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Rising carbon dioxide levels will help and hurt crops

Elevated carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere may increase water-use efficiency in crops and considerably mitigate yield losses due to climate change, according to a new study.

Parkinson's disease pathogenesis reduced in rat model by a cell-signaling inhibitor drug

Researchers report the first documentation that suppressing a key cell-signaling pathway in a rat model of Parkinson's disease reduces pathogenesis. Oral administration of AZD1480 -- one of the JAK/STAT pathway inhibitors generally known as Jakinibs -- lessened the destructive inflammation and nerve cell degradation in the area of the brain affected by Parkinson's.

Sparing livers: Curing hepatitis C will create transplant opportunities for patients with other illnesses

Recently developed cures for hepatitis C virus will create new opportunities for people with other liver diseases to receive transplanted livers, say researchers.

When does life begin? Lab embryo advance reopens a big debate

Human embryos are surviving ever longer in labs. Any review of political limits on culturing them must fit the biological facts, says Jane Maienschein

Why we steer the way we do

The way we drive could help us understand how animals make their way, new research has found. The work sheds light on how our brains process what we see when at the wheel, as well as giving important insights into why animals take particular paths of travel.

New exoplanet trio may have been dried out by fiery young star

Three recently discovered nearby exoplanets may not be as habitable as they first looked, as their hot young star could have left them high and dry

Having an overactive immune system may prime you for depression

Blood tests could help doctors identify people who are at risk of severe depressive episodes, and enable them to tailor more effective treatments

Perceived diversity in neighborhoods is related to more prejudice, study finds

People who think they live in diverse neighborhoods are less likely to be accepting of minority ethnic groups, an international research project has found.

Similarities in species diversity, range in both terrestrial birds, marine bivalves

An unusual new study shows that while terrestrial birds and marine bivalves -- animals such as scallops, mussels, cockles, and oysters -- share a common pattern of species richness across latitudes, they arrive there quite different...

Expectations can minimize unethical behavior in the powerful

Recent research offers new ideas for curbing unethical behavior by those with power -- it all depends on how people in power think about their power. In a series of three experiments, the authors demonstrated that activating prescriptive expectation, or what others believe people should do, leads the powerful to cheat less than the powerless.

Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) third leading cause of death -- respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year.

Genetic test shows patients at risk of a serious adverse reaction to toxic goitre treatment

Gene variants that predict the risk of a serious adverse reaction to drugs used for the treatment of hyperthyroidism, researchers report. Adverse drugs reactions are a leading cause of admission to hospital. Genetic variation is believed to contribute to a majority of serious immune-mediated adverse drug reactions.

How much electromagnetic radiation am I exposed to?

A team of researchers has developed a pocket instrument capable of perceiving radio signals from 50 MHz to 6 MHz and storing this information in a non-volatile memory. After collecting and storing the information, the system assesses the daily exposure of a person to electromagnetic radiation.

Safer, greener, cheaper route to ultra-cold freezers

Scientists have engineered an innovative new method to build the next generation of freezers capable of reaching temperatures as low as - 180°C by using advanced cryogenically cooled heat pipe technology.

3 Reasons It’s So Tough to End a Toxic Relationship

Sometimes life is freaking TOUGH. Bad relationships don’t happen all at once, they creep up on us. If they were bad in the beginning, no one would ever do it. So, why do we stay in bad relationships long after it dawns on us that […...

Trump Is the Nativist Dream Candidate

Donald Trump’s win in Indiana has practically clinched the Republican nomination.  Since July 2015, Trump has led in most polls of GOP candidates.  Immigration restrictionism is his most popular policy position.  That position and the...Show More Summary

Seven Reforms to Confront the Populist Wave in America and Europe

Donald Trump keeps winning Republican Party primaries. He could be America’s next president. It’s a sobering thought. But Trump is not alone. Europe is filled with populist parties, old and new. It’s too simple to decry a proto-fascist wave, as feared by some alarmists. Show More Summary

Women are less happy than men in marriage, so why does the media insist otherwise?

To Post Secret, a project that collects personal secrets written artistically onto postcards, someone recently sent in the following bombshell: “Ever since we started getting married and buying houses,” she writes, “my girlfriends and I don’t laugh much anymore.” Her personal secret is, in fact, a national one. Show More Summary

Wednesday assorted links

1. The fable of the bee thieves. 2. The decline of Britain’s most embarrassing names. 3. Are teens having less sex? 4. Decentralized courts and blockchains? 5. Big survey paper on the economics of education (pdf). The post Wednesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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