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Pollen Could Help Create New Power Source

February 19, 2016 | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The process involved pyrolysis, which entails heating biological material to an extent where it becomes carbon.

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Pathogen Detection Tool Could Change Infectious Diseases Diagnoses

May 27, 2016 11:03 am | by University of Utah Health Sciences | Comments

Nearly 5 million children under age 5 die each year from infectious diseases worldwide, yet many infections are treatable if the pathogen culprit can be quickly and accurately identified.

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Astronomers Find Giant Planet Around Very Young Star

May 27, 2016 10:47 am | by Rice University | Comments

Jupiter-like 'CI Tau b' orbits 2 million-year-old star in constellation Taurus.

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Compound Switches Between Liquid, Solid States

May 27, 2016 10:43 am | by Kobe University | Comments

Researchers have developed a metal-containing compound that transforms into a solid when exposed to light and returns to liquid form when heated. 

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Restoring Chemotherapy Sensitivity by Boosting MicroRNA Levels

May 27, 2016 10:37 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

By increasing the level of a specific microRNA molecule, researchers have for the first time restored chemotherapy sensitivity in vitro to a line of human pancreatic cancer cells that had developed resistance to a common treatment drug.

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Top-Down Design Brings New DNA Structures to Life

May 27, 2016 9:51 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

Who knew that DNA's simple properties of self-assembly, and its versatile information-carrying capacity, could be put to many uses never imagined by nature itself.

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Teaching Robots to Feel Pain to Protect Themselves

May 27, 2016 9:35 am | by Bob Yirka, TechXplore | Comments

A pair of researchers has demonstrated the means by which robots might be programmed to experience something akin to pain in animals.

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Report: 1st U.S. Case of Germ Resistant to Last-Resort Drug

May 26, 2016 6:00 pm | by By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Officials are reporting the first U.S. human case of bacteria resistant to an antibiotic used as a last resort drug. 

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FDA Approves First Drug-Oozing Implant to Control Addiction

May 26, 2016 4:00 pm | by By Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

Federal health officials have approved an innovative new option for Americans addicted to heroin and painkillers: a drug-oozing implant that curbs craving and withdrawal symptoms for six months at a time. 

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Mismatch of Vascular, Neural Responses Suggests Limits of fMRI

May 26, 2016 12:27 pm | by Medical University of South Carolina | Comments

Investigators report that, during sensory stimulation, increases in blood flow are not precisely "tuned" to local neural activity, challenging the long-held view that vascular and local neural responses are tightly coupled.

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Shining Light on Common Heart Complication after Lung Transplant

May 26, 2016 12:18 pm | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Comments

Cardiac arrhythmia is a common complication following lung transplantation, and one that has a significant negative impact on long-term patient survival.

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Small Offshore Oil Spills Put Seabirds at Risk

May 26, 2016 12:11 pm | by York University | Comments

Did you know chronic pollution from several small oil spills may have greater population-level impacts on seabirds than a single large spill?

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New Discovery from the Molecular Machinery for Depression, Addiction

May 26, 2016 12:07 pm | by Aarhus University | Comments

A collaborative project has made it possible to explain what happens in the crucial rate-limiting step in the transport process for neurotransmitters such as serotonin, noradrenaline, GABA and dopamine which are all transported by related proteins with the same mechanism.

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Ancient DNA Study Finds Phoenician from Carthage Had European Ancestry

May 26, 2016 12:02 pm | by University of Otago | Comments

A research team co-led by a scientist has sequenced the first complete mitochondrial genome of a 2500-year-old Phoenician dubbed the "Young Man of Byrsa."

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Could Optical Clocks Redefine the Length of a Second?

May 26, 2016 9:11 am | by Optical Society of America | Comments

Researchers present a way to use optical clocks for more accurate timekeeping than is possible with today's system of traditional atomic clocks. 

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Bacterial Diversity in Soils Was Shaped by Ice Ages

May 26, 2016 8:57 am | by Cornell University | Comments

Since the discovery of the first successful Streptomyces-based antibiotic to treat tuberculosis in 1944, tapping into the diversity from this genus has been a priority for antibiotic discovery.

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