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NASA Satellites Show Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest

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5 mentions24 hours ago 24 hours ago
A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

Y Chromosome Is More Than a Sex Switch

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5 mentions20 hours ago 20 hours ago
Two new analyses of the male sex chromosome have concluded that its genes have vital, wide-reaching effects on every cell in the body

Detecting inner consciousness

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3 mentions3 days ago 3 days ago
Mosaic has an excellent in-depth article on researchers who are trying to detect signs of consciousness in patients who have fallen into coma-like states. The piece meshes the work of neuroscientis...

Seeing red? The mind-bending power of colour

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Red makes us more attractive, blue more alert, while pink can sap a man’sstrength. Once dismissed as hippyish, the science of colour is finally beingtaken seriously

Elsevier journals — some facts

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6 mentions8 hours ago 8 hours ago
A little over two years ago, the Cost of Knowledge boycott of Elsevier journals began. Initially, it seemed to be highly successful, with the number of signatories rapidly reaching 10,000 and inclu...

Regrown nerves boost bionic ears

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5 mentions14 hours ago 14 hours ago
Gene therapy aids performance of cochlear impants in guinea pigs.

Would Shakespeare’s poisons and drugs work in reality?

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3 mentions1 day ago 1 day ago
Can a potion make you fall in love? Can you poison someone through their ear? Scientists have tried to uncover the facts behind the Bard's fiction.

Use of frozen material for fecal transplant successfully treats C. difficile infection

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4 mentions11 hours ago 11 hours ago
A pilot study by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators may lead to greater availability and acceptability of an unusual treatment for a serious medical problem -- use of fecal material from healthy donors to treat recurrent diarrhea caused by the Clostridium difficile bacteria.The researchers report that use of prescreened ...

Mantis shrimp stronger than airplanes

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2 mentions1 day ago 1 day ago
Inspired by the fist-like club of a mantis shrimp, a team of researchers led by University of California, Riverside, in collaboration with University of Southern California and Purdue University, have developed a design structure for composite materials that is more impact resistant and tougher than the standard used in airplanes.

WSU researchers tackle 'virtually ignored' psychological study of spite

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2 mentions2 days ago 2 days ago
In spite of spite's large and small impacts, and the obvious power it can hold on the human psyche, it has been 'virtually ignored' by social, personality and clinical psychologists, Marcus said in a recent paper, 'The Psychology of Spite and the Measurement of Spitefulness,' in the journal Psychological Assessment. David Marcus and colleagues have attempted to remedy that oversight by measuring spitefulness with a test similar to those used for other personality traits.

Missing Plane: Material Washes Ashore In Oz

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4 mentions1 day ago 1 day ago
Investigators hope the discovery of objects six miles off the coast will help unravel the mystery of flight MH370.

Norman Foster On Designing Apple’s $5 Billion "Spaceship" Campus

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4 mentions2 days ago 2 days ago
Take a peek inside the development of Apples new spaceship headquarters in this newly released video.