofiber scaffolding within a supportive hydrogel. Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with Inoreader
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Supernova 'crime scene,' shows single white dwarf to blame

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Astronomers have determined the pre-explosion mass of a white dwarf star that blew up thousands of years ago. The measurement strongly suggests the explosion involved only a single white dwarf, ruling out a well-established alternative scenario involving a pair of merging white dwarfs. Ads f...

Future antibiotic-making kit for amateurs? Kit could one day be widely available

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Researchers have developed a rapid, simple and safe method for generating large libraries of novel organic molecules in a fraction of the time required for traditional organic synthesis. Researcher hope to provide a 'do it yourself' method. Ads from Inoreader:Remove ads • Advertise with In...