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El Niño could drive intense season for Amazon fires

The long-lasting effects of El Niño are projected to cause an intense fire season in the Amazon, according to the 2016 seasonal forecast from experts.

Collisions during DNA replication, transcription contribute to mutagenesis

Replication-transcription head-on collisions contribute to mutagenesis, report scientists.

Immune system link to kidney disease risk, research finds

A gene which forms part of our body's first line of defense against infection may be associated with an increased risk with a type of kidney disease, research indicates.

Inserting stents through the wrist reduces bleeding, death rates in heart disease patients

Access through the wrist, or radial access, when inserting stents to restore blood flow in heart disease patients has fewer complications and should be the default approach over access through the groin, or femoral access, according to researchers.

Radiation-guided nanoparticles zero in on metastatic cancer

Zap a tumor with radiation to trigger expression of a molecule, then attack that molecule with a drug-loaded nanoparticle, say cancer researchers.

Rio athletes may benefit from 'leaky gut' therapy

'Leaky gut' is a condition where the thin mucosal barrier of the gut, which plays a role in absorbing nutrients and preventing large molecules and germs from the gut entering the blood stream, becomes less effective. It is a particular problem for those taking part in heavy exercise or who are active in hot conditions. Show More Summary

Motivation to bully is regulated by brain reward circuits

Researchers have identified nerve cell communication between specific brain regions, providing insight for the development of new therapeutic strategies, and new information on possible motivation for bullying.

Country pledges overshoot Paris temperature limit

Individual country pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would need to be strengthened in order to limit future climate change to well below the 2 degrees Celsius limit included in the Paris climate agreement, according to a new assessment.

Modeling NAFLD with human pluripotent stem cell derived immature hepatocyte like cells

Researchers have established an in vitro model system for investigating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), also called steatosis, is a dramatically under-estimated liver disease, with increasing incidences throughout the world. It is frequently associated with obesity and type-2 diabetes.

Watching a forest breathe

For the first time, scientists traced carbon dioxide flows through a forest during photosynthesis and respiration, correcting long-standing assumptions about how plants exchange the greenhouse gas with the atmosphere on an ecosystem-wide level. The results could help make climate prediction models more accurate.

New research could lead to restoring vision for sufferers of retinal disorders

Engineers and neuroscientists have demonstrated for the first time that the cells in the retina carry out key processing tasks. This could pave the way for improving retinal implants and therefore the sight of thousands of people suffering from retinal disorders, they say.

Scientists Shift Search for Alien Technological Civilizations to Ancient Red-Dwarf Stars --"Twice Age of Earth"

“Red dwarfs – the dim bulbs of the cosmos – have received scant attention by SETI scientists in the past,” SETI Institute engineer Jon Richard said last week in a news release announcing the initiative. “That’s because researchers made the...

First Alien Planet Discovered Photographed in 1917! (Today's Most Popular)

Sorry NASA, but it turns out that a 1917 image on an astronomical glass plate from the Carnegie Institute Observatories' collection shows the first-ever evidence of a planetary system beyond our own Sun. This unexpected find was recognized in the...

"Recycling the Hidden Universe" --Forging Cosmic Dust Into Stars

The Universe is becoming gradually cleaner as more and more cosmic dust is being mopped up by the formation of stars within galaxies, an international team of astronomers has revealed. Peering back 12 billion years using the Herschel space telescope...

The Ethics of Why You Should Definitely Watch Shark Week

You should be watching Shark Week. The post The Ethics of Why You Should Definitely Watch Shark Week appeared first on WIRED.

As sea level rises, Hudson River wetlands may expand

In the face of climate change impact and inevitable sea level rise, scientists studying New York's Hudson River estuary have forecast new tidal wetlands, comprising perhaps 33 percent more wetland area by the year 2100.

New technique sorts drivers from passengers in cancer genomics, implicates GON4L

A new study demonstrates a novel method for sorting passenger from driver alterations, and uses this method to pinpoint a new driver and potential therapeutic target in cancer progression, GON4L.

Asteroid day will draw eyes to the stars, but the more urgent threat may be under our feet

Knowing when an asteroid could impact Earth would be nice, but learning more about the impact a super volcano eruption at Yellowstone would have on civilization — and how to be ready for it — might be more prudent.

Findings show gender, not race, a factor in college engineering dropouts

Researchers are exploring how ethnic and gender variables affect retention rates, goal setting and satisfaction among engineering students. Preliminary findings in the middle of this five-year study found no differences in retention between Latino and white engineering students, but did show differences between men and women. Show More Summary

Rate of decline of cardiovascular deaths slows in US

Recent national trends in death rates due to all cardiovascular disease (CVD), heart disease (HD), stroke, and cancer, have been evaluated by research, who also evaluated the gap between mortality rates from heart disease and cancer...

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