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Hundreds of new species discovered in fragile Eastern Himalayan region

A sneezing monkey, a walking fish and a jewel-like snake are just some of a biological treasure trove of over 200 new species discovered in the Eastern Himalayas in recent years, according to a new report by WWF.

Preventive care drops when government cuts close women's health clinics, research says

When women's health clinics close because of government funding cuts aimed at abortion providers, fewer women seek lifesaving preventive care that can identify health threats such as cancer, research shows. The findings also suggest that a clinic's closure affected less-educated women the most.

Parents Influence Children's Play of Violent Video Games

Parents who are anxious and emotional can impact their children's violent video game play, according to new research. Warm and restrictive parents successfully limited children’s play. However, anxious parents had the opposite effec...

New microscopy technology augments surgeon's view for greater accuracy

A prototype of a new microscope technology has been developed that could help surgeons work with a greater degree of accuracy in diagnosing cancer or performing brain surgery or other procedures. The new technology is called augmented microscopy.

Bioengineers work to head-off dangerous blood clots in patients with ventricular assist devices

A team of bioengineers is working to reduce blood clots caused by platelet activation in ventricular assist devices (VADs) implanted in advanced heart failure patients. Previously, the team re-engineered the VAD's high-speed rotors to eliminate more than 90% of platelet activation and clotting. Show More Summary

Earth's inner core was formed 1-1.5 billion years ago

There have been many estimates for when the earth's inner core was formed, but scientists have used new data which indicates that the Earth's inner core was formed 1-1.5 billion years ago as it 'froze' from the surrounding molten iron outer core.

Mysterious ripples found racing through planet-forming disc

Astronomers have discovered never-before-seen structures within a dusty disc surrounding a nearby star. The fast-moving wave-like features in the disc of the star AU Microscopii are unlike anything ever observed, or even predicted, before now. The origin and nature of these features present a new mystery for astronomers to explore.

Material that more effectively slows light has been designed

Researchers designed and made a material that manipulates the speed of light in a new, more effective way than previous methods, according to new findings.

Review addresses value, waste in biomedical research

Some studies suggest that as much as 85 per cent of investment in biomedical research is wasted. Examples of waste include the non-publication of research, failure to share data and instances where the results of research are untranslatable to the benefit of patients or the efficiency of health care delivery. A new review now addresses the issues.

Over half of workers with depression do not recognize need for treatment

More than half of workers who reported symptoms of depression did not perceive a need for treatment, according to a study that investigated barriers to mental health care experienced by workers and the resulting impact on productivi...

Medical diagnosis: Will brain palpation soon be possible?

By drawing on seismology, researchers have just developed a noninvasive brain imaging method using MRI that provides the same information as physical palpation. They say that it may be possible to use this procedure in medical diagnosis.

Why America Still Doesn’t Have Any Good Data on Guns

A comprehensive government databases exists for car deaths. Why not for gun deaths? The post Why America Still Doesn’t Have Any Good Data on Guns appeared first on WIRED.

'Psychic robot' will know what you really meant to do

Bioengineers have developed a mathematical algorithm that can “see” your intention while performing an ordinary action like reaching for a cup or driving straight up a road -- even if the action is interrupted.

Predicting change in the Alzheimer's brain

Researchers are developing a computer system that uses genetic, demographic, and clinical data to help predict the effects of disease on brain anatomy.

Predictive policing substantially reduces crime in Los Angeles during months-long test

Crime in Los Angeles dropped dramatically when the Los Angeles Police Department deployed officers based on crime predictions made by a mathematical model, a team of scholars and police department colleagues reports today. The mathematical model would be effective in cities worldwide, the researchers said.

New player found in tumor suppression, aging

The protective role played by a little-known protein complex, SMC 5/6, in cancer and aging has been revealed by new research. These results emphasize, once more, the relationship between these two pathological processes.

Global Temperature Report: September 2015 – In the tropics, warmest September in the satellite temperature record

From UAH via press release: Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.11 C per decade September temperatures (preliminary) Global composite temp.: +0.25 C (about 0.45 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for September. Northern Hemisphere: +0.34 C (about 0.61 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for September. Show More Summary

Potential for sweetpotato production in Pacific Northwest

To determine if sweetpotato could be successfully produced in the Pacific Northwest, researchers studied four sweetpotato cultivars by subjecting them to four soil water tension (SWT) irrigation criteria treatments using drip irrigation. Show More Summary

Distinguishing coincidence from causality: Connections in the climate system

Detecting how changes in one spot on Earth -- in temperature, rain, wind -- are linked to changes in another, far away area is key to assessing climate risks. Scientists have now developed a new technique of finding out if one change can cause another change or not, and which regions are important gateways for such teleconnections. Show More Summary

Ravens cooperate, but not with just anyone

Ravens spontaneously solve a task that requires both coordination and cooperation -- an ability that so far only a handful of species like chimpanzees and elephants have proved to master. A team of researchers has shown this for the ravens using an experimental set-up.

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