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New mechanism for Alzheimer's disease confirmed

Decreased removal of toxic peptides in the brain causes the onset and first clinical signs of Alzheimer's disease, research suggests, rather than overproduction as has previously been assumed. This information can now be used to target specific genes to enhance their function in the brain of elderly or people at risk.

Robot masters new skills through trial and error

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone...Show More Summary

Study uses farm data to aid in slowing evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds

The widespread evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds is costing farmers, especially through decreases in productivity and profitability. Although researchers and industry personnel have made recommendations to slow this evolution, an understanding of the patterns and causes of the resistance has been limited. read more

Bronze Age Priestess Found in 1921 Traveled Far

The remains of a Bronze Age cultic priestess found in Egtved, Denmark, in 1921 belong to a teenager who'd likely traveled all the way from southern Germany—a great distance for the year 1370 BC, researchers report in a press release. They now know this because her oak coffin was...

The Most Luminous Galaxy in the Universe --"May Harbor a Behemoth Black Hole"

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). The galaxy is the most luminous galaxy found to date and belongs to a new.....

Strange Rapidly Aging Star Observed --"Never Seen Before in Our Milky Way Galaxy"

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered surprising new clues about a hefty, rapidly aging star whose behavior has never been seen before in our Milky Way galaxy. In fact, the star is so weird that astronomers have nicknamed...

Big Question: Why Does Booze Help Me Play Better Pool?

Can alcohol really act as a performance-enhancing drug? The post Big Question: Why Does Booze Help Me Play Better Pool? appeared first on WIRED.

Semiliquid battery competitive with both Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors

(—A new semiliquid battery developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin has exhibited encouraging early results, encompassing many of the features desired in a state-of-the-art energy-storage device. In particular,...Show More Summary

Friday's 'Galaxy' Insight --"Why the Universe Exists"

"In the beginning there were only probabilities. The universe could only come into existence if someone observed it. It does not matter that the observers turned up several billion years later. The universe exists because we are aware of it."...

Depressed people may have difficulty following emotional speech

Psychoacoustics identifies five basic types of emotional speech: angry, fearful, happy, sad and neutral. In order to fully understand what's happening with speech perception, a research team studied how depressed individuals perceive these different kinds of emotional speech in multi-tonal environments.

What would it take to limit climate change to 1.5°C? (answer: more than they can get support for)

From the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis Limiting temperature rise by 2100 to less than 1.5°C is feasible, at least from a purely technological standpoint, according to the study published in the journal Nature Climate...Show More Summary

Enter the Twilight Zone, Home to Earth’s Strangest Reefs

So-called deep reefs operate with little light or, if waters grow murky, no light at all. Yet they still flourish. The post Enter the Twilight Zone, Home to Earth’s Strangest Reefs appeared first on WIRED.

New Maps Reveal California’s Sensational Seafloor Geography

An unprecedented effort to map the territory off California's coastline has produced some of the most detailed, beautiful and useful maps of the seafloor ever made. The post New Maps Reveal California’s Sensational Seafloor Geography appeared first on WIRED.

Mental 'map' and 'compass' are two separate systems

If you have a map, you can know where you are without knowing which way you are facing. If you have a compass, you can know which way you're facing without knowing where you are. Animals from ants to mice to humans use both kinds ofShow More Summary

Head injuries could result in neurodegenerative disease in rugby union players

A new article publishing online today in the Quarterly Journal of Medicine has reported the first case showing an association between exposure to head injuries in rugby union players and an increased risk in neurodegenerative disease. read more

Time is muscle in acute heart failure

Urgent diagnosis and treatment in acute heart failure has been emphasised for the first time in joint recommendations published today in European Heart Journal. The consensus paper is the result of a novel collaboration between the Heart...Show More Summary

Friday Funny – the horror of rising sea levels in context

As many know, Mr. Obama made some wild claims about climate at the recent U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement. For example: The world’s glaciers are melting, pouring new water into the ocean.  Over the past century, the world sea level rose by about eight inches.  That was in the last century; by the end of…

American Indian students disproportionately disciplined compared to white students

School disciplinary actions handed down to students at Utah public schools disproportionately impact American Indian children over all other ethnicities enrolled in the state's public education system, new research from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Public Policy Clinic reveals. read more

Why delegating comprehension of climate science is a bad idea

Guest essay by Eric Worrall President Obama thinks he doesn’t need to understand anything about climate science, to know what needs to be done. However, in my opinion, this is a demonstrably poor management strategy. How many times have you heard President Obama say something like the following: “They’ll say, ‘You know, I’m not a…

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