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How to save our digital knowledge for future generations to read

Storing information on metal could be one way of making sure information on how we live is available for future generations to access

Atmospheric concentration of an ozone destroying chemical drops mysteriously

From the “possible measurement error” department. Larry O’Hanlon (via AGU blogs) writes: Something strange has happened to the atmospheric concentration of a newly discovered, human-made, ozone-destroying gas: it has suddenly dropped and nobody knows why. Show More Summary

DNA Repair Mechanisms Get the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The 2015 award goes to three scientists who dissected the molecular mechanisms that drive DNA repair. The post DNA Repair Mechanisms Get the Nobel Prize in Chemistry appeared first on WIRED.

General relativity at 100: Einstein’s witness in the sky

Studies of the cosmic microwave background have delivered a peerlessly accurate picture of the cosmos – but dark spectres haunt it

The Large Magellanic Cloud, if van Gogh had painted it

Planck satellite reveals one of our galaxy's nearest neighbours, 160,000 light years from Earth

Surprise: Narcissists are not always risk-takers

Researchers found that people who scored higher on measures of narcissism were no more likely than others to make risky choices in lab-based tasks.

Attention's place in the human cognitive architecture

Neuroscientists can't build a brain, so they have settled with reverse engineering -- learning a lot about each part in hopes that they can understand how all of the pieces fit together. Researchers are presenting integrated theories on how processes -- such as attention, body self-consciousness, and language -- function within the hardware of the human brain.

General relativity at 100: Einstein’s witness in the sky

Studies of the cosmic microwave background have delivered a peerlessly accurate picture of the cosmos – but dark spectres haunt it

Sobering picture of urban education in the US

A new report finds widespread inequities and poor performance at public schools in 50 American cities.

Young male chimpanzees play more with objects, but do not become better tool users

Research into differences between chimpanzees and bonobos in 'preparation' for tool use reveals intriguing sex bias in object manipulation in young chimpanzees -- one that is partly mirrored in human children.

48-million-year-old horse-like fetus discovered in Germany

A 48-million-year-old horse-like equoid fetus has been discovered at the Messel pit near Frankfurt, Germany according to a new study.

Two-hit therapy for breast tumors using approved drugs looks promising in animal study

Disabling a cancer-causing pathway and administering an immune-molecule-based mop-up therapy eradicated a specific type of breast tumor in mice, report investigators. This therapy, when translated for use in people humans, would be beneficial...Show More Summary

Exposure to common flame retardants may contribute to attention problems in children

Prenatal exposure to some flame retardants that have been widely-used in consumer products is associated with attention problems in young children. A new study is the first to show the effects of prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers on children's development at ages 3, 4, and 7 years. Show More Summary

Speed-reading your microbiome

Researchers have built a microbiome analysis platform called QIIME (pronounced “chime” and short for “Quantitative Insights Into Microbial Ecology”). This software will now be more readily accessible to hundreds of thousands of researchers around the world through BaseSpace, a cloud-based app store.

Remote sensing technology used to map habitat of monkey with hominid-like behavior

Scientists interested in the early-hominid-like behavior of capuchin monkeys in Brazil are concerned that the animals will lose critical habitat with the expansion of industrial agriculture in their region. A new article describes the use of remote sensing technology in mapping capuchin habitat.

Newly discovered ‘design rule’ brings nature-inspired nanostructures one step closer

Scientists aspire to build nanostructures that mimic the complexity and function of nature’s proteins. These microscopic widgets could be customized into incredibly sensitive chemical detectors or long-lasting catalysts. But as withShow More Summary

'Chromosomal Chaos:' Complex array of mutations found in rare, aggressive leukemia

Sezary syndrome (SS), an aggressive leukemia of mature T cells, is more complicated at a molecular level than ever suspected. With a poor prognosis and limited options for targeted therapies, this cancer needs new treatment approaches. Show More Summary

Sex is more likely on days college students use marijuana or binge drink

Undergraduate college students were more likely to have sex on days they used marijuana or binged on alcohol than on days they didn't, new research has found.

Just 30 minutes a day: Regular exercise relieves asthma symptoms

Millions of people suffer from asthma. Many report having poor control of their symptoms. Fortunately, new research shows there is a simple antidote: 30 minutes of exercise a day, year-round.

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