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Research success increasingly hinges on honing teamwork skills

TEMPE. Ariz. February 9, 2016 -- Finding solutions to technological and social challenges has become more complex over the past half-century, and making significant progress often demands collaboration by sizable teams of experts with...Show More Summary

Shaping crystals with the flow

One of goals of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is to foster collaboration between different disciplines. Recently, OIST scientists combined techniques from soft matter physics and structural...Show More Summary

Global agriculture expert Paul West to present at AAAS Annual Meeting

Paul West, co-director and lead of the Institute on the Environment's Global Landscapes Initiative, will present at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on February 12. West will discuss opportunities...Show More Summary

Not your grandfather's house, but maybe it should be

Everyone wants a house to live in, and more and more, people around the world want the kinds of houses seen in Europe and North America, rather than those they grew up with, according to a Penn State engineer. However, industrial building materials are often scarce and expensive and alternative, locally sourced, sustainable materials are often a better choice. read more

It takes more than a village to build a house

Adequate housing is difficult to find in many parts of Africa even for the middle class and wealthy, but it is particularly difficult for the poor, according to an international team of housing specialists. read more

Absurd Creature of the Week: Meet the Bird That Lies and Tricks Its Way Into Sex

This is the saga of bowerbird hanky-panky, a romance packed with more lies, illusions, and thievery than a soap opera—with none of the insufferable soft focus. The post Absurd Creature of the Week: Meet the Bird That Lies and Tricks Its Way Into Sex appeared first on WIRED.

Silicon Valley Wants to Disrupt Orgasms—With Science!

A website hopes to teach women how to have better orgasms, backed up by data. The post Silicon Valley Wants to Disrupt Orgasms—With Science! appeared first on WIRED.

New lens ready for its close-up

Imagine digital cameras or smartphones without the bulky lenses or eyeglasses with lenses that are paper thin. read more

Graphene leans on glass to advance electronics

UPTON, NY--Graphene, the two-dimensional powerhouse, packs extreme durability, electrical conductivity, and transparency into a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon. Despite being heralded as a breakthrough "wonder material," graphene has been slow to leap into commercial and industrial products and processes. read more

Gene previously observed only in brain is important driver of metastatic breast cancer

PHILADELPHIA--(Feb. 12, 2016)--When breast cancer becomes advanced and spreads to other organs, patient survival is drastically reduced, prompting the need to explore the genes that may cause tumor cells to metastasize. read more

Gene signature could lead to a new way of diagnosing Lyme

Researchers at UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins may have found a new way to diagnose Lyme disease, based on a distinctive gene "signature" they discovered in white blood cells of patients infected with the tick-borne bacteria. Even...Show More Summary

How the progressive left intends to use the courts to harass those who don’t agree with them on the climate

Combatting Climate Change in the Courts by David W. Schnare General Counsel Energy & Environment Legal Institute On February 10th, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (“ACS”) hosted a panel discussion on legal approaches and activities associated with “combatting” climate change through legal action. Show More Summary

Public health researchers map world's 'chemical landscape'

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have created a map of the world's chemical landscape, a catalogue of 10,000 chemicals for which there is available safety data that they say can predict the toxicity of many of the 90,000 or more other substances in consumer products for which there is no such information. read more

Combination drug targeting opioid system may help relieve treatment-resistant depression

A clinical trial of an experimental drug for treatment-resistant major depression finds that modulation of the endogenous opioid system may improve the effectiveness of drugs that target the action of serotonin and related monoamine neurotransmitters. read more

Mecca's cardiac hospital describes how it copes with the Hajj

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 12 February 2016: Mecca's cardiac hospital has described how it copes with the huge patient influx during the Hajj and gives details of the echocardiography service in an abstract presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Saudi Heart Association (SHA).1 The conference is being held 12 to 15 February in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Show More Summary

New glass technology discovered: Window doubling as a huge TV?

Imagine if the picture window in your living room could double as a giant thermostat or big screen TV. A discovery has brought us one step closer to this becoming a reality.

It’s easier to learn words that sound like what they mean

What makes some words easier to learn than others? Researchers found that ideophones — words that sound like what they mean — are easier to learn than regular words. This suggests that some of our associations between sound and meaning may be universal. Show More Summary

Shock Study: Some School Students are Still Taught about Climatic Natural Variation

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A study published in Science reveals that a number of teachers are rebelling against Federal education directives – that a significant number of school teachers are failing to indoctrinate their students with the politically approved position on climate change, or worse, are teaching students that there are forcings other than…

By switching 'bait,' biologists trick plants' bacterial defense into attacking virus

Scientists have modified a plant gene that normally fights bacterial infection to confer resistance to a virus. The method is the first time a plant's innate defense system has been altered to deliver resistance to a new disease.

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