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Fed conflicted by weak U.S. inflation, global economic rebound

By Howard Schneider and Ann Saphir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caught between a lull in U.S. inflation and a stronger global economy, the Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to signal whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year or back off until prices rise more briskly. Show More Summary

Kids everywhere have damaging gender stereotyping set by age 10

Global study reveals that gender stereotypes become ingrained in "tween" years, leading to life-long health consequences - particularly for girls

Parsons Green: Third arrest over bucket bomb attack as 'painter-decorator' is detained in Wales

A third man has been arrested in connection with the Parsons Green terror attack, Scotland Yard said. The 25-year-old, reported to be a painter-decorator, was held in a counter-terrorism raid in Newport, South Wales, shortly after 7pm on Tuesday. Show More Summary

The Latest: Countries begin signing nuclear ban treaty at UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local):

Mathematicians ask: What's in a ripple?

When a fluid or a gas experiences a sudden disturbance, such as a change in pressure or elevation, it often gives rise to a phenomenon known as an undular bore, which consists of a series of rapid oscillations that propagate and spr...

New microscope technology gives researchers a detailed look at structure and composition of materials

At their core, electron microscopes work a lot like a movie projectors. A high-powered beam passes through a material and it projects something—usually something we really want to see—onto a screen on the other side. With most electron...Show More Summary

More mouths can be fed by boosting number of plant pores

(Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University) Scientists at ITbM, Nagoya University have synthesized a new bioactive small molecule that has the ability to increase stomata numbers on flowering plants without stunting their growth. The team's new discovery could help elucidate the stomatal development mechanism in plants.

Cultivating marine biomass

(University of California - Santa Barbara) Researchers explore technologies to monitor large-scale, giant kelp farms designed to provide a novel energy source

Solving the Easter Island population puzzle

Easter Island, known as Rapa Nui by its inhabitants, has been surrounded in mystery ever since the Europeans first landed in 1722. Early visitors estimated a population of just 1,500-3,000, which seemed at odds with the nearly nine hundred giant statues dotted around the Island. How did this small community construct, transport and erect these large rock figures?

A Honey Badger Barrels Through a Sharp Thorn Tree for Lunch

A rock rat is hiding from his predator, a honey badger, in the midst of a Namibian sweet thorn tree. But he doesn't count on his opponent's determination

Moods, but not depression, found contagious in adolescent social networks

New research suggests that both good and bad moods can be 'picked up' from friends, but depression can't.

Boys and girls in countries rich and poor enter teens with damaging gender stereotypes firmly set

Whether you are child in Baltimore, Beijing, Nairobi or New Delhi, the onset of adolescence triggers a surprisingly common set of rigidly enforced gender expectations that are linked to increased lifelong risks of everything from HIV and depression to violence and suicide. Show More Summary

Ageing star blows off smoky bubble

In the faint southern constellation of Antlia the careful observer with binoculars will spot a very red star, which varies slightly in brightness from week to week. This very unusual star is called U Antliae and new observations with...Show More Summary

Lumbering giants had agile ancestors

The best known sauropod dinosaurs were huge herbivorous creatures, whose brain structures were markedly different from those of their evolutionary predecessors, for the earliest representatives of the group were small, lithe carnivo...

Nanoscale printing breakthrough creates two colours per pixel

Scientists have developed a new form of high-resolution 'printing' which could have wide-ranging applications in data storage, anti-counterfeiting measures, and digital imaging.

Non-avian dinosaur found to have laid blue eggs

(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Germany and the U.S. has found that a non-avian dinosaur living in what is now China laid colored eggs. In their paper published on the peer-reviewed site PeerJ, the team describes their study of the egg fossils and what their findings suggest about the evolution of colored eggs in modern birds.

Having your dog in the bed is bad for your sleep.

Dog owners, we have some "ruff" news for you: according to this study, it might not be the best idea to let Fido sleep in your bed. These researchers tracked the sleep of 40 humans and their dogs by having them both wear movement tracking devices to bed for a week. Show More Summary

Getting to the heart of the matter: Nanogels for heart attack patients

Heart disease and heart-related illnesses are a leading cause of death around the world, but treatment options are limited. Now, one group reports in ACS Nano that encapsulating stem cells in a nanogel could help repair damage to the heart.

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