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Counting Cancer-busting Oxygen Molecules

February 5, 2016 11:48 am | by Macquarie University | Comments

Researchers from the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have shown that nanoparticles used in combination with X-rays, are a viable method for killing cancer cells deep within the living body.

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Extinct Wildebeest-like Animal Shared Remarkable Similarity to Dino Nose

February 5, 2016 11:42 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In the Late Pleistocene, Rusingoryx atopocranion—a wildebeest-like mammal—roamed the plains of ancient Africa. Researchers have revealed these mammals shared an unexpected commonality with a certain duck-billed herbivorous dinosaur.

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Were NFL-like Brain Injuries the Reason for Henry VIII’s Behavior?

February 5, 2016 9:52 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

According to research from a Yale Univ. cognitive neurologist, Henry VIII’s explosive behavior may’ve resulted from repeated traumatic brain injuries, much like the injuries experienced by players in the National Football League.

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Turbulent times: When stars approach

February 5, 2016 9:47 am | by Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies | Comments

When we look at the night sky, we see stars as tiny points of light eking out a solitary existence at immense distances from Earth. But appearances are deceptive. More than half the stars we know of have a companion, a second nearby star that can have a major impact on their primary companions.

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Effects on HIV and Ebola

February 5, 2016 9:42 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München | Comments

Scientists discover that extracts of the medicinal plant Cistus incanus (Ci) prevent human immunodeficiency viruses from infecting cells.

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New tool for efficiently validating the accuracy of CRISPR-Cas9 reactions

February 5, 2016 9:38 am | by Institute for Basic Science | Comments

Researchers presented a tool they've dubbed multiplex Digenome-seq (digested genome sequencing), which can map out genome-wide specificities of several CRISPR-Cas9 nucleases simultaneously to find both intentional and unwanted indels quickly and cheaply.

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Water Ice Hills Hitch Rides on Pluto's Nitrogen Ice Glaciers

February 5, 2016 9:26 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

NASA announced that Pluto’s nitrogen ice glaciers appear to be ferrying some interesting passengers: isolated water ice mounds, which the agency believes may stem from the dwarf planet’s uplands.

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The iron stepping stones to better wearable tech without semiconductors

February 5, 2016 9:25 am | by Michigan Technological University | Comments

The road to more versatile wearable technology is dotted with iron. Specifically, quantum dots of iron arranged on boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs).

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Glass Expert Digs into Secrets of Historic Venetian Process

February 4, 2016 2:41 pm | by Chris Carola, Associated Press | Comments

A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glassmaking, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death.

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Yahoo to Cut Thousands of Jobs

February 4, 2016 1:24 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The internet company revealed it would cut an estimated 1,600 jobs by the end of this year while exploring “strategic alternatives" as a potential sale.

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New Material Lights Up When Detecting Explosives

February 4, 2016 1:20 pm | by Univ. of Southern Denmark | Comments

Scientists have created a material which turns fluorescent if there are molecules from explosives in the vicinity. The discovery could improve e.g. airport security - and also it gives us an insight into a rather chaotic micro-world where molecules and atoms constantly are responding to their surroundings.

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Biden's Cancer Moonshot to Cost $1B Over Two Years

February 4, 2016 12:14 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will be the primary recipient of the funding to foster more medical research.

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Butterfly-Like Insect Fluttered Around During Mesozoic Era

February 4, 2016 12:08 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Superficially, Kalligrammatid lacewings (Oregramma illecebrosa) resembled the modern-day butterfly. As they flitted about the Eurasian environment, they sucked up sugary pollen droplets with their proboscises. But these insects are separated from modern butterflies by some 50 million years.

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This is a pastel painting of a new species, Xenoturbella profunda, found by researchers in a hydrothermal vent in the Gulf of California. Courtesy of John Meszaros

Four New Deep-Sea Worm Species Described

February 4, 2016 9:47 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Found idling near deep-sea hypothermal vents and whale carcasses, the creatures look more like elongated and deflated hot water balloons than worms. For decades, scientists sought to understand the genus Xenoturbella. A single species found off the coast of Sweden in 1950 started the scientific journey. With one body opening — a mouth — and no brain, gills, eyes, kidneys, or anus, the creatures appear primordial.

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Hypothetical children born via MRT would have three parents, with their nuclear DNA stemming from one male and one female, and the mitochondrial DNA from another woman.

Panel Recommends FDA Should Approve Three-Person Embryos

February 4, 2016 8:56 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has recommended the FDA consider clinically investigating viability of mitochondrial replacement techniques, which attempt to transfer DNA from healthy human eggs to diseased embryos. In other words, hypothetical children born via this therapy would have three parents, with their nuclear DNA stemming from one male and one female, and the mitochondrial DNA from another woman.

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