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Researchers Slowly Home in on Risk of Zika Birth Defect

May 25, 2016 6:00 pm | by By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

As the international epidemic of Zika virus disease has unfolded and led to devastating birth defects for at least 1,300 children in eight countries, an agonizing question has persisted: What is the chance that an infected pregnant woman will have a baby with these defects? 

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Following Tricky Triclosan

May 25, 2016 2:07 pm | by American Society of Agronomy | Comments

The problem with Triclosan, which is found in antibacterial soaps, detergents, carpets, paints, toys, and toothpaste.

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Scientists: Underground Stone Rings Made by Neanderthals

May 25, 2016 2:00 pm | by By Frank Jordans, Associated Press | Comments

Two mysterious stone rings found deep inside a French cave were probably built by Neanderthals about 176,500 years ago, proving that the ancient cousins of humans were capable of more complex behavior than previously thought. 

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The Next Generation of Carbon Monoxide Nanosensors

May 25, 2016 1:59 pm | by Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) | Comments

Researchers used extremely small wires to help develop this new device. 

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New Concept Turns Battery Technology Upside Down

May 25, 2016 1:53 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) | Comments

A new approach to the design of a liquid battery could offer great advantages due to these two features.

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Teen Brains Aid Recovery from Traumatic Memories

May 25, 2016 9:44 am | by Cornell University | Comments

Unique connections in the adolescent brain make it possible to easily diminish fear memories and avoid anxiety later in life, according to a new study.

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PETA Asks College to Stop Using Captive Tigers as Mascots

May 25, 2016 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Two animal rights groups are asking that Louisiana State University stop using captive tigers as mascots a day after LSU said its mascot was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

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Born Deaf, 11-Year-Old Among Nation's Top Spellers

May 24, 2016 6:00 pm | by By Ben Nuckols, Associated Press | Comments

Making it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee is an amazing achievement for any kid, but for 11-year-old Neil Maes, being born deaf made his journey especially unlikely. 

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Hubble Finds Clues to the Birth of Supermassive Black Holes

May 24, 2016 2:58 pm | by ESA/Hubble Information Centre | Comments

Astrophysicists have taken a major step forward in understanding how supermassive black holes formed.

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Optics Breakthrough to Revamp Night Vision

May 24, 2016 11:36 am | by University of Sydney | Comments

A research collaboration could make infrared technology easy to use and cheap, potentially saving millions of dollars in defense and other areas using sensing devices.

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Getting the Most Out of Natural Gas

May 24, 2016 11:29 am | by Eth Zurich | Comments

The use of natural gas as a raw material for chemicals production is a goal pursued intensively in chemical research. 

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Future Sustainable Solutions for Oysters by Looking at Past

May 24, 2016 11:18 am | by Smithsonian | Comments

Oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay and elsewhere have dramatically declined after more than a century of overfishing, pollution, disease and habitat degradation.

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Research Sheds New Light on Mental-Health Risks to Children of Older Fathers

May 24, 2016 9:34 am | by University of Queensland | Comments

The increased risk of mental illness in children of older fathers is unlikely to result from men's genes mutating with age, according to new research.

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Novel Way to Grow Blood Vessels Could Boost Regenerative Medicine

May 24, 2016 9:26 am | by University of Bath | Comments

Growing tissues and organs in the lab for transplantation into patients could become easier after a scientific discovery.

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Peru Declares Emergency over Mercury Contamination

May 23, 2016 8:00 pm | by By Franklin Briceno, Associated Press | Comments

Peru's government declared an emergency across a broad jungle region Monday because of mercury contamination caused by wildcat gold mining. 

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